Taking Cryptograms to an Entirely New Level
March 19, 2022
“Contemporary art is the art of today, produced in the second half of the 20th century or in the 21st century. Contemporary artists work in a globally influenced, culturally diverse, and technologically advancing world; a diverse range of (and products of) human activities involving creative imagination to express technical proficiency, beauty, emotional power, or conceptual ideas.” Wikipedia
As a potential investor, I hope you can first appreciate the contemporary look I bring to cryptograms along with the hidden elements that can be unveiled through the interaction with the digital file. These elements, along with my trademark linear graphics, set my work apart from other designers. And then there is availability to consider. Due to my age, I will be able to produce only a limited number of pieces. I don’t employ AI programs to do any of my work. Each piece is time consuming.
As an owner, if you so choose, you can assign the unlocking of a composition’s secrets to a friend, family member, colleague or group. Someone will enjoy the challenge.
My vision came to life after participating in a bar challenge – 1972. Based on that encounter I’ve been refining my designs for fifty years. During that period I never had a show. Nor did I offer a piece for sale. My concept was missing a crucial element. It wasn’t until a 2020 epiphany that the final component was discovered. After that revelation I became acquainted with NFTs. This is all documented in My Story.
Vertically presented characters that are read on a horizontal plane to decipher a code are my trademark. In addition, I incorporate blended elements within the graphic that can only be discovered by owners possessing the digital file.
I’m now seventy-three years old as of June 2022. Going forward, I will be able to produce only a limited number of pieces. Encoding and element placement are extremely time consuming. I’m considering a drop of one limited edition. All subsequent pieces will be single editions.
The NFT arena has people producing thousands of pieces, many of them being auto-generated by text to image generators. The producers of these works are called ‘generative’ artists. Will their pieces become rare and extremely valuable? Questionable. Would be artists are overloading the marketplace with junk art searching for their pot of gold. That has sent the NFT market into a downward spiral. I was working on linear graphic elements using a pencil, paper and a straight edge well before computers were available. I consider myself an innovator.
I must now realistically consider my options. Articles have been written about an artist’s obligation to social media to keep their stories alive. I’m too old and have no desire to spend my days, what’s left of them, glued to social media. I’ve decided that the best way to keep my story alive is to produce Trithemian Web™ compositions. Let them speak for themselves.
My work checks all the boxes discussed on Binance.com – Rarity, Utility and Tangibility.
Artnet: “Rarity is determined by the frequency with which a work by an artist appears on the market, or the number of a specific type of work that is currently available from a particular period in an artist’s career.”