Renowned artist Anthony James is breaking new ground with his highly anticipated NFT collection, “Anthony James – Platonic Solids,” created in collaboration with the Gallery of Digital Assets (GODA). With a quarter-century of artistic experience and a passion for blending multimedia elements, James is venturing into the realm of non-fungible tokens to expand the possibilities of his studio practice. This blog post explores the profound artistic exploration, the gamified nature of the collection, and the unique opportunities it presents for collectors.
“I’ve been approached many times to do an NFT and I’ve always said no until I met GODA,” says Anthony James. “We’re doing this for art’s sake and it’s an extension of my studio practice.” – Anthony James
The Fusion of Art and NFTs: Anthony James, known for his highly technical and mesmerizing sculptures, shares his journey into the world of NFTs. In his own words, James explains, “I’ve been approached many times to do an NFT and I’ve always said no until I met GODA. We’re doing this for art’s sake, and it’s an extension of my studio practice.” With his expertise in algorithmic lighting, two-way mirrors, and sacred geometries, James creates three-dimensional objects that give physical form to unity consciousness and the mysteries of the universe.
Exploring the Sacred Geometries
The “Anthony James – Platonic Solids” collection delves into the five sacred geometries known as the Platonic solids: tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, icosahedron, and dodecahedron. Each shape represents a specific elemental power, such as fire, earth, wind, water, and the void. James and his studio animate these iconic Platonic Solid sculptural forms, bringing them to life in mesmerizing ways. From electrified icosahedrons floating above fiery seascapes to steel-framed cubes illuminated by gradient LEDs against a serene desert backdrop, the animations create an immersive and visually captivating experience.
The Gamified NFT Experience
Taking the NFT experience a step further, James introduces a gamified aspect to the collection. Collectors have the option to “burn” their Tier 1 NFTs, essentially deleting the tokens from existence. By doing so, they have the chance to acquire rarer forms with additional animations set in emotionally evocative environments. This concept draws inspiration from James’s monumental 2008 sculpture, ΚΘ, where he transformed a Ferrari into a charred carcass, creating a new form of artwork. The bravest collectors who burn all five Tier 1 tokens can unlock the rarest form in the game: the Great Stellated Dodecahedron, also known as Metatron’s Cube.
Unlocking the Great Stellated Dodecahedron
The Great Stellated Dodecahedron represents the pinnacle of James’s game. This complex and fascinating shape is created by combining all five Platonic solids. The collectors who successfully merge these forms have the opportunity to unlock this rare and highly sought-after NFT. James emphasizes that creating the Great Stellated Dodecahedron requires skill, chance, and good instincts. It’s a testament to taking risks, much like his Ferrari piece, and someone will inevitably be rewarded with this extraordinary achievement.
The launch of “Anthony James – Platonic Solids” in collaboration with GODA signifies a pivotal moment in Anthony James’ artistic journey. Through the innovative medium of NFTs, James pushes the boundaries of his craft, introducing interactivity and dynamism to his iconic platonic solids. This collection offers a unique opportunity for collectors and art enthusiasts to engage with James’ work and witness the intersection of traditional art and the digital realm. As NFTs continue to reshape the art world, Anthony James’ foray into this space sets the stage for a new era of artistic exploration.