Andrew Au

One of a series of large scale drawings and prints which are a combination of lithography and silkscreen.Andrew “Bernard” Au was one of three Miami art faculty members who received an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council board in spring 2017.

The awards are peer recognition of creative artists for the exceptional merit of a body of their work that advances or exemplifies the discipline and the larger artistic community. These awards support artists’ growth and development and recognize their work in Ohio and beyond.

Au, associate professor of art and humanities and creative arts on Miami Regionals' Middletown campus, was recognized in the visual art 2-D category. He received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Asbury College and a master’s degree in art-printmaking from the University of Cincinnati. He teaches foundation studies and maintains a studio with his wife in Cincinnati.

At a recent exhibit of his work at at the Clay Street Press in Cincinnati, Au presented works under the title The Context of Information.

Andrew Au: The Context of Information, Flyer Notes

New prints and drawings by artist Andrew Au. These hybrid creatures, combinations of the biological and human made machine, conjured by Andrew’s imagination, hint at a darker future for mankind. These beautifully rendered images question our quest for more and smarter machines to serve us. Stephen Hawking has said artificial intelligence "could spell the end of the human race.” Elon Musk said “I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I were to guess like what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that.” And even Bill Gates wrote, "I am in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence. First the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be super intelligent. That should be positive if we manage it well. A few decades after that though the intelligence is strong enough to be a concern. I agree with Elon Musk and some others on this and don't understand why some people are not concerned.”

See more examples of Au's work on the Clay Street Press Facebook site.

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