Until almost a a year ago, artist Mike Winkleman had not yet sold the prize for more than $ 100. However, most people do not know his name. Some of this may be because he is best known by his nickname: Beeple. It could also be because the $ 69 million job that put him on the map was an impossible sign (NFT), a proven blockchain form of digital technology that many are trying to wrap their heads around. But just because Winkleman still makes a name for himself does not mean that he is new to the arts.
On May 1, 2007, Winkelman began a project he named Every day. The idea was to create a new piece of online art every day in order to improve his art. The experiment resulted in a number of pieces, many of the games, the comedy, the visual, the dramatic, or the political. Millions followed the project and other works were also featured in the Louis Vuitton spring show 2019. In March this year he sold a functional piece from his 5,000 days as NFT through Christie, making it the pure NFT that the retail store once sold, and, for a value of $ 69 million, a very high value. so far.
Last night, he sold a new, three-dimensional video sculpture called One Person for $ 29 million. Winkleman they call it “the first picture of a man born in metaverse.” Monga Daily: First 5,000 Days, the sale attracted a lot of attention. In contrast Every day, is a work that will change over time. “Even though the piece was sold last night, the piece didn’t sell out,” Wilkenman told WIRED vice-director Greg Williams Wednesday at the RE: WIRED conference. “I will continue to change and transform the piece for the rest of my life.”
He thinks this is one of the best things about digital technology. While paintings and sculptures are stable and do not change once you are bought, with digital technology you are buying something that can change. Artists may not know what they are buying first, which Winkleman likens to “subscribing to art,” such as using Microsoft 360 or Adobe’s Creative Cloud. “You can go down in the morning and the piece looks one way,” he says. “Then you come home from work, and it looks different. You may love it one day, and hate it the next day.
Za One Person—Who shows a person (or a person?) Walking in a tall box that can be viewed from 360 degrees — he or she is not planning to do daily repairs. He wants it to be purposeful, and to make it happen as it changes. He doesn’t have the next 30 years of the piece he’s planning on, but he’ll consider it the way he goes. “This section is about travel and exploration,” he says, “and that’s what I’m going for.”
While most of the technology we see is only available as 1s and 0s, Winkelman is releasing many of his works in a visual way. That’s his list Material (and now it is One Person), puts his work on self-portraits that can be displayed. In the meantime, people should actively seek digital art, by opening something like a browser or Instagram. But Winkelman sees many opportunities to grow and change our perceptions of what digital technology is and to bring it into the real world, as art and art are now. “I think for a long time the art of painting was based on its methods and not on how it was influenced by professionalism,” he says. “I think this will change.” This, he adds, opens the door for artists to sell to new collectors they would never meet.
Winkelman says there is a way to learn when it comes to his own Material he rejoices. Most people do not know what to do with themselves or how to deal with it. He said that some people consider him to be so important that they do not open it — like a strange comic book or a Star Wars toy — and that this is not what they want. As a result, they are developing new ways to encourage people to get out of the box.