idflood • Artist Spotlight
What got you in to Crypto art?
I've had the idea to try to sell my artworks for some time but was not sure how to proceed. This was in the back of my head and at one point, when looking at my Twitter feed, I noticed that Frederik Vanhoutte (@wblut) had sold an NFT. After searching a bit more about this, I noticed that in fact a lot of artists I was following were also in the cryptoart space. So at that point, I applied to Knownorigin to see how it would go.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I've had the idea to try to sell my artworks for some time but was not sure how to proceed. This was in the back of my head and at one point, when looking at my Twitter feed, I noticed that Frederik Vanhoutte (@wblut) had sold an NFT.
What do you think of traditional artwork?
Computers have added new tools to the artists, so in my mind, traditional and digital art are more or less the same. In my case, I've added "code" as a tool, but it could be interesting to mix this with some old-school pen and paper elements.
Do you think your art is fulfilling a purpose?
For me, it's a way to play and learn with my passion for 3D and generative art. And since I started the cryptoart journey, I've added more meaning and stories to my pieces, a process I'm really enjoying. I hope that my art also fulfills a purpose to the viewers, either purely by aesthetics or in a more meaningful way.
How did you start out as an artist?
As a kid I've always been fascinated by 3D, watching Pixar movies and inspecting all kinds of making-of to see what software they were using and what was possible. So I went to an art school, learned there a bit of coding, and then worked as a web developer. Since then I continued to explore 3D related things, from real-time audio-reactive experiments to other generative art ideas.
Who or what inspires your work?
One traditional artist I really love is M.C. Escher. His evolving patterns and the artwork "Relativity" certainly played an important role in my art journey. On the generative art side, Dmitri Cherniak and Kjetil Goldberg do a lot of interesting work. And since I'm currently exploring the subject of imaginary cities, Annibale Siconolfi is a 3D artist who also plays with this subject on an incredible scale.
Which other artist(s) do you admire?
A long time ago, Robert Hodgin (flight404) open-sourced one small particle experiment he made with openFrameworks. This is exactly at that point where I started exploring generative 3d art, and being able to look at a well-documented source code made the learning process much easier for me. More recently, Matt DesLauriers is a very prolific generative artist who plays a big role in the creative coding community. He publishes a lot of experiments and libraries, and whenever I search some algorithms or ideas he most of the time already created some material around the topic.
Final question, what’s next for you as an artist?
I recently created an animation. It's a much more difficult process than still artworks but I love to challenge myself, and maybe the next animated piece could be a way to try again some audio-reactive experiment. Artificial Intelligence is also something that fascinates me. I still haven't figured out exactly how I would like to integrate it into my process, but it's definitely something I would like to play with.
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