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[Image: Matthew Stone. 2023. Digital print on linen. h200 x w320cm. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery COMMON.]

Matthew Stone "Human in the Loop"

Gallery Common


Matthew Stone
From May 13 to June 11, 2023, Gallery Common is pleased to announce Human in the Loop, British artist Matthew Stone’s first solo exhibition in Japan. The show will feature a series of new paintings that combine analog, digital, and AI processes. There will also be a generative painting that produces infinite images based on an algorithm trained on the artist’s works. In commemoration of his first show in Tokyo, Stone will also be releasing a limited edition print.

In the early 2000s, Stone and a group of friends ignited a subcultural movement in South London in the form of the art collective !WOWOW!. A byproduct of his fascination with Warhol’s Factory and Joseph Beuys’s idea of social sculpture, the collective was housed in an abandoned building that would become host to a slew of rotating exhibitions, residencies, salons, and massive art happenings. Stone’s subsequent encounter with musician FKA Twigs led to the birth of the iconic album covers for M3LL155X and the critically acclaimed Magdalene.

Stone’s works combine physical painting, digital rendering, and printing processes. The newest addition to Stone’s process is artificial intelligence. The images on many of the canvases in this exhibition combine AI outputs with the artist’s manual input.

The title of the exhibition, Human in the Loop, refers to the point in AI development at which human beings are needed to quality check the output of an AI in order to train it accurately. In this exhibition, Stone likens himself to the human in the loop. "That is how I see my role," he says.

"I think that in a way a lot of people misunderstand the level of creativity that can be present when working with AI as a tool. I feel like people are right to question new technologies– to question how they are implemented, who for and to what end– but I also think it’s important to actively engage with the technology and tools, so that we’re not just operating from a place of abstract or uninformed anxiety.”

What is AI’s creative potential, and what is our creative potential when we work with AI? Stone’s new works pose serious questions about this revolutionary technology, which, as with the introduction of any new technology, has incited both excitement and fear.

Amidst the ongoing discussion, one that ranges from cynical to dismissive, Stone says that we must trust that our desire to be fully human will be realized through AI, rather than at the cost of AI. Stone’s optimistic approach encourages us to use technology for human connection. It also reminds us where true creative power lies– not in the tools themselves, but in the hands of those who wield them.


May 13 (Sat) 2023-Jun 11 (Sun) 2023 

Opening Hours Information

Monday, Tuesday

Opening Reception May 12 (Fri) 2023 19:00 - 21:00

VenueGallery Common
LocationB1F, 5-39-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Access6 minute walk from exit A1 at Omotesando Station on the Hanzomon, Chiyoda and Ginza lines. 8 minute walk from exit 7 at Meiji-jingumae Station on the Chiyoda and Fukutoshin lines. 9 minute walk from exit B7 at JR Shibuya Station.
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