Art in Second Life 2022 (45) “Waterfalls” by Nils Urqhart @ The Uzine gallery “L’autre monde”

Just before yesterday my post about Nils Urqhart’s exhibition “The Forgotten Worlds” at United Artist of SL in the Galerie Principale has been published (read my blogpost here).  I wrote that Nils has a lot of exhibitions in different SL galleries and I got another invitation to see “Waterfalls” by Nils Urqhart. This exhibtion is at a place named “The Uzine”.
The Uzine is open again. Located on the rooftops of London, The Uzine offers a permanent exhibition of photographs. And if you go through the gateway you will go to the gallery “L’autre monde” (the other world)
Nils Uqhart’s exhibtion is at the gallery “L’autre monde”. The Uzine is group owned, the group was found by Filip Odriscoll.

The gallery “L’autre monde” is quite outstanding. It is embedded in a scene of ruins. The wreck of an old coach is in one corner. The walls offer some cosy corners to sit and one roof is used as a party area. The walls offer more room than you would think on a first glance. In total the exhibition compromises 15 pictures.

Impressions from “Waterfalls” by Nils Urqhart @ The Uzine gallery “L’autre monde”

As each picture has an own wall, often even an own corner, it can develop a stronger impression. And each of the waterfalls is very different. Nils managed to catch unique places and unique moments with his camera. In some pictures the water looks blue, in others white and in one picture it even looks green. And the pictures are not processed or manipulated (as far as I can tell).

Impressions from “Waterfalls” by Nils Urqhart @ The Uzine gallery “L’autre monde” (1)

Quite close to where you land you see another poster for “Waterfalls” (see the picture above). Clicking this poster provides a short bio of Nils and a list of his current exhibitions.

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.

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. There are quite some potential contact opportunities besides his webpage: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Impressions from “Waterfalls” by Nils Urqhart @ The Uzine gallery “L’autre monde” (2)

I like Nils Urqhart (Paul Maurice) RL pictures. They are kind of a connecting element between RL and SL. With “Waterfalls” you visit a “real” exhibtion in a virtual environment. And I also like the gallery, a great place to present pictures! Thank you Filip Odriscoll and to anyone involved for providing this space for the arts.
Thank you Nils for another great exhibition.

Landmark to Nils Urqhart “Waterfalls” @ The Uzine gallery “L’autre monde”
Landmark to Art Gallery Rill’Arts
Nils Urqhart (Paul Maurice in RL)’s website
Paul Maurice on Facebook
Paul Maurice on Twitter
Paul Maurice on Instagram

Art in Second Life 2022 (44) “The Forgotten Worlds” by Nils Urqhart @ United Artists of SL

I got an invitation from Nils Urqhart to see his newest exhibtion at United Artist of SL in the Galerie Principale. The exhibition is titled “The Forgotten Worlds“.

In “The Forgotten Worlds” Nils presents 30 photographs taken in the French Alps. The pictures create a strong contrast to the mordern Galerie Principale, a building that would fit into a Sci-Fi environment. The Galerie Principale building is open at the front and has 3 floors. On the first glance the pictures are small compared to the building. You have to get closer to them to really see them and to  experience them.

All pictures are taken well above or at the treeline. Nils has an eye for almost unreal scenes. Clouds that nestle against the mountain slopes and obscure the peaks. In other pictures, the peaks are above the clouds and you can see how the sun illuminates them. You get an impression of this “forgotten” world, a world mostly unseen by humans, a world of its own. On the other hand this world is stunning and beautiful.

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 exhibitions from one of the exhibition posters in the center of the first floor of the Galerie Principale 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.

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. There are quite some 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 “The Forgotten Worlds” you visit a “real” exhibtion in a virtual environment. Thank you Nils for another great exhibition

Landmark to Nils Urqhart “The Forgotten Worlds” @ Galerie Principale UASL
Landmark to Art Gallery Rill’Arts
Nils Urqhart (Paul Maurice in RL)’s website
Paul Maurice on Facebook
Paul Maurice on Twitter
Paul Maurice on Instagram

Art in Second Life 2022 (43) La Maison d’Aneli May 2022

Wednesday, May 11th, the latest exhibtion at La Maison d’Aneli has been opened. It features the art of Elodiecasa Dragovar, Bachi Cheng, Magda Schmidtzau, Therese Carfagno, NinaCamplin, vroum Short and Aneli Abeyante herself.

I visited La Maison d’Aneli on Sunday, May 8th, a few days before the official opening and began my visit in the skybox of Elodiecasa Dragovar. I saw Elodiecasa’s artwork at La Maison d’Aneli in 2021 the first time (read here). For her skybox in the current exhibition she chose to build a seperate gallery building within a lovely garden and surrounded by a lot of trees and and plants. Her artwork is shown inside of the building. Elodiecasa’s pictures are colourful, strong and of a broad variety, from abstract patterns to filigree forms, from an almost 3D elephant head to compositions that have a touch of Africa.

Elodiecasa Dragovar is in Second Life since 2010. Art is part of her life, she started getting lessons in art aged 9. Since 13 years Elodiecasa lives in Morocco.  In the accompanying notecard as well as on a board at the entrance of the gallery building in her skybox she wrote about herself: “I don’t consider myself as an artist but a passionate person. I love art in all forms, I touch everything. Art is a part of my life, it’s a need

Sofi (Bachi Cheng)’s art is not new for me. The last time I saw her art was in 2021 when I visited Ant Farm Light Gallery by Regi Yifu featuring Bachi Cheng (read here). For the exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli she chose the title “Good girls go to heaven bad girls go everywhere”. Her skybox is designed as a industrial hall, her pictures are spread over the walls of the hall. Her art is quite feisty and exaggerated, transpiring her message clearly and not subtle, sometimes reminding of comic strips and clearly explicit. There’s a lot to discover and to smile about.

Sofi (Bachi.cheng) is in Second Life since 2009. She’s, 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”.
Sofi (Bachi Cheng) has also her own gallery here and runs an own website.

Maddy (Magda Schmidtzau)is also an artist, who I have come across already a few times. For her skybox  Maddy selected  a futuristic design with a few glass partitions and 2 rooms with 3D installations surrounded by her pictures. Maddy main subject are portraits and and studies of the female body. She experiments with light and colours, with layers and shadows (remember to set your environment to midnight and to turn advanced lighting on).

Maddy (Magda Schmidtzau) is in Second Life since 2009. She’s passionate about photography in RL and SL. She writes: “I’m not an artist but a researcher of images to be developed… a dreamer with open eyes of this world “out of time”. In SL always open to new possibilities of experimentation trying to convey the magic that I see.”
I’ve seen Maddy’s art the first time back in 2017 at Enchanted Art where her exhibition “Maddy 2017” was showcased (read here) Further on I saw Maddy’s work at La Maison d’Aneli in 2018, 2019 and 2020 (read here, here and here) and at GenovArt Glass Gallery in May 2021 (read here). You can see more of her art at her flickr page.

Therese Carfagno is also an artist who I know from La Maison d’Aneli. She had her last exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli in June 2021 (read here). She came to Second Life in February 2007. Soon she got a job as a journalist, and met the most interesting artists in SL. Seeing so much creativity inspired her to start taking pictures herself. Therese thinks that taking pictures helps to look at the world a little closer – and there are so many wonders to see in SL:
“I have no interest in calling myself an artist. I take snapshots. If I’m happy with the picture because of the motive, the colours, the people in it, or anything, I upload it to Flickr or exhibit it somewhere. That’s it. And if someone else like what I do, that’s even better.”
You can see Therese Carfagno’s pictures also on her flickr account.

Therese’s skybox is a simple squared room in black with her pictures lined up at the walls. She shows two series of pictures. One is clearly taken in Second Life and shows a young woman dressed in different almost sci-fi outfits in different mostly ubran scenes. All pictures contain a blue light or background. You need to have a closer look to get the details and you can try to create your own story that might combine the pictures. The other series shows an astronaut levitating in zero-gravity above a planet. There are texts or snippets from cards at the edges of the pictures but I couldn’t really connect these to the picture. Maybe you can?

NinaCamplin is the only artist of this joined exhibition who is new for me. She’s from Neath Port Talbot, Wales. From the mid 90’s until recently, she painted murals, specialising in trompe l’oeil. She was interested in challenging perceptions of space and creating scenes of faked realities, such as windows, doors and broken walls that open up the flat surface of the wall to give the viewer the optical illusion of an additional dimension beyond. (taken from the accompanying notecard)
In her skybox at La Maison d’Aneli you find yourself in a dark, lonely world and you see the lights of a single house, which is the gallery building. Nina’s pictures show landscapes, sometimes very natural, yet mostly a bit bizarre be it because of the light, the colour or the selected view. It is intriguing to dive deeper into them.

NinaCamplin has developed arthritis in both her hips, which makes it difficult for her to climb scaffolding, stand or sit for long periods. She felt it was time to take her art into a new direction. She is now exploring new areas, including wildlife, landscape, portraiture and current events (particularly Covid related subjects). Her work varies from abstract to photo realistic, depending upon the current project she is working on. Most recently she has been using recycled canvasses to work on, mixing the realistic with the abstract, allowing snippets of the original painting to show through in the final work. (taken from the accompanying notecard)
NinaCamplin is in Second Life since 2011. By displaying her work in Second Life she wants to reach a new audience, much of the work on show here is also available to buy in real life too. You can more of her work on her flickr page and on her website.

Vroum Short’s skybox at La Maison d’Aneli is designed for the opening event of the exhibition. It is a world in green, full of light effects and optical illusions. I could hardly distinguish between spaces that I could enter and illusions. The world around you changes permanently and offers new perspectives every second. Can I walk up the stairs? Is it s floor or a hole? Objects are levitating freely… and there’s the green cat and her paws. As always Vroum’s world is fascinating! You get lost in it.

I know Vroum Short as the owner of VeGeTaL PLaNeT. I peeked at it several times but never found the time to really visit it and to write an extra blog entry about it. The VeGeTaL PLaNeT also hosted Aneli Abeyante’s La Maison d’Aneli for about a year. VeGeTaL PLaNeT is gone but there’s now the VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery (read about it here and here)
Vroum Short is a French SL artist since 2007. She works with lights and light effects, mostly very colourful. Vegetal Planet Gallery a world where everything becomes possible and achievable where the barriers of reality fade away to let the imagination flood it with life.
Vroum has a store for her art on the marketplace and a flickr account.

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.
The room that is usually designed for the opening events at La Maison d’Aneli is used by Aneli Abeyante herself this time. Aneli’s art is colourful, steadily moving, and with particular light effects. Aneli writes about herself: “I love geometry and mathematics. So after much practice, I managed to clear structures and shapes. In reality I practice painting, I do not have precise style but I always seek harmonization.

There are permanently changing colourful abstract pictures with different layers, permanently changing and offering a different view every second. On one wall Aneli showcasts almost monochrome structures reminding of minerals or structured surfaces. They look like having 3 dimensions and demonstrate optical illusions.
Aneli Abeyante is in Second Life since 2009. You can see more of her art on her flickr account. Besides her own artwork, Aneli’s passion is curating La Maison d’Aneli.

Thank you for another great joined exhibtion, Aneli. As always I enjoyed my visit and writing about it.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
Sofi (Bachi Cheng)’s gallery
Sofi (Bachi Cheng)’s website
Maddy (Magda Schmidtzau)’s flickr
Therese Carfagno’s flickr
NinaCamplin’s flickr
NinaCampli’s website
Landmark to VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery
Vroum Short’s flickr account
Vroum Short’s art on marketplace
Aneli Abeyante’s flickr

Art in Second Life 2022 (42) “un.seen” by Catherine Nikolaidis @ Dixmix Gallery Lounge

Tuesday, May 3rd, I got a message from Dixmix Source, who told me that he has a new place in SL, the Dixmix Gallery Lounge. Currently there’s an exhibition named “un.seen” by Catherine Nikolaidis. The exhibition was opened on April 30th.

Impressions of the Dixmix Gallery Lounge

The Dixmix Gallery Lounge is a place “where art meets hospitality” and “hospitality is an art“. It is an almost square building with an open roof through which you can look into the skies. The lounge offers countless opportunities to sit inside as well as outside. And you are surrounded by art. For example outside is a sculpture by Moki Yuitza named “gatto stiracchioso_dix” (stingy cat dix according to google translator). But also all the lights outside and the pictures inside add to the art experience at Dixmix Gallery Lounge. And for sure you can party at the lounge.

Impressions of “un.seen” by Catherine Nikolaidis @ Dixmix Gallery Lounge (1)

At least for right now the left side of the Dixmix Gallery Lounge building is used as an exhibition space for “un.seen” by Catherine Nikoladis . The exhibition consists of eight photographs in black&white, obviously taken in Second Life and processed with light and shadow effects into erotic art. All photographs show women in lingerie or naked, but never fully naked and always leaving enough room for the fantasies and stories of the spectator.
I saw Catherine Nikolaidis’ artful photographs when I visited “Soulportraits” at Itakos Art Gallery in March 2021 (read here). And I saw two exhibitions of her at DixMix Gallery in 2021 “Zwarwit” (read here) and “Quelqu’un” (read here).
The title “un.seen” could had two meanings. Firstly that the spectator sees new photographs never shown before, or secondly that the photographs themself show models or scenes where the model felt alone, not seen by anyone and able to be herself.

Impressions of “un.seen” by Catherine Nikolaidis @ Dixmix Gallery Lounge (2)

Catherine Nikolaidis was born in Greece and lives in the Netherlands. She joined Second Life in 2007 and photography is one of her passions. She writes about herself: “I believe strongly in sharing. I believe in communicating. I believe in creation and inspiration. I love black & white. I feel strongly for music.”
Catherine is a photographer, blogger & brand manager for several stores. She runs her own website and shares her work also on her flickr page.

I enjoyed my first visit to Dixmix Gallery Lounge, Dixmix’ new space for the art which is not only a gallery but also a place to for artists and art lovers to meet and to have fun. Thank you Dixmix and thank you Catherine for you art. And thank you Violet Boa, who does the PR work for the Dixmix Gallery Lounge and who is always helpful for me to gather information.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery Lounge
Dixmix Gallery flickr
Catherine Nikolaidis flickr
Catherine Nikolaidis own website

Art in Second Life 2022 (41) Gravity by Lika Cameo

Friday, April 29th, Dido Hass invited me to visit “Gravity” by Lika Cameo in her Nitroglobus Roof gallery. The exhibition opened officially on Sunday, May 1st.

You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” (Dr. Seuss)

Love can be scary only because you realize you care about someone as much as you care about yourself. You open your hearth knowing that it could be broken, however being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure, joy and excitement, and make you feel that true bond and energy that is pulling you to belong to the other.
The collection “Gravity” outlines the force between the two, that calling and longing which makes two humans to be so attracted to each other. Through this project I wanted to convey that connection and bond. I called gravity a synonym of love, only because, like gravity, love is pulling two sides.
Each piece showcases different aspects of that bond that love brings.
(text taken from the accompanying notecard by Lika Cameo)

Impressions of “Gravity” by Lika Cameo @ Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (1)

I know the gallery space in the meanwhile quite well, yet the mirroring effect of the floor always excites me again. The presentation of the art is simply a piece of art itself and adds a lot to the experience. There’re again some light effect and objects, these were done by Adwehe, another artist who I have covered already a few times in this blog.
Lika’s pictures are showcased at the walls and they mirror in the floor. Take a closer look and you will find differences though. Some pictures are coloured in the mirrored version, others a black an white while the original is coloured.
The large exhibition space is separated by two pictures that are placed into the room. You will notice that from the other side these pictures are partly transparent just leaving the motive standing alone. You get a whole different view!

Lika added poems to her pictures. Twelve poems are from Celestial Demon (celestialdemon), two are from Pablo Neruda and one was written by Lika herself. The two poems of Pablo Neruda refer to a series of three pictures each, the twelve poems from Celestial Demon are illustrated by one picture each.
Celestial Demon (celestialdemon) is an Italian artist, who is in Second Life for more than 10 years. I couldn’t find out much about him, as his profile is in Italian. He’s not only a poet but makes artful pictures as well. You can see his art on his flickr page. Dido Haas told me that Celestial Demon (celestialdemon) and Lika are friends. And for “Gravity” Celestial Demon wrote the poems fitting to Lika’s pictures, thus creating an artful connection of texts and pictures.

Impressions of “Gravity” by Lika Cameo @ Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (2)

The synonym of Love:

You are gravity…
I am bound to you
My heart’s anchor
My soul’s keeper

You are gravity…
Sink into your gaze
Drown into your smile
Stitched to your skin

You are gravity
My mind’s perception
My DNA complexion
My love magnet
My You…

Lika Cameo

“Gravity” is a very touching exhibition that deals with the attraction of two people called love. We can’t really explain it, we are attracted to the other as if gravity holds us close. On the other hand love provides wings and make us light. Lika expresses the different aspects and feelings in her pictures, that show the connection be it my madness, melody, magnet,  roots, earth, white noise, oxygen, skin, fire or my universe.

Lika Cameo (Likacameo) is in Second Life for more than 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.

“As the pandemic emerged, I found myself drifting more into art. In the last two years I had several exhibits in Second Life, each one was a story, an opportunity and a learning experience. The intent of my work is not to make changes or to solve problems, or answer questions, all I do is convey feelings a human can have through my eyes.
Visual perception of feelings is an incredible dive for me. I am mostly focused on human body, I am drawn towards portraiture, use of lights and shadows with mostly a monochrome pailleté.
I always challenge myself and experiment, I don’t have one specific style that I totally contemplate. I use several technics, mixed media, starting with hand sketching or taking pictures, to digital painting and editing.”
(text taken from the accompanying notecard by Lika Cameo)

With “Gravity” Lika Cameo succeeded to convey feelings!

Impressions of “Gravity” by Lika Cameo @ Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (3)

Nitroglobus Roof Gallery is owned and curated by Dido Haas. Thank you, Dido for providing the space for the art and for enabling the exhibition “Gravity” by Lika Cameo. The exhibition will be open throughout May.
Thank you Adwehe for the light effects and thank you David Silence for creating the exhibition post. Last but not least, thank you Lika for your art. I really enjoyed my visit!

Landmark to “Garvity” by Lika Cameo at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery
Lika Cameo’s flickr
Cameo Art Studio
Celestial Demon (celestialdemon)’s Flickr page

Art in Second Life (40) Lobby Cam by Bryn Oh

Bryn Oh gave me the opportunity of seeing/expieriencing her latest installation “Lobby Cam” that is going to open on May 1st. So far I have visited Bryn Oh’s sim Immersiva a few times but I never spent enough time to immerse deeper into her installation. Getting this exclusive opportunity I decided to visit her newest installation, which is not at her sim Immersiva but on a sim named Immersivist.

Before I visited I tried to get a deeper insight into Bryn’s world and a I read a few posts from Inara Pey on her blog. Quite helpful was her post “Hand and the art of Bryn Oh in her own words“.

With my work I build for different types of people. There are those who have followed my work and know how to search for the deeper layers; they are the “experts”. For them, the story and time line are important. But I also try to build for people who know nothing about the history of the world I have created. So I build in layers: the top layer is for people who know nothing of my work and they enjoy the story on its own; the next layer is the story and then concepts within the story and the final layers are where the story fits into the time line.” (quote from Bryn Oh)

For sure I belong to those knowing nothing….

Impressions of “Lobby Cam” by Bryn Oh (1)

Bryn’s many installations are all connected with each other. Her artwork in Second Life is one long narrative which began in 2009. Each new work is a chapter in this story. They follow a timeline, yet they were not published in this order. Actually “Lobby Cam” is at the start of the timeline.
Bryn’s art is about virtual worlds and her art is showcased in virtual worlds. Bryn’s work is about AI, about a future world where reality and virtuality have melted into each other, where you can’t distinct the two anymore. It brings up questions like implanted memories and the difficulty to decide what is real.
Bryn’s art is interactive and her installations in virtual environments are made to experience them, to become part of it. You can still visit her installations “Hand” and “Brittle Epoch“. And when you begin you will get drawn deeper and deeper as you immerse into Bryn’s world. But you can also see her art on other media, you can watch videos of Bryn Oh’s installations on youtube, for example her installation “Hand” is on youtube.
You can find so much of about Bryn and her art on the internet that I simply got lost and was quite unsure how to put my many impressions and thoughts into words. You will have to do that yourself, I will just provide a few links from where you can start your own journey (see links below).

Landing at “Lobby Cam” by Bryn Oh

But back to “Lobby Cam”. You don’t need to know anything about the timeline and Bryn’s narrative for a visit ot “Lobby Cam”. For those interested, the timeline is shown at the landing point of “Lobby Cam”. Upon landing you should make sure that you “Use shared environment” and set advanced lighting on in your viewer. Furtheron you should enable shadows from moon and projectors on to get the full experience. Then you have to click the “click here” sign to enable experience tools which will add a diary book (hud) to your top right. It will appear large on your screen, click the icon in the top right to minimize it.
Start your visit by walking towards the painting and enter the narrative. Click on everything and you will find various interactive elements and secrets, as well as you will find pages from a torn up diary on the ground. These pages with advance the story in the diary hud (you have to maximize it again of course).

Impressions of “Lobby Cam” by Bryn Oh (2)

The story takes place in the present during the pandemic. The main character is a middle aged man living in the middle of nowhere in a remote converted grain silo. He watches a girl, who he calls Fern, through a security camera surveilling the lobby of an appartment building.

While exploring you can also find elements to write a letter. If you find the envelope, pen and ink, paper and stamp and all the pages you will have the ingredients to write a letter from the main character to Fern. If you click the red mailbox on the train platform you can send this message directly to Bryn by email. Bryn will respondto all letters sent as Fern would reply to your message. This will end the story depending on what you write.
Bryn added: “In the past I have done something similar requiring me to reply to several hundred letters and each I do without using a form letter… it is very time consuming but I feel it is important.”

Impressions of “Lobby Cam” by Bryn Oh (2)

Born in Toronto, Bryn attended the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) and studied Fine Art Drawing and painting, receiving the George A Reid award for painting. Subsequent to that attended the Toronto School of Art as well as Seneca College studying computer animation. After completion becoming represented by XEXE gallery in Toronto later known as KWT Contemporary. Oil paintings are collected internationally. In 2007 Bryn became interested in creating immersive environments in virtual reality spaces as a new media artist known as Bryn Oh. Since then Bryn’s work has featured in magazines such as Vogue magazine, in movies and in galleries and museums worldwide.

Impressions of “Lobby Cam” by Bryn Oh (3)

Bryn Oh’s Lobby Cam received a national arts grant from the Canada Council for the Arts which is special to her as her previous grants were from the Ontario Arts Council and this is her first nationally awarded grant. It is important for her career as an artist, but also it legitimizes virtual art in the minds of some curators from large institutions who are not familiar with Second Life. The grant supports the building of Lobby Cam in the virtual world of Second Life as well as building it in Unreal Engine (which is in progress for several more months). Lobby Cam has taken five months to build and all elements are created by Bryn Oh.

A really outstanding (art) experience in Second Life! Thank you Bryn.

Landmark to Bryn Oh’s “Lobby Cam”
Promo “Lobby Cam” on youtube
Inara Pey’s blogpsot “Hand and the art of Bryn Oh in her own words”
Landmark to “Hand” by Bryn Oh (gateway)
Bryn Oh’s “Hand” on youtube
Landmark to “The Brittle Epoch” by Bryn Oh
Bryn Oh’s blog
Support Bryn Oh on Patreon

Art in Second Life 2022 (39) Exaggerations by Blip Mumfuzz @ Andante Gallery

Following Inara Pey’s blog I came across her post “Blip’s exaggerations in Second Life” and a gallery which I had not visited before – the Andante Gallery, operated by Jules Catlyn and Iris Okiddo (IrisSweet). The Andante Gallery has new exhibitions every 5 to 6 weeks. The current exhibition is by Blip Mumfuzz and titled “Exaggerations”.

The gallery itself is larger than it seems on a first glance and consists of two L-shaped buildings with a center court.
Most of the pictures of Blip Mumfuzz in this exhibition are flowers and plants that are processed with filters or additional layers to create a dominant colour, floral abstracts, exaggerations as the title implies. Blip used the windows of the gallery building to showcase more of her art looking from inside to the outside.

Impressions of “Exaggerations” by Blip Mumfuzz @ Andante Gallery (1)

I had come across Blip Mumfuzz in March 2020 the first time, when she exhibited at La Maison d’Aneli (read here). I also saw her exhibition “Urban and Industrial Images”, that excited me because of the way and the environment in which Blip presented her art (read here). I personally think she has the talent for the right way to showcast her work.
Blip Mumfuzz is a SL verteran, being inworld since 2007. Blip takes extraordinairy pictures in Second Life. Her art is to select the right cut-out of a picture, she looks for the abstract in the common, she “helps people to “see” the world with their mind and not just with their eyes.
Some pictures at the exhibition are different though. For example there’s a series of 3 pictures “Grill, Breakfast and Back” that capture everyday life scenes. And through one window you can see the picture “Microbus”, that is an example of Minimalism in Blip’s artwork. Amoung the floral abstraction pictures, these pictures gain particular attention.

Impressions of “Exaggerations” by Blip Mumfuzz @ Andante Gallery (2)

You can see more of Blip’s art at her flickr page or at her Mumfuzz Gallery.

The exhibition “Exaggerations” by Blip Mumfuzz at Andante Gallery will stay open until May 8th. Thank you Blip for this exhibition, thank you Jules Catlyn and Iris Okiddo (IrisSweet) for enabling it and thank you Inara for your post. I enjoyed my visit.

landmark to “Exaggerations” by Blip Mumfuzz at Andante Gallery
Inara Pey’s blogpost “Blip’s exaggerations in Second Life”
Blip Mumfuzz flickr
Mumfuzz Gallery

Art in Second Life 2022 (38) Art Deco fragments by Melusina Parkin

I got an invitation of Melusina Parkin to see her newest exhibtion “Art Deco fragmants” at her Melusina Photo Gallery. It has been opened on April 15th.

I am a fan of Melusina Parkin’s art. Melusina succeeds to make you focus on details, to see the hidden beauty of some designs. Her art is minimalistic, often there’re only a few elements in her pictures.

Art Deco, sometimes referred to as Deco, is a style of visual arts, architecture and design that first appeared in France just before World War I. It influenced the design of buildings, furniture, jewellery, fashion, cars, cinemas, trains, ocean liners, and everyday objects such as radios and vacuum cleaners. It took its name, short for Arts Décoratifs, from the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts held in Paris in 1925.
Art Deco combined modern styles with fine craftsmanship and rich materials. During its heyday, it represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress.
(source: wikipedia)

The Melusina Photo Gallery is right above Melusina’s store of Art Deco furniture “Melu Deco” at Time Portal. It is one big room and the pictures are exhibited on all for walls.
In the center you find a table a table with a book about the current exhibition sold by Melusina Parkin. Those who are regular visitors to Melusina Parkin’s exhibitions know these books already:
Melusina All-in-One Exhibits allow you to keep at home the whole exhibit you visited and loved. It’s an alternative kind of the exhibit catalogue: you can hang the object on your home’s walls and enjoy the changing images. They come in four versions, that you can choose according to your home style: plain or framed, changing image by touch or in random loop. The objects are set as modifiable, so you can adapt them to your walls.

As far as I gathered the current exhibition “Art Deco fragments” is just the first of 4 exhibitions about Art Deco. It covers Art Deco as building details. If I think of Art Deco the Chrysler Building in New York City comes into my mind. It was finished in 1930 and it is a landmark for Art Deco. Melusina has at least one picture that refers to this famous building.

The top of the Chrysler Building / Impressions of Art Deco fragments by Melusina Parkin (1)

If you walk through the world with open eyes you can see many Art Deco details on buildings. These details are just to spoil our eyes. They also express that there’s more than just function in at at buildings. In addition these Art Deco details also prove that you can build beautifully without losing function.

In her exhibtion Melusina has many more examples. I’m not sure if Melusina created all the textures herself of if she jsut went through the virtual world of Second Life with open eyes and found these details. I just assume it’s a mixture of both.

Impressions of Art Deco fragments by Melusina Parkin (2)

Melusina Parkin is in Second Life since September 2008. She has been a fashion manager, a journalist, a furniture creator, a builder, a decorator and a photographer. Her work as a photographer has been showcased in more than 50 exhibitions – from which I saw just a few. Melusina has a flickr account which counts more than 13,000 (!) photographs. Extensive collections of her photos can be seen also on her blog Virtual Exhibits and on some slideshows on Youtube (links also under this post).
There’s also an online book with her Second Life exhibits 2011-2019 here.
Melusina Parkin has an own gallery at Time Portal and an own store for Art Deco furniture called “Melu Deco“. Melusina also owns a second place (Melu Space) with another gallery (Minimum Gallery), a bookstore and another “Melu Deco” inworld store.

Impressions of Art Deco fragments by Melusina Parkin (3)

I hope that I won’t miss the upcoming exhibitions with more Art Deco about buildings, interior details and interiors.
Thank you for another great exhibition. I enjoyed my visit and looking at your pictures, Melusina.

Landmark to “Art Deco fragments” at Melusina Photo Gallery
Landmark to Melu Space (Minimum Gallery, Melubooks, Melu Deco)
Landmark to Melusina Parkin’s store for Art Deco furniture “Melu Deco”
Melusina Parker’s flickr
Melusina Parkin’s Virtual Exhibit blog
Melusina Parkin’s youtube channel
On line book Second Life exhibits 2011-2019

Art in Second Life 2022 (37) Metaphysics by Bamboo Barnes

I got an invitation to see Bamboo Barnes newest exhibtion “Metaphysics” at The Kondor Art Center Main Gallery.

The Kondor Art Center Main Gallery is a large 2-story mansion with a lot of space and natural light from the glass roof. Bamboo’s pictures are on both floors along the walls. I didn’t count the pictures but there must be around 35 pictures. As I expected it, they all are colourful.
Bamboo Barnes provided a short text for the exhibition:

Though I’ve never drowned.
There is a sense of drowning.
In a crowded train.
You are the only one on the train.
In the life of the person next to me.
His parents, whom I will probably never cross paths with, his family, whom I have never met, his childhood memories, joys and sorrows.
His family’s very separate friends, jobs, partners, and the loneliness and past they carry with them.
I am alone in the midst of it all, like a spreading ant’s nest.
I drown in it, the dark and bright air constricting me, and I gradually become a black spot.
Unable to open my eyes, I continue to watch the black dots disappear.

The text also reflects the title that Bamboo chose for her exhibtion: “Metaphysics”.
“Metaphysics” is the branch of philosophy that studies the fundamental nature of reality, the first principles of being, identity and change, space and time, causality, necessity, and possibility. It includes questions about the nature of consciousness and the relationship between mind and matter, between substance and attribute, and between potentiality and actuality. Metaphysics studies questions related to what it is for something to exist and what types of existence there are. Metaphysics seeks to answer, in an abstract and fully general manner, the questions: What is there? What is it like? (source Wikipedia)

Impressions of “Metaphysics” by Bamboo Barnes (1) – upper row: Blanket – Bird on the weir – Venetian Gravity 47

As mentioned above Bamboo’s pictures are always colourful. Bamboo loves strong and expressive colours. Most of her pictures consist of several layers and looking at them you begin to try to recognize the different layers, thus you’re drawn deeper into the picture. Very often there’s a female or a female face in one of the layers. Bamboo also plays with moving layers, like in the “Hollow” series right above the entrance. When you hoover with your mouse over the pictures you could buy her art, and you can see the title of the pictures, something that causes me to look a second and a third time at the pictures to potentially grab  Bamboo’s toughts.

Impressions of “Metaphysics” by Bamboo Barnes (2) – upper row: Hollow – February 24th, 2022 – No Gravity

Bamboo is in Second Life for over 15 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 “Drawer” at Hannington Arts Foundation (read here). Last December I saw her exhibition “The path” at Art care gallery (read here). “Drawer” and “The path” are both still open for visitors.
And I also had a look at her flickr page.

The Kondor Art Center Main Gallery Gallery is owned and curated by Hermes Kondor. Thank you Hermes for providing the space for the art and for enabling “Metaphysics” by Bamboo Barnes. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to The Kondor Art Center Main Gallery
Bamboo Barnes’ flickr page

Art in Second Life 2022 (36) Grove Compositions – New work by Simulat Almendros

In December 2020 I visited “Spirals and Metaspirals – An exploration by Simulat Almendros” at Hannington Arts Foundation (HAF) (read here). This exhibition is still open for a visit – and it is worth it.
In March 2021 I visited again, this time my focus was on the expansion of the exhibtion “Virtual Tables by Simulat Almendros” (read here). The expansion was done by adding a second level above over one half of space. The next expansion that I saw in April 2021 was named “Lines of Force by Simulat Almendros” (read here). The base exhibition “Spirals and Metaspirals – An exploration” is still open. I have missed one or two iterations / additions. For example the “Virtual Tables” is now gone, but some of the tables are still exhibited. On January 31st, I visited again and saw the addition named “Winter Snowflakes” (read here).

And now another addition was opened integrated in the existing exhibition: “Grove Compositions

“Grove Compositions” – New work by Simulat Almendros

The landmark leads you directly to the new work. It is presented in two slowly rotating circles. Hence you can simple stand and watch the pictures pass by in front of your eyes. Simulat wrote an accompanying text for this addition:
A number of years ago I was playing with a photograph I took one morning on my way to work. I copied the base layer into a new layer. Then I flipped that horizontally to make it’s mirror image. I widened the canvas and moved the layers so that they formed an image with mirror symmetry on the horizontal axis. Then I repeated that vertically. This ended up with an image 4 times as large that had both horizontal and vertical mirror symmetry. I liked it.
Then I selected an equilateral triangular section from it with that with the peak centred on the vertical mirror axis. A triangle like that can be rotated an fit together like pie wedges.
Once that was done I was like – WOW – that’s very interesting.

It was a hexagon with 6 sided rotational symmetry and within each of those sections you had a 4 sided mirror symmetry.
I tried doing the same thing with other images. Same result. Every time I got a very interesting picture. I even tried starting with just random dots. Same result. A very interesting picture. Since I was working with 6 sided symmetry I called the transformation a snowflake transformation and I classed the pictures as snowflakes.
I figured I’d exhaust the potential of snowflakes pretty quickly. Boy – was I ever wrong.
I found that you could do the same thing with any isosoles triangle that would make a regular polygon. So I could work with 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 and 12 sided figures.
Then I started taking pictures just to see what sort of snowflake would emerge.
Then I started using the output of the code I was writing as the seed for a snowflake.
I’ve got Photoshop set up now to automate a lot of the snowflake transformations. The tech is very productive.

Recently I stole an idea from Claude Monet and started using the scene outside my window for this series of pictures that I call Grove Compositions. Like Monet I’m struck by how changing light gives different impressions. Unlike Monet, I’m not much interested in representing anything. But I can make a picture and then explore variations where the only thing that changes is the color. And I can take a single seed through several orders of transformation, each producing a new picture.

Examples from “Grove Compositions” – New work by Simulat Almendros

Simulat is in SL for mare than 15 years. He’s an artist and displays his work at HAF in Second Life. In the 1st life tab of his profile he describes himself with the tags: “Computer art, philosophizing Web, graphic arts programming, simulations“. Simulat picked his name because at the time he got his first internet account he was writing simulations of physics.

But there’s more than the “Grove Compositions“. There’s still the basic exhibition “Spirals and Metaspirals” with all it’s additions and iterations. And Simulat explains the different techniques he used to create his mathematical graphic artwork. So there’s a lot to learn and you might be inspired to try yourself.

The provided landmark leads you directly to “Grove Compositions“. Alternatively you can travel the central landing point at Hannington Arts Foundation (HAF) from where you can take a teleport to the exhibtion “Grove Compositions by Simulat Almendros“. Right next to the entrance of the exhibition space, you can grab a notecard from Simulat. In this notecard you find a lot of information about how Simulat makes his pictures. And you get even more information by clicking the poster between the two rotating circles at “Grove Compositions“.

If you haven’t seen “Spirals and Metaspirals” yet, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the now really large exhibition, you can spned hours there, it’s all in one exhitbion space.

Hannington Arts Foundation (HAF) is owned by Hannington Xeltentat. Thank you Hannington for providing the space for the art and for enabling “Winter Snowflakes” by Simulat Almendros. I enjoyed my visit.

direct Landmark to “Grove Compositions”
Landmark to Hannington Art Foundation (central landing point)

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