Ep. 77 NFTS in the artworld
Join us for a conversation about NFTS (Non-fungible token) and learn why they are taking over the art world. Let us start with the basics: Non-fungible token (NFT) is a unit of data stored on a digital ledger, called a blockchain, that certifies a digital asset to be unique and therefore not interchangeable. NFTs can be used to represent items such as photos, videos, audio and other types of digital files. Access to any copy of the original file, however, is not restricted to the buyer of the NFT. While copies of these digital items are available for anyone to obtain, NFTs are tracked on blockchains to provide the owner with a proof of ownership that is separate from copyright. In 2021 there has been increased interest in using NFTs. Blockchains like Ethereum, Flow, and Tezos have their own standards when it comes to supporting NFTs, but each works to ensure that the digital item represented is authentically one-of-a-kind. NFTs are now being used to commodify digital assets in art, music, sports, and other popular entertainment. Most NFTs are part of the Ethereum blockchain, however other blockchains can implement their own versions of NFTs. The NFT market value tripled in 2020, reaching more than $250 million. The rise of NFT transactions has also led to increased environmental criticism. The computation-heavy processes associated with proof-of-work blockchains, the type primarily used for NFTs, require high energy inputs that are contributing to global warming. The carbon emissions produced by the energy needed to maintain these blockchains has forced some in the NFT market to rethink their carbon footprint. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-fungible_token
Ep. 75 Welcome to the Brightside
Join us for an amazing episode with the talented Miss Brightside! katiebrightside.com - welcometothebrightside.com Graduating from a BA (Hons) in Fashion at Kingston University, UK, 2001, Miss Brightside moved to Treviso, Italy, where she worked as a designer at United Colours of Benetton. In 2002 she relocated to Sydney, Australia for 10 years; freelancing for fashion designers such as Akira Isogawa. In 2011 Miss Brightside embarked into the art scene, screen printing alternative fairytale narratives onto glass. In 2012 the aMBUSH gallery, Sydney, hosted her first of many solo exhibitions where a thousand people attended opening night. The preview night was an extravaganza with dwarves dressed as cupids, three bands, two pole dancers, a contortionist, female bartenders dressed as green fairies and topless male waiters who handed out love potions made from absinthe cocktails mixed in a cauldron. This successful exhibition inspired Miss Brightside's thirst for further education. She untertook her MA Fine Art at Central Saint Martin (CSM), London, graduating June 2014. After graduation Miss Brightside sort advice from a White Witch to where she would live happily-ever-after. She has now been fulfilling that prophecy since 2015 in Hollywood, LA, USA, where she lives in a brightly lit apartment creating visual art for diverse clientele, collectors and patrons.
Ep. 76 Original Melting Pops with Betsy Enzensberger
Betsy Enzensberger sculpts works that create a visceral longing and remembrance of the most nostalgic delights from childhood. The artist uses the familiarity of those sweet treats to help us remember the simplicity, value and culture of desserts so often associated with positivity and joy. Enzensberger was born and raised in New York. She graduated from Tulane University and is now a Los Angeles-based artist with a studio in Mar Vista. She has shown with galleries domestically in Los Angeles, Miami, Des Moines, Dallas and New York, and internationally in Hong Kong, London, Stockholm, Hamburg and Byron Bay, Australia. You can find her sculptures in multiple public and private art collections. Betsy Enzensberger has become quite well known for her realistic, larger-than-life sculptures of dripping, frozen treats. Resin looks like candy. It appears delicious and sweet. The shiny exterior has a wet, melting quality. Her Tragically Sweet series plays with the desires of everyone’s inner child. The lure of sweet, sticky popsicles artificially instills intense longing. The colorful confections practically beg to be rescued and consumed. “Resin - I love it. It’s beautiful, sexy, mysterious. It’s also toxic, messy, and annoyingly exhausting to create. However, I enjoy the challenges that resin presents. There’s just something about it I can’t resist. If the process was easy, I wouldn’t be doing it.” – Betsy Enzensberger betsyenzensberger.com
Video Art: Fertility
Hello! Excited to share my new video artwork "Fertility". This one may be hard to watch but the concept is important. Since having my first child my artwork's concept has shifted from the beauty industry to thinking about women body's regarding childbirth. For myself, as I have gotten older I began to become concerned about having "good eggs" left. Or the fear that I wouldn't actually be able to become pregnant. It is interesting how concerned I was with how my body would "perform" when growing a baby inside of it when I wasn't even sure I would ever be ready to try. I did want to lose control of my own body. Unfortunately, the reality is we never really have control of our own bodies. Please let me know if you have any questions. I love talking about and even having other question my concepts. So please feel free to comment. Don't forget to subscribe!
Ep. 74 Justin Aversano, Twin Flames & Save Art Space
Justin Aversano is an artist and curator working within the New York City and Los Angeles art scene. He has organized a number of shows in NYC and LA, as well as public art exhibitions around the country. Justin is the co-founder and creative director of SaveArtSpace, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing community art to public spaces. A humanist and a social entrepreneur, Justin connects his art with the world around him through capturing moments, faces, and communities that surround him, bringing them together through the lens of his camera. https://www.justinaversano.com/ https://www.saveartspace.org/