Dreamscapes: Behind the Scenes - Daniel Ambrosi

Artist Statement

My initial experiments in computational photography were driven by my desire to create photo-based depictions of the world that better convey the feeling of a place and the way we really experience it. My "grand format" landscape images that result from these experiments are inspired by the 19th century master paintings of the Hudson River School and by the great romantic European landscape paintings that preceded them. Like those works, some of which reached ten feet in width, I've endeavored to create uncannily immersive and idyllic scenic experiences that deliver both breadth and detail. Now, capitalizing on recent technological developments in deep learning and artificial intelligence, along with the hard work and ingenuity of my generous engineering colleagues, Joseph Smarr (Google) and Chris Lamb (NVIDIA), I've been able to push my artwork in an intriguing new direction. Thanks to custom modifications made to Google's DeepDream software, it has become possible for me to imbue my giant landscape images with a stunning degree of wholly unexpected form and content that is only revealed upon close-up viewing. These "Dreamscapes" represent my attempt to remind myself (and others) that we are all actively participating in a shared waking dream, a dream that is on the precipice of considerable amplification by rapid advances in artificial intelligence and virtual reality.

Videos

DREAMSCAPES by Daniel Ambrosi

Dreamscapes: A Conversation Between Artist and Curator

Dreamscapes: The Tech Behind the Art

Dreamscapes: DeepDream Parameter Studies

Dreamscapes: A Collaboration of Nature, Man, and Machine (Art Talk at NBBJ-Seattle)

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Comments about Dreamscapes and Daniel Ambrosi

“This is where art is going.” –Lee Ann Lester, Director, Next Level Fairs (Art Concept Miami, Art Palm Beach, Art Boca Raton, SeaFair Miami)

"I look for the rare combination of quality, innovation, and vision. Daniel has all three... and he demonstrates that he has both sides of his brain fully working." –Peter Hastings Falk, American art historian, advisor and publisher

“[Ambrosi’s Dreamscapes are] highly innovative and original… a huge accomplishment and input the artist has made to contemporary photography. Ambrosi has set out a revolutionary disruption of the traditional parameters in photography, and has ruptured with the old modernist paradigm of representation.” –Milagros Bello, Ph.D., Curator, Member of the International Art Critics Association (AICA-PARIS)

"Daniel Ambrosi is a groundbreaking visionary artist straddling the worlds of fine art, science, and nature. At once these singular works are both hyperrealism and surrealism. Ambrosi wields a supercomputer as his brush, conjuring images of remarkable beauty and clarity. He has harnessed state-of-the-art artificial intelligence and applied it to nature, producing these amazing “Dreamscapes” that are visually stunning, gorgeously composed, and which reveal a magic and mystery that is exhilarating." –Paul Fisher, Owner, Paul Fisher Gallery

Dreaming big?

Dreaming big?

If you are interested in pricing info and/or purchasing any of my full scene Dreamscapes (from 4'h x 8'w up to 8'h x 16'w) or mid-format Dreamscape Details (40" x 40") for your home, office, or facility, please click the "Contact" link (found at the bottom of every page) to send me a private message. These breathtakingly stunning and lifelike backlit tension fabric structures (see unretouched photos above and here) can be freestanding, wall-mounted, or ceiling-hung.

FYI: Every one of my large format prints is a truly one-of-a-kind "digital original." The wealth of parameter settings available in the DeepDream software make it possible for me to certify that I will never print the exact same image twice (except for the owner at cost in the event of damage or loss). My mid-format Dreamscape Details are printed in editions of 5 each (plus 1 artist proof).

Happy Dreaming!

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