Art in Second Life 2020 (81) ESCAPE by Sophie de Saint Phalle

I got an invitation to see “ESCAPE“, a new exhibtion by Sophie de Saint Phalle at her own SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre. The exhibition “ESCAPE” is in a seperate skybox accessible either from the SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre by teleporter pad or directly with the provided link.

ESCAPE by Sophie de Saint Phalle (1)

ESCAPE in showcasing Black and white photos of a RL performance. Sophie de Saint Phalle put a big canvas (4×12 meters) on a stage and painted it in front of the visitors. Behind the canvas 10 professional dancers were waiting to cut the canvas and force their bodies through the openings to symbolize the escape from suppression, humiliation, brutality, disrespect and most of all the escape from indifference. At the end of the performance the canvas was cut into strips and sold.

ESCAPE by Sophie de Saint Phalle (2)

Sophie strongly recommended to keep the region windlight for a visit of ESCAPE which I did. The exhibition is in a square room with openings to the outside. With the preset windlight it is dark and cloudy outside which fits perfectly to the pictures in black and white and the atmosphere is fitting.
The pictures ore not raw photographs but are processed and show how the dancers break through the canvas. I addition the theme “Escape from indifference” is faded in as texts. In one corner is a box that repeats the theme in more lines: “Escape from surpression, Humiliation, Brutality, Stupidity, Empathy, Death”
I got an impression of the RL event, that must have been full of symbols and messages. The exhibition is missing the dynamic of the RL performance but has others strenghts instead that the performance couldn’t have. You have time to look at the details.

ESCAPE by Sophie de Saint Phalle (3)

Sophie de Saint Phalle (perpetua1010) is a Austrian RL painter and book author. She mainly paints nude from models and abstract art. She loves to experiment with different kinds of paint and lithography. Her favourite materials are sand, plaster, glue, terracotta, stones, bones, ash, charcoal, natural pigments and more.
Sophie has made several book illustrations and was for many years political cartoonist for a well known satire magazine. She lived and worked in the Unites States, Australia, Rome and Monaco.
And as I know now, Sophie also makes RL art performances – and ESCAPE showcases another element of her artistic work.

direct Landmark to “ESCAPE” at SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ocean%20Island/53/52/2995
Landmark to SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ocean%20Island/136/128/1002

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