Los Angeles-based Thelemic artist Lisa Derrick has released her first NFT on the Open Sea platform. Derrick, who had the brick and mortar Lisa Derrick Fine Arts gallery in Los Angeles’ Chinatown from January 2019 through March 2020, has launched Lisa Derrick Fine Arts on Open Sea.
Her first NFT, “We’re Wolves!: Theotokos” is part of the We’re Wolves! exhibition at The Hive Gallery in downtown Los Angeles running October 2 through 30, 2021, curated by Samantha Litzsinger and Daniel Rolnik. Derrick joins an impressive roster of artists with the NFT and its companion mixed media piece.
Derrick, an award-winning filmmaker (Dark Progressivism: A Film About Los Angeles Art), has successfully shown her own art with both Coagula Curatorial and the Gabba Gallery, and her pieces are in both private and corporate collections.
As a curator, she brought Tim Youd to the Dublin (Ireland) Writers’ Museum and staged Dark Progressivism: The Built Environment, a three-month long exhibition celebrating Southern California Hispanic artists at the Museum of Art & History in Lancaster, California. Her first Los Angeles curation, Two Johns & A Whore, is featured in the documentary John Fleck Is Who You Want Him to Be.
A sorceress and witch who is also Thelemic initiate, Derrick is known in occults circles for her translational public rituals held in concert and nightclub spaces, and she carries this magical energy into her artwork which is included in several private and corporate collections.
“I imbed my NFT with specific phrases that are unlocked by the purchaser, making the artwork into working sigils, should the owner so desire to use them as such. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from each piece goes to related non-profit organizations, thus using art and science to cause change to occur.” stated the artist. These non-profits are listed in the artwork’s description.
“I love that The Hive Gallery’s werewolf show, which hinges on lunar transformation, opens on rocket scientist Jack Parsons’ birthday, since Parsons, a founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory who never finished college, was responsible for developing the solid fuel rockets that got us to the moon, thus transforming the world as we know it,” says Derrick.
The next Lisa Derrick Fine Arts NFT series on OpenSea.com launches October 8 in honor of Aleister Crowley’s birthday, and features a number of surprising and famous individuals, including Jack Parsons, who knew Crowley and /or have been influenced by him.
The Hive Gallery
729 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Gallery hours: Weds-Sat, 1pm to 6pm