Gray Area is pleased to present Gardens of FELT Zine Delights, a special exhibition of artwork by experimental internet artist collective FELT Zine. The show consists of a simulated world, video series, NFT collection, and interactive experience inspired by classic icons from Hieronymus Bosch’s famed triptych, The Garden of Earthly Delights (1490 - 1510).

Gardens of FELT Zine Delights stemmed from a collaboration between Mark Sabb (Concept and AI Art), Ty Vadovich (3D Artist), and Max Bochman (Web3 Developer). Though originally conceived as a series of 3D-rendered sculptures and animations to be released as a collection of NFTs, has evolved into a fully developed interactive world built using a video game engine. In this fantastic environment, FELT Zine brings imagery that has been solidified in both art and popular cultural history into a contemporary canon with current visual vernacular that speaks to modern experiences with screens: meme aesthetics, video game graphics, and algorithmic feed-space.

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Promotional video artwork for Gardens of FELT Zine Delights

Playing cards and their four suits—diamonds, hearts, spades, and clubs—take a central role in Gardens of FELT Zine Delights. In much art during Bosch’s time, each of the playing card suits connotated strict religious and patriarchal themes. Breaking out of this context, FELT Zine disrupts the heavy-handed imagery in Bosch’s work with simulated, internet-culture aesthetic references with specific nods to the vaporwave movement—of which FELT Zine was a founding conceiver in the late aughts—such as 3D tropical plants, neon color palettes, and shiny texture renders.

In each video and still image output from the wider Gardens universe, certain content imagery—such as background textures—are fully generated by AI with no editing or interference from FELT Zine artists. Speaking to new modes of image-making taking hold of online communities across social media, particularly the rising popularity of artificial intelligence and machine vision tools like Open AI’s DALL-E, the Gardens of FELT Zine Delights is a modern visual culture touchstone for future web3 arts communities.

An internet art collective focused on creating digital and in-person experiences that examine digital activism, hip hop culture, race, gender and class, FELT Zine was founded a decade ago to give voice to art that wouldn’t likely be embraced by traditional galleries or museums.

"FELT Zine is dedicated to widening the conversation around digital art, and allowing space for art that hasn’t been considered critically, and artists outside of the traditional art world circuit, to be taken seriously and included in the discourse," said Mark Sabb, founder of FELT Zine and artist who's been embedded in the Bay Area cultural community. "Gray Area Gallery exists to show this exact type of boundary-breaking, experimental art, so we are excited to kick off their exhibition programming and amplify our shared value to the communities we serve."


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About

black and white logo for internet collective FELT Zine. Bold, all caps type face is used, and an upside-down wifi symbol points to the phrase

FELT Zine

FELT Zine is an experimental internet artist collective that produces web3 and metaverse projects rooted in the visionary work of underground cultural catalysts. FELT Zine hosts IRL art parties and curates exhibitions around the world. The collective was founded in 2011 as an independent fashion magazine, soon after transitioning into an art collective, and eventually 3D and digital art NFTs.

portrait of artist, curator, arts worker, community organizer, and activist Mark Sabb. He is facing the camera with his head slightly tilted up, wearing a patterned button up shirt.

Mark Sabb

Mark Sabb, is an artist, curator, and creative technologist. Mark is the founder of FELT Zine, an experimental internet artist collective which produces web3 and metaverse projects including NFTs. He was previously the Senior Director of Innovation at the Museum of the African Diaspora and established the Museum’s digital presence along with pioneering on-site AR/VR implementations.

image of a young man wearing a navy blue jacket and baseball cap in front of a colorful wall mural.

Devon "Dev" Moore

Devon Moore aka Dev Moore is a net artist, curator, creative technologist, and member of the FELT Zine collective. Dev’s work incorporates technology, modern-day youth experiences, personhood, music culture, and more all while referencing components of tech culture.

Digitally painted image of a female figure wearing traditional chinese garb, looking forlornly out of frame.

Jawn Billetes

Jawn Billetes, the internet’s “cyber chola,” creates 3D art, crypto-based NFT art, and Virtual Reality simulations that center around ideas born out of the zeitgeist of universal Narco culture & American culture, while exploring the juxtapositions between luxury, wealth, and self-actualization.

Ty Vadovich

Internet artist from Phoenix, Az with 7 years experience in 3D software. Inspired by art from the renaissance period to modern day.

selfie of FELT Zine member Jawn Billettes. He is looking directly into the camera with a serious expression, whilst holding up a piece sign with two fingers. He is standing in front of a neon sign advertising the web3 company Zora.

Max Bochman

"Max Bochman (tranqui.eth) is a web3 developer and community educator at ZORA. He is new to the digital creative scene after dropping his previous career to dive head first into blockchain development in January 2022 without any previous coding experience. He combines a passion for creative coding with a desire to see a world where information and content can flow freely, fully compasable and owned by its originators rather than behind walled guardians of big tech/government."

TJ Orloski

TJ Orloski (aka @xspooonx) is a multimedia artist, and community educator. Their work incorporates creative coding, biosensors, and simulated worlds as a means to tell empathetic and immersive, hyperlocal stories.

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