Michael Joo Sculptor, Multi-media Artist Michael Joo (ASomatica) is a contemporary artist based in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been widely exhibited at galleries, museums and international events such as Kukje Gallery, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Venice Biennale. He has received numerous art awards and his work is in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum, LACMA, and Moderna Museet, among others. Michael recently exhibited at K11 Art Foundation in Hong Kong, and is currently showing in the Hawaii Triennial 2022 in Honolulu.
"My art practice has always revolved around the liminal and spaces between. From creating a geodesic halo of surveillance cameras around a 3rd century Gandhara Buddha, to collaborating with local Korean children to make a monument at the threshold of the Korean DMZ, I have an ongoing engagement with access and collectivity.
When I first met with Snark.Art nearly two years ago, I was taken by the potential for blockchain technology to speak to and cultivate communities. They'd been working for some time with geologic and crystalline forms, and the parallels between the inaccessible transformative space and lives of things underground, to the intangible transformative space of things virtual and digital were inspiring to me.
In developing the concept and work itself, I was introduced to Danil whose motion graphics and programming vision I admired and whose experience with both NFTs and community building resonated with me. My own ongoing work with fossils of ancient marine life prompted thinking of our project's potential evolution as a collective similar to that of a reef: coral polyps crystallized into calcium carbonate exoskeletons that speak to both objects and sites of potential. I am thrilled and excited by both our collaborative efforts and the 'seed' we are releasing."
Danil Krivoruchko, aka Myshli, is an NYC-based creative director and digital artist whose clients include Apple, Nike, Intel, Boeing, and more. His work has been featured in many motion design publications and won a variety of festival awards. The first NFT collection created by Danil, in collaboration with Snark.Art, "One Thousand ksoids" is currently held by many prominent NFT collectors.
"Creating projects combining data visualization and generative art is my ongoing passion. I've already completed quite a few projects in this field (including one for the NY Mathematics Museum and mypersonal NFT art based on data from the Ethereum blockchain). Thus, when I was introduced to Michael and he outlined the concept, I started working on the project immediately. I tried to adapt the idea of crystal usage and their growth to the digital world and connect it to using blockchain data. Before this, hardly anybody had tried to create a dynamic NFT project connected to consumers' data. And no one has ever tried to create anything of such ambition and technical complexity. To achieve this, we had to do a lot of research and development and make a custom server code that would connect the blockchain to the 3D-crystal generation and rendering. It also required a huge amount of hardware power to handle the rendering en-mass. But this is the price you pay when you innovate and try to push the boundaries. I'm very excited about the result and proud of the team's achievement."
Snark.art, founded in 2017, is one of the innovators in the emerging NFT and digital art space. Working at the meeting point of fine art and digital art, they have consistently worked with internationally renowned artists to create blockchain-based projects. Some of the highlights include Eve Sussman's "89 Seconds Atomized", Cassil's "White Male Artist: $HT Coin", as well as projects with museum collected artists including Kabakovs, AES+F, and Kendell Geers.
Organic Growth: Crystals Reef is the latest project to come from a powerful collaboration with Danil Krivoruchko and Michael Joo. With groundbreaking mechanisms to create interactive art on the blockchain, we believe OG:CR will be seen as yet another project where the limits of the past will be removed, and we can truly go into a new experience of art.
The cooperation with Danil Krivoruchko and Michael Joo perfectly exemplifies the position where Snark.art sees the future of powerful and innovative NFT projects: bringing together cutting-edge technology and digital art processing, with the experience of decades of art in the traditional world.
OG:CR is collaborating with 7 prominent artists from diverse backgrounds to create a one-of-a-kind crystal. This crystal has a place reserved for it in a museum.
The Foundational Gen was formed between Danil and Michael, then Glenn Kaino, Nicholas Galanin, Sarah Meyohas, Tom Sachs, and Krista Kim joined this collaboration.
The OG:crystals NFT project is featured front and center in a world-class museum exhibition at the Hermitage! Aka the world's largest museum. It featured an OG:CR AR crystal floating prominently in the middle of the main gallery of its premiere Metaverse exhibition.
IRL gallery and museum shows figure highly on the OG:CR roadmap. Here is to a great virtual beginning to that journey!
In recognition of the tireless work the scientific community does to help us better understand and safeguard our environment, OG:CR donated of 3% of the earnings from the OG:CR NFT primary sales to @Scripps_Ocean at @UCSanDiego. In addition to supporting the coral reef conservation research conducted by the Jennifer E. Smith Labs, we were honored to participate in the official scientific naming of a new marine species discovered during zoological exploratory work.