Second Realm

Eric P. Rhodes, Artist


The Weeds

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“In the weeds, repetition is a revolution.”

— Eric Paul Rhodes

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Welcome to the WeedsThe Weeds are my first Trash Art series and ended up spawning two more editions. This is a commentary celebrating the innovation and beauty found in the weeds of crypto art. The first edition features glitched fruits, flowers, and plants. The second edition features seven impressionists. And the third edition features seminal moments in trash art history.View the Collection

Where innovation and creation occurred long before some capitalists came by and tried to muck it all up.

The definition of weeds is any plant that grows where you don’t want it to grow. Before gardens were curated, buds nipped, trees pruned, and fruit genetically enhanced it was all just wild beauty. There were no weeds.

Now, don’t get me wrong. A curated garden is beautiful. Pruned rose bushes or gorgeous gords look great on porches. But let’s not forget that the creation and discovery of the plants started in the weeds and still occurs “in the weeds.”

Someone called the dark corners of the crypto art world “the weeds,” which seems to me that this person wants to sully the beauty that exists there simply because they have no control over it.

Trash artists know that the weeds are where innovation and new ideas develop. Then over time some capitalist discovers them, prunes them, and tries to turn them into perfectly obedient doers. But trash artists are wild by nature. You can’t contain a trash artist. Just like you can’t really control plants. You can only hold on to a small piece of who they were.

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First Edition

The first edition celebrates the idea that before gardens were curated, buds nipped, trees pruned, and fruit genetically enhanced it was all just wild beauty.

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Second Edition

The second edition is a reminder to gatekeepers that art history is repeating itself. It celebrates the organizers and some participants in the first impressionist exhibition.

Third Edition

The third edition is an open-ended series that will capture the memes, themes, moments, and people that are challenging the status quo crypto art.

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The Weeds: In More Detail

First Edition

The first edition of THE WEEDS celebrates being in the weeds of crypto art.

So, welcome to the weeds. Where innovation and creation occurred long before some capitalists came by and tried to muck it all up.

The definition of weeds is any plant that grows where you don’t want it to grow. Before gardens were curated, buds nipped, trees pruned, and fruit genetically enhanced it was all just wild beauty. There were no weeds.

Now, don’t get me wrong. a curated garden is beautiful. Pruned rose bushes are gorgeous. Gords look great on porches in October. But let’s not forget that the creation and discovery of the plants started in the weeds and still occurs “in the weeds.”

However, if someone called the dark corners of the crypto art world “the weeds,” then it seems to me that this person wants to sully the beauty that exists there simply because they have no control over it. But artists know that the weeds are where innovation and new ideas develop. Then over time some capitalist discovers them, prunes them, and tries to turn them into perfectly obedient doers.

But artists are wild by nature. You can’t contain an artist. Just like you can’t really control plants. You can only hold on to a small piece of who they were.

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Loti are Leaves
Loti are Leaves
Oranges are Weeds
Oranges are Weeds
Corn are Weeds
Corn are Weeds
Tulips are Weeds
Tulips are Weeds
Roses are Weeds
Roses are Weeds
Poppies are Weeds
Poppies are Weeds
Sunflowers are Weeds
Sunflowers are Weeds
Dasies are Weeds
Dasies are Weeds
Bird-of-paradise are Weeds
Bird-of-paradise are Weeds
Lillies are Weeds
Lillies are Weeds
Pumpkins are Weeds
Pumpkins are Weeds
Tomatoes are Weeds
Tomatoes are Weeds
Ferns are Weeds
Ferns are Weeds
Raspberries are Weeds
Raspberries are Weeds
Forget-me-nots are Weeds
Forget-me-nots are Weeds
Lavendars are Weeds
Lavendars are Weeds

Second Edition

The second edition of THE WEEDS celebrates the organizers and some participants in the first impressionist exhibition that took place from April 15–May 15, 1874.

It was organized by a group of artists who called themselves the Anonymous Society of Painters, Sculptors, Printmakers, Etc., and showed the radical work of Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Edgar Degas, and Mademoiselle Berthe Morisot, among others.

At the time these artists were not well-known within the Paris art world. They were the weeds that challenged the perfectly curated gardens of the gatekeepers (i.e., salons, academies, and galleries) with their newfound understanding of science, color theory, and natural light.

We are once again at a similar point in the art world where the establishment, whales, and platforms are challenged by a group of artists with their newfound understanding of technology, copyright, and provenance.

In the same tongue-in-cheek manner that impressionists were given their name, the trash artists take their name from supporters of the establishment who deemed creations by artists like Robness and Max Osiris to be #trashart.

This second edition is a gentle reminder to these “gatekeepers” that art history repeats itself. no one remembers the names of the gatekeepers from the salons, galleries, and academic institutions. but impressionism became modern art and continues to inspire us today.

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Claude Monet
Claude Monet
Alfred Sisley
Alfred Sisley
Edgar Degas
Edgar Degas
Auguste Renoir
Auguste Renoir
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Mademoiselle Berthe Morisot
Mademoiselle Berthe Morisot
Paul Cézanne
Paul Cézanne

Third Edition

The third edition of The Weeds is an open-ended series that will capture the memes, themes, moments, and people that are challenging the status quo in the decentralized art space. This edition intends to be a historical account of the trash art movement as told in a series of images.

Aesthetically I am drawn to the beauty of repetition and the exploration of unintentional patterns. similarly, I am drawn to the trash art conversation where ideas spread fast and are explored with reckless abandon.

In the weeds, repetition is a revolution.

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Bananas are Weeds
Bananas are Weeds
Miss-appropriation is the Weeds
Miss-appropriation is the Weeds
Ethical Boycotts are the weeds
Ethical Boycotts are the weeds
RARI is the Weeds
RARI is the Weeds
Potatoes are Weeds
Potatoes are Weeds
Performance Art is the Weeds
Performance Art is the Weeds
Toters are Weeds
Toters are Weeds
Dopamine is Weeds
Dopamine is Weeds
Original Art is the Weeds
Original Art is the Weeds
Floyds are Weeds
Floyds are Weeds