TrashArt highlights NFTs presented at the Avant Galerie Vossen with the non NFT artist Prosper LEGAULT
I would joke, if you don’t make it in under 5 minutes, it’s not a Trash GIF. Robness
#TRASHART is an NFT social art movement/meme stemming from the early years of cryptoart (2019-present). As upcoming burgeoning art platforms such as Superrare.com and KnownOrigin.io were developing their own identities, artists such as Robness and Max Osiris were challenging certain restrictions on their art production. Some of these were either making 'too much' artwork, or making collage imagery without citing proper sources. The contention between the platforms and these artists came into full swing when individuals and collectors in the NFT community began to call Robness' artwork 'trash' after they found out he was using an infamous glitch tool called Photomosh to produce some of his work. At the time some outspoken collectors were urging these platforms not to promote such work and thus the debate of what is quality cryptoart began to come to the surface.
During this time Max Osiris was firstly removed from the platform, then, Robness began producing more in this now self appointed 'Trash GIF' style in protest and was finally removed and banned from the platform after creating the '64 GALLON TOTER' which was his most direct visual opposition to such events. The reasons of Robness' removal came from assumptions that he copied the picture of the toter from a Home Depot (home improvement store) website.
After both artists were removed, Darren Kleine a writer for cryptocurrency news outlet Cointelegraph released an article entitled 'Immutable Trash: Cryptoart Revisits Arguments on Censorship and Meaning', detailing the events that took place. After the article was written, many artists within the community introduced dustbins in their works as a sign of solidarity. The trash art movement raises many questions such as appropriation of works, what is art.
Trash Art has firmly established itself as a movement in crypto art history. As of today there are thousands of works in solidarity and tribute to the original piece on various blockchains worldwide.
Very recently, the piece “64 GALLON TOTER” has been highlighted by Artnet as a significant crypto art piece, and Superrare has reinstated this now seminal work back onto their platform.
Artists presented in the show, selected by Robness :
Anonymous Nobody, Aprilyfu, BigComicArt, Ronan Barrot, Bitjamin, BnoiitC, CECHK, CK Travelling, Collin, Crypto-Art-House, Cryptomatic, Cryptophobia, CryptoYuna, Cypherpunk Now (Martin Fischer), Darkfarms, DeeperLab, Desultor, Empress Trash, Eric P. Rhodes, ETHwords, Ferris Bullish, Ftr Saroth, Galavis, Gary Cartlidge, GT Sewell, Norman Harman, Harv, Iambonkers, iH0DL, Ina Vare, JayDelay, Jivinci, Johnny Dollar, Lambie, Lapin Mignon, Luluxxx, MajorArt, Marcotic, Mattia Cuttini, Max Capacity, MaxOsiris, Max trash, Meunier Albertine, Miusoph, Mjfellowactuary, Neurocolor, NFTBox, Nino Arteiro, KBO Metaverse, Obxium, Ooakosimo, Opennft, Osiris Orion, Rare Designer, Rare Skrilla, Reviiser, Richard Dixon, Robness, Squintdev, Stellabelle, Sugarclub, Suryanto Sur, The Druid, The Perfessor, Twerky Club, Ulysses, Wizardx, Xibot, YRDGZ