GMUNK (B. 1975)
Island in the Clouds
born-digital, single-channel video
00:00:37 seconds (1504 x 2560 pixels)
Executed in 2021. This work is unique and is accompanied by a non-fungible token.
The artist
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“The duty of the seer is to witness the unseen, the contribution of the explorer is to chart the uncharted. Each has their vehicle, their instrument and their process. It is on them that we depend for a vision of what is to come.”

GMUNK has increasingly been drawn to the process of infrared photography as a technique for mapping a world that lies beyond the perception of our naked eye—essentially manipulating the light spectrum to unearth the invisible landscape. The process he undertakes to capture his INFRA photographs is a technique that demands a precision of seeing and a discipline of composition that reveals the hidden patterns and tensions at play on the terrestrial surface. Candidly, he admits that shooting infrared is comparable to ingesting psychedelics for its capacity to trigger non-ordinary states of consciousness. “It's a process of discovery, where the spectrum of light doesn't reveal itself until you're looking through the viewfinder—essentially serving as a portal to an unseen world of vivid textures and tension.”

For this special Christie's submission, entitled Island in the Clouds, GMUNK explores the full spectrum of light as time-lapse. Elevating the InfraMunk techniques into motion is the next evolution of the series, which allows the viewer to observe this infrared spectrum of light in a moment of compressed time. Ultimately, this technique captures nature's spectral transitions as they manifest freely within this invisible world.

GMUNK is a visionary whose creativity and innovation span a diverse range of media and has established himself as one of the top visual design directors in the world. Utilizing a fusion of psychedelic themes and richly textured palettes, his signature style is enigmatic, atmospheric and metaphysical—much like the Munky himself.

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