Art in Second Life 2021 (102) La Maison d’Aneli October/November 2021

On Wednesday, October 20th, a new exhibtion opened it’s doors at La Maison d’Aneli. This time Aneli Abeyante presents 4 artists and each gave their exhibition a name:
“Duality” by Kicca Igaly
“Out” by Nessuno Myoo
“Bubble Show” by Vroum Short
“Pareidolia” by Sasha Arivalhagan

For this exhibtion Aneli Abeyante offers once again a (Secon Life) booklet with some pictures of the installation as a free gift. It is available in the main hall. I started my visit with “Duality” by Kicca Igaly.

I never saw Kicca Igaly’s art before although the list of her exhibtitions and appearances is very long indeed. Well, the world is large and the universe of SL is also large. Kicca wrote about “Duality”:  “Human nature seen as a contraposition of what is light, balance, wisdom with respect to darkness, wickedness, negative impulses. A thin psychic membrane divides the two natures intrinsic in man who compete for complete dominance. Crossing this membrane one is attracted now to one, now to the other of these natures which condition life so strongly.


The installation consequently has two parts, the one you see when you get to Kicca’s skybox at La Maison d’Aneli with the the white sculptures that look different from every viewing angle. Some of these express duality as well, like the pair of scales. The second part is reached by walking through the wall, It is a dark blue setting, something like a ritual scene in the woods. Two rows (duality) of mysterious figures lining up towards a giant bat.

Kicca Igaly is in Second life for more than 14 years. She had a passion for painting and art before in RL and Second Life offered her more ways to express herself, sculptures, digital art and buildings. Kicca is a friend of Nessuno Myoo, with who he also worked together on a LEA project in 2013. More information can be found in the notecard accompanying the exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli. More of Kicca’s work can be seen on Kicca Igaly’s flickr page.

Nessuno Myoo installation “Out” at La Maison d’Aneli is a tribute to Jurij A. Gagarin’s flight into space in 1961.
What if Gagarin was launched today, in the present day, for the first time in orbit around the earth?
“Out” is a tribute to him, to his deeds, and to all those people who (literally) threw their hearts over the obstacle and maybe, just for a moment, they had a desire never to go back.
(taken from the accompanying notecard)

The installation is set under a red to orange sky. Either select “Use Shared Environment” or set your enviroment to “TOR BIG SUN – Safarion” to see “Out” like the artist wanted it to be seen. It consists of a vulcano-like mountain and I first thought I could walk up in spirals – I couldn’t and had to fly (ggos that we can in Second Life). Above the top of the vulcano/mountain you can see a space ship and the lonely astronaunt reaching out into the space, The space ship reminded me a bit ouf Steampunk, a popular theme in Second Life. The setting provides an idea with how almost primitive gear this first flight was done – and it was a brave mission.

Nessuno Myoo is in Second Life for 14 years and has a blog (in Italien) and a flickr page.

Sasha (arivalhagan) is in Second Life for more than 7 years. She writes about herself: “My personal acronym: NAA – Not An Artist! I think being an artist is one of the pinnacles of an existence. I don’t think I’ve reached it. That said, I do like photography a lot. The principle of my exhibition is very simple: to allow you to feel you are being seen. Not necessarily watched, but considered, questioned, appreciated, desired, questioned, loved, admired … And then let you imagine what stories are hidden behind all these glances less simple than they appear at first glance

In her skybox at La Maison d’Aneli Sasha features about 10 picture objects consisting of several layers, partly formed in a U-Shape. Hence the pictures look different depending on your viewing angle. She wrote: “The exhibition is meant to make you feel a bit tripped out and surprised or seduced by shapes and colors that you didn’t see at first glance or at first passage. Play with your camera, and sometimes, with caution try other lights than midnight. Play with the dog lamps (ON/OFF). Look at what is happening around your field of vision.”
I tried and played around a bit, as the pictures have several layers and some are still transparent you can create very specific pictures yourself with them. I loved it. Sasha succeeded in motivating the visitor to play around and to create own eye-catching pictures.
The name of her exhibition is “Pareidolia”, which is the tendency for perception to impose a meaningful interpretation on a nebulous stimulus, usually visual, so that one sees an object, pattern, or meaning where there is none (from wikipedia).
Sasha’s art can also be seen at Sasha (arivalhagan)’s flickr page.

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, sometimes also 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.

Vroum Short’s installation “Bubble Show” at La Maison d’Aneli is fitting to what I saw of her before. I room filled with permanent changing blue and purple and white structures, with bubbles that fly around and reflect the light. It is a big room and you don’t know where to look at first, you get lost in the light and by the bubbles. Actually you and “sit” in the bubbles and relax and watch as your avatar flows around. Great light effects!

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 inspired me.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/23/59/22
Kicca Igaly’s flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/31465953@N05/
Nessuno Myoo’s blog
http://toctoccenessuno.myblog.it/
Nessuno Myoo’s flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/nessuno_myoo/
Sasha (arivalhagan)’s flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/188848670@N02/
Landmark to VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oreo/64/100/501
Vroum Short’s flickr account
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vroum_short/albums
Vroum Short’s art on marketplace
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/fr-FR/stores/81862

Art in Second Life 2021 (101) “Ordinary People” by Melusina Parkin

Melusina Parkin invited me to the opening of her newest exhibition named “Ordinary People” on Wednesday, Ocotober 13th, at Vibes Art Gallery.

Vibes Art Gallery is an example of the transformation of industrial warehouses into a modern exhibition space. It consists of two buildings and a court between them. The court is used for events. While one building has one large exhibition room, the other building has two rooms, that are connected though.
Melusina Parkin’s exhibition extends over the whole Vibes Art Gallery and it is quite particular for Melusina, as she leaves her general theme of minimalism for this exhibtion – at least for a tiny bit.

Ordinary People showcases – to no surprise – just ordinary people. The connected exhibition space in one building showcases monochrome pictures of Melu at the walls, in the other building are coloured pictures. They are all taken in Second Life and have one thing in common – they show people in daily situations.
Melusina Parkin’s photos tend towards minimalism, which is Melu’s main inclination: simple details from daily life or usual landscapes are the subject of mostly empty scenes, stressing voids, space, geometries, lights; this reveals hidden meanings or pushes the observer to give them her/his own one. Her favorite subjects are wide landscapes, city views, industrial environments, popular lifestyles and daily objects … and now she added people to her pictures. But still her pictures impress by their simplicity and by forcing the spectator to foucs on the few details.

Impressions of “Ordinary People” by Melusina Parkin at Vibes Art Gallery (1)

But there’s more to see at “Ordinary People“. Melusina added static figures to the exhibtion. Not just one, she added enough to liven up the exhibition. And these figures are part of the exhibition. You see ordinary people on the pictures and visiting the exhibtion. Melusina wrote about “Ordinary people“:
“The photos of this exhibition put together my interest in human images and my experience in shooting objects, choosing subjects that stay on the thin border between living beings and things that features the virtual world: the “puppets” (or “dolls”) that we often meet when we visit a Second Life places. Like avatars, they are made of pixels; like statues and mannequins, they don’t talk, neither move. They could be seen as objects, as parts of the decor, but at a closer look they reveals to have expressions and their still poses show activities.
The images of this exhibit show that frozen humanity, that silent crowd that populate many Second Life places; the gallery of their portraits could be seen as a collection of human types. It’s both an exercise of “street photography” and a kind of tribute to these pixel beings who can’t act neither talk.”

Impressions of “Ordinary People” by Melusina Parkin at Vibes Art Gallery (2)

Once again you find a table with the books sold by Melusina Parkin. It is located in the passage between the two rooms with the monochrome pictures. 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.

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 “Ordinary People” by Melusina Parkin at Vibes Art Gallery (3)

Thank you for another great exhibition, Melusina. You extended your art carefully to another field not leaving your characteristic style. I enjoyed my visit a lot.
Many thanks to Eviana Raider (Eviana Robbiani) for providing the space for the art and for enabling this great exhibition. As far as Melusina knows the part of “Ordinary People” with the coloured pictures in the large exhibition hall  shall stay open for visitors until October 24th, the other part a bit longer.

Landmark to “Ordinary People” by Melusina Parkin at Vibes Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Isola%20Del%20Giglio/32/196/2711
Landmark Melusina Parkin’s Gallery at Time Portal
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Time%20Portal/248/101/1940
Melu Space (Minimum Gallery, Melubooks, Melu Deco)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lunula/192/9/21
Landmark to Melusina Parkin’s store for Art Deco furniture “Melu Deco”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Time%20Portal/243/99/1930
Melusina Parker’s flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/melusina_parkin/
Melusina Parkin’s Virtual Exhibit blog
http://meluphoto.blogspot.it/p/home.html
Melusina Parkin’s youtube channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVzglBiqhrOLXnAp3Qt3Zjw
On line book Second Life exhibits 2011-2019
https://www.calameo.com/books/005997622f28dd58ca75d

Art in Second Life 2021 (100) “Duet” by Evie and Dutch Ireman @ The 22 art space

I got an invitation for the latest exhibition at “The 22” art space in Bellisseria, that opened October, 2nd. The exhibtion is named “Duet”. It features the art of Evie (Eve Pearl) and Dutch Ireman, a duet of two photographers, couples of images and geminate ideas.

The concept behind it was born more or less by chance. At first, the gallery curators selected four pictures of each artist’s established production and suggested that Evie and Dutch completed the sets of images in a way that would make some sense to them. The results came with a positive surprise: even if each photographer didn’t know who else would join them in the exhibition, they provided the gallery with photos that could be arranged in sets of two. In other words, the concept for the exhibition just emerged from that: there were duets – both of pictures and of ways to think of those photographs.” (taken from the accompanying notecard of the exhibition)

Impressions of “Duet” by Evie and Dutch Ireman @ The 22 art space (1) – on the upper left “Dusk” by Dutch Ireman and “Cosmic girl” by Evie (lower left)

In order to underline that concept, other elements have been placed in the gallery, together with the pictures. They are some daily, common items, that people generally think of as forming duos or tend to see as halves of a certain unit. Of course, there is no intention to draw attention from the photographs to other objects, they are just a detail, a way to actually emphasize the dualism that characterizes “Duet”, the exhibition.” (taken from the accompanying notecard of the exhibition)

The objects are everyday life items, that occur as pairs like gloves, shoes, salt and pepper.

Impressions of “Duet” by Evie and Dutch Ireman @ The 22 art space (2)

Evie (Eve Pearl) and Dutch Ireman were both new artists for me and I couldn’t find our mach about them. If they didn’t know of eachother is it a nice coincidence that both joined Second Life almost at the same time almost 13 years ago – another duet. You can see more of their art on Evie (Eve Pearl)’s flickr  and Dutch Ireman’s flickr pages.

Impressions of “Duet” by Evie and Dutch Ireman @ The 22 art space (3) – on the upper left Ship to wreck” by Evie and “Shy” by Evie (lower left)

The 22 Art space is a gallery in Bellisseria, a continent with many Second Life prime members homes. The gallery is on one of these homes. It is owned and curated by Randy Firebrand and Ricco Saenz. The gallery’s name refers to the Modern Art Week in 1922 in Brazil, also known locally as “The 22 Week”.
Thank you Ricco Saenz and Randy Firebrand for enabling and presenting this exhibition. You guys have great ideas and found an outstanding concept to present Evie and Dutch’s artwork. I enjoyed my visit a lot.
“Duet” by Evie and Dutch Ireman @ The 22 art space” shall stay open until December 11th.

Landmark to The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Grenouille/60/35/35
Evie (Eve Pearl)’s flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/163063355@N08/
Dutch Ireman’s flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dutch-ireman/

Art in Second Life 2021 (99) Somewhere by Theda Tammas and Iono Allen

Saturday, September 25th, a new art installation at DixMix Gallery was opened on the skyplatform “Womb”: “Somewhere” by Theda Tammas and Iono Allen.

The Womb is a seperate platform in the skies above the gallery. The teleport is right next to where you land.
Once you’re on the platform you should adjust your viewer settings: graphics to ultra (or to the best your system can handle), enabled advanced lighting, shared environment (top menu “world” -> “environment”) and allow media to be played automatically.

The installation extends over 3 levels. “Somewhere” uses a lot of the different creative possibilities of virtual worlds. On the first level, where you arrive, is a big screen quite at the end of the platform. The floor is white, something between snow and sand, the sky is grey, cloudy and dark. The screen shows a film that seems to be made in this environment. A woman with a magnificent head of blue hair is dancing, she almost hoovers over the ground. And step by step other women, twins of her show up. When they are five, all dancing sychron, they disappear into the horizon before the video restarts.

Impressions of “Somewhere” by Theda Tammas and Iono Allen (1)

On the left side of the platform is a stair. It leads your to the 2nd level of the installation. The ground has some gaps through which you can see the 1st level below of you and in the sky you see the 3rd level frough even larger gaps. On the 2nd floor are several objects. The woman of the video now appears as animated dancing figure. She dances in or around the objects, she sits in a red net like being caught by it. She dances under huge gates and she watches herself dancing in other videos shown on 2 screens. The combination of light effects with the ground and skies, the videos, the 3D art ojects, the animated and static figures build a unique and permanent changing art installation. You can animate yourself to dance by clicking objects that look like bar stools on the first glance. And then let your mind wander …

Impressions of “Somewhere” by Theda Tammas and Iono Allen (2)

Getting on the 3rd level wasn’t that easy as I found no stairs. I tried walking through gates and all of a sudden got to the 3rd level. This level was obviously used for the opening event. Again you find different objects with the woman either dancing of being kept like a prisoner. Once free they dance, seek nearness to each other and follow a lead. They break out of their own prisons and limitations.

Impressions of “Somewhere” by Theda Tammas and Iono Allen (3)

Theda Tammas is in SL for more than 14 years. She has had already some exhibtions of her work. I couldn’t find out a lot more about her. If I interpreted it right, then she’s from Brasil (I might be wrong though). Theda has an own website where you can see a lot of her former installations.

Iono Allen is also more than 14 years in SL and not only from his profile I conclude that his main passion is making films, so called machimas. He has an own vimeo channel where I found a video about “Somewhere”.

VIDEO

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing to it. Many thanks of course also to Theda Tammas and Iono Allen for creating “Somewhere“. Another great installation of the two. It is not the first collaborative artwork of Theda and Iono. Theda made the figures, the art objects and the setup of the installation, Iono made the video clips. Once again I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to DixMix Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
Theda Tammas website
https://bytheda.weebly.com/
Iono Allen’s vimeo channel
http://vimeo.com/user2558273

Art in Second Life 2021 (98) Thunderous Train Of Air by London Junkers

London Junkers invited me to experience his newest installation named “Thunderous Train of Air“. The installation is set up at Kuidvis Art Space, a project that unites art in rl and sl and that offers the artists a chance to show their creativity. Kuidvis Art Space is founded and curated by lylaya.

To best view this installation set your viewer to Shared Environment and turn advance lighting model on. To understand the piece it is (more than) highly recommended the click the book right at where you land or at the center of the round floor to receive a poem, which inspired this installation. To read it, just add the object you will receive.

The poem is written by London Junkers, as far as I understood it. And he wrote it for Ruth Stone, an American poet, author, and teacher (1915-2011).

In the wikipedia entry for Ruth Stone the American journalist and author Elizabeth Gilbert tells a story about Stone’s writing style and inspiration, which she had shared with Gilbert:

As [Stone] was growing up in rural Virginia, she would be out, working in the fields and she would feel and hear a poem coming at her from over the landscape. It was like a thunderous train of air and it would come barrelling down at her over the landscape. And when she felt it coming . . . ’cause it would shake the earth under her feet, she knew she had only one thing to do at that point. That was to, in her words, “run like hell” to the house as she would be chased by this poem.
The whole deal was that she had to get to a piece of paper fast enough so that when it thundered through her, she could collect it and grab it on the page. Other times she wouldn’t be fast enough, so she would be running and running, and she wouldn’t get to the house, and the poem would barrel through her and she would miss it, and it would “continue on across the landscape looking for another poet.”
And then there were these times, there were moments where she would almost miss it. She is running to the house and is looking for the paper and the poem passes through her. She grabs a pencil just as it’s going through her and she would reach out with her other hand and she would catch it. She would catch the poem by its tail and she would pull it backwards into her body as she was transcribing on the page. In those instances, the poem would come up on the page perfect and intact, but backwards, from the last word to the first.

Impressions of “Thunderous Train of Air” by London Junkers (1)

London Junkers took this story and made a poem of it, a poem for Ruth Stone. And he not only wrote the poem, he also visualized it in Second Life. His installation has all elements mentioned in the story and the poem: The running girl, the thunderstorm, the whirlwind, the sun, the winged stars, the fields of wheat, the paper and the pen to write down the poem, the sun and light that breaks through the clouds, the dark air. And yes your can almost feel the “Thunderous Train of Air“.

Impressions of “Thunderous Train of Air” by London Junkers (2)

London Junkers is in Second Life for more than 13 years. He runs a store for Gothic clothes “Lnlsquare” in Second Life and, he writes and he visualizes (his) short stories and poems in 3D.

Landmark to “Thunderous Train Of Air” by London Junkers at Kuidvis art space
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Omael/17/38/25
Kuidvis art space flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/146337904@N08/
Gothic clothes “Lnlsquare”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Borgatti/248/49/301

Art in Second Live 2021 (97) Aquarelle by Sophie de Saint Phalle at ][Octopussy][ goes Cuba

I got an invitation by Sophie de Saint Phalle (perpetua1010) to see her latest exhibtion showing aquarelle paintings of her. The exhibtion takes place at “][Octopussy][ goes Cuba“, a sim that I visited back in 2019 (read here).

Sophie’s watercolour pictures are showcased at the beach and on your way up to the marketplace, just follow the signs “Exhibition”. Most of the pantings are presented on esels, some are hanging on the rocks. The exhibition consists of around 20 paintings, ranging from erotic studies of the female body, abstract compositions, to paintings showing small towns. Some of them are quite colourful, others kept in just one colour.

Aquarelle by Sophie de Saint Phalle at ][Octopussy][ goes Cuba (1)

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

Aquarelle by Sophie de Saint Phalle at ][Octopussy][ goes Cuba (2)

Sophie de Saint Phalle (perpetua1010) has an own gallery, The “SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre“.

Aquarelle by Sophie de Saint Phalle at ][Octopussy][ goes Cuba (3)

][Octopussy][ goes Cuba is an adult homestead owned and created by Rosinchen (fleurlarosa) and Will Thos (willkinthos). Thank you for providing the space for the art and enabling the exhibition of Sophie de Saint Phalle’s aquarelle paintings.
The exhibtion shall be open until October 23rd.

Aquarelle by Sophie de Saint Phalle (perpetua1010) at Octopussy goes Cuba
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Libera/90/127/21
Sophie de Saint Phalle (perpetua1010)’s “SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ocean%20Island/136/128/1002

Art in Second Life 2021 (96) My Reflection by Hikaru Enimo-Lefevre

Monday, September 27th, a new exhibition was opened at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery featuring the art of Hikaru Enimo-Lefevre (Hikaru Enimo). The exhibtion is named “My Reflection” and consists of 13 pictures.

The exhibition ‘My Reflection‘ is in Hikaru’s own words the habit of deliberately paying attention to once own thoughts, emotions, decisions, and behaviors. Periodically it reflected back on an event and how it was handled, in hopes that to learn something from it and make better decisions in the future.” (taken from the accompanying notecard)

Hikaru’s pictures are taken in Second Life and processed to highlight effects and details. In all of the a male avatar is in the center. A few are explicitly erotic, which is rare for male avatars in Second Life. Hikaru obviously like his dog as it appears in several of the pictures. Nonetheless all pictures are very different, none seem to be part of a series. And as always, the mirroring effect of the floor adds a lot to the presentation of the art.

Impressions of “My Reflection” by Hikaru Enimo-Lefevre (1)

I’ve been quite some time in Second life and I report about art and galleries also for quite some time. But I admit I had never heard about Hikaru Enimo-Lefevre before.
Hikaru is almost 11 years in Second Life, he is a model, a photographer, a stylist, a manager, a blogger and more. He’s really very active in Second Life – obviously just living and working in another part of Second Life than me. The list of his activies is long:
L’Homme Magazine SL. Owner & Editor-in-Chief
Neo-Japan SL Event Co-Founder & Blogger Manager
GABRIEL Blogger/Event/Store Manager
ReaEvil Blogger Manager
FinerThreads Blogger Manager
Since1975 Blogger Manager
KARTEL Store Manager
E-Clipse Design Social-Media/Blogger Manager
VARONIS Social-Media Manager
Damage Society Blogger Manager

Chapeau! And his artwork is quite intriguing.
Learn and see more of Hikaru Enimo on his flickr page and on his blog.

Impressions of “My Reflection” by Hikaru Enimo-Lefevre (2)

Nitroglobus Roof Gallery is owned and curated by Dido Haas. For the exhibtion “My Reflection” by Hikaru Enimo-Lefevre, Dido has added two ghosts who fly in circles within the exhibtion space. It is Dido’s personal tribute to the upcoing Halloween season.
Thank you, Dido for providing the space for the art and for enabling the exhibition “My Reflection” by Hikaru Enimo-Lefevre. Once again I had the opportunity to see an artist, who I never came across before!

My Reflection” shall be open throughout most of October.

Nitroglobus Roof Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunshine%20Homestead/38/22/1001
Hikaru Enimo’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/hikaru_enimo
Hikaru Enimo’s blog
https://hikaruenimo.com/

Artin Second Life 2021 (95) JudiLynn Gallery at Virtual Chelsea Hotel

During my last visit to La Maison d’Aneli seeing the second part of the Summer 21 exhibtion (read here), I came across the artist JudiLynn India. Judy has her own JudiLynn Gallery at Virtual Chelsea Hotel. I visited it on Wednesday, September 22nd.

JudiLynn Gallery at Virtual Chelsea (1) – outside, 1st floor, stamp collection

The JudiLynn Gallery extends over three stories basement, 1st and 2nd floor. On the 1st floor, Judi presents a stamp collection she has created in 2019 in oil pastel, ink and digital textures. These are colourful abstract paintings, that shine at some spots and leave room to see in them different things depending on your mood.
Also on the 1st floor is a series of 6 paintings in black and white from 2019, abstract, a bit reminding of the structure of marble. The series is called “unique”, expressing that ach of them is unique and has a pattern you’d find nowhere else. Finally right by the stairs leading to the basement are two paintings from 2018, both made of several layers. On a frist glance they look just abstract, on a second glance you notice more and more the other layers and being to see different things.

JudiLynn Gallery at Virtual Chelsea (2) – unique series, 2nd floor

The 2nd floor is dedicated to JudiLynns art from 2012. Even more colourful abstract paintings showing different, irregular patterns. These paintings convince with their colourfulness, some did remind me of eruptions of paint. For sure any of these could decorate and dominate a living room.

JudiLynn Gallery at Virtual Chelsea (3) – colourful paintings of 2012

The basement is reserved for JudiLynn’s newer artwork. Some of it was shown at La Maison d’Aneli (read here). Judi categorized them into harmony, equilibrium, balance and symmetry. Again her style is recognizable immediately by the use of colour and abstract patterns, partly mirrored vertically or horizontally. But behind or through the abstract paintings the spectator can recognize something else, be it a face, a person, a building or whatever.

JudiLynn Gallery at Virtual Chelsea (4), basement with Judi’s more recent artwork

Judi Lynn studied art throughout school, Commercial Art in high school and Graphic Design at Tyler School of Art/Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. After the turn of the century, she decided to focus her creativity on acrylic and digital painting. Known in Second Life since 2009 as JudiLynn India and RL as Judi Lynn, her mission is to share her vision and message as an artist with the global community: “My work embodies my spirit and personality. My goal is to allow you to experience the image with your own mind’s eye. My work is entirely intuitive. I get lost in the layering of texture and color. Occasionally, I will include figurative work if my spirit is so presented with the composition. Just as there is order in the chaos of the universe, the energy within me is brought into focus one canvas at a time.” (taken from a text by JudiLynn India)

Besides the JudiLynn Gallery, Judi has a website for purchase of prints: www.judilynnart.com
You can also find a list of her current exhibition in own and other galleries in her profile in Second Life.

JudiLynn Gallery at Virtual Chelsea Hotel
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lanestris/117/70/104
Judi Lynn (JudiLynn India)’s website
www.judilynnart.com

Art in Second Life 2021 (94) Narcotic Concept

I got an invitation from Sophie de Saint Phalle (perpetua1010) to see her newest exhibition. She gave me a poster of Narcotic Concept (or NarcotiConcept), an invitation to an opening event on September 12th featuring the art of Akim Alonzo, Luca Pierro, Maciek Jasik, Omar Galliani, Paolo Roversi, Sarah Moon, Sina Souza and Sophie de Saint Phalle.

I had never heard of Narcotic Concept before. The place is group owned, founder is Lunhea. I don’t know how many people are involved, the group compromises 23 people.
The landmark description consists of tags: “Art, Photo, Exhibition, Gallery, Music, Lounge, Club, Media, Minimal, Architecture, Dark“.

The landmark led me to a skybox with the art of Luca Pierro. It is a dark room, the walls display portraits, colourful portraits of males, some of the heads are covered, or express fear and danger. At this room I found a notecard giver with some information about Luca Pierro.

Luca Pierro’s portraits are striking. He is the model and the photographer. The portraits are not photoshopped but real life pictures. For the effects Luca tries to achieve effects, textures and lighting with as little manipulation as possible, so he uses a lot of materials like flour, milk, water and more. Many of his images are very dark and the intention is to express a micro and macro cosmos where the figure of the artist can forcefully enter the scene. The figure represents a man, “the man”, involved with the materials. All the elements that can lead back to “Mother Earth”. In this way, the body becomes the vehicle of expression.
You can find more information about Luca Pierro on his website.

Walking up the stairs in the skybox I could enter a labyrinth of stairs, hallways and other skyboxes, that are used to exhibit the work of the other artists listed on the Narcotic Concept poster. For each artist there is a notecard giver with more information.

The next artist was Sina Souza (sinalein). I had seen Sina’s art just a few months ago at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery  (read my blogpost here). Sina Souza (sinalein) started with creating images in Second Life in November 2012. She has had a lot of exhibitions, from which I saw just one back in 2017 “Mental Levels” at MetaLES (read here). Actually that was the last exhibtion of Sina Souza before she took a break of Second Life for 4 years and returned with the exhibtion at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery.

Sina’s art is surreal. Sina tries to visualisize thoughts, snippets that come to her mind. Her work is intriguing and hard to describe. You have to see it yourself and make up your mind about it.
Sina Souza (sinalein) has an own website and a flickr account.

Paolo Roversi is one of the most established Italian photographers, internationally renowned as an interpreter of fashion capable of creating atmospheres with a strong emotional charge. Paolo was born in Italy in 1947 and lives in Paris nowadys. The selection of pictures and portraits showcased at Narcotic Concept prove the strong emotions that can be captured in photographs. You can find more about Paolo Roversi on the internet starting at wikipedia.

The next room I entered is used to display the art of Sara Moon. The pictures are very colourful. I can’t tell which technic is used, some of them look like blurred photographs, others more like paintings. But all show females and fashion.

Sarah Moon was born as Marielle Warin in Vernon (France) in 1941. When the Nazis arrive in Paris, the family of Jewish origin is forced to flee to England. Here Sarah spends the first years of her childhood. After studying drawing, she works as a fashion model in London and Paris (1960-1966) under the stage name of Marielle Hadengue. In her spare time, she discovers a passion for photography and starts taking pictures. Starting in 1970 she began working as a fashion photographer. Today Sarah Moon is considered a key figure in the history of fashion. Her soft, romantic, melancholic, timeless images have revolutionized the conventional language.

Sarah Moon is one of the most famous contemporary photographers. Throughout her career as a fashion photographer and in her personal artistic work, she has developed a unique style, constantly enveloped in an ethereal, painterly atmosphere. More information can be found on the internet starting at wikipedia.

When I entered the room with the black and white pictures of Jeanloup Sieff that was quite a contrast to the art of Sarah Moon. Jeanloup’s pictures are very erotic without being explicit. A real eye candy in black and white. And Jeanloup Sieff was not listed on the Narcotic Concept Poster, hence a real “bonus” artist.

Jeanloup Sieff is of Polish descent. He was born in Paris in 1933. Jeanloup Sieff debuted as a photographer in the fashion world working for Elle magazine. In New York, the artist collaborated with major magazines such as Vogue, Queen and Elle. In New York Jeanloup Sieff reaches the world fame but chooses to return to Paris. France has celebrated his talent with a series of awards. It is in Paris that the photographer died in 2000, leaving his wife and daughter his passion for photography.

Eroticism as his distinctive feature. A provocative and elegant art in search of an immortal beauty. Jeanloup Sieff is one of the most important masters in the history of photography of the twentieth century. Nudes, portraits, fashion and dance told through an unmistakable style.
You can find more information about Jeanloup Sieff on the internet starting on wikipedia or on his website.

And after the black and white erotic art I experienced the next contrast enterting the box with the art of Maciek Jasik, another RL photographer.
Maciek Jasik, born in 1978 in Poland, is a photographer based in New York City whose work seeks to understand society’s relationship to the natural world. Through his art, Maciek Jasik not only tests the limits of color and movement, but also seeks to find a stability between planning and spontaneity. His photography explores notions of identity, gender, and self while working in a parallel world of infinite colors and puzzling physical phenomena.
Maciek aims to strike a balance between aesthetic and emotional concerns with a powerful, yet subtle and unique use of color.

In his years of professional experience, his work has been published everywhere from New York Magazine, Time, Huffington Post to Bloomberg Businessweek, Vice and The New Yorker. In addition to publications and editorial assignments, his photographs have been seen in the United States, England, Russia and Belgium.
I didn’t find a wikipedia entry, but if you google Maciek you find a lot more information about him and his art on the net.

So far most of the artwork I saw during my visit at Narcotic Concept were for RL artists, uploaded into Second Life. I admit that I didn’t know any of the the artists. But I had seen Akim Alonzo’s exhibition “Matrix” before.
Akim’s photos are loosely based on the cult movie The Matrix – a metaphor for a world of people trapped in a simulated, virtual reality that has many aspects in common with the Secondlife world.

Akim is a traveller and photographer in Second Life. He owns and curates “The Itakos Art Gallery” and he runs a website. I have visited his gallery quite often already and am happy that is exhibtion “The Matrix” is showcased again. You can also see more of Akim Alonzos art on his flickr page.

The next box I saw is dedicated to Omar Galliani.
Galliani’s works are mainly monumental drawings executed in graphite, sometimes with the addition of the color red. The technique is based on the use of graphite or charcoal on white or light-colored materials, and then traces skilful lines and chiaroscuro, also using the spolvero technique, which recall the artistic tradition of the Renaissance. Lights and shadows are in constant dialogue, intense and suffused blacks evoke and dematerialize the representations, sometimes embellished by sanguine symbols with anatomical, vegetable and religious references: a reflection on art and its silent and meaningful languages.

Omar Galliani is an Italian artist, born in 1954. Again you find more inforation about him on the net, best starting with his website.

What started as a short visit to a new exhibtion of Sophie de Saint Phalle (perpetua1010) had become a long art afternoon for me. And finally I also found her box at Narcotic Concept. I have reported about Spohie quite often already, the last time when I visited “Soltice”, an installation that vanished from Second Life way too quickly (read here). The exhibtion room of Sophie de Saint Phalle is kind of a selection of her artwork, a bit of everything of her art. I appreciate that you can get a picture of her style with this selection.

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

Sophie de Saint Phalle (perpetua1010) has an own gallery, The “SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre“.

Narcotic Concept is a quite unique art place in Second Life as it features mostly the art of RL artists. It’s kind of a bridge between the virtual world of Second Life and the physcial world. With the exhibtion it can be proved that RL art can develop it strength also in a virtual world where light effects and the arrangement of the pictures can be done in a different way than classic exhibtions. I want to thank the whole team of Narcotic Concept consisting of Lunhea, Ly Glenwalker, ZioRebecco Sciavo and Carle (carleonie), who worked to realize this exhibtion in Second Life.

Landmark to Narcotic Concept
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/90/105/1469
Luca Pierro’s website
https://pierroluca.wixsite.com/luca-pierro
Sina Souza’s website
http://sinadesouza.wix.com/mindfactory
Sina Souza’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sinalein/
Jeanloup Sieff’s website
https://www.jeanloupsieff.com/
Akim Alonzo’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/akimalonzo/
Akim Alonzo’s gallery space “The Itakos Art Gallery”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ATL/212/189/1009
Akim Alonzo’s website
http://www.itakos
Omar Galliani’s website
https://www.omargalliani.com/
Sophie de Saint Phalle (perpetua1010)’s “SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ocean%20Island/136/128/1002

Art in Second Life 2021 (93) DixMix Gallery Anniversary Exhibtion

I got an invitation to attend the opening of the anniversary exhibtion at DixMix Gallery on September 18th. I visited the exhibtion the day after the opening.

DixMix Source features three exhibitions for the anniversary:

“Zwartwit” by Catherine Nikolaidis (opened until October 22nd) in room Amalfia, “Summer Vibes” by Lori Bailey (ishtara1) (opened until October 15th) in room Abby and “Cabaret” by Caly Applewhyte (Calypso Applewhyte) (opened until October 29th) in room Amona.

I started my visit with “Zwartwit” by Catherine Nikolaidis. Zwartwit is Dutch and translates to Black and White. Catherine’s pictures have a vintage touch. The exhibtion consists of 13 black&white photographs, photographs obviously taken in Second Life and processed with light and shadow effects into erotic art. All photographs show women in lingerie, sometimes only parts of a full body, sometimes focused on the face, never fully naked and always leaving enough room for the fantasies and stories of the spectator.

I saw Catherine Nikolaidis’ artful photographs already in May at DixMix Gallery when I visited her exhibition “Quelqu’un” (read here).
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.

The exhibition “Summer Vibes” by Lori Bailey (ishtara1) in room Abby is a real contrast. Lori’s pictures are very colourful and show beautiful landscapes and views, taken in Second Life. I had the impression that I have visited some of these places myself – yet I didn’t make such great pictures!

Lori Bailey (ishtara1) is in Second Life since 2013. She loves to explore new places and to take pictures of all the beauty Secondlife has to offer. She mostly makes pictures of landscapes, that’s her passion. It is the first time that I came across Lori Bailey and her artful pictures.
You can see more of Lori’s work at on her flickr page.

“Cabaret” by Caly Applewhyte (Calypso Applewhyte) is shown in room Amona. I have covered Caly’s artwork already a few times in this blog. “Cabaret” consists of 12 black and white pictures, originally taken in Second Life. Taking them must have been quite an effort. They all look to be from the 1920ies, show erotic studies of the female body in a typical “Cabaret” environment and dressed in lingerie of the time.

Caly (Calypso Applewhyte) is a SL Photographer from France, who joined SL in 2010. Her focus is the avatar itself as a means of expression to transport emotions. She processes her pictures with Photoshop. You can recognise her style, she has found her personal characteristic artistic style. Her pictures do tell stories, like good art has to do.
According to her profile Caly also blogs and has written articles for several magazines. And she also make portrait pictures of course. You can see her work also on her flickr account.

Happy anniversary, DixMix gallery! Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing to it. Many thanks of course also to the contributing artists Catherine Nikolaidis, Lori Bailey (ishtara1) and Caly Applewhyte (Calypso Applewhyte). I want to thank also Violet Boa, who does the PR work for DixMix Gallery and who is always helpful for me to gather information.
Once again I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
Caly Applewhyte’s flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/calypsoapplewhyte/
Catherine Nikolaidis flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/cathnikol/
Catherine Nikolaidis own website
https://www.catherinenikolaidis.nl/
Lori Bailey flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/loribailey/

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