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KnownOrigin is an Ethereum-based art platform, fully secured on the decentralized web. KnownOrigin empowers artists with a platform to showcase and sell their work securely thanks to blockchain technology. Artists can create rare digital artwork, submit their creations to the gallery and also sell rare digital pieces of art to a new generation of art collectors.
We do believe that blockchain technology is shaping the Art world through Non-Fungible Tokens, and this new integration will help to develop NFTs’ adoption and usage.
Recently we collaborated with KnownOrigin and received a compelling response from the crypto art community. The Creative Challenge was an event dedicated to digital art in the form of non-fungible tokens. Ten lucky winners were selected and their artworks are up for auction starting today on the Saleroom.
Find below some of the pieces that are going to be sold on Auctionity, and check out their story, how and why they have been realized.
Structure of Reality was the 1rst winner of KnownOrigin and Auctionity Creative Challenge. Barabeke has been a digital artist for more than a decade and he has only recently embraced crypto, which he finds an ideal environment to represent his art, always 100% digital with a futurist orientation. He kindly shared with us the inspiration behind this artwork:
My art is mostly made of photos of my life, instants of reality that I blend together in wild ways usually forming new psychic realities that dive deep in the unconscious. Sometimes I go for glitch art like in the case of « Structure of Reality », which is actually a mix of a bucolic Swiss landscape and a woman climbing a flight of steps with two pillows.
So much going on in this piece! I’m no art critic but Structure of Reality really does seem to break the barrier of reality. The more you look at the artwork, the more you get lost in it and discover new details. It’s like a world of layered realities in bright colors.
Connie is a North American digital artists known for creating rare, collectible blockchain-based crypto art. This really reminds me of the band Daft Punk, probably because of the helmet. Well I guess it’s rather kind of like an astronaut helmet since the piece’s title is When Moon? The bright colors give a very lively feel to the painting and I’m guessing the grey in the background could be the color of a spaceship? Very lively piece of work!
First Contact by Stina Jones enter the top 3 places resulting from the KnownOrigin & Auctionity Creative Challenge. Stina has been experimenting with digital art since studying Art & Design at college, back in the 00s. She found KnownOrigin.io on Twitter, her gateway into the world of Crypto Art. She kindly shared with us her inspiration behind this piece:
This piece definitely had a sci-fi influence to it. I’ve always enjoyed creating cybernetic characters and I started wondering how they may look as scrambled intergalactic messages! This led me to begin experimenting with glitches and overlays in Photoshop, resulting in the submitted artwork.
What started out as a way to enhance her hand drawn illustrations soon became her preferred way of working. The title suggests that this little character might be a machine or a robot being animated for the first time? This little robot looks cute and quite eager to meet the viewer. But is it really that cute? That red eye looks a bit ominous to me, almost like a ‘recording’ sign, maybe it’s a camera eye? Maybe that robot is not so cute after all? Then, don’t you think it deserves to be hung on your living room wall?
Artonymousartifakt reached 4th place in a KnownOrigin and Auctionity Creative Challenge. He was an earlier blockchain adopter and has already sold over 50 artworks since he was shortlisted earlier in 2018 in SuperRare platform, his blockchain gateway. He kindly shared with us the process behind this artwork:
Colors #2 was created after some random doodling, and I really liked how it turned out, resulting in a four pieces series. My process varies, but lately I have been using lots of different forms of AI to produce the base for my work. I then build upon these results further in Photoshop and similar software. Some of the AI tools and frameworks I’ve been using lately is pix2pix, ganbreeded.app, runwayml with different frameworks ++”.
Great colors, the white frame makes them pop even more. It also make the piece look peaceful somehow. It is the mixture of artificial intelligence art and modifications from the artist which gives it a particular flavor. If you appreciate the technical strength of his artwork, then do not hesitate!
Beach life was the favorite choice of Auctionity’s Tech Dev Team and we were happy it reached 5th place on the KnownOrigin and Auctionity Creative Challenge. Italian’s artist community, with people like Hackatao, Mattia Cutini…, is doing a great job in getting crypto art known, and we are happy to introduce the work of Fabiano Speziari. He discovered crypto art through a related article and started experimenting. He kindly shared with us his style and process behind this artwork:
Colorful guests are images made from an analogue and digital mix. Old photos or clippings of old magazines changed by inserting strange colored characters.
This artwork is a striking superposition of images with a vintage and fun feel. That inflatable bird steals the show but somehow fits well with the artwork. The vintage photo and the sea are reminiscent of family vacations and this huge bird would indeed be a load of fun to play with! If you like the contrast between the vintage picture and the flashy drawing, then, don’t miss it!
Bard Ionson’s work was one of the top 10 curated artworks for a KnownOrigin and Auctionity Creative Challenge. He got into digital art in 2012 when Nam June Paik inspired him to make art through his exploration of his work “Internet Dweller”. In 2018, while researching crypto currency for an electronic sculpture piece called « Soul Scroll / Holy Roller » (he wanted to have people pay crypto currency for a prayer to be generated), he discovered SuperRare and KnownOrigin and began experimenting with Artificial Intelligence art. Bard Ionson kindly shared the inspiration behind this artwork’s name and how it was created:
The title refers to a dystopian future where memories of landscapes are stored in digital form. A digital forest inside a neural network.
This is an interesting and dark piece of art made using artificial intelligence. It is quite fascinating to think that this artwork is not purely the creation of a human mind but that a machine was part of the process. To me it looks like a picture that is out of focus or a glitch, I like the dark but colorful feel of this piece.
Brad Damico’s work was one of the top 10 curated artworks for a KnownOrigin and Auctionity Creative Challenge. He started experimenting with images and graphics software in the early to mid 90s, but it wasn’t until 2016 that he formally decided to create digital art. His work has been evolving over the years leading to digitally abstracted photography, and more recently to creative coding or generated art. He kindly shared with us the inspiration behind this artwork:
The original photo behind this piece was simply a picture of a wall in a restaurant that had great colors on it. The inspiration is to capture the colors and shapes of the world with my camera. I then take the digital photo and abstract it in one way or another, to focus more closely on the colors or shapes and lines. Much like distorting a sound, as is popular in music, distorting the image can provide a warmth or pleasantness, or in extremes can cause abrasive qualities.
This reminds me of Klimt, the use of colors, the kind of gold tones. Or maybe a landscape seen from the sky, like this colorful sulfur lake in the US. If this was not digital art I think it would work well on a very big canvas, as a center of interest in a living room. The colors and harmonies are mesmerizing, I could stare at it for hours and get lost in it, it’s very soothing. This piece is part of his Distortion series, don’t miss it!
Ulysses’s piece was one of the top 10 curated artwork for a KnownOrigin and Auctionity Creative Challenge. He or she first got into digital artwork by glitching gifs & creepypasta face swaps when he or she was young. Ulysses is a blockchain enthusiast artists that has clearly understood the benefits for digital art:
I love scifi & cyberpunk and I wanted to create an image with scifi feel to it. I imagine the good ship Ethereum taking off, shattering the paradigms of centrally planned systems. Privacy & decentralization are not things to sacrifice for the convenience of a sanitized censored internet. I support any technology that allows people to speak their minds, dissent, & subvert censorship. Cryptocurrencies are part of changing the mindset & I hope that art can be a tool to bring attention to these ideas.”
Very sci-fi artwork, the Ether symbol looks like an ominous ship radiating radio waves on a desolate or post-war planet. Interesting use of color to make the whole piece look like it happens in a different dimension. Maybe that Ether ship is not so ominous and came from another world to save this desolate planet?