Eric Anderson: Fantasy for Eleven Fingers

Opening Reception: October 18,  6:00pm

On view October 5, 2019 – February 8, 2020

Fantasy for Eleven Fingers juxtaposes traditional art making practices with emerging technologies. Reflected in a series of oil paintings and mixed media, Eric Anderson employed image-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) models, surveillance software, visual encryption and 3D printing in search of prompts for new handmade works. Advances in technology, especially in the field of AI, promise inhuman, if not impossible, perfection. Fantasy for Eleven Fingers asks viewers to pause when they are confronted with terms like perfect and imperfect, accurate and flawed. How can a painter translate algorithm-based outputs into something that reaches beyond the preconceived limitations of new technologies as well as the artist’s understanding of their own capacities to create? What inefficiencies, accidents, failures, and physical limitations contribute to creating work that is personal? Fantasy for Eleven Fingers considers our uniquely human imperfections as a potential source of freedom.


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.




About the ROOTED Exhibition Program

The ROOTED program at RAC is open to artists living and working in the eleven counties surrounding Rochester and showcases the most innovative and talented artists from the region. For artists who have received artist grants from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC), RAC provides gallery space to showcase the art by the grantee. RAC curatorial staff provides grant application support, studio visits and exhibition space, but do not select the artists, who are chosen by SEMAC jury. ROOTED exemplifies the commitment of RAC to be a central hub for art made in Southeastern Minnesota.