For his second exhibition with Anat Ebgi, “Jurassic,” Chris Coy presents a body of work called the Transfermaster-C series. These oil paintings are first rendered with the assistance of an Artificial Intelligence program, and then hand-painted on linen. Coy fed the transfer program a “decadent diet” of Jean-Honoré Fragonard and François Boucher images, and then the artist asked the program to map those images of superfluous pleasure onto Francisco Goya’s Disasters of War etchings. The results flatten histories and inherit both sets of imagery—luxury and playfulness, as well as violence, rage, and human brutality—forming an aesthetic superposition that in Coy’s words “feel as if the soul of the world has been sucked into the vacuum of space.
“Jurassic” is on view through August 24 at AE2 2680 S La Cienega Blvd Los Angeles, CA. photographs courtesy of the artist and Anat Ebgi