Featured artworks & guest editors

KnownOrigin is one of the most pioneering crypto art platforms in the NFT space.

KnownOrigin launched in 2018 and began with a small collective of artists showcasing their digital artwork. Fast forward 2 years and we now have over 280 artists with over 10,000 is limited editions sold.

We are launching a new feature on KnownOrigin that will shine a spotlight on artists and artworks from across the platform.

The ‘featured artworks’ will be a series of 6 artworks and will work differently to the rest of the gallery. This collection will be put together by guest editors who will be notable people from the art, gallery and crypto scene.

Our first guest editor

Serena Tabacchi is a digital entrepreneur, she works at TATE Modern and is the founder and director at MoCDA, the Museum of Contemporary Digital Art. She is currently researching on how to curate digital art IRL (in real life) and virtually.

We are excited to share the collection that Serena has curated for the first ‘featured artworks’ collection on KO.

We challenged Serena to deepdive into the KnownOrigin gallery and select 6 artworks and explain her choices.

You can see the range of artwork that Serena picked and the rational for each.

Feature artwork

Frenetik Void
Post Hermit — 2017
(Media: Digital composition)

https://knownorigin.io/edition/114250

In this work the artist is underlying the human capacity of navigating into the sublime realm beyond the tangible, a space between the familiar and the unknown. The neutral body in the centre of the image is being watched, surveilled, while it stands imperturbable, exposing its mind and soul. The natural elements that fill the space are a reminder to the viewer: about the body belongs to the terrestrial, yet tending to the unknown.

Unrealcity
Hang On A Minute Lads, I’ve Got A Terrible Idea…
(Media: GANart, animation)

As we are all affected by the fast spreading of Covid—V19 we are left to believe that even the most impossible scenarios may as well become a reality. This work pictures a surreal scene: a vehicle or a corridor with paramedics onboard and a stack of undistinguishable items: drugs, gold, explosive, surgical equipment, which, all of a sudden, become irrelevant to the scene. The title suggests that something has happened or is about to happen while it captures the human incapacity of standing still. The artwork moves in a loop, adding a sense of eternal struggle in contrast to the apparent calm, surreal background. The mountains bring some sort of reassurance to the confusion of the central action.

miss al simpson
THE DETENTION OF TITANIA
(Media: Digital painting)

https://knownorigin.io/edition/148900

Miss Al Simpson has a distinctive style. Simpson is not afraid of using bright and powerful colours. The intentional marks on Titania’s body and face reveal her beauty, redirecting our attention to the quarantine tape wrapped around her waist. Shakespeare’s fairy queen has lost her magic aura and is here portrayed to remind us of the very precarious balance of our lives.

GISELX
Ethereum’s Wave | Transmissions of Light
(Media: Light composition, photography)

https://knownorigin.io/edition/106000

In this work GISELX attempts to visualise the hack that occured in July 2016 on the Ethereum Blockchain. The DAO fork replay attack caused the separation of the Ethereum Classic from ETH. Like in a photographic negative, GISELX brings out the colours of the separation, and the hack is reborn in an act of harmony.

ArtbyMLO — Martin Lukas Ostachowski
Tokenized Cloud Sphere One (YYZ to MCO)
(Media: Generative art, photography)

https://knownorigin.io/edition/60800

Tokenized Cloud Sphere One (YYZ to MCO) — from Toronto, ON to Orlando, FL Martin’s work is harmonious and calming. When I met Martin we spoke about the connection between the clouds series and the Blockchain technology. We went on discussing how the clouds resemble the existence of data on chain, speculating on the fact that nothing is ever changing, and it is inevitably connected.

WintEagle
Keep distance
(Media: 3D digital composition)

Keep distance shows the desire and tension between two bodies. The barren Earth is deprived of its life as we desperately look at these humans unable to touch one another. Life may flourish, again.

You can experience the full artworks on KnownOrigin. We would like to thank Serena for taking the time to curate this collection for our first featured artworks section. If you would like to find out more about MoCDA and Serena feel free to follow @MOCDA_ & @SerenaTabacchi .

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