Light Years consists of 100 unique NFT artworks by Dmitri Cherniak, each complemented by a physical silver gelatin print. The artworks were developed iteratively as he traveled around the globe researching László Moholy-Nagy with the support of his estate.
When asked how Moholy-Nagy’s work inspired Dmitri, he said the following:
“Moholy-Nagy is a pioneering artist, thinker, and educator that I admired well before Light Years was conceived, so when I was given the opportunity to dig into his archives and writings I jumped at the opportunity.”
Each edition was created by a code-based generative system, then hand-prepared, printed to a film negative that was used to develop the image as a silver gelatin print. In the video you can pick up a few nuggets on how a generative artist deconstructs artworks and thinks about constraints for the code. Definitely worth watching!
There are 100 unique NFT artworks – you can view the entire collection in this gallery.
Here’s some information on the auction mechanics. To collect one of the 100 Light Years artworks you first needed to buy a Selection Pass. The Selection Passes were auctioned online on December 1st 2022 in form of a dutch auction, meaning the price decreases over time until sold out. The starting was 70 ETH and it dropped by 0.2 ETH every 12 seconds.
Dmitri Cherniak is a Canadian artist and coder currently living in New York. There have been numerous exhibitions of his generative art around the globe. In addition, Dmitri has immersed himself in the NFT space and has released several collections through Art Blocks. This includes his famous Ringers (2021), The Eternal Pump (2021), and The Wrapture (2021).
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