After its successful art exhibition featuring paintings, sculpture, and crypto art NFTs by the artist Carlos last July, multi-genre art gallery and art advisory Galeria Paloma, in partnership with Samsung The Frame, is mounting another exhibit featuring crypto artists from the Philippines and Singapore.
‘1/1,’ (read: One of One), mounted in conjunction with Crypto Art Week Asia, is the gallery’s second installment in a series of exhibits highlight crypto art or digital artworks minted in blockchain.
‘1/1’ runs from September 30 to October 4 at Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, and online on NFT art platform Foundation from September 23, 6 p.m. onwards.
“We are excited to feature an exceptional roster of artists for ‘1/1,’” gallery director Kimi Rocha-Delgado said. “1/1 features some of the top and trailblazing crypto artists, some of whom have made crypto art history, and won international awards.
“Galeria Paloma is focused on bringing digital art to the forefront and presenting the work as viable art assets due to its inherent artistic merit. And with the blockchain infrastructure, there is now a solution to issues that arise in digital art ownership such as authenticity, proof of ownership, and artist royalties,” she added.
The physical exhibition displays the works of crypto art in Samsung The Frame TV screens.
“We are proud to partner with Galeria Paloma once again—this time to put a spotlight on notable Asian digital artists for Crypto Art Week Asia. This partnership enables us to bring to the fore how The Frame TV can display digital artwork the way they are meant to be seen and appreciated,” said Mahir Al-Rubah, AV product marketing head of Samsung Electronics Philippines Corp.
One of the artists in ‘1/1’ is Luis Buenaventura, with an animated artwork that commemorated the recent Merge of the Ethereum blockchain. The blockchain holds sentimental value to Buenaventura’s crypto career, having been one of the artists whose work is included in the first NFT art collection ever minted on the Ethereum blockchain, Curio Cards (2017), which also is the first lot in the history of Christies that sold in Ether (for a very impressive $1.2 million).
Graphic designer, crypto artist, art director, and illustrator AJ Dimarucot employs artificial intelligence (AI) in his work “Ang Huling Hapunan,” a tribute to reproductions of “The Last Supper” ubiquitous to Filipino homes but with a Filipino twist: transforming the image into an electric, expressionist artwork that morphs into a scene of families gathering at a fast food restaurant. The allusion to fast food is also a tongue-in-cheek commentary on the capability of artificial intelligence “[to spit out] imagery in no time,” as the artist says.
Painter and sculptor Carlos will be exhibiting his paintings animated by motion designer Motioneer, Isaiah Cacnio, who will also be presenting his own original work.
Internationally noted 10-year-old NFT artist Sevi Agregado also joins the pack with works on canvas tokenized on the blockchain. Holy Blood, a self-taught graphic designer and artist, as well as collage artist Sheila Ledesma will also be exhibiting their crypto work.
Galeria Paloma will also exhibit work by Wyn-Lyn Tan, a visual artist from Singapore who has also made an impact in the cryptoart scene with graceful, morphing landscapes since she launched her collection on the blockchain last year.
Other participating artists for ‘1/1’ include painter and CryptoartPh founder Jopet Arias, and noted photographers Raymond Lauchengco, Cris Magsino, and Win Magsino.
Galeria Paloma will also be launching Galeria Paloma Perspectives, its educational initiative that will host talks, panel discussions, and lectures about art and the art world and its integrations of Web3 in its practices.