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FEATURED ARTIST

H.C. TURK

Tell us about yourself, how did you become an artist?

I don’t think people “become” artists. They are born artists, and either develop their talents or squander them. I began creating art in the previous century: first writing and photography, then painting and music, now everything else. I’m still developing my talents.

Who are your biggest artistic influences?

I have never been very good at absorbing influence. I think that para consciously, I determined that I would progress better without significant external influence beyond what I had already absorbed.

Tell me about your favorite medium.

Writing. Words. Fiction. Literature. I have written over 40 novels. I have also created conceptual works as NFTs that comprise entire novels as animated GIFs, all the text of a novel rendered as a huge picture, and a short story in one line that extends for 208 feet.

Why Do You Make This Type of Art? Why are you drawn to this subject?

The subject of fiction is all the truths that have ever existed throughout history, all the lies we suffer from and try to ignore, all the hopes we have for the future that we dream about more than we manifest.

How did you become an NFT artist?

I had been successfully creating digital art for many years before discovering the NFT space, and knew I would be able to fit.

If you could take your art in any direction without fear of failure or rejection, where would it lead? What new thing would you try?

Instead of trying something new, I would go back to my beginning. Then, I was not encumbered by the work of artists around me. I felt free to be utterly intellectual, including utilizing emotion as idea instead of “feeling.”

What motivates you to create?

This novel quote of mine is appropriate: “I had nothing better to do with the time provided me by time than working on a neverending task, at this rate.” If I didn’t create art, I would have to eat and take naps all day.

What is your newest project?

My newest project is “AInteriors.” Stark spaces that house imagination. The images are precise greyscale renditions without the melted-crayon look typical of AI. Instead of gaudy excess, you’ll find the peaceful engagement of fascinating nuance. Here, the concept of space is contracted into a personal size while simultaneously expanding into an unreal volume. Everyone who fits is welcome.

Where do you see yourself in ten years? I don’t foresee any significant changes in my life, as an artist or a person. I’m not sure if that is good or bad.

TW: @TheHCTurk




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