Art in Second Life 2022 (82) The Art of Living in.adHD @ The 22 art space in Bellisseria

A new exhibition was opened today at The 22 art space in Bellisseria: “The Art of Living in.adHD” – a self exploration by DeCarlo Maximus FitzGerald (Reddee Hian).

“The Art of Living in.adHD” – The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria / press room / exhibition poster

I got a notecard together with the invitation explaing the background of the exhibition:

The Art of Living With ADHD is a photo essay consisting of 14 (nice even number) images that run from amusing to moving and all the feelings in between.
“Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and into adulthood. Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity (over-activity)….
Approximately one-third of children diagnosed with ADHD retain the diagnosis into adulthood.”
https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd

DeCarlo uses his imagination, his environment and his ADHD to present us with what he is feeling and is sure to stir similar emotions in all that view his work.

Impressions of “The Art of Living in.adHD” @ The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria (1)

All pictures are photographs taken in RL and imported into Secon Life. The characters in the pictures are toy figures, made of plastic, paper or cardboard like the one shown in the exhibition poster. And each picture has a short clear title and is signed with “ADHphotographyD”. Beside that some of the pictures are qutie funny, most of them inspire to reflect the disease that is so widely spreaded. Though the loneliness  that is expressed in some of the pictures did touch me, my favourit picture is named “inside my brain” – if you want to sort this chaos you really need patience and have to be very focused!

It is the first time that I saw pictures by DeCarlo Maximus FitzGerald (Reddee Hian). DeCarlo is in Second Life since end of 2006 – and that’s all I could find out.

Impressions of “The Art of Living in.adHD” @ The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria (2) – lower left shows “in my brain”

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 find always something new, being it a new artist, a new concept or exhibitions with a message. Thank you DeCarlo Maximus FitzGerald (Reddee Hian) for your artwork. I enjoyed my visit.

The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Grenouille/60/35/35
ADHD website of National Institue of Mental Health (NIH)
https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd
More by DeCarlo Maximus FitzGerald (Reddee Hian)
https://www.instagram.com/adhphotographyd/
https://vero.co/inadhd

Art in Second Life 2022 (81) “Pink fairytale” by Cica Ghost

Monday, September 12th, Cica Ghost opened another new installation named “Pink fairytale“. The thought Cica provides with the landmark description is a quote from Philip Pullman: “Once upon a time lasts forever.”

As usual with Cica’s installation you shall use shared environment. You will get reminded upon landing. You should also set advanced lighting and activate shadows from sun/moon and projectors. The environment settings are part of Cica’s art. For “Pink fairytale” she selected a pink environment, actually all is in pink (surprise, surprise!). The ground is either sand with footprints and tracks or kind of a carpet with white stripes. There are many sunflower and flower fields, and groups of trees,almostsmall forest. The island of “Pink fairytale” is mostly flat with a few single hills from whichyou can overlook the scenery.

Impressions of “Pink fairytale” by Cica Ghost (1)

Pink fairytale” is just this – a fairytale in pink. You can walk through this fairytale and explore it, you can sit down and watch (hoover with your mouse over benches and other objects) or you can dance (look out for the sign “Dance” and click it). Of course there are big animals again: ducks, elephants, pigs, a monkey, a cat, a horse and a stork. What’s missing to make it a fairytale – yes, a prince and a princess. And something is also in the underground. There are some tubes growing from the ground and soap bubbles are rising from the tubes.
This time there’s also a store again where your can purchase the different animals and the prince with his princess.

Impressions of “Pink fairytale” by Cica Ghost (2)

Cica’s “Pink fairytale” is a place where you can lose yourself in dreams. There are many details to discover. There’s a castle with a portcullis that opens when you step on a square in front of it. Inside you find a room …. and the pink cat. Thank you for providing a cat again, Cica! In front of the castle you find the princess surrounded by three ducks and a pink elephant. The pink pigs are close to an oversized cake. Well the cake is still out of reach for the pigs *winks*.

Impressions of “Pink fairytale” by Cica Ghost (3)

There’s another elephant not far away from the pigs. You can sit on it. If you look close you can see a small bug teasing the elephant’s trunk – or is the elephant trying to catch the bug, I don’t know. Anyway, if you zoom in close the bug is alos very “Cica-ish”.
The prince is sitting on his horse and watches observes what is going on in his realm from another hill.

Impressions of “Pink fairytale” by Cica Ghost (4)

As a little, funny extra Cica has invited her friend Eupalinos Ugajin to add something to “Pink fairytale“. Not far from where you land Eupalinos has installed a bar. There’s a sign “click the bar to get a drink”. I got many different things – but no drink! I got a “fembotulator”, a typewriter, a truck, a “dramaPodium”…..  all objects are to be worn and I tried them out. That was fun! (And I didn’t try out all objects. Thank you Eupalinos and Cica for this extra fun.

Impressions of “Pink fairytale” by Cica Ghost (5) –
Eupalinos Ugajin’s bar

Thank you for another great installation, Cica, it made me smile once again and distracted me. Visiting your installations is always a welcomed time-out where you can immerse yourself into another fantasy world – far way from everyday life.
As always, don’t wait to long with your visit to “Pink fairytale“, you never know how long it may stay – it is a temporary world. And Cica told me that she already began planning her next installation.

Landmark to Pink fairytale by Cica Ghost
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Epsilon/183/172/27
Cica Ghost’s shop inworld
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Del%20Mondo/36/192/24
Cica Ghost’s shop on the marketplace
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/98471
Cica Ghost’s flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/64860898@N05/

Art in Second Life 2022 (80) Fading Melu by Melusina Parkin

I got an invitation of Melusina Parkin to see her newest exhibtion “Fading Melu” at Melusina Parkin’s Photo Gallery.

I am a fan of Melusina Parkin’s art and have seen quite some of her exhibitions. Melu’s style is minimalistic. She takes her pictures in Second Life. The minimalism forces the spectator to focus on details, that might stay unseen when too much distracts the view. “Fading Melu” is a different exhibition, something I have not seen before from Melusina Parkin. The exhibition consists of 22 portrait pictures (if I counted correctly). I assume from the title that Melusina selected for this exhibition that all portraits show Melusina herself.

“Fading Melu” is shown at Melu’s Photo Gallery right above store for Art Deco furniture “Melu Deco”. In the center you find a table where you can purchase a photobook about “Fading Melu” as well as a free catalogue of all photobooks published 2021-2022 and a free book with the exhibition posters 2010-2021.
Those who are regular visitors to Melusina Parkin’s exhibitions know these books already. Melusina makes one of every exhibition. The book about “Fading Melu” is sold at the exhibition, all others are sold under her brand “Melubooks” in a seperate book store: Melubooks shop.

Impressions of “Fading Melu” by Melusina Parkin (1)

The portraits are all blurred – faded. That is another way to force the spectator to focus on details. It is also a technique to inspire the spectator to add details that are not visible from own experience. For me personally in most of the pictures Melusina looks a bit mysterious. And if I were asked to estimate a time period I’d say that most of them look a bit 1920/30ish. My personal favourite picture shows Melusina with big sun glasses and a red scarf. The blurring makes the portrait look very real and you can see that there’s something in the background  (other people?). Quite intriguing. Melu picked the backgrounds for her portrait picture intentionally, some are also just plain black.

Impressions of “Fading Melu” 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, “Melu’s Photo Gallery“, where “Fading Melu” is presented 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.

Thank you for another great exhibition. I enjoyed my visit and seeing something unexpected different from you, Melusina.

Melusina Photo Gallery
Landmark to Fading Melu by Melusina Parkin
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Time%20Portal/248/101/1940
Landmark to Minimum Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lunula/130/107/621
Landmark to Melu Space (Minimum Gallery, Melubooks, Melu Deco)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lunula/173/25/22
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 2022 (79) Shoshin by Zia Branner

I got an invitation from Zia Branner to attend the opening of her latest exhibition named “Shoshin” at the Museum for Art (MUFA). The opening takes place tonight, Sunday, September 11th, at 12 PM SLT, that’s 9 PM CET (Paris). The music for the opening party will be provided by Carelyna, the owner and creator of the ArtCare Gallery.

The Museum for Art (MUFA) is owned and curated by Vandeverre who “likes to share her passion for history, culture, literature and art, so she built the Museum for Art.” Vandeverre provides several links in her profile, there an instagram, a flickr and a twitter account for the Museum for Art.

Zia Branner’s paintings are exhibited on the ground floor near the stairs (just where the provided landmark of the Museum for Art (MUFA) takes you) and near the DJ stand.

Besides Zia Branner’s paintings there are more artists featured:
Illustrations ‘From Oz to home’ by Lis Xia (Xia Chieng).
A sculpture garden with works from Cherry Manga, Vincent Priesley (sweetvincent), Art C (ar10a2.crescendo), and Milena Carbone (mylena1992)
SL Photography by Vandeverre herself – current expo “PORTRAITS”.
Digital 2D Art by Nia Atreides (Nia Voxel), Lis Xia (Xia Chieng), Dragon (dragonangelvs) and RL Photographs by Nils Urqhart
Historical art by Claude Monet made in Holland and Guiseppe Arcimboldo.

Sculpture Garden at the Museum for Art (MUFA)

Back to Zia Branner’s newest exhibition “Shoshin”.
Shoshin is a word from Zen Buddhism meaning “beginner’s mind.” It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner would. The term is especially used in the study of Zen Buddhism and Japanese martial arts (source wikipedia).
In the accompanying notecard Zia explained the word shorter: “Shoshin means: the practice of seeing life with wonder”

The paintings belong to “Shoshin” are near the DJ stand, and it is the first time that these paintings are exhibited.

They are abstract, yet the human brain tends to sort the impressions and to compare with known patterns. I saw teeth, toes, hands, I saw a river with stones, I saw a woman, I saw smoke and an explosion – and I saw colour compositions that were eye candy for me.

Zia’s paintings exhibited near the stairs are abract landscapes, a style that I saw already in former exhibitions of her art.

Zia Branner had many drawing and painting art lessons at official institutes RL. She is also autodidact on things that did not come along in class. To her making art is a way of life. Often experimenting with techniques as a learning process …. The most important thing to her is that it makes her happy to see others enjoy her art as much as she loves creating it.
Zia is in Second Life since 2008. She uploaded her RL paintings into SL. Zia owns an art gallery/shop “Elven Falls Art Collective“. Zia also has other permanent exhibitions at The Galleries, Emergent and at Carmel Art Community.

Zia Branner’s art is mostly colourful. She paints abstract and fills the canvas with what just in her mind. She’s inspired by nature and landscapes and consequently her art often looks like landscapes or like flowers. Hence the boarders between abstract and real life paintings are blurring. And what is dominating lies in the eyes of the beholder.
Zia intends to expand her art into painting RL, portraits or still lifes, but so far she’s painting abstract.

Zia paints, primarily, for herself. It is a way for her to express herself. a way to step away from the everydy hustly and bustle of things.
Figuring out, struggling with or succeeding in creating a painting, capturing things the way I see them on the canvas … it is a big drug. Well, okay, there you have my addicition…. ‘The Earth without ‘art’ is just ‘eh’…

Enjoy your visit to the Museum for Art (MUFA) and to Zia Branner’s newest exhibition “Shoshin”. Thank you Vandeverre for providing the space for the arts, and thank you Zia for your newest exhibtion.
I enjoyed my visit!

Shoshin by Zia Branner at Museum for Art (MUFA)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tokebi/79/213/3970
Museum for Art (MUFA) Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/museumforart
Museum for Art (MUFA) flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/museumforart
Museum for Art (MUFA) twitter
https://twitter.com/GVandeverre
Zia Branner’s art gallery/shop “Elven Falls Art Collective”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Elven%20Falls/252/41/22
Zia Branner at “The Galleries”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Georgiana/241/100/57
Zia Branner at “Emergent”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mystique%20Isle/191/20/21
Zia Branner at “Carmel Art Community”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/McFarren/236/161/36

Art in Second Life 2022 (78) Limitations Are Self-Imposed by Regi Yifu

I was up to visit an art installation on Thursday, September 8th. I looked up the Second Life Desitination Guide and choose Art -> Exhibits & Installation (check here) . From the list I picked “Limitations Are Self-Imposed” by Regi Yifu:
GlastonBelli and Corsica South Coasters are delighted to introduce a colorful new art installation by Regi Yifu, entitled ‘Limitations Are Self-Imposed.‘ Artists-In-Residence are usually invited to keep their projects in the area for at least six months, so there is plenty of time to take in this visually engaging and interactive exhibit.”

Impressions of “Limitations Are Self-Imposed” by Regi Yifu (1)

When you land you are at the entrance to a real colourful forest. Actually it glows in all colours of the rainbow. You see some birds flying around and the background is colourful as well. At the entrance is a box with a couple of gifts and I got a folder names “Limitations are Self-Imposed gifts!”

Entering the installaion is an experience. Soon you are lost in all the different colours that also influence the appearance of your own avatar. As the installaion looks different from every point, viewing angle and zoom factor, every single picture you take is a piece of art itself, not reproducible and thus unique.

Impressions of “Limitations Are Self-Imposed” by Regi Yifu (2)

The fun comes with the gifts. There are 5 different attachments in the folder: “Bouncy Negative Squares, Rainbow Bouncer, Rainbow Shadow box, Solar Gather and Surreal“. Each attachment has a different effect. Surreal and Bouncy Negative Squares have the strongest effect in changing the impression. As the objects are attachted to your avatar, you avatar is in the center of it all, but in some cases hardly visible anymore. It is fun to try all attachments. You can even wear more than one but the second and third detach again after a while. Just try it out – it’s really fun on one side – and creates more unique pictures on the other side.

Impressions of “Limitations Are Self-Imposed” by Regi Yifu (3)

I had never heard about GlastonBelli and Corsica South Coasters. Both are part of the GTFO network: “The GlastonBelli CheddarWorx Railway System is a train network that tours the points of interest of GlastonBelli and its neighbors. Featured stops are The Drako Roller Coaster, GlastonBelli Pyramid, The Cheddar Man Caves and Corsica South Coast Airfield.

The sim that hosts “Limitations Are Self-Imposed” by Regi Yifu is group owned by the group GlastonBelli, founder of the group is Cranston Yordstorm.

Impressions of “Limitations Are Self-Imposed” by Regi Yifu (4)

Regi Yifu is in Second Life since 2007. He’s a Coordinator for LL Second Life Endowment for the Arts (SLEA) and says about himself: “I am a gregarious bohemian artist from Texas! Here to have fun and meet cool people from all over the world! Love building stuff, making dance effects, and DJing! I also melt glass in my kiln and love to cook. Only boring people get bored!
Regi Yifu makes customized gestures and costumized smoke, he has an own store inworld  and on the marketplace, he has a light gallery …. and he is a dj …. and loves to play with light!

Thank you Regi for this artful interactive installations, thank you all who enabled this installation. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to Limitations Are Self-Imposed by Regi Yifu
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sevenfold/60/161/2801
Regi Yifu’s store Regimade Factory inworld
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/GAY%20ISLAND%20Lagoon/226/220/2001
Regi Yifu’s store Regimade Factory marketplace
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/26852
Regi Yifu’s light gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/GAY%20ISLAND%20Lagoon/37/19/3002

Art in Second Life 2022 (77) Michiel Bechir Gallery September 2022

I got an invitation from Michiel Bechir to see the latest exhibition at his “Michiel Bechir Gallery“, that had been opened on September 3rd, 2022. It features the art of Raisa Reimse (raisareimse), Vanessa Jane (vanessajane66) and Scylla Rhiadra. I hadn’t yet came across any of these three artists so far.

The gallery itself has been renewed. Michiel wrote: “The outside gallery, lobby and rooms have been redesigned by Maggie Runo, who has been recently added to our team (which consists of Tresore Prada (tresore), MsToya (Mstoya Bailey) and me)

The main gallery building hasnt’ changed. On the ground floor are two exhibitions rooms, a third exhibition space is on the 2nd floor. I first visited Raisa Reimse’s exhibition.

Raisa takes her pictures in Second Life. I think that the pictures are a little bit processed to achieve perfectness. Raisa has an eye for the right view, for capturing the beauty of landscapes and nature in Second Life. She’s not restricted on landscape only though but also takes pictures of animals, art, portraits and even objects like a small plane in the skies.

Raisa is in Second Life since 2018. She has a flickr account, a store on the marketplace and she has her personal gallery “Raisa Reimse Photography“.

Vanessa Jane (vanessajane66) takes her raw pictures also in Second Life, yet she’s focused more on objects or strange buildings or fantasy places. Her artwork is broad and she also has beautiful landscapes as a motif. Vanessa also processes her pictures to give them the touch, the light and the expression she desires to see. Right along the window are 3 pictures in almost black and white, where colour is only used to hightlight an element.

Vanessa Jane (vanessajane66) is in Second Life since 2014, but she joined Sl with another avatar already in 2009. You can grab a biography in her exhibition room at the Michiel Bechir Gallery. Vanessa wrote about herself:
2D and 3D Artist in SL. I have done various forms of Art and Crafts for many years in RL and have an Art degree.
In my SL 2D Art I strive for ‘painterly realism’ and have a passion for capturing the elusive light and life in a scene, which brings a unique atmosphere. I bring my real life training as an artist to my aesthetic sensibility in the images I create in SL. When I get the chance I also enjoy opportunities to do 3D art using tortured prims.
After a break from SL Art I am back mixing my SL photography with creating in a new medium, Digital Paintings using Rebelle 5 Pro. This is enabling me to paint as I would using real life media but also to play using the best that digital art packages can offer.

Vanessa Jane (vanessajane66) has also a flickr acoout.
She has exhibited her artwork at many places and galleries already. A list of exhibitions can be found in the biography notecard as well as published reviews of them. In the Kultivate Magazine June 21 she gave an interview.

Scylla Rhiadra’s exhibition is on the second floor of Michiel Bechir Gallery. Her exhibition deals with shadows. Shadows can attract the eye of the spectator, it can lead the view to a certain detail or a shadow can hide a detail so that the spectator has to add it in mind according to imagination. The text at the entrance of the sxhibition expresses this perfectly: “No mystery so ompelling as that obscured by the dark
All pictures are from 2022 and they are all titled. You find the title next to the pictures. The title gives you a hint about the artists thoughts.

Scylla Rhiadra is in Second Life since 2008. She’s from Canada and decribes ehrself in her profile as “Reborn oldster. Feminist activist, leftist, reasonably active forumite, retired SL bookseller, interested in literature, history, art, and people
Scylla also has a flickr account.

Another great exhibition. Thank you Michiel and the whole team (Maggie Runo, Tresore Prada (tresore) and MsToya (Mstoya Bailey) for providing the space for the arts and many thanks to the artists of course. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to Michile Bechir Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Embrace/30/228/2502
Raisa Reimse (raisareimse)’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/193534621@N03/
Raisa Reimse (raisareimse)’s store on the marketplace
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/241744
Raisa Reimse (raisareimse)’s gallery “Raisa Reimse Photography”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Triumphal/126/132/3401
Vanessa Jane (vanessajane66)’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/188095651@N07/?
Vanessa Jane (vanessajane66) Interview about her work in Kultivate Magazine June 21
https://issuu.com/kultivatemagazine/docs/kultivate_magazine_-_june2021
Scylla Rhiadra’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/gp/144085527@N07/939jJ1

Art in Second Life 2022 (76) Ambre Singh’s Past Masters gallery

I got an invitation to see a new exhibition of Ambre Singh in her town gallery at Noir’Wen city: “Past Masters”. The invitation was quite well made. I was a HUD with quite some menu entries for landmarks also to her main gallery and to The Pink Dildo Museum, her biography, something about the exhibition and other links, like Ambre Singh’s own webpage, her store on the marketplace and her flickr page.

When I got the invitation I already had an idea what to expect as I have seen quite some of Ambre’s erotic and witty pictures. But let’s start with the text about the exhibition:

Look at the picture on the left. The original picture is also called “Prayer” and is be William Adolphe Bouguereau (1825 – 1905). There’s a little extra though – a pink dildo in the left hand of one of the nuns.

Ambre Singh’s town gallery at Noir’Wen City

Ambre Singh’s town gallery at Noir’Wen City extends over 3 floors and is really packed with pictures. I didn’t count them but there are about 30 – 40 pictures to see. Even a tourist is there and takes picture of the pictures.

All pictures are based on real paintings and for every picture Ambre provides the visitor with the information who painted the orginal and often where the original is exhibited (in RL). Ambre’s particular style and wit is that she sees what might be hidden in these (for most people of today) boring paintings – or what might be added to them to transfer them into today.
Each and every picture is fun – and most are quite explicit. I was in particular excited about “The Mesh Body Clinic”, how funny. Or look at the crashed Icarus, a painting Ambre named “The paracute didn’t work”.

Impressions of Ambre Singh’s Past Maters (1)

Ambre Singh is in Second Life for over 15 years. She writes about herself:
‘It is your mind that creates this world’, said Buddha.
All you do in SL will subtlely change you and others in all worlds. So in my life and art, I thrive to add my spice, beauty and love.
I photograph people of character in beautiful places of SL or in studio. Sometimes, I create thematic images in SL, or I mix worlds… If the harvest is good, I make an exhibition.
Colorful or discrete, tender or erotic, my photos try to express the life and the soul of the people and places.

Impressions of Ambre Singh’s Past Maters (2)

I had fun visiting Ambre Singh town gallery Noir’Wen with her private collection of “Past Masters” and to get the real gist behind the classic paintings. Enjoy your visit yourself.

Landmark to Ambre Singh town gallery Noir’Wen
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noir%20Wen/205/237/32
Landmark to Ambre Singh Main Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noir%20Wen/47/126/3522
Ambre Singh’s flckr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ambre-singh/
Ambre Singh Marketplace
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/217888
Ambre Singh website
https://ambresingh.ch/

Art in Second Life 2022 (75) La Maison d’Aneli September 2022

Aneli Abeyante invited me early to see the new exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli. The opening event will take place tonight, Wednesday, August 31st, 12.30 PM SLT / 9.30 PM CET. The exhibition features the art from tutsy Navarathna and from Violaine (Anadonne). I visited on August 22nd.

I first saw Violaine (Anadonne)’s art. Her skybox at La Maison d’Aneli is a classic gallery in Second Life – a squared room with the pictures presented at all for walls. Violaine wrote about her exhibition, that she called “Sunday in Space” and her art:
As you can see, all pictures have in some way or other, some more than others, something to do with the vast space that surrounds us, filled with stars, planets, moons, gas clouds, et cetera. It’s been a lifelong fascination of mine, and I hope some of that will show in my pictures
Violaine is in Second Life since 2016. So far I saw her artwork only at La Maison d’Aneli. She contributed in November 2018 (read here) and in January 2020 (read here). When I saw her art again at La Maison d’Aneli in April 2021 (read here) I wrote: “The more I see of her art, the more familiar I get with her style and the more her pictures, in particluar those showing humans and part of humans, become intriguing.”
“Sunday in Space” is not fitting into what I saw before from her. The pictures seen to be made with watercolours. Most are abstract and yes I can recognize a relation to space as you recognize stars, the sun and maps from a far distance. They have a naive touch with the smiling sun. I like the way Violaine uses colours and the longer you look at the pictures the more you often see in them.

Impressions of “Sunday in Space” by Violaine (Anadonne) at La Maison d’Aneli in Spetember 2022

The other artist featured at La Maison d’Aneli is tutsy Navarathna, who named his part “Greek Mythology, Surrealism and Science fiction”
Pillar of teachings and imagination, Greek mythology generated for centuries a permanent cross between literature, poetry, music, painting, photography or films which told the delirious adventures of the gods. The metamorphoses of Zeus to flirt with nymphs without getting caught by Hera, his terrible wife! Chronos who eats his children, Icarus whose wings are on fire, the Medusa who kills with a single glance, Eros Thanatos and so many others. Their disputes, their anger, their jealousies, their loves!
They all spawned the greatest delusions of surrealism and science fiction.
Perfect continuity for an encounter with our next gods! AIs!

Impressions of “Greek Mythology, Surrealism and Science fiction” by tutsy Navarathna at La Maison d’Aneli in Spetember 2022 (1)

The skybox of tutsy is made up like a greek temple with pillars. On one side you see pictures of the ancient Greek gods and the stories related to them. On the other side are picture from other worlds, science fiction. And the two are connected with a few surreal pictures. After all a fitting combination if you think of it. In the center of the temple is what you might connect with Artificial Intelligance, clouds of lights, pixels and data points, hard to grab, yet powerful – the new gods as tutsy wrote.

Impressions of “Greek Mythology, Surrealism and Science fiction” by tutsy Navarathna at La Maison d’Aneli in Spetember 2022 (2)

Tutsy Navarathna is also an artist that I didn’t come across often so far. I saw 2 of his pictures at the exhibtion “Soulportraits at Itakos Art Gallery in 2021 (read here) and I saw her installation “Get drunk!” at La Maison d’Aneli in May 2021, that be made together with Eupalinos Ugajin (read here).
Tutsy is in Second Life since 2008. He likes to produce machinimas and has an own youtube channel. And there’s also a flickr page.

For the opening event on August 31st, the music will be provided by “Les Chats Furieux”. There will be a light show and it promises to be a great show. vroum Short, who I know for her light effects, did at least contribute to the seperate skybox for the opening event as far as I could find out during my visit. It might be a show you don’t want to miss.

Les Chats Furieux with a new light show on August 31st at La Maison D’Aneli (1:30 pm slt)

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. I hope that the opening event will be a great success.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/23/71/22
Tutsy Navarathna’s flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/tutsy-navarathna/with/42510577194/
Tutsy Navarathna youtube channel
http://www.youtube.com/user/TutsyNavarathna

Art in Second Life 2022 (74) Metamorphoses by Milena Carbone

Today, Monday, August 29th, Milena Carbone opens a new exhibtion named “Metamorphoses” at her own gallery, The Carbone Studio. The opening event is today at 12:30 PM SLT (8.30 PM Central Europe Time)

Milena decribes “Metamorphoses” as a journey into art. The exhibition consists of 24 pictures, showcased over 2 floors. All pictures were created with an Artificial Intelligence robot named “Midjourney”. Milena had a dialogue with the Midjourney bot on Discord, providing pictures, which she made in Second Life, to the robot, and asking the robot for it’s own interpretations of her artwork: “Then, according to its answers, I adjusted instinctively by asking it for new variants or by giving new parameters. The feeling of “happy awkwardness” that always marks a creative process was multiplied here.”

Impressions of “Metamorphoses” by Milena Carbone (1)

On Milena’s website you find a snapshot of the dialogue with the robot (see the picture above). On the floor you reach with the landmark are 6 pictures. Each of them is a result of the work with the robot. And for each picture Milena provided the orginal picture from where the robot started to change the picture in a dialogue with Milena. On the lower floor are the other 18 pictures. Each room shows different results based on the same original picture.

So this is my first collective exhibition with a deep dreamer. The result is a metamorphosis of my creations in SL. A change of state. A flight into a more complex world. The startling revelation of hidden meanings and emotions behind my own work
I realized, through this experience that Midjourney is neither an artist nor a machine. It is a mirror.

Impressions of “Metamorphoses” by Milena Carbone (2)

The results are really surprising and artful. And as the robot based it all on Milena’s pictures and made it’s iterations based on Milena’s input, Milena was still the owner of the process, it is still her art work – and it is intriguing!

For Milena AI opens up a new world – “Metacreation”: “This is only the beginning of the journey, the first awkward steps of a newborn baby. If the climate drifts and the wars we are all collectively responsible for do not cut it short, it seems to me that what is happening here is as important as the invention of language and writing, which allowed the appearance of multiple art forms. It is a meta-writing, a meta-creation, with huge consequences on the world of art which nobody can measure yet.
You can put it shorter – AI is a game changer also for the arts.

Impressions of “Metamorphoses” by Milena Carbone (3)

Milena Carbone (mylena1992) is a French artist and is in Second Life since mid 2019. She discovered its artistic potential and since then has devoted all her free time to creation, associating, as in real life, images and texts: “Milena Carbone is a fiction in which, as in any artistic work, biographical and imaginary elements are mixed.” Her creative process is iterative: some of her images inspire her stories and these stories modify the development of the image, which itself transforms the story.
Milena has an own gallery, the Carbone Studio and she has a bookstore @ Noir’Wen City.
Milena has an own website, you can also find her on flickr here and you can read her texts here.

Thank you Milena for another great exhibition, very inspiring what you created!

Landmark to The Carbone Studio – and to Metamorphoses
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Woiler/176/163/3287
Landmark to The Carbone Bookstore @ Noir’Wen City
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noir%20Wen/243/203/32
Milena’s website
https://sites.google.com/view/thecarbonegallery/news
Milena Carbone’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/milenacarbone/
Milena Carbone’s writing
https://medium.com/@539568

Art in Second Life 2022 (73) “New Day” by Bamboo Barnes

Bamboo Barnes is going to open a new exhibition at The Hannington Arts Foundation today, on August 19th, 12 pm slt (9 pm CET).

I visited on August 15th. Bamboo added these thoughts to her exhibition called “New Day“:

A slithering, damp darkness.
A blood stained rainbow, shed by a stagnant sky.
When was the last time you cried,
covering the scars that linger in your heart.
Yesterday’s tears and a new day’s embrace
on outstretched fingers.

When I think of Bamboo Barnes, I immediately think of colours, of colourful pictures, of a feast of colours. All exhibitions that I saw from her were colourful – and so is “New Day”

All of the exhibited pictures show females, mostly female faces. But the faces are often blurry and other elements cover them, layers of colour, simple lines, geometric patterns. You have to focus to see the face clearly itself, if you can at all. There are two pictures where Bamboo just choose a different set of colours for the same picture – and of course it looks different.

Some pictures express pain, misery and worries. The colour red is often used to express that – as are bright and happy colours like yellow express a new beginning, a new day. A new day is always positive. It has the mystery of a new beginning, a fresh start, leaving yesterday behind us – not to make it forgotten but to embrace the mystic that is in all beginnings.

I see this positive energy in the yellow picture, that is right where you land next to the notecard giver. The picture is called “Too long 2022” and shows a female face bathed in yellow on the left very blurred with several several layers and on the right more clearer, as if the sun had cleared it up.
The picture used for the exhibition poster is called “Solace 2”. Solace is what you need when you grieve. Solace shall help you to gather the energy to start a new day. Hence this picture is kind of both considering Bamboo’s thoughts about “New Day“.

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) and this year “Metaphysics” at the Kondar Art Center, (read here) and Colores Primarios (read here) – wow, quite a list in the meanwhile!
Look also at Bamboo’s flickr page.

When I visited “New Day” on August 15th the exhibition space was not yet finished. I visited again, Thursday, August 18th. Kerupa Flow added 3D art objects to the exbibition, that fit well into the theme. They are named “Birth place”, “Fetal Movement” and “I’ll be sure to find you” – so the theme “New Day” is accompanied by “New Life”. The 3D objects are not completely static. In “Fetal Movement” one part is appearing and vanishing, “Birth place” and “I’ll be sure to find you” look different from every angle and have light effects to liven up the objects.

Kerupa Flow’s 3D art objects at “New Day” by Bamboo Barnes

Kerupa Flow is a 2D&3D artist from Japan and in Second Life since 2007: “After all, there live the same person both SL and outside SL, so even if the tools changed, you can have the same scent.“.
Kerupa has a permanet place “Kerupa’s World” at Akimori. For more information and current exhibitions look up Kerupa’s profile or grab a notecard.

At the opening event hEIN (heinrichmader) will be the dj. hEIN is from Austria. He had over 500 online DJ sets in SL between 2010 and 2022. He’s also a DJ in RL and got several awards. hEIN! publishes electronic music that he calls “Art Techno” because of the voice processing he does. If you want more information about him, read the interview about his RL and SL activities that he gave in March 2022 here. hEIN! has also an own website.

I enjoyed my visit.

Hannington Arts Foundation (HAF) is owned by Hannington Xeltentat. Thank you Hannington for providing the space for the art and for enabling “New Day” by Bamnoo Barnes. Thank you for your art, Bamboo.

Landmark to “New Day” by Bamboo Barnes at Hannington Arts Foundation (HAF)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xeltentat%20Enterprises/121/127/3427
Bamboo Barnes’ flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bamboobarnes/
hEIN! RL/SL Interview 3/2022:
https://www.cityflyer.at/heinrich-mader-aka-hein-tanzen-im-metaversum/
nHEIN! website:
www.hein.vision
Kerupa Flow’s World at Akimori
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Akimori/55/129/4000

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