Jen Stark | Just Your Garden Variety Fractal Ridge, That’s It – Flaunt Magazine
Surf’s up man! the wild and wacky crypto pipeline is knottier than ever, and while the great white shark – the art world – or at least its more wool-dyed collectors, are looking up and out with a fishy reluctance to unusually tasty swells, democratization, and an unmistakably bizarre moment has arrived on our cultural shores. Yes, non-fungible tokens (transactional digital works of art, essentially) are the soup of the day, the talk of the city. The “minting” of NFTs and their online brokerage is creating a kind of cultural craze as a new lexicon of price tags, platforms, ownership, transfer, unlock – all related to “Ethereum”, a digital currency – have seen entities as varied as the NBA to Kings of Leon to David Zwirner dip their toes into the salty seas of next-gen creative commerce and ownership. And it’s really fun! It’s also very strange, and by the time you read this things will have already changed in space, as cultural phenomena change shape on a daily basis (much like the cheesy ocean wave metaphor above).
Enter artist Jen Stark, a multimedia artist who lives here in LA, and whose optically alluring sculptures, paintings, animation, and mojo make her an extremely appealing prospect in the NFT and crypto art world. Stark is that sweet spot of 21st century artistry – like, you can actually to touch much of his super cool work – met a curiosity and enthusiasm for innovation and invention in the digital stratosphere. A killer hybrid! And, like much of the conversation when it comes to NFT dancing, Stark’s dynamism is highlighted, explained, and documented online (one of the “weirder” symptoms of artistic crypto-surrender, me she will point out). Bottom Line: Stark, who created the art cover for this issue, became one of the most notable names in the NFT explosion a few months ago when his artwork, Multiverse, sold to a collector for 150 Ethereum. At the time, that amount was $ 250,000. Right now (and again, we’re keeping in mind what’s likely to be a yo-yo style trip when it comes to Ethereum valuation in the weeks, months to come, whatever), the work of art – now of course is no longer in the “possession of Stark”, but in the “possession” of one person online, in an exclusive online network of other enthusiasts of crypto – worth close to $ 620,000. Jesus Christ !!! What the hell is happening!?!?!
Understandably, some of NFT’s successes are reluctant, given that so many of these online products are rendered exclusively in Illustrator, After Effects, or the like, never to take that first step in the real world. Add that some of these works of art fetch considerably higher sums of money than other artists who turn bronze into realistic figures, or use oil to paint stunning landscapes, could leave a lot of room for hate. For mistrust, for contempt.