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It’s Laurence today, back from a maternity semi-leave, super-excited to introduce four stunning, exclusive benefit editions, specially produced in honor of Internet Week NY, a festival celebrating NYC’s thriving Internet industry and community.
For a full week, starting today, the New York tech scene will be bustling with thousands of panel discussions and networking events, bringing together venture capitalists, digital entrepreneurs, and media folks from all around the world!
To express our love for the net, and the ever-growing synergy of technology and fine art, we’ve partnered with The International Academy of Digital Arts And Sciences (the organization behind Internet Week NY), The Mayor’s Office of Media And Entertainment, The NYC Department of Education, and Saint to create a unique creative platform titled Can You Draw the Internet?
Part gallery exhibition, part online art show, it marries the analog and digital art worlds, asking students, artists, and internet enthusiasts alike to submit their artistic interpretations of the Internet.
All on a single page, canvas, or layer. (It’s the ultimate open brief.)
A website has been built (www.canyoudrawtheinternet.com), where all submitted artworks will live.
Leading thinkers and artists Douglas Rushkoff, Josh Harris, Shelter Serra, Shaun Friesen, and Seth Indigo Carnes have also been invited to contribute artworks, from which we’ve created four stunning benefit edition prints. These editions are very special:
Josh Harris offers us a mythical, stone-age-like yet futuristic Portrait of Larry Page. Considering the original is for sale at $1,000,000 for Larry and $100,000 for everyone else, our $200 print edition is a bargain!
Seth Indigo Carnes gives us a sober yet lucid vision of our lives under digital influences with WARMONEYEATXXXXUSAXXXXXBUYLOVE.
Last but not least, Douglas Rushkoff, Shaun Friesen, and Seth Indigo Carnes's the gleam that turned on an exploded novel is a quintessential digital-age collaborative art performance: a re-arrangement and re-contextualization of five images from the series i heart variation 003, using web-based source materials of Beat generation literature and concepts, ultimately creating new meanings. And we love the video documenting the process.
Excellent news: 100% of the sales proceeds will be donated to the NYC Department of Education’s general fund. So you can treat yourself while benefiting hungry-to-learn students across the city.
Reminder: All four prints are demand-led limited editions, meaning they are sold exclusively on ArtWeLove for a limited time only (6/6 to 6/26). So the total number of editions will be a function of the total number of buyers, with a maximum cap of 100 editions per print. Each print will be uniquely numbered and will come with a signed certificate of authenticity.
For those of you hitting Internet Week NY events across the city, come check these editions in person at the Internet Week NY Gallery 6/6 to 6/13.
And as always, happy collecting!
PS: Learn more about Can You Draw the Internet?