Tezos’ leading generative platform, fxhash, has been a fertile ground for future generations of generative artists even in the midst of a bear-market. Fxhash was launched by generative artist ciphrd on November 20, 2021. It has since developed a cult following due to its open model, and non-curated ethos.
Although the platform is open for anyone who wants to create a generative contract according to its standards, there has been an organic growth of an elite group of artists and projects. If you are interested in getting involved, here are ten of the most prominent projects.
Zancan, Gardens, Monolith
Zancan, the platform’s most successful sales leader, has been crowned as its blue-chip standard bearer. In December 2021, the French generative artist launched Gardens, Monolith. The project has been compared to Art Blocks’ fidenza for its critical acclaim as well as its coveted status among collectors. If you don’t have the funds to buy one of the 256 mints Zancan’s enduring (kindergarten)Garden, Monuments collaboration and his glitchy A Bugged Forest are all worth exploring.
ciphrd-RGB Elementary Cellular Automaton
RGB Elementary Cellular Automation is what Chromiesquiggles is to Art Blocks. The 1000-piece collection, which was created by ciphrd, was the second ever to be minted on the platform. Secondary royalties helped fxhash stay independent in its early days. It’s not surprising that the project is a beloved symbol of the fxhash community due to its significance and history. Even Zancan, a leading artist, made one in 2023.
William Mapan – Dragons
Five months ago, William Mapan’s Anticyclone took Art Blocks by storm on Ethereum. The Paris-based generative artist launched the mysterious Dragons project via fxhash to the Tezos faithful. Dragons now ranks fourth in total sales volume and is the only project that does not feature Zancan and ciphrd.
msoriaro – Contrapuntos
Marcelo Soria Rodriguez is a key figure in generative art. He has six fxhash projects under his belt and an Art Blocks Curated Drop. Contrapuntos, his first long-form generative work, was released in November 2021 in 773 mints. It remains one of fxhash’s top ten most-sold projects. This impressive project had a philanthropic component, with 25% of the primary sale proceeds going towards Project Lighthouse to support self sustainability in impoverished areas through youth empowerment.
Tyler Boswell, aka teaboswell, is one of the most promising rising artists in the generative arts world. He’s poised to continue the momentum from his breakout year in 2022. His flagship project September had achieved secondary sales equal to its total outputs in less than two weeks. This feat is only possible with a few projects and usually takes over five months. Boswell was selected by Tezos for the live-minting activation at Art Basel Miami Beach two months later. Pro tip: Try viewing a Septemberoutput live. It will continually redraw an output every few seconds using the exact same base parameters, with slight variations. It’s the gift that keeps giving.
Iskra Velitchkova – Uninhabitable
Iskra Velitchkova’s unflinching fxhash debut Uninhabitable is filled with feelings of loneliness and despair. The December 2021 project was created by pointline, a Bulgarian generative artist. Velitchkova used a generative system that only used ellipses to create four compositions that “seeks to evoke living structures and environments.” Velitchkova also collaborated with Zach Lieberman, a fellow generative artist, for another project called horizon(te). This project is currently sixth on the platform in terms of total sales volume at the time of publication (“Uninhabitable”) is twelveth).
Acequia – Rich Poole and The Paper Crane
Rich Poole and ThePaperCrane took inspiration from Spanish irrigation channels to create this simple, but powerful project. Acequia combines both daytime and evening palettes, generative designs that are based on real Andalusian mountain villages, and soothing water animations. It has remained one of the most popular releases on the platform to date. M. C. Escher’s stairs also remind me of the staircase.
Ryan Bell – Fragments from a Wave
Ryan Bell made headlines recently for his Art Blocks Presents collection hyper drive: A-Side, but his journey towards generative art prominence started on Tezos. Although the prolific artist has already released ten projects on Fxhash, his March 2022 release Fringements of a Wave is his most popular on the platform. 15 in all-time sales volume and critical reception. It’s one of the most accessible projects on the list, with a floor of less than 1,000 Tezos as of publication.
markknol – SMOLSKULL
Every community has its own unique lore. Fxhash is no different. Although Mark Knol, a Dutch artist, may not seem so serious at first glance collection has been a popular part of the fxhash community. The whimsical, pixelated skulls were launched on November 20, 2021 and became the 14th project to be deployed on Tezos platform. They quickly gained acceptance by the community as fxhash’s first ever PFP project. It helped that Knol had a track record of being a top-selling artist via Tezos platform hicetnunc. SMOLSKULL still ranks eighth in sales volume.
Melissa Wiederrecht – Take Wing
Melissa Wiederrecht was born in America, but is now based in Saudi Arabia. She has two Art Blocks releases ( Sandaliya On Presents and Sudfah on Curated) and eight fxhash collection. Her latest series Take Wing is her most significant generative work. It combines vibrant colors with generative brush strokes. You should also see her limited series Zbageti.
Editor’s Note: The author holds fxhash NFTs from Zancan, teaboswell at the time of publication.
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