Urs Fischer – Dropping 08/23 @ 3:30 PM PST
Urs Fischer is a giant of the contemporary art world and undoubtedly one of the most important artists working today. His work defies limits. In his own words, “anything can be used to create art—your mind, your hand, your elbow or toe.” This outlook makes his work engaging, playful, and timeless.
Fischer has exhibited internationally with leading galleries, including Gagosian, Sadie Coles HQ, London, Massimo de Carlo, Milan, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin and Jeffrey Deitch, New York and Los Angeles. Solo exhibitions at major museums include Palazzo Grassi, Venice; Kunsthalle Vienna; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Garage Museum, Moscow; Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles; Legion of Honor, San Francisco; Aïshti Foundation, Beirut and has works in major private collections around the world. Fischer’s playful Untitled (Lamp/Bear) sculpture has become a landmark outright at Hamad International Airport, Doha.
Fischer was born in Switzerland and currently lives and works in New York.
Introducing CHAOS, 501 original works in the form of unique digital sculptures. Each NFT in CHAOS consists of two unique objects (an array of familiar objects to people today) that have been 3D scanned. They are set on a colliding course in motion and orbit. The sculptures, operating as an archeology of the present, are intended to manifest in any format that is capable of displaying, playing or showing a 3D sculpture in motion.
The culmination of the project is CHAOS #501, a single entity NFT uniting all one-thousand objects represented in #1-#500. The first NFT within the CHAOS series, CHAOS #1, will be sold in a live auction on Fair Warning, a hyper-curated auction app, on April 11th, 5pm EDT. There will be a series of drops over the following weeks, kicking off on April 12th, on MakersPlace, a premier NFT marketplace for digital art. NFTs from the series will also be available through Pace Gallery.
Vakseen – Dropping 08/25 @ 3:30 PM PST
Born in Athens, GA (1979) and raised in Jacksonville, FL, Otha Davis III (also known as Vakseen) is a self-taught, museum-exhibited artist and a multi-platinum music executive, producer & songwriter. While working on hit records has played a driving force in his career, Vakseen has been an active realist painter since moving to Los Angeles in 2011. Known for his Vanity Pop, collage-influenced paintings, his artwork has been exhibited by the Ontario Museum of History & Art, Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, Spectrum Miami/Art Basel, Adidas, Vans, BBC World News, HBO’s Insecure, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Flinders Lane Gallery, Zhou B Art Center, Julien’s Auctions, Gallery 1988, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, the University of California Los Angeles, Bombay Saaphire Gin, the city of Los Angeles, Gallery 825, Abend Gallery, Baton Rouge Gallery, and Soho House London. His artwork has also been published in various magazines in print and online including American Art Collector, Buzzfeed, Complex Magazine, Juxtapoz Magazine, Hi-Fructose Magazine, LA Weekly, Vibe Magazine, PoetsArtists, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, Professional Artist Magazine, High Times Magazine, Kolaj Magazine, Gay Times, BOOOOOOOM and Supersonic Art.
Legends Only: Los Angeles Vol I
“My music career brought me here 10 years ago, but I ended up starting my art journey, having a son, and in turn, truly began to live my purpose. L.A. has changed my life in every way possible! It’s mind-blowing to think one location has that type of power, but we all have a connection with this city. L.A. has birthed so many of the most iconic people & pop culture moments that connect us all. I wanted to create a special drop that celebrates just how much our city’s culture captivates the world. This series is a celebration of our community, but also the inherent power of pop culture, and how it connects people through shared moments of admiration, inspiration, and revelation.”
“Legends Only: Los Angeles” is a new collection of eight dynamic paintings by Los Angeles-based, museum-exhibited artist, Otha “Vakseen” Davis III. Known for celebrating pop culture through his vibrant portraits, Vakseen’s newest body of work celebrates L.A.’s cultural icons, as well as the importance and worldly impact of L.A. pop culture. The full collection features eight digital portraits of L.A. icons (spanning from the 80’s through the late 90’s) who truly changed the world.
Yiying Lu – Dropping 08/26 @ 3:30 PM PST
From the Twitter Whale 🐳 to Dumpling 🥟& Boba 🧋Emojis, Disney Shanghai Mickey Mouse to Conan O’Brien Pale Whale, Yiying Lu creates iconic designs & brands which transcend the linguistic barriers, unite people and enchant audiences around the world. She is also a sought-after bilingual speaker in both English and Chinese, on topics of cross-cultural design, creativity, and innovation at global conferences such as SXSW, TEDx, Adobe MAX, Web Summit and so on.
Yiying Lu is an award-winning artist, entrepreneur, educator, and bilingual speaker. She was named a “Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business”, Microsoft’s “Top 10 Emerging Leader in Innovation”, and a “Shorty Awards” winner in Design. She has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, Bloomberg, Fast Company, The Atlantic, NBC News, TIME, Wired Magazine, The Verge, CNN, and BBC. She has created iconic art and campaigns for brands from Disney to Microsoft, and built brands for hundreds of companies during her time as a creative director at 500 Startups, and first global creative collaborator at IDEO Shanghai.
She was born and raised in Shanghai China, educated in Sydney Australia & London UK, is currently based in San Francisco. Leveraging her cross-cultural background and experience, she strives to be a bridge between the East & the West. Her life purpose is unifying the dualities between Art & Tech, Business & Culture, Beauty & Meaning, Work & Life.
Makers of Magic
The genesis MakersPlace collection of renowned designer and creative director Yiying Lu celebrates the recent fund-raise announcement of MakersPlace by shining a light on the commonalities between startup founders and artists. Seven magical creatures symbolize seven vital qualities of creators, artists, startup founders and makers of all kinds.
Ron English x Superchief Gallery NFT – Dropping 08/27 @ 3:30 PM PST
One of the most prolific and recognizable artists alive today, New York-based painter, street artist and designer Ron English has bombed the global landscape with unforgettable images across all categories of culture, history and art. As a fine art painter enjoying gallery and museum representation worldwide, English is well-known for his stunning technique and inventive use of color. Widely considered the Godfather of Street Art, he has created murals and billboards across the globe that blend dazzling visuals with provocative statements. Ron English has also created hundreds of unique and highly coveted collectible figures which populate his Delusionville Universe.
It was “Hi How Are You” Day 2021, a day created to celebrate the late great Daniel Johnston, the Vincent Van Gogh of shoegazing pop music, when artist and longtime Daniel collaborator Ron English received a forgotten recording of a song he wrote with Daniel years ago, from producer Earl Norman, who had recorded it and rediscovered it on his computer.
The haunting song, titled “Big Empty Ego,” echoed the emptiness of the strange bubble of fame in which the tortured artist existed. The question was what to do with such an unusual musical treasure. By a series of fortunate turns of fate, the little recording will soon transform into a white-hot NFT, the ideal vehicle to encapsulate decades of collaboration between the two artists.
Through the vision of Ed Zipco of Superchief Gallery, a longtime fan of both Daniel Johnston and Ron English, this collection will be released as both an NFT drop on MakersPlace and in person gallery show in the Superchief Gallery in NYC.
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