Kimberly Drew is no stranger to innovation in the arts space. When she launched the now well-known Tumblr blog Black Contemporary Art in 2011, she sparked a conversation about access and awareness that has continued to this day. Drew is the author of international bestseller This Is What I Know About Art and their book, Black Futures, which she co-edited with Jenna Wortham, is out now from One World/Random House.
Drew joined Voice as a curator of the NFT Residency this past summer, helping inform key elements of the platform as well as bringing talented creators into the world of NFTs.
“What I find to be really exciting about this platform is… it’s an opportunity to learn, it’s an opportunity that’s really invested in an artist-first perspective to give this new technology a shot.”
One of the selections Drew made was Devin Morris, a Brooklyn-based visual artist whose works prioritize displays of personal innocence and acts of kindness within surreal landscapes. The elaborate draped environments reimagine social boundaries; and Morris’ collection, his first foray into NFTs, is a series of videos exploring acts of mourning.
Fellow resident UNIIQU3, born Cherise Gary, began her music career as a sought-after vocalist in the club scene and has recently solidified herself as one of the most electrifying producers in the game. Her work transcends platforms, making her a fantastic addition to the innovative world of NFTs.
Mohammed Fayaz, Adam Rhodes, and Oscar Nñ of arts collective Papi Juice, whose mission is to affirm and celebrate the lives of queer and trans people of color, joined the NFT Residency to create art both as individuals and a group.
“At large, we didn’t want to touch [NFTs]. When Kimberly introduced Voice to us, one of the first things she let us know was about the carbon neutral aspect of us. That instantly lifted the gates for us, and I’m excited to share that with our community,” says Fayaz. “There’s a way to do this that doesn’t have to be against your morals or your values.”
As for how their community responds to the NFT collection, Rhodes hopes they feel like they have more access to NFTs. “Since the gates are open to us, we can open the gates to other people,” he says.
Collections created by each of the residents will drop throughout fall of 2021 only on Voice.com
Learn more about Kimberly Drew’s residency.