a series of paintings commenting on human relationship with technology
VIRTUAL BOY – a ppiece with many interpreattions. My personal one is the warning against turning children into toys, manipulated and abused.
[ oil on canvas 80×50 cm, based, with permission, on a photo by Evelyn Bencicova ]
Exhibited in the WMOCA Wisconsin Museum of Conemporry Art at a IPBC International Biennial Portrait competition, 2021.
I consider this painting to be one of my best works.
In a private collection.
NIKE 2.0 [ Space X Theme ] 220x120cm, oil on canvas, 2020, available – contcact me about this work
I have been watching SpaceX’s amazingly successful venture into space for years, and I have decided to celebrate their first manned mission to ISS [International Space Station] with a painting that I believe portrays the spirit of their achievement.
My Nike 2.0 is a modern goddess of victory that is in the final stage of creation before her first flight on her wings made of SpaceX”s solar panels. The structure below the mighty goddess is a carrier vehicle that is going to transport Dragon9 rocket with Crew Dragon spacecraft on top to the Launch Complex 39A in Florida. Two daring astronaut: Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley will be the first two pilots flying the spacecraft. All this in just 3 days!!! I will be watching this flight with champagne in my hand!
The beautiful goddess is of ‘course Nike of Samothrace exhibited in Louvre, just photographed from the stairs below not from the side, like most photographers do. I took the photo on my museum tour to Paris a few years ago and I find this view particularly powerful. The photo of Dragon carrier was taken by NASA photographer Joel Kowsky [contact: email@example.com ] who kindly gave me permission to use his spectacular photograph. Joel, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! ]
Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)
I am going to exhibit the painting at my exhibition in, well, some time after corona-virus.
This is a long read:
The painting analyses the relationship between man and technology, this time the communication between equipment and people.
Computers understand only two messages 0 or 1 = 1-current flows through the wire/circuit, 0-current does not flow through the wire/circuit. Our ability to communicate this message to the machines happens via two sets of codes – ASCII and C++/Java etc.
ASCII –is a code that translates each character on the keyboard into 8 such sets “current flows” and “current does not flow” through the wire, the other are programming languages that are sets of agreed commands in computing languages, such as Java or C++ which simplify our language into short commands, understood to machines, but also typed on the keyboard. It’s quite simple. In my painting there are two figures, like 0 and 1, and current flows through them. it is the basis of the device-to-human / human-to-device communication. My characters are connected by cables to the processor and they are unable to escape from the basic states “the current flows or does not flow through the circuit.”
In ‘normal’ words – we influence the machine by inventing a string of characters we understand [normal text] that the computer sends through a sequence of 0-1 sequences, that it understands. In this way, all our inventions, thoughts, feelings, remembered memories and basically everything that we enter in any way into the computer becomes a stream ‘current flows or does not flow through the wire’ understood by the machine. So we influence the machine, but the machine also affects us because it uses computing powers [happening in the processor] to edit what we say, enhance it, turn it into pictures or music, this way it communicates its needs by processing binary code into our language. This way we unify with the machines, we become part of the electric stream of data. Currently most of us are not yet physically connected to the computers, but it may very soon become reality by means of chips or tiny Wi-Fi devices that could be implanted into our brains. The cables of my characters are the link.
E-THINKER – oil on canvas – 50×80 – 2018 – available – Contact
I’M WATCHING YOU – GREETINGS FROM ZHENGZHOU – 2020 – 90×90 Available – contact me about this work.
Chinese government is testing the latest technologies to monitor their bio-metrically-catalogued citizens and police-officers via google glass can see names and eg. fines of everyone. A nightmare of people, and a joy of the totalitarian regime, of this one and others who are watching and learning. #vulnerability #policestate #politics #surveillance #sztuka #artcollect #StandWithHongKong #liuxiaobo #oiloncanvas
The video will explain my painting better than anything I may write here. In the age of A.I.
[Good Night – oil on canvas – 2016 – in the artist’s collection. ]
The painting illustrates my perception of our growing dependence on technology. This beauty blows the candle to connect to the socket for the night…to become the light source herself. She is the wizard of light supported by electricity. Interdependent.
ZUZANNA AND THE DRONES oil on canvas – 120×80 – in a private collection