Art in Second Life 2020 (43) Fractal art by Kraven Klees

I found a bit of extra time for roaming on Wednesday, June 24th and went to “Hannington Endowment for the Arts” (HEA) to see if there’s anything new – and there was. I decided to see an exhibtion of Kraven Klees named “Fractal To Scuplture” at Hive I.
REMARK: The opening of this exhibtion was postponed several times and is now fixed for Thursday July 23rd 4 PM SLT”

There’s a board at the entrance with a text from Kraven Klees explaining a bit what’s behind it:
Fractal To Sculpture – This is my experiment to bring 22D fractals to 3D form. This creates a struggle between detail and the ability to bring them into Second Life. These scultures start with over one million faces and up to two million vertices. These numbers have to be reduced to around 65000 faces to be accepted for upload into Second Life. This forces a drastic reduction in detail. I continue to experiment, hoping to get better results in future. I hope you enjoy Fractal To Sculpture.

Impressions of “Fractal To Scuplture” by Kraven Klees at Hannington Endowment for the Arts (HEA) (1)

Now I was curious as I became a fan of fractal art although I never tried making it myself. But I enjoy seeing it. But unfortunately the exhibition was not yet opened. Well I know how to get behind closed doors in Second Life and I had a look inside nonetheless.

The Hive’s walls were covered with a geometric, computer chip like texture in green and yellow, clearly fractal textures, the floor in the same way but in brown tones. In the center are 4 different huge scultures on podests – these are the 3D scultures Kraven was talking about in his text. They are quite impressive and h u g e.

Impressions of “Fractal To Scuplture” by Kraven Klees at Hannington Endowment for the Arts (HEA) (2)

I can see that some details of the surfaces are missing, the sculpture appear a bit blurring partly. But overall, I can’s see why Kraven isn’t satisfied with the result. The screaming female head did impress me most, but also the upper body of a female fairy is really a great piece of art. The green sculpture leaves mayn room for interpretation, it could be anything or just abstract. The 3D sculpture in the black frame is also intriguing as only parts are 3D and these kind of grow out of the 2D art. Something that you have to see as it is hard to capture it on a 2D picture.

Kraven Klees is in Second Life for almost 13 years. He’s from Washington DC and creates media artworks, fractals, photos and mixed media artworks. At the entrance you can grab a notecard about his art and what drives him – to conjure the realms of our imagination. The exhibtion “Fractal To Sculpture” shall be open for visits until August 31st, 2020.

Impressions of “Fractal To Scuplture” by Kraven Klees at Hannington Endowment for the Arts (HEA) (3)

Hannington Endowment for the Arts” is a peaceful and private area for contemplation and relaxation, and is proud to host artists at The Hive!”. It is owned by Hannington Xeltentat.
Hanningtom Endowment for the Arts” – or short HEA, was built by Tansee, who also runs the gallery.  Thank you Hannington for providing the space and thank you Tansee for curating HEA.

After seeing Kraven Klees art at HEA I also went to the other places where his art is presented currently, the places were listed in the accompanying notecard as well as in Kraven’s profile. I first went to Active Interiors.

Impressions of Kraven Klees’ fractal art showcased at Active Interior

My next stop was at Kraven’s own gallery at Sunset Temptations.

Impressions of Kraven Klees’ fractal art showcased at his own gallery at Sunset Temptations

And I finally went to Floating Lotus Art gallery, where Kraven’s Art is featured together with two other artists. You can clearly indentify Kraven’s style. Most of his work deals with fantasies, with humans, with nightmares as well as with dreams – and its intriguing. You can purchase the fractals either at Kraven’s gallery or at his store on the marketplace.

Thank you for your art. I enjoyed my afternoon with your art, Kraven.

Landmark to Hannington Endowment for the Arts (Fractal to Sculpture)
Landmark to Active Interiors
Landmark to Kraven Klees own gallery at Sunset Temptations
Landmark to Floating Lotus Art gallery
Fractals by Kraven Klees on marketplace

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