Janek Simon’s “Meta Folklore” Analyzes Etsy and eBay Imagery to Produce Completely Unremarkable Sculptural Forms

“Meta Folklore,” a collection of recent sculptures by Polish artist Janek Simon opens at The Hague’s experimental art space 1646. Analyzing a trove of images from Etsy and eBay that “problematically categorize folkloric sculptures from around the world,” Simon used machine learning to generate a new homogenized ‘meta’ sculptural language for a series of 3D prints. The resulting colourful forms are recognizable to “everyone and at the same time no-one,” notes the artist.


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