Art in Second Life 2020 (14) Impostor by FionaFei

I had an art afternoon on Wednesday, March 4th, and went to Sim Quarterly once again. Currently Sim Quarterly presents “impostor” by FionaFei.

Sim Quarterly is a sim and initiative of Electric Monday:
Art and the virtual world, Second Life© are very similar — you are able to both find yourself and immerse yourself (and maybe even lose yourself) in something totally unlike what you already know. The experiences you gain help you grow and form new opinions about the world. That is what I hope this sim can provide over time. I am very excited to bring to you a quarterly art project by way of The Sim Quarterly.
The project features one creator every 3 months (every quarter) as an artist in residence. The purpose of the sim is so that residents can experience something new and even create a community.”
The current installation “impostor by FionaFei” will stay opened until May 30, 2020.
Learn more about Sim Quarterly at their website.

I came across FionaFei visiting her Shui Mo Gallery in January 2020 (see Art in Second Life 2020 (2) Shui Mo Gallery)

Impressions of “impostor” by FionaFei (1) – upper left is the landing spot from where you teleport into the Installation itself

FionaFei choose the title “impostor” as the installation is “a self portrait and a critique of myself as an artist. The exhibit showcases an ink-brush painting of mountains layered over each other to form landscapes often seen in many traditional Chinese landscape paintings. However, there are metaphorical “big red-flags” in the scene that interrupt the perfect serenity of the painting. The inspiration behind this exhibit came from her cultural background as a Chinese American immigrant and her technical background as an oil painter.”

Fioma is Chinese by decent but spent the majority of her life in the West: “I have a fascination with Chinese history and culture, but I often feel like I’m viewing my ancestry through a filter of Americanized information and experiences. Furthermore, my artistic background has been in charcoal and oil painting mediums, and I’ve had very little experience in actual ink-brush painting. For these reasons, “impostor” is meant to be a self critique and reflection of my inexperience with the actual ink-brush medium, where I feel like I’m never “good enough,” but I’m embracing it.

Impressions of “impostor” by FionaFei (2)

Just like at the Shui Mo Gallery you walk through the Chinese ink painting, becoming a part of it once you teleported from the landing point to the installation itself. Quite dominating are 2 giant red hands rising from the ground that seemingly try to grab you. You walk through the installation along a wooden walkway, also painted in black ink. The installation/picture surrounded by high mountains and you see some trees scattered on the slopes.

When following the path you also come through a field of red flowers and signs, a real contrast to the black and white and if you further walk on you get to the other side of a mountain and find the ink brush, a strong picture that you actually exist as a part of a painting.

Impressions of “impostor” by FionaFei (3)

Needless to say that the impressions are overwhelming. The painting does fulfill all stereotypes that we might have in mind about Chinese ink art. You really get great backgrounds for pictures. By concidence I fitted into the Chinese painting very well with my quite erotic outfit.

On the top of one mountain you find kind of a temple, a tempel for ink! Try to sit on the central element inside, an ink pot. You can worship the ink there – and I did.

Impressions of “impostor” by FionaFei (4) – worship the ink!

FionaFei herself characterized the elements of her installation “impostor” as follows:
Red Hands: My hands reach out from the white abyss of the painting to forcefully touch the scene.
Red Flowers: The red flowers signify my imagination beyond Chinese ink, and my love of whimsy.
Giant Ink splatters: Ink splashes across the surface of the landscape as my inexperience becomes ever more present.  All the mistakes with the “brush” has manifested itself in explosions of ink. 
Red Chinese Characters: The Chinese Characters 你是谁 (Ni Shi Shei?) asks “Who are you?”

Thank you Fiona for this installation. I enjoyed becoming part of it and walking through it. Thank you Electric Monday so much for your initiave and for hosting “impostor“ by FionaFei, which shall stay opened until May 30, 2020.

Landmark to Sim Quarterly
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Sim%20Quarterly/6/6/1403
Sim Quarterly website
http://thesimquarterly.com/
Welcome to “Impostor” by Fiona Fei
http://thesimquarterly.com/2020/03/01/welcome-to-imposter-by-fiona-fei/
Sim Quarterly Flickr group
https://www.flickr.com/groups/thesimquarterly/
Landmark to FionaFei’s Shui Mo Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dreams/147/44/2554
Fiona’s Website:
fionafei.portfoliobox.net
Fiona’s Flickr:
flickr.com/people/fionafei

Art in Second Life 2020 (13) Elusive Reality by Gem Preiz

On Thursday, March 19th, I came across an exhibtion of Gem Preiz when scrolling through scoop.it SL Destinations. His newest exhibtion is called “Elusive Reality” and is shown at “Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises

Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises – Despite its name, ‘Xeltentat Enterprises’ is not a commercial sim in any way. It 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. “Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises” – or short HEA Gallery, was built by Tensee, who also runs the Gallery. It is open now for 4 months, hence it is quite new.

Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises – Shedule of current and future exhibtions (upper left) / “Elusive Reality by Gem Preiz” at Hive 1 (lower left) / accompanying text to “Elusive Reality by Gem Preiz” (right)

I wrote already quite often about Gem Preiz and his fractal art, the last time in 2019 when I visited his own art gallery the “Gem Preiz Fractal Art Gallery” (see Simploring 2019 (10) Gem Preiz Fractal Art Gallery)

Gem Preiz “is educated in science and mathematics and is fond of anything related to Nature, Cosmos and Earth, from astronomy to geology. The world of fractals is, in the same way, ruled by Mathematics functions which, as Physics do in Nature, enable to create objects which features repeat themselves at every scale. There lies his passion for fractals: create thanks to the power and pureness of the Mathematical concept, images the complexity of which can suggest Nature beings, objects or sceneries.” (taken from the notecard that you can grab at the exhibition)

Impressions of “Elusive Reality by Gem Preiz” at Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises (1)

With his exhibtion “Elusive Reality” Gem gives us his explanation of what we see there (see also in the above 1st picture):
…. Each discovery raises as many new questions as it solves enigma, making the material around us an incresingly elusive reality.
Elusive as the details of the 12 fractal images that this exhibition displays, which your eye will perceive more and more precisely as you approach them, but that no calculation or viewer can reveal in their ultimate fineness. Elusive like the crystalline decoration whose facets appear or disappear depending on the movements or angles of view, forming a solid base where standing without letting itself decipher.
I invite you to explore this unreal universe, where fragmentation and apparent chaos combine with the mineral rigidity of monoliths, an image of a multiple world, a world of illusions, a world that we will never grasp better than imperfectly.” (Gem Preiz)

Impressions of “Elusive Reality by Gem Preiz” at Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises (2)

The exhibtion is a feast for the eyes in red and yellow. The red and white respectively the yellow and white glowing blocks change their appearance as you walk through the exhibtion. You see the 12 exhibited pictures from far away as an eye catcher and you see more and more details as you walk closer. Each of them is a real masterpiece and full of details. You can loose yourself in all the details. And now just imagine how these fractals were created .. the result of mathematical operations yet you can’t recognize the origin anymore nor can you really recognize a regular pattern.

As always I was excited seeing Gem’s art. It has been a while that I saw his art. Thank you Gem, for this great exhibtion! I enjoyed my visit a lot. Elusive Reality by Gem Preiz will stay open until End of March, so hurry up if you want to see it yourself.

Impressions of “Elusive Reality by Gem Preiz” at Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises (3)

Many thanks also to Hannington Xeltentat who provided the space for the art and many thanks also to Tensee for builidng and curating the gallery. I didn’t hear from this art place before and unfortunately had not the time to have a look at the other exhibitions so far, but I’m pretty sure that I will come back. The upcoming program sounds promising.

Landmark to Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises where you can see amoung other exhibtions “Elusive Reality by Gem Preiz”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xeltentat%20Enterprises/127/126/3503
Landmark to Gem Preiz Fractal Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Seductive%20Horizons/11/228/297

Art in Second Life 2020 (12) The Itakos Project and Art Gallery

Following Inara Pey’s blog I came across “The Itakos Project and Art Gallery“. Inara had written about an exhibition of Sennaspirit Coronet named “Union” in her post: Senna’s Unions at the Itakos Project in Second Life. And I wanted to see that exhibition.

Right upon my landing I noticed that there’s more than just the exhibition “Union” at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery. Actually it is a place for arts with 7 exhibition rooms or pavillons: White, Black, Grey, Blue, Orange, Purple, Green Pavillion.
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery is owned by Akim Alonzo. There’s also a website where new exhibtions are announced. I came across Akim Alonzo in Oktober 2019 when I visited La Maison d’Aneli where Akim exhibited a series of pictures loosely based on the cult movie The Matrix (see Simploring 2019 (97) La Maison d’Aneli in September / October 2019). Reading my own blogpost again, I had already mentioned that Akim has his own gallery yet I have missed going there.

The Itakos Project and Art Gallery and the current exhibitions

I started my visit in the black pavillion with Sennaspirit Coronet’s “Union”.
“Union” presents portraits of friends, collaborators and lovers in Second Life. Senna writes about it “We all know those people who, while individuals, have close ties to another in world person, whether they be friends, collaborators, or lovers this show celebrations the “Union” we have in this virtual world. When you think of one, very often you naturally envision the other. The great people who gave their time to participate in this show are wonderful examples of these bonds we form and proves that SL is RL.

Impressions of “Union” by Sennaspirit Coronet at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery

Because I live my Second Life also in a close and intense relation this theme did catch my attention immediately. Together with great and artfully showcased portraits we learn a bit about these 17 couples be it by a quote, by describing their common interests or their contrats or by their biographies. In enjoyed reading and looking at the portraits.

Sennaspirit Coronet joined Second Life in late 2006 as part of her RL work in academic publishing and started shooting images in Second Life end of 2007. He worked in the advertising and graphic design business, later worked on digital transformation of assets and publishing. Due to this background the portraits shown in “Union” are very professional and artful.
Senna took breaks from Second Life on a few occasions but the opportunity to do creative work and to be with the many friends always brought her back.

I visited the orange pavillion next. It shows the above mentioned exhibition “The Matrix” by Akim Alonzo – a metaphor for a world of people trapped in a simulated, virtual reality that has many aspects in common with the Secondlife world.

Impressions of “The Matrix” by Akim Alonzo at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery

Akim also likes taking portraits and his pictures in this genre are also very professional. The faces tell a story that you can make up for yourself when looking at them. His portraits are shown in the grey pavillion

Impressions of “Portraits” by Akim Alonzo at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery

The white pavillion features “Agape in Pace” by Milena Carbone. “Milena Carbone is a French artist and is in Second Life since mid 2019. She discovered its artistic potential and since then has devoted all her free time to creation, associating, as in real life, images and texts. By accepting the rule of the “double” (the real “I” and the virtual “I”), Milena Carbone includes herself in her artwork. Her creative process is iterative: some of her images inspire her stories and these stories modify the development of the image, which itself transforms the story” (excerpt from a notecard givin at the exhibtion).

Impressions of “Agape in Pace” by Milena Carbone at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery

Agape is a Greco-Christian term referring to love, “the highest form of love, charity” and “the love of God for man and of man for God”. Within Christianity, agape is considered to be the love originating from God or Christ for humankind (see wikipedia)

In “Agape in Pace” Milena tells several stories in words and in texts about Agape, who is oriented towards love and about Lilith, who is  oriented towards hatred. Along with the exhibtion Milena has provides a notecard in which she further details her toughts and texts.

The blue pavillion features Patrick Ireland “Homage to Surrealsim”. I couldn’t find out anything about Patrick Ireland and I never came across him or his art. The pictures are what you expect – a homage to Surealism 🙂

Impressions of “Homage to Surrealsim” by Patrick Ireland at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery

The green pavillion is not a pavillion, it is a plaform that can be reached by teleporting. Here you find the exhibtion “Stolen Child” by CybeleMoon (Hana Hoobinoo) and Akim Alonzo: “The Stolen Child was born from the meeting between CybeleMoon and Akim Alonzo, sharing a passion for Celtic legends and the magical scenarios they evoke. Photos of CybeleMoon and Akim Alonzo’s scenic installation interpret the poem The Stolen Child (1889) by W.B. Yeats, in which it is said that Fairies are not benevolent creatures at all, attracted by strength and vitality of mankind, or beautiful children and especially newborns.” (taken from an accompanying notecard)

Impressions of “Stolen Child” by CybeleMoon (Hana Hoobinoo) and Akim Alonzo at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery

And finally I visited the “Matrix Art Club”, an event space that Akim built. I assume it is used for opening events and vernissages. Here I came across Mistero Hifeng again. His sculptures are quite widely spread in Second Life.

Impressions of “Matrix Art Club” at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery

Thank you Akim for providing your space for the art, The Itakos Project and Art Gallery. I can sense how much work and passion has gone into it. I look forward to future visits!

Landmark to The Itakos Project and Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ATL/177/192/1011
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website
http://itakos.it/
Inara Pey’s blogpost “Senna’s Unions at the Itakos Project in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2020/03/09/sennas-unions-at-the-itakos-project-in-second-life/

Art in Second Life 2020 (11) The Meaning of Love by Natalia Seranade

For my art afternoon on Wednesday, March 4th, I first picked the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery from scoop.it SL Destinations. Nitroglobus Roof Gallery is a Second Life gallery that has exhibitions and installations of both emerging and well-known artists and is owned and curated by Dido Haas. Besides the art of Dido Haas herself the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery currently features an exhibition named “The Meaning of Love” by Natalia Seranade.

Natalia Seranade is almost 10 years in Second life. She captures encounters, random incidents and morphs them, using Photoshop, into works of art. Natalia has had quite some exhibtions in Second Life already, yet it is the first that I came across her. She titeled the exhibtion “The Meaning of Love”. Along with a short biography of her you can grab a notecard at the gallery with Natalia’s thoughts about the exhibition:
Love in Second Life is not different from Real Life, it is a relation between two people – it works out happily or it doesn’t. But there are many risks when getting involved in a virtual relationship: ‘the dark side’, as Natalie calls it. She gives just a few examples: “the large amount of people who lie, who pretend to be a person they are not, giving false information, showing fake pictures, etc. People with addictions, people with mental  disorders, people with more that one avatar (ALTs) used for ‘bad’ purposes like spying or harassing, or, used even to have other ‘lives’ with other relationships. People who do ghosting: the practice of ceasing all communication and contact with a partner, without any apparent justification and subsequently ignoring any attempts to reach out or communicate made by said partner.
Behind the screen people tend to show the good and hide their flaws. There are many disappointments.
It seems that everything in SL happens more fast then in RL: some people meet, immediately start a relationship and get married (partnered). However, most of the time a fast start indicates a fast ending. One of the reasons being that in the minds of the partners they create an ideal figure of who they hope to find. This idealization creates expectations and people get hurt when things don’t go as they expected. The mind can turn ‘nothing’ into ‘everything’ and ‘everything’ into ‘nothing’. Love in SL is it real or just a fantasy?”

“The Meaning of Love” by Natalia Seranade at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery

Natalia’s pictures impress through their strong colours. It takes some time to see the details. I was in particular impressed by a picture named “The first filter” showing two persons holding up boards, on one board you find a very common motto in Second Life: SL=SL / RL=RL, meaning the strict separation of the two, on the other board you find the opposite SL=RL. The picture expresses perfectly that people with different attitudes won’t fit unusally and the one who wants to cross the line between RL and SL might be hurted.

“The Meaning of Love” by Natalia Seranade at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (lower right shows the above mentioned “The first filter”

Hurted feeling and fears is the common theme of “The Meaning of Love” but there are also quite some pictures that can be interpreted as joyful. The pictures of Natalia Serenade fit very well in the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery. The mirrowing floor showcase them perfectly and adds another dimension to them. The statues and the other stuff of Dide Haas complete the exhibtion room. Overall, I really liked this exhibtion. Very well done!

The permanent exhibition of Dido Haas’s work at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (1)

In a second room Dido Hass presents her own art. Dido is a photographer, she is the owner and curator of Nitroglobus Hall, as well as a blogger (Exploring SL with Dido). At least right now her permanent exhibition presents erotic portraits and pictures, I assume of herself. Once again the pictures develop a particular strength through the mirror effect of the floor – beside that the pictures are highly erotic in my personal opinion. And they fit perfectly to the current exhibtion “The Meaning of Love”.

The permanent exhibition of Dido Haas’s work at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (2)

Thank you Dido for providing the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery, for featuring “The Meaning of Love” by Natalia Seranade and for your own art. I enjoyed my visit a lot!

Landmark to Nitroglobus Roof Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunshine%20Homestead/38/25/1001
Dido Haas’ blog “Exploring SL with Dido”
http://exploringslwithdido.blogspot.com/
Dido Haas about “The Meaning of Love by Natalia Seranade”
http://exploringslwithdido.blogspot.com/2020/03/the-meaning-of-love-by-natalia-seranade.html

Art in Second Life 2020 (10) Another Fairy Tale by Cica Ghost

Yesterday, March 7th, I got an invitation from Cica Chost. She had opened her newest installation named “Another Fairy Tale“. As usual Cica provides a quote along with her installation, something to think about while visiting “Everything you look at can become a fairy tale and you can get a story from everything you touch. (Hans Christian Andersen)

Right at the landing you’re asked to use advanced lighting and to set shadows with sun/moon and projectors. The scenery at Another Fairy Tale by Cica Ghost is set at night and Cica plays with lights and projectors to showcase her animals. This time we meet dragons, some snails, some other animals which I’d call horses or unicorns (it’s something inbetween), bugs, dead sharks and other fantasy animals.

Impressions of “Another Fairy Tale by Cica Ghost” (1)

The human visitor is once again just a dwarf. Even the flowers are huge. The landscape is hilly but sometimes what seems to be a hill is just the tail or the back of another huge dragon or animal. As always it is fun to have a detailed look at Cica’s animals with their big eyes that seemingly watch you.

Impressions of “Another Fairy Tale by Cica Ghost” (2)

Opposed to the landing point you find 3 dead sharks that stick in the ground. Their opened mouth is the entrance to kind of a living room for snails. And plants and flowers are growing from the sharks gills. Bugs fly around everywhere, I didn’t count them, and they are also really big. You can “sit” on them and will find yourself hanging at one to their legs and accompany them flying around.

Impressions of “Another Fairy Tale by Cica Ghost” (3)

By th use of projectors some animals are in the spotlight sometimes and that makes them look even more interesting, for example one dragon – or is it the monster of Loch Ness (?), comes up from the depths of the sea and looks around.

Close to the landing point is the biggest dragon, you can walk up it’s tail and back almost up to it’s head and you get a nice view from there. Under it’s tail, that is used as bridge, is another smaller dragon in the sea.

Impressions of “Another Fairy Tale by Cica Ghost” (4)

I had fun exploring Another Fairy Tale by Cica Ghost and looking at Cica’s animals. And you can let your mind wander and think of a fantasy or fairy tale that would fit into this scene. Although the animals are huge, they are not scary. They seem to be peacefully enjoying their lives and to look very interested at these little human visitors.

Overall, Cica’s animals made me smile again. Thank you for another great fantasy world, Cica!

Landmark to Another Fairy Tale by Cica Ghost
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wisdim%20Isle/131/221/27

Art in Second Life 2020 (9) La Maison d’Aneli – March 2020

Yesterday, on Wednesday, March 4th, Aneli opened her next joined exhibtion featuring the art of Bachi Cheng, Cybele Moon (Hana Hoobinoo), In Inaka, Mistero Hifeng, Serena Parisi and Blip Mumfuzz.

As I’m always spend my time a night with Mistress Jenny and the family I visited the exhibition already on Monday and Tuesday, March 2nd/3rd. When you visit after the official openening there might be some minor changes to what I saw these days.

My visit started with the room of Bachi Cheng, an artist painter and designer in RL and SL. Bachi writes about herself and her art: “I love to paint Moments. Moments of life, Moments of Love, Moments so deep that you never want to forget them, Moments at the edge of orgasm or despair, just life like we ought to live it, plainly. Let me take you in the core of my Art
Her art is quite feisty and exaggerated, transpiring her message clearly and not subtle, sometimes reminding of comic strips and clearly explicit. In the center of her room is a board game “The game of the mad” and fitting to this theme you find a painting at the wall “La nef des fous” – “The ship of the mad”. In her art there’s a lot to discover!

La Maison d’Aneli in March 2020 – Bachi Cheng

Serena Parisi explores Second Life and real life for many years (actually SL since 2006). At La Maison d’Aneli we see pictures from a journey to Burma (or Myanmar). Serena took mainly protraits of people and these portraits provide some insight into the contury. Serena is in particular excited about the colours that characterize this country. In the notecard that you can grab at her room she also writes obout the secret of beauty of the Burmese: Thanaka. Thanaka is a yellowish-white cosmetic paste made from ground bark of several trees which grow abundantly in central Myanmar. It is a distinctive feature of the culture of Myanmar, seen commonly applied to the face and sometimes the arms of women and girls (source wikipedia)

La Maison d’Aneli in March 2020 – Serena Parisi

Hana Hoobinoo aka CybeleMoon titeled her room at La Maison d’Aneli “The Spaewife’s Island” and it the accompanying notecard she gives some information: “As an introduction to the exhibit for those who may not have heard the term spaewife, it is both Celtic and Icelandic in origin and is a woman with the second sight, possibly a seer or a witch , definitely a woman of both woodland and seashore.
The island is in the back part of the room, the walls show Cybele’s art, scenes and protraits with a particular expression, each of them telling its own story, be it a dream, melancholy or pure joy.

La Maison d’Aneli in March 2020 – Hana Hoobinoo

Blip Mumfuzz is a SL verteran, being inworld since 2007. Blip has the talent to take very extraordinairy picutures in Second Life. Her art, shown at La Maison d’Aneli, is to select the right cut-out of a picture and to rearrange the cut-out sometimes to show contrasts, at other times just to seperate the cut-out from the rest of the picture and to give it a new and own meaning. In my opinion the result is intruguing.

La Maison d’Aneli in March 2020 – Blip Mumfuzz

I came across Ini (In Inaka) in 2017 the first time when I visited an installation of her at “MetaLes ..O.. ArT Virtual Space” (read here) and when I visited her plave Blue Orange, a friendly bohemian club for MUSIC and ART lovers (read here). I hadn’t seen anything from her every since. Her space at La Maison d’Aneli wasn’t yet finally prepared, but I could see the paintings at the walls, all in the same style, all in black and white, all very large and rich of details. They show dark fantasies, a bit morbid and scary, yet pulling you into the scene, tempting you to see more of the details and to try getting the gist of them.
Remark: I quickly checked Blue Orange – right now it is closed for little holidays and renovation, but I was reminded to have a look at it again.

La Maison d’Aneli in March 2020 – In Inaka

Finally I visited the exhibition of Mistero Hifeng at La Maison d’Aneli. Mistero Hifeng is quite renowned in Second Life and I come across his art in Second Life quite often. I think he’s Italian and he’s creating his art in SL for more than 12 years. I myself have one sculpture of him at our homesim. Mistero developed his own, unique style. You recognize his sculptures immediately. And they all expresses emotions and tell a story. Unfortunately – at least in my personal opinion – the strength of expression of his sculptures do not develop in the same way when they packed into one room. I think they can better develop standing alone or in smaller groups. Nonetheless, you get a real great overview about his art at this exhibtion.

La Maison d’Aneli in March 2020 – Mistero Hifeng

La Maison d’Aneli is owned by Aneli Abeyante. Through her gallery she brings together all forms of creativity in RL and SL and the featured artists come from around the globe. Aneli’s intention is to “put her gallery in the service of artists, so that the world can be better, exchanges and meetings probably contribute even though it seems to be particles.
Thank you for another great joined exhibtion, Aneli. As always I enjoyed my visit and writing about it. It always inspires me.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/36/55/3501

Art in Secone Life 2020 (8) Wonderland Art Gallery & Cafe

I visited the Wonderland Art Gallery & Cafe which displays art made by second life artists Norton Lykin, Nevereux, Bryn Oh and Mistero Hifeng. In the landmark description you find the following wisdom to accompany you during your visit to the gallery “Life is a story, choose wisely how you tell it“. Wonderland Art Gallery & Cafe is owned by Norton Lykin. One room of the gallery features the art of Nevereux, the other rooms feature Norton’s own work. I found on statue from Bryn Oh and on of Mistero Hifeng.

I first came across Norton Lykin when I visited La Masion d’Aneli in November 2019 (Simploring 2019 (108) La Maison d’Aneli – November 2019). Norton is with over 12 years a SL veteran. He’s living in Denmark and took up his art activities after his retirement as a system programmer. He sees life as a journey “The ideas we have and the history we tell. Reality is not a scientific truth but as we understand it in every given moment.
This journey of life is Norton’s theme. I saw one picture and text about it at the above mentioned exhibtion at La Maison d’Aneli and the same picture is a centerpiece of Norton’s Wonderland Art Gallery.

Fluxing Reality by Norton Lykin. The statue on the outer right is by Mistero Hifeng (Tutto il resto e’… gia’…Poesia), next to it is a statue from Byrn Oh called Vera Lynnbot (silent)

One room on the ground floor features the work of Nevereux, an artist who I came across twice so far. Firstly visiting doLLoureux at Daphne.Arts (read here) and secondly at La Maison d’Aneli (Simploring 2018 (97) Another joined exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli). His room at the Wonderland Gallery shows 2D and 3D art objects. Outstanding is a row of presentation boxes opened to present little art objects, from a simple glass of wine, a butterly, an earth globe (moving to Mars), a duck ….
On the other side is a 3D installation held in black consisting of globes, flowers and a fish. I won’t try to interpret, I just enjoyed the forms and colours and the row of presentation boxes conjured a smile in my face as some of them are funny.

Impressions Nevereux’ room at Wonderland Art Gallery

The main entrance hall and the second room on the groud floor as well as the entire 2nd floor presents Norton Lykin’s own art, showing pictures playing with colours and shadows, or little 3D scenes and some statues. At the stairway you find a large picture obviously taken at an installion of Theda Tammas named “the Womb” (I missed that).

Impressions Nevereux’ room at Wonderland Art Gallery (upper pictures) / a 3D scene by Norton Lykin and a picture “Theda Tammas the Womb”

On the second floor you also find the café, a nice place to relax or maybe to talk about the art you just saw.

Impression of Nortos Lykin’s Wonderland Art Gallery & Cafe – the cafe (upper left), the gallery building (upper right), “Girl in mind prison” (lower left), “Triade” (lower right)

I enjoyed my visit to Wonderland Art Gallery & Cafe. Thank you Norton for presenting your art along with the art of other second life artists!

Landmark to Wonderland Art Gallery & Cafe
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/GEL%20Community%2027/102/132/22

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