The Work 1: Limited Edition Denominations / by chris fiore

Folks who  know me primarily as a filmmaker have been asking what I'm showing.  Here's a brief explanation. 

 Irradiated By Fukushima, 2017, 20x30, ethereum, archival ink on acid free paper

Irradiated By Fukushima, 2017, 20x30, ethereum, archival ink on acid free paper

The main body and newest work in the show are the  Limited Edition Denominations. These are prototypes of art made with cryptocurrency. Inspired by several of the activists I was privileged to work with on recent documentaries, they are an attempt to make art that has a positive and direct impact on the world. 

In this experiment each print is a document representing a unit of cryptocurrency, in this case 1/100th of an Ether (1 eth = $273.59 as of this writing). Eth is the name of the currency associated with Ethereum and is connected by the QR code located at the bottom center of the piece to data representing the cryptocurrency. When the work is complete, 1 set of the edition is for sale to the public and another set of the edition is donated to organizations such as the ACLU or the International Relief Fund for use as collateral or for sale. If the value of the cryptocurrency or artwork increases so does it’s ability to directly benefit others.  

In this case the beauty of the flower acts as a lure or trap, drawing the viewer in close enough to read the “fine print,” examples of the devil's bargain we unthinkingly make through the course of any given day. 

 Run Down By A Nazi, 2017, 20x30, ethereum, Archival ink on acid free paper

Run Down By A Nazi, 2017, 20x30, ethereum, Archival ink on acid free paper