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Artist duo Bevan Hill & Will Griffiths, recent graduates of Oxford Brookes University, present Real Art for Real People, a body of work consisting of four paintings, two sculptures, a video and a book.

Using various AI generative engines, the duo has devised an automated creative process: from the production of concepts by a text generator trained on a dataset of descriptions of well-known artworks, to individual generators that visualise the proposed concepts in both two and three dimensions.

Bevan Hill & Will Griffiths, Real Art for Real People, 2021. Image courtesy the artists

With this bounty of readymade works, the duo become the indifferent manufacturers who merely realise the machine’s designs in physical form. This is a reversal of the contemporary conceptual artist-manager, so often detached from material production. Central to the work is an interrogation of the role of the artist, and the value and security of human ways of seeing.

The works explore the importance of individual expression and agency in an increasingly automated world, the value of engagement with material processes, and the function and worth of the physical art object in both a consumerist and technocentric society.

Visitors do not need to book a ticket to visit this exhibition. If you are also visiting Anish Kapoor: Painting, you will need to book an exhibition ticket here.

COMING SOON: As part of the Platform Graduate Award 2021, discover two other exhibitions by recent fine art graduates. places and faces by Fetine Sel Tuzel (University of Reading) will run from 23 September – 3 October, and The Zodiac by Beth Simcock (Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford) from 21-31 October.

Platform Graduate Award 2021

Celebrating new artistic talent from across the South East, Platform Graduate Award 2021 is a series of three solo exhibitions by selected BFA graduates from University of Reading, Oxford Brookes University and The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford. The initiative supports emerging artistic talent to further their practice, and awards one outstanding artist a £2000 bursary and mentoring from a professional artist. Find out more.

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