Visitor Publish by James Jean
Fragments is my first PFP assortment, commissioned by Outland, and my method was to discover the library of photos 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 way to go about creating so many variations, particularly when attempting to make every Fragment distinctive. I wished to create one thing totally 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 20 years develop from the straightforward conceit of making variations on a face. I’ve included many parts from nature, starting from coral, hearth, and water, in addition to animals like bats, rabbits, and crabs. All of those little symbols that I’ve integrated in my work over time made its means into the gathering—it’s a retrospective distillation of my previous work.
I had achieved a earlier undertaking known 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 sometimes use as the idea for my brand and embossment designs, I drew lots of of various options on prime of the face utilizing Procreate on the iPad. We then fed the photographs into the pc’s generative algorithm. The ultimate outcomes have been unknown as a result of I relied on the code to assemble the paintings, and afterwards I went via to edit and select the perfect Fragments.
The code is ready to generate many extra variations than I’d be capable to make alone. It was fascinating for me to see the novel mixtures that got here again, as lots of the outcomes have been sudden and stunning. It was particularly superb to see how the totally different coloration mixtures labored collectively; I’m normally very specific concerning the colours that I exploit, and the way issues are shaded. As I used to be creating so many alternative components, I wasn’t certain how they have been all going to work collectively, however as a result of I’ve created each single ingredient by hand, there’s an inherent logic that exists via 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 develop my visible vocabulary. I think this course of may even inform my work going ahead.
The gathering goes reside on OpenSea at 12pm EST on Friday, April twenty second.