Wondering why the pun? Genuary.art is a month-long marathon in which generative artists were encouraged to create a work daily in response to either their free creativity or a prompt. And for the uninitiated: generative art refers to any art that is (in part) created by an autonomous system; be that generated by code, through the machinations of natural processes, or any other independently functioning entity.
Twitter was abuzz all through the beginning of the year with generative artists showing off their latest creations each day. There were some very original prompts, like ‘the next fidenza’ or ‘airport carpet’. But the ingenious community of generative artists didn’t need the funniest prompts to create some stunning work.
Take, for example, Jess Hewit merging the prompts for days 3 and 7, ‘space’ and ‘Sol LeWitt wall drawing’ respectively, to create the artwork of day 21: ‘combine two (or more) of your pieces from previous days to make a new piece’. The result is a beautifully warm-toned Rorsach-like entity.
Another standout is Piter Pasma’s work for day 24: ‘abstract vegetation’. Pasma made a labyrinthine pattern of heather, or maybe seaweed – or lichen? – fanning out into a perfect circle. The pistacchio orb is a simple, yet richly textured composition.
Another work we can’t stop looking at is Matthew Hughes’ work for Genuary’s 25th day, prompted by ‘perspective’. A smattering of planets arranges and rearranges itself in a loop, each dot ultimately falling exactly where it’s meant, all while playing with our perceptions of the constellations in space.
However, looking beyond the Genuary initiative, .art is blooming with all sorts of generative projects under its umbrella. Explore some of the examples below to dive into the world of generative art!
Gen.art is a double menace – it’s an NFT platform for generative art that is owned and functions like a DAO. Its 5100 total members get a monthly chance to mint a work by a leading generative artist, like for instance, this recent amazing collection by Nadieh Bremer.
Another interesting project is the website FxTender, which highlights some of the most eye-catching collections on generative art platform FxHash. Tender makes an effort to spotlight artists regardless of their following or pricing, providing a curated overview of worthwhile pieces.
Then there is Framergence, which describes itself as a “generative NFT art experiment”. The collection originally minted with 1000 pieces; geometric lines drawn in front of you as soon as you minted. An interesting fact about Framergence is that it has a burn-to-mint mechanism, meaning that if you burn, say, 3 pieces, you will mint 2 in return and slowly deflating the collection as a whole.
And last but certainly not least: Stringify is a collection of 7500 minimalist doors composed of various combinations of text symbols. And of course, there’s a point to these artworks being doors. Each token is a portal to future collections and events, like the second collection The Labyrinth which gives access to a Play2Earn experience.