Crypto Art Week Asia (CAWA) and MakersPlace have partnered to celebrate stand-out Asian artists. CAWA is Asia’s leading crypto art festival, running concurrently in multiple cities across Asia and the metaverse, featuring the continent’s most talented and forward-thinking digital artists to strengthen bonds within the artist community in Asia and promote Asia-based artists in Asia and abroad.
MakersPlace is joining CAWA at their showcase venue in Singapore from September 28–30, 2022, at the iconic Haw Par Villa for a festival of art, music, and technology. To celebrate, we’re exhibiting stand-out Asia-based creators both IRL in Singapore and on MakersPlace. Check out the exhibit.
CAWA founder George Galanakis told Vogue magazine about his intentions behind the event:
“CAWA was founded to give artists in Asia global visibility and to strengthen and grow the arts community in Asia. Art on the blockchain has seen an explosion in the past few months. CAWA aims to blanket this virtual space with Asian art, putting it in front of a global audience of collectors and fans.”
To celebrate this year’s CAWA, MakersPlace is hosting a special in-person event, releasing two Drops from top-tier Asian artists, and curating an exhibit of some of our favorite creators in the space.
The two stand-out Asian creators who will drop on MakersPlace at the same time on September 28 during the festival, curated by CAWA exclusively for MakersPlace are:
- Trash Pop artist Mojokoworld drops Fear & Delight.
- The street art and comic book–inspired Arya Mularama drops GREAT PAIN
About the Venue
Haw Par Villa, formerly known as the Tiger Balm Garden, is an 8.5-hectare Asian cultural park, the last of its kind in the world. Built in 1937, Singapore’s largest outdoor art gallery is the brainchild of Aw Boon Haw, the millionaire philanthropist and marketing extraordinaire who gifted us Tiger Balm. The eclectic park is a treasure trove of art, culture, philosophy, and religion – particularly Buddhist and Taoist sculptures.
- Thursday, September 29, 2022
- 6:00 pm onwards
- HAW PAR VILLA
As part of the MakersPlace night, we’ll be showcasing the MakersPlace-curated Exhibit that is also live on MakersPlace.com. The Exhibit will be displayed on high-definition screens for everyone to enjoy.
Buy your CAWA ticket: NFT ticket or Classic ticket
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Come say hi to MakersPlace collectors and the artists behind the CAWA MakersPlace drop. Hosted by acclaimed artist Matt Gondek, he will talk about his Fight Club project, and interview CAWA artists Arya Mularama and Mojoko about their MakersPlace featured drop.
7:00 – 8:30 pm
The world-famous paint battle Secret Walls comes to the shores of Singapore for the very first time. Local artists will go head-to-head in a 2 vs. 2 freestyle battle. Hosted by LA-based Deconstructed Pop Artist Matt Gondek with music from DJ Vandal of DAO Records, this is a battle you don’t want to miss!
Secret Walls artists:
8.30 – 9.30 pm
O$P$ (aka Owe Money, Pay Money) present Geylang Crunk, a genre and term first coined by the non-conforming O$P$ 10 years ago, music that combines crunk, trap, and bass, which has since become synonymous with the identity of the ambitious multi-hyphenate artists.
Learn more about O$P$
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Drops — September 28, 2022 at 5:00 pm PST
Mojoko’s work is an exploration of Trash Pop culture colliding with the old and historical. Reacting to the bombardment of images of today’s visual culture, he reworks and spits out mutations of the glossy pop advertising world. The work is a reaction to living in modern Asia. TV, the internet, and outdoor advertising culture have influenced every aspect of his work, mixing media such as computer programming, digital sculpture, painting, and printmaking. Learn more.
The artwork of artist Arya Mularama (fka Gogoporen) is influenced by comic books, skateboard culture, and the movies and video games of the ‘90s. His art is a mix of pop culture references and melodramatic mental illness with a colorful infusion of levity. Arya says anxiety and his questioning of existence feed the themes of his work, which combines pop culture references with allusions to mental illness. Learn more.
In addition to his first major NFT drop with MakersPlace, Arya is creating the NFT tickets for this year’s Crypto Art Week Asia (CAWA). The tickets are generative, so each visitor will receive a one-of-a-kind artwork from Arya.
Opening September 26, 2022
MakersPlace will also host an exhibit focused on the most outstanding Asian crypto artists working today. Still more under the radar than big-name artists like Matt Gondek, Mojoko, or Arya Mularama, we believe these artists have long and innovative careers ahead of them.