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Next Up: 5 Ones to Watch in June 2022

Without further ado, here are our June artists.

We had the opportunity to ask Abieyuwa a few questions about NFTs and her artistic process.

How did you first become interested/involved in NFTs?

How would you describe your art? What’s your process like?

My art is usually inspired by my lived experiences. I tend to use very vibrant colors and I’m always looking to push myself. I’m someone who likes to experiment and I usually try to learn a new skill with every work I put out. Usually, I’ll come up with a concept, create a mood board and then come up with the composition in my sketchbook. Once I’ve decided how it should look, I start creating on Blender and sometimes Daz to see what new techniques I can incorporate into the work. Oftentimes, my end result is completely different than my initial sketch.

Do you have any drops/collections on the horizon we should keep an eye out for?

Yes, I’m currently working on a collection in between trying to finish other art pieces by deadlines. I don’t want to give too much away but it will definitely show how much I’ve grown as a 3D artist/sculptor since I started in 2020. I’m hoping to have it finished by the end of June, maybe sooner.

Metsä is a multidisciplinary designer and musician who is focused on creating work that combines various artistic facets into one unique vision. Over the years, he’s refined his style to incorporate a wide variety of motion and sound design.

We had the opportunity to ask Metsä a few questions about NFTs and his artistic process.

How did you first become interested/involved in NFTs?

How would you describe your art? What’s your process like?

I play around a lot with sound and create little visuals most days. I find that, at a point, I’ve been swirling around a concept that’s been lodged in my head and all the pieces start to make sense. I’ll grab sketches I worked on months back and run with them, combining them with audio in Ableton I’d been messing with days prior. Other times it’s more deliberate — trying to pinpoint a feeling and then pushing that through various mediums. I find that everything pushes and pulls and plays off of each other. If I get stuck visually I jump to making weird sounds and then [go] back to Cinema 4D/Adobe After Effects. I love when I start to create little elements and match them up with sound. The end part of the process is where a lot of the magic and decision-making happens.

I also try to spend a decent part of my time away from a screen. I find getting outdoors and creating stories to write about is important to me. That’s part of the process that might not get enough credit. Getting clarity on a bike ride or at the bouldering gym. Driving home late at night after dropping off my girlfriend and finding a rush of energy in thoughts passing by. It’s as much as what you don’t do directly in relation to the piece, that makes a difference.

My art is driven by the world around me. I love combining everything I can get my eyes and ears on to create a short glimpse into a world I discovered. It’s an all-encompassing process from concept to visual, to audio. I try to be sure to also leave some interpretation up to the viewer. I hope the pieces are ones that people want to sit with and come back to. The work is usually vibrant, with cuts of motion and a score that fits the visuals. A rush of energy packed into 15 seconds or so that leaves you wanting more, or to watch it again.

Do you have any drops/collections on the horizon we should keep an eye out for?

Nothing major currently, been focused on my nine-to-five job along with trying to get outside as much as possible and absorb everything around me. At some point soon I’ll sit down and work on some new things, got some ideas floating around. However, I do have two pieces going up with Generative Gallery in a museum in Israel. Along with working on some tour visuals for ODESZA, so keep an eye out for that!

Monaris is a Puerto Rico-born photographer who is based in New Jersey. Through her art, she combines her passion for visual storytelling and photography with her distinct creative style that focuses on composition and color theory.

We had the opportunity to ask Monaris a few questions about NFTs and her artistic process.

How did you first become interested/involved in NFTs?

How would you describe your art? What’s your process like?

I am a photographer with a passion for visual storytelling. Throughout the years, I’ve developed a distinct creative style focused on composition and color theory that lives to transform brief instances of reality into movie-like scenes. My editing style tends to be very moody and cinematic.

Do you have any drops/collections on the horizon we should keep an eye out for?

Nicole Ruggiero is a 3D visual artist whose work concentrates on tech and culture. Her pieces are deeply inspired by the emotional, social, and aesthetic facets of technology and how that culture also manifests itself in the physical world.

She was one of the first artists to sign up for minting on Foundation in late 2020, which quickly led to her becoming a force in the space, and speaking at 2021’s NFT NYC. With her whimsical style evolving over time, Ruggiero’s NFTs continue to be highly regarded throughout the space.

We had the opportunity to ask Nicole a few questions about NFTs and their artistic process.

How did you first become interested/involved in NFTs?

I became interested in NFTs years ago when I heard about the ability to sell digital work through crypto. I didn’t get involved at the time because it felt a bit too confusing for me but when I was asked to join Foundation for its launch, I was pretty excited. Before NFTs, I was showing in museums and galleries but was not able to sell any of my work because there was really no way to sell purely digital works of art. The work needed to have some physical component, like a painting or even a print, except for some rare exceptions. I was so excited when I was finally able to sell my artwork as NFTs because my dream has always been to live primarily as an artist, sell my work, and continue creating as my main source of income and I have finally been able to do that!

How would you describe your art? What’s your process like?

My art usually deals with technology, culture, and the internet. I like observing how people use the internet as a meaningful and positive outlet to create their own identities and connect with others. Lately, I’ve also been into video game culture as well as retro game culture. Since I started doing 3D in 2015, I’ve been making “art experiences” which are essentially AR and VR video games. I’ve been doing a deeper dive lately examining video games and gender as well.

Do you have any drops/collections on the horizon we should keep an eye out for?

The U.S. premiere of my solo show opening is on Friday, June 10 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn from 6-9 p.m. ET. [RSVP here] We also have an NFT NYC Brunch at the gallery on Thursday, June 23 from 12-5 p.m. ET. [RSVP here] For the opening, I’m dropping a bunch of new edition NFTs on OpenSea. It’s a big project I’ve worked on for years called ‘How The Internet Changed My Life’ and I’m really excited about it! I hope everyone can come out and try some VR! The artist David Henry Nobody Jr. is also having his solo show simultaneously at the same gallery.

In addition to that, I have a collaboration I am releasing with Planttdaddii called ‘Achievement Unlocked: Touch Grass.’ It’s a work about a non-binary character overcoming local battles in New York City visualized as a chaotic platform-style video game. This work will be included in a SuperRare group exhibition that Planttdaddii and I curated which opens Thursday, June 9 in Soho and is currently available on my SuperRare.

Planttdaddii — AKA Sam Clover — is a multidisciplinary artist whose work involves an electric blend of flora, fauna, and her own unique characters. Her pieces explore the navigation of mental health and human complacency when faced with the collapse of the natural world.

Having become involved in NFTs early on, Planttdaddii’s style has continued to iterate on her past experiences as an oil painter, creating colorful and meaningful 3D pieces in the process. Although at times underrated, in 2022 Planttdaddii exists as an important member of the NFT ecosystem.

We had the opportunity to ask Sam a few questions about NFTs and her artistic process.

How did you first become interested/involved in NFTs?

I joined the NFT space in October 2020 after a friend suggested I look into it. NFTs had crossed my radar years prior to this but at the time I was working with oil paint and not yet practicing digital sculpture or 3D art at all. When I heard about NFTs again in 2020 I was sitting on a large body of unsold digital artwork, so it felt like it was the right place and right time. I messaged SuperRare, was onboarded shortly after, and my life was altered forever.

How would you describe your art? What’s your process like?

Up till this point in my life, my work has been a way to process life and purely as a channel for my emotions. I would describe my work as manifestations of a feeling that I’ve pinned down to understand that exact feeling better. Moving forward I want to work on larger world concepts by using this same technique I have used to work inward — and in fact, I have already started doing that with two of my most recent pieces.

Do you have any drops/collections on the horizon we should keep an eye out for?

Next release: ‘Achievement Unlocked: Touch Grass’ a collaboration with Nicole Ruggiero (listed on her SuperRare). The piece shows a non-binary character bounding through New York as a chaotic platform-style video game. It was a pleasure working with Nicole on this and I hope that it finds a wonderful home.

I’m currently working on a series about mankind’s impact on the Earth. Specifically the downfall of countless plant and animal species as a result of industrialized food industries’ negligence and human complacency. The first artwork in this series will be released in late June or early July 2022. The 1/1 is sold, but there will be sister pieces sold as editions that I’ll be gifting to my collectors and a few will also be available to new collectors.

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