For my recent solo exhibition, Tropopause Contemplation, I created this diptych entitled Transaction Sender and Transaction Recipient. The diptych served as the first piece of artwork within the show to introduce the visitors to blockchain technology. I wanted to create a painting that visually represents the fundamental concept of blockchain: transactions and the transfer of value.
To communicate the abstract concept of a transaction visually, I decided to create a diptych instead of a single piece of artwork. I cut a round shape out of the Sender piece and transferred/attached this shape to the other piece, the Recipient. The round shape resembles a coin or token as well as the moon, a popular reference for a prosperous future within cryptocurrency culture.
The adjacent description to the diptych explained how transactions are grouped to transaction blocks and added to their respective previous block. These transaction blocks form a long immutable chain, hence the term “blockchain.”
In the upcoming months, I plan to create an animated, tokenized version of these two paintings. At the time of writing, I plan to enhance the physical artworks using these new animations as augmented reality layers. Both paintings will be exhibited at the Bitcoin Art Gallery during the Bitcoin2020 conference in San Francisco, CA.
If you would like to know more about my first solo exhibition, Tropopause Contemplation – Blockchain Technology and Inclusive Decentralization, I recently published a blog post with a preview video about it. It was one of the first entirely blockchain-focused solo exhibitions in North America. You can find the blog post here.