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ARTificial Exhibition


June 2019

An exhibition of artificial intelligence art, augmented reality art and cryptocurrency / blockchain art.
The New Digital Art
Thanks to Robbie Barrat for Art-DCGAN and AI models of landscape, nude and portrait paintings.
Background art is Biophotonic Phosopene
Backlit unique physical version in show.

Solo Exhibition
AI – AR – Crypto
Bard Ionson
Bull Run Library

Manassas VA June 2019

KnownOrigin – “Digital art by a true pioneer

The HODL Frame

The HODL Frame Of North Bay Canada

The AI / Digital Artwork by Bard Ionson in ARTificial – June 2019 Also appeared @ Rare Art Festival 2 in Brooklyn. It also contains an Augmented Reality layer from Artivive. Download the app to view it. Currently available as Digital Edition in the Blockchain at SuperRare and a physical signed version on canvas is available by contacting the artist.


Digital Photo of Oscilloscope Art on Walnut 5 x 9 in. with leather straps & tacks. Animated  oscilloscope with Artivive. This is not AI but frames of this work were used to train the models used for other work in the show.

What are our children learning as they navigate digital devices vs. when children used wooden tablets with narrow ideas presented with pictograms.

Representation of the Entity

Metallic Photo Paper Digital 12 x 12 in. Artificial Intelligence Oscilloscope

 In 1966 two military computer nodes in Canada begin generating unknown symbols in an incident known as “The SAGE Anomaly“. (Historical Science Fiction)

Memories of Landscapes from a Digital Future

Giclee on Canvas Digital 24 x 24 in. Artificial Intelligence Robbie Barrat Landscape paining model retrained with artist’s oscilloscope model.

A possible future where the memories of landscapes which have been destroyed are stored in an AI model. The AI becomes defective and generates these vague dreams or memories of landscapes.

Big Net Of Dreams

Metallic Photo Paper Digital 16 x 16 in Artificial Intelligence

The dreams of the neural network. Modeled from 20,000 oscilloscope art images output on an oversize digital canvas. See Battledore artwork for original oscilloscope art.

Big Net Of Dreams

Original Digital Version

Bright Land

Metallic Photo Paper Digital 16 x 16 in Artificial Intelligence

In this image I saw lots of people dancing in brightly lit night scene. It is made by combining a nude model of historical nude public domain paintings with the oscilloscope line drawings. Nude model trained by Robbie Barrat

Faces In The Cloud

Oil on Canvas 24 x 24 in 

Painting of an artificial intelligence generated image. 

A place between worlds, an imaginary place in the mind of a neural net where memories of portraits mingle in the cloud. 

Biophotonic Phosphene

Metallic Photo Paper Digital 24 x 24 LED backlight frame Artificial Intelligence oscilloscope model

This is what I see when I rub my eyes. When I saw this piece the computer generated after I trained it with multi colored oscilloscope images it looked exactly like what I see when I rub my eyes. It is a biological phenomenon that light photons are created by eye and nerves in the eye without an external source of light. More

Biophotonic Phosopene

The HODL Frame of North Bay Canada

Giclee on Canvas Digital 20 x 16 in Artificial Intelligence

A story about a computer that watches for Russian attack in 1966, taps into universal consiousness &  generates symbols to communicate.  In the AR layer you can watch the model learn how to make oscilloscope images on the command center screen.

Burning Off The Dross

AR Artivive Version

Burning Off The Dross

Giclee on Canvas Digital 16 x 20 in. Artificial Intelligence

With Robbie’s portrait AI model and the artists Trump model it tells a story of poor leaders being refined away with the flames of sovereign history.

One Whole & Stone Rose Token

Giclee on Canvas Digital 16 x 16 in. Artificial Intelligence

What is money and art and what makes it valuable? Generated using 20,000 image of coins and cryptocurrency logos. All art in the show has a digital twin that is traded online with cryptocurrency.

Bull Run Library Entrance Right Display

Bull Run Library Entrance Left Display