Second Realm

Eric P. Rhodes, Artist


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“It is our responsibility as artists to share our gift with the world by any means necessary.”

Abstract Textures for Remixing.

My first experiment with Trash Art is detailed in this shareware project. By purchasing one of the 10 NFTs (April 2020), early collectors have access to 42 total abstract textures that can be shared, copied, altered, remixed, and tokenized digitally in perpetuity with or without credit.

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What is Shareware?

Shareware is rooted in early digital media as a way to distribute digital content that included everything from art, books, software, and games. For example, free AOL CDs that were shipped with magazines or on the countertop at your favorite mall music store.

My First Experiment with Trash Art

Some of these pieces began life as scrap abstract paintings (because i hate wasting paint). Others were painted on canvas and/or paper as big as 4ft x 6ft. All of the paintings were created between 1995 and 2000.

One day in 2006, in a fit of creative expression, I decided it would be fun to capture the paintings as images on my new digital camera. Then I ripped them up and tossed all the scraps in the trash.

I guess one could say that this was my first actual experiment with trash art.

Anyway, I really liked the idea that these pieces were physically gone from my world, the space they occupied was empty, and yet a near-complete remnant of it still existed in the world. All I needed to do was pull it up on a screen.

My intention back then was to use the images to create new digital art of some kind. I wasn’t sure what. but I always knew I was going to do something with them. So I held on to them until I was inspired. and here we are. Here is that moment.

And it’s perfect really. I am sharing my first trash art experiment with you almost 14 years after I tossed them in a can. Can’t wait to see what you create with them.

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