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fxGems #16 ⏀ Abstract Honorable Mentions from Dec. 2021 - Part I
Lots of early projects have been lost to the recesses of the fx(hash) archive — forgotten — sandwiched between one great hit after another. So it’s time we give these hidden gems their moment in the spotlight.
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With 3622 projects released in December 2021, it's impossible for every good generative art project to fit in the fxGems Best of Lists for abstract and representational art, so the Honorable Mentions was born. And there are many possible reasons a project ended up in the Honorable Mentions instead of on a Best of List. There wasn't enough variety across the minted pieces, or some of the layouts were strong but other mints could have used more self-awareness between their parts. The piece was well executed but lacked originality, or the piece was original but lacked execution. Or there were a limited number of color palettes when the project would have really shone with a few more.
Or perhaps the artist still has room to grow, but we should start rooting for them now. The algorithm needed to be pushed further, techniques stacked together, or the process used made less obvious (I'm looking at you flow fields). Or they're using a library with such a distinctive look, like Hydra, that the project struggles to stand out from the crowd. And then there are the artists who had a stronger piece make the fxGems Best of List this month and we're trying to spread the love around instead of having the same few names appear repeatedly at the top (but don't want you to miss a very fun piece either!).
It's important to note that fxGems is not a ranked list. One part of good curation is putting pieces in conversation with one another, so each numbered mint featured here has been carefully selected, then ordered into groups of twos and threes to create a dialogue between the different projects. There are juxtapositions and echoes, recurring themes and visual motifs. A thread has been woven throughout. How it draws you from one project to the next is up to you to find.
As always, this issue is available to view on fx(text), especially good for those animated pieces. And if you're looking for more recommendations, check out the representational Best of Lists, the four part abstract Best of List, and the multiple issues gathering all of the many Honorable Mentions, covering December 2021.
Impossible Cathedrals by pepe__xyz
Waveform Impressions by idlebit
Endless Ridge by Natalie.J
Insula by DistCollective
Pinceladas by twistie
Cacography by Gorilla Sun
The Big Bang by vrnv
noiseD by V-G-A
Molecular by somaticbits
Hash Sunset by AlexandreRangel
Ongemak by Lucas S. Reveil
Painting Color Combinations #004 by Pointiago
Psilocybin Vision #1 by F.R.I.T.O
Tricorder Readings by Purz
Pico_Facades by aebrer
Deep, Deep Down, Far, Far In by infinite
Surge by zchwtsn
Broken Gem by AlexandreRangel
Trippy World by Daniel Oropeza
56 Modes by nicthib
The Math Text-Book by jambonbill
g l a s s by punevyr
Colortales by Aleksandra
Qubitscape by Murat Atimtay
Voxel Milk by flockaroo
Dancers by itsgalo
Organisms by __orderandchaos
Improviser by Jinyao Lin
Confusion by Rorschaz
Fractal Flower by The Art of Code
Tentacle Ball by Johan Holwerda
Aerial.Spaces by markknol
Hyper Construct I by Cannaerts
Meditations by FahmiMursyid
fxGems is not affiliated with fx(hash) or fx(text) (hence the lack of parentheses), and none of the recommendations herein should be construed as financial advice. We’re here to celebrate the art!
Each month I go one by one through all of the projects that dropped on fx(hash) to find the strongest, most compelling work — generative art that has a unique voice, a wide variety across its many mints, and an intriguing approach to algorithms and technique.
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