Banksy’s Exhibition in Toronto

I dare say that being a good observer matters more than ever. Peering into ourselves and the world unboxes the behaviors, the negatives, the positives or the actions that sidetrack us. The daily rummage distracts even the most intelligent beings; however a sudden tilt of the eye towards a mural or a poster sheds lights on our existential dilemma.

Banksy
Banksy

One of the most talented observers of our time is Banksy, the artist. His anarchic wit and his ability to dissect the challenges and communicating them in an intelligently uncluttered way is praiseworthy. The message is never lost in the image. A simple concept from evolutionary references, advocating for peace or justice to the validity of all kinds of love brings out the best version in each of us. His artworks push aside the narcissism of small differences and rely on the hype for compassion.

Banksy
Banksy
Banksy
Banksy

The incognito trademark of Bansky is attractive. His desire to act as a creative surrogate of empathy and heightened awareness portrays him as stimulating. Deep in our conscious, we form an alliance with his emotional intelligence. Unlike the desperate cry for help of Gotham citizens, who relied on one superhero to be rescued using the bat-signal device, Banksy lights the torch for us to observe, be responsible and take action.

 

Banksy
Banksy
Banksy
Banksy

The Banksy Art exhibition in Toronto curated by Steve Lazarides, his former agent, is a collection of references to our society and cultural idolization, obsessions or shenanigans. Still, his deeply-rooted mindfulness and generous care for the vulnerable are felt with clarity. An opportunity to see his artworks that will be returned to 40 different art collectors around the world, is worth the time and money.

 

THE ART OF BANKSY runs till September 2, 2018, at 213 Sterling. $35, stu/srs $32.50, children under five free.

Selling your Artwork on Blockchain Technology

In today’s culture, we are inspired or entertained digitally, we are all digitally connected, and we narrate our life stories with digital images. So what is digital art? Connecting the dots, science and art have been blended to improve, stimulate, or influence our lives for better and at times wickedly. Technology has phenomenally enabled artists to express their imagination with computers rendering ultimate realism to alluring fantasy.

LaTurbo Alvedon - SITTIN' UP IN MY ROOM
LaTurbo Alvedon – SITTIN’ UP IN MY ROOM

Yet, the anxiety of copyright and monetizing lingers in the digital sphere! Being fairly compensated for a work of art and the happy hunting ground for all and sundry are liberally ideal! Once again, technology is a positive force that reinforces this concept. The blockchain technology provides the artist with an excellent platform to protect and be awarded deservedly, conveniently, and transparent to the art world’s opacity.

Whether the digital and the new media genres are in our computers or part of our living or working space, it is significantly expressive of our culture, social observations, or just feel-good indulgence. Simultaneously, the fluid creativity that appears in digital work and new media from pointing out the inequalities, oppressions, fighting for justice, questioning mindless behaviors, or beliefs to inspire and improve our ways of life can be viewed, shared, and owned prolifically. Being able to own such artwork that moves you, the provenance is clear, and it might go up in value is appealing to many of us.

Eva Papmargariti - In ‘Always a body, always a thing’ Papamargariti, examines transformation and morphological/ontological fluidity through a series of bizarre incidents – actual or imagined – whose common thread is the ingestion and embodiment of plastic by living beings (fish, frogs) that end up mutating, as well as the appearance of a host of amorphous masses in natural settings (meadows, lakes).
Eva Papmargariti – In ‘Always a body, always a thing’ Papamargariti, examines transformation and morphological/ontological fluidity through a series of bizarre incidents – actual or imagined – whose common thread is the ingestion and embodiment of plastic by living beings (fish, frogs) that end up mutating, as well as the appearance of a host of amorphous masses in natural settings (meadows, lakes).

What’s more, blockchain technology addresses many critical questions for the artists and the whole art world! It transforms the way art is distributed and owned. It tackles the seriousness of censorship by decentralizing. It gives the artist sufficient power over the ownership or use of the artwork, especially by institutions or groups of people whose ideas oppose the artist. Galleries & museums are our contact points with the artist, but what about the ones located on another continent, or are they not mainly household names? Blockchain technology means a significant change in the fairer distribution of wealth and having a democratic choice in our societies’ matrix.

Few online art projects and sites applying blockchain technology:

Dadiani Fine Art is the first gallery in the UK to start accepting cryptocurrency for works of art. Accepted currencies are  bitcoinethereumethereum classic, litecoinripple, dash and NEM.

The left gallery produces and sells downloadable objects.

Cointemporary an online platform for exhibiting and selling artwork.

Ikonotv.art offers a free art stream for internet and SmartTV users.

Featured image by: CARLA GANNIS’S work examines the narrativity of 21st century representational technologies and questions the hybrid nature of identity. (Transfer Gallery)

Digital Artist & Blockchain Technology

Art and culture are credited for our communities’ wellbeing, education, and enlightening our emotional world. Various political statements, beliefs, or social values have been produced and communicated through Art, Music, or Literature by struggling artists and independent content creators of all kinds. Although the digital revolution has reshaped the Art and Media industries by introducing different production methods, distribution, and enabling reasonably priced promotional campaigns, the technology still has its flaws. For many artists and content creators working with brick-and-mortar institutions, streaming or other social web-based platforms is a grueling route. Why? Simply, the unfair treatment by the powerful intermediaries offers nominal royalty fees, commissions, or payments.

Ipso-facto, keeping the torch of artistry lit requires transparency and incentive. So enter blockchain technology. Progression from the age of information to the age of value, the blockchain technology serves the two essential elements for supporting and creating art. How? The simple idea behind the technology is that information or anything of value such as music, art, money, IP, deeds,… can be securely stored and relocated on an expansive global distributed ledger or database, run on numerous machines. The principle behind blockchain is to fulfill everyday needs by establishing trust through mass collaboration and smart code.

The transparency factor is about the provenance and the authenticity of the art of all kinds. A well-documented provenance confirms that the piece is authentic, not stolen, and has ownership history.

The application of blockchain technology for verification and ownership of physical art has been employed by several companies such as Verisart in Los Angeles, Tagsmart in London, and Ascribe in Berlin. They provide certificates of authenticity and provenance records.

The concept of ownership and provenance can be used for digital art. Once the art has a story together with the element of scarcity, it becomes collectible and eventually adds financial value. Beatriz Ramos, a Venezuelan artist, and CEO of DADA.nyc , has created a decentralized digital art marketplace on the blockchain offering the transparency factor and a social network where artists speak to each other through drawings.

The incentive factor allows ethical and fair payment to the artist. The common good practiced at the very best as art lovers reach their “high” from the ownership and have fulfilled their moral imperative by supporting the artist fairly and directly. Simultaneously, the stimulus is significant for the artists to be in charge of their creative work and gain from their magic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Garant – No need to treat double vision

“The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust

Canadian pop surrealist artist, Alex Garant, stimulates our senses from fully experiencing to witnessing a state of mind. The queen of double vision brings us back to being aware where we can see a thought. The duplication effect in her portraitures emerges from symmetry and patterns yet leads us from coherence to a world without walls and restrictions. She stimulates our psyche to reach higher consciousness.

The profound symbolism of eyes in her imagery places our conventional and abstract human conditions side by side. Her art encourages us to see our strange responses to unfamiliar, to experience a situation and to re-examine our reactions.

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Paper Flower – Alex Garant
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The secret – Alex Garant
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Let it burn – Alex Garant