One question I get asked a lot about my abstract paintings is, paradoxically, "What does it represent?", which is like asking a music composer "What does your music mean?", or a bald man "Can I feel your shiny scalp?". My reply is that I'm not trying to represent anything, I just express myself through color and shape, free from any attempt to make it look like or depict any object or person. Some people are satisfied by that explanation and others, especially my sons, will go: "ok, but what is it?", to which I normally reply "An apple tree" and try to escape further questioning.
Thankfully, Artificial Intelligence is taking over some arduous tasks off humans' shoulders such as having to write your own Memoirs, coming up with an original script for a movie, or finding friends who want to talk with you. On top of this, Facebook just released an image recognition bot, aptly named WTF is That that will save us, dear fellow abstract expressionists, intellectual efforts and hardships we'd rather spend facing a blank canvas.
So after learning a bit WTF was that all about, I proceeded to feed my paintings to the bot, hoping for the best, and got this awesome answers:
- Here's the first painting of my series called Entropism, which I titled Entropism (1). Yes. The response came back swiftly:
Many colorful umbrellas. You might want to inspect for yourself the hi-res picture of the painting and let me know if you find any umbrella here:
- The second painting in the Entropism series, entitled Entropism (2), came afterwards:
A large tree.
I must apologize for my intromission here; I should have humbly accepted WTF's view and appreciate the effort, but for a moment I felt it was just pulling my leg with a subtle reference to my classic "Apple Tree" description. Oh, and here's the painting:
At this point I decided to invoke a higher power, and a Wild Bacon appeared!
Francis Bacon's portrait of Michel Leiris took WTF to the limits, and on the internet, when in doubt: cats.
So, to end the quiz with my now intimate friend WTF, I presented the third (though there are more) of my Entropism series called, you guessed it, Entropism (3):
So umbrellas and trees again, not far from my apple tree, actually. So I may tell my grandchildren one day that there was this time when I looked at WTF face to screen and said: Go back to play chess and come back when you're any good. I just hope my sons to hurry up with those grandchildren, damn it!