Art in Second Life 2020 (48) Michiel’s Art café and gallery at Little Paris

I got an invitation from Michiel Bechir to attend an opening party for a new exhibition at his Art café and gallery at a sim named “Little Paris”.

On July 29th, I had the opportunity to visit the Art café and gallery. The Art café and gallery fits perfectly into the environment. It is a 3 story city building, the ground floor is occupied by the café, a place to sit and talk that is nicely decortated.

The Art café and gallery at Little Paris

The pictures at the wall in the café are from Tresore Prada Hawkins (tresore). Tresore Prada (tresore) is in SL since 2011. She writes about herself “I love SL because it allows me to explore, discover new parts of myself, be creative, connect and experience others. It enriches my life. I have found in photography and visual arts the perfect outlet for creativity.”

Tresore Prada Hawkins (tresore) at The Art café and gallery at Little Paris

As far as I understood, the 2nd floor exhibtion changes. Right now the art of Star (gossamerstar) is showcased there. Her pictures have one common theme – fantasy. Star (gossamerstar) is Canadian and in Second Life since 2013. Star had a few exhibtions before. The art presented at th Art café and gallery show young fairy-like women surrounded by flowers painted in pale colours.

Star (gossamerstar) at The Art café and gallery at Little Paris

And on the third floor under the roof, Michiel has exhibited a few of his own pictures. Michiel Bechir is quite a while in Second Life already (since 2007).
Michiel likes traveling in Secnd Life and takes his pictures within Second Life. With the options offered by several photo tools he improves the pictures, makes them more colourful, highlights the beauty of the original picture and adds a personal touch and feeling.

Michiel Bechir at The Art café and gallery at Little Paris

And that’s it about my visit to Michiel’s Art café and gallery at “Little Paris”, a nice small gallery, a place to enjoy a conversation and a place to look at artful pictures. Thank you Michiel.

Landmark to Art café and gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Vanilla%20Sky/16/112/1057
Tresore Prada Hawkins (tresore) flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/149003763@N08/
Star (gossamerstar) flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/137359018@N08/

Art in Second Life 2020 (47) Monsters by Cica Ghost

When I returned from my short off time, I found an invitation from Cica Chost in my messages. She had opened a new installation called “Monsters by Cica Ghost” on Friday August 7th.

I went there Saturday late afternoon and met Cica at the landing point next to one of her monsters. As monsters should be, they are all very tall. And in Second Life they are very real, hence the sentence that Cica is giving us on our way exploring: “Monsters are real, ghosts are real too.
You are asked to use the regional windlight (I did) and to switch on advanced lighting with activated shadows from sun/moon and projectors (I did as well).

Impressions of Monsters by Cica Ghost (1)

The monsters are not only really tall, they are ugly on a first view and I didn’t find any two which look alike. I didn’t count them but there must be more than 20 different monsters at least. Some look like dinosaurs, others have their eyes in their tentacles, some have 4 arms and 2 legs, others only legs, some look like octopussies, some have big noses, others a more or less a square face…. What they have in common are the Cica-ish big eyes that roll and seem to watch you. After a while they become your friend and at least I found all of them being nice and peaceful.

Impressions of Monsters by Cica Ghost (2)

Did I mention that they all are very tall? I think I did. If you take a closer look at the pictures that I took you might see me.. I’m the small one at the feet of the monsters *winks*. There are several buildings, or should I say open rooms. They are all built on poles and ladders or ramps lead up to them. In the rooms / or platforms you find scenes. The monsters live in these rooms. One sits on the edge and is fishing, others just look around, and a few listen to a girl that reads in a book. The girl is also very tall.

Impressions of Monsters by Cica Ghost (3)

And what about the cat? I didn’t find it at first and asked Cica if there’s a cat and she confirmed there is a cat and that it is hiding. I won’t reveal where it is but I took a picture and you should easily find it. I didn’t find any Cica-mobil this time, nor any Cica-aircraft, nor did I find any monster where I could sit on (or dance on it’s head). But there are several opportunities to sit and watch, be it a bench close to a monster or a chair in the “rooms”.

Impressions of Monsters by Cica Ghost (4)

Again you can purchase the monsters. There is a big monster shop with all the different types. The ones I looked at cost 350 L and use up 5 prims (at a size of about twice of my own size).
I had fun visiting as always. And as always Cica’s beings made me smile, allowed me an escape from reality into pure fantasy. Thank you Cica!

Impressions of Monsters by Cica Ghost (5)

We never know how long Cica keeps her installations open. It might be 2 weeks .. or 4 .. or longer. You should have a look if you’re up to seeing some monsters.

Landmark to Monsters by Cica Ghost
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Zvi/30/102/24

Art in Second Life 2020 (46) Ambre Singh Gallery

I got a private message in Second Life from a reader after publishing my posts about “Bouquets and Flowers” by Colm Midnight at Noir’Wen City Gallery, ars amandi art gallery and Noir’Wen City itself. The reader recommended to visit Ambre Singh Gallery. Ambre Singh is a member of the Noir’Wen City team – and as I learned she has her own fan club. The above mentioned reader is a moderator in this fan club.

I went visiting Ambre Singh Gallery on Wednesday, July 1st, and I did not regret it.

Ambre Singh Gallery – Ground floor with current works

Ambre Singh is in Second Life for over 13 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.

The Ambre Singh Gallery consists of several parts, a main floor with her current works, a second floor with her views on classical art and religion, a third floor with art from other artists, and a seperate room, where you can rezz other themed pictures or installations from Ambre Singh. There should be also an extra room with a permanent exhibition “Rumi in 100 illustrations”, dedicated to the “great mystic Rumi (I have no idea who that is, maybe the Persian poet who lived in the 13th century?). I didn’t find this room, it might have been temporarily closed when I visited Ambre Singh Gallery.

I first visited the main floor. The pictures there are mostly from the last 2 years and show quite a variety some are quite erotic, others show Ambre’s sense of humour.
I spent most of my time at Ambre Singh Gallery at the room where you can rezz different themed pictures or installations. Four rooms contain portraits, which seems to be one of Ambre’s passions.

Ambre Singh Gallery – Portraits

I saw illustrated quotes, a picture story named “The Tennis Match” and an installation named “The Heat Wave” where I could place myself in – coincidentally I was dressed perfect for it in my opinion *winks*

Ambre Singh Gallery – illustrated quotes, “The Tennis Match”, “The Heat Wave”

I furtheron saw the installation named “Nun of your Business”, which I really liked – funny and erotic.

Ambre Singh Gallery – “Nun of your business”

I also saw portraits and pictures of Amber herself – taken by other photographers. Ambre likes to be a model herself. To be honest, I like doing that also quite obviously.

Ambre Singh Gallery – “Ambre seen by other photographers”

There are more installations but I didn’t see them (yet!):
Jade Termple, The Lustiver Travels, The Art of Bliss, Bad crash on alien world, The chocorgy Room, 7 Deadly Sins, Anachronisms – Ambre’s early SL works, Movie posters pastiched by Ambre, Musical Quiz, What Tits this? An ode to breasts

I finished my first visit to Ambre Singh Gallery with the second floor, that shows her views on classical art and religion. When you look at these pictures from far away, you seem to be in a museum for classic art – if you take a closer look, then you see either manipulated classic pictures like the renowned Mona Lisa or you see pictures taken within Second Life, but looking like classic art or a mixture of these two. You shouldn’t miss a look at the second floor!

Ambre Singh Gallery – second floor “Classical art & religion”

Ambre Singh runs her own website with a lot more information. And she also has a flickr account.

Thank you Ambre for your work. I’m glad that I got the hint from your fan club. I enjoyed my visit!

Landmark to Ambre Singh Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serenissima/62/218/2516
Ambre Singh’s website
https://ambresingh.ch/
flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ambre-singh/

Art in Second Life 2020 (47) FionaFei – “I Had a Dream, and You Were There”

FionaFei is one of the artists that I have featured in this blog quite often already this year: I visited her Shui Mo Gallery (read here), I saw her installation at La Maison d’Aneli (read here), I saw “Impostor” at Sim Quarterly (read here) and I saw her exhibit “Chuanghu (Windows)” at GBTH Project (read here).
When I scrolled through scoop.it SL Destination, I came across her latest installation at Hive 4 at “Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises” (HEA). It is called “I Had a Dream, and You Were There”

Right when you enter the installation you FionaFei gives an explanation for the title and it provides the right mindset for your visit (at least form my visit):
This is and installation about losing someone and missing them. It is a creative manifestation of thinking about someone and wishing that they were here. It dwells on a moment in our greams and wanderings when we feel like someone we lost is with us again.
The artwork is not about any specific person in a physical form depctied in the installation. Instead, personal items are left to be discovered around the exhibit, such as a book or a piece of clothing. After all, we do not always have to see someone to feel them.
I Had a Dream, and You Were There

Impressions of FionaFei’s “I Had a Dream, and You Were There” at HEA (1)

Fiona is Chinese by decent but spent the majority of her life in the West:
I have a fascination with Chinese history and culture, but I often feel like I’m viewing my ancestry through a filter of Americanized information and experiences. Furthermore, my artistic background has been in charcoal and oil painting mediums, and I’ve had very little experience in actual ink-brush painting. Much of my early years were spent painting landscapes and portraits using oil paint on canvas. However, I developed a love for non-photorealism over the years as an artist. In continuation with my love of non-photorealism, I now produce Chinese ink-brush art in Second Life and exhibit my work around the grid.
For more information look up FionaFei’s own website.

Impressions of FionaFei’s “I Had a Dream, and You Were There” at HEA (2)

If you have been to any of FionaFei’s installations before, you’ll recognise her specific style of art immediatiately. You enter an ink brush painting and become a part of it. This time it is a forest. Once you have entered it you can easily get lost in it as the background is melting into the forest. You get lost like you can get lost in your memories.

While you walk around you will notice red spots and getting closer you can see the single items FionaFei has written about: a piece of clothes, a mirror, a bird cage, a book, a bow or a hat. They are placed more or less randomly, just like your memories pop out uncontrolled anywhere. You will also find a bench to sit and to let your mind wander while you become a colourful part of FionaFei’s ink-brush world.

Impressions of FionaFei’s “I Had a Dream, and You Were There” at HEA (3)

Who you will think of and what thoughts will the items and the environment initate in you? You have to find out yourself.
Thank you Fiona, I enjoyed visiting your installation “I Had a Dream, and You Were There”

Diomita at FionaFei’s “I Had a Dream, and You Were There” at HEA

Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises” – despite ist name “Xeltentat Enterprises” is not a commercial sim in any way. It is a peaceful and private area for contemplation and relaxation, and is proud to host artists at The Hive!”
It is owned by Hannington Xeltentat. “Hanningtom Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises” – or short HEA, was built by Tansee, who also runs the gallery.  Thank you Hannington for providing the space and thank you Tansee from enabling the FionaFei’s installation “I Had a Dream, and You Were There”

FionaFei’s “I Had a Dream, and You Were There” at HEA will be open until October 31, 2020

Landmark to Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xeltentat%20Enterprises/129/128/3503
FionaFei’s Shui Mo Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dreams/149/42/2554
FionaFei’s own website
https://fionafei.portfoliobox.net/
FionaDei’s Flickr:
https://flickr.com/photos/fionafei/

Art in Second Life 2020 (46) Plaza Art Gallery

I got an invitation from Violet Boa to attend an opening at Plaza Art Gallery for Friday, July 17th. As I couldn’t attend the opening and had some time, I went there the day before the opening.

The Plaza Art Gallery is close to a shopping mall. I forgot to check who is running the gallery and the shopping mall, but for sure Violet Boa is involved. The Plaza Art Gallery is a 2 story building next to the shopping mall. On the ground level the work of Kody Meyers (kodymeyers) and of Etamae is showcased. The invitation I got was for these two artists. On the second floor is an exhibtion of the work of Tay (tayana1) and I also visited this exhibition.

The Plaza Art Gallery building

Kody Meyers (kodymeyers) likes to capture the wonderful ambiance and environments created by so many talented landscapers in Second Life, it is his way to relax and explore his imagination: “Each picture depicts a story or is a reminder of an experience one can reflect upon when admiring it. As a perfectionist, I take the time necessary to capture the picture, experimenting with different angles, framings and windlights, until the perfect shot is created — the one that comes alive.
Kody further processes his pictures and at least I couldn’t see that the raw picture was taken in Secons Life. Knowing this background I can imagine that it takes some time to get the results that we can see in his part of the the current exhibtion at Plaza Art Gallery.

Kody Meyers (kodymeyers) at Plaza Art Gallery

I came across Etamae already a few times. I saw “Dominance and Submission” at Elevate Femdom (see here), I saw her work at La Maison D’aneli in April 2020 (see here), I visited her gallery “Eta’s Feed Your Fetish Gallery” (see my blogpost here) and I visited her Extempore Gallery and Lounge (read here).
Etamae is from the UK and began transforming her pictures from the things she has seen and loved in Second Life into something else, in digital art in 2018. Etamae is not defined by just one style or area of art, she plays with different patterns and tries herself out in a broader spectrum of art. I wouldn’t have recognized her as the artist behind the pictures showcased at Plaza Art Gallery, nor would I recognize that the raw picture is taken in Second Life. Well, done!

Etamae at Plaza Art Gallery

On the second floor is the exhibtion of Tay (tayana1). Tay is in Second Life for almost 8 years. Tay says about herself that she’s a dreamer, she loves Life, nature, animals and in particular the ocean. As artist she mostly paints with watercolors. All but one picture featured at Plaza Art Gallery are watercolour art, just one is acrilic. Tay’s art work expresses her dreams well, the pictures radiate peace and a melancholic happiness.

Tay (tayana1) at Plaza Art Gallery

I enjoyed my short visit to the Plaza Art Gallery, thank you for the invitation, Violet Boa. And thank you Kody, Etamae and Tay for you art.

Landmark to Plaza Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Plaza%20Grand%20Theater/79/156/25
Kody Meyers (kodymeyers)’s Flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/181687259@N08/
Etamae’s Flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/157802675@N08/

Art in Second Life 2020 (45) Gem’s Journey to the Center of a fractal Earth

I got an inviation for the opening of “Gem’s Journey to the Center of a fractal Earth” for July 7th. I wasn’t able to attend the opening but I visited the next day, Wednesday July 8.

As the name already gives away Gem’s Journey to the Center of a fractal Earth is an installation by Gem Preiz. I have visited a lot of the installations and exhibtions of Gem, Just latey I saw his skyscrapers (Gem’s Skyscrapers – read here) and Elusive Reality (read here).

Entering “Gem’s Journey to the Center of a fractal Earth”

Gem’s Journey to the Center of a fractal Earth is an immersive exhibition of high resolution fractals, featuring particles by Delain Canucci. In this exhibition Gem brings together two of his passions: fractals and mineralogy.

Impressions of Gem’s Journey to the Center of a fractal Earth (1)

The exhibtion consists of 16 rooms. You should set your environment to “Midnight”, particles to max and graphics to high or ultra. There’s just one way through the rooms. Each room has one big fractal picture of Gem Preiz. The walls, ceilings and floors are adjusted to the fractal object and colour of the picture as are the particles that liven up the room and the scenery.

Impressions of Gem’s Journey to the Center of a fractal Earth (2)

There are a few hundred mineral species on Earth (a few thousand if we include those that the microscope only can reveal), born of the fantastic pressures suffered by the rock in the Earth’s crust, the sudden cooling of volcanic material, or the accumulation of sediments crushed by their own weight. While tectonic movements and volcanoes lava have brought to Man many of these natural treasures (quartz, gypsum, sulfur, obsidian, …), many of them were discovered in the depths of the planet only through industrial research or scientific exploration.” (taken from the acompanying notecard)

Impressions of Gem’s Journey to the Center of a fractal Earth (3)

Each room is a piece of art itself and you can let your mind wander watching the picture, the walls and the other objects in the room. The particles make every view particular, every picture I took is unique therefore, yet the real experience is to see it yourself in 3D.

Gem has selected a music. It can be heard by running youtube in a seperate window, the link is also in the acompanying notecard. I recommend that you listen to it as it enhances the experience.

Impressions of Gem’s Journey to the Center of a fractal Earth (4)

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

Diomita at Gem’s Journey to the Center of a fractal Earth

With Gem’s Journey to the Center of a fractal Earth Gem Preiz has made another great and outstanding installation and I really enjoyed my visit. The particles of Delain Canucci add a lot to each room and scenery. Many thanks also to Akiko Kinoshi who, as for “Gem’s Skyscrapers”, provided the space for this journey.

Landmark to Gem’s Journey to the Center of a fractal Earth
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Akimori/236/151/2959
suggested soundtrack
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6XDpCbFCU0

Art in Second Life 2020 (44) Third Eye Gallery – Jaz and Michiel Bechir

I got an invitation to the opening of a new gallery: Third Eye Gallery. I couldn’t attend the opening event but I went there a few days later. For the opening Third Eye Gallery features the collection “Virtual Cities” by Michiel Bechir and “The Awakening” by Jaz (jessamine2108).

Third Eye is Jaz (jessamine2108)’s home and gallery – a place that is designed to showcase art, particles, inspire stories, and offer a quiet place to relax and rejuvenate. Jaz says: “It is the culmination of my many dreams – to create a place that nurtures and helps the growth of all types of creative endeavors – be it words, pictures, or particles.

Third Eye Gallery featuring Jaz (jessamine2108)’s art (1)

Jaz has been doing photography in SL since 2018: “It would be more than appropriate to say that Milla (Ladmilla) introduced me to the nuances in the art. While I still have much to learn, I am enjoying every minute of it. Special thanks to Eta (Etamae Resident) for making me look at the amazing possibilities of SL and to Harry Cover (impossibleisnotfrench Resident) for giving me an opportunity and courage to branch out on my own and to be able to collaborate and experiment with mesh with him.”

Third Eye Gallery featuring Jaz (jessamine2108)’s art (2)

Jaz selected “The Awakening” as the title of the collection at Third Eye Gallery. The series is about her changing perception of SL – to the possibilities and to be able to see beyond the surface and showcases the way I now perceive SL. I recognized at least one place that I visited myself: Kohlmannskuppe, a place installed by Serene Footmann. Jaz made a “postcard from the past” from the picture she took at that place – nice work!

Michiel has started his long virtual journey into Second Life as a photographer in 2009. Michiel enjoys seeing new places, meeting new people from all over the world and expierencing the creativity in Second Life (just like I do!). Michiel discovered the possiblities of different tools to improve his pictures. By editing them he also tries to add a personal touch and feeling.

Third Eye Gallery featuring Michiel Bechir’s art (1)

Michiel named the collection of picture showcased at Third Eye Gallery “Virtual Cities”. It shows the the virtual versions of the urban living in its different forms. Included in this exposition are works from his entire period as a photographer in Second Life (2009-2020).

Third Eye Gallery featuring Michiel Bechir’s art (2)

Thank you Jaz for this gallery and for the opening exhibtion. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to Third Eye Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Midnight%20Sanctum/145/226/1101

Art in Second Life 2020 (43) Fractal art by Kraven Klees

I found a bit of extra time for roaming on Wednesday, June 24th and went to “Hannington Endowment for the Arts” (HEA) to see if there’s anything new – and there was. I decided to see an exhibtion of Kraven Klees named “Fractal To Scuplture” at Hive I.
REMARK: The opening of this exhibtion was postponed several times and is now fixed for Thursday July 23rd 4 PM SLT”

There’s a board at the entrance with a text from Kraven Klees explaining a bit what’s behind it:
Fractal To Sculpture – This is my experiment to bring 22D fractals to 3D form. This creates a struggle between detail and the ability to bring them into Second Life. These scultures start with over one million faces and up to two million vertices. These numbers have to be reduced to around 65000 faces to be accepted for upload into Second Life. This forces a drastic reduction in detail. I continue to experiment, hoping to get better results in future. I hope you enjoy Fractal To Sculpture.

Impressions of “Fractal To Scuplture” by Kraven Klees at Hannington Endowment for the Arts (HEA) (1)

Now I was curious as I became a fan of fractal art although I never tried making it myself. But I enjoy seeing it. But unfortunately the exhibition was not yet opened. Well I know how to get behind closed doors in Second Life and I had a look inside nonetheless.

The Hive’s walls were covered with a geometric, computer chip like texture in green and yellow, clearly fractal textures, the floor in the same way but in brown tones. In the center are 4 different huge scultures on podests – these are the 3D scultures Kraven was talking about in his text. They are quite impressive and h u g e.

Impressions of “Fractal To Scuplture” by Kraven Klees at Hannington Endowment for the Arts (HEA) (2)

I can see that some details of the surfaces are missing, the sculpture appear a bit blurring partly. But overall, I can’s see why Kraven isn’t satisfied with the result. The screaming female head did impress me most, but also the upper body of a female fairy is really a great piece of art. The green sculpture leaves mayn room for interpretation, it could be anything or just abstract. The 3D sculpture in the black frame is also intriguing as only parts are 3D and these kind of grow out of the 2D art. Something that you have to see as it is hard to capture it on a 2D picture.

Kraven Klees is in Second Life for almost 13 years. He’s from Washington DC and creates media artworks, fractals, photos and mixed media artworks. At the entrance you can grab a notecard about his art and what drives him – to conjure the realms of our imagination. The exhibtion “Fractal To Sculpture” shall be open for visits until August 31st, 2020.

Impressions of “Fractal To Scuplture” by Kraven Klees at Hannington Endowment for the Arts (HEA) (3)

Hannington Endowment for the Arts” is a peaceful and private area for contemplation and relaxation, and is proud to host artists at The Hive!”. It is owned by Hannington Xeltentat.
Hanningtom Endowment for the Arts” – or short HEA, was built by Tansee, who also runs the gallery.  Thank you Hannington for providing the space and thank you Tansee for curating HEA.

After seeing Kraven Klees art at HEA I also went to the other places where his art is presented currently, the places were listed in the accompanying notecard as well as in Kraven’s profile. I first went to Active Interiors.

Impressions of Kraven Klees’ fractal art showcased at Active Interior

My next stop was at Kraven’s own gallery at Sunset Temptations.

Impressions of Kraven Klees’ fractal art showcased at his own gallery at Sunset Temptations

And I finally went to Floating Lotus Art gallery, where Kraven’s Art is featured together with two other artists. You can clearly indentify Kraven’s style. Most of his work deals with fantasies, with humans, with nightmares as well as with dreams – and its intriguing. You can purchase the fractals either at Kraven’s gallery or at his store on the marketplace.

Thank you for your art. I enjoyed my afternoon with your art, Kraven.

Landmark to Hannington Endowment for the Arts (Fractal to Sculpture)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xeltentat%20Enterprises/129/128/3503
Landmark to Active Interiors
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mooter/237/77/101
Landmark to Kraven Klees own gallery at Sunset Temptations
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Imolarto/160/220/2387
Landmark to Floating Lotus Art gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Optiman/170/47/4030
Fractals by Kraven Klees on marketplace
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/119963?id=119963

Art in Second Life 2020 (42) Bunkers are Us by Kaiju Kohime

I visited “Bunkers are Us” by Kaiju Kohime, an installation presented at the Green pavilion platform 1 at Itakos Project Art Gallery.

All of us need shelter. It can be a house, a tent, a church. But the past few decades we have increasingly isolated ourselves from others in ever more fortified houses with increasing security and locks. Because of the the increasing amount of threats that are bestowed upon us, like wars, climate change, exponential population growth and fast spreading diseases we have become less confident in our fellow human beings. We have retreated behind concrete masks, concrete skins, concrete bunkers.”
(taken from the accompanying notecard)

You can get to the installation “Bunkers are Us” by Kaiju Kohime either per direct teleport or by using the elevator to the platform 1 from the green pavilion at Itakos Project Art Gallery. The installation consists of several modern buildings arranged in a circle. The ground and the landscape remember of a golf course with bunkers, yet the ground is not green but made of sand like a big golf course bunker.

“Bunkers are Us” by Kaiju Kohime – Green pavilion platform 1 at Itakos Project Art Gallery – overview

The most dominant building is a church or cathedral with a concrete inner building while the outer walls and the two steeples are made of a scaffold. At the entrances to the buildings arms reach out from the ground like cries for help, the entrances themselves are narrow and often it is not easy to get in. Some animated and unanimated figures guard the entrances, static butterflies are in the air. It is a quite bizarre environment, scaring not at the first glance but on the second.

Impressions of “Bunkers are Us” by Kaiju Kohime at Itakos Project Art Gallery (1)

And inside? Some buildings contain just a red animated object that could be a beating heart. One building has books and (brocken) violins inside as if even the culture and art is imprisoned and hard to get.
The cathedral has a dead figure on the ground and an head and two arms at the altar side. Hence if you follow the cries for help and step inside the religious room you might end up as a dead body as well – but that is only my interpretation.

Impressions of “Bunkers are Us” by Kaiju Kohime at Itakos Project Art Gallery (2)

One building has another dead body lieing on the ground together with an overturned pushchair, there are some red roses and a text on the wall:

1 The world is everything that is the case.
1.1 The world is the totality of facts, not of things.
1.11 The world is determined by the facts,
and by these being all the facts.
1.12 For the totality of facts determines both what is the case,
and also all that is not the case.
1.13 The facts in logical space are the world.
1.2 The world divides into facts.
1.21 Any one can either be the case or not be the case,
and everything else remain the same.

L. Wittgenstein – TLP (1922)

Our last shelter is our skin. We hide inside our skin. But not only are we fortifying our houses, are we not becoming bunkers ourselves as well?
(taken from the accompanying notecard)

Bunkers are Us” by Kaiju Kohime is a very thoughtfully made installation that inspries to think about us and how we try to protect us and suffer because humans are social beings. By protecting us we also destroy ourselves to some extent.

Impressions of “Bunkers are Us” by Kaiju Kohime at Itakos Project Art Gallery (3)

Konrad Van Arbenlow (kaiju kohime) is in Second Life since 2007. He soon began creating with prims, until working with sculpts and mesh. He makes trees and landscape objects – and artful installations.
I first came across him when I visited “The Magical Rooms by mrs. & Mr.S” at Itakos Project Art Gallery (read here). Konrad provided some of the objects that were used in this installation.
You can see more of Konrad’s art on his flickr page.

The Itakos Art Gallery is owned and curated by Akim Alonzo with the assistance of Violet Boa. Actually it is a place for arts with 7 exhibition rooms or pavillons: White, Black, Grey, Blue, Orange, Purple, Green Pavillion. There’s also a website where new exhibtions are announced.

Landmark directly to Green pavilion platform 1 at Itakos Project Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ATL/183/180/1327
Landmark to Itakos Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ATL/173/191/1009
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website
http://itakos.it/
Konrad Van Arbenlow (kaiju.kohime)’s flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/186234973@N05/

Art in Second Life 2020 (41) Summertime by Cica Ghost

I got a invitatation to visit “Summertime“, Cica Ghost’s newest installation that opened Friday, July 10th. I was prevented from going there right away, but I found some time today.

The thought that Cica selected for ther newest installation can be found in the landmark description: “Summertime is always the best of what might be. (Charles Bowden)

Summertime by Cica Ghost – landing and overview

I like Cica’s installations as they always succeed to make me smile. This time Cica created happy cows and placed them in a Summer environment. You’re asked to keep the selected windlight, to switch “Advanced Lighting Model” on and to use shadows set to “Sun/Moon + Projectors”.

Impressions of Summertime by Cica Ghost (1)

Summertime is an island with some nice hills, the ground is a bit structured like a chess board, it has green ad dry areas. Spread over the sim are clay objects, some looking like vases of flowers, other like open boxes or even old wagons. Trees and flowers grow in or out the clay objects. They have blossoms in different colours. Yet the all look as if the crave for more water ….

Impressions of Summertime by Cica Ghost (2)

The objects do also provide shadow and if you sit in them on a chair or bed, you’re in the shadow. And there are cows, alone or in groups and they all have the typical Cica-ish look, funny and peacefully and with google-eyes. And you hear their muuuuuh every once in a while. The cows are not the only inhabitants. There’s also a laying battery for chicken, so you can have eggs and milk for your Summer breakfast!

Impressions of Summertime by Cica Ghost (3)

And yes you also find a cat at Summertime! I won’t give away where, but it is not hard to find. What else? A clay helicopter to sit in and to flay around and a clay cinema where you can watch a Cica matchstick figure riding a bicycle. And there’s also a shop where you can purchase a cow (or two or more *winks*)

No attempt to interpret anything – just enjoy Cica’s Summertime!
Thank you, Cica 🙂

Landmark to Summertime by Cica Ghost
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunshine%20Keys/190/132/30

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