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Property from an Iconic Digital Art Collection

Dmitri Cherniak

Ringers #375

Auction Closed

May 19, 10:59 PM GMT


35,000 - 45,000 USD

Lot Details


Property from an Iconic Digital Art Collection

Dmitri Cherniak

b. 1988

Ringers #375

PNG, 2400 x 2400 pixels

Executed in 2021, this work is unique.

Token ID: 13000375

Smart Contract: 0xa7d8d9ef8d8ce8992df33d8b8cf4aebabd5bd270

Token Standard: ERC-721

Blockchain: Ethereum

Minted by 23E056



Acquired from above

Trained in computer science, Dmitri Cherniak is a Canadian artist residing in New York City whose work investigates automation in visual art through generative algorithms, and firmly believes that both computer code and its output are both creative productions. Cherniak is inspired by both traditional artists, such as Piet Mondrian and Wassily Kandinsky, as well as generative artists, including Vera Molnar and Manolo Maon. He also references Armin Hoffman, who was a Swiss graphic designer, as an inspiration behind his practice. Hoffman was widely known for his work's reliance on the fundamental elements of graphic form – point, line, and shape – while subtly conveying simplicity, complexity, representation, and abstraction. In 1965 he wrote the Graphic Design Manual, a popular textbook in the field which Cherniak has referenced and emphasizes that he studied and explored many concepts in the book, taking the practice a step further than Hoffman, automating his processes and implementing parameters and automation into his practice. Cherniak’s breakthrough project was the introduction of his Ringers series via ArtBlocks in February 2021. Each work is designed to be unique, with a limit of 1,000 variations among the endless combinations in which a string can be wrapped around a set of pegs. In a minimalist design, the value of each "Ringer" is determined by various characteristics, including the number of pegs, layout, sizing, background, wrap style, wrap orientation, scaling, body color, peg style, and extra color. More recently Ringer #962 joined the permanent collection of the LACMA as part of their first acquisition of digital art on the blockchain works.

Ringers #375 is a great example of Cherniak’s mastery of color and form. Delicate lines and swirls add texture and depth to the composition, while contrasting shades of light and dark create a dynamic interplay between the different shapes. Particularly, the additional red peg in the center position of the composition. Cherniak's use of color, form, and texture, the yellow body contrasted with the red peg, come together to create a piece that is both visually stunning.