On the occasion of ARTPOINT’s first NFT drop, The Cabinet of Imagined Worlds, four established and emerging digital artists propose a vision of parallel realities that could only exist in the depths of our fantasies, memories, or even nightmares… until now. The concept of a ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ is an art historical phenomenon dating from the Renaissance, in which rooms containing a plethora of knick knacks and objects of note, such as articles of natural history, religious or historical relics, works of art and various other ephemera were accumulated, often resulting in a bizarre and sometimes surreal presentation of the world.
In the same vein, and leveraging techniques in photogrammetry, 3D, or artificial intelligence, four artists bring to life their respective perspectives of what a world uninhibited by natural forces or common sense could embody. Whether the worlds of these artists are inhabited by giant mushroom fauna, fluroscently coloured rocks, particles from a fond memory, or puppet-like beings that spring to life, each artist draws from their own internal imagined realities—their own cabinet of curiosities—to exhibit and make public their visions for a parallel world.
These works, later to be exhibited physically via the ARTPOINT exhibition network, bridge the realm of the impossible with our concrete day-to-day life, juxtaposing and blending the boundaries between consiousness and subconsciousness, IRL and the metaverse, and reality with imagined worlds.