If you love exploring the metaverse, and art galleries especially, then we have a super fun and futuristic art gallery to introduce you to – Narcissus Gallery. The gallery is based in the 100x ARt District in Decentraland and was created as a collaboration project between Akira and Giannis Sourdis via his Museum of NFT Art (M0NA) project.
It has a distinct Sci-Fi, visionary and tech theme, apparent in both the gallery build and the artworks exhibited. Not only does it feature a huge art collection but also a flying robot whale. Now that’s awesome! The whale is a big symbol in the CryptoArt world and is animated to add to the Sci-Fi feel of the gallery.
Narcissus was born after years of an on-going partnership between Sourdis and Akira in the NFT space. Narcissus represents the collections of both partners in one. The gallery strives to support established and young artists alike, with a focus on digital art at the crossroad of blockchain technology. The duo support the vision of a decentralized future, unhinged from centralized dominant corporate control.
Read the interview below for insights on the future of CryptoArt, collecting NFTs, and building a gallery in Decentraland.
What made you want to open your own gallery?
After founding a museum/gallery in the metaverse (specifically M0NA in CryptoVoxels), I realized that I wanted to diversify and support other metaverse projects as well. That is why we chose Decentraland as the second location for our joint gallery with Akira. Another reason was that the collection was growing too big and we needed more space to exhibit more pieces.
What has been your biggest challenge in building an NFT gallery?
The metaverse as a whole is at its infancy stage and still has many technical issues. Heavy loads can’t be tolerated by the system and many times our vision can’t be executed 100%. For example in our latest exhibition (Rare Pepes) we experienced image loss in some pieces as DCL could not load all of our assets in the gallery. But we are fully prepared to work with what we have, understanding we are very early.
What do you aim to achieve with the gallery space?
We set up Narcissus Gallery with our first goal being to display our collection and the amazing artists in it. It’s a unique experience to see these pieces in the metaverse where possibilities of displaying them are endless. Secondly, we wanted to be able to host events of all kinds, for example an exhibition for upcoming artists. We believe we can help artists and the space grow through exposure!
Who is the most recent artist to join your gallery and why did you choose them?
The latest artists I added to my collection personally is Hymn of Dreams (Brad Miller). His pieces have a unique style, going over a fantasy theme which I am a big fan of. The colors used are vibrant but in a gloomy way if that makes sense. At Narcissus we have a sweet spot for artists that use skulls in their artwork.
How do you decide what to collect and any advice for collectors?
This is a difficult question. The process varies from collecting just because a piece makes you feel certain way, to collecting with investment purposes in mind or both. By investment purposes I mean that, in our mind, the piece acquired will retain its value in the future. We do not collect a certain type or theme but we do have a fascination with generative art.
In the future, how do you see the role of CryptoArt?
We believe that CryptoArt and NFTs are here to stay. They will play an important role in the future in many different ways. Crypto art unlocks many possibilities for artists never possible before. From monetizing digital art more effectively, to connecting better with their collectors and fans, to creating works that were not possible to be created before NFTs. Like I mentioned earlier we are in the infancy stage of NFTs and I really can’t even imagine what is in store for them in the future.
Who are your favorite and/or most influential artists?
This is a really tough question to answer owning 1500+ NFTs myself and over 3000 together with Akira. I have a few artists out there that are “my favorite” in terms of art and as a people. To name a few: – FVCKRENDER, Leeaux, Kristy Glas, Billelis, Nekro, KatSheBast, and Jonathan Wolfe. I would really like to name over 300 artists that I love but it would defeat the point of the question. I love all pieces and artists in my collection, especially the ones we have formed a connection/friendship of sorts.
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