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Artist Jacky Tsai brings fashion and fine art to the Metaverse in MetaSkull Collection

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Jackie Tsai Born in Shanghai, China, but now based in London. If he ever stays in the British capital long enough, so be it. His studio is located in state-of-the-art Shoreditch, just a stone’s throw from Julian Opie’s. But now that borders are open, in-demand artists are busy traveling the globe, meeting fans, gallerists and potential collaborators.

As prolific as he is provocative (Cai’s work often cheekily places Western pop culture figures within traditional Chinese contexts. harmonious society — It depicts Superman, Batman and Robin seeking asylum in China after the world has collapsed, allegorically reflecting the country’s industrial rise and the decline of Western dominance.) , the 38-year-old artist, floral skull Used by fashion designer Alexander McQueen for his Spring/Summer 2008 men’s collection. It must be said that this recognition propelled him into the consciousness of international recognition.

Such a play with a controversial aesthetic quickly casts Tsai along the same “horrible kid” line as McQueen, which he quickly rebuts. Yes, my work is ironic, but it’s also fun, full of humor and contradictions. What I want to do is make the viewer think. ”

A new MetaSkull collection for the Metaverse just launched on October 19th. Comprised of 1,001 unique digital art assets revolving around three distinct themes: gambling, poker, and anti-war, the entire collection was created using generative art techniques. Also 3D in nature — a revolutionary move as most of his NFT art on the market today is 2D. For this, Tsaihe collaborated with Froyo Games. Froyo Games is his Web3 gaming platform with extensive experience in global video game development, and its Southeast Asian partner is iCandy Interactive, the region’s largest game development company.

“My vision for MetaSkull is to wipe out the notion of fear and negative attitudes towards death, especially among the Chinese,” he says. “I want to be a bridge between Eastern and Western art, but also between traditional art forms and his NFT art forms,” he says. “We are now living in an interesting time when traditional artists are striving to transform their art for the digital world. We don’t understand each other yet.”

What makes MetaSkull’s launch even more interesting is Sotheby’s auctioning the first NFT (1/1001). This NFT features a unique skull design on a moon-like background and includes a flying avatar. I chose this design to show my voyage into the infinite metaverse,” he adds. “It’s like exploring the vast surface of the moon for the first time.”

Art lovers will find it highly unusual for such a prestigious international auction house to conduct a bidding process for the launch of NFT Art. The rest of the MetaSkull collection has yet to be announced, but will be revealed at a later date.

However, Sotheby’s sold Tsai’s first-ever NFT project in 2019. Chinese Floral Skull, Lot 37, the programmable NFT was sold for US$302,400. This is the most expensive NFT ever designed by an Asian artist. “I am very happy to present my digital art masterpieces in various forms and bring new perspectives to digital audiences,” he says. “MetaSkull illustrates humanity’s different perspectives on death, highlighting changing attitudes towards life and how our choices ultimately affect our journey towards the inevitable. “

In Malaysia, Tsai will have her final exhibition at Qing Gallery in Kuala Lumpur in December 2021. forever is now exhibition.

This article first appeared on The Edge Malaysia on October 24, 2022.

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