Art in Second Life 2022 (7) Gem Preiz’ fractal exhibition at Elven Falls Art Collective Gallery 1

On Thursday, January 13th, I got an invitation from Gem Preiz to visit his current exhibtion of fractals at Elven Falls Art Collective Gallery 1. It has been a while that I saw Gem’s art the last time at the Borderless project (read here).

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.” (excerpt from the notecard that you can grab at the exhibition)

The exhibition extends over two floors and 6 rooms and gives a broad overview of Gem’s art and the world of fractals. Gem has placed boards in each room which provide some background information about the art in the rooms and I used the text of the boards for this post.

Self-Repetitiveness: The shapes of nature seem to repeat themselves at all scales, giving the illusion of being able to explain the whole by understanding on a fraction. Fractal objects have the same prperty. There lies thair ability to evoke Nature, though without providing its keys.

Impressions of Gem Preiz’ fractal exhibition at Elven Falls Art Collective Gallery 1 (1)

Artefacts: Self-repetitiveness and complexity are also found in the creations of Man, often themselves inspired by Nature. Architecture, urbanism, technology are all areas where they seem to govern our creations, and provide me with the theme of same frames.

Impressions of Gem Preiz’ fractal exhibition at Elven Falls Art Collective Gallery 1 (2)

Complexity: The Universe is huge and extraordinairy complex. We are only a tiny portion of it but have the ability to observe, analyze and understand it. This difference of scale gives kind of vertigo that I try to make feel through the complexity of the pattern that I stage.

Impressions of Gem Preiz’ fractal exhibition at Elven Falls Art Collective Gallery 1 (3)

Fractals and SL: How to bring all this complexity inworld, while the textures enable only to transfer little data (1 Mb)? By uploading my images in pieces, then glued precisely on SL. Thus, visitors capture more details as they zoom, instead of seeing the image become blurred.

You can see this effect as Gem Preiz’ pictures build up from pieces when the textures rezz. If you don’t see Gem’s pictures, just wait a few moments, it takes some time to load the pieces of which they are built.

Impressions of Gem Preiz’ fractal exhibition at Elven Falls Art Collective Gallery 1 (4)

Abstractions: Man’s intelligence is intimately associated with his ability to invent, and therefore to imagine. Fractals, by their complexity and the richness of patterns provide a priviliged field of abstraction for the imagination, as Rorschach images do.

Gem Preiz write about himeself: “To try to evoke the world through images is also to try to tell stories. That’s what I’ve been trying to do for the last eight years, through 30 exhibitions I’ve done.”
You can grab a notecard with his biography, a list of all exhibtions and installations Gem made, a list of links to blogposts about his work, his flickr account and his YouTube channel.

Impressions of Gem Preiz’ fractal exhibition at Elven Falls Art Collective Gallery 1 (5)

Elven Falls Art Collective consists of 4 double floored galleries, 6 stores plus a huge sculpture park which is also available to exhibit larger works. Elven Falls Art Collective is owned and curted by Ant (antoinemambazo), Aires Hax is managing the gallery. I haven’t come across this space for the art so far – there’s a lot to see and I hope to find time to come back soon. Thank you Ant (antoinemambazo) for providing space for the art! I enjoyed my visit.

Thank you Gem for anotehr great exhibition of your art. I look forward to see more of it.

Landmark to Gem Preiz’ fractal Exhibition at Elven Falls Art Collective
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Elven%20Falls/123/55/22
Gem Preiz flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/187894176@N07/albums
Gem Preiz’ Youtube (music for exhibitions and slideshows)
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGskNA8m9GAhiFwkpWlXE1Q
(music for exhibitions and slideshows)

Art in Second Life 2022 (6) Mineral World by Nils Urqhart @ Love&Love Art Gallery

I got an invitation from Nils Urqhart to see his newest exhibition at Love&Love Art Gallery, that opened Monday, January 10th.

This time Nils presents new Real Life photographs pictures. He named the exhibition “Mineral World”. It is a world of stones, rocks, scree, stone arches, some grass and sometimes a few trees.

The exhibition comprises about 20 pictures, all taken originally in the French Alpes. They show a meagre mountain world. Although none of Nils’ pictures is a close-up picture, there are a few where you have to look twice to recognise that it is a landscape and not an close-up or abstract picture. what is missing is the third dimenison, that you get when you see a shadow like in the picture that Nils selected for the exhibition poster (my favourite picture of this exhibition). All pictures shown at Love&Love Art Gallery can be purchased at the exhibition.

Impressions of “Mineral World” by Nils Urqhart @ Love&Love Art Gallery (1)

Nils Urqhart (Paul Maurice in RL) is a French photographer in RL. He takes his photos mainly in French Alps and other French mountains (Vosges, Jura, Bugey, Aubrac…). Nils has a lot of exhibitions in different SL galleries every year. Nils is in SL since December 2007. Since 2010, his photos have been on display year-round at Art gallery Rill’Arts. Nils (or Paul in RL) has an own website where you can purchase his pictures to decorate you RL home.

Impressions of “Mineral World” by Nils Urqhart @ Love&Love Art Gallery (2)

Nils Urqhart is the creator of the RL Photo Festival Helvellyn, the Helvellyn Christmas Market and the Helvellyn Summer Fair – all three are annual artistic events. He also provided quite a list of potential contact opportunities besides his webpage: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

I like Nils Urqhart (Paul Maurice) RL pictures. They are kind of a connection element between RL and SL. With “Mineral World” you visit a “real” exhibtion in a virtual environment – and all safe without any restrictions *winks*. Thank you Nils for another great exhibition

Landmark to Nils Urqhart “Mineral World” @ Love&Love Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Incanto/8/18/34
Landmark to Art Gallery Rill’Arts
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Helvellyn/58/206/31
Nils Urqhart (Paul Maurice in RL)’s website
https://paul-maurice.pixels.com/
Paul Maurice on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/paul.maurice.92
Paul Maurice on Twitter
https://twitter.com/apollo0300
Paul Maurice on Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/paulcmaurice/

Art in Second Life 2022 (5) The other side of Me… by Lika Cameo

I visited “The other side of Me…” by Lika Cameo, an exhibtion currently featured at DixMix Gallery in room “Amalfia”.

“The other side of Me….” shows about 10 couples of a painting and a photograph, representing the “me” and the other side of me. Each of these couple comes with a thought or a quote.

The pictures are arranged at the walls of the room and on the both sides of a central extra wall. When you look into the room, you can read on the small side of the wall “The other side of Me…”. And you also look directly at two picture couples at the opposed wall.
Right next to the entrance on the left side is a text, the lyrics of the song “Otherside” of the US American singer and songwriter Avi Kaplan. You can hear (and see) it on youtube here. It is the perfect introduction to this artful exhibition:

Emerald ivy, wrapped around my skin
Pulls me deeper, drags me back again
Tangle me up in your vines
Take my spirit, take my mind
Take me over to that other side

“The other side of Me…” by Lika Cameo – view at the entrance of room “Amalfi” at DixMix Gallery

On the right side of the entrance you find a short text of Lika with her thoughts about her exhibition “The other side of Me…”:
… There is always more than eyes can see and hands can feel… there is another world where i can be or i am… there is always another side of me…
Look in the mirror and see, look at your eyes and feel, you are about to enter another dimension of You …

The pictures are very artful and fanciful, true eycatchers that invite to immerse deeper into them. In particular with the provided quote to each couple of pictures. I began to ask myself “Do I have a similiar picture of the other side of Me? Do I desire to be the other Me? Do I want to go to the other Me?” It are these thoughts that let me immerse into Lika’s art. “The other side of Me…” is a well made exhibition that combines a poem and quotes with pictures and pantings to help the spectator to visualise them.

Impressions of “The other side of Me…” by Lika Cameo @ DixMix Gallery

Lika Cameo (Likacameo) is in Second Life for more almost 4 years. She’s passionate about art, photography, architecture, travel, yoga and people. Lika has a flickr account with more of her art and she has an own gallery in Second Life, the Cameo Art Studio.

Lika Cameo’s art is unique and displayed very thoughtfully. I enjoyed my visit. Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and thank you Viloet Boa for the PR. The exhibition “The other side of Me” by Lika Cameo shall stay open until end of January.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
Lika Cameo’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/184680643@N05/albums
Cameo Art Studio
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bragg/105/230/2202
“Otherside” by Avi Kaplan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DArPxJDoIU

Art in Second Life 2022 (4) Mindscapes by Moki Yuitza

I visisted the January exhibition at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery, which will be opened officially with an event tonight, January 10th, at noon (12 PM SLT / 9 PM CET). It features Moki Yuitza with her exhibtion called “Mindscapes”. The exhibtion consists of 13 pictures.

Moki wrote about “Mindscpaes”:
SL is a virtual world in which everything is possible …. space is a mathematical/mental construction in which anything can be realized … as long as we can conceive it. When I was young, I loved building everything that went through my head with colored bricks, and here in SL I used the same basic bricks that I had available to give substance to my mental spaces.
Landscapes, formed just with simple prims, in which avatars (we ourselves) move around and to which avatars give body and dimension. One is meaningless without the other.

Impressions of “Mindscapes” by Moki Yuitza @Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (1)

The decoration of the exhibition space reflects the elements that you see in Moki’s pictures: spheres, cubes, pyramides, triangels, etc. As I know already from my many visits to the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery the showcased pictures are presented very well by the mirroring effect of the floor. The mirroring effect is made by having a transparent floor and placing the pictures mirrored on the floor below. For the exhibtion “Mindscapes” a lot of the decoration elements, the coloured spheres, cubs, pyramides and others are also under the floor, hence you are literally surrended my Moki’s coloured bricks.

Impressions of “Mindscapes” by Moki Yuitza @Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (2)

Some pictures build pairs, one showing the a couple in front of or surrounded by the different bricks that form an own structured building or geometrial form, in the correspondent picture Moki placed the couple or only their hands in the foreground and the structure(s) in the background. What you see or perceive is all a question of the perspective or of your standpoint. As intended one can loose oneself in the structured mindspace – mind escape – mindscape. Quite facinating and artful!

Moki Yuitza is in Second Life for over 13 years. I came across her several times lately seeing quite different art from her. I saw Geomorphism at DixMix Gallery in December 2020 (read here), CELLS at The Sim Quarterly in March 2021 (read here) and Genesis at DixMix Gallery (read here).
Moki wrote about herself: “In RL I am an architect and in this metaverse I found the possibility to realize my idea of ​​space and my architectural fantasy, as well as to share it with other people.” (taken from the accompaniny notecard.
Moki has also a flickr account and an own website.

Impressions of “Mindscapes” by Moki Yuitza @Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (3)

Nitroglobus Roof Gallery is owned and curated by Dido Haas. She has a separete room at the gallery to showcase her own art, the main room is mostly dedicated to feature other artists.
Thank you, Dido for providing the space for the art and for enabling the exhibition “Mindscapes” by Moki Yuitza, which will be open for the public throughout January 2021. And thank you Moki for your great artwork. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to Nitroglobus Roof Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunshine%20Homestead/38/22/1002
Moki Yuitza’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/148055295@N07/
Moki Yuitza’s blog website
https://mokiyuitza.blogspot.com/

Art in Second Life 2022 (3) SecundaVida Body&Art Store

Thursday, January 6th, I got an invitation from Akim Alonzo, owner and curator of the Itakos Art Gallery. I covered the Itakos Art Gallery in this blog since March 2020, my last visit was in March 2021 when I saw “Soulportraits” (read here). Since then I had thought of visiting again but I didn’t get any invitation and being busy I forgot about it again and again. Getting the invitation now I decided to visit immediately.

The title “SecundaVida Body&Art Store” and missing an artist name did irritate me already. Akim wrote in the accompanying notecard:
The Itakos Project is proud to present the “SecundaVida Body&Art Store“.
The first shop on Secondlife for all those who love stylish tattoos. A project that concerns everything about the Body and decoration with Tattoos, but also Artworks and more.
Possibility of customization and tailor-made products.
I cordially invite you to visit the Store, to share the Art of Living in Second Life with you.

The provided landmark did not lead to the Itakos Art Gallery but to a store. Later I found out that the gallery is currently closed and that the SecundaVida Body&Art Store is a devision of the Itakos Project in Second Life.

Impressions of the SecundaVida Body&Art Store (1)

Tattoos are widely spread in Second Life, way more than in real life. It is easy to get a tattoo in Second Life and it is easy to get rid of it and get a enw one. Some change their tattoos like clothes in this virtual world. For some it is part of their personality to use their skin like a canvas for art. Even I wear tattoos in Second Life – and I have changed them over time (yet very rarely as I personally try to stay close to reality).
Tattoos can be and actually are very often artful, they are body art.

Impressions of the SecundaVida Body&Art Store (2)

The SecundaVida Body&Art Store is quite large and extends over 4 rooms. It has a clear Asian atmosphere. And you find not only tattoos there but can also buy art, right now Akim Alonzo’s own art. In addition the store is decorated with some picture of Fiona Fei (FionaFei), an artist that I also covered in this blog. Again it has been quite a while ago since I wrote about Fiona the last time in April 2021 (read Art in Second Life 2021 (37) Spring by Fiona Fei).

In the four rooms you can buy tattoos about different themes:
Room 1: Zodiacal Tattoos / the Japanese Kanji / the Four Elements
Room 2: the Oreint Express / Tell Me a Story
Room 3: Read My Body it’s a Book
Room 4: Mandalas and Other Stories

From what I saw and can tell, the offered tattoos are stylish and artful. They reach from simple Zodiacal tattoos to tattoos that cover the whole body and that you literally can read. I have seen those inworld on some avatars and tried to read them, but often the clothes prevent reading the whole “book”.

Impressions of the SecundaVida Body&Art Store (3)

The store is stylish and spacious. You also find spots to sit an enjoy the atmosphere. You could also see it as an art gallery. In addition I learned a lot about different tattoos and in this respect my visit was also educational. I learnd about “Kanji”. Kanji, along with hiragana and katakana, makes up the Japanese writing system. I learned about the origin and the history of Mandalas and about the background of the tattoos that can be read like a book.

Akim Alonzo is in Second Life for 15 years now. Actually his SecundaVida Body&Art Store was opened on his 15th rezzing anniversary. He describes himself as a traveller and photographer in Second Life. And now I know why I didn’t get any invitations anymore, he was working on a new project – the SecundaVida Body&Art Store. The website of the Itakos project and art gallery still exists yet hasn’t been updated since the last exhibition at the gallery.
You can see more of Akim Alonzo’s art on his flickr page.

Impressions of the SecundaVida Body&Art Store (4)

Products of SecondaVida Body&Art Store can also be purchased on the marketplace and Akim made an own flickr account for the store. There are more people involved in the project of creating the SecondaVida Body&Art Store, at least Fiona Fei (FionaFei), who’s art is featured, and Carle (carleonie), who is working for the store.

Hence if you seek a tattoo with an Asian touch, have a look at the SecondaVida Body&Art Store. They also make customized tattoos. If you look for art or an artful design store, then the SecondaVida Body&Art Store is also for you.
Last but not least – have fun and enjoy.

I look forward to Akim’s next projects, mabe the re-opening of his Itakos Art Gallery.

Landmark to SecundaVida Body&Art Store
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Smeraldina/192/95/1504
SecundaVida Body&Art Store on the marketplace
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/243764
SecundaVida Body&Art Store on flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/194371193@N06
Akim Alonzo’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/akimalonzo/
Akim Alonzo’s website
http://www.itakos.it

Art in Second Life 2022 (2) Onceagain Art Gallery

Following Rig Torok’s blog I came across “Onceagain Art Gallery” and visited it on January 2nd. Onceagain Art Gallery is owned by onceagain (Manoji Yachvili). In the landmark profile you find a short description:
Hello! This is a small art gallery dedicated to women where exhibitions of various kinds will be exhibited on a regular basis.
If you want to be part of it, send a note to Manoji Yachvili with your references and a link where I can see your work.

onceagain (Manoji Yachvili) is in Second Life for more than 14 years. She “likes photography, art, landscapes, animals, visiting strange places, most of these things she also does in RL”. You find more of her also on her flickr account.

Impressions of Onceagain Art Gallery (1) – Main building and exhibition “Kaleidoscope”

Her Onceagain Art Gallery consists of several parts. The main building, where you land, features Onceagain’s own art and some pieces of her art collection. Right at the entrance you find a teleporter board that leads you to other buildings featuring “Private Collection” (Onceagain’s art collection), “Personal Exhibit” (another larger exhibtion of Onceagain) and “Artist of the month”. The latter did teleport me to an empty skybox, hence I assume there’s just no artist featured at this particular time of the year. On the ground level you can also see 3D sculptures and art objects embedded in a nice garden.

My visit started at the main building. On the ground floor is an exhibtion titled “Kaleidoscope”. Onceagain wrote about it:
Thinking of the joy I felt as a child when I laid my eyes on the kaleidoscope and with a simple gesture of rotation thanks to those fragemnts of coloured glass I created a new world, precise, clean, an endless array of colourful emotions and grace.
In out life time each one of us must take their pieces and put them back together again to be able to look at his own inner world.
In the life time of this society fragments of an uncertain reality, often confused, rich but fragile, where past, present and future seem to overlap in mposed velocity, the persuit of bauty in a game of fragmetns of light allows me to expand the senses, give peace to the mind, feed my eyes to the vision of tomorrow.
This is the thought that has noursihed my creativity for this project: the need to catch a glimpse of a possible hope for the revival of beauty in this world, the desire to look with brght eyes of adult reality and with enlightened eyes of a child its possible future.

Impressions of Onceagain Art Gallery (2) – Exhibition “Kaleidoscope” – collected art on the 2nd floor

The pictures all consist of 2 pictures, on the left side a RL picture of something messed up, broken, trist and on the right side the picture of a kaleidoscope structure, where the structure repeats elements of the picture on the right. It conjured a smile on my face when I saw the similarities and I can understand what Onceagain wants to express. Well done!

Upstairs are some pieces of Onceagain’s art collection, in particular some objects of Mistero Hifeng. And there’s one room featuring Onceagain’s horse pictures. But these are not just horse pictures, Onceagain processed them and compared them with pictures of renowned RL artists. She wrote about them:
We all have images archived, even at an unconscious level, models which we refer to because any work aof art is an act of communication involving a user, someone who enters into conversation with what is being shown.
Thus on reseeing a photo of my mare, I naturally associated it with a picture I began composing this project. Whenever an image reminding me of an artist came my way, I would set it aside, lke a jigsaw piece intent on arranging the end result, a part of which is here on display; thus, creating a personal dialogue with the works present in one’s memory by means of photographs.

Impressions of Onceagain Art Gallery (3) – Exhibition “horse pictures” on the 2nd floor

Again the direct comparison is intriguing!

I took the teleport board and visited the “Private Collection” which is in a separate building. You could also walk through the garden to get there and see the outdoor art objects on your way. I visited just shortly, the list of artists she collected is quite long and I know and worte about some of them: Bryn Oh, Caly Applewhyte, DixMix Source, Eupalinos Ugajin, Lika Cameo and many others.

Finally there’s another exhibtion of Onceagain in a gallery up in the skies named “NOMORE”, reached with the teleport to “Personal Exhibit”. It is really a quite personal exhibition and covers a theme, i was not aware of at all. Onceagain wrote:
NOMORE interlaces the story of the serious illness of the palm trees, caused by the red weevil, among the inexitent and sick relationship with my father and the joyful synergy experienced by me with this kind of trees during the childhood spent in the “Boulevard Palm” in Nervi, a distrct of Genova, the which I’m particular fond of.
NOMORE was born slowly, it evolves as thought mature, white the experence is lived. With the passage of time, I’ve collectd refrelctions, informations, old photographs, creating my iconic graphic elements, assembled in this project with a contemporary and complete overview

Impressions of Onceagain Art Gallery (4) Onceagain’s exhibition “NOMORE”

Onceagain Art Gallery provides a unique art experience in Second Life. It combines art objects created in and for Second Life in the garden area and the art collection with exhibition space featuring onceagain (Manoji Yachvili)’s own art. Onceagain succeeds to explain and describe her thoughts when she sees a RL photograph and what pictures this photograph brings up in her mind. The direct comparison is intriguing. Thank you for your art, Onceagain!

Onceagain Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Peaceful%20Mountains/210/82/24
Rig Torok’s blogpost about “Onceagain Art Gallery”
http://rigtorok.blogspot.com/2022/01/peaceful-mountains-2022.html
onceagain (Manoji Yachvili)’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/69389809@N03/

Art in Second Life 2022 (1) Funday by Cica Ghost

Sunday, January 2nd, I got an invitation from Cica Chost to see her newest installation, the first of 2022. It is called “Funday“.

And so my 2nd day in 2022 (see all the two’s *winks*) became my first Funday. The thought Cica gave to us with her installation fits very well: “Happy Sunday Funday :)”
As I usually do, I zoomed out first and choose Midday as enviroment to get an overview. The landing is right in the middle of the sim. You can easily spot Cica’s shop for this installation, 2 ponds and a group of higher Cica-ish buildings, which I called Highrise-buildings. After this zoom out I used the shared environment settings again (as recommended).

Funday by Cica Ghost – overview and orientation map

Funday is just to have fun – and I had fun. There are a lot of buildings, walls and places at Funday, you can easily lose the orientation. The main animals at Funday are cows, chicken and sheep. You find them as 3D animals as well as in paintings on the walls. And there are a lot of paintings on the walls, all in the typical Cica style. The cows, chicken and sheep are available for purchase in Cica’s shop at Funday.

Impressions of Funday by Cica Chost (1)

There is so much to discover, I certainly didn’t see all and for sure did not try out everything. You should hoover with your mouse over objects, many contain animations, so that you can dance or sit for example. There are also places where you can just dance. Look out for the signs “Dance”.

Impressions of Funday by Cica Chost (2)

The paintings are mostly simply funny. For example the chicken that is jealous of the another chicken which holds a balloon. Or the two monsters that fight to be touched by you. If you touch them you get a link to Cica’s store on the marketplace where you can buy the little monsters that are from a previous isntallation of Cica Ghost. Also the frogs, which take a bath in one of the two ponds, are from a previous installation of Cica. Hence you can meet old acquaintances at Funday.

Impressions of Funday by Cica Chost (3)

You can walk up ladders to get into the highrise-buildings and use bridges up there to get from one room to the other. Also here are opportunities to sit or to dance. You have a nice view from up there and may find more walls with paintings. I looked out for Cica’s cat, that is in almost all of her installations and I thought I had found it in a painting at one wall, at least the ears and the tail of a cat. I also found a bar to have a drink. Did I mention that there are cows and sheeps and chicken at almost every corner?

Impressions of Funday by Cica Chost (4)

It was quite busy when I visited and I could watch people having fun and I shared the fun and balanced on a rope with another visitor. As I said – try out everyhting, you will have fun! Of course I also visited the Loch Ness monster that peeks out it’s head at the second pond. Finally, shortly before I had to leave I found the cat and I sat down next to it with a big smile in my face.

Impressions of Funday by Cica Chost (5)

Seeing the world with the eyes of children, having fun, dancing with fellow friends or even just with other visitors and forgetting problems for a short while is what you do on a happy Sunday Funday. Thank you Cica for the fun I had at Funday. It was a pleasure to visit and to write about it! And I still have a smile in my face.
As always, I don’t know how long Funday is available, that depends on the feedback and number of visitors and Cica’s mood and plans – hence go there soon and enjoy!

Landmark to Funday by Cica Ghost
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Thenest/111/133/25
Cica Ghost’s flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/64860898@N05/
Cica Ghost’s shop C I C A
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Appalachian/140/139/3502
Cica Ghost on the marketplace
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/98471

Art in Second Life 2021 (124) “And darkness came” by Nils Urqhart @ United Artists of SL

I got an invitation from Nils Urqhart to see his newest exhibtion at United Artist of SL, that opened Thursday, December 16th.

This time Nlis doesn’t present Real Life pictures, but images he created from his RL photos by modifying the lights and moods. “And darkness came” is a cold universe, plunging visitors into a dark and eerie atmosphere where only a few dim lights appear on the snow and ice of the mountains.

The exhibtion comprises about 35 pictures, all taken originally in the French Alpes. They show huts, mountains and rocks, all dived into a blue-ish, foggy atmosphere. The darkness forces the spectator to have a closer look to see the details of the pictures. And if you have been in the mountains at Winter, then you know that the light and the atmosphere can be like this – hard to see any details.

Impressions of “And darkness” came by Nils Urqhart @ United Artists of SL (1)

Nils Urqhart (Paul Maurice in RL) is a French photographer in RL. He takes his photos mainly in French Alps and other French mountains (Vosges, Jura, Bugey, Aubrac…). Nils has a lot of exhibitions in different SL galleries every year. You can get a list with all of his current exhibition from the board in the center of the exhibitions space at United Artists of SL.
Nils is in SL since December 2007. Since 2010, his photos have been on display year-round at Art gallery Rill’Arts. Nils (or Paul in RL) has an own website where you can purchase his pictures to decorate you RL home.

Impressions of “And darkness” came by Nils Urqhart @ United Artists of SL (2)

Nils Urqhart is the creator of the RL Photo Festival Helvellyn, the Helvellyn Christmas Market and the Helvellyn Summer Fair – all three are annual artistic events. He also provided quite a list of potential contact opportunities besides his webpage: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Impressions of “And darkness” came by Nils Urqhart @ United Artists of SL (3)

I like Nils Urqhart (Paul Maurice) RL pictures. They are kind of a connection element between RL and SL. With “And darkness came” you visit a “real” exhibtion in a virtual environment – and all safe without any restrictions *winks*. Thank you Nils for another great exhibition

Landmark to Nils Urqhart “And darkness came” @ UASL
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Karpov/219/76/82
Landmark to Art Gallery Rill’Arts
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Helvellyn/58/206/31
Nils Urqhart (Paul Maurice in RL)’s website
https://paul-maurice.pixels.com/
Paul Maurice on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/paul.maurice.92
Paul Maurice on Twitter
https://twitter.com/apollo0300
Paul Maurice on Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/paulcmaurice/

Art in Second Life 2021 (123) The path by Bamboo Barnes

I got an invitation to see Bamboo Barnes newest exhibtion “The path” at ArtCare Gallery.

The gallery space at ArtCare Gallery is a large quatratic room. Bamboo placed her picture at all four walls. But the walls are also decorated with other objects, pieces of walls, stones. 3D-objects are placed in the corners, one is colourful and contains Bamboo Barnes’ biography. The large free space in the center is obviously used for events and limited by figures that remind of display dummies. In the bodies of these display dummies you can see other pictures of Bamboo, the heads are like ballons and spin. Also in there you can recognize something.

Impressions of “The path” by Bamboo Barnes at ArtCare Gallery (1)

The pictures at the walls, no surprise, are in the typcial style of Bamboo. All pictures show female faces or upper bodies under a layer of coloured abstract forms or objects. By the layers the pictures also develop a 3rd dimension. In the accompanying notecard Bamboo shared her thoughts about “The path”:

As I walk through the morning mist, I see a person standing far ahead of me. I’m sure that person is confused, does he want to go on or not? I turn my head and see the tips of the person’s shoes, brown suede. A person whose past has caught up with him. People who want to go back but don’t know the way anymore. In the fog, there is a path to nowhere. Where do we go? Where do you go?

Impressions of “The path” by Bamboo Barnes at ArtCare Gallery (2)

I personally can’t combine Bamboo’s thoughts with the picture featured at “The path”. Just a few pictures have something to do with a path, like the one with the arrows in the picture above. What I see are the wonderful colourful pictures of Bamboo Barnes, each of them invites me to immerse into it and to let my mind wander. I’m atrracted by her art and choice of colours.

Bamboo is in Second Life for over 14 years already, painting software & photoshop are her best friends. Bamboo had many exhibtions and appearances in the Second Life art scene and in 2018 she had her first exhibition in real life: “I create what I see but maybe you won’t, they are about people’s reality and  mind.” Bamboo’s art is a mixture of abstract forms, of people and photographs. Most pictures are colourful and it is in the eye of the beholder what we see in her pictures. I myself saw her work the first time at La Maison d’Aneli during the Holiday season 2019/2020 (read here). I also saw her exhibition “Marginal Mannerism” at DixMixGallery in April 2021 (read here), the exhibition “Meant to be” at Itakos Art Gallery last year (read here), I saw “Conjure” at FOCUS Magazine F.A.I.R Gallery in August 2021 (read here), “Mindstorm” at IMAGO Land (read here) and just recently “Drawer” at Hannington Arts Foundation (read here). I also had a look at her flickr page.

Impressions of “The path” by Bamboo Barnes at ArtCare Gallery (3)

ArtCare Gallery is owned and curated by Carelyna. Thank you Carelyna for providing the space for the art and for enabling “The path” by Bamboo Barnes. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to ArtCare Gallery – level 4
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sweetest%20Thing/143/202/1535
Bamboo Barnes’ flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bamboobarnes/

Art in Second Life 2021 (122) The Cold Moon by Dixmix Source

On Saturday, December 18th, the next new exhibtion at DixMix Gallery was opened in room “Abby” – “The Cold Moon” by Dixmix Source himself.

The theme of the exhibtion is quite obvious the moon and consequently a moon levitates in the entrance to the room.
The exhibtion features 11 pictures around the moon theme. Dixmix wrote a short text about the exhibition. The text can be found in one corner of the exhibtion room:

Since we started the “Moon parties Sound and Vision” with Aki, I was thinking to make a sweries of pictures of the Earth’s only natural satellite.
One day I dragged my loneliness in pixel in Bryn Oh’s new “Immersiva”
So inspiring.
As far as I can remember Bryn has always built mysterious, dark and unique installations on SL.
Today I have the pleasure to share with you here, my interpretation of the day of the full moon in December, called in some cultures “the cold moon” this new and last exhibition

Impressions of “The Cold Moon” by Dixmix Source @ DixMix Gallery (1) – “We are under the same sky, looking at the same moon” (upper right) / “When the wolves are silent only the moon howls” (lower right)

I asked Dixmix about the “Moon parties Sound and Vision” and he told me that he hosts these particles and music parties together with Aki (Akiko Kiyori) and he even provided a video of a party so that I could get an idea of these events. It seems that I have my “Aki”- weeks as I just recently saw “Clay & Seed” (read here) and “The Incal and the 4 Mazes” (read here) at Aki’s sims.
And Bryn Oh and her sim “Immersiva” are well known in the Second Life art scene.

The eleven pictures are fine artwork each. The pictures extend into the frames and all show the moon. DixMix named each picture and provides his thoughts with the name. The pictures all convey the melancholic atmosphere, that most of us experience when we look at the moon, particularly around this time of the year.

Impressions of “The Cold Moon” by Dixmix Source @ DixMix Gallery (2) – “Silent Night” and “The moon can’t breathe but can take my breath away”

Dixmix Source is in Second Life for more than 15 years. So far I know him as owner and curator of the DixMix Gallery and as a dj. I get regular invitations to the parties at DixMix Gallery (I could never attend so far as I’m always busy at those times).
Dixmix is a Belgian artist, a photographer, a director, a musician and more. You can see more of his pictures on his flickr page. And of course, Dixmix owns and curates the DixMix Gallery. Violet Boa cares about the PR. When I looked up Dixmix Source’s profile for writing this post, I came across an interview that DixMix had with Violet Boa and it reveals a lot more about him. Read the interview in Virtuality.

Thank you Dixmix!
Following the usual exhibition scheme at DixMix gallery the exhibtion should stay open until January 15th, 2022.

Landmark to DixMix Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
“Moon parties Sound and Vision” – video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOyKm-EZutY
Dixmix Source’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/10mix/
Violet Boa’s interview with Dixmix in Virtuality
https://www.virtuality.blog/interview-with-dixmix-source/

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