Jim Carrey is the latest celebrity to be sucked into the non-fungible token craze with the purchase of a digital artwork that has direct ties to the Soviet Union.
Carrey, 60, outbid others and paid 20.0Ξ – equivalent to $39,535 – for an NFT entitled “Devotion”. The work is part of The Wild Within series (which consists of 13 NFTs in total) by artists Ryan Koopmans and Alice Wexell, which capture abandoned buildings from the USSR.
The image shows a run-down Soviet-era sanatorium in Georgia – specifically the once-famous Tskaltubo resort, which was a popular health destination known for its therapeutic waters.
“That’s what’s stopping me. James Joyce said that was a good thing. Thank you @ryankoopmans for gently capturing nature’s exquisite and unrelenting reinvention. By the way, you’re my first NFT,” Carrey revealed in one Twitter post.
Canadian-Dutch artist Koopmans told The Post of his excitement to learn that Carrey was the one who bought his piece.
“It’s very exciting to learn that Jim Carrey was the collector as I have great respect for him as a multidisciplinary artist!” said Koopmans. “Jim Carrey is a great painter, illustrator and artist in his own right. It’s fun that someone who champions creativity, positivity and mindfulness is connected to the work Alice and I have created over a number of years and is therefore very close to my heart.”
As for the former spa town, according to the play’s description, “Thousands of people were visited between the 1940s and 1980s, including Stalin and his high-ranking officials from Moscow. When the Soviet Union collapsed, the buildings were abandoned and derelict.”
Since the early 1990s, the buildings have been slowly dismantled and stripped of their valuable materials, leaving empty shells of the once grandiose classical structures.
In recent years, Koopmans has visited the region and photographed the ruins. With Wexell, they took these photographs and digitally transformed them into a work of art, manipulating the lighting and structure, adding sound by Erik Thome, and animating the scenes with the intention of revitalizing the empty spaces.
The aim, according to the Koopmans, was to “essentially bring the rooms back to life”.
Shortly after purchasing his first NFT, the Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated comedian purchased another NFT entitled Nuclear Taco Trucks.