Henry Sprite

Sentimental Graffiti

Sentimental Graffiti

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Drop type: Timed with capped supply
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Digital

Medium: ERC-721

Dimensions: Responsive


9 unique iframes corresponding to the number of original paintings in the drop, at least one of which must be owned to redeem matching counterpart painting or vitrine.

Physical

Painting and vitrine (9)

Medium: Oil, acrylic, spray paint and collage on canvas. Perspex vitrine with brushed aluminium dibond print

Dimensions: 111.4 x 75.6 x 7.6cm

Price to redeem: ($4,000)

Painting (9)

Medium: Oil, acrylic, spray paint and collage on canvas

Dimensions: 85 x 70cm

Price to redeem: ($3,500)

Vitrine table (30)

Medium: Perspex vitrine with brushed aluminium dibond print

Dimensions: 111.4 x 75.6 x 47.6cm

Price to redeem: ($1,500)

Book (360)

Medium: 96 pages on 200gsm Silk paper

Dimensions: 22 x 23cm

Price to redeem: ($50)


⁠A total of 9 paintings and 30 vitrine tables are available in the drop, redeemable on a first-come, first-served basis. Each painting and vitrine comes with solid oak table legs, offering options for wall-mounted or coffee table display.

Production timescales

All 9 paintings and books are prepared for shipment within a few days of receiving an order. The production of vitrine tables takes between 3 to 6 weeks.

Authentication

High resolution photographs of final artworks and authenticating features are appended onchain when artworks are redeemed, alongside certificates of authenticity and condition reports. All 9 paintings are signed and dated, with vitrine tables including serial numbers.

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Zien presents Sentimental Graffiti, the first digital-physical NFT drop from Henry Sprite, also known as Sprite Bonkler, one of the artists and creative directors behind the infamous Milady Maker NFT collection.

⁠As someone might have once said: “the American pavilion at the Venice Biennale should simply be a Milady”.

Release date
June 11 2024
Series
Sentimental Graffiti

How it works

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Discover

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Collect

Collect digital artworks that include the option to redeem a physical counterpart, what we call Expanded NFTs.

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Redeem

Produce the physical counterpart artwork on-demand, with authenticating details added onchain when you do.

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Contract Address:
0x31a3...f016 (ERC-721)

Redeem

Redemption deadline: Unrestricted

About the artwork

Zien presents Sentimental Graffiti, the first digital-physical NFT drop from Henry Sprite, also known as Sprite Bonkler, one of the artists and creative directors behind the infamous Milady Maker NFT collection.

Sprite’s new work is at the edge of what it means to create and look at images today. An internet-native artist with deep experience leading new online art worlds, in Sentimental Graffiti, Sprite also transports these modes and experiences into physical space.

⁠The paintings come first, but they start digitally, with copious source material fed into a custom AI pipeline, then arranged by hand into collaged compositions to then be fed back through another set of AI adjustments. The results feel like new types of collages enabled with digital assistance, reminiscent of renowned artist Michel Majerus’ push-and-pull play with digital technologies in the 1990s.

⁠Martin Kippenberger and Albert Oehlen, painters that captured the schizophrenic advance of the 21st century, are also key references. So is Japanese anime—Sentimental Graffiti is named after a 1990s dating simulator game—especially the way that anime is fine-tuned and engineered to become the optimum addictive image.

These digital AI compositions are the source material for the paintings with Sprite responding to them freely by hand using oil, spray paint and collage onto canvases stuck to walls across hotels and venues around the world. Once stretched onto canvases, the paintings can also be slotted into clear vitrines. Like the protective sheaths for collectible cards, the vitrines preserve and amplify the aura of these paintings. At the top of the vitrine, where cards might be graded for quality, Sprite has included detailed information about the paintings as well as key references, functioning like physical metadata. The vitrines can also be flipped onto their sides and used as coffee tables. Collectors can even redeem just the vitrine. Or there is a book available to collect, designed by Sprite it describes the Sentimental Graffiti project in depth.

⁠The digital counterpart works are not just virtual representations of the nine foundational paintings, but are mischievously hidden within fictional online website spaces like galleries, auction houses and message boards. ⁠It’s a nod to the uneasy position of these artworks, both the digital and the physical layers, simultaneously inside and outside conventional art world constraints. And also to Sprite’s position as an artist who is finding ways to create art that traverse the old and the new, the digital and the physical, the here and now.

⁠Folding together traditional art making with more powerful and omniscient technologies, Sprite gets at what it means to make images today.

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