Hilary Pecis

From Artist A Day:

The Law of Accelerating Returns describes the inherent increase in the rate of biological evolution with the ever quickening of technology. Technology is the paradigm shift in human evolution, which will transcend biology, merging the reality we know with artificial intelligence, also known as the Singularity.

My drawings depict the aftermath of a population crash, where remains a fusion between cyber-space and hyper-reality. The abandoned post-apocalyptic landscape in the position of regrowth is hemorrhaging consumer goods from the rock-like skeletal system. Evolution is depicted in the layers of rock, along with the gelatinous collaged pieces used to describe tumors growing exponentially. Patterns, which create order in nature, are also essential for artificial intelligence’s recognition and response.

Images and shards from glossy magazine pages are reassembled to remove the familiar pseudo-event, which took place within advertisements and reposition them into a surrogate image within the drawing. Codes in both the striations of the landmasses as well as the programmed spectacle from the magazine pages narrate the future history. The space that remains is the refuge left behind with the disappearance of the human population. The land is continuously expanding with only the instruction and direction generated from its own design, resulting in a mutated environment. The space I propose is a critique of capitalism’s driving force behind the rate of technological developments and the urging of lifestyles that remains unobtainable, existing just beyond reach.