CryptoArt Sundays: Interview with Jaen

Welcome to CryptoArt Sundays! Recently I had the pleasure of catching up with the incredible artist Jaen. This master artist has some seriously eye-popping talent when it comes to psychedelic and surreal-style illustrations.

Jaen is involved in a number of really unique CryptoArt projects, and has worked on commercials for iconic names such as Disney, Diesel and Google. Through a combination of traditional and digital magic, they create pop surrealist and psychedelic hybrids of intimate and collective mythologies.

Now let’s dive in and find out more about what Jaen is working on and everything about their NFT journey!

How did you find out about the NFT space, and what attracted you to create your own NFTs?

We all have that early cryptocurrency evangelist friend that tries to lure us in, and I’m no exception! This friend convinced me to give NFTs a try, and since I was working on my series Cornælhuys which were meant to be digital and not printed, CryptoArt was the right answer at the right time.

How often do you create?

I create everyday. I very rarely take a break from that, because that’s really my normal self, and because I have many, many projects I care about, and many stories to tell.

What is your creative process?

The creative process depends on the project, but it’s usually concept/story/emotions first, composition second, hand drawing fourth and digital magic fifth.

Are there any CryptoArtists you would love to collaborate with?

I’m lucky to have worked with many artists I love and respect over the years, and have had agreement from CryptoArtists I want to work with already. I think Yon Frula would be great since the styles would blend easily, and I would love to make some music for Bananakin as well.

What do you think the future of CryptoArt will look like?

It’s hard to say – it’s already the future! I’m looking forward to see more interactivity, mainly, and more tools to do that, the way Manifold and Async Art are going: codeless.

What are you currently working on?

I’m working on 3 different projects at the moment:

Cornælhuys, which is an ongoing collection of 18 masks salvaged from the Flemish Renaissance and reworked to the Digital Renaissance. The first part is sold out on SuperRare, a solid exhibition catalogue with pieces of writing and interviews on its way, and the future goals are to make it go back to the IRL museum that has conserved the original illustrations so far, and bring back the lost sculptures that started this through 3D printing. If I can say so myself, this whole adventure I’m working on with Tara Digital Collective to put together art conservation, two Renaissances 5 centuries apart, CryptoArt and traditional art altogether in an avatar-worthy series is one of the most solid CryptoArt proper art projects out there, aiming at the long term.

0nir0 is a dreamworld, a narrative and gamified NFT collection in which holders take part in a shared universe. It has four seasons planned, the first two are nearing completion, and the last one might incarnate as a generative collectible project. This is really a fertile world and it will evolve and grow over years and years, beyond NFTs, I think.

– I’m the AD and NFT strategist of one of the most epic NFTs and collective artworks ever, created by the CEO of Dreame. After many changes, the project, that has been building up for a couple of years, will consist of 500 artworks illustrating 100.000 dreams collected around the world, to be then projected on buildings in New York, Tokyo, London, India, Italy, Norway, Jerusalem, and many more, at the same time it is displayed as a hologram in the International Space Station, and auctioned as an NFT that will sum all of the project. The scope of the project is incredible, and the current hard work is reaching out to the top artists of this space. You would think Twitter makes this easy, but not really! I’m leaving out some information on purpose, but expect it to be even wilder.

Lastly, I started a little series of artworks that play with a part of blockchain mythology: 0xdEaD, the Burn Address. With my fellow artists Atlaude and Głowa, I made an NFT on Async Art designed to change the art displayed inside the Burn Address, to complete the story. The final act will be about the creation address 0x000.

Where can collectors find your work?

– Cornælhuys masks and other 1/1 gems can be found on SuperRare.
– 0nir0 can be dreamt on KnownOrigin.
– Programmable art can be experienced on Async.
– And a few more affordable pieces can be found on HicetNunc.

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