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SUPER SATURDAY: Punk In Residence Artist Nina Chanel Abney's 'Super Punk World’ Art Is Now On Display In The Jack Shainman Gallery In NYC!

It’s a Super Punk World Saturday in the Big Apple as Yuga Labs’ first Punk In Residence artist, Nina Chanel Abney, has her CryptoPunk-inspired work on display in the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City as part of her larger ‘LIE DOGGO’ collection.

The wait is over for the Web3 world as Abney’s LIE DOGGO collection, which means to remain inconspicuously in wait, is now on display in the Jack Shainman Gallery.

“Abney’s visually layered and complex works explore the nuanced interplay between the explicit and the inferred, probing the tacit forces that shape global dynamics, such the impacts of global imperialism, narratives of settler-colonialism, implicit biases, and systemic inequalities,” the museum wrote in a press release.“Scrutinizing the ways in which identities and experiences are shaped by the subtleties of social cues, historical contexts, and the unspoken rules governing racial discourse, Abney highlights the intersectionality of global crises, the various forms of resilience against them, and subsequent suppression of these movements.”


Abney’s LIE DOGGO exhibit ends with her CryptoPunk-inspired ‘Super Punk World’ work, which features an interactive aspect that allows visitors to create their own virtual avatars.

“Concluding the exhibition is an interactive digital art installation, the culmination of Abney’s Artist-in-Residence with CryptoPunks, which signals the artists appellation of futurity,” the museum wrote. “Her digital worldview reflects on virtual versus real world identities via the iconic digital collection - positing that perhaps the Western world’s so-called conflict resolution lies in an escapism of the difficult horrors of reality. In direct confrontation of the pricing differences evident between CryptoPunks’ digital avatars based on gender and skin tone (in which white, male avatars tend to generate a higher retail than their darker skinned or female counterparts), Abney has created hybridized figures that fuse racial components and blur the lines between masculine and feminine. Through these amalgamations of external signifiers, Abney challenges the notion of an inherent societal “value.” While enabling visitors to create their own virtual avatars, Abney shines a lens on a tendency to stay hidden, to remain silent, and to avoid confrontation and uncomfortable truths. This extends Abney’s commentary on the connections between surveillance culture, deliberate concealment, and the opaque self-fashioning prevalent in digital spaces and in-person interactions. Navigating the tension between speaking out and strategic silence in an era marked by online portrayals, cancel culture, and the contentious debate over free speech, Abney probes the boundaries of prevailing narratives and a fear of being ostracized, questioning the impact of these pressures on creativity and free thought.”


As the Bored Ape Gazette previously reported, along with Abney’s Punk In Residence work being put on display in real life, there will also be a 500-piece collection of Super Punk World sold on-chain later this year.

Punks, Apes, and art enjoyers can see Abney’s work on display at the Jack Shainman Gallery from now until October 5th, 2024.


The Bored Ape Gazette will continue to follow Abney and Yuga Labs’ Punk In Residence program. Stay tuned for updates!

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