“Foundation Art FAQ” by Mark Stuckert

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Hello, I’m Mark Stuckert, a graphic designer, art director, and artist based out of Vancouver, British Columbia. Join me as I wax art school on my Foundation artwork. View my hyperlinks here.

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Digital Pyre

This one was supposed to be titled Data Pyre but I guess I fucked up? This happens sometimes when minting – I suppose I get nervous about the finality of it all and under/overthink things and this is the result. The first NFT I sold was copyright 2001 (instead of 2021) and now that error is forever.

While Data Digital Pyre is basically a formal exercise, I do like that the image is about the undoing of data ‘the digital’ and is itself being undone via texture, pixel sorting, et al. I suppose a truer version would be properly hex edited, but it’s more about the impression, capiche?


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LCD

LCD as in ‘lowest common denominator’. It’s a lowest common denominator (pixel art) rendition of a lowest common denominator installation (artistic act?) – the infamous banana by Maurizio Cattelan.

Now don’t get it twisted, I love a lot of Maurizio Cattelan’s work. I goddamn love his pope. But once upon a time I went to art school and I call bullshit. Didn’t Duchamp do this well over a century ago? Perhaps it was supposed to be small – just a little joke that got blown way out of proportion. Of course my version is interesting and a unique take and very much not bullshit.


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Hand Simultaneously Throwing and Catching Egg (You Can Have It Both Ways)

This another mostly formal thing – a study I suppose – trying to achieve a sort of impressionistic, sculptural aesthetic in 3D via depth of field and other visual trickery.

But it does have an egg in it, and that’s not for nothing. I would love to toil away and be just ‘about the work’ but I also (like any rational person) fantasize about being a multimillionaire artist being interviewed for being smart and great. I don’t think that’s so unreasonable.


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Lytton

Lytton is a town in British Columbia recently erased by wildfire. Being a British Columbian in 2021 means living with a particular kind of existential dread regarding the climate crisis. Could Vancouver be ‘removed’? If an aggressive enough fire crested Grouse Mountain would we be able to do… anything in response? I suppose it’s selfish to say it’s a ‘British Columbian’ thing – the climate crisis is obviously a world-wide horror show.

I often wonder if I care about the planet or if I am worried about my own well-being. I hope it’s the former. It’s probably a combination of the two. I would assume most humans feel a deep, ancient fear about this stuff.


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Sun-Kissed Chapel

This one was a precursor to Lytton – above – and it was inspired by – well, there is a thing unfolding in Canada that I can’t do justice in a few sentences. It is probably not even my place to comment. But that is what inspired Sun-Kissed Chapel, for what it’s worth.


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I also have artwork over on hic et nunc which I plan to write about ‘later’ – thanks kindly for your time.

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© 20XX Mark Stuckert