In response to the aggregate hype of the emerging global NFT marketplace, TRANSFER presents Pieces of Me – 50 artworks are offered in the browser as a respite from the frenzy and dystopia surrounding the boom. We invite you to reflect and transact with intention.
🪞Explore the show by scrolling through the thematic rooms in any order.
This is the part of myself that I present to you. I’m here, plain for you to see. This is how I make real what I want to be. Each of the pieces in this room is a deeply personal offering or self-portrait.
When you look too closely at the past, all you will see is suffering. It’s like when you look down, you’re more likely to fall. Don’t be afraid; live in the now. These cautionary tales will help you understand how. Each of the pieces in this room is a warning.
I have all these pieces and I’ve scattered them around for you to see. They’ve never really fit anywhere. If you can’t find them, I’ll be okay here -- in this world that I made without you. All of the pieces in this room occupy a liminal place that is incompatible with binary classification.
I’ve been here the whole time; waiting for you. Now that everybody’s here, I hope that I won’t be forgotten. While you’re around, remember to be respectful; don’t litter, try not to rough house or carouse. All of the pieces in this room come from artists recognized as early leaders in particular areas.
Change is the only thing we have to hold on to, but we can always wish for better change. Let’s take a leap of faith—I want it to be true, and so it will be. All of the pieces in this room are like coins tossed in a wishing well, leaps of faith towards alternative realities.
If I’m going to put on a show, you better spoil me! Show me that I’m worth it. If I can’t have it right now, then I don’t want it at all. All of the pieces in this room capture unique moments and place them in the sun to sparkle.
Simulation is kin to genesis; the way naming something either gives or takes away its power. With both eyes open wide, look out across the horizon. All of the pieces in this room gaze longingly towards the future.
The artists in Pieces of Me are known for their explorations of identity, being, and phenomenology in digitally-mediated realities. Together, these artists represent a critical survey of the past, present and future of ‘digital art’. In their works, avatars and identities are performed to explore our myriad modes of existence. These pieces serve as substrate for the thirsty, iterative cycles of technology. They question and subvert the exclusionary subtext of the softwares and systems that rule our day-to-day.
Unfamiliar objects and artifacts appear as virtual trinkets, totems or talismans; initiated renderers perform rites and rituals to offer alternatives to the contextual void brought about by this dystopian era of hype. Shiny renders, memes, filth, jokes, machinima, abstraction, intimacy and embodiment polymerize into a sprawling aesthetic that extends backwards and forwards, as a reflection on this moment.
For each artist, transacting with intention means something different. Some--like Cassie McQuater and Alice Yuan Zhang, offer their work for free – it is not for sale – an explicit rejection of the capitalist urge to consume. Others, like Isaac Kariuki and Rosa Menkman, rejects NFTs, but find value in offering the work as a traditional gallery acquistion. Artists such as Serwah Attafuah, Travess Smalley and Lorna Mills, are ready to grab this moment by the horns to embrace new modes of exchange wholeheartedly. Others introduce new parameters and intention into the act of collecting; pieces by Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, aaajiao, Auriea Harvey, Keiken, and Molly Soda, push the boundaries of the social aspects of blockchain transactions and pose critical questions about how to exchange, retain, and contract around their work.
We all wear accessories, adornments, costumes, and decorations to experience ourselves; and we’ve put these parts of our souls into the network. These pieces are inextricably linked to who we are and what we believe in. This show is presented as a hopeful look towards a more thoughtful market beyond the one that arose too quickly, and without care. Pieces of Me is a gilded sacrifice–a token of favor; or dowry from the ivory tower to the proclaimed knight in shining armor–to help shape what could grow into a more regenerative, historically robust, and thoughtfully stewarded cultural value system.
- Wade Wallerstein
Founder, Silicon Valet