Peter Molick (pixelpete)
A HEART FOR ART
“His genesis drop, ‘Terraform #1,’ is a mesmeric representation of the relationship between the physical world and how it is perceived in a digital space.”
Peter Molick, known in blockchain circles by his moniker pixelpete, is a man of many talents. A consummate photographer, he is also an ardent collector, artist advocate, and advisor in the NFT space. Originally an architect by trade, Peter transitioned to a career in architectural photography, capturing images for architects and related publications. Stumbling upon crypto in 2017, he periodically dabbled in light trading. A close friend, Erick Calderon, established Art Blocks towards the end of 2020 and brought Peter on board as a curatorial board member, propelling him into the NFT space. Although it was unclear how photography would fit into the blockchain, Peter’s initial hesitations made way for enthusiasm.
Released in March 2021, his genesis drop, ‘Terraform #1,’ is a mesmeric representation of the relationship between the physical world and how it is perceived in a digital space. His most esteemed collection to date, ‘Crossings,’ consists of images taken from above city intersections that can be fitted together to create an epic quilted view.
Great strides are made as a collector. During the lockdown, he bought a couple of CryptoPunks, sold them a week later, and bred and traded CryptoKitties for a while. Favoring photographic work, Peter’s first acquisition of the kind was one of Reuben Wu’s mixed media pieces, ‘Theory of Forms.’ His collection also boasts work from the likes of Good Minds and Rarebit Bunnies.
Does Peter feel pressured to release more NFTs? “I’m finding that, after being in the NFT space for some time, my focus lies with the artists. I find great joy in being an advisor and an advocate for artists and the tools built to support them. This is how I spend my time now. New personal projects will come when the timing is right, but I am happy for now.”
Art has always had a mammoth impact on Peter’s life. He rates frequently being in the presence of his grandmother’s art when growing up as one of the most influential experiences.