Leo Villareal presents his latest NFT collection, Cosmic Bloom, the second entry in the artist’s Cosmologies series, which began with Cosmic Reef, his successful NFT project for Art Blocks.
The works are produced using custom live code and inspired by organic and biological structures, stellar phenomena, and atomic patterns. Each digital artwork in this new collection is unique and features intricate geometric forms that are layered and multiplied, creating captivating patterns set in a non-repeating and constant motion.
Cosmic Bloom draws from the artist’s longstanding practice of applying coding to generate complex visual sequences in his light sculptures. He draws upon this practice in order to extend his artistic vision into the NFTs, sculpting pixels and binary code into purely digital works.
The artist’s first NFT project in series, Cosmic Reef, was a purely generative project, where each mint was randomly created from live custom code. For Cosmic Bloom, the artist has used similar custom code to randomly generate a pool of iterations from which he has hand-selected those that best reflect his particular vision for the project. These curated works constitute the final Cosmic Bloom collection which are available for purchase as blind mints.
He is known for two monumental public artworks: The Bay Lights, a site-specific light sculpture that occupies the entire western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and Illuminated River, a series of generative light sculptures installed on nine bridges over the River Thames in London.
Villareal’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Renwick Gallery and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. His work has also been exhibited at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.; Madison Square Park in New York City; the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, New York; and Brooklyn Academy of Music.