Martin Lukas Ostachowski

Geometric abstraction, minimalism and the use of technology are constants in my visual narrative. My paper paintings combine traditional with modern arts and crafts processes such as weaving, hand-cutting and laser-cutting, and embrace technology to varying degrees. I experiment with digital and generative art such as algorithm-based visualizations through different technologies, in which the blockchain plays a significant role. My main art subject, as well as “medium,” are clouds. Their continuous transformation in the sky has been fascinating to me as a traveller for a long time. Since I was four, I have always been captivated by clouds, be it as a frequent flyer for work or when travelling for personal reasons. I started observing, photographing and recording cloud formations, specifically through the window of an airplane. Their aesthetics, combined with their deep symbolism throughout cultures and time, is a constant source of inspiration I explore through a wide range of physical and digital mediums. My current body of work explores the architecture of blockchain technology, which first occurred to me as a game-changer for limiting digital art distribution. Through the subject of clouds, I explore this topic as a contemporary symbol of data storage and connectivity, representing transformation and hope for fair global distribution of opportunity and wealth. Through data visualizations, animations and digital and physical pieces, I aim to make this complex technology accessible to spark discussions on the blockchain’s profound transformative potential for society. In my art, clouds and technology are inseparable. They exist together in a sustainable ecosystem where sometimes playing as the subject, sometimes as the “medium.” Interchangeable, they live in a specular complementary balance, where these new “digital clouds” represent my biggest passions, in addition to my life and my identity.

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