NFT artist Dmitri Cherniak draws inspiration from the archives of László Moholy-Nagy for his new generative art series
For his latest series, Light yearsalgorithmic artist Dmitri Cherniak takes a fresh look at the life and legacy of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. His goal ? To shed light on the links between generative art and the work of Hungarian artist, technologist and Bauhaus instructor.
A polymath, Moholy-Nagy was one of the first artists to integrate technology into his art, using tools such as the telescope, the microscope and the photogram to produce his sculptures, photographs and films. A century later, his innovations in the fusion of art and technology remain intriguing, informing exhibitions such as the Guggenheim’s “Moholy-Nagy: Future Present” in 2016, while serving as a guide for digital creators, including Cherniak.
“Generative art is very much in line with the history of 20th century art,” Cherniak told Artnet News, referring to the autonomous systems-based approach to creating art that includes elements of chance and recursion.
For Light years, Cherniak sought to better understand how Moholy-Nagy viewed “automation as a creative activity.” With support from the artist’s estate, he spent time exploring hundreds of artifacts in the Moholy-Nagy family archives in Michigan and talking to Moholy-Nagy’s 87-year-old daughter, Hattula. year.
Cherniak skimmed through photographs, sketches, paintings, clippings and documents, which gave him a broader perspective of Moholy-Nagy’s life and work – an understanding that informs the custom code that powers the collaborative project.
Commissioned by the Fellowship photography collective, Light years will be released as a series of 100 generative NFTs. The project will begin as a physical exhibition at Paris Photo from November 10-13, with an online auction of the works scheduled for December 1. The launch will be preceded by the release of a documentary, describing the Cherniak process and the partnership with the Moholy-Nagy estate.
Cherniak himself continues to dominate the field of generative art, most notably with his “Ringers” series of algorithmically generated geometric artworks.. Last October, Ringtones #109 sold for $7.1 million and remains the most expensive sale in Art Blocks’ vaunted Curated collection. This profile has been vital as the medium has grown in popularity.
“Cherniak’s creativity, innovative methodology and ability to explain the relevance and importance of his method provided an excellent learning curve for the [Moholy-Nagy] Foundation,” the artist’s estate noted in a statement, “and resonates with Moholy-Nagy’s belief in the role of technology in art.
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