fake news (4K), 2017
Custom software (color, silent), internet connected computer, screen
Dimensions variable, landscape and portrait orientation
With the rise of fake news during the United States presidential election of 2016 and now under the Trump administration, we are pressed to question reality with ever-increasing urgency. At once a political commentary on this current state of affairs, Versteeg also cheekily alludes to the politics of the art world, in which installation images are circulated more often than shows are attended.
This presentation of his digital painting algorithm in action is a macro iteration of the process and work itself. Often when creating digital paintings on canvas, Versteeg runs an artist-authored software program and makes compositional selections throughout the process. Such selections are printed on canvas, thus presented as physical, digital paintings. In the fake news works––as with other algorithmically generated works such as LIKE, Puff Puff Pass, and Editor––the entire algorithm is shown a singular, cohesive piece.