Art in Second Life 2021 (37) Spring by Fiona Fei

Fiona Fei (FionaFei) is one of the artists that I have featured in this blog quite often already, but not yet 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), I saw her exhibit “Chuanghu (Windows)” at GBTH Project (read here) and I saw her installation “I Had a Dream, and You Were There” at the Hannington Art Foundation (read here).

Saturday, April 17th, her newest installation was opened at DixMix Gallery and I went there and attended the last minutes of the opening party. There was quite a crowd, mostly artists and I knew quite some of them from my art tours. The party took place outside of the Dix Mix Gallery building in front of Fiona’s installation, which is installed on a half round object, that looks like the screen of a photo studio. Hence it almost invites you to add poser and make extraordinairy pictures of avatars as part of the installation.

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 “Spring” by Fiona Fei at DixMix Gallery (1)

If you have been to any of FionaFei’s installations before, you’ll recognise her specific style of art immediatiately. You literally enter an ink brush painting and become a part of it. If you look at the installation at DixMix Gallery built into the “photo studio screen” from a bit farer away you see some quite high mountains in the background with bushes and trees in the foreground. This time the ink-brush painted environment is not just in black and white. The bushes and trees are bloooming in red. You can also recognize a few birds, also in red, picking food from the ground.
Considering the strong third colour (red), the birds, and the bushes and trees almost exploding to new life, it does make sense that Fiona herself called her installation “Spring”.

Impressions of “Spring” by Fiona Fei at DixMix Gallery (2)

As always I had fun walking through it, seeing it from different angles and becoming part of it. Thank you Fiona for another piece of art.
Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing at it. DixMix was also present at the opening and I asked him how long FionaFei’s installation will be available. His spontaneous answer was funny considering that Fiona works with ink: “Until it rains”. Luckily that was just a joke. “Spring” by Fiona Fei will stay open until mid of May.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery 2020
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
DixMix Gallery website
https://www.dixmixgallery.xyz/
FionaFei’s Shui Mo Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dreams/149/42/2554
FionaFei’s own website
https://fionafei.portfoliobox.net/
FionaFei’s Flickr:
https://flickr.com/photos/fionafei/

Art in Second Life 2021 (36) Wandering and Watching by Melusina Parkin

I visited the exhibition “Wandering and Watching” by Melusina Parkin at room “Amona” at DixMix Gallery. Although I had seen just two exhibitions of Melusina so far, her style is easily recognisable. Minimalistic pictures focusing on one or two details. The simplicity of her pictures is intriguing.

This time we get a lot of information by the artist herself along with the exhibtion. Right next to the entrance is a board with Melusina’s thoughts about “Wandering and Watching“:

Urban subjects are one of the main inspirations of my photographic work since my beginning as a photgrapher.
This time I wanted to show some details we could always see when we wander around in a twon: cars, buildings, buses, benches, signs, fences…. They could look meaningless when we don’t look at them closely; they fade out into the mess of the urban landscape. Nonetheless, they are the essentail ingredients of the recipe called “city” that we cook and eat every day.
I wanted to show also two possible way to observe ubran reality: some of the photos are in warm tones; shadows and subeams are protagonists of the image like in a sunny afternoon, they give to our gazes the image of a friendly environment where we can happily live; red spots call our attentions while a warm, suffused light turns us to a calm mood.
Other ones are in cooler tones: they represent the less attractive side of city life: voids, decay, lonely and sad places sunken in the light of a cloudy day. Even tehm are part of our daily life; giving them dignity of protagonists can reveal their charm; in some of them a rather vivid spot on a faded and blurred background, remeber us that sadness and happiness are always mixed up.

Impressions of “Wandering and Watching” by Melusina Parkin (1)

Also right next to the entrance you can purchase a book:
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.
Last but not least you find a notecard with Melusina’s biography by clicking the picture of her above the table with the book.

Impressions of “Wandering and Watching” by Melusina Parkin (2)

Melusina 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 two. 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 under this post). Melusina has several galleries of her own (links also under this post).

Her 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.

Impressions of “Wandering and Watching” by Melusina Parkin (3)

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing at it. I enjoyed my visit and seeing Wandering and Watching by Melusina Parkin. The exhibition “Wandering and Watching” by Melusina Parkin will stay open until May 7th.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
DixMix Gallery website
https://www.dixmixgallery.xyz/
Melusina Parkin’s Flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/melusina_parkin/
Melusina Parkin’s “Second Life exhibits 2011-2019” as a book to read online
https://www.calameo.com/books/005997622f28dd58ca75d
Melusina Parkin’s Virtual Exhibit blog
http://meluphoto.blogspot.it/p/home.html
Slideshows of Melusina Parkin’s work on youtube
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVzglBiqhrOLXnAp3Qt3Zjw
Melusina Parkin’s inworld gallery “Minimum Gallery” and bookstore “Melubooks”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lunula/192/9/21
Melusina Parkin’s Photo Gallery at Time Portal
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Time%20Portal/248/101/1940
Melusina Parkin’s studio at PAC
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cherished%20Melody/38/34/2165

Simploring 2021 (16) IMAGO Land

For my simploring tour on Thursday, April 1st, I selected IMAGO Land from scoop.it SL Destinations. The landmark description read really tempting to me – simploring and art in one place: “Nature, Art & Culture area open for visitors who love to explore, relax, take photos or admire the highly talented artists works displayed in IMAGO Art Galleries.
The entry led to an entry of Maddy Gynoid “Simtipp: IMAGO Land“, which I read before visiting myself.

IMAGO Land – Bird’s eye view and orientation map

IMAGO Land is a moderate homestead owned Mareea Farrasco. It consists of one one bigger and one smaller island. The islands are quite flat and connected by a bridge. The landing is close to a dancefloor where are band is playing. Some people are watching the band. Mareea used quite some prim, mesh and animesh avatars to liven up her sim and this is one outstanding feature of IMAGO Land.

Impressions of IMAGO Land (1) – Dancefloor, Bar and Beach

Right where you land is a teleporter and a big board with the destinations: Dancefloor, Bar, Beach, Forest, Rocky Shore, Small Island. These are all destinations on the two islands. The destinations Storytellers Burrow and Studio are seperate skyboxes. And the destinations Carelyna’s Red Alert and Gallery I lead to two other skyboxes dedicated to art.

Impressions of IMAGO Land (2) – Forest, bridge to the smaller island, at the rocky shore

I visited all destinations. The islands offer nice backgrounds for taking pictures, in particular if you want to take pictures with a few people. You won’t be sitting alone at the bar and you won’t be the only one taking a bath in the sun – and there are children playing on the beach.
All buildings on IMAGO Land are relative small and simple but nicely decorated outside. And of course there are some animals, seagulls and other birds. There are plenty of motifs for photographers. I enjoyed exploring and taking a few pictures.

Impressions of IMAGO Land (3) – smaller island, another bar, Diomita and a mesh avatar on a pier

The two skyboxes Storytellers Burrow and Studio can be used for taking indoor pictures. As the name already gives away Storytellers Burrow is a flat with many books. The Studio is a luxury appartment in a high-rise building.

Impressions of IMAGO Land (4) – Two more picturesque buildings, Studio (upper right), Storyteller Burrow (lower right)

Carelyna’s Red Alert is an exhibition of Carelyna’s art – her red pictures, hence the name. The pictures are quite impressive and get a particular strength as they are all held in red and black.
I had come across Carelyna in October 2020 when she had a space at La Maison d’Aneli (read here).
Carelyna is in Second Life for more than 8 years. SL gave her the opportunity to reach two dreams of her childhood. She grew up on a boat, and she took art classes and learned to paint on an easel with oil paints. This is the reason why she tries to make her photos look like paintings. She replaced the traditional tools with the computer. Carelyna has also a flickr page.

Impressions of the exhibition “Carelyna’s Red Alert”

At Gallery I is an exhibtion of Mareea Farrasco herself. It is called “Painting the Summer”. The Gallery I is a modern gallery. Mareea’s pictures are quite large. They are based on pictures taken within Second Life. Most of them are in a little bit softened, without sharp contrasts, almost a bit blurred and held on light warm tones – reflecting the Summer.
I hadn’t seen any pictures of Mareea before and have no information about her, just that she’s over 11 years in Second Life and that she owns IMAGO Land and the two galleries. And of course she also has a flickr page.

Impressions of the exhibition “Painting the Summer” by Mareea Farrasco

I spent an enjoyable hour exploring IMAGO Land and visiting the two galleries. IMAGO Land offers something different with the many mesh avatars – and the two galleries were worth a visit itself. Thank you Mareea for sharing your sim, your galleries and your art publicly!

Landmark IMAGO Land
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Broken%20Mountain/86/132/21
Flickr IMAGO Land
https://www.flickr.com/groups/IMAGOLand/pool/
Mareea Farrasco’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/96165669@N06/
Carelyna’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/99718983@N06
Maddy Gynoid’s blogpost “Simtipp: IMAGO Land”
https://echtvirtuell.blogspot.com/2021/03/simtipp-imago-land.html

Art in Second Life 2021 (35) Faded Faces by Milena Carbone

Milena Carbone’s newest exhibition was opened in the park of New Berlin on April 1st. Melina’s theme this time is faces. And again she combined her pictures with text, with thoughts.

For more than a year, we have become accustomed to wearing masks. And the more we hide our emotions from others, the more sadness, fear and anger grow within us.

But this paper or fabric mask hides the mask we have been wearing for millennia. Smooth and smiling portraits, posed, placed in the palm of the other’s hand to satisfy the norm and our concern for self-perfection.

I took a rusty knife and scratched the surface of the icy virtual faces I’ve been taking pictures of over the past few months. Underneath were real faces, aged flesh, fetid smells, sorrows, long millennial stories of billions of human beings swarming and crawling on the face of the earth, perhaps looking for something that is missing: but what the hell is missing? What are we missing so much? What makes us starve so?

Impressions of Faded Faces by Milena Carbone (1) – snippets from the text boards at each entrance

The exhibition consists of 12 pictures all spread over the park. At the 3 entrances you find an orientation map and Milena’s texts and thoughts about “faded faces”. All 12 pictures show different expressions namely Terror, Anger, Contempt, Resentment, Irony, Dirty Love, Disillusonment, Dread, Cynicism, Condescension, Final solution and Redemption. Milena writes about the different layers on our faces, about how we try to be someone who we are not, about the facade we wear in our faces – and about the general hybris of mankind.

Impressions of Faded Faces by Milena Carbone (2) Terror (upper left), Resentment (lower left), Dirty Love (upper right), Disillusionment (lower right)

Expressions, facial expressions, can’t be captured easily and to some extent lay in the eye of the beholder. For me at least Milena succeeds in capturing the moods and the facial expressions. The 12 pictures are unique and very strong. The walk through the park along with Milena’s thoughts and picture combine into a virtual art experience.

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.

Impressions of Faded Faces by Milena Carbone (3) CynicismFaded Faces by Milena Carbone

Thank you Milena, for another great exhibition. Faded Faces with stay open for a visit until end of May.

Landmark to the Park of New Berlin
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/New%20Berlin%20GNC/45/173/22
Landmark to The Carbone Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Woiler/172/158/3316
Landmark to The Carbone Gallery @ Noir’Wen City
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noir%20Wen/243/203/32
Milena Carbone’s Flickr page

The pause

Milena Carbone’s writing (blog)
https://medium.com/@539568

Art in Second Life 2021 (34) Art Galerie HaXue

I got an invitation for the opening even of the brand new “Art Galerie HaXue“. I just have been to the also new “Art Galerie HaXue” at Noir’Wen City in January 2021 (read here) . Yes, the name is the same – yet the Art Galerie Haxue that opened on March 24th is kind of the main gallery.

The new Art Galerie HaXue

Art Galerie HaXue is owned by the two artists Puce (titput) and Cayenne (Bebop Xue). When I visited the Art Galerie HaXue at Noir’Wen City (Nieu (NieuwenHove) gave me some background information about the two artists:
Puce and Cayenne… Two young artists working together, complementing and multiplying each other, each one of them offering us a magical and teeming world where dreams simply become real, without any other form of question or word…..
They make a playful art, out of the ordinary, open, varied, where the extraordinary simply becomes obvious. Puce and Cayenne make us travelling in a lively universe where they explore and defy without emphasis the laws of logic. They also allow us to find in us a part of childhood with adult eyes.

Impressions of the new Art Galerie HaXue featuring the art of Puce (titput) and Cayenne (Bebop Xue) (1)

The new Art Galerie Haxue is in a huge building on a sky platform. The building presents Puce and Cayenne’s art over 3 floors above ground and several floors under the building. The floors above ground are transparent glass floors so that you see all 3 floors when you enter the building. Spread over all 3 floors you find 3D art playing with light effects, with permanent chainging patterns. to see the effects you should set your viewer to midnight and of course you should have advanced lighting switched on.

Impressions of the new Art Galerie HaXue featuring the art of Puce (titput) and Cayenne (Bebop Xue) (2)

There are many objects, ranging from a huge dinosaur skeleton, to circling planets, from human like sculptures to pure fantasy objects. The walls are used to to showcase the 2D art. Most of the art on the floors above ground is from Puce.

But there’s more – the floors below ground. Here you find several installations of Cayenne, installations that play with colours, with light and mirroring effects and with moving elements. But here you also find a room with more erotic pictures or other rooms with themed picture of Cayenne. I also saw kind of a 3D picture.

Impressions of the new Art Galerie HaXue featuring the art of Puce (titput) and Cayenne (Bebop Xue) (3)

Both artists were not new to me. I came across Puce (titput) in September 2020 at La Maison d’Aneli (read here). Puce is in Second Life for more than 4 years. She was curious and began building, shaped prims and began building her own world.
And from the latest exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli in November 2020 I know Cayenne (Bebop Xue), a French artist, who is in Second Life for over 12 years (read here) – and I saw their first Galerie Haxue at Noir’Wen City in January (read here).
Both like the play with different forms of art, something between isntallations with light and colours and pure artful 2D pictures. Their variety is impressive.

Impressions of the new Art Galerie HaXue featuring the art of Puce (titput) and Cayenne (Bebop Xue) (4)

The new Galerie Haxue is also impressive. I like it a lot. It is spacious and offers enough room so that the art can fully develop its effect. Thank you Puce (titput) and Cayenne (Bebop Xue) for your gallery and for your art. I enjoyed my first visit and I wish both of you luck and fun and success with your new gallery

Landmark to Galerie Haxue
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Yala%20Paradise/28/195/1549
Landmark to Art Galerie HaXue at Noir’Wen City
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noir%20Wen/55/130/23
Cayenne (Bebop Xue)’s flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/186877621@N05/
Puce (titput)’s flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/168063197@N06/

Art in Second Life 2021 (33) RL Photo Festival 2021

After my visit to “The beauty of moving water” by Nils Urqhart at Kondor gallery (read here) Nils Urqhart invited me to see the RL Photo Festival, which opened it’s doors on March 31st.

It’s the 3rd RL Photo Festival after 2019 with 12 participants and 2020 with 15 participants. The 2021 festival shows the artful pictures and photographs of 18 different artists. Nis Urqhart organized the festival, that takes place in a high-rise building, Helvellyn Gallery, that was provided by Chia (Volchia Ferduccio).

Melinda Yearsley, Sisi Biedermann, CybeleMoon, Nichelle Valois and Bonach Iretons at the RL Photo Festival 2021

On the ground floor, where you land is the dancefloor for the opening party. At one wall you can see a film of the opening party, a board with the participating artists and you can scroll through a book, which presents all 18 artists with a short biography and description of their themes. In the book you also find many links to flickr pages and to galleries of the participating artists. The book is sold for just 50 L$.

Monique Beebe, Orpheus Paxlapis,Fenella Allen and Isabel Soderstrom at the RL Photo Festival 2021

The participants are: Hermes Kondor, CybeleMoon, Viktor Savior, Melinda Yearsley, Fenella Allen, Orpheus Paxlapis, Duna Gant, MonaByte, Arpeggio, Sisi Biedermann, Slatan Dryke, Bonach Ireton, ArtWolf Eternal, Isabel Soderstrom, 4pril, Monique Beebe, Linda Doune and Nichelle Valois.
I saw the work of some of Hermes Kondor, CybeleMoon (Hana Hoobinoo) and Slatan Dryke already in other exhibition. The names of some others sound familiar to me, they had stands at the Chritmas market next to the Art Gallery Rill’Arts (read here). Some others show their work the very first time at the RL Photo Festival.

Arpeggio, Linda Doune, Duna Gant and MonaByte at the RL Photo Festival 2021

The RL Photo Festival provides an overview over many different themes of RL photography: Nature, makro pictures of blossoms and plants, portraits, cities, everyday life scenes, erotic art, black & white photos, animals, gardens, celestial bodies and many more. By the way, the themes are the same for SL photographers. Some photographs are augmented with graphic, others are processed.

4pril, ArtWolf Eternal, Hermes Kondor, Viktor Savior and Slatan Dryke at the RL Photo Festival 2021

To see all the different styles and themes is very enjoyable and you could spend easily many hours at the RL Photo Festival. I didn’t count the photographs but there might be around 200 – hence quite a some to see.
Thank you Nils for the organisation, thank you Chia for providing the space and many thanks to all others who were involved to make this festival come alive. Thanks of course to all participating artists for their work.
The RL Photo Festival will close its doors on April 25th.

Landmark to Helvellyn Gallery and the RL Photo Festival 2021
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Helvellyn/71/233/31

Art in Second Life (32) FreeDÂme by Vallys Baxter

On March 21st, another gallery was opened at Noir’Wen City – Vallys Baxter’s gallery. The first exhibition is named “FreeDÂme”. I went visiting the next day.

The gallery is in an old storage building. The walls are used to display Vally’s pictures and the rest of the room is filled with decorations, with stuff that piles up with time. There’s quite something to discover. And there are some nice places to sit downand enjoy this particular atmosphere.

Impressions of “FreeDÂme” at Vallys Baxter’s gallery (1)

I have come across Vallys Baxter last year when I saw portraits of her at the Itakos Art Gallery as part of the 2020 Summer Collection (read here).
Vallys is Second Life for more than 14 years. Her artist name is VallysValife. On the occasion of the opening of the gallery, Violet Boa published an interview with Vally and also wrote about Vally’s biography. The interview can be found here:

Vallys is a “sociable loner”. In her “hiding place” in Second Life, she devotes herself to the things she likes most, photography and writing. Often inspired spontaneously, by music, words, situations, emotions, sometimes by a film or a book, she transports her visions into her photos. Vally’s works are often in red, black, white 50/50 shades.

She has been interested in photography since her youth. In her passion for science fiction, she is drawn to Jules Verne’s works. Vallys is heavily influenced by the stories of “Women and Work” by Audrey Hepburn, Vivian Maier and Fran Lebowitz.

“Red is my dark side. Blue is my quiet side.
Purple is my medium side. White is my shadow.
Black is my light….” by Vallys Baxter

All of the pictures at the gallery are very erotic. They show females, naked and dressed, sometimes just the legs, then only the upper body, then only a face or part of the face. And as mentioned in the biography the colours are red, black and white. I could look longer at all of them and immerse into the picture. Vallys’ pictures are quite strong in their expression.

Impressions of “FreeDÂme” at Vallys Baxter’s gallery (2)

The gallery is dominated by one large picture at the back wall of an elevated floor showing a naked female in black and white in a quite erotic pose – an eye catcher of the exhibtion.

Impressions of “FreeDÂme” at Vallys Baxter’s gallery (3)

It is great to see how Noir’Wen City develops more and more to an artist comunity – and now it has a gallery more. I’m curious to see more exhibtions of Vallys Baxter. Thank you, Vallys, for your art and thank you Violet Boa for the P.R. and for the interview. Last but not least, thank you Nieu (nieuwenhove) and Belice Benoir for your efforts to enable Noir’Wen City.

Landmark to Vallys Baxter’s gallery at Noir’Wen City
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noir%20Wen/127/94/32
Vallys Baxter’s flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vallys_baxter/
Violet Boa’s interview with Vally’s Baxter in Virtuality blog
https://www.virtuality.blog/interview-with-vallys-baxter/

Art in Second Life 2021 (31) Honey Bender at DixMix Gallery

I visited the exhibition “Honey Bender” at DixMix Gallery in room Amalfia. The exhibition consists of 10 pictures based on SL pictures, all showing females dress in fanatsy, mysterious clothes, often wearing mask or fancy hairstyles. Most of the pictures are party blurred which highlights the sharp areas.

I had never come across Honey Bender before so far. Her style is quite unique. I like the way she processes her pictures turning SL photographs into art. The blurring gives the picture another element of virtual volatileness, moments captured forever. All of the women look interesting, you immediately begin to picture a story fitting to them and to their fancy appearance.

Impressions of “Honey Bender” at DixMix Gallery (1)

Honey Bender is in Second Life for more than 14 years. She is a stylist and photographer in Second Life. As far as I gathered, Homey Bender owns or writes for AUDAZ, a website featuring styles and outfits, accessoires, art, fashion, photographs and trends.
Honey Bender also has her own store for particular and unique fashion. And – according to her profile – she’s rich in both worlds *winks*

Impressions of “Honey Bender” at DixMix Gallery (2)

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing at it. I enjoyed my visit and seeing Honey’s art and style for the first time. The exhibition “Honey Bender” will stay open until April 23rd.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery 2020
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
DixMix Gallery website
https://www.dixmixgallery.xyz/
AUDAZ website
http://audaz-sl.com
Bender store
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/200434

Art in Second Life 2021 (29) “The beauty of moving water” by Nils Urqhart at Kondor gallery

After my blogpost about “Real Life” by Hermes Kondor at Art Gallery Rill’Arts (read here) had been published I had a conversation with Nils Urquart. Nils and Hermes are friends, both share the passion for Real Life photography and both have their own galleries. And while Hermes Kondor’s photographs are shown at Nils’ gallery – Nils’ photographs are shown in Hermes’ gallery.
This led me to visit “The beauty of moving water” by Nils Urqhart at Kondor gallery.

“The beauty of moving water” by Nils Urqhart at Kondor gallery – exhibition poster and impressions of the gallery

Nils Urqhart’s passion are photographs of nature. He captures the beauty, the colours and the atmosphere of nature. As the title gives away already the photographs at Kondor gallery are all about moving water, about waterfalls and creeks. The photographs are really stunning, the colours are very intense and you can almost smell the surrounding fresh air when you look at them. Moving water is always facinating, yet it is not easy to capture the movement in a still photograph. Nils succeeded in that, at some pictures I can see how the water moves.

“The beauty of moving water” by Nils Urqhart at Kondor gallery – Impressions (1)

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

The gallery space at Kondor gallery fits perfect to showcase the photographs selected for the exhibition “The beauty of moving water” by Nils Urqhart. The quiet dark background make the colours even more intense. Each photograph has enough room develop its impression. I personally think, it is a perfect space to display Nils Urquart’s photographs.

“The beauty of moving water” by Nils Urqhart at Kondor gallery – Impressions (2)

The Kondor gallery is – of course – owned and curated by Hermes Kondor. Thank you Hermes for enabling this beautiful exhibtion. I enjoyed my visit a lot.

Landmark “The beauty of moving water” by Nils Urqhart at Kondor gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Waka/225/100/1501
Nils Urqhart (Paul Maurice in RL)’s website
https://paul-maurice.pixels.com/

Art in Second Life (28) Theda Tammas – Apsara

On March 6th, A new installation of Theda Tammas was opened at the Womb at DixMix Gallery – Aspara.

I visited on Sunday, March 7th. 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, enable sun+moon and projectors. You should also use shared environment (top menu “world” -> “environment”). Then you’re almost set to visit. Almost? Yes, enable music, it adds a lot to your experience of this installation.

Theda Tammas – Apsara @ DixMix Gallery – bird’s eye view

The environment is all in red tones. When you walk behind the wall with the recommended settings you will see the installation. Bascially it is a court surrounded by walls that look a bit like books. At one side is kind of a stage. What you see are dancers. I didn’t count them, I think there’re about 10 dancers. One is performing on the stage and stays there. There are 2 groups with 3 dancers who stay at one spot while dancing. The others move. There is enough motion to keep you busy watching, and enough stability to calm and relax, in particular together with the music: “shamanic drums, deep trance humming meditation, shamanic meditation music for stress relief”

Theda Tammas – Apsara @ DixMix Gallery – Impressions (1)

Apsara? I looked it up on wikipedia:
An apsara is a type of female spirit of the clouds and waters in Hindu and Buddhist culture. Asparas figure prominently in the sculpture, dance, literature and painting of many South Asian and Southeast Asian cultures. There are two types of apsaras: laukika (worldly) and daivika (divine). Urvasi, Menaka, Rambha, Tilottama and Ghritachi are the most famous among them.

Theda Tammas – Apsara @ DixMix Gallery – Impressions (2)

In Indian mythology, apsaras are beautiful, supernatural female beings. They are youthful and elegant, and superb in the art of dancing. They are often wives of the Gandharvas, the court musicians of Indra. They dance to the music made by the Gandharvas, usually in the palaces of the gods, entertain and sometimes seduce gods and men. As ethereal beings who inhabit the skies, and are often depicted taking flight, or at service of a god, they may be compared to angels.” (excerpt from wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apsara)

Theda made a great choreography. I don’t know how the mesh figures are programmed to dance and to move, but it looks naturally and enough randomized to provide the impression of living dancers. You should see it yourself. I found a video on the internet. It has been provided by Violet Boa.

Theda Tammas is in SL for almost 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.

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan Prumier for building it and for contributing at it. And thank you Violet Boa for the video, that porvides an even better impression of this installation than any picture can do. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to DixMix Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
DixMix Gallery website
https://www.dixmixgallery.xyz/
Theda Tammas website
https://bytheda.weebly.com/
Video of Thada Tammas – Apsara
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHZVuWFBsos&t=29s

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