Renowned artist DotPigeon has announced a temporary departure from the NFT space due to an excessive focus on market dynamics and trends. Despite believing in the potential of NFTs to revolutionize the art world, DotPigeon expressed dissatisfaction with the current state of the art culture, citing “too many unhealthy dynamics and too much emphasis on sales and gimmicks.” DotPigeon plans to focus on creating art on canvas, the medium with which they began their career, while still occasionally participating in selected NFT projects in a more targeted and conscious way. The artist thanked the community for their support and the connections they have made over the past two years.
I am writing to you today to share a difficult but necessary decision that I have made. Over the past two years, I have been actively involved in the NFT space. These had been exciting and innovative times for the art world but I saw how the focus on trends and market dynamics has detracted from the art itself. This is not what I signed up for so I’ve decided to take a break. I still believe in NFTs potential to change the way we think about and interact with art. However, in the current landscape, there are too many unhealthy dynamics and too much emphasis on sales and gimmicks. This is not the kind of art culture that I want to be a part of. I’m gonna focus back on creating amazing art expressed on canvas, which is the medium that I started my career with. This is the right path for me and my artistic journey at the moment. This isn’t a permanent departure, I still believe in the potential of NFTs to push the boundaries of art and create new forms of expression. There will be selected projects that I will take part in but in a more targeted and conscious way. I want digital art to return to being at the center of my career, not market dynamics. I want to thank the community for the opportunities and experiences that I have had over the past two years. I have met many talented and passionate artists, friends and collectors, and I will always cherish the connections that I have made.
Thank you DotPigeon
DotPigeon has been one of the earliest artists that we have had the privilege to interview, and we are grateful for their insight and contributions to the NFT space. We understand that the decision to take a break was a difficult one, and we want to express our support and respect for their artistic journey. We believe that taking the time to focus on one’s art and creative vision is essential, and we look forward to seeing what amazing creations DotPigeon will produce next. We want to thank DotPigeon for being a part of our community, and we look forward to their eventual return.
Dotpigeon is not alone with the NFT “art” frustrations
The NFT space has seen explosive growth over the past few years, with digital art selling for millions of dollars and big-name brands jumping into the space. However, this growth has also led to significant criticism and controversy, with some arguing that the market dynamics are focused too heavily on speculation and hype rather than true innovation.
This emphasis on sales and gimmicks is causing many artists to rethink their involvement in the NFT space. While many artists initially saw the potential of NFTs to revolutionize the art world by creating new forms of expression and ownership, the current mechanics of the market are not conducive to this vision. Instead, artists are feeling pressure to create art that will sell quickly and for high prices, rather than pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with digital art.
The result of this dynamic is that NFTs are being held back from going mainstream. While the market is still growing rapidly and attracting new investors, the focus on speculation and hype is not sustainable in the long term. For NFTs to truly achieve their potential and become a viable new form of art ownership and expression, the emphasis needs to shift back towards innovation and creativity.
In the end, it’s clear that the NFT space is still evolving and finding its place in the larger art world. While the current market dynamics may be causing some artists to step back and reevaluate their involvement, it’s important to remember that the potential of NFTs is still significant. As the market continues to mature, we can expect to see more emphasis placed on true innovation and creativity, rather than simply following the latest trend or hype.
I am writing to you today to share a difficult but necessary decision that I have made.
Over the past two years, I have been actively involved in the NFT space. These had been exciting and innovative times for the art world but I saw how the focus on trends and…
— DotPigeon (@_dotpigeon) April 3, 2023