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: not just visually, but also viscerally and cognitively. 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 enhancements made to Google's DeepDream software, it has become possible for me to imbue my giant landscape images with a stunning degree of unexpected form and content. 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.
Comments about Dreamscapes and Daniel Ambrosi:
“This is where art is going.” –LeeAnn Lester, director of Next Level Fairs (Art Concept Miami, Art Palm Beach, Art Boca Raton, SeaFair Miami)
"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, art dealer and gallerist, Paul Fisher Gallery
“[Ambrosi’s 'Dreamscapes' are] highly innovative and original… a huge accomplishment and contribution 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 and member of the International Art Critics Association (AICA-PARIS)
"It is insufficient and inaccurate to categorize Daniel's breathtaking images as landscape photography; while his work may start with a camera, Daniel's engaging and intriguing 'Dreamscapes' are firmly rooted in the 400-year history of landscape painting in the Western world, but significantly advance this tradition in ways that are both novel and relevant to our times." –Philip Bewley, curator, gallerist, and art historian, DZINE Gallery
"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, dealer, advisor, and publisher
"I've been dealing art for almost 50 years and in all that time I've seen maybe 30-40 artworks in person that truly captivated me. This piece ["The Needle," featured at Art Palm Beach 2019] is one of them." –Howard Brassner, owner, Art Link International