Electric Dreams - Euphonic Euphoria IV (Original)
Euphonic Euphoria explores the emotive relationship between music and positive emotions within the dreamscape. Through a collection of visually stunning and emotionally charged artworks, the series aims to transport viewers into a realm where the boundaries between sound and emotion blur, giving rise to a unique dreamscape where the ethereal power of music shapes and colours the emotional landscape.
- 550mm Diameter
- Created on Birch Plywood
- Acrylic, Screenprint, Airbrush, spray paint
- Original: One-of-a-kind
- Signed, Dated and stamped on verso
About the concept
This concept began with a single lucid dream and a quest to recreate it. In the search for answers, James pondered the existence of the ethereal figures that inhabit dreamscapes. Are they people we know and love? Or individuals who have briefly passed us in an encounter, subconsciously absorbed into our minds without reflection. Do they exist at all, or are they mere figments of our imagination, spliced together from multiple sublinimal touch points?
His creative journey took a riveting turn when he introduced Artificial Intelligence (AI) into the equation, infusing life into these elusive dream characters. AI blurs the boundaries between reality and imagination, much like a lucid dream. It merges the machine’s perception and hallucinations, splicing together what it perciecves to be real, resulting in a vibrant tapestry of “Electric Dreams” that dissolves the lines between art and technology, melding reality with fantasy.
In an era where art and technology intertwine, “Electric Dreams” reflects an exploration of the boundaries of creativity and the evolving relationship between humans and machines and dreams and reality.
‘I make art from what AI perceives to be real beings. Whether you perceive the beings as real or not is the question I am inviting.’
In the case of Electric Dreams, AI has been employed to create a photorealistic model, replacing the use of stock imagery or photoshoots - that is where the input of AI starts and stops. James then takes this image and edits it to create his personal style of work, which involves a combination of digital editing and analogue techniques, including lo-fi printing, tearing, distressing, hand-warping via scanners, and collaging until he achieves the desired composition.
Once satisfied with the works created, James then proceeds to bring the art to life in its physical form, utilising a combination of screen printing, stencils, spray painting, traditional painting, and painstakingly hand-applied halftones with thickened acrylic. This process results in an almost 3D piece of work - tactile and distressed, precise yet spontaneous, digital and yet physical. These techniques echo the play between machine and human creativity, pulling the artwork from its digital origins into the real world.
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