While I have been writing about art for several months now (many of them also NFT artists) I am relatively new to crypto art. As both an artist and art admirer, I’ve always been partial to traditional art, black ink and colour markers in particular, but the digital has started to work its pull on me. While browsing collections on SuperRare, it occurred to me that this market is extremely diverse. You’ve got the usual astronaut artwork, dystopian/mystical landscapes, and cute loop animations, of course. Many of them are 3-D renders. But there is so much out there, and more is being created every day, and the creativity of what the artists are doing with the tools they use is astounding. Below are some of the NFT collections I enjoyed this week that were particular highlights to me.
Established in 2020, Zonted is a contemporary digital art gallery that has exhibited the works of artists like FEWOCiOUS, Anna Zhilyaeva, Hackatao, XCOPY, and Beeple. Their collection on SuperRare includes NFTs by other best-selling artists like Frenetik Void, Slimesunday, and Pak. Among my favourite finds among this bunch were also works made by artists who were unknown to me. For example, two pieces by photographer Suzanne Saroff, Mayumi Haryoto’s combination of traditional Japanese art and American mid 20th century in his pink-hued but quietly menacing“Linger,” one of Argentinian visual artist Hilen Godoy’s short animations influenced by the intimate moments in life that shines with a simmering strength, “Hacer un Fuego”, and immy!’s contemplative “look beyond your world”, in which the artist compels the viewer to accompany the artwork’s subject in doing exactly that.
You can find Zonted’s collection at: https://superrare.com/zonted/collection.
On his SuperRare profile, BΞN describes himself as a “lover of art, open markets, and all things Ethereum.” This love is evident in both his collection and Twitter feed, in which he showcases artists and regularly tweets about the economics of crypto art and his thoughts on the NFT arts scene. He owns a piece by Argentine illustrator and Art Director Jorge Luis Miraldo (A.K.A Shørsh), several works by illustrator and NFT artist Muhammad Nafay, and he has recently acquired pieces by surrealist visual artist Ronald Ong and minimalist Grant Yun. I particularly enjoyed BΞN’s picks that ranged from sci-fi inspired (like Nafay’s excellent and intriguing blend of sci-fi with fantastical and natural elements, of which I was already a big fan of) to night-time neon-tinged everyday scenes to Melissa Mathieson’s cutesy and imaginative “DREAMWORLD”. In an article explaining what value-adding (which he has found is a dynamic end to collecting) is and what the benefits of it are, BΞN comments that he initially thought collecting was simply about buying, but has since found that it can be much more, a creative endeavour all to itself even. Practically speaking, BΞN writes that whenever he sells a piece on the secondary market on SuperRare, he gives 10% of that to the artist (it’s worth noting that he often sells these pieces for twice their original price).
“DREAMWORLD” Credits: Melissa Mathieson.
Collector Schmrypto told Chimera that he has always had an interest in art and tech, and while he had been collecting for a while, it wasn’t until recently that he decided to reinvest money in cryptoart after selling his family business a few months ago. He said: “I used to be a working artist, so it turns out I have a better eye for art than currency, and I've switched over to trading almost exclusively in NFTs.” His current collection features artworks by Dawid Planeta, Santi Zoraidez, and Annibale Siconolfi. Disclaimer: I had already seen and liked these artists’ work. Planeta is known for his art about living with depression, and there is always room in my heart for good representations of mental health; Zoraidez’s designs are both goofy and realistic at the same time, making for an amusing viewing experience; Having grown up during the YA dystopian book era, I simply could not refuse the interesting utopian/ dystopian vibes of Siconolfi’s work. Some of my personal favourites are the aptly named dystopian-themed “Glimpse” by Siconolfi, the delightful loop animation “Chef” by French duo Qimono, and both of Zoraidez’s pieces centring on a tiger. Schmrypto commented to me that he hasn’t been too picky, instead of picking up great art whenever it presents itself and that while he is happy with all the pieces in his collection, a condensed version of his favourite picks can be found at his newly created Museum of Anthropogenic Crypto Art on SMOACA. Long-term, his goal is to have a world-class art collection, and for now he seems to be enjoying the journey. In the last thirty days, he’s been among SuperRare’s top collectors.
You can find Schmrypto’s collection at: https://superrare.com/schmrypto.
2. Luna, A.K.A NFT Girl.
Also, an avid NFT collector with a palpable passion for space is Luna, username: NFT girl. With 36.5 K followers on Twitter, Luna is easily the most followed collector on this list. A survey she did on the platform back in April revealed that most of her users were artists, followed by collectors. She started collecting in February this year and a month later had risen fast to the eighth spot of SuperRare’s top collectors. She has tweeted that as a collector she likes people who are surprising as well as “seeing cool creations, being part of the future, [and] earning potential for so many people”. The artworks on her collection on SuperRare reflect this. Marvellous differing art techniques aside, I found myself continually admiring the concepts on display there. Some thoughtful and precise. Others are just plain fun and make for a very interesting viewing experience. I was particularly glad to see one of Jan Sladecko’s Silly Wheels loop animations in this collection. The serenely low-key “Nightly Ritual” by James Shedden, the animated sculpture “Spring” by Stefano Colferai, a piece from Ronald Ong’s Hybrid series, and 3-D artist Mattey’s “Medusa” are other additions. The fantastically over-dramatic “Netflix vs Disney Plus”, dramatising the very real war of the streaming studios by showing the iconic Mickey Mouse as a looming threat to smaller Netflix soldiers, is pure fun.
1. Brandon Kang.
Also, another top collector on SuperRare in the last thirty days is Brandon Kang. Apart from NFTs, his other passions include filmmaking, riding longboards, and exploring new places. Kang told Chimera he got into collecting back in December when his brother Tim Kang (also involved in the NFT arts scene as co-founder of NFT platform Universe and is a committee member at the Sevens Foundation) mentioned Beeple’s upcoming drop. Since then, Kang has approached the NFT arts space from an audiovisual standpoint and with an adventurous spirit, his collection has expanded to include cleanly rendered stills and looping animations alike that incorporate audio as well as visuals. He commented: “I absolutely love how music or sound effects can drastically change the mood and perception of these artworks, as I believe the audio and video components are equally important.” Kang’s attention to sound makes his collection unique and it has both variety and quality. As someone who has dabbled in art and filmmaking before, I really enjoyed Kang’s collection, particularly the dreamy and cinematic “The Never Ending Night,” Filip Hodas’s “Dream Factory” and its sublime worldbuilding, Musketon’s “Nostalgia,” the colourful, multimedia-produced “Rhino” with its use of street art, and the playful, cute animation “Flock” by Petio that is incredibly satisfying to watch.
You can find Brandon’s collection at: https://superrare.com/brandonkangfilms