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Could Painting What's Possible

Could Painting What's Possible

The Future of Agriculture, acrylic on canvas, 32 x 50" 2015

The Future of Agriculture is an original painting that was commissioned by the Atlantic Magazine and Qualcomm in 2015 as part of a project titled Could: Painting What’s Possible. The project fostered collaborations between artists and journalists to have a dialogue about how new technologies and innovation are helping to manage natural resources and connecting everything in a changing planet. 

The picture contains a futuristic cityscape in the distance, rolling farmland in the middle distance sprinkled with suburban like homes, and a booming agricultural landscape in the predominate foreground of the painting. Some of the specific technologies in the article are depicted such as the self driving tractor, the drip irrigation system, the sensors lining the irrigation system, as well as small drone planes taking infrared snapshots of the land. The agricultural landscape is lined with clean energy systems like solar panels and wind turbines, and is all inhabited by a few central figures in the foreground who observe this scene roll out in front of them with tablet in hand watching all the data stream in. Other workers are in the scene in various poses using various technologies.

The transparent grid that dominates the picture is representative of the “digital overlay” which is a metaphorical lens through which we are becoming accustomed to view our world. This digital overlay is being placed on the formally low-tech agricultural industry and the new connections being integrated into this field through technology. The grid is an essential signifier in the picture, as it represents the connections to different technologies as well as places, and people being depicted in the painting. Urban, suburban and rural environments, lines, shapes, and symbols are literally being drawn together to illustrate the invisible connections between machines that will come to shape and enhance our lives as well as our ability to manage our collective resources hopefully insuring humanity’s survival. 

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the Making of "The Future of Agriculture"

a short stop motion video of the making of this project

Could Painting What's Possible

The Future of Agriculture, acrylic on canvas, 32 x 50" 2015

The Future of Agriculture is an original painting that was commissioned by the Atlantic Magazine and Qualcomm in 2015 as part of a project titled Could: Painting What’s Possible. The project fostered collaborations between artists and journalists to have a dialogue about how new technologies and innovation are helping to manage natural resources and connecting everything in a changing planet. 

The picture contains a futuristic cityscape in the distance, rolling farmland in the middle distance sprinkled with suburban like homes, and a booming agricultural landscape in the predominate foreground of the painting. Some of the specific technologies in the article are depicted such as the self driving tractor, the drip irrigation system, the sensors lining the irrigation system, as well as small drone planes taking infrared snapshots of the land. The agricultural landscape is lined with clean energy systems like solar panels and wind turbines, and is all inhabited by a few central figures in the foreground who observe this scene roll out in front of them with tablet in hand watching all the data stream in. Other workers are in the scene in various poses using various technologies.

The transparent grid that dominates the picture is representative of the “digital overlay” which is a metaphorical lens through which we are becoming accustomed to view our world. This digital overlay is being placed on the formally low-tech agricultural industry and the new connections being integrated into this field through technology. The grid is an essential signifier in the picture, as it represents the connections to different technologies as well as places, and people being depicted in the painting. Urban, suburban and rural environments, lines, shapes, and symbols are literally being drawn together to illustrate the invisible connections between machines that will come to shape and enhance our lives as well as our ability to manage our collective resources hopefully insuring humanity’s survival. 

the Making of "The Future of Agriculture"

a short stop motion video of the making of this project

Could Painting What's Possible
minervini-flat_smaller_smaller_detail_web.jpg
the Making of "The Future of Agriculture"