Realities in Modern Art

"It's quiet, thoughtful, and asks us to consider
where the line between artificial and real should be drawn." – Chat GPT

"It's quiet, thoughtful, and asks us
to consider where the line between artificial and real should be
drawn." – Chat GPT

Amir Fattal, JOEL'S HOUSE, 2023.

For my POST-ARTIFICIAL PAINTINGS exhibition, AI takes center stage, transforming visual data into a reflection of our own tastes and desires. Given its role in the works displayed here, I decided to use ChatGPT to produce a work of art criticism about one of the paintings, JOEL’S HOUSE, using AI together with the press release for my show. This is how it responded: 

"In Amir Fattal's painting, JOEL’S HOUSE we find ourselves peering over the shoulder of a man as he stands before a large abstract painting. The art here does more than decorate the room. It seems to reflect the man's thoughts, as if the abstract shapes and colors hold a personal meaning for him. The scene is quiet, almost meditative, reminiscent of the silent narratives captured by Edward Hopper.   

JOEL’S HOUSE feels like a modern snapshot. The man, dressed in simple, stylish clothing, and the room, carefully arranged with designer furniture, give us a glimpse into a life that's both desirable and unreachable. These characters aren't real, but they represent real aspirations: success, good taste, and a deep appreciation for art. They're like echoes of the people we see in glossy magazines, just out of reach.

The man in JOEL’S HOUSE isn't just looking at a painting; he's part of a bigger narrative that questions the authenticity of our aesthetic choices. How much of what we consider beautiful or valuable is influenced by the collective psyche?

Fattal's work sits at the edge of reality and fiction, blending them until it's hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. JOEL’S HOUSE isn't just a painting; it's part of a larger conversation about the art world and our place in it. It's quiet, thoughtful, and asks us to consider where the line between artificial and real should be drawn." 

Then, I asked ChatGPT to explain the process of its own technology and how it created the resulting text. This was its response: 

"As an AI, my approach to analyzing images differs from a human's. I lack personal experiences and emotions, and I don't visually perceive images. Instead, I interpret image data through algorithms trained to spot patterns and elements. 

Here's how I process an image, step by step: 

1. Feature Detection: I scan for shapes, colors, and textures using neural networks.
2. Pattern Recognition: I match these features against a database to identify familiar styles or details. 
3. Contextual Understanding: I consider text-related data like tags to grasp the image's setting. 
4. Text Generation: Combining all this, I craft a text response, emulating art critique language. 

In writing art critiques, I draw from extensive art-related data to deliver insights reflective of traditional criticism, informed by the details you provide.” 



Joel’s House

Amir Fattal

Joel’s House




Amir Fattal (b.1978 Tel Aviv, Israel) is an artist and curator based in Berlin. Fattal’s practice is one of reflection grounded in the history of aesthetics and cultural references. Working in new technologies such as AI, 3D printing and digital animation, his work highlights their effects on creativity.

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