Emmy-award winning artist Raoul Marks, is well known for his work helping to craft some of the most iconic title sequences of his generation, including opening credits for True Detective, Westworld, The Crown, Halt and Catch Fire, American Gods, and Man in the High Castle. In 2015 he created a title sequence for design festival Semi-Permanent – as part of that process, he open sourced some of the 3d files used in its creation. In particular a detailed model of an Astronaut. Those files have been downloaded over 40k times, seeding the proliferation of astronaut artworks that have subsequently flooded Instagram and crypto platforms. And as such the phrase “OG Astro” was coined. Marks’s work revolves heavily around the anonymity of this avatar and it’s explorations of new crypto-topographical horizons.
New HorizonsBoston's First NFT digital art show 24 Feb - 23 Apr 2022New Horizons includes an NFT piece by exhibition curator and Massachusetts native Alex Ness (NessGraphics) as well as the following: 3D artist from Detroit Billy Chitkin (Gernge), landscape digital artist from Italy Annibale Siconolfli, prolific and whimsical digital sculptor Sam Clover (Planttdaddii), mixed media artist from Berlin Archan Nair, Turkish artist in architecture Idil Dursun (Javinart), technology artist utilizing psychedelic themes from Berkeley Bradley G. Munkowitz (GMUNK), digital and traditional artist Raf Grassetti, Emmy-award winning artist Raoul Marks, and contemporary 3D artist Ryan Talbot.
“We aim to spread awareness of digital art so that the public and traditional art collectors can appreciate these works as a form of art equal to traditional paintings,” says Pellas Gallery co-owner and NFT collector Alfredo Pellas. He continues “Each work will be displayed at our gallery in high detail on large canvases with a QR code in the corner describing the artist and value – collectors can hang the artifact at home. Here at Pellas Gallery along with my partner and fiancé Isabel Arguello we are committed to representing cutting-edge contemporary artists from around the world. With Boston being a technology hub, we feel like it is the perfect city to start showcasing these digital works.”
“My goal was to curate a show highlighting commercial working artists who have found their way into the NFT ecosystem,” says New Horizons curator and digital artist Ness Graphics. “These artists are transitioning from client oriented work to creating art for themselves. This show highlights the skill and mastery these artists bring to their craft. Supporting this vision, I chose artists whose work you’ve certainly seen before. Their work includes television and film title sequences, concert visuals at major music festivals, and other highly visible commercial media. My hope for this show is that attendees leave with a greater appreciation for the intricacies and quality of digital art around them in their everyday lives. I am honored to present this talented group of some of the most innovative and inspirational artists in the digital art realm.”