Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery has added a new category to its online art competitions.  In response to the rise in the number of creators who produce AI artwork, the gallery has decided to add a separate AI Art Category to allow these creators the opportunity to participate in the gallery’s monthly online art competitions.

AI art (artificial intelligence art) is artwork created with the assistance of generative AI and/or enhanced with AI tools.

Currently the gallery judges and grants awards in three categories – Painting & Other Media, Photography & Digital Art and 3 Dimensional Art.  Adding this fourth category will allow artists who use AI programs to generate and/or enhance their artwork to compete in the gallery’s competitions without pitting them against traditional artists, digital artists and photographers.

In our constantly changing world, where technology is rapidly progressing and digital processes have become major vehicles for art, it is inevitable that new ways of digital creation have formed. While AI art is still very much in its infancy in the mainstream, it is a new media that has and will continue to influence the creation of art. Whether a person agrees with the ethical implications or not, AI-generated artwork cannot be ignored. It is here and will continue to expand in the art world.

While we understand and respect that traditional artists and photographers have very strong opinions about AI generated art, the gallery’s mission is to give all artists the opportunity to compete in its competitions.

However, it is not fair to traditional 2D and 3D artists and photographers to compete and be judged against AI generated artwork. The decision to add this new category is to allow these artists to compete while protecting the traditions and practices of traditional artists and photographers as well as the integrity of the gallery’s exhibitions.

The gallery is now accepting entries in this category starting with its 15th Annual “Abstracts” Art Competition.

The AI Art that is acceptable for consideration can be created with the assistance of generative AI and/or enhanced with AI tools. However, it must be created with using the artist’s own original artwork as a base. It can be enhanced using AI tools but CANNOT be 100% AI generated. It will be judged and placed in its own separate category and will not be judged against traditional art, digital art, photography or 3D art. 

You can find our art competition rules HERE and the general competition guidelines HERE.

We ask artists who use AI in their artwork to be honest and enter it in this new category only. Thank you.

 

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery is very pleased to announce that James Su has been selected as one of the four winning artists of the gallery’s recent 24th “Solo Art Series” Art Competition.  James will now have a month-long solo art exhibition and he will be featured on the gallery’s front page, on the Gallery’s YouTube Channel, as well as in the “Solo Art Series” Archive.

James is an award-winning artist based in California, USA. He will now be promoted by the gallery with an extensive public relations campaign.

For this solo exhibition, the gallery will distribute, promote and circulate press releases to hundreds of major News Outlets, including Premium FOX, CBS, and NBC Affiliated Sites, with guaranteed inclusion on Google News & Bing News. The Gallery will also provide social media distribution through LST gallery’s broad social media network.

James’s art will also be featured on the gallery’s YouTube Channel and with an event postcard.

The “Solo Art Series” is a series of monthly solo art exhibitions for established artists who have a body of work to present to the public.  Artist participants were asked to submit the following 3 components for the “Solo Art Series” competition: 1. Their art.  2. Their artist biography.  3.  Their artist statement.  These elements were evaluated and judged, which resulted in the selection of the artists who will be featured in individual month-long solo art exhibitions.  This was the 24th “Solo Art Series” Art Competition that the gallery has conducted.

Below is James’s Artist Biography and his Artist Statement, along with 25 of his artworks. We hope that you will take the time to read James’s information and to take a look at his artwork.

Artist Biography

James Su (Lingfeng) is a contemporary artist known for his use of digital coding in his artwork. Born in Shanghai, he entered the Shanghai Art Institute to study art, laying a solid base for his art skills. He started his art career as a freelance illustrator. His illustrations have been published in many books and magazines.

In 1985, he came to the United States to study engineering and obtained his MS and Ph.D. He published many books and his work has been exhibited in galleries and museums many galleries and museums around the world. he was a professor at three universities.

Currently, Dr. Su resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. Su's interest in the intersection of art and technology led him to experiment with using AI to create art. His artwork often explores the relationship between humans and machines and seeks to highlight the unique creative possibilities that emerge when we collaborate with AI. This submittal to LST is one of Su's projects called the "Hospitals in the Pandemic" painting series, which was completed in collaboration with AI. The series explores both the potential of AI in creating artwork with humanistic themes and the limitations of AI in capturing the emotional depth of human experience. Overall, Su's work challenges traditional notions of art and creativity and raises important questions about the role of technology in shaping the future of the arts.

Artist Statement

"Hospitals in the Pandemic" is a series of paintings created by James Su in collaboration with artificial intelligence (AI). While AI is often used for commercial art, it is rare to see it used for humanistic themes in artworks.

With the COVID-19 pandemic causing widespread devastation, Su sought to create a series of paintings that would capture the experiences of patients, doctors, nurses, and family members in hospitals during this time. The resulting AI paintings were completed under the guidance and training of the artist, with AI producing successful works that feature clever compositions, harmonious color themes, and accurate depictions of figurative characters.

In addition, AI developed a unique self-painting style that blends post-impressionism, expressionism, and Fauvism in a way that is both innovative and true to the artist's vision. Su examines whether AI has emotions through its works. While artists typically infuse their work with their own emotions and experiences, AI lacks these qualities. The paintings in the series reflect this, with characters depicted as relatively indifferent and lacking in emotional depth.

However, the question remains whether AI can be trained to develop emotions as it gains knowledge and experience. This exploration of AI's emotional capabilities raises fascinating questions about the intersection of art and technology.

The paintings in the series showcase the unique creative possibilities that emerge when humans collaborate with AI, while also highlighting the limitations and challenges that arise when we attempt to imbue machines with human-like qualities.

James’s website is https://www.jamessu.art/.

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