Next Up: Eko33 Embraces Solana After Decades of Generative Art Experience

BY Matt Medved

December 21, 2023

Eko33 has been creating artwork with code long before it was in vogue.

The French artist — born Jean-Jacques Duclaux — has been actively making generative art since 1999, using floppy disks and a Commodore computer for his initial forays into the category. His passion for creative coding has guided his career path from academia to exhibitions before employing the blockchain as a canvas for his algorithmic outputs.

Since discovering crypto, Eko33 has emerged as an active participant in the NFT space, minting works across Ethereum, Tezos, and Solana. Earlier this year, he unveiled his solo exhibition “Le Monde Non Objectif,” curated by Kate Vass,” at Unpaired Gallery in Zug, Switzerland. He also joined the Solana Foundation’s activation at this past month’s Art Basel Miami fair as an artist in residency, exhibiting his work and educating visitors about his unique creative process using a theremin.

Every week, nft now’s Next Up unveils a new artist from our curated list of ascendant talents who have been making significant waves throughout Web3. This week, we’re excited to explore Eko33’s journey from generative art veteran to multichain innovator.

nft now: How did you first become interested/involved in digital art?

Eko33: My interest in digital art started with drawing classes my grandmother arranged for me as a young kid. These classes sparked my fascination with computer screens displaying images and codes, almost like a secret language I was learning. This early interest grew over time. Now, I use computers and code as tools for my art, much like a painter uses a brush and paints, creating art that blends technology with creativity.

“Each piece is a digital tapestry, weaving together the threads of mathematics and emotion, creating art at the intersection of precision and chaos.”

EKO33

How would you describe your art?

My art is a kaleidoscope of algorithmic complexity and raw, emotional energy. It’s an odyssey through geometric landscapes, devoid of conventional subjects yet brimming with lines, forms, and saturated colors that evoke the deep-seated intricacies of the human psyche and its biases. 

Each piece is a digital tapestry, weaving together the threads of mathematics and emotion, creating art at the intersection of precision and chaos.

Credit: Eko33

What’s your process like? And where do you usually find inspiration?

My process is a dance of control and random serendipity. It starts with a meditative ritual of collecting mid-century artifacts, perusing art books, and sketching, where my mind roams free in color and form. 

This is followed by the alchemy of coding, pushing the boundaries of algorithms to create harmonious chaos. Inspiration is a wild bird that often finds me amidst the serene Swiss Alps or the vibrant streets of Paris, infusing my work with the essence of nature and historical art.

“Navigating the labyrinth of web3 is akin to exploring uncharted galaxies. The greatest challenge is the rapid pace of technological evolution and distribution, demanding constant adaptation and learning.”

EKO33

What are the biggest challenges facing rising artists in web3?

Navigating the labyrinth of web3 is akin to exploring uncharted galaxies. The greatest challenge is the rapid pace of technological evolution and distribution, demanding constant adaptation and learning. 

There’s also the difficult task of articulating classical art collectors’ experience and the technical constraints, where the lines between art and technology blur, and understanding blockchain technology’s intricate dance becomes essential.

Credit: Eko33

What advice do you have for rising artists in this space?

Embrace the chaos and let your art be the lighthouse in the stormy seas of web3. Stay true to your unique voice, for authenticity is your strongest currency in this digital ecosystem. 

Dive deep into the technology, but don’t let it overshadow your artistic soul. Most importantly, have fun building a community, not just a portfolio – connect, engage, and grow with your peers and audience, as they are the stars that will illuminate your artistic journey.

Dive Deep

Features & Guides