The Painting Center is pleased to announce the group exhibition
Machine Learning, featuring New York City-based artists Henry Brown,
Terry Haggerty, Gilbert Hsiao, and Douglas Melini, with a special
project room installation by Michael Zahn. The exhibition is curated by
Matthew Deleget, artist and co-founder of MINUS SPACE in Brooklyn, New
The title of the exhibition, Machine Learning, is inspired by a part
of artificial intelligence concerned with the development of algorithms
that allow computers to “learn”. Technologists working in machine
learning essentially teach computers to recognize patterns within
massive, seemingly unrelated sets of data. Machine learning has a
tremendous range of real-world applications, the most ubiquitous of
which is the Internet search engine.
The exhibition Machine Learning examines the relationship between
abstraction, painting, and the information age, and presents four
artists making new forms of pattern-based painting. The exhibition
raises multiple questions. First, how has abstraction responded to the
irresistible siren call of the Internet? How has abstraction digested
the appearance, logic, and behavior of the Internet? And finally, with
every conceivable kind of information now available at the click of a
mouse, what are contemporary abstract artists’ core concerns?
The exhibition originated at The Boyden Gallery, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s City, MD (www.smcm.edu) in September 2007 and will later travel to Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, TX (www.gallerysonjaroesch.com) in March 2008. A color catalog will accompany the exhibition.