Latest Grails by PROOF Collective News
PROOF Curated: Evolving Pixels is launching April 12 with work from five generative artists and five AI artists, per a tweet from PROOF.
- PROOF Curated is a new curatorial program that includes work from five generative artists and five AI artists. It also marks the first partnership between PROOF and @ArtBlocksEngine.
- The live exhibition runs from April 12-24 at Venus Over Manhattan (@V_over_M) in New York and will include guided tours by NYC-based generative artist and engineer Emily Xie (@emilyxxie).
- Artists that will be part of the “PROOF Curated: Evolving Pixels” exhibition include:
- Minting begins April 12. PROOF Collective Pass holders will have access to an exclusive minting window, which will be followed by access for Moonbird and Grails holders. Public minting will follow if there is supply remaining afterwards.
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See the artist profiles here in PROOF's Twitter 🧵.
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- Venus Over Manhattan website
- PROOF Gives Intensive Ecosystem Update (March 2, 2023)
- Morning Minute | PROOF's Pivotal Moment (March 3, 2023)
PROOF, in collaboration with Pace Verso (the web3 hub of @pacegallery), announced today that it will release 'Archive of Feelings' by Mika Tajima on March 15th.
❗ Why It Matters
PROOF's mission is to showcase and engage with artists in the web3 community, and this piece - the first solo NFT project from Grails III artist Mika Tajima - does just that.
🔍 Need to Know
- 'Archive of Feelings' is a series of 1,152 NFTs, and each unique NFT displays animated digital smoke.
- The smoke changes its shape, color, and density based on sentiment data.
- The project is "based on her existing Human Synth series of large-scale installations that use a custom sentiment analysis algorithm to process text-based social media data and forecast collective emotions".
- NFT will unlock exclusive PROOF x Pace Verso benefits.
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- PROOF Collective Pass holders will have one guaranteed mint for 0.1 ETH.
- Moonbirds and Pace Verso NFT holders can mint in the second wave.
- The remaining supply is left for public minting.
🔜 What’s Next?
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- 'Human Synth'
- Mika Tajima: Archive of Feelings (January 1, 2023, United States of America)
- PROOF Artist Profile: Mika Tajima
- PROOF Announces Artist Profiles
- PROOF Collective Passes Valid Until January 1, 2025
- PROOF Grails III Artists Revealed
PROOF unveiled the 20 artists and 20 pieces for Grails III in a live artist reveal party on Youtube.
The following artists and their respective artworks are listed in total below:
- Grail #01. Artist: DeadBeef (@_deafbeef), Title: GRAILS by 0xDEAFBEEF
- Grail #02. Artist: Josie Bellini (@josiebellini), Title: Her
- Grail #03. Artist: Matt Kane (@MattKaneArtist), Title: Proof of Origin - Picture of the Planets
- Grail #04. Artist: All Seeing Seneca (@allseeingseneca), Title: Shermie
- Grail #05. Artist: Rik Oostenbroek (@RikOostenbroek), Title: Echoes
- Grail #06. Artist: Sofia Crespo (@soficrespo91), Title: unsynthesized #423
- Grail #07. Artist: Mpkoz (@mpkoz), Title: Realization
- Grail #08. Artist: Yatreda (@yatreda), Title: Dorze Duressa
- Grail #09. Artist: Ryan Koopmans (@ryankoopmans), Title: Systems
- Grail #10. Artist: Killer Acid (@killeracid), Title: Man Machine
- Grail #11. Artist: Maxim Zhestkov (@maximzhestkov), Title: Into the blue
- Grail #12. Artist: 0xTjo (@0xTjo), Title: Cigarette and heartbreaks
- Grail #13. Artist: Harvey Rayner (@patterndotco), Title: Reticulum
- Grail #14. Artist: Seerlight (@seerlight), Title: Shores
- Grail #15. Artist: Reuben Wu (@Reuben_Wu), Title: Tempelfjord
- Grail #16. Artist: Mika Tajima (mikatajima.com), Title: Bathybius Haeckelii
- Grail #17. Artist: Alpha Centauri Kid (@lphaCentauriKid), Title: There goes that kid
- Grail #18. Artist: Zach Lieberman (@zachlieberman), Title: How things fit together
- Grail #19. Artist: Jon Gray (@GhettoGastro), Title: Mudslide
- Grail #20. Artist: Iskra Velitchkova (@pointline_), Title: Substance
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- Check out the PROOF Youtube channel, the new home for all things PROOF Grails
- See all artwork from Grails III on OpenSea
- Follow the new @grails account for more content after the reveal
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The PROOF Collective team shared an update on collector profiles, their 2023 plans for art collections, and other new features in a brief Twitter thread this afternoon.
First, there is a call to action for all holders to go to the newly updated Proof.xyz website and update their collector profiles. All PROOF ecosystem NFT holders (Collective, Moonbirds, Oddities, Grails as of now) will have access to these profiles, in an effort to bring the entire community together into one single place.
NFT holders can unify wallet holdings into a single "PROOF [of] Identity," which will serve as a PROOF "single sign on"-like mechanism. The team stated that this new Identity will make it easier to claim rewards, update the profile, and interact with future features.
Other benefits for NFT holders, exclusively on Proof.xyz, include:
- Token-gated reward claims, research access, podcasts, and other exclusive media access
- Moonbirds DAO webpages
- Exciting and innovative artist-collector engagement
The team also plans to roll out artist profiles in a similar fashion to the collector profiles, featuring artist media and art drops.
Another, somewhat buried piece of news in the thread is that the PROOF team will release new art collections in 2023 under 4 banners: Grails, Curated, Genesis, and PROOF Collaborations. This update adds some credibility to those in the community who speculated that Proof will be launching an Art Blocks-like competitor in the near future.
The last portion of the update shares the idea of a Builder Tools page, serving as a public repository of PROOF team resources available for devs, project creators, and more.
Both PROOF Collective Passes and Moonbirds have rallied in the past week, with the PROOF Pass at 36 ETH (+20%) and Moonbirds at 8.85 ETH (+22%).
Former PROOF Grails Season I artist, Nicolas Sassoon, is launching his first-ever open-edition NFT project on Ethereum today, Oct. 7, 2022.
The collection, Continuum, has 10,000 total available mints set at a price of 0.05 ETH per purchase and is releasing via Manifold, an application and tool for digital creators to create innovative NFT experiences.
The mint opens at 12 p.m. ET on Oct. 7 and will close on Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. ET.
"Continuum is a digital animation created in 2022 using digital moiré patterning - a central technique in [Sassoon's] practice - in which two overlapping images generate the illusion of a third," the project's description reads. "In Continuum, the interrelated concepts of space and time are interpreted using this technique; they are manifested visually through minimal geometric forms, an hourglass (time) and a sphere (space)."
"Continuum also considers digital animated loops as continuums, where time and space exist autonomously and indefinitely in their own dimension," the description continues. "Continuum is part of a larger body of research inspired by optical and kinetic visual forms originating from the 1960s and 1970s, such as the work of Victor Vasarely, as well as by science fiction book covers from the series 'Ailleurs et Demain' (Elsewhere and Tomorrow) published by Robert Laffont in France in 1969."
Process Grey, recently revealed as the artist behind "Fixer Upper" (Grail #3) from PROOF's Grails II Mint, announced that the 24 holders of Grail #3 will receive an airdrop of an upcoming generative project, "Fog." A snapshot of holders will be taken at an announced, midday time today, August 26.
A co-founder of Truth Labs, Grey is perhaps best known for the viral art of goblintown.wtf and Illuminati NFT.
While building Grail #3 for use in the Grails II process, Grey became attached to the works created and decided to create a generative project. "This was the perfect medium to mimic the confusing stacking of emotions that exist with depression," said Grey while sharing a generative test output.
"Fog" will be a 96-piece collection that includes three unique, 1-of-1 NFTs. From the collection, 24 NFTs will be airdropped to Grail #3 holders, and another 71 which will be sold via Dutch auction on Sunday, August 28 at 8:00 p.m. ET. The Dutch Auction is expected to start at 5 ETH and drop 0.25 ETH every 15 minutes until a final resting price of 0.25 ETH. Any user who mints above the final sellout price will receive a refund.
Two 1-of-1 NFTs, "Idle" and "Warmth" will be randomly mixed into the mint outputs and airdropped NFTs. A final 1-of-1, "Age" will be auctioned off in an English auction on Monday, August 29 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Grey's Grail #3 has had only one secondary sale, for 6.2 ETH at the time of writing. Only two of the other Grail #3 NFTs are listed for sale at 19 and 23 ETH, respectively.
PROOF Collective's Grails: Season II artists revealed today. Here is what we know.
Collectively, the artists in the collection have $125 million in combined NFT sales, including five artists with eight figures in total sales. Three of the pieces in this collection will transform after the reveal. Five of the artists are featured as Curated Artists on Art Blocks. And one artist is dropping their Genesis piece in the Grails: Season II collection.
Grail #1: Belly of the Whale: 01 by Tom Sachs
Tom Sachs is a contemporary artist and sculptor known for his elaborate recreations of modern brands and objects. He created Tom Sachs: Rocket Factory, a trans-dimensional manufacturing plant and NFT collection. His artwork for Grails: Season II was minted 33 times.
Grail #2: Store by Grant Riven Yun
Grant Riven Yun is a digital and generative artist, researcher, and dancer. He has 1/1 NFTs on SuperRare, Manifold, Foundation, and more. His artwork for Grails: Season II was minted 40 times.
Grail #3: Fixer-upper by Process Grey
Process Grey is an artist and co-founder of Truth Labs, the same artist to create the Illuminati Collective, The 187, and Goblintown. Process Grey's artwork on Grails: Season II was minted 24 times.
Grail #4: Get Weird by Coldie
Coldie is an award-winning mixed media artist creating steroscopic 3D art. He has sold more than $5 million worth of NFT art on SuperRare. He is an OG artist in the crypto space. His artwork for Grails: Season II was minted 19 times.
Grail #5: Sparrows do not fear the sun. by Linda Dounia
Linda Dounia is a self-taught artist and curator exploring social construction of power. She worked with Quantum Art in April 2022 to release the first large-scale AI collection by an African woman in the NFT world. Her artwork for Grails: Season II was minted 17 times.
Grail #6: Crude Figures by Kjetil Golid
Kjetil Golid is a Norweigan generative artist and system developer who blends algorithms and data structures. He is most well-known for his Art Blocks collection, Archetype, which currently has a floor price of 24.95 ETH. His artwork for Grails: Season II was minted 123 times.
Grail #7: Quantum Noise by Pindar Van Arman
Pindar Van Arman is an award-winning artist on the SuperRare council. He blends AI and robotics to create his artworks, and he was one of the first artists to drop on BrainDrops. His artwork for Grails: Season II was minted 31 times.
Grail #8: Latent Floral - A by Refik Anadol
Refik Anadol is a Turkish-American new media artist and designer who has worked with Microsoft, Google, Intel, and others. He uses data-driven machine learning algorithms to create environments that relate to smell, taste, and feel. Bill Gates is one of his earliest collectors. His artwork for Grails: Season II was minted 65 times.
Grail #9: My Mother the Sun by CACHEPOOR
CACHEPOOR is well-known in the tattoo community. This is her first artwork created as an NFT. It was created with Procreate and Pixel Studio. Her artwork for Grails: Season II was minted 39 times.
Grail #10: Ambivalence by Luis Ponce.
Luis Ponce is a digital artist with works on SuperRare, Tezos, Foundation, and Ethereum. His Cycles of ( dis ) integration collection has a floor price of 20 ETH via OpenSea currently. His artwork for Grails: Season II was minted 42 times.
Grail #11: made these for your girl by Apha Centauri Kid (ACK)
Alpha Centauri Kid (ACK) is a visual artist and musician and one of the highest-selling SuperRare artists. He calls himself the humble servant of the muse. His artwork for Grails: Season II was minted 39 times.
Grail #12: Dragon Preliminary Study by James Jean
James Jean is a visual artist who works mostly on painting and drawing. He released his NFT collection Fragments in April 2022, which currently has a floor price of 0.34 ETH. His artwork for Grails: Season II was minted 12 times.
Grail #13: Dissociation by Drifter Shoots
Drifter Shoots is one of the most well-known NFT photographers and artists in the space. His Where My Vans Go collection has a floor price of 55 ETH on OpenSea currently. His artwork for Grails: Season II was minted 31 times.
Grail #14: Bookends (Study) by Erick Calderon (Snowfro)
Erick Calderon is an artist and the co-founder of Art Blocks, the number one generative art platform. Calderon, or Snowfro, created Chromie Squiggles, the first generative NFT project on Sotheby's. His artwork for Grails: Season II was minted 50 times.
Grail #15: Breezy Doozy by Harm van den Dorpel
Harm van den Dorpel is a Berlin-based conceptual artist. His work is a 2020 reimaginging of a 2012 work by Harm van den Dorpel. It responds to operating systems for light or dark mode appearances. His artwork for Grails: Season II was minted 46 times.
Grail #16: Ball by Jake Fried
Jake Fried is an artist who specializes in hand-drawn experimental animations. His Maximum Effort collection on OpenSea currently has a floor price of 2.8 ETH. His artwork for Grails: Season II was minted 17 times.
Grail #17: Away from Keyboard by Emily Xie
Emily Xie is a generative artist and software engineer making art with code. Her artwork for Grails: Season II was minted 41 times. One minter of Grail #17 will be sent the physical artwork used to create the NFT.
Grail #18: The Guardian by William Mapan
William Mapan is an artist, coder, and teacher based in France. His artwork comments on computers and code. He is most well-known for his Art Blocks Curated collection, Anticyclone, which currently has a floor price of 6.42 ETH. His artwork for Grails: Season II was minted 80 times.
Grail #19: Eat The Scroll by Nadya Tolokonnikova
Nadya Tolokonnikova is a musician, conceptual artist, and political activist. She is a founding member of the popular punk band Pussy Riot. She won the Hannah Arendt Award for Political Thought in 2014. Her artwork for Grails: Season II was minted 19 times.
Grail #20: Red Skull by Mr Doodle
Mr Doodle is one of the top-selling artists of all win under the age of 40. His artwork for Grails: Season II was minted 29 times.
Grail #21: IN THE AIR by Osinachi
Osinachi, or Prince Jason Osinachi Igwe, is a Nigerian visual and digital artist known for using Microsoft Word as his art medium. His work has been digitally auctioned by Christie's in Europe. His artwork for Grails: Season II was minted 24 times.
Grail #22: GEIST by Alida Sun
Alida Sun is a Berlin and New York-based artist who creates artworks based on extended reality and experimental humanities. Her Glitch Crystal Monsters collection dropped via Art Blocks Curated. Her artwork for Grails: Season II was minted 136 times, the most-minted piece.
Grail #23: Retinal Plugin by Neurocolor
Neurocolor is a painter, digital artist, and Cyberpunk culture enthusiast. They have sold 289 total NFT artworks for nearly $1 million. Their artwork for Grails: Season II was minted 48 times.
Grail #24: Cognition #0 - Returning Home by Justin Aversano
Justin Aversano is a photographer and the co-founder and CEO of Quantum Art, a platform curating digital culture through NFTs. His Twin Flames collection is one of the top-selling NFTs artworks in history. His artwork for Grails: Season II was minted 93 times.
Grail #25: The Fabric of Trees by Zancan
Zancan is a generative artist, oil painter, and programmer. He works at the convergence of figurative and generative arts, "bewitched by density, lush plants, and trees." He is the top-selling artist of all time on Tezos. His artwork for Grails: Season II was minted 75 times. One of those minters will receive the physical 1/1 artwork.
Grails by PROOF, an NFT collection featuring artworks by top digital artists curated by Kevin Rose's PROOF Collective, finalized its Season II mint and sold more than 1,000 total NFTs.
Season II, which was available for PROOF Collective NFT and nested Grail Moonbird holders, minted 1,178 NFTs and currently has a 4.89 ETH floor price.
The artwork names and accompanying artists have not yet been released. Of the 25 total Grail artworks, "Grail #22" was minted most often at 136 total mints.
The artists will be revealed on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 1 p.m. ET via a video presentation, according to PROOF's official Twitter account.
Season I minted 1,036 NFTs and currently has a 1.25 ETH floor price.
The artists included Gary Vaynerchuk (Gary Vee), Lucréce, Alexis Ohanian, Kiszkiloski, Nicolas Sassoon, yosnier, What Is Real?, Marlo, Rachel Ryle, grelysian, Larva Labs, Sarah Zucker, Hackatao, Mike Shinoda, IX Shells, Claire Silver, Tim Ferriss, Dmitri Cherniak, Tyler Hobbs, and Gremplin. IX Shells' Ixian No-Ships was minted most often at 117 total mints.
The full Season I event is available to watch on YouTube here.
The website for the PROOF Collective Grails project has been updated to include sneak previews of the art for Season II and mint details, the project announced Monday.
The site also includes an FAQ about mint cost (0.05 ETH) and who is eligible to receive a Grail NFT mint pass (PROOF Collective NFT holders and nested Moonbirds with the Grail Headware trait). Mint passes will be airdropped and the burn for the Grails NFT is set to take place Aug. 16 at 11 a.m. ET, according to a countdown on the site. There will be 1,176 Grails II available from 25 different artists.
The artists from Grails I weren't revealed until after the mint and PROOF has indicated it will present Grails II in a similar way, though on the website Monday it showed previews of four of the Grails, including one with art similar to the style of Grant Riven Yun (seen above).
The floor for the NFTs from the Grails I drop currently sits at 1.49 ETH.
The first drop in the Grails series featured pieces created by notable artists such as Claire Silver, Tyler Hobbs, Gremplin, and Dmitri Cherniak.
Claire Silver is the co-founder of Accelerate Art, Tyler Hobbs created Fidenzas and recently released information on his new project, Gremplin is the artist behind the CrypToadz NFT collection, and Cherniak is the artist behind the Ringers collection on Art Blocks.
Former PROOF Collective COO Ryan Carson listed several NFTs at or below floor price Wednesday, in an apparent move to alleviate any conflict of interest concerns between his personal holdings and his NFT investment fund.
“I know people watch my wallets so I wanted to publicly state the reason,” said Carson in a tweet.
Carson, who resigned from PROOF Collective in April to manage the 1.21 Gigawatts Fund while facing conflict of interest concerns, listed about 59 NFTs Wednesday including:
- Three World of Women Galaxy NFTs at 0.43 ETH (0.44 floor)
- Five EightBit Me NFTs at 0.197 ETH (0.219 floor)
- Thirty-one MetaHero Sidekicks mint passes at 0.104 ETH (0.102 floor)
- Six PROOF Collective Grails (all at or just above floor)
As of Wednesday at 1:45 p.m. ET, Carson hasn’t listed any Moonbirds or PROOF Collective passes, though he did receive a response to his listing tweet from PROOF founder Kevin Rose, asking: “Can I buy your birb?”
As of May 3, Carson said his fund has raised more than 14,000 ETH.