I created the Imaginary Diagrams painting series for the group exhibition Expo aux Puces. Sherbrooke artist Vincent Arnold curated the show, which was held at the Centre Culturel et Communautaire Françoise Dunn in Sherbrooke, QC, in February 2019.
Imaginary Diagrams consists of ten small acrylics-on-paper paintings, six of which I animated later on. Therefore, it is both a physical and a digital painting series. The animations were tokenized as digital artworks on the art platforms KnownOrigin and SuperRare.
The Physical Series – Imaginary Diagrams
In the acrylic paintings, I play with sharp contrasts, colours, geometric against fluid shapes, and paint splashes. On a side note: I was inspired by the album Vivaldi Recomposed by Max Richter, a contemporary take on Vivaldi’s classic The Four Seasons.
The Digital Series – Imaginary Diagrams Plus
Inspired by the diagrams in the paintings, I animated six, not limiting myself to one diagram per artwork. Instead, I was able to create an animation of alternating constellations. As a result, subtle animations produce constant movement in search of new abstract geometric and imaginary diagrams.
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KnownOrigin’s First Video Token
I tokenized two animations on the digital art platform KnownOrigin as a limited edition of ten. The piece #76 Plus (Imaginary Diagrams) was selected for the Rare Art Festival 2 in Brooklyn, NY. At the time, only animated gifs were supported with a file size of under 35 MB on KnownOrigin. To accommodate the high-resolution display, KnownOrigin co-founder James Morgan helped me manually link a high-resolution video file to the tokenized artwork. Although not mentioned in the artwork description, this file is the first video token on KnownOrigin.
#76 Plus (Imaginary Diagrams)
774 × 1000 px
Price: 0.1 ETH
#81 Plus (Imaginary Diagrams)
774 × 1000 px
Price: 0.1 ETH
SuperRare Digital Originals
Later on, I tokenized the four remaining animations as digital originals on the SuperRare platform. After their sale on the primary market (i.e., collectors purchasing directly from the artist), SuperRare makes it possible to place bids for purchases from the collectors.
Expo Aux Puces – Group Exhibition
The exhibition was inspired by the international series of group shows Got It For Cheap, where small paper artwork is standardized and priced affordably. The idea is to democratize art and make it possible for anyone to own an original.
The Expo Aux Puces exhibition aimed to introduce this format to Sherbrooke, QC. Nearly two-dozen local artists participated, many people attended, and over 120 artworks were sold during the vernissage, with 20% of the proceeds going to the urban festival series Amalgam.
I attach a few photos of the vernissage below: