A timeless bridge between 2 artists from the 16th Century, yours truly from the 21st, and artists of the future. Frans Huys, a Belgian illustrator (1522-1562), made beautiful illustrations of strange masks from sculptor Cornelis Floris de Vriendt (1514-1575), printed to provide stone carvers with interesting faces to adorn buildings. The Rijks Museum made beautiful high resolution scans and offered them in public domain, which I took, cleaned deeply and carefully, and added my surreal digital magic, uploading them straight to contemporary crypto art. Here it stands, floating in the digital void, outside of time. Already on tracks for its future evolution. This collaboration of 3 European artists over 5 centuries, and artists to come,  makes you ponder a lot about time, culture and tools.
         
I use the digital solidity of the blockchain so that in the future, another artist finds these works, and make them evolve with the breakthrough art practice or ecosystem of that time. These works are not finished, they're never-ending time travellers. An ethereal blockchain made of art and time. A piece of art history is usually a piece of the past: these are pieces of the past, present and future. If time is a jungle, I am the machete, and collectors are the cobblestones of the road.


Unique NFTs available on secondary (Phase I is sold out) exclusively on SuperRare, exhibited in a virtual gallery here.
The release of Phase 1 is celebrated with a virtual solo show in partnership with Tara Digital Collective on Artsy and Decentraland,
and Cryptovoxels (thanks to M0NA Museum 0f NFT Art).
Introduction with Luke Whyte on SuperRare // Interview with Creator Collection here.
The design of the virtual exhibition space in the Metaverse was the result on a reflection of current skeuomorphism in virtual architecture. You can read my short essay on the subject here.

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1 - Satyre Floral                                                         2 - Homme-Pistil                                                               3 - Fontanailes


  4 - Fertile Féroce                                                       5 - Le Grand Nasal                                                                6 - Le Panache


There are no originals left by de Vriendt, these gorgeous bronze casts were made by Oleg Klimov








          To you, artist of the future, you will know the time has come for another block on this time chain when something as groundbreaking as blockchains has emerged. If I am still alive, come forth and claim the mantle. If I am dead, take this torch, light it again with your own fire. Own it. And pave the way for those who will come after you. Cornelis Floris de Vriendt, Frans Huys and Jæn salute you.

A few shots from the successful Metaverse exhibition:

Teaser for Phase II




Fonts : Exodus by Andrew Herndon / Movie Letters by Bou Fonts
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