As a strong supporter of the Crypto Art community, I have purchased and curated several cutting-edge digital art pieces and mixed-media creations, that have been published to the Blockchain.
When first hearing about Bitcoin mining the initial images in everyone’s head is of a traditional mine. In this slightly whimsical piece I sought to play on this confusion, combining the dual concept of physical and electronic mining.
The piece was created using a combination of 3D assets and digital renders to create a scene that everyone will relate to. Included are those images that might arise; the rock face, picks and shovels, carts and tracks – and of course mined Bitcoins.
Rising from the hard ground, between the trees and mist of a forest clearing, a naked figure encounters the monolith. Unafraid, curious and aware of a surging power but uncertain of its meaning. The figure feels the vibrant power of crypto and ponders this inspiring sight. Enlightenment comes silently, but assuredly.
The piece was created using a combination of 3D assets, 2D backgrounds and renders to create a composite reminiscent of the monolith in 2001 – A Space Odyssey. “The world of fine art has long looked to the monolith and the megalith as attempts to invoke the awe of that natural, near-mystical perfection.” Here I have brought this concept to the modern era with the Crypto Monolith.
The use of a limited palette and the granular, almost molecular, nature of the forms serves to enhance the subject, taking focus away from the forms themselves and forcing the viewer to instead concentrate on the subject being presented. The artist has suggested a male and female form, in embrace or moving as in a dance, yet it remains for the viewer to decide the gender and state of the forms presented. This is the essence of impressionistic and interpretive art, hence its worthy inclusion in this collection.
Němec cleverly blends a near Pre-Raphaelite style with the modern symbology of a Bitcoin. His use of diffuse gold colours highlights the concept of Bitcoin as ‘crypto gold’ and as a symbol of a new dawn. Yet despite these positive connotations, the figure is seen to be either awakening by virtue of this rising force or literally cast down in fear. The viewer is left to resolve their own feelings on the subject and their place in this new era.
Mountains, part of the Explore series, is reminiscent of Dux Alexander’s ‘See America’ series of posters, while echoing the Art Deco style of Adolphe Cassandre. Yates’s careful use of complementary colour and tone, along with placement of the diminutive, singular figure at the base of the image, successfully emphasises the majesty and vastness of the natural environment. The viewer’s eye naturally moves along the vertical, between title and figure, creating a soaring sensation that shows the artist’s competency within a limited canvass size.
Basura, meaning trash in Spanish, was created by Cuttini in 2014. The image is of a trash bag placed on a scanner, which was then shook as the scanning process took place. As Cuttini states, “Analog glitches for a digital future”. It may be that we are looking at one of the last images that will be created using both digital and mechanical technology, before we declare this way as ‘rubbish’ and discard it forever.
In a series of works relating to the mythical adventures of Professor Kirsch, the artist presents a monochrome illustration of a landmark crystal ‘found at the base of a mountain’, presented as a numbered playing card. Drawn in subtle yet harsh angles with multi directional crosshatched faces, we’re presented with the hardness and darkness of the crystal.
The Entrance shows the bust of Professor Kirch, constructed with multi-sided polygons, in front of a red nonagon, which the viewer is left to interpret as the Entrance. The image, set as a postage stamp, adds further mystique to the character being celebrated by some unstated nation, perhaps his home country commemorating his adventures.
A cute and whimsical early piece by Jones, combining what appears to be a real-world photograph with an illustrated character. Echoing the style of characters popularised within the crypto collectables community, such as Cryptokitties, Jones succeeds in creating a bright and cheering image reflecting the nature of spring.
Issued to commemorate achieving 100 members of the KnownOrigin community on Telegram, 100 is a presentation of geometric elements on a set of four panels. Following the panels in a clock-wise direction the artist subtly combines and reuses some elements from the prior panel, creating a flow within the piece that could easily be missed.