Weekly Recap

Weekly Recap

79Au | 1.14-20

FEATURED ARTWORKS OF THE WEEK

Svccy, Masks
Gisel Florez, Space in Touch
Hyper Aesthetics, Autumn Pond
Masha Ermeeva, Embrace

FEATURED ARTICLE

AN INTERVIEW WITH IOVI SACRA ART

This week, Mint Gold Dust caught up with Iovi Sacra Art about her unique work, Golden Rain, inspired by the ethos of Mint Gold Dust. 

Iovi Sacra Art is a NFT Artist and Visual Designer based in Italy. Her work aims to find beauty in imperfections and isn’t afraid to rewrite the rules. She muses, “I don’t settle for the visible world, I don’t want to be passive, I think that nothing is absolute. Breaking the rules of standardized processes I gave birth to my artworks: they are always different from each other, irreversible and unrepeatable.”

Check out our full interview with the artist below.

Iovi Sacra Art, Golden Rain
“Golden Rain with its Golden Drops, until they finally explode into billions of particles, both to spread light across the universe and to go back to the origins, where they were born.”

Tell us about the work you are presenting with Mint Gold Dust, Golden Rain

I’m proud to be part of Mint Gold Dust and to have been selected by a leading figure like Eleonora Brizi. This has meant the world to me. For this reason I wanted my first NFT to be a huge tribute to the platform.

First of all I wondered what were the elements characterizing to be distinguished in Mint Gold Dust such as light, gold, and dust. But I didn’t want to stop there. In addition to the visual aspect there was much more. So I asked myself: “What has not yet been done? How and what can I bring from our real world into the virtual world of the blockchain?” I wanted to test new ways of creation and give birth to something never done before, and as unique as Mint Gold Dust is for me.

Then Golden Rain was born. In the real world, we see rain as something sad and we can’t wait for the sun to come back. In the blockchain, in particular inside Mint Gold Dust, even the rain is different: made of gold and light, it becomes something precious, as it’s precious for an artist to be part of this community.

How was this artwork created from a technical standpoint?

Golden Rain is an animation made of 1000 quickly moving layers. To create this, I inverted a standardized process that should lead everyone to the same result, but I manipulate specific digital operations that always lead me to a different conclusion, if not opposite, to the one that this process would have produced if I hadn’t interacted with it. This artwork (and its creation process) is unique, irreversible, and unrepeatable.

You talk a lot about finding beauty in imperfections. Can you talk about why that inspires you? 

At one point I just asked myself, “What has marked your soul and mind? Can you feel the fire that roars deep within you? What is the tide towards the future?” And then everything has risen spontaneously.

I broke a circle, the perfect geometric figure, and made it my logo. It reflects myself and my vision of the world and it is always associated with my slogan “I try to find beauty in things that are imperfect. Like me.”

Logo Courtesy of Iovi Sacra Art

I have felt imperfect for many years in a world that would want me to be too perfect and promote values of absolute perfection (bodies, thoughts, job career, family) until, after years and years, I simply learned to accept myself and turn all my inadequacy into a plus.

I bring the same poetics into digital art, and I began to distort everything I was given by society,

Everything seems to be too perfect, too schematic, too preset, too symmetrical, and at the same time, so terribly unreal. With my photography manipulations, for example, I try to give life to an environment where, thanks to my art, I can feel more comfortable, free and real.

Iovi Sacra Art, No One is Going to Heaven with Dry Eyes
Iovi Sacra Art, You Only See What Your Eyes Want You to See

My abstract artworks arise from the same place of imperfection, from a sort of “digital error.” By breaking the rules of standardized processes, I gave birth to my artworks. They are always different from each other, irreversible, and unrepeatable.

Tell us a little about what you’re working on in 2022?

Creating this piece for Mint Gold Dust’s NFT Marketplace gave me a chance to do research and experiments in total freedom, expressing myself 100% and  has helped me to keep pushing all my limits. 

This experience has given me boundless energy for the future and given me belief in myself and artistic career. In 2022 I’ll keep looking for new ways of creation and manipulation, trying to go further, every time a little bit more.

FEATURED PODCAST

Hackatao's PRIMORDIAL Geo-Dropped at Art Basel

This week, we are revisiting our podcast with the Co-Founders of Illust Space

Augmented reality has the ability to connect the physical and the digital, facilitating the emergence of a new form of interaction and socialization. Illust Space is an environment for viewing augmented reality NFTs, but that’s only the beginning.

Seth (SINUOUS RILLS) & Eleonora (BREEZY ART) sat down with Tim and Rob, co-founders of Illust Space, to talk about our geo-dropped art show at Art Basel 2021 in Miami. The drop featured art minted on Mint Gold Dust’s marketplace and displayed art from the vault of Whaleshark.

WE’RE GROWING!

Mint Gold Dust is looking to bring on new members to the team.

Available Positions include: 

  • UI/UX Coordinator
  • Community Manager 
  • Fullstack / Solidity Developer 

Please email jobs@mintgolddust.io to apply. 

Catch up on last week’s edition of 79Au to read our interview with Le visionnaire sur la lune and hear from Sean Sullivan of THE IMPOSSIBLE COOL about the future of NFT Photography.

Weekly Recap

79AU | 1.7-13

FEATURED ARTWORKS OF THE WEEK

The Curvazoid, "Chromatic Curve"
Svccy, "Melancholy" (detail)
Hafftka, "Escort" (still)

ARTICLES OF THE WEEK

Le visionnaire sur la lune, "Made in Abyss"
AN INTERVIEW WITH LE VISIONNAIRE SUR LA LUNE

Rebecca Fiaschi, otherwise known as Le visionnaire sur la lune, is a digital and NFT artist based in Tuscany. After graduating from Design Campus, the architecture department at UNIFI, she began creating her metawomen, a project that aims to bring diversity and inclusiveness to our new digital realities. 

We recently talked with Rebecca about her latest piece on Mint Gold Dust and her inspirations

Tell us about the collection you are presenting with Mint Gold Dust.

The collection that I present with Mint Gold Dust is Made in abyss. This selection of works represents my first transaction of moods in real creatures. In this case, in Made in abyss I tried to personify the feeling of when you can’t take it anymore, when you get stuck and can’t find solutions to get out of it – almost as if you were drowning and could not do anything to avoid it.

Le visionnaire sur la lune, "Made in Abyss" Detail

I imagined a creature devoid of colors except in her gaze, as if she were looking inside you. The body is white, aseptic, and the details are composed of soap bubbles, almost as if they were something ethereal and not lasting, something changeable. All this placed on a completely black background, as if to represent the depths of the abyss.

What’s the inspiration behind your work?

I’m inspired by shape and feminine curves. I see myself as the storyteller behind my stories. They generally focus entirely on the figure and not on the space that surrounds them, so as to bring out particular emotions given by the poses or their expressions. I started by creating hyper-realistic characters to approach texture mapping and sculpture, then moving to characters that recall something deeper.

I believe that each of us is made up of infinite “masks” or facets. The concept is the basis of Pirandello’s theory where masks represent the shattering of the ego into multiple identities and an adaptation of the individual based on the context and social situation in which we found ourselves. I believe that my works represent various facets of myself or various moments in my life.

Courtesy of the Artist

What are you working on in 2022?

Ok, this is not a simple question! 

This year I would like to try two approaches. The first is to pursue the path of the meta-human trying to integrate more abstract elements. The second focuses on the creation of NFT objects that are 3D printed and customized according to the buyer’s choices. It would also be a one-of-a-kind work, created specifically for the buyer.

BACK TO BASICS: SETTING UP A PORTIS WALLET

This week on the Back to Basics series, we are walking through creating a new wallet with Portis and connecting it with Mint Gold Dust from your desktop.

Portis is a Blockchain wallet that can be used from any browser to buy, sell, and spend crypto. It offers a user-friendly interface without having to download any extra apps or plugins while allowing you to purchase crypto using a debit or credit card.

FEATURED PODCAST

Sean Sullivan

Sean Sullivan is a photographer, art director and curator.  He started the blog, THE IMPOSSIBLE COOL in 2006 and has seen the way the internet connects with digital photography change and morph over the years. 

He gives his thoughts on the Mint Gold Dust podcast regarding NFT Photography, and how he sees it both as an archival tool as well as a new platform to connect directly with collectors.

Catch up on last week’s edition of 79Au where we discuss Mint Gold Dust’s origin story, revisit our favorite podcast from 2021, and more. 

Weekly Recap

79Au | 12.31 – 1.6

FEATURED ARTWORKS OF THE WEEK

Giovanni De Benedetto, "Premature 106" (still)
Carlitoz, "The Thin Line Between Genius and Madness"
Masha Ermeeva, "Preserve the Self" (still)
David Hathaway, "Electrified Eggbeater"

ARTICLES OF THE WEEK

The Mint Gold Dust Team at NFT NYC

Have you ever wondered where the name Mint Gold Dust came from? CEO and Founder Kelly LeValley Hunt reflects on a personal experience at an auction and how that led to the creation of Mint Gold Dust

“Some years ago at an auction of Old World artifacts, I witnessed the sale of empty canvas sacks sold solely by weight. It baffled me that anyone would pay substantial sums for empty bags hundreds of years old, and I inquired further. 

I then discovered these nondescript canvas sacks had once been used to transport immense quantities of gold. While the sacks were now empty significant quantities of gold dust still remained, filling the crevices and folds in the cloth. By practical alchemy this precious residue had transformed otherwise mundane objects into coveted pieces of considerable worth.

As I often reflected on this memory over the years, I realized the metaphor in these canvas sacks that kept drawing me back. Every object, and by extension every person, possessed inherent worth as well as the innate potential to metamorphose into something far greater than its present state. In addition, those hundreds of pounds of gold had left remnants that held and created significant value long after the main attraction had moved on. And so I wanted  to create a platform for everyone to mint their own Gold Dust.”

BACK TO BASICS: SET UP AND CONNECT METAMASK IN 10 STEPS

We believe that collecting NFTs should be easy and not intimidating. If you agree, this new series is for you. Whether you’re a first time NFT collector or just new to our platform, our Back to Basics series will guide you through wallet set up options so that you can collect NFTs on Mint Gold Dust.

The first in this new series is setting up your Metamask.

FEATURED PODCAST

This week we are looking back at one of our most popular podcasts of 2021, The Amen Break with Theo Goodman.

Seth and Theo broke down this idea correlating The Rare Pepe to the Amen break, the roots of NFTs and the roots of sampled music, planting the seeds for more conversations on Rare Pepe in the blockchain community and understanding how we got to where we are today.

Miss last week’s recap and holiday curation by Mint Gold Dust curator Eleonora Brizi? Follow this link to catch up and stay up to date on all things Mint Gold Dust.

Weekly Recap

79Au | 12.23-30

FEATURED ARTWORKS OF THE WEEK

Iovi Sacra Art, "Golden Rain" (still)
Svccy, "Contemporary Man" (still)
Le visionnaire sur la lune, "Made in abyss"
Pierre Gervois, “The Delicate Things” (still)

ARTICLES OF THE WEEK

Chris Nacht, "Shadow Creature #01"
HOPE – A HOLIDAY CURATION

The holidays mean something different to everyone. It can be a time of celebration, contemplation, sorrow, religious sentiments, and family traditions, but there’s one thing that ties all of these together: hope.

Mint Gold Dust curator, Eleonora Brizi presents a not so typical holiday curation. One that isn’t filled with ribbon and bows, but one that chronicles the journey of modern humanity experiencing a shift towards hope after a season of growing pains and uncertainty.

The curation features work from Mint Gold Dust’s marketplace and would make a great gift for any crypto or art enthusiast still on your list. Artists include Svccy, Lapin Mignon, Chris Nacht, and more

Nucara, "Monky Mint Gold Dust"
MEMOIRS AT MINT GOLD DUST

The memoir feature on Mint Gold Dust was created to solve the gap between the artist and collector and track the artwork’s personal history.

FOR ARTISTS

When an artist mints a new work on the platform, they are able to write a memoir entry that is attached to the work. This can be more info on what their inspiration was behind the piece, a story about the creation process, or even just their general feelings about the piece. It’s a place that allows artists to share their personal connection to the piece outside of the typical art description attached to the token.

FOR COLLECTORS

Once a collector buys the piece and holds the token, the memoir travels with it. The collector now has their own opportunity to add on to the story and share their connection to the piece, why they collected it, or even why they support the artist. A collector and viewer’s connection to the piece might vary from the artist’s own point of view, so this allows the collector to share their story.

In a way, this feature takes the connectivity of Discord and Twitter into the platform itself.

PROVENANCE

As the piece travels hands, the memoir travels with it. The memoir becomes a written record of the ledger, not only sharing who owns the piece, but what attachment they had to it.

FEATURED PODCAST

Art for everyone, anywhere, all the time. 

On this week’s podcast, Eleonora Brizi and Seth Scher sit down and talk about the age of art we’re in, where we can show art anywhere at any time, and how the coming digital advancements open this up wider for the experience of art. Check out their conversation below.

Happy New Year from all of us at Mint Gold Dust!