Versteeg begins most of his works by writing code, which he then unleashes online, allowing it to do its work. In a series of digital paintings, for example, he turns
on its head via various algorithmic programs: One trolls for images online, and then radically distorts and compiles them into abstract compositions; another generates a randomized assortment of gestural marks and colors, and then stops at some point in the process (i.e. completing the image), before re-starting once again. The artist intervenes at this point by printing out the finished images onto canvas, presenting uncannily painting-like compositions never once touched by a brush, paint, or his own hand. Some of these works look like psychedelic circuit boards. Others recall the gestural abstractions of
. All suggest that we can now add another uniquely human capacity to a computer’s arsenal of abilities: making art.