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Miami, Art, & NFTs 🏝️🎨
We're headed to Miami next week for Art Basel! Want to join us?
For starters, we're sponsoring two events where we'll be featuring the winning artists from our Gamma x The Mintery community challenge.
We'll be kicking off Basel with this exclusive Artemis event in partnership with several incredible NFT creators:
Our featured artists have been invited to attend the exclusive event where their works will be featured on dedicated Gamma x Mintery screens.
Check out all of the featured artists and their submissions in the tweet thread below:
Afterwards, we'll be celebrating all night with the entire Stacks community at the Disrupt3rs event, where our selected artists will be featured along with fireside chats, live art demos, special screenings, and more:
Register for this free public event here:
RSVP to Disrupt3rs @ Basel | Partiful — partiful.com A digital and IRL mixed-media event that will bring together trailblazing creatives in the entertainment, sports and media industries. Disrupt3rs @ Basel …
Check out the thread below for more events next week hosted by builders in the Stacks community 👇
And finally, if you can't make it to Miami, we'll keep you company virtually. 🧡
Listen to a playback of our last Twitter Spaces where we discussed everything Miami & NFTs — warning, FOMO is guaranteed.
Play recording: Miami, Art, and NFTs ft. @Stacks and Artemis — twitter.com Gamma.io’s Space · Where live audio conversations happen
We're thankful for you 🧡
We hope you shared a wonderful Thanksgiving this year with friends and family — and that you introduced them to Bitcoin NFTs with a gorgeous bouquet drawn by Carole Levy from our free NFT mint last week. 👀
Miss the mint? Check out the secondary marketplace listings below.
Carole Levy is a visual artist specializing in photorealistic dotwork, with multiple commissioned works and exhibitions in France and Germany. Together, with Gamma, she produced this 1,000 piece generative dotwork collection to show thanks and appreciation to you, the community.
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Exciting Drops & Releases
Introducing our featured artist @ Miami
Congratulations again to Igor Martins, our winner of the Gamma x The Mintery community challenge! Igor's artwork Fierce and Tired Impetus (now up for auction!) will be featured at our exclusive events in Miami.
Read more about Igor's vision behind his winning piece:
What inspired this piece?
This artwork emerged in a half-unconscious and almost spontaneous way, it's an image that emerged from the depths of consciousness carrying principles of what I believe.
Every human action arises from a legitimate essence: the desire to satisfy oneself. But if there are no defined ethical and moral limits to tame this drive for satiation, the human becomes more like an animal. We all have the desire to enjoy life, but sometimes it gets out of control and becomes an animalistic and less human desire.
How does the theme of desire tie into your artwork?
We often look at people who commit evil deeds and imagine there is a great distance between their acts and ours, but we all have the seed of evil inside us, which can germinate and grow depending on the conditions and context in which we place ourselves. Depending on the path we follow and the decisions we make, the cruel desires that exist in each of us will grow.
Deep down we are fully aware of this fact, and for this reason, we seek social, cultural, and psychic mechanisms that give us the illusion that everything will be fine if we strive to be good, but in truth, we will never achieve self-improvement. Worse is the decision to not even try to clean up the stains of our own filth and give up on getting our act together, thus remaining in darkness.
It is too heavy to carry the weight of one's own mistakes in solitude. And we get tired of our attempts to achieve total satisfaction, get hurt, and cause problems for others around us.
Now, with these questions in mind, I imagined a scene dominated by the color red, evoking a sense of intensity. Soon the symbols were filling in the gaps of the sensations I sought to convey: reddish flamingos to evoke beauty, naturalness, and instinct; blood to evoke aggressive drive, vitality, and strength; and finally, to give us a human, relational connection and a bit of cultural context, a very pale, red-haired, thin, weak boy with a defeated and somewhat vengeful face. He even arouses pity in us, doesn't he? But he has within him the possibility of becoming yet another authoritarian danger, just as we have already seen among the powerful leaders in our world.
Can you walk us through your process?
After all this meaning, which was much more felt than reasoned, I adopted Midjourney as part of the creative process and generated dozens of images from various prompt tests.
In Photoshop I made a montage combining the most interesting variations and exported a base image to ArtRage Vitae to then paint digitally. After the digital painting was done, I went back to Photoshop to adjust the colors, lighting, and some finishing touches to the image.
Thanks for tuning in! We hope to see you in Miami. 🏝️