Simon Denny

Blockchain Future States

456 W 18th Street

September 8 – October 22, 2016

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Bitcoin/Blockchain Founder Myth Oversized
Nintendo DS Pokemon Game Cartridge Case
Pokeball Globe

2016
UV print on Plexiglas, stage platforms, stage feet; powdercoated steel component on styrofoam-core ball, book, plushtoy

Bitcoin/Blockchain Founder Myth “Dreambox”
Gamer Custom Case Kit: Craig Wright

2016
UV print on plexiglas, magic case, parts and packaging
65.75 x 24.41 x 12.6 inches

Bitcoin/Blockchain Founder Myth “Dreambox”
Gamer Custom Case Kit: Nick Szabo

2016
UV print on plexiglas, magic case, parts and packaging
65.75 x 24.41 x 12.6 inches

Bitcoin/Blockchain Founder Myth “Dreambox”
Gamer Custom Case Kit: Hal Finney

2016
UV print on plexiglas, magic case, parts and packaging
65.75 x 24.41 x 12.6 inches

Bitcoin/Blockchain Founder Myth “Dreambox”
Gamer Custom Case Kit: Dorian Nakamoto

2016
UV print on plexiglas, magic case, parts and packaging
65.75 x 24.41 x 12.6 inches

Bitcoin/Blockchain Founder Myth “Dreambox”
Gamer Custom Case Kit: Dave Kleimann

2016
UV print on plexiglas, magic case, parts and packaging
65.75 x 24.41 x 12.6 inches

Blockchain company postage stamp designs: Digital Asset, 21Inc,
Ethereum [with Linda Kantchev]

2016
Custom designed postage stamps with photo mounting corners on cardboard
3.94 x 16.54 x 21.26 inches
Edition 1/100

Blockchain Future State Gamer Startup Case
Mod with expansion hardware: Digital Asset
Individual Desk

2016
Screen print and UV print on Lian Li DK-Q1, computer part, flexible LED strips, Paulmann power supply
21.65 x 25.59 x 24.41 inches

Blockchain Future State Founder Whiteboard Globe Drawing: Blythe Masters Digital Asset
2016
PE globe with plexiglas Components and metal holder on Bullstage platform, stage feet; UV print on alucore, plexiglas

Blockchain Risk Board Game Prototype: Capital Markets Digital Asset Edition
2016
Folde Board: plywood, canvas, foil; Boardgame box: plywood, foil; Figures, cards and dice: Spraypaint on 3D printed figures, coins, plexiglas, digital print on cardboard along; Game rules: UV print on dibond

8_BNY Mellon
8_Plexiplinth with Stones and Tombstone

Lian Li computer case, UV print on Aludibond cutout, lasercut plexiglas letters, LEDs; Screenprint on wooden thombstone, lava stones, plexiglas
Casemod: 12.6 x 13.39 x 14.17 inches; Plexiplinth: 19.69 x 18.5 x 14.57 inches

Blockchain Future State Fintech Gamer Case
Mod Deal Toy: Australian Securities Exchange x Digital Asset

2016
UV prints on plexiglas cutouts, UV print on Aludibond, computer case; Screenprint on wooden thombstone, lava stones, plexiglas
Casemod: 27.56 x 23.62 x 9.84 inches; Plexiplinth: 19.69 x 27.17 x 14.57 inches

Blockchain Future State Fintech Gamer Case
Mod Deal Toy: JP Morgan Chase x Digital Asset

2016
UV print on plexiglas cutout, UV print on Aludibond Cutout, computer case; Screenprint on wooden thombstone, lava stones, plexiglas
Casemod: 25.59 x 24.41 x 9.84 inches; Plexiplinth: 19.69 x 28.74 x 13.39 inches

Blockchain Future State Gamer Startup Case
Mod Fleet: 21Inc Customized Global Yacht

2016
Screen print and UV print on Lian Li PC-Y6A Odyssey Yacht Mini-ITX, UV print on laser cut plexiglas component, UV print on Aludibond, Lian Li LED strips, Paulmann power supply, spray paint
15.75 x 29.53 x 11.81 inches

Blockchain Future State Founder Whiteboard Globe Drawing: Balaji Srinivasan 21Inc
2016
PE globe with plexiglas Components and metal holder on Bullstage platform, stage feet; UV print on Aludibond, plexiglas

Blockchain Risk Board Game Prototype: Tech/Venture 21Inc Edition
2016
Folde Board: plywood, canvas, foil; Boardgame box: plywood, foil; Figures, cards and dice: Spraypaint on 3D printed figures, coins, plexiglas, digital print on cardboard along; Game rules: UV print on dibond

Blockchain Future State Founder Whiteboard Globe Drawing: Vatalik Buterin Ethereum
2016
PE globe with plexiglas Components and metal holder on Bullstage platform, stage feet; UV print on aludibond, plexiglas

Blockchain Risk Board Game Prototype: Crypto/Anarchist Ethereum Edition
2016
Folde Board: plywood, canvas, foil; Boardgame box: plywood, foil; Figures, cards and dice: Spraypaint on 3D printed figures, coins, plexiglas, digital print on cardboard along; Game rules: UV print on dibond

Blockchain Future State Gamer Startup Case Mod Fleet: Ethereum Customized “Tristellar” Distributed Shuttle
2016
MTN 94 spray paint and UV print on Deepcool TRISTELLAR Mini-ITX, UV print
on Aludibond, laser cut plexiglas components, custom designed postage stamp,
Magic - The Gathering cards, Paulmann Eco Stripe RGB, Paulmann power supply
17.72 x 21.65 x 16.54 inches

Blockchain Future State Fintech Gamer Case
Mod Deal Toy: Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) x Ethereum

2016
Custom made steampunk computer case, laser cut mdf letters, screen-print on computer case, powder-coated steel component; Screenprint on wooden thombstone, lava stones, plexiglas
Casemod: 33.46 x 19.29 x 22.83 inches; Plexiplinth: 19.69 x 23.23 x 22.44 inches

Blockchain Future State Fintech Gamer Case
Mod Deal Toy: Bitnation x Ethereum

2016
Custom made explorer computer case and screen, headphones, antenna, LEDs, engraved plexiglas mirror; Screenprint on wooden thombstone, lava stones, plexiglas
Sculptures: 18.9 x 18.11 x 9.06 inches; Plexiplinth: 19.69 x 31.89 x 21.65 inches

Blockchain Future State Fintech Gamer Case
Mod Deal Toy: Augur x Ethereum

2016
UV print on plexiglas cut out, LEDs, custom made plexiglas diamond, computer case; Screenprint on wooden thombstone, lava stones, plexiglas
Casemod: 33.46 x 22.83 x 9.06 inches; Plexiplinth: 19.69 x 26.38 x 13.78 inches

Blockchain Future State Fintech Gamer Case
Mod Deal Toy: Backfeed x Ethereum

2016
Custom made IMAGINE butterly, UV print on Gigabyte plexiglas computer case; Screenprint on wooden thombstone, lava stones, plexiglas
Casemod: 18.11 x 19.29 x 8.27 inches; Plexiplinth: 19.69 x 24.02 x 13.78 inches

Blockchain Future State Fintech Gamer Case
Mod Deal Toy: 21 Application Programming Interface (API) Marketplace

2016
UV print on In Win computer case; Screenprint on wooden thombstone, lava stones, plexiglass
Casemod: 19.69 x 27.17 x 15.35 inches; Plexiplinth: 19.69 x 27.17 x 15.35 inches

Blockchain Future State Fintech Gamer Case
Mod Deal Toy: 21 Hype Cycle

2016
Lasercut Plexiglas and screenprint on Sand 3D print; Screenprint on wooden thombstone, lava stones, plexiglas
Casemod: 17.72 x 23.62 x 11.81 inches; Plexiplinth: 19.69 x 22.44 x 14.17 inches

Petzel Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition of works by Simon Denny entitled Blockchain Future States, opening Thursday, September 8th.

At a moment when public debate spotlights a global governance system that seems to ignore the needs of many of its participants, starkly contrasting visions for alternative political systems are emerging. What would a world look like where the collusion of an elite few would be rendered technically impossible? Can a truly inclusive global future exist?

Blockchain Future States investigates Ethereum21 Inc., and Digital Asset, three financial companies at the forefront of Bitcoin technology and the application of the blockchain, a decentralized transaction database that functions as the backbone of this crypto-currency. The potential widespread usage of Bitcoin as a supra national currency enables these visionaries to propose radically different visions for a new world where traditional political/geographical state formations can be reimagined and new dreams of what the world could look like begin to emerge.

For this exhibition Denny will present three different platforms highlighting the differences in each company’s utilization of blockchain and the political and ideological differences these are based on. Their aesthetic context and geo-political ecosystems are imagined through a global diagram, a community of computer Case-Mods and other sculptural infographics. The exhibition maps the myths, dreams, winners and losers of the global game of governance design. Artworks borrow their forms from the hardware of competitive gaming – with oversized special editions of the board game “Risk”, personal computer cases turned corporate “deal toys” and cartoonish entrepreneurial “players” in a land-grab for the decentralized, encrypted infrastructure of possible self-governing future worlds.

Simon Denny was born in New Zealand in 1982 and received his degree at the Städelschule, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Frankfurt. Denny has exhibited widely internationally including WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussles (2016); Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London (2015); 56th Venice Biennale (2015); MoMA PS1, New York (2014); Portikus, Frankfurt (2014); Kunstverein Munich; Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (mumok), Vienna (2013); 55th Venice Biennale (2013); and the Aspen Art Museum (2012).

Petzel Gallery is located at 456 West 18th Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

For press inquiries, please contact Janine Latham at janine@petzel.com, or call (212) 680-9467.

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