Three works are shown on this wall from one of the earliest adopters of crypto art, ROBNESS. Mercurial in nature, ROBNESS is known in the crypto art world at large for constantly changing styles and enjoys the ability to take aesthetic risks on a regular basis. Futurist concepts are a constant thread throughout his work and that of the completely surreal and abstract. CRYPTOPUNK #2317 BURN FOOTAGE is an illustration of a cryptopunk going through the burn process. (In the scene burn means to delete a NFT.) “Baby, we’re going to the Moon.” is a crypto-collaboration between Norman Harman x RobnessロブネスCyberpop. It is a surreal and futurist expression of famous prose in the world of cryptocurrency. Also a controversial figure, ROBNESS is one of two notable artists removed from the Superrare.com gallery for creating the 64 GALLON TOTER, included here, which challenges notions of copyright and its relevance in the context of blockchain culture at large.
ROBNESS is a Los Angeles, California bred self-taught multi-faceted artist and one of the first to experience and take part in the emergence of art in the blockchain world. Participating in the often ignored but completely vital Rarepepe trading worldwide network, he began to see the first iterations and proof of concepts that has disrupted the traditional art world through the usage of Ethereum smart contracts and NFT culture.
Left: CRYPTOPUNK #2317 BURN FOOTAGE, 2021
Video / mp4, Non-Fungible Token, edition 108
Platform: objkt.com, minted on July 12, 2021
Center: “Baby, we’re going to the Moon.”, 2019
JPEG, Non-Fungible Token ERC-721, 1/1
Platform: SuperRare, minted December 18, 2019
Right: 64 GALLON TOTER, 2020
GIF, Non-Fungible Token ERC-721, 1/1
Platform: SuperRare, minted on January 23, 2020