Undervalued: Reflections, Howlerz, Frontier, and More
Traversing the world of non-fungibles is a daunting task. With so many new NFT projects, artists, and large-scale collections cropping up weekly, it has become nearly impossible to keep up with all the new and exciting happenings.
Previously, all that was needed to find the latest NFT craze was a simple browse through OpenSea. But things have changed drastically since the 2021 NFT boom. Now, NFT enthusiasts have to be really mindful of what and where they collect.
To aid in the unearthing of awe-inspiring NFT endeavors both new and old, nft now presents Undervalued: a weekly column highlighting innovative projects, collections, and artists pushing the NFT space forward.
Reflections, launched on April 22, 2022, is a generative photography project from prominent photographer turned crypto-artist Jacob Briglin. The collection of 1,111 NFTs is said to have been eight years in the making, drawing from a lifetime of photographs across a library of over one million photos.
Although the NFTs within the collection may seem like a single image at first glance, each piece within Reflections is a unique combination of five core layers: left, right, top, bottom, and sky. While we’ve witnessed AI generative photography projects in the past, Reflections has made history as a first in the NFT space as it compiles an array of real, photographed elements and traits into a single composition.
Created as part of Riglin’s new Dream Lab platform, Reflections is the first of many projects to come. Owning a piece from this inaugural collection will grant collectors access to future Dream Lab endeavors.
Howlerz, launched on February 25, 2022, is a PFP NFT project created by Noah Davis — head of all things NFTs at legacy auction house Christie’s. The collection features 5,000 wolf-inspired NFTs which each feature CC0 (creative commons) licensed art.
As IP ownership has been a major point of contention throughout the NFT space in the past, Davis has positioned Howlerz well, following in the footsteps of projects like Nouns and CrypToadz, reserving no rights to the work featured within his collection. Why is this important? Because under CC0, Howlerz holders can take the art associated with their owned NFTs and create an entire brand around it; reproducing and benefiting financially from its use as they please.
All things considered, Howlerz is not only a new and exciting entry into the CC0 PFP market but is captained by a major player in the NFT space, giving it a bit of a prestigious feel even without a direct association with Christie’s.
Frontier, launched in September 2021, is gamified NFT project created by an NFT collective that goes by the name “The Watch.” The OpenSea collection for Frontier is comprised of a wide array of NFTs, each of which provides utility throughout the Frontier gaming universe.
Although the game started small in the fall of 2021, throughout the winter it saw rapid growth and expansion, ultimately receiving funding and support from the French video game giant Ubisoft. Billed as a community-driven, online PvP (player vs player) and P2E (play to earn) game, Frontier was built after The Watch saw success with their self-titled Discord game.
Considering the NFT gaming market has continued to see waves of new interest over the past few months, Frontier will likely become a historic part of the NFT ecosystem if it continues on its upward trajectory.
Gradis, launched on October 29, 2021, is a collection of 4,193 script-based, generative, animated NFTs. Created by artist/developer Atlaude, the project saw a slow start despite its innovative and whimsical nature.
One of the most unique aspects of the Gradis project is how each NFT interacts with the blockchain. While many NFTs are simply blockchain tokens that feature an image, video, or GIF, the script-based nature of Gradis means that each NFT is animated on-chain.
Rather than a GIF or MP4 in place of the token art, each animated character is a reflection of the actual code used to create the token (somewhat similar to what The Dudes achieved with their interactive NFTs), making Gradis a truly unique use-case of generative art.
Things Never Go My Way, launched on August 30, 2021, is an NFT photo collection from popular multidisciplinary artist TyeDied. The collection features 30 augmented reality NFT photos that focus on the TyeDied’s overwhelming emotions and desire to express the chaos living in their head.
TyeDied’s has remained open and honest about their art as a cathartic process and this, their first collection on OpenSea, seemed to act as an illustration of their desire to leave reality in order to fully express their feelings.
As the conversation surrounding the utility of NFTs has been a hot topic in the NFTs scape as of late, collections like Things Never Go My Way act as a reminder that art, for the sake of art, can truly be the sole utility of an NFT.
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