Within Aesthetics the exactitude of definitions matters tremendously. Well crafted definitions are powerful tools that help us circumscribe and understand styles, methods and movements and describe the work of artists with precision. When claims are made about an artist’s style or intention (claims such as: this artist dabbles in conceptualism or photorealism), only well crafted definitions enable us to validate or invalidate the “truth content” of those claims.
This introductory methodological consideration brings us to the idea, often repeated, that fvckrender is a surrealist artist.
Well, is he?
Let us first define Surrealism and then proceed to validate or invalidate this idea, which raises eyebrows, that the Montreal, Canada native, who is known to push the technological limits of Digital Art, is a representative of this movement.
It is the French Artist Guillaume Apollinaire who coined the term “Surrealism”. However, it was André Breton who defined Surrealism in his Manifesto as “pure psychic automatism, by which one proposes to express, either verbally, in writing, or by any other manner, the real functioning of thought. Dictation of thought in the absence of all control exercised by reason, outside of all aesthetic and moral preoccupation.”
The Unconscious and its mechanisms take center stage within Surrealism. This movement sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious by tapping into it (automatic painting is a striking illustration of this).
While Fvckrender’s AR Work, for example, illustrates the intrusion of something dark and deeply deranged in the monotony and grayness of the real world (this could easily be confused with Surrealism), he is not the surrealist visionary certain critics think he is. Surrealism requires deep intention, Mens Rea. Frederic Duquette is absolutely not preoccupied by the creative potential of the unconscious, and his sole concern is to push the technology to its absolute limits through the representation of, shall we say, “oniric” landscapes, which all carry the weight of Crypto Art’s visual signature (neon colors, shiny renders, detailed, high-resolution animations).
Fvckrender is not a surrealist artist – and while he is deeply abstract, he is not a conceptual artist. Conceptual artists, as we know, focus on process, on the All-Powerful “Idea”, and their own statements about the work they do is of utmost importance. By his own admission, Fvckrender’s art, which is breathtaking, abstract and substantial, is just a collection of elements that he finds interesting: “There is nothing too profound in my art.”
Balance (which we can see below), Process of Life, Mixmania, Skateable (day 1701) and Planté (Day 1566) are the standout pieces in his gigantic Corpus. His work is precise, cold yet expressive in its calculated neutrality and substantiality, and filled with forms and landscapes bathed in a kind of fluorescent serenity.
There is abundant sales data available for this artist, which we are very thankful for. To this day, Fvckrender has sold 1965 NFTs, and his entire Corpus has an approximate value of 8,673,941 US Dollars. The most expensive piece he ever sold is Self-Help (which we can see below), with a price tag of 675,641 US Dollars. In second position comes his piece entitled Yin Yang, with a 217,311 US Dollar price tag. And his Perceptions comes third with a price of 197,556 US dollars.
Frederic Duquette’s Fvckrenderverse is a tremendous feat of technology and perhaps the best way one can get induced into his universe. The Fvckrenderverse is a downloadable platform which features a variety of Areas or Worlds. In one area, certain collections or NFT Drops can be viewed as cohesive landscapes. Another area contains 3D models of each 1/1 NFT he has ever published. The Fvckrenderverse can be downloaded here.
Fvckrender’s work is in demand, that is the least we can say. The chart below shows steady market activity for the period ranging from November 2020 to today. Sales average 75,000 US Dollars, with a few outliers above and below.
The sales charts below, tracking the last 100 transactions for four of his pieces (other charts show the same pattern we see here), are characteristic of a Flipper’s market: prices spike unexpectedly after a long period of inactivity, then plummet as NFT holders sell and roll their funds in cheaper NFTs – however we see here that the prices never go to zero (the failed altcoin chart pattern) and maintain a value that is always above the initial listing price. His pieces are always picked up by other collectors, and that signals strong confidence in the future value of his work, which is essential for healthy secondary market action.
How to approach Fvckrender as a collector?
There is an old saying: “Never bet against the market”. The consensus, as indicated by the observable behaviour of buyers and sellers, seems to be to purchase his pieces close to drop time, hold and wait until prices (sometimes unexpectedly) spike and sell – then roll funds into his cheaper pieces.
A long-term holding strategy is also an attractive proposition, as we have seen that the charts above signal a good amount of confidence in the future value of his work. It is worth mentioning that Fvckrender is also doing a tremendous amount of work outside of the NFT sector – his clients include Columbia Records, Epic Records, Puma, Spotify and many more. All of this activity outside of the NFT sector, for very large clients and well known artists, is doing wonders for his standing in the NFT Sector, and we wonder, is all of this priced in? Not in the slightest.
Fvckrender on social media:
- Discord: https://discord.gg/hjpP5H7qsQ
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fvckrender
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/fvckrender
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fvckrender
- Tumblr: https://fvckrender.tumblr.com
- Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/fvckrender
- Fvckcrystals: https://www.fvckcrystal.xyz
- Behance: https://www.behance.net/Fvckrender
Fvckrender has a very large presence on NFT Marketplaces:
- Christie’s: https://onlineonly.christies.com/s/trespassing/fvckrender-b-1991-31/125291
- SuperRare: https://superrare.com/fvckrender
- OpenSea: https://opensea.io/collection/fvckrender
- Nifty Gateway: https://niftygateway.com/profile/fvckrender
- Masterpiece: https://masterpiece.so/artist/2166
- Society6.com: https://society6.com/fvckrender
- CarbonDrop: https://www.carbondrop.art/fvckrender
- Galerialab.com: https://galerielab.com/collections/fvckrender-1
- Gumroad: https://fvckrender.gumroad.com
- Bandcamp: https://bandcamp.com/fvckrender
- Avantform: https://www.avantform.com/fvckrender
- Big Cartel: https://fvckrender.bigcartel.com
- Yop Finance: https://yop.finance/fvckrender-nfts/
- Foundation: https://foundation.app/@FVCKRENDER
- Hinc Et Nunc: https://www.hicetnunc.xyz/tags/fvckrender
- Artifex: https://artifex.art/artists/fvckrender