Charlie Stein – Like Burning Snow

Like Burning Snow is the carbon copy of its twin exhibition “Memories Like Hurricanes”. An exhibition that was riffing off the possibilities of AI technology and presenting a speculative future in which current AI debates were rendered into oil on canvas paintings.

ChatGPT was rendered a concerned poet, announcing a storm of artificial super intelligence brewing on the horizon. The paintings displayed however, still draw from personal experience and intuitive aesthetic choices by the artist. In the oxymoronic presentation conceived solely for Kanya Kage, we now see a juxtaposition between AI-aided imagery and depictions based in manual visual research of the past. As visitors remain uncertain, perhaps speculating which of the works are more or less influenced by technology, a parallel is drawn to the critical junctures of art history where the rise of a new technology previously disrupted the status quo. Like Burning Snow invites us to just soak up Stein’s vivid imagery and luscious brush work, contemplating clues and traps alike.