Digital artists are basking in the spotlight, architects are branching out with green features in sustainable projects, and designers are softening straight lines. Here are the latest trends in art, architecture, and design.
This year’s pixel-popping prices for digital art, ushered in by Beeple’s $69 million NFT Everydays—The First 5000 Days, have created a whole new community of collectors.
“With NFTs [nonfungible tokens, the unique blockchain files that authenticate ownership of the digital work], the art world finally has a medium that allows collectors to have wide accessibility to art,” says Max Moore, Sotheby’s head of contemporary art sales, Asia. “Traditional collectors have shown great interest in NFTs, too, showcasing that there is real staying power for the medium.”
Edinburgh-based artist Trevor Jones, who, back in 2011, began painting QR codes into his works that are scannable with a smartphone and app, creates works that he describes as a “fusion of fine art with technology.”
Using artificial intelligence, he produces animations and videos that incorporate morphing software to complement and enhance his physical paintings.“Many of my patrons own both my physical and digital works, so they can enjoy the painting on the wall in their home while the digital image or animation counterpart can be displayed on a photo frame such as a Meural or Canvia,” he says.
“A lot of these art enthusiasts are curating their own exhibitions with apps,” he adds.