How black artists in Web3 are celebrating Juneteenth

How black artists in Web3 are celebrating Juneteenth

Above: Viradescent Lure (izzakko, 2022)

How black artists in Web3 are celebrating Juneteenth

Black artists on SuperRare reflect on Juneteenth and shine a spotlight on artists they think deserve recognition.
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Juneteenth only became a federal holiday in 2021, but African Americans have celebrated it since June 19, 1865, when the southern rebellion collapsed in Galveston, Texas, two years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation freeing all slaves within Confederate states. It marks a pivotal moment in American history.
To celebrate Juneteenth this year, we’ve asked Black American artists on SuperRare for their reflections on what this historial holiday means to them and how they are celebrating it.
Diana Sinclair and Isaac “Drift” Wright are commemorating Juneteenth by curating the second edition of The Digital Diaspora which will be held at Samsung 837 in New York. This is the first event of its kind and scale celebrating the enduring achievements of Black artists in Web3 and the art world at large. For them, The Digital Diaspora is as much about representation as it is about celebration. They want to ensure that Black artists are visible in Web3 and that their contributions to its burgeoning culture are cemented on the blockchain.
For Peenpoon, it is important that we further the spirit of Juneteenth in Web3, shedding light on systemic injustices that affect Black artists in the space and making room for them to thrive. V01D, the DAO he co-founded with Akai Morton and Lauren Washington is hosting Lucid Futures on Juneteenth at LUME Studios in New York. Lucid Futures is a transcendent celebration of the past, the present, and a future they are actively manifesting as a DAO.
Both The Digital Diaspora and Lucid Futures make the statement that Black artists, despite being a minority in Web3, have managed to establish cultural resonance by using their platforms to amplify each other and by leveraging blockchain technology to cement their importance in the story of the NFT art movement. For Yosnier, Black artists in Web3 know how significant their voices are in this space and how to use them to champion each other everyday, but especially on a historic day like Juneteenth.
For other Black artists, Juneteenth is about remembering to claim space in the world to be unabashedly oneself. Izz wants Black artists to continue bringing their authentic selves to Web3, and much like Luz, to remember how much the Black community across generations has had to overcome to make this a reality for this generation. That being said, Terrell doesn’t want Black creatives to lose sight of the joy Juneteenth brings and reminds them to celebrate in good company. 
We also asked Diana, Drift, Peenpoon, Yosnier, Izz, Luz, and Terrell about their insights into other talented web3 artists who also deserve the spotlight today. Here are their recommendations:
Curator’s pick and recommended by Luz 
All I ever knew (Latashá, 2022)
“Latashá is a powerhouse creative that, in my opinion, has single-handedly added value and popularity to the music-NFT space like no other artist I’ve seen. It’s inspiring to see so much happening in web3 as a result of her efforts and I’m truly inspired every time I see one of her various drops sell out on all platforms (purrr💅🏾). I think that she would bring a whole new level of creativity (musically) to SuperRare.” 

Luz

Recommended by Diana Sinclair and Isaac “Drift” Wright

Femme Queen (Niall Ashely, 2022)

“Niall Ashley is amongst the most talented and hardworking artists in the space. They’ve worked to teach themselves countless skills in order to build out the world they envision in their mind. Their work is endlessly expansive and they are a personal inspiration to me when it comes to pushing personal boundaries and comfort levels.”

Diana Sinclair

Recommended by Peenpoon
Chronic (Bobbi Cai, 2022)
“Bobbi is an extremely talented queer black artist and one of the most emotionally honest artists out there. Her work speaks to that.” 

Peenpoon

Recommended by Izz
015 (Rozwell, 2022)
“Rozwell is a major inspiration to me. He’s worked with many artists and musicians that thousands of people look up to today and has been consistent. He has heart, integrity, and a passion that transcend web3.” 

— Izz

Recommended by Yosnier
Untitled (Theo Manifesto, 2022)
“What I love most about Theo’s work is how emotive it can be, in so many ways. There is this sense of loneliness and abandonment that lingers throughout their work that just resonates with me completely. I think Theo might be one of the few artists to have ever genuinely inspired me, and I think they could serve the same purpose for so many other people, not just in Web3, but all over the world. They’re seriously one of my favorite artists and it’s been a complete pleasure watching them bloom.”

Yosnier

Recommended by Terrell
Rose Golden (Goliath, 2022)
“Goliath is a friend I made early in this space, before I ever made a sale. I knew about his art before I knew him so it was cool to meet him and see that the quality of person matched the quality of work. He’s someone that I have always and will always look to for inspiration. Goliath’s work is beyond amazing. The way he uses colors, concepts, and compositions is unreal. He’s one of my favorite artists.”

Terrell

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Your weekly introduction to new artists on SuperRare.
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I’m a STORY-TELLER and a WIZARD, but mostly I’m culture lover and traveler. currently Working as an Art director/Concept Artist in the Entertainment industry for more than decade.

TUCHIS

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Early in the day when the city is still asleep, a digital wave embraces the air and rare smell of pink ink emerges from the streets. The silent artist is at her best, speaking no words yet birthing endless visions. TUCHIS is there.

Luxury in motion – only for the eclectic and refined tastes – FYI the works online have sound so oomph up the speakers 

Salvation Kit Premium 2.0

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Cost-effective, PREMIUM, convenient and stylish salvation for all. Including Insta-Pope Xtra, Anti-Sin Suppository Nano etc., for all your guilty conscious needs. It has NEVER been easier to gains absolution. RESULTS MAY VARY. Dadaist, surreal academic conceptual single-channel video artwork with audio, also starring the artist herself. One-of-a-kind old school outsider artist piece, funny as f*uck (?) and piercingly accurate condemnation on how we have departed from our spiritual selfin digitalized modern world where most things can be purchased yet longing for something bigger, more collective than an individual cannot be fulfilled – and often not even wanted. As curiosity, the lucky buyer with sense of humor can be in touch with the artistto request something tangible to go with the NFT in question – the work is defining moment in her portfolio, dividing the emerging and established career in two, launching her style and professionalism into new dimensions. Therefore she is open to offers, to give a tangible memento alongside with the purchase, for sentimental reasons. Feel free to negotiate.

Genre bending Filmmaker and Cryptoartist with creativity built into his DNA.

The Rise Of Vitalik

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Vitalik rises from the turmoil of crypto crisis and WW3, during the tumultuous period of 2022to fight against the horror and perversity of an internet dominated by single company (META), and to empower technology as a weapon of financial liberation for our civilization.

can’t draw. 

Witnessing Ascension

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Standing in awe, witnessing the passage from one world to another.  

Multidisciplinary visual artist 

Butterfly Sculpture

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Butterfly Sculpture symbolises the metamorphosis of our creative world. The butterflies and the colour orange are both representations of transformation. The movements and shapes reference the monumental evolving nature of our artistic spacehow it is in flux and its importance in the history of art. The work also embodies the collaborative essence of change.  

Visual Artist Photographer  

We run this mother

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Strength and femininity in many societies, mine included, are often deemed as opposites, controversial and oppressed. I wanted to represent women in position of powerbeing all strong and confident. But maintaining that touch of femininity and beautyThis photograph presents my friend as the model, it was shot on the roof of her house. It’s bit of challenge to shoot freely in public, as my work is usually considered controversial and goes against the beliefs of the people in my city and the culture of my country in general, so my work is almost shot exclusively on the roofs of my own house or my friends’s.

The Gardeners Daughter

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From young age she watched her father attempt to steer the wild inclinations of the flower and plants in his garden. Over the years the patch of dirt grew into lush garden, sometimes uninvited inhabitants came in besides the carefully picked new seeds. But under the watchful eye of the gardener, every new entry into the garden was guided to the right place for it to grow and blossom. As the gardener passed, the garden grew wild, the energy of life invigorated in an attempt to replace that has been lost. She stands there overwhelmedamong all the chaos her father has sown. The question on her mind: “How will be able to do this on my own?” The garden answers: “You don’t have to do it alone” In memory of Corné van Delft Faber (1966 – 2022). friend and mentor. 

VERSUS

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Why do we always have to compare and separate everything? Let’s take the time today to really look and appreciate each part for itself. Perhaps, you’ll come to see that everything is question of complementarity and not opposition. If you didn’t succeed, try again. Prejudice n°1: Print vs digital

Blissful Meltdown

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created this piece while visiting Barcelona at THE start of 2022. was heavily inspired by the city. It’s energy, museums, and overall design. Art on every corner, mix of the 21st century and narrow Medieval streets. This piece depicts color and transformation.  

Jasmine is professional practicing artist who has taken her art to number of mediums-paintings, sculptures, large-scale public works and now NFTs. Whatever her choice of art form, Mansbridge brings a refined and meticulous hand to the work; her deliberation and contemplation are evident at all times. The work provokes thought and wonder and gives the viewer the chance to apply their personal storytelling, as they unpackthe geometry and portals of Mansbridge’s imagined world.

GO WHERE THE LOVE IS

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It is joy to be able to share my animated NFT here on Superrare with you all. This piece started as hand drawn, hand painted work based on poem wrote with the same title (below). also have composed the music to accompany it. I have been professional fine artist for over twenty years, primarily painter, also make large scale sculptures and installations which feature in my animations. have been making NFTs for almost 12 months – mostly on Known Origin. If you would like to see the #bts of my practise feel free to check out my instagram – @jasmine_mansbridge There is larger file availible for the collector of this piece. If that is you please do say hi so can thank you! Additionally if you have questions about this work please feel free to get in touch. Jasmine ________________________ Go where the love is Where you are wanted Do not put Your pearls before Swine Do not sell Your soul For those who Would put it aside Go where the love is Where you are wanted Do not put Your heart Out to Dry Find your people Find your tribe Love those who love you love them And love them Hard.
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Welcome to the NFT Renaissance: How technology played as big a role in the European Renaissance as it does in today’s digital art movement

Welcome to the NFT Renaissance: How technology played as big a role in the European Renaissance as it does in today’s digital art movement

Screenshot from “Leonardo’s skin skills” by Emanuele Dascanio

Welcome to the NFT Renaissance: How technology played as big a role in the European Renaissance as it does in today’s digital art movement

As technological innovations mirror the development of art history, Emanuele Dascanio's Renaissance inspired NFTs feel at the right time and place.
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Many of us only became aware of NFTs on March 11, 2021, when venerable auction house Christie’s sold the artist Beeple’s NFT, “Everydays—The First 5000 Days,” in a bidding frenzy that began at $100 and ended at a whopping $69.4 million. That sale upended the traditional art market.

Shortly afterward, Joshua Rosenthal, a former academic historian and now a founder of a crypto-investing firm, appeared on the Bankless Podcast. He drew powerful comparisons between the technologies that catalyzed the European Renaissance and the technologies fueling today’s blockchain art fever. Rosenthal stated that our current global society has entered the early stages of a Digital Art Renaissance. The podcast immediately went viral and was translated into six languages. 

“Everydays—The First 5000 Days” by Beeple

What did Christie’s auction and Rosenthal’s ideas suggest, and why did they ignite such enthusiasm in NFT circles and confusion in the art establishment? 

This is not the first time that audiences have been confounded by novelty in works of art. During the 20th century alone, art transformed from object to environment to concept and idea. As a mirror and a record of what is valued, art evolves as culture evolves. At its core, art is essentially a given culture  placing value in its aesthetic choices. Today, art and technology have merged into NFTs—unique certificates of ownership that live on the blockchain and represent pieces of digital media. 

The analogy between the European Renaissance and today is a layered narrative of cause and effect. Both histories begin with the emergence of two new technologies unwinding established power structures. The result of these changes is a loosening in a hierarchy, thus creating a new, wealthy social class. This new class then expresses their status, taste, and identity with a new form of art.

The disruptive technologies of the European Renaissance

During the European Renaissance, the two disruptive technologies were the printing press in 1436, followed in 1497 by the accounting ledger that we now refer to as double-entry bookkeeping. Merchants and financiers were the new social elite that wrestled power away from princes and popes. The art they favored was more realistic, even domestic. They wanted art that reflected the aesthetics of home life instead of art that reflected the aesthetics of monarchy and church. These events were so interdependent that they caused a chain reaction. Johannes Gutenberg’s printing press allowed for a mathematician named Luca Pacioli to publish and distribute his new accounting system. Pacioli taught Leonardo da Vinci perspective. In turn, da Vinci created geometric illustrations for Pacioli’s book. The Medici family utilized Pacioli’s accounting method and nurtured da Vinci’s talent. Technology, art, and money cannot be separated. 

“Portrait of Lorenzo De’ Medici, Duke of Urbino” by Raphael

Now, 500 years later, Emanuele Dascanio is an artist translating European Renaissance traditions into the digital NFT realm. He is certain that “If Raphael were alive today, he would absolutely be creating NFTs. With the NFT community, we have a chance to change the perspective, to change the paradigm in the art market.” 

What Dascanio is saying echoes Rosenthal’s podcast: communities make historical changes happen through vectors of technology. Just as the art of the Renaissance reflected the taste and times of the mercantile community, today’s art reflects the global value system of NFT collectors. Values that espouse decentralization, open-access, participation, and self-autonomy.

If the internet is our printing press, then crypto-currency, with its public record-keeping system—the blockchain—is our double-entry bookkeeping. Together, these technologies are rocking long-established banking systems linked to traditional art markets (though too often opaque). The new wealthy class is made up of internet and crypto entrepreneurs. The art they like, which reflects their identity and taste, lives on the blockchain.

Hand-in-glove with this blockchain system is a radical dynamic that places the artist in the center of the enterprise. Artists can now upload their work and sell it directly to collectors. Bypassing the traditional gatekeepers—galleries and dealers who prefer to sell to an elite group of wealthy investors—virtually anyone who can log onto the internet can become an NFT patron. Furthermore, utilizing an NFT allows an artist to program an automatic payout into their product code, giving them a percentage on all future sales. For the first time in art history, artists can continue to accrue capital as their art accrues value. 

In the same way that the printing press once facilitated the friar Martin Luther to circumvent Pope Leo X and birth the Protestant Reformation, blockchain technology empowers artists to connect directly with their audience (as well as their peers) and reap benefits every time their art is resold. 

For artists, this is a paradigm shift, the game-changer igniting an NFT Renaissance. 

But while during the Renaissance, the epicenter of economic and cultural resurgence was restricted to Europe, today, there is no epicenter. What is occurring is happening on a global scale: a decentralized market occurring with a velocity, speed, and spread that is historically unprecedented.

An Artist Between Worlds

Emanuele Dascanio’s artwork bridges the world of the European Renaissance and the current one. Though Dascanio has been creating NFTs for only one year, what sets his work apart is his extensive Renaissance art training. His realistic drawings, graphite portraits, and still-lifes take months, sometimes years, to complete. “My technique is very simple,” Dascanio says. Yet he believes this simplicity grants the viewer an experience of greater complexity. “A drawing is only black dust mixed with oil on a painting. But you don’t see the dust; you see the mind of the creator. The digital layer is the final layer that permits me to evolve my vision.” 

Born in Milan, Italy, in 1983, Dascanio grew up visiting museums, mesmerized by the painters of the Italian Renaissance. He enrolled in the Academy of Brea but left shortly afterward. Eventually, he found his master. The artist Mario Donizetti taught him the centuries-old technique he still uses today, oil painting, and the slow accumulation of hatching lines to build up complex imagery. 

One of Dascanio’s drops is a digital rendering of a drawing that he estimates took 2.5 years and 10,000,000 micro-hatched strokes of graphite to complete. Titled “The Natural Universe, Dascanio created the composition of multiple spiral figures seen from below. The entire drawing, Dascanio says, is a celebration of a sentence located in the white vortex center but visible only through digital technology: “The world is made by events, not things” by C. Rovelli. Rovelli is an Italian theoretical physicist and writer. By placing Rovelli’s quote at the core of his work, Dascanio indicates that his drawing is more of an event—albeit one that took 2.5 years—not a thing. “Objects,” Rovelli has stated, “are just nodes of interactions.”

“Fabrica Rerum” by Emanuele Dascanio
Digital rendering of “The Natural Universe.”

While the European Renaissance was the birthplace of the consumption and appreciation of art as a tangible thing, even though it is still early days, the NFT Art Renaissance is proving to be a re-examination of that proposition. Indeed, for a generation that grew up in the virtual world of the internet, maybe tangible things aren’t so important. Perhaps one key to understanding the paradigm shift that NFTs bring to light is illustrated in Dascanio’s artwork. An art object’s reality—its true value—lies beyond its physicality. It lies in the consolidation of the experiences and interactions that bring that work of art into being. 

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Gabrielle Selz is the award-winning author of Light on Fire: The Art and Life of Sam Francis. She has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, More Magazine, and The Rumpus, among other publications. Her fiction has appeared in Fiction Magazine and her art criticism in Art Papers, Hyperallergic, Art & Object, and Newsday. She is a recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Nonfiction and is a Moth Story Slam Winner.

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