Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution


Al Kratzer Art Exhibit

May 11 - June 23, 2019

Saturdays: 11am - 4pm
Sundays: 1pm - 4pm

at the 1869 Luckenbach Mill
459 Old York Road, Bethlehem

About the Artist

Al Kratzer is best described as a "Creative Generalist" who has worked as a Publisher, Sales Director, Creative Director, Web Designer, Editor, Trainer, Fine Artist, Cartoonist, and Musician. Al was an early online devotee who began designing Web sites in 1995.

He recently finished a 20-year stretch working in the news media business, developing online products and leading teams toward the digital future.

Since leaving the media profession he has been pioneering a new body of artwork using Artificial Intelligence tools. He lives in Easton, PA with his wife and son.

Join Us for the Opening Reception on Friday, May 17 from 5:30-7:30 pm

Artist Talk: ARTificial Intelligence - A Collaboration Between Man and Machine

Enjoy live entertainment with special musical guests and light refreshments.

Artist Statement

“My current work is the culmination of years of using technology to enhance and alter pictorial reality. In the 1970’s, I was turning up the color saturation on my TV and taking Polaroid photos of the screen to jump-start ideas for paintings. Twenty years later computer technology became a fascination and I started dabbling in digital animation and web site design. At a time when most artists were using reference sketches while painting, I had a monitor set up next to my easel.”

“Playing jazz has been a big part of my life and an ongoing influence on my art. The basic elements of music -- form, rhythm, harmony, motion, resolution and occasional randomness -- are all applicable to visual works. I try to instill the vitality of improvisation into my paintings through the use of bold color combinations.”

“The abstractions found here are a new direction which takes advantage of recent developments in applying artificial intelligence to the creative process. Three separate artificial intelligence programs are utilized along the way, combining image generation using Generational Adversarial Networks with texture mapping using Convolutional Neural Networks and an A.I. resolution enhancement process. Additional editing and digital painting are added to further personalize and stylize the work. The process expands my ability to create dynamic mash ups and alterations. Subjects break down into their essences and core forms become ambiguous but still familiar. Each work is printed only once. They are unique one-of-a-kind creations that combines cutting edge machine intelligence with a human touch.”

Artist Website: https://alkratzerart.wordpress.com/

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