Per Larson, an art critic from NY who was at that moment visiting Buenos Aires, wrote the following in his Art Blog:
“What is the experience I am having so much trouble putting into words?
You sit on a bench looking at a painting on a wall. It’s quite a good painting, interesting, in balance, pleasing. Then the lights in the room dim and the painting seems to have been replaced by a square of light. Moving images, ever changing geometric forms, take flight from their base form in what had been a painting and what is now an experience. In fact, the painting has come alive. Its basic forms and shapes are all transformed into moving entities – they are now alive. The painting of the paint is no longer with paint but with electronic imaging tools, it is painting with light. And then a figure slowly comes into the field of view, ghost like at first, then clearly a beautiful, mysterious being – just comes into this cauldron of changing shapes, colors and forms – and by her presence appears to settle it until we are left with her in a new painting – that then slowly disappears and dissolves as the lights come on and we are back in Flatland – which now is what painting is like for us.
I feel so lucky I have accidentally discovered this on a street in Buenos Aires, in its oldest gallery.
We have not been given just a picture, we have been given an experience. The result is transformative, a conversation.
The painter in one imaginative step outside of painting, she has given us the experience of living for but a few magic moments in an entirely unique and different universe.
Imagine a painting that actually tells a story – without ever ceasing to be a painting
This achievement by Patricia Linenberg enables us to see the life of a painting, to see and be a part of its life’s story. Awakened painting. That’s as close as I can get at this point to labelling this new genre.
A work of art brought alive, achieved through two years of work.
I found myself using the words imagine, wonder, magic, transformed, awe – and yet all words fail to describe the imagined very much alive world and beings of this magical universe that leaves us in awe.
This artist has made electronics an additional painting tools as real as her brushes and pigments. The question up to now has been not can machines think – but can they enable us to think better?
The answer is a thundering yes. We now know they can enable artists to better imagine.”