Clement Valla is a New York based artist whose work considers how humans and computers are increasingly entangled in making, seeing and reading pictures..
Contact info is here, and here's a brief bio

Some recent projects can be found on instagram, and in my are.na channels

 

tex-archive
public texture maps from 3d models made with 123D Catch, website, twitter bot
2014, http://tex-archive.com
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tex-archive mines public models on the community website for Autodesk’s 123D Catch–a software that creates 3D models from photographs. These models form a diverse collection ranging from ancient artifacts to contemporary ephemera. tex-archive extracts the texture maps from the publicly uploaded models. These are 2D images used by the computer to skin the three-dimensional model and make it appear realistic. The result is an image never before been seen by human eyes. Here the nature of the image has changed–from a means to an end. To mark that change, tex-archive catalogues the images in the Library of Congress, via Twitter.

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Postcards from Google Earth Installation
inkjet on vinyl, mdf
2014, Festival des Images, Vevey, Switzerland
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This installation is based on Valla’s series Postcards from Google Earth. These images, captured by a satellite camera pointing down and typically consumed on a vertical monitor, are remapped to a horizontal ground plane. Large enough to be walked on, the images emphasize the vertigo inducing anomalies Valla finds in Google Earth.
Postcards from Google Earth are images captured from the screen while traveling through the Google Earth interface. This collection of pictures emphasizes edge conditions, the result of an automated process that fuses aerial photographs and cartographic data. As the source imagery is culled from different periods and vantage points, anomalies in wrapping the 3-D projection model appear.

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Forensic Still Life (Orange)
Inkjet on paper
2014, RISD, Providence, RI
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For the Forensic Still Lives Valla produced still life arrangements of nothing, leaving only the calibration targets and measurement tools used in commercial, forensic and archaeological photography. These are typically meant as reference points to include the maximum amount of measurable information in a photograph.
These tools are the forbears of photogrammetry, a type of software meant to turn photographs into 3D models. Valla used this software to produce models of the empty still lives, turning the system onto itself.
The final works are the digital artifacts produced by the software. These fragments (never meant to be seen by humans) are how the software produces, stores and transmits the photographic data.

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3d-maps-minus-3d.com
Publicly available data from Nokia's 3d maps, website
2013, http://www.3d-maps-minus-3d.com/
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3d-maps-minus-3d is a website that allows you to browse Nokia’s 3D maps with all of the 3D information removed.

visit the project

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Mechanical Turk Alphabets
Symbols extracted from Seed Drawings, pen-plotter, marker on paper
2012, XPO Gallery, Paris, France
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The Mechanical Turk Alphabets are derived form the Seed Drawings. Each symbol in the alphabets was a previously unrecognizable glyph that was frequently copied in the Seed Drawings. These recurring symbols emerged on their own through thousands of iterative copies. Perhaps these are the internet equivalents to archaeologists’ entoptic phenomenon (some images) – erronously though to be the ur-forms of primitive art accessed in altered psychological states.

The prints were produced using a marker attached to a pen plotter – a machine mimicking the stroke of a stylus.

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Blank Process (Areas of interest on the studio wall as determined by a computer vision algorithm)
Image recognition software, hi resolution scans of my studio wall, inkjet on canvas mounted on plywood
2012,
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Mark Copies J.F. Kensett’s Lily Pond, Newport, Rhode Island, and Paints in the View from his Studio Window
Oil paintings ordered online, email correspondance
2010, “Vanishing Point,” Bitforms Gallery, New York, NY
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Helen Copies Lucy Copies Mr. Lin Copies Jane Copies Steven Copies Andy Copies Mark Copies Zhongbo Adds a Skyscraper to Almy’s Pond, Newport
Oil paintings ordered online copied in sequence by several painters, email correspondance
2012, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis, IN
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Zhongbo Adds a Skyscraper to Almy’s Pond, Newport

email correspondence between clementvalla@gmail.com and cn@goldappleart.com
      July 9, 2012 6:03 Pm
      SubJect: cuStom Painting
      1 attachment, 78 Kb

Hello,
I would like to order a reproduction of the landscape painting attached below. However, could you add some- thing to the painting: a typical building or skyscraper that you can see from your window.
The painting should be 50cm by 40cm.
Thanks and best,
Clement
 
 

      July 9, 2012 10:43 Pm
      SubJect: Re: cuStom Painting
      1 attachmentS, 121 Kb

Dear Clement:
Ok,Thanks again.also,we do a draft,please take a look,is it ok???
The total amount is 82.4 USD , (include the shipping cost is still 23.6 USD, the paintings is 58.8 USD,) You need to pay 82.4 x in advance 50% = 41.2 USD for the paintings
You can use paypal to pay,Our Paypal account number is: cn@ goldappleart.com
The paintings will be completed within 12 days after we re- ceived your advance deposit 41.2 USD
Attached to the letter price list as a reference.
We would like to hear from you.
Best regards !
Zhongbo
 
 

      July 10, 2012 10:27 am
      SubJect: Re: cuStom Painting

Dear Zhongbo,
I have made a payment of 41.2 USD through paypal. You can proceed with the draft that you sent.
Best,
Clement
 
 

      July 20, 2012 6:39 am
      SubJet: Re: Painting comPleted
      1 attachment, 139 Kb

Dear Clement:
The paintings was completed ,attached the photos,please take a look,thanks.
We would like to hear from you.
Best regards!
Zhongbo
 
 

      July 20, 2012 10:37 am
      SubJect: Re: Painting comPleted

Dear Zhongbo,
This looks great, thanks. I will make the final payment through paypal.
The painting should be shipped to the following address:

Clement Valla
Rhode Island School fo Design Department of Graphic Design Two College Street Providence, RI 02903-2784 United States
Phone: +1.917.407.4934
Thanks and best,
Clement
 
 

      July 24, 2012 7:33 am
      SubJet: Re: Painting ShiPPed out
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Dear Clement:
The paintings have been shipped out. You should be get them around 5 days.
Tracking number is 6547058685 by DHL.
You should see the shipping process http://www.dhl.com/en/ express/tracking/shippers_reference.html 2 days later.
Best regards !
Zhongbo
 
 

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Hapax Phaenomena
Terms resulting in unique search results in Google image search, .Zip Archive, 75.9 MB, inkjet on paper
2012, rhizome.org, Splatterpool Gallery, Brooklyn, Brown University, Providence, RI
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Hapax Phaenomena is a collection of historically unique images discovered by Google image search from collaborators Clement Valla and John Cayley. The fragile and tenuous Phaenomena are organized into subcategories within the five folders; 1_discordant_wonderfulness; 2_nondurable_megabyte; 3_inventive_monetarism; 4_patriotic_leaseback; and 5_diatomic_roach. Each Phaenomena is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity, a screenshot of its moment of global and historical singularity taken by one of the artists.

Currently available through ‘The Download’ on Rhizome.org:
http://rhizome.org/the-download/

 

Or here:
http://clementvalla.com/xfer/Hapax_Phaenomena.zip

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Sol LeWitt + Mechanical Turk
Artist Book, Custom Software, Amazon Mechanical Turk
2009, Self-Published
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Custom software recreates a Sol LeWitt drawing. The software also posts instructions on Amazon.com’s Mechanical Turk. Human workers execute the drawings online based on the instructions. The workers are paid 5¢ for each drawing. The software then assembles the Mechanical Turk drawings in a grid. The software drawings and the Mechancial Turk drawings are presented side by side.

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