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What is grey area art in the NFT space?

“Grey Matter” — by Coraline

Obviously, art is not just black and white. That would be quite dull. Not to say that black and white images aren’t worthwhile art, I’m just saying that’s not all there is. Unfortunately, like many social media sites, NFT Art sites often enforce a restrictive set of rules that the larger art world doesn’t always comply with. Right now this art can only exist in niche galleries in real life. Therefore, is the need for a ‘grey area art’ space for works that might not be allowed on certain platforms due to copyright issues, vulgarity, nudity/eroticism, violence, and more.

We have created Grey Area Fine Art as the solution to this issue. Our website offers something that no other online NFT art platform does: full anonymity. While you have the option for self-attribution or to use a handle/pseudonym, you can also be listed as fully anonymous, with no handle. That means that art can be judged purely for art’s sake, rather than being judged for the identity and reputation of the artist (as we establish in our first article on our founding philosophy).

A simple visual example of this fact of subjective human perceptions goes as follows:

Lookalikes! (Clipped from our about page on our site.)

Blah blah. Anyways I think you get the point: things are not always what they appear at first and our personal experience is what shapes our reaction to art and the very definition of it. Because of this, we react as much to the artist as we do to the art. That’s why anonymity is important.

The following is a great example of NSFW art that would not be allowed on many platforms, but could easily be accepted by a niche art gallery or larger community:

Love this NFT!?!

However, there is also one more factor that determines what we call art: the audience. For the same reason, the room, gallery, or online marketplace is as important in shaping art as the art itself. So, when we broaden the audience — or at least allow it to be viewed by as many people as possible we can affect the meaning of the art or at least its thematic interpretation. The more stuffy the room (or epistemic bubble), the more narrow or skewed the interpretation and place of the work within a given movement. (See our first article for more analysis on this.)

What’s important is that we have the power to adapt this ideological system into a more evolved state by using the same internet sharing strategies that inherently categorize us to broaden our base and with that our ideology and art. And the more we bridge social media tools, the more we can break the same bubbles that encapsulated those bridges in the first place. Join us on Reddit to continue the discourse. Or utilize social media to interact with us and others in diverse ways; InstagramFacebookPinterestTelegramDiscord, and even Medium can all be used to bridge gaps or widen them.


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  1. We now accept Minecraft builds, skins, and worlds as downloadable files on our website. Read the blog post on how to apply as a Minecraft artist and email us at greyareafineart@gmail.com.

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