Homeless

Daily Art 004/21

My #dailyart 004 of 2021 deals with my current situation. It is based on a digital drawing I created in Photoshop. In a second step I have run variations of it through the stylized-neural-painting #AI model at RunwayML.com, upscaled the frames with Gigapixel AI and animated the results using PicGIF.

You can make me an offer on the #nft at my Opensea-store.


On the other Hand

Daily Art 003/21

At the third day of my 2021 #dailyart challenge I started using some colors. I also experimented with different #ai style-transfer models. 

Picasso Style Transfer
Stylized Neural Painting

The unique #NFT is available for bidding at Opensea:


The World is Confusing

While the world is made up of many different levels of perception, which intersect and overlap, it is increasingly difficult to see the big picture.

At night you are less distracted by bright colors and it is easier to see the patterns and connections. Therefore this work of art automatically changes to day or night mode every 12 hours.

The work is part of my series of digital remasters of my old drawings. It is based on a drawing from 1990, that I digitally recreated by accurately following the lines using a graphics drawing tablet before I filled the shapes with single colors.

The World is Confusing – Autonomous Art 90/20


You can also place an offer at AsyncArt.

Adaptive Style Club

Adaptive Style Club – Digital Art 2020

The work is based on a monochrome digital drawing, that has alternately been run through an artificial “adaptive style transfer” process using the “Picasso style checkpoint” of RunwayML and manually amplified and extended by adding new layers of lines by the artist.



Or buy this work directly at SuperRare.

The Devil’s in the Details

The Devil’s in the Details – Digital Art 90/20

Being part of my series of digital remakes of 30 year old drawings, the original drawing is one of my favorite early works, in which I expressed my love for detail as well as the danger of losing myself in that same. Besides its complexity, the work also shows how everything is connected with everything.

You can view the original drawing on Codex.



Although I gifted this work to one of my most supportive collectors, you can try to place a bid on SuperRare, that he won’t be able to decline.

Basta

Basta – digital art 90/20

In the search for my signature-style, I recently started to digitally remaster my sketches and drawings from 30 years ago.

The source of this work is taken from my favourite sketchbook from 1990 and I remember, that I created it shortly after I saw “The Mystery of Picasso” for the first time in the cinema.



Available as a unique #cryptoart token at SuperRare.

Mind Puzzle

Life is a big puzzle game made up of many different events and experiences, some of which are interrelated and overlap. The more experiences we gather, the more complex and colorful the overall picture becomes.

But over time, the perception, emotional coloring and evaluation of different events and memories changes. Some things we may remember only vaguely after a while.

Thus, the inner thought puzzle of each individual constantly reflects life and yet is greater than the sum of its parts.

The work has been created as part of a conversation with my younger self and the search for my signature style, that I started in July 2020.

It is based on a ballpen drawing from about 1990, that I digitally recreated by accurately following the lines using a graphics drawing tablet. Next I filled the shapes with digital colors before I finally decided to split the work into several puzzle-pieces, that can be independently change hue or alternatively display the outlines to turn it into an interactive AsyncArt work.

Mind Puzzle – Original Drawing and Digital Remaster

Read the background story of all the different puzzle-pieces here!



You can also bid on the master and all the different puzzle pieces at AsyncArt.

Cheer up!

Cheer up! – digital art 90/20

The world can be confusing and exhausting at times, so it is all the more important to rest occasionally and find your center again. This work is another digital remaster of one of my drawings from 30 years ago. The source of this work comes from my favorite sketchbook from 1990.



Also available for bidding at SuperRare.

Independence

Independence – digital art 17/20

A digitally remastered version of an analog oil pastels drawing, that I created on July, 4th 2017. The original title of the work has been “Neat Freak”, but I decided to rename it according to the historic date, it had been created on. You can see the original source at my Hive post.


Available in an edition of 1/10 at Makersplace

Con-Vincent

Con-Vincent – Digital Art 2020

The work is part of my series of Vincent van Gogh remakes and expresses my deep connection with him. With the help of my signature technique, I dissected the original into its individual brushstrokes and transformed them into mosaic-like color fields. The result makes the incredibly vivid movements that are present in the original visible and even amplifies them.


To the Moon!

This is my first experiment of embedding a Bitcoin wallet inside an animated gif using steganography.

The owner will be able to extract the private key of the wallet loaded with 0.02 BTC. The public address of the wallet is: 13P3m4paqsBRSUWogY74QLSFfJMFXwx4yq

The collector can use Terminal to extract the key like so “unzip 2Moon.gif”. Windows users can also use WinRAR to decompress the zip (just rename the gif to zip upfront).

To prevent the funds from being stolen, the buyer will need a password to unzip. This will be sent to the buyers Eth-address as an encrypted message using Mailchain. Alternatively I can send the password over Keybase chat (I’m shortcut there as well).

Please make yourself familiar with the required tools before bidding.



The work is also available at SuperRare.

Garden of Glitchy Delights

“Garden of Glitchy Delights” – digital art 2020

A digital collage made of a glitched image of the artist’s garden and the Eve from the left panel of the triptych “The Garden of Earthly Delights” painted by Hieronymus Bosch between 1490 and 1510.


Slightly different version available in an edition of 1/3 at Makersplace

Dress-up Doll

“Dress-up Doll” – digital art 2020

It’s really interesting to see, how working with AsyncArt already influenced my style. Whenever I create something these days, I’m thinking about how great it is to not only provide one finished work but a whole bunch of possibilities.


Available in an edition of 1/3 at KnownOrigin.


#asyncArt #collage #digitalArt #workinProgress

Are you ok?

“Are you ok?” – digital art 2020

My take on the ongoing epidemic of corona-virus disease, that was first identified in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province in China.

Available as a unique #cryptoart token at SuperRare.



#asia #collage #coronavirus #currentaffairs #digitalart #epidemic #fear #glitchart #panic #vaporwave #virus

Fly Files

My first solo-artwork at the revolutionary #cryptoart platform AsyncArt

Asynchronous Art is an experimental art movement born out of the question “what does art look like when it can be programmed?” What if art could evolve over time, react to its owners, or pull data from the outside world? It’s time to find out what’s possible when modern art takes full advantage of the digital medium.

“The work deals both with the question of the ethical limits and dangers of scientific research (as in the film “The Fly”), the philosophical and sociological consequences of a transformation (as in Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis”), and not least with the question of what actually distinguishes us humans from insects.”

Above is just one of countless combinations, here are some more.

Fly Files – some of the different possible states

The respective owners of the different layers will be able to control the background, body and head states. The latter can even scale, rotate and change the position of the “Fly Files” heads.

Place your bids here!


#cryptoart #programmable #art #interactive #digital #collage #asyncArt

Vincent

“Vincent” – Digital Art 2019

Probably my most successful #cryptoart work so far. 15/25 have been sold so far at MakersPlace.

A digitally marbleized version of a famous dutch painter’s self portrait. The piece received more than 500 likes on Instagram so far.

Some voices from twitter users:
“Woah. Fresh!”
“Beautiful colour way. A great piece.”
“Gorgeous island in the pacific ~ named ‘VINCENT'”
“Not sure I’ve ever wanted to swim in an image this much!” 

Please notice: “In my ongoing experiment about measuring the value of cryptoart, I decided to sell each edition of “Vincent” for a higher amount, than the recent maximum price (currently $87.14 or the equivalent in Eth).”

You can get one of the last 10 editions, that will ever be created, at MakersPlace.


 

#digitalart #glitchart #cryptoart #post-impressionism #van-gogh #dailyart

Osaka Gundam

A pixelsorted and glitched version of the Unicorn Gundam in Odaiba, that I’ve merged into a satellite image of Osaka Bay.

Turned into a unique piece of #cryptoart at #Knownorigin for #Devcon5 in Osaka.

Unique edition sold for 1.25 Eth at KnownOrigin.


#ultrarare #DAO #Osaka #DAOsaka #DevCon5 #pixelsorted #glitchart #Unicorn #Gundam #Odaiba #satellite #robot
  

Mind Puzzle Background Infos (Part1)

Puzzle1 // Growing up

Although I usually don’t think too much about the meaning, when I create an artwork, I will do my best to share a few thoughts about the different puzzle-pieces of my AsyncArt work “Mind Puzzle” and what they mean to me. Hope you enjoy!

This quote by French avant-garde Dada artist Francis Picabia has always been very important to me. Especially as I grew up in a Christian sect, where everything was extremely regulated and the world was divided into right and wrong, good and evil, chosen and damned.

From the description of the Puzzle layer you can see, that there is a face (probably a self-portrait) in a transparent box.

A head in a transparent box from which a plant with beautiful flowers grows. Next to it a foot that breaks out of the rigid structure. Where does it go?

It needed some art, namely the literature works by Hermann Hesse to plant a seed of doubt in my head. Something, that slowly started to grow and similar to a grassroots revolution gave me confidence to start to think outside the box of my cage of belief.

When I drew the original sketch of the Mind Puzzle, I had already left my parent’s home and the world of faith of my childhood and youth for two years and was hungry to discover the world. I was eager to find and follow my own path and a few beautiful thoughts should blossom in the process.

Please visit the AsyncArt website, if you’re interested in owning this layer.

Like every layer, it has the ability to change hue and display outlines only (as a reference to the original drawing).

Mind Puzzle Background Infos (Part2)

Mind Puzzle2 // Who is Who?

This is the second part of a blog-series, in which I give you some background informations about the different puzzle-pieces of my latest /asyncart work called “Mind Puzzle“. Enjoy!

Relationship

It definitely makes sense to me, that the second part of the MindPuzzle deals with my relation to the opposite sex, which has been quite complicated during my youth.

While it was forbidden for religious reasons to have a relationship with girls (no sex before marriage), my instincts told me something completely different. So it was no wonder that sexual attraction became one of the main drives to detach myself from the world view of my parents.

So it happened that on the one hand I had a platonic love-hate relationship with a school friend for many years, but on the other hand I threw myself with full force into a relationship with a nymphomaniac, who was eventually to become my first wife at the age of 21.

Symbols

I see myself as the figure in the middle of the two girls. Both are living in their own context. While the left one looks much more detailed and complicated, the setting has something of a holidays-beach scene. There are some sun-rays in a checkboxed heaven. To the very left there are two long legs walking in my direction. Bright yellow arrows are pointing in my direction, but are distracted by a beach ball and finally bounce off my shoulder.

The girl on the right side is supported by a male figure, which sends out a water-skiing lizard pulled by a speed-boat. Although I had no idea, what that means when I made the drawing, it’s interesting to know, what the lizard stands for:

In the Indian cultures, the lizard is regarded as light-bringer and messenger of father sun. It watches over the power of dreams and promises happiness and blessings.

In China lizards have a similar positive meaning as dragons. Thus the lizard teaches how to bring security, happiness, blessing and warmth into life permanently.

So I guess, it was the promise of luck and happiness, that my future self was trying to channel to me. The woman on the right offered everything, I was always looking for. So there was no time to loose.

Layer already sold

I’m super happy, that the Puzzle2 layer has already been acquired by another great artist, who gave me a lot of positive feedback, after I had published the “Mind Puzzle”.

You can certainly always try to make him an offer at the AsyncArt page or via OpenSea.

Mind Puzzle Background Infos (Part3)

Puzzle3 // The Knight of the Frog

This is the third part of a blog-series about the different puzzle-pieces of my latest /asyncart work called “Mind Puzzle“. Enjoy!

The Frog

The frog is a symbol of change and transformation, as his life-cycle starts in the water and goes through many different states until he’s finally grown up and able to jump around on land. You may notice, that the frog in my layer also transforms into some sort of friendly monster with teeth in the lower part of his face.

In the German tale “The Frog King” an ugly old frog turned into a king’s son. It teaches us, that the appearance of someone can deceive us about the true inner values of a person.

The Cat

The cat is known for being a great hunter, using not only force but also a fine sense of timing at the moment of attack. It seems to follow its prey and can wait patiently and position itself until it catches it.

Figuratively speaking, this means that problems are handled with patience, self-confidence and a good sense of the timing of the actions.

Orange slices turning into a crossed house

This is similar to the proverbial phrase: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” – Lemons suggest sourness or difficulty in life; making lemonade is turning them into something positive or desirable. The crossed house puzzle is a simple challenge to draw a house without going over any of the lines twice.

The Knight

“By the Late Middle Ages, the rank had become associated with the ideals of chivalry, a code of conduct for the perfect courtly Christian warrior. Often, a knight was a vassal who served as an elite fighter, a bodyguard or a mercenary for a lord, with payment in the form of land holdings.”

Interpretation

I see myself being the knight in this puzzle-piece. I lean very relaxed on the shield with the frog symbol. I’ve already gone through various transformations in my life and I don’t care, what people think about me.

The cat gives me ability to stay calm, observe and then act when the time is right.

Even if I face difficulties , I use my crativity and cleverness to solve the puzzle and build my very own construct.

During the time of the creation of the original drawing, I had already put my studies (computer science and art) on hold and started my alternative service to care for severely disabled people.

At this time my world view exploded, I was incredibly creative and finally lived with my later first wife. I had a dormitory room, enough money and a meaningful occupation that left me enough time for myself.

Layer already sold

I’m super happy, that the Puzzle3 layer has already been collected. You can certainly always try to make an offer at the AsyncArt page or via OpenSea.

Mind Puzzle Background Infos (Part4)

Puzzle4 // The Dancer

This is the fourth part of a blog-series about the different puzzle-pieces of my latest /asyncart work called “Mind Puzzle“. Enjoy!

The Dancer

Music was my first love and besides listening to it all the time and preparing to become a DJ, I was also going to clubs and danced my ass off on the dance-floor several times a week. It was a perfect way to express my emotions and transform the energy of the sound into movement.

Although the dancer in this puzzle-piece isn’t actually dancing, her dress and the nearby mandolin clearly tells me, that it is a dancer just before the music starts. Eventually she’s made a short break, but the bird in front of her, who’s grabbing her neck, wants to make her dance.

Above quote by German dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch, who was an internationally recognized icon of Modern Dance and founder of “Tanztheater Wuppertal” company in a neighboring town of the place where I grew up, puts it in a nutshell.

The Mandolin

I always wanted to learn to play an instrument, but my father was against it. I still was able to get myself a saxophone and a cheap guitar and played them in my very own (dadaistic) style. Most noticeable I have interpreted two poems by Dadaist Richard Huelsenbeck, which you can still find on soundcloud.

The Bird

Not sure, if everybody sees it that way, but for me it could be a falcon. Like other birds, the falcon stands for the Higher Self and the connection with the spiritual world. The falcon’s alignment with solar energy brings fiery power to the equation. Falcon asks: What is your passion?

He makes you aware of your own potential, represents victory as well as overcoming (but not without having a strategy). He can also carry the message of mindfulness. If you get too close to a situation, step back and rise above it!

The Deer

Do you see the deer behind the mandolin? It has the ability to move quickly and to trust his instincts to get out of the trickiest situations. It also means being highly sensitive and having a strong intuition.

It has mastered the art of approaching things with determination and gentleness.

The Fish

There is a small fish between the dancer and the mandolin. It’s a symbol of fertility and in China the fish is a symbol for luck, wealth and good harvest.

Sometimes it also refers to the inspiring and nourishing function of the unconscious.

Interpretation

Well, so much into this. My love for music and dancing had helped me to keep moving, find my passion, meet people, that shared the love and to create art.

I even met my second wife on the dance-floor and we’ve been married for almost 10 years now. I later was able to work as a DJ for a short time, which was on my todo list for this life.

Hopefully you can relate to one or the other part of this puzzle-piece.

Although already sold, you can always place a bid. Check it out here!

Mind Puzzle Background Infos (Part5)

Puzzle5 // Skeleton, Eyes and a Fish

This is the fifth part of a blog-series about the different puzzle-pieces of my latest /asyncart work called “Mind Puzzle“. Enjoy!

Skeleton

A figure looking down. Its body is shaped like a shield and you can see the skeleton. Next to it another figure with a small face and a semi-transparent body.

The longer I look at this puzzle-piece, the more I have the impression that it could also show a tandem on which the two figures are sitting one behind the other.

The rider’s body is shaped like a shield and the fact that you can see the skeleton could mean that he has stripped to the bone to protect his fellow rider. The latter ducks in the rider’s slipstream and his body is about to almost dissolve.

“Eyes”

Underneath a glowing halo of rays, which could also be a pupil or a wheel.

It could actually be the front tire of the tandem or a magic pill, while the eye of the fish might also be the back tire of the bicycle.

Fish

On the right side a kind of predatory fish with a large glowing eye.

More on this in the backstory.

Backstory

During the Gulf War, my girlfriend had a horror trip after she had been involved in the peace movement for weeks (without sleeping much). Suddenly she saw demons everywhere and thought the world was coming to an end. As a result, we even took a short trip into my religious past, because my parents’ religion was also convinced that the end of the world was near.

In the end we told ourselves that we wanted to stay together, no matter if the world would end or not. And this thought had given us so much support that we finally decided to get married. I was only 21 and my girlfriend was 19, but we had a very cool hippie-wedding with our best friends.

Riding the same bicycle means, that from now on we would follow the same path, even if it meant dealing with our fears and demons. The fish is also a Christian symbol and the fact that it is a predatory fish in the puzzle-piece reflects all the more the fears that were instilled in us by religious influences and world events. But we wanted to protect and help each other, no matter where the journey would take us.

You can place a bid on the puzzle piece at the AsyncArt website.

Mind Puzzle Background Infos (Part6)

Puzzle6 // The Bus of Bygone Love

This is the sixth part of a blog-series about the different puzzle-pieces of my latest /asyncart work called “Mind Puzzle“. It’s the center-piece of the puzzle and therefore very important.

Enjoy!

The Double-Decker Bus

The wreck of a double-decker bus, surrounded by vines. On the lower half it is sprayed with graffiti and meanwhile even a creek has made its way through the discarded vehicle.

The bus actually reminds me of a London style double-decker bus. When you are travelling in such a bus, you’re able to move back&forward, left&right and up&down inside the vehicle. When you move to the upper deck, you have a good overview of the streets and the world looks a bit different. You can meet several different people inside the bus, or you can listen to music or read a book. Despite that, the bus will keep moving to the given destination. You still have the chance to leave the bus at any station, change to another bus or move on walking.

But at the center of the “Mind Puzzle” we have a broken bus, which has been taken out of service and is slowly disintegrating. It hasn’t got tires anymore and instead of moving around the city, the world has started to move around the bus.

There is a pike in the small stream that has made its way through the bus. The surrounding vines have the shape of a cat with her whiskers. The graffiti at the lower part of bus tell of long gone stories.

The bus is a symbol for the particular world view we are currently attached to. Like in a bubble we travel through the world with like-minded people and although we can slightly change our perspective within the world view, we still want to reach a certain goal together.

The broken Heart

Underneath it is an old neon sign in the shape of a heart that has fallen apart. Next to it many old colorful light bulbs.

The broken heart and the lightbulbs remind me of old discarded neon signs or amusement park lights. When you stop moving and fighting to keep love fresh, it freezes and collapses. Everything becomes only a fading memory that is reclaimed and overgrown by the living nature.

Interpretation

My first wife had met a teacher of transcendental meditation inside such a bus and while we started meditating our world-view and our reference group changed heavily. While we moved in a new direction, some of our old friends joined us, while others preferred to continue sitting high in their previous bus instead of joining us on the new journey.

We later moved to a commune and lived there in an old farmhouse right by the river. On the property there were also many rotten old buses, but that’s another story.

The question, this puzzle piece deals with, is if we realize when our vehicle and our companions, that are part of our journey, have lost the drive and their passion and love have dried up. Do we then have the courage to make the right decisions?

Layer already sold

Although the Puzzle6 layer has already been collected, you can certainly always try to make an offer at the AsyncArt page or via OpenSea.

Mind Puzzle Background Infos (Part7)

Puzzle7 // The Double Bass Player

I’ve had some of the most exciting times in my personal #cryptoart history during the last few months.

I’ve not only sold all available puzzle-pieces and the master of “Mind Puzzle” (for a total of 7.5 Eth) , but I’ve also made a bunch of sales at Rarible.

It felt a bit like the time of harvesting after I’ve put so much time and energy in my art during the last year.

Much thanks to everybody, who encouraged and supported me by commenting, spotting, collecting and sharing!

You all helped me to make this my most successful #cryptoart work to date.

But now enjoy the seventh part of a blog-series about the different puzzle-pieces of my latest /asyncart work called “Mind Puzzle“.

The Double Bass Player

This is actually a reference to a roommate in my living community, who studied playing the double-bass at the local music college. He generally was a nice guy and I was always fascinated by his instrument. I remember, that we’ve even played a few sessions, after he had listened to my dadaistic sounds (that I’ve already mentioned in Puzzle4 // The Dancer).

I also remember, that he was not only running around the flat with a bare ass at times, but also already had a half-bald head (which almost looks like a third eye in the drawing).

Although he was generally supporting me and even noticed my creative vein, my life was a touch too chaotic during that time. So all the good vibes suddenly disappeared, when I had met my girlfriend, who was not only creative, young and sexy, but also had the habit to tell people, what to do and what not.

The Girl with the Mask

From the description:

His right ear goes over into the head of a woman standing next to the bass player. It looks like she’s wearing a mask that reminds me of “Pussy Riot”. She is also holding up a kind of flag, sewn together from many small pieces.

My