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SuperRare

SuperRare is a marketplace to collect and trade unique, single-edition digital artworks. Each artwork is authentically created by an artist in the network, and tokenized as a scarce, single-edition digital item that you can own and trade. For each purchase, buyers pay a 3% transaction fee. On primary sales, the gallery retains 15% of the artwork sale price while artists receive a 10% royalty on all secondary sales of their work in the marketplace. Launched in April 2018, SuperRare was co-founded by CEO John Crain, CTO Charles Crain, and CPO Jonathan Perkins, with the mission of empowering creators and allowing everyone in the world to become an art collector.

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Martin Lukas Ostachowski On His Creative Process

Hi Martin! Your art usually combines coding, traditional techniques, and a special attention to clouds and what they can signify. Would you share some insights on your creative process with us, accompanying us to the discovery of one of your works?

The foundation of my work lies in continuous practice. I make an effort to work on my art regardless of where I am every day and maintain sketch- and concept books. In my concept books, I develop new ideas for artworks and algorithms in a structured process. As an example, how could I explore a particular topic visually? In contrast, my sketchbooks serve as a casual playground; I practice drawing and experiment spontaneously. Each book seems to address one half of the brain, so maintaining a balance is vital to stay engaged over the years. Matisse said something along the lines that inspiration only finds you working, and I notice that daily practice makes me much more receptive.

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Daily practice is essential for the development of my work.

Most of the concepts I develop from the idea stage further align with my current body of work of promoting and educating about Blockchain technology. I believe that blockchain will change our world far beyond its currency aspects and that a basic understanding becomes critical for inclusion. Imagine an art exhibition that takes people by the hand, guides them through the maze of buzzwords and technical complexity and leaves them empowered to learn more; that's what I am working towards. Last year, I held a solo exhibition with the first batch of mostly physical artworks. I learned a lot in conversations with visitors, which pointed me in several directions on where to elaborate to make the story more understandable.

Transaction Sender

Transaction Sender & Transaction Recipient (diptych)
Acrylics and woven, hand- and laser-cut paper
2019


Most of the pieces I create can take weeks, months, some even years. So, software became crucial in visualizing my concepts before I start these lengthy creations. Using graphic design software for more than 20 years, it comes easily to me to build mockups and validate ideas. A few years ago, these digital concepts were relatively detailed and elaborate, but I began working much more iteratively over time. Often this results in additional studies, happy accidents and new directions.

It was only in spring 2018 when I started exploring generative art, encouraged by joining the platforms SuperRare and KnownOrigin. While I do not consider myself a coder, my self-taught base of web-based programming helps me to tackle increasingly challenging projects. A process that works well for me is breaking overall algorithms into small manageable pieces and building it up. Let's take my recent animated artwork, "Ephemeral Thoughts on Digital Wallets," as an example. In this piece, I went through dozens of iterations, tweaking the algorithm continuously towards the initial concept for several weeks or even months.

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Iterations towards the animation Ephemeral Thoughts on Digital Wallets
2018-2020


My released artworks are sometimes several steps further than the initial idea. The moment I find myself in the final stretch of solving an issue or completing an algorithm, I am already focused on the next iterations, which usually add more complexity. If I find a way to communicate an idea better, I can become pretty stubborn and not afraid of hard nuts to crack. This approach extends the creation process and allows me to learn and grow with every artwork.

Ephemeral Thoughts on Digital Wallets
2018-2020

Developing most pieces iteratively, I keep working on several pieces at the same time. For some of these artworks, it can take a long time to gather the necessary material, i.e. aerial videos. I am working on several pieces for which I already recorded cloud videos on passenger flights over two or more years. Others keep evolving, such as my woven and cut-out pieces. This series started as painted artworks back in high school in 2002. With my new animation experience, I aim to digitize and enhance some of them later this year.

THANKS!

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Convergence - Fine Art and AI

Lawrence Lee, acclaimed Contemporary Southwestern artist, and Bård Ionson, coder with a keen eye and an artistic bent, have begun a fascinating journey of collaboration that melds paintings with modern artificial intelligence technology.

Lee’s “magic people” inhabit a separate reality that seems to be of another world--a multidimensional one. By combining one of the original human creative outlets, painting, and advanced math with new technologies, a multitude of mages, seers, shamans and sages has been born.

This is a creation built on a lifetime of Lee’s creations at the easel. Bård used over 250 Lee paintings to train a machine learning / artificial intelligence system and used his own creative skills to perfect the output of the software and to curate results.  Lee then worked to identify the best of the generated images and used his digital painting skills and immense creativity to improve on what Bård produced. With each iteration, new possibilities were revealed, and the pair are excited by the prospect of further development, incorporating new technologies as they become available and following the lead of some of the images produced thus far into new, previously unimagined areas.

Bård is now taking the improved results to teach the AI model all over again.

Art will be sold on SuperRare. Please find these Shaman works we call Convergence on SuperRare on the profiles of Lawrence Lee and Bård Ionson 

More information: http://bardionson.com/gallery/newconvergence.html

(Early AI GAN faces)

The goal was to expand the creative palette like a hallucinatory dream. Controlled by Bård with training selections, the AI produced a googleplex of possible random outcomes. Lawrence and Bård have hand-selected the best of each production run from the machine, and Lawrence has worked to unearth these new shamans and the landscapes they inhabit by enhancing them further and augmenting their otherworldly qualities in an attempt to better understand their roots and to release their powers. 

Ionson and Lee will be releasing the series of images created, called Convergence, as weekly package drops of three still images and one video on SuperRare. Find them starting on June 23.

Convergence Ab The Bård artificial intelligence version |  Convergence Ab - After Lawrence Lee turns it into art. 

Please find these Shaman works we call Convergence on SuperRare on the profiles of Lawrence Lee and Bård Ionson 

 

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Lawrence is one of the small number of fine artists in the space of tokenized art because he is always looking for ways to expand and learn new things. He has been a professional artist for over 40 years.  He is one of the original adopters of non-fungible tokens on SuperRare for his digital art. In addition he has created computer art from early in the personal computer age. 

Bård Ionson is an artist who is relative to Lawrence, a beginner with art but has spent a career working with computers and programming. He is now creating digital art and video art using oscilloscopes, scanners and artificial intelligence technologies.

https://vimeo.com/430795681

 

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NIFTIES Interviews PROMETHEUS

What a pleasure to have a chat with you, Prometheus! You have been into crypto for a while now and you have recently collaborated with Ethereal Virtual Summit 2020, realizing seven portraits for a charity auction. Can you tell us more about this experience, how did this collaboration start?
 
Sure! That’s right, the world of cryptocurrencies attracted me in mid-2017, I got into cryptoart a little later.
As for my collaboration with the Ethereal Summit, it was an interesting experience no doubt. SuperRare was among the event sponsors, and the team wanted to organize a crypto auction to help Covid-19 charities by donating part of the raised sum. They were the ones who asked me if I was interested in taking part to the auction with my work and I gladly accepted.

 

What about the subjects of your portraits, how did the idea come about? Which portrait did you enjoy making the most? 

So, the aim of the event was to actually create crypto collectibles rather than works of art. We decided to create the portraits of the main speakers, to sort of commemorate their participation in this year’s Ethereal Summit. I liked the idea of the classic collectible cards, so I played around with a style remindful of American baseball cards, almost in a vintage fashion.
The portrait that I liked making the most was Hudson Jameson’s, I’d say. He’s a fun look, and taking his twitter profile as a source of images and information, I enjoyed filling the card’s background with ice-creams and cats!

 

You present yourself as a father and tattoo artist, but your love for crypto has always been alive too. Can you tell us where your passion comes from and how did you approach the crypto art movement when it developed?

As I said, I started studying cryptocurrencies back in June 2017, more or less. I’ve always been one of those people constantly interrogating themselves and questioning things, sometimes raising even too many questions! While looking for answers, I’ve always had a “troubled relationship” with financial markets, sort of a love and hate thing… Sometimes I would dream about being a ruthless manager, other times I’d loved to be a hippie.
Eventually I understood the best thing one can be is themselves, and I started thinking of myself as someone between a ruthless manager and a hippie, in a way. Why should these figures be impossible to combine, after all? Cryptocurrencies helped me find the balance between the two.

 

All your works always have a rich system of references behind them, and your style kept very recognizable despite evolving over time. Does your creative process follow any pattern? Would you share some technical insights with us?

I believe that what identifies my work the most is that each piece tries to convey a concept or to stimulate deep reflection. This turns into a limitation to some extent because I hardly ever “take it easy” when I work. But if you take a good look around you might as well notice there’s not much to be carefree about, and what I produce can’t be detached from what surrounds us, from what I perceive.
I love observing the world in all its facets and think. I’m satisfied when I am able - or I try, at least, - to render an intricate reflection into a simple image, a graphically neat work – I don’t really like “special effects.”

 

What is it that really drives your art? 

Well, that’s a good question. I think it is mainly three things: a fundamental one is that I find in art a voice to speak my mind, a way to share my opinion with very many people and possibly provide food for thought. Another, related to crypto art specifically, is the idea to be part of a captivating and innovative reality. And the last one is related to Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, a discourse many of my works address, which will allow me to say in a few years “I was right,” and tell my daughters’ children that while a page of history was written I was there.

 

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SuperRare 2019 recap

SuperRare gallery hosts more than 4,000 single-edition artworks, over 2,500 of which have been sold in 2019. Among top artists, we find XCOPY, Hackatao, Coldie, TrevorJones & Allota Money.

In 2019, the average sale price of artworks on the platform was about $150, with the market thriving towards the end of the year. On 15th December EthGirl, a collaboration between SuperRare artists Trevor Jones and Alotta Money, was bought by collector Moderats for 72.1 ETH ($10,027 at the time of sale), breaking the all-time ETH sale record for the digital market. 

SuperRare has a varied community of artists and collectors from 154 countries and receives about 25 artist applications per week, maintaining a 10% acceptance rate.