Damon Versaggi

Damon Versaggi is a native New Yorker and self-taught cook with a passion for reducing food waste in this country and beyond. An artist first, Damon believes food waste can be resolved with simplicity and creativity. He launched Scrappy Meals as a passion project in 2016. As a XR/VR/AR mixed media artist he is also using NFTs and other immersive technologies to spark a conversation about sustainability and efficiency in both food and technology.
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FRIDA 001 AR BUST

Started back in 2012, "The Frida Series" is an ongoing project that showcases Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo in various forms and mediums. What started as a mixed media painting on canvas for a secret house concert, has now transcended to digital art beyond and soon to be extended reality.

“Frida Mask 001 AR Bust" is more than a 3D object. It's an organic piece that has grown over the years and will continue to do so. I am fascinated not only by this timeless artist, but by transcending mediums in which to honor and admire her via AR and beyond.

PROCESS:

Sharpie marker, graffiti, acrylic paint on canvas then digitally photographed and brought into Adobe and Gravity Sketch. The digital print is then texture mapped on a revolved piece of geometry positioned in front of a gold faceless bust. “FRIDA 001” is to refer to that original mixed media canvas piece that was created back in July 2012. The continuation and organic growth of this piece like all my work should be expected.

CLOSING:

This Frida piece is not only a tribute to the Mexican painter, and a way to hopefully bring people to research her and her work, but also a way to present different mediums of my work that transcend creation along its usual linear path.

INSPIRATION:

A Frida Kahlo postcard back in July 2012.

Piece Comes With: Unique one of a kind mixed media print on canvas (28.4 x 28.4in)

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SPIDEY 1988 (FRAMED)

Inspired by "Unknown Dreams: Poems and Art By David Versaggi, "Unknown Dreams" cont. is a project that takes the work of my father from 35 years plus and brings into a new world of XR."Spidey 1988, Framed AR" is rooted deeper than just an appreciation for the character created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.The backdrop and textures are painted from works of David Versaggi, both created in 1988.My first love and appreciation for this web-slinging character could be thanks to a sketch that my big bro had hanging up on the wall when we were kids from artist Alex Saviuk.Perhaps this sketch and my old man's work were the catalysts to my imagination and creativity?Who knows? One can always dream of the unknown.

PROCESS:

The “Spidey” Skull was created in Gravity Sketch and painted using a few different artworks from my father’s book,  “Unknown Dreams”. A composited frame was then exported out, digitally painted, then printed on canvas paper, which I then added some more pencil and sharpie marker work overlaid on top. The digital print was then imported back into 3D and then placed in a 3D frame with a 3D “?” mark bubble.

INSPIRATION:

An Alex Saviuk Spiderman sketch that my older brother got back in 1988 from an old comic book tradeshow. Also inspired by a piece of artwork my father, David Versaggi, created back in 1988 as well. The skull is connected to the skull tattoos that I have inspired by Leonardo DaVinci’s skeleton sketches.

CLOSING:

“Spidey 1988” is the introductory piece for the “Unknown Dreams cont.” project. As I type this I am working on the next two pieces. 

Piece Comes With: Unique one of a kind mixed media print on canvas (26.67 x 15 in)

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FRIDGIE SMALLS (SCRAPPY MEALS 5TH ANNIVERSARY NFT)

Come celebrate the fifth anniversary of @scrappymeals with the first Scrappy Meals NFT, "Fridgie Smalls". Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, this hip-hop loving fridge is a fan of the Notorious B.I.G and cooking leftovers whenever possible.

PROCESS:

The introduction of “Fridgie Smalls” has more to it than a smart fridge. Fridgie Smalls celebrates Scrappy Meals XR and the future of food appreciation throughout the blockchain and beyond. Using Blender, Gravity Sketch, and Adobe, Fridgie Smalls shows us the future food tech and the possibility of digital applied to the culinary world.

INSPIRATION:

The 5th Anniversary of Scrappy Meals.
 
Piece Comes With:
Rare and unique digital mixed media print. Comes with Nana's homemade Manicotti recipe.
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