For the in-house curated exhibition “Escapism: A World Beyond Worlds” by 1stDibs, artist Karl Poyzer creates vast dystopian scenes inspired by science fiction and cinematography. His recent NFT series “Memories of Usonia” imagines a dystopian future for intelligent life. We asked the artist to answer a few questions about his personal story, art and experience with NFTs.
Where did you grow up? In what way did your early life involve art?
The early years of my life were spent in the back of a Land Rover. My parents ran a small charity that delivered aid supplies to European countries after the fall of Communism in the late ’80s. My mum is an illustrator and art teacher, so art was always a part of my life, even then.
What led you to begin minting your work as NFTs?
I was invited to mint my first NFTs a few years ago, really early on in the process. NFTs for me were another way that my art could be consumed and that has always been my focus.
Tell us more about your creative process and inspirations.
Coming from a filmmaking background, my main focus is always story. I enjoy making art that leaves enough space for the audience to move in and build their own stories. I enjoy science fiction because it’s a great challenge of both pushing the boundaries and trying to find a window through which the audience can identify with your work. I really enjoy the idea of playing with that perspective.
When do you know a work is complete?
My work is only complete when others jump into it and create their own stories. Until that point it only half exists.
What role does the NFT community play in your career as a digital artist?
My art has remained unchanged by the community, and to make art because I think it will sell would be unfair to that community. It has, however, given me a lot to think about in regards to ownership, and I have very much enjoyed getting to know the NFT space as time has gone on!
If you could be quoted as saying one thing about your work, what would it be?
My work is only complete when others jump into it and tell their own stories. Until that point, it only half exists.
Which of your works is your current favorite?
My favorite work would be something like The Dockyards of Regulus Prime by John Harris. His work is a perfect mix of madness and beauty, and I feel like that sums up most peoples’ lives pretty damn well.