One Hundred (and forty) Words
Dream Simulator by Mahsa R. Fard at Gallery Institute
Dream Simulator by Mahsa R. Fard brings the all-too-modern dilemma of separating fact from fiction to the art world in an exhibition of two “real” paintings (quotations from the gallery) displayed throughout various “rooms” (quotations mine). A group of figures dominates one painting and horizontally-oriented architectural forms the other, making them both easy to track throughout the rooms and identify layers of progress and incompletion without ever knowing which are the first versions or which are the last. In the “lobby,” an Artificial Intelligence (artbreeder) has been trained to generate new “paintings” at the click of a viewer’s mouse. Ethereal and inconclusive, they glow on the wall, adding to the haunting quality of this digital gallery where the overly accurate “reflections” in the hardwood “floors” and the especially empty spaces raise questions about the generally agreed upon art world ideals.