#02 | JOSHUA DAVIS
CURATED BY RONNIE K. PIROVINO
Technologist and Artist specialized in algorithmic image, Joshua Davis – otherwise known as Praystation – is the second Crypto Artist featured on CryptoArt Monograph.
The monograph, carefully curated by art collector, curator and appraiser Ronnie K. Pirovino, is an unexpectedly beautiful trip inside V01D codebase, one of his masterpieces that has produced a body of artwork that is vital, gripping and beautiful. The artwork is a glorious fusion of creativity, both human and mechanic.
This monograph is a step into creating a comprehensive catalog raisonné of his career. A book that will cement his place in the pantheon of iconic artists.
The V01D is the main subject, on which the artist has been working for almost a decade, as this series is now properly celebrated and commemorated.
The artist: JOSHUA DAVIS
Joshua Davis, also known as Praystation, was born in San Diego in 1971. He is a New York-based artist, technologist, author and designer in algorithmic image making and animation since 1990, best known as the creator of praystation.com which he used to exhibit new design work and experiments using code, was one of the first to offer open source files for download.
For his project Praystation, Davis won the Prix Ars Electronica 2001 Golden Nica in the category “Net Vision/Net Excellence, the highest honor in international net art and design.
Joshua is also acclaimed for his role in designing the visualization of IBM’s Watson, the intelligent computer program capable of answering questions, for the quiz show Jeopardy.
Joshua’s work has been exhibited at the Tate Modern (London), the Ars Electronica (Austria), the Design Museum (London), le Centre Pompidou (France), the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), PS.1 MoMA (New York), the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, the ICA London, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and more.
The guest curator: Ronnie K. Pirovino
Ronnie K. Pirovino is a widely recognized art collector, curator and appraiser; these pursuits have evolved to encompass numerous entrepreneurial projects including the Web3 space.
Notably, after his collection grew to international prominence, he departed a successful career in digital advertising to focus on his passion for art. For the past three years, he has partnered with Christie’s on an ongoing series of ground-breaking auction sales, called Trespassing.
With his curatorial prowess being evident, new exhibitions and special projects are in constant development. From speaking to writing, the innovative convergent space of contemporary art and digital technologies is a major focal point.
On Instagram, his verified account @pirovino shares his collection and various endeavors to a wide range of audiences. He holds a B.S. in Communications from Northwestern University.
Curatorial Statement by Ronnie K. Pirovino
Joshua Davis is often referred to as a ‘legend’ in the digital art space.
His lengthy history in pushing the boundaries of generative, programmatic art is unquestionable. His code symphonies are of operatic scale. The V01D codebase is his latest masterpiece. The body of artwork using The V01D is vital, arresting and gorgeous. The art is a glorious fusion of creativity, from both human and machine. As a traditional painter, turned programmer in the 90s, computation became a way to amplify his vision. Animation and interaction presented yet another frontier on the Internet. NFTs have become the ultimate way to encapsulate and archive his work, having been extremely prolific in the evolution of the most impactful, yet largely temporal, interactive websites – when he rose to fame as Praystation.
An influence for generations of digital artists and designers, Davis has a lasting legacy. The V01D codebase is a project that has grown and mutated over nearly a decade. The onset of NFTs unlocked the potential for The V01D to reach the public in an entirely new way, offering the opportunity to collect and own the artwork. Art powered by this code generates an elegant concoction of controlled, algorithmic chaos. Some of the works have been paired with original audio so the audience can experience it in the most engrossing manner possible.
As a prominent icon in generative art, Davis has started to focus on his own history. Aiming towards a career retrospective, this monograph is a step into creating a comprehensive catalog raisonné of his career. Books are essential to adequately cementing his place in the pantheon of iconic artists, celebrating his contributions to the field. The V01D is the main subject of this publication, as this series is properly commemorated in his oeuvre.
Inside this incredible book, you’re going to find:
- Editorial by Andrea Concas – Publisher of The NFT Magazine
- Full Biography on the cover artist joshua davis
- Interview with joshua davis by Alessia Cuccu – Editor in Chief of The NFT Magazine
- Curatorial Text on joshua davis and his research by ronnie k.pirovino Guest Crypto Art Curator
- Image catalog of the artwork “V01D PROJECT”, for the first time enclosed in a single collectible publication, with a qr code to view them right away from your smartPhone
A special BookDrop with an unpublished Cover
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Each artist featured in the Crypto Art Monograph creates a totally unpublished artwork, minted for the first time on Nifty Gateway, becoming part of his/her artistic production.
All Crypto Art Monograph covers are collectible and allow access to exclusive content
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The holders of the Crypto Art Monograph NFT are entitled to redeem the physical book within one year.
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- 1 year to redeem the booK
- access to the readers club, reserved area for the holders of the nft magazine
- access to the readers gallery, to collect new and talented crypto artists
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The time has come to tell the great Crypto Artists, their history, their artistic research, their digital works of art, and the platforms and metaverses where they operate.
The CryptoArt Monograph series by The NFT Magazine was created in collaboration with the most important and visionary curators to narrate and “timestamp” the evolution of Crypto Art to the present day over time.
Why Crypto Art Monograph was born
After the great international success of the book “CRYPTO ART BEGINS” born on an idea and project by The NFT Magazine, published by Rizzoli, we have decided to continue the work of research and curatorship on the world of Crypto Art, yet to be discovered.
Thanks to “Crypto Art Monograph” we reveal every month the great protagonists of the digital art scene in the WEB3.
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