Visitor Publish by James Jean
Fragments is my first PFP assortment, commissioned by Outland, and my strategy was to discover the library of photographs that I’ve developed over the previous 20 years and to extract from my reminiscence essentially the most important visible motifs and concepts from my previous work. I had no concept the best way to go about creating so many variations, particularly when making an attempt to make every Fragment distinctive. I wished to create one thing completely different from different PFP collections with out counting on popular culture references. It was essential that the gathering felt prefer it got here out of my very own private universe, and that every Fragment was authentically mine. As I began drawing, it was mesmerizing to see these motifs from the previous twenty years develop from the straightforward conceit of making variations on a face. I’ve included many parts from nature, starting from coral, fireplace, and water, in addition to animals like bats, rabbits, and crabs. All of those little symbols that I’ve integrated in my work through the years made its approach into the gathering—it’s a retrospective distillation of my previous work.
I had completed a earlier challenge referred to as Lotus Conflict for which I created quite a few characters and parts after which collaged them collectively by hand, however I’ve by no means actually created work like this earlier than, utilizing code to generate Fragments. Utilizing the dreaming face that I usually use as the idea for my emblem and embossment designs, I drew a whole lot of various options on high of the face utilizing Procreate on the iPad. We then fed the pictures into the pc’s generative algorithm. The ultimate outcomes had been unknown as a result of I relied on the code to assemble the art work, and afterwards I went by means of to edit and select the perfect Fragments.
The code is ready to generate many extra variations than I’d have the ability to make by myself. It was fascinating for me to see the novel mixtures that got here again, as most of the outcomes had been sudden and shocking. It was particularly superb to see how the completely different colour mixtures labored collectively; I’m normally very specific in regards to the colours that I exploit, and the way issues are shaded. As I used to be creating so many various components, I wasn’t certain how they had been all going to work collectively, however as a result of I’ve created each single factor by hand, there’s an inherent logic that exists by means of all of the items to create a way of cohesion. I really feel like every of the Fragments are kindred, belonging to the identical household. It’s actually thrilling to have the ability to do one thing new like this, and to find new methods to increase my visible vocabulary. I think this course of will even inform my work going ahead.
The gathering goes dwell on OpenSea at 12pm EST on Friday, April twenty second.