CELED by Stephen Vineburg as Symbol of NFT Art Revolution

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Stephen Vineburg, an artist from the UK, launched his NFT artwork CELED as both a unique NFT and digital phone-based AR filter, bringing 3D to life in a still image. CELED is an amalgam of elements of ‘Liberty Leading the People’ by Eugene Delacroix from 1830 and ‘The Wreck of the Medusa’ by Theodore Gericault from 1818. The main idea of ​​the artwork is an observation of existing things, where despite all the chaos and misery experienced by society, our leaders may be more focused on their own vanity than on leadership.

About Stephen Vineburg

Stephen Vineburg has developed a conceptual art practice with a focus on using AR to explore contemporary problems. In 2021, Stephen was the artistic partner for “Suspension”, a digital art project that addressed the digital paradox of the duality of isolation and connection. It was launched in collaboration with the European Cultural Academy as a side event to the Venice Biennale. Stephen is an art historian with a multifaceted personality, with interests in art, film, music and business. In 2018, Stephen was Executive Producer of the award-winning independent film ‘Emu Runner’ which had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. Stephen believes that the NFT market will soon move from pieces that only demonstrate digital technology to using the art form to make provocative artistic statements, and that CELED is a forerunner in that direction.

What makes CLED unique?

CELED is the result of Stephen’s interest in the exploration and reinterpretation of classical artistic images as a way of addressing contemporary problems. Stephen says the project is mainly about a few things: developing a conceptual art practice with a focus on using AR to explore contemporary issues and experimenting with movement between the physical and digital worlds. A unique feature of the piece is that it uses the full range of animation provided by the NFT and AR technology to create a captivating piece of art, which also makes an artistic statement.

In many cases, the NFT art space is either populated by cartoon characters or only shows the digital animation technology, but in either case there is ultimately no artistic statement or meaning.

The NFT is an amalgam of elements of ‘Liberty Leading the People’ by Eugene Delacroix from 1830 and ‘The Wreck of the Medusa’ by Theodore Gericault from 1818. Hence the figure ‘Liberty Leading the People’ has been replaced by the French tricolor by ‘Celebrity’ and the Tricolor replaced by a selfie.

CELED is the result of the evolution of Stephen’s art path, from physical pieces to NFTs, which represents constant growth and transformation. Discover his artworks on Foundation.

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