Marc-André Weibezahn

Beyond Pastiche

Generated Images, Painting, 2017

The technique of style transfers – rendering one image in the style of another one, e.g. digitally painting "Mona Lisa" in the style of Monet – got much attention during 2016. Breakthroughs in Deep Learning made it possible to create digital visual pastiches with much more fidelity while working faster and more flexible than previous approaches. The impression to the general public was that we are one step closer to computer programs that can be "creative".

The results were several websites, mobile apps and source code releases which enable everyone to create such digital pastiches. Most users stick to a quite narrow area: they take a picture (mostly portraits) and use a well known artistic style. Results look very similar after a while.

"Beyond Pastiche" is a series of studies in which I explore some unusual combinations of style and content. Images of meat, litter, icons of pop culture and consumption are applied to different motives to create new contexts.

To take the study in another direction I then decided to transfer one of the results on canvas, as an actual painting.

"My Image", painting, acrylic on canvas, 90 by 90 cm
Style tranfer: Tree + litter
sneaker + care bears
Sneaker + Care Bears
lion + cigarettes
Lion + Cigarettes
Sports Car + Meat


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