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Tyler Hobbs displays initial physical QQLs as paintings

Tyler Hobbs displays initial physical QQLs as paintings

Contemporary art institution Pace Gallery will host a physical exhibition of new work by generative artist Tyler Hobbs from March 30 to April 22 at its New York gallery. This is the first exhibition at Pace devoted to a Web3 project by a single artist.

The show, called QQL: Analogs, will demonstrate 12 large-scale works that Hobbs made while experimenting with a new algorithm called QQL, which he developed alongside fellow generative artist Dandelion Wist.

Tyler Hobbs’s June 2021 NFT drop, Fidenza, is regarded as a major generative art project due to the complexity of its code. Fidenza has eventually become one of Art Blocks’ most successful and well-known releases to date and one of the most in-demand generative NFT projects within the Web3 community. With a current floor price of just under 80 ETH, the project’s secondary market trading volume exceeds 55,146 ETH.

Hobbs is known for his innovative work in the field of computation aesthetics. He does this by combining algorithms, paint, and mechanical plotters in his work. The works in QQL: Analogs are similar to these.

The artist used robotic tools to create the 12 large-scale works. Hobbs put code through a customized mechanical plotter, and then he worked on the details of the paintings by hand. QQL: Analogs is a creator-collector collaboration that reflects Web3’s chaos and unpredictability.

All of the works in the QQL: Analogs exhibition encapsulate Tyler’s dual mastery of code and paint,” said Ariel Hudes, Head of Pace Verso, in correspondence with nft now.

“The quiet undulations and textures reflected in tiny details show that Tyler is as meticulous with a brush as he is with a line of code. This command of both vehicles for artmaking makes him a natural fit for Pace Verso’s first foray into working with an artist who emerged from the Web3 space—which continues the gallery’s long history of championing artists at the forefront of art and technology,” she added.

Hobbs talked about what the project is and what it’s like to work on it to nft now, noting that “QQL: Analogs is both a celebration of the QQL algorithm and an exploration of how that systematic process can be extended to the physical world. There is a new richness in engaging with QQL through the experience of a large-format painting — the scale, the texture, the interactivity, and, most of all, the infinite detail are all new elements.”

“This presentation may also help viewers to consider the systematic elements of painters we know and love, even if we don’t classically think of them as being generative artists,” Hobbs continued.

In the end, Hobbs says that the ways he made these works aren’t that different from the ways other artists have made works in the past.

Tyler Hobbs has shown life-size replicas of the NFT collection at his New York City exhibition QQL: Analogs, which focuses on the popular non-fungible token (NFT) collection QQL. Hobbs and the anonymous generative artist Dandelion Wist used the same QQL algorithm to construct the QQL NFT collection, and the exhibition contains twelve big paintings made with the same technology.

Hobbs has stated that his work is more rewarding to audiences because of the “hybrid” aspect of it. Despite the crypto winter’s catastrophic damage to NFT values, Hobbs has kept his interest in digital art alive as purchasers have continued to flock to his work.

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