XR held promise for art from the very beginning. The boom in digital art and art as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) has created even more opportunities for the space. As a result, there has been a significant increase in immersive art galleries, with some organizations providing this particular service.
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Here, we’ll be looking at two immersive art galleries that are currently open, one from Spatial and the other from Liquid Avatar Technologies. Both offer the opportunity to meet other digital art collectors in immersive environments, as well as to purchase digital art directly from the platform.
Opening of the Oasis digital gallery
AR Post hasn’t (yet) introduced readers to Liquid Avatar Technologies Inc. The company offers authoring tools as well as a suite of solutions that allow users to “manage, control, and leverage their digital identities.” You may have seen them in the news last month for offering a cash card and loyalty program that unlocks virtual rewards for physical purchases.
The company’s main virtual world, Aftermath Islands, is still in development. However, the Oasis digital gallery provides a glimpse of what the organization’s future virtual worlds could offer. The gallery is scheduled until April 25, but “could be extended”.
“The Oasis Digital Gallery is poised to be one of the iconic destinations in the Metaverse and we are thrilled to bring such art to a wider audience,” Liquid Avatar Technologies Inc. CEO David Lucatch said in a statement shared with AR Post.
An inaugural exhibition for the gallery showcases traditional mediums and digital artist Lynn Mara – in particular her Barcode Ponies. This is a collection of unique and collectible zebra prints, 256 of which are available for purchase in the Oasis digital gallery.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have an artist of Lynn Mara’s caliber kick off the grand opening of the Oasis digital gallery,” Lucatch said in the statement. “His work is bold, colorful and iconic. We are proud to partner with her for this exhibition.
As visitors browse the virtual space, they can purchase NFTs through the gallery using PayPal, fiat, major credit cards, and cryptocurrencies directly through Shopify. This offers huge opportunities for users who are interested in digital art and NFTs but are not (yet) involved in cryptocurrencies – which are usually required for the purchase of NFTs.
“Peace & Unity” exhibition at Spatial NFT Environment’s Peace Pavilion
Spatial might be a more familiar platform for AR Post readers. We’ve been covering the company since it’s an enterprise solution, reporting on its move to an NFT-powered cultural events hub late last year and more recently, the premiere of their immersive film and the screening of the documentary “Gamestop: Rise of the Players.”
The Peace Pavilion isn’t the first or only digital art gallery currently hosted by Spatial, but there couldn’t be a better opportunity to explore the platform’s ability to host art galleries. immersive art. The virtual world, created by Ukrainian artist Max Sheika, houses the “Peace & Unity” exhibition created through partnerships with Polycount and OpenSea.
“Jake Steinerman from Spatial, Brian Fannin, Alex Antonov from Polycount, and many other absolutely amazing people helped me through the process and made the project possible”, Sheika said in a video announcement shared with AR Post. “We hope to raise funds with NFTs and donate them to charities in Ukraine.”
The immersive space is set in one of the instantly recognizable yellow wheat fields under a blue sky. In the middle of this landscape is the pavilion, built around a reconstruction of the Independence Monument in Kyiv.
“Since the first day of this war, I have been doing my best to help the refugees and the brave Ukrainian people who protect us,” Sheika said. “I designed the Peace Pavilion in 2020. Its true meaning, however, I have not been able to discover until now.”
Arranged around the walls of the pavilion are NFTs that have been donated or, in some cases, made specifically for the gallery. In both cases, all primary sales and part of secondary sales support Ukraine. Artists and organizations that have contributed art include digital artist Krista Kim, Vogue Singapore, and Ringo Starr.
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Both of these experiences can be navigated in full VR through immersive web browsers. It’s also worth noting that neither of these immersive galleries require VR hardware – both can be spatially explored on a standard computer.
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It’s also worth noting that none of these immersive galleries have admission fees. Anyone can view experiences without paying or even connecting a wallet. Although it may seem “cheap”, the love of physical art begins with viewing rather than buying, and the same can be said for digital art and NFTs.