Kevin Abosch — Artist in Global Crypto Art Exhibition in 59# Venice Biennale Cameroon Pavilion
Kevin Abosch, born in 1969, is an artist from Ireland. He is a conceptual artist and pioneer in crypto art, known for his works in photography, sculpture, installation, AI, blockchain and film. Abosch’s work addresses the nature of identity and value by posing ontological questions and responding to sociologic dilemmas.
Abosch’s made headline across the globe in 2016 when his photographic work of a potato, “Potato #345” (2010) with news that it sold for a €1,000,000, making it one of the most expensive photographs in the world.
Abosch began using blockchain technology as a method in his practice as an artist in 2013 and in January 2018, Abosch created 10,000,000 virtual artworks consisting of crypto-tokens on the Ethereum Blockchain. The artist also had his blood drawn with which he made 100 physical artworks imprinted with a 42 alphanumeric blockchain address corresponding to the creation of his virtual works. The crypto-tokens are called IAMA Coins and are referenced by the symbol “IAMA” on the blockchain.
On Valentine’s Day (14 February) 2018, Abosch’s virtual artwork “Forever Rose”, consisting of a single ERC-20 token on the Ethereum blockchain, sold to a group of ten art collectors for a record-breaking USD$1 million, making it it the most valuable work of crypto-art at the time.
Abosch’s first NFT was “Yellow Lambo” in March 2018, a unique and non-fungible ERC-20 token with no attached media, but the artist used it to inform a neon sculpture “Yellow Lambo” which sold to Michael Jackson, the former COO of Skype for US$400,000, more than the price of a Lamborghini Aventador.
In March 2021, Abosch released a collection of NFTs entitled “1111” on OpenSea. In less than a week it saw more than US$10 million in volume.
Abosch’s work has been exhibited throughout the world, often in civic spaces, including The Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, The National Museum of China, The National Gallery of Ireland, Jeu de Paume (Paris), The Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina, The Bogotá Museum of Modern Art, ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medien), Francisco Carolinum Museum (Linz) and Dublin Airport.
NEVER FEAR ART (2021) is a digital work from Kevin Abosch’s series COMMENT OUT. Data scraped from the artist’s private communications and public news feeds between 2020–2021 inform 511 works that speak to this period while dissecting our value systems. In yellow and black, nature’s warning colors, each work manifests within the physical constraint of the format and the emotionally charged value of words.