NFTs present unique ownership, coded on the blockchain. Uniqueness in terms of the value of the NFT, however, is decided by the community.
PFP NFT projects, such as CryptoPunks and the Bored Ape Yacht Club, have so far been the leading art related projects in the Web3 space. PFPs typically express community, anonymity, and rebellion. The hallmark of this type of NFT is its ability to integrate the power of the community through marketing and celebrity endorsement to propel NFTs to a high level of prestige in the trading market.
Aside from the PFP projects, there is a growing demand and fascination for artist-led NFT collections. Artists form their own universe, bringing together their own unique concepts, media, and styles. Traditional artists communities often only come together for brief moments, confined to the auction room or art gallery.
One in-demand Chinese artist, Huang Yuxing, explores nature and life through paint and minerals. Now, he is venturing into NFTs, creating digital artworks with the same notions and styles as his paintings. Will the digital works of Huang Yuxing gain more recognition?
Huang states,“Meta-morphic is my first generative NFT project. This new medium allows a new kind of exploration of recurring motifs in my work – minerals, bubbles and rivers – and the themes of nature and of time that are hallmarks of my artistic journey.”
Born in 1975, Huang Yuxing graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2000. His most recent auction was at Christie's, where his work Seven Treasure Pines sold for HK$64.8 million ($8.3 million), more than 13 times its high estimate, setting an auction record for a work by a Chinese artist born after 1970.
Huang Yuxing, Seven Treasure Pines, 2019
Huang Yuxing's style references traditional Chinese landscape painting, which he creates in a near-abstract, ultra-modern and intense color. He invites the viewer into his imagined universe.
In 2021, Huang Yuxing was also ranked among the top 3 artists in the Chinese art market in 2021 with a turnover of over RMB 100 million.
Huang Yuxing openly shares his excitement for digital art and NFTs:“The field of digital art is a completely new one that I had not set foot in before, and I got involved out of curiosity. Driven by a sense of curiosity about the unknown, I stepped into this field for the first time.”
When Huang Yuxing talks about his works, his concern does not lie in media used, but rather his ideas and creative process – how he creates artworks through his own consciousness and the ideas that he wants to convey to his audience.
Huang Yuxing's Meta-morphic genesis NFT collection serves to share more closely his own consciousness and the power of his artworks. Each NFT collector is left to closely interpret each NFT – endowed with rich meaning.
Meta-morphic consists of 2,197 mystery boxes of Seven Treasures (gemstones and minerals).
Meta-morphic based on seven mineral treasures Coral, Agate, Pearl, Gold, Silver, Seashell, and Turquoise. They represent the seven powers of Fortune, Creativity, Health, Longevity, Purity, Protection and Wisdom.
Meta-morphic is spelled as“Yao Bian Zhi Shi” in Chinese. Interestingly, the word“Yao” itself has the connotation of light, but the sun, the moon and the stars can all be called:“Yao”. The sun, the moon and the five stars of fire, water, wood, gold and earth are also called the“seven Yao”, which corresponds perfectly with Huang Yuxing's Seven Treasures.
Born from paintings and beyond, the 2,197 Meta-morphic NFTs will be generated by 3D design and encryption algorithms. Each Meta-morphic NFT is a mineral floating in multi-dimensional space, with different forms and connotations. While real minerals will eventually weather, the 2,197 Meta-morphic NFTs will be immortalized through NFTs.
Meta-morphic NFT blind box visual effect display
The Collection opens with gemstones, as they are the focal point of Huang Yuxing's work. Proceeding chapters see the inclusion of gemstones, bubbles, rivers, and pines. Huang considers these elements to be directional:“The river itself refers to something else. It contains my initial understanding of life. For the treasure in the Treasure series, I understand it as a kind of wisdom and a sense of civilization. At the same time, it breeds many other feelings in itself, for example, in religion or politics, it symbolizes power, wealth and the unknown. It can be interpreted as many things, and it gives people a broader scope of interpretation.”
In the creation process of Meta-morphic, we can see the process from figurative to abstract, and see that even a small stone contains the reflection of the universe. The gemstones, bubbles, rivers and pine trees are all“meta-images”. From the moment the collector opens the Mystery Box, they have unlocked an artistic conversation with Huang Yuxing.
As Huang Yuxing said,“There are 100 definitions of gemstones in the minds of 100 people, and this is still a matter of opinion. Each person's worldview, values, and past system of growth are different, and their definition of a gemstone will be different. It all depends on their own definition of a gemstone.”
The collection Meta-morphic is fully supported by LiveArt. The mission of LiveArt is to connect the art world and Web3, and help more artists, collectors and collaborators to experience the power of artworks through a new art medium.
As Marisa Kayyem, LiveArt's Chief Curator states,“LiveArt is dedicated to bringing exceptional artists to Web3. Digital art has both thematic and cultural significance. It alters how artists create, and collectors collect, and we want to share Huang's exceptional vision with our audience in a new way. The Meta-morphic collection does precisely that.”
What is the biggest difference between the Web3 art platform and the Web2 art platform? For artists, Web3 digital art is a new form of creation, and artworks will have a richer expression. With the Web3 art platform, artists will be able to bring these works to more collectors soon. For collectors, the collectors of NFT artworks will often form a community, so that art interpretation is no longer solitary, but resonates in the community.
Blockchain plays a key role in this transformation of platform attributes and reconfiguration of relationships – NFT ensures collectors' ownership of the corresponding artwork. While resonating, it also protects the rights and interests of each collector and the value of his or her collection.
Meta-morphic presale will be launched at LiveArt on September 23, 2022, with a total of 800 Blind Boxes on sale. Early birds, LiveArt community, memberships holders and others will have the opportunity to participate in the presale.
After the presale, Meta-morphic will distribute another 1,200 Mystery Boxes through a public sale.