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Jack Butcher is a digital artist and designer, and the founder of Visualize Value. His minimalist aesthetic is a restraint applied across his work to extract clarity from complex concepts.
This artwork may or may not be notable.
Ownership and authorship in the age of the internet is based on the premise of verification.
This concept became a part of internet culture in 2009, when Twitter introduced the verified checkmark to their interface to indicate the notability of an account — a badge typically reserved for journalists, politicians, athletes, artists and celebrities.
As we shift into systems of digital verification that no longer rely on central authorities, the authenticity of a piece of art, the genesis of an idea, and the cataloging of a piece internet culture — are all made possible via digital contracts and tokens, their provenance verified by hundreds of thousands of decentralized nodes.
Checks is an infinite canvas for expression that is designed to challenge the concept of ownership and authorship in the age of the internet. In one configuration it can pay homage to a modern artist, in another it can reference the most notable portrait of all time, in another it can reference a week-old niche internet meme.
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