ason Allen is a game designer from the United States. He could develop art using Artificial Intelligence because he was continuously knee-deep in code.
He created his masterpieces on a platform called Midjourney by telling an AI accurately how he really wanted his piece to look. He entered the Colorado State Fair fine arts contest with three favorites.
"I wanted to make a statement using artificial intelligence artwork," Allen told the Chieftain, a local publication. “I believe I succeeded and will not apologize for it."
There's no denying his work is stunning. The works vary from ethereal extraterrestrial moonscapes to extravagant opera scenes, all on a larger scale than Beeple's outrageously priced NFTs.
Of course, the story has gone viral on social media. Some commentators are having a nervous breakdown, while others are in awe of the latest advancement in the world of art.
The winner of Allen's three submissions is called Théâtre D'opéra Spatial. It's surreal and beautiful and has the feel of a metaverse world. It represents everything that our collective future may hold.
People are upset about the competition's rules. According to the fine print, digital art is an "artistic practice that employs digital technology as part of the creative or presentation process."
Allen stated that he made no secret of the reality he created with Midjourney.
The judges, Cal Duran and Dagny McKinley, told the Chieftain afterward that they were unaware Allen's piece was constructed with AI, but that wouldn't have changed their judgment.
According to the local newspaper, the judges were more concerned with "how it tells a story, how it invokes spirit," and they believed that piece did just that. "Even as this criticism unfolds, it is still invoking that and causing an uproar." That in and of itself is remarkable."
Midjourney is a tool that paints a picture with verbal descriptions. Allen claims he used Photoshop to enhance the image after creating it.
Film and art critic Richard Fitzwilliams stated, "Let's take a look at the winning painting. Jason Allen contributed three pieces. Théâtre D'opéra Spatial is a captivating work. It reminds me of the paintings of symbolist artist Gustave Moreau, who significantly influenced the Impressionists.”
“It's part Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and faux-medieval tableau. Also, if you look at the coloring, you can see echoes of Leonardo, which the artist mentions. So this is a thing of beauty."
Fitzwilliams continued by stating that he believes the source of the problem is the shock. However, once artists get over it, they can adjust.
"Human input is required in this. Jason Allen stated that he worked on it for 80 hours. That is, I believe, very important to emphasize. It always bothers and shocks a few people when new movements emerge, whether the Impressionists, Cubists, or Surrealists. Occasionally, a large number of people! It is one of the goals of art."
Reactions on social media
Twitter is the place to go if you want to see people who are surprised by fresh concepts. Try to cancel them out of fear.
However, some users on the social media platform supported the AI artist's work, and many people were enthusiastic about AI-assisted art.
The bullish sentiment that has resulted from all of this gives us the impression that we are perhaps ready for the Metaverse. It's a brave new world, so keep an eye on it.