Virtual Face, Generated Contract | Christopher Rizkallah
Virtual Face, Generated Contract, 2018
Ink on Paper
94 x 71 cm
BA in Studio Arts, American University of Beirut (2014)
As an emerging multidisciplinary artist, Christopher Rizkallah’s work is both digital and physical, often playing between the two. Rizkallah has been a part of several group exhibitions and had his first solo show titled Aftertaste in 2016 where he exhibited a collection of his oil paintings. His work has most recently been acquired by the Luciano Benetton Collection to be indexed in ‘It’s Always Been’ in 2018. Rizkallah’s Virtual Face, Generated Contract speaks of a partnership between an artist and a computer, coming together within his frame. His effects captured by a camera, processed by a computer and replicated on paper depict a dialogue between intelligences. Generating a contemporary portrait, Rizkallah demonstrates the influence of technology on current art practice. The work is a take on post internet art in an era where reliance on artificial intelligence is increasing. Using the relationship between today’s artist and the inevitable impact of technology on their practice, we take a closer look at how they converge.