Art in Second Life 2022 (3) SecundaVida Body&Art Store

Thursday, January 6th, I got an invitation from Akim Alonzo, owner and curator of the Itakos Art Gallery. I covered the Itakos Art Gallery in this blog since March 2020, my last visit was in March 2021 when I saw “Soulportraits” (read here). Since then I had thought of visiting again but I didn’t get any invitation and being busy I forgot about it again and again. Getting the invitation now I decided to visit immediately.

The title “SecundaVida Body&Art Store” and missing an artist name did irritate me already. Akim wrote in the accompanying notecard:
The Itakos Project is proud to present the “SecundaVida Body&Art Store“.
The first shop on Secondlife for all those who love stylish tattoos. A project that concerns everything about the Body and decoration with Tattoos, but also Artworks and more.
Possibility of customization and tailor-made products.
I cordially invite you to visit the Store, to share the Art of Living in Second Life with you.

The provided landmark did not lead to the Itakos Art Gallery but to a store. Later I found out that the gallery is currently closed and that the SecundaVida Body&Art Store is a devision of the Itakos Project in Second Life.

Impressions of the SecundaVida Body&Art Store (1)

Tattoos are widely spread in Second Life, way more than in real life. It is easy to get a tattoo in Second Life and it is easy to get rid of it and get a enw one. Some change their tattoos like clothes in this virtual world. For some it is part of their personality to use their skin like a canvas for art. Even I wear tattoos in Second Life – and I have changed them over time (yet very rarely as I personally try to stay close to reality).
Tattoos can be and actually are very often artful, they are body art.

Impressions of the SecundaVida Body&Art Store (2)

The SecundaVida Body&Art Store is quite large and extends over 4 rooms. It has a clear Asian atmosphere. And you find not only tattoos there but can also buy art, right now Akim Alonzo’s own art. In addition the store is decorated with some picture of Fiona Fei (FionaFei), an artist that I also covered in this blog. Again it has been quite a while ago since I wrote about Fiona the last time in April 2021 (read Art in Second Life 2021 (37) Spring by Fiona Fei).

In the four rooms you can buy tattoos about different themes:
Room 1: Zodiacal Tattoos / the Japanese Kanji / the Four Elements
Room 2: the Oreint Express / Tell Me a Story
Room 3: Read My Body it’s a Book
Room 4: Mandalas and Other Stories

From what I saw and can tell, the offered tattoos are stylish and artful. They reach from simple Zodiacal tattoos to tattoos that cover the whole body and that you literally can read. I have seen those inworld on some avatars and tried to read them, but often the clothes prevent reading the whole “book”.

Impressions of the SecundaVida Body&Art Store (3)

The store is stylish and spacious. You also find spots to sit an enjoy the atmosphere. You could also see it as an art gallery. In addition I learned a lot about different tattoos and in this respect my visit was also educational. I learnd about “Kanji”. Kanji, along with hiragana and katakana, makes up the Japanese writing system. I learned about the origin and the history of Mandalas and about the background of the tattoos that can be read like a book.

Akim Alonzo is in Second Life for 15 years now. Actually his SecundaVida Body&Art Store was opened on his 15th rezzing anniversary. He describes himself as a traveller and photographer in Second Life. And now I know why I didn’t get any invitations anymore, he was working on a new project – the SecundaVida Body&Art Store. The website of the Itakos project and art gallery still exists yet hasn’t been updated since the last exhibition at the gallery.
You can see more of Akim Alonzo’s art on his flickr page.

Impressions of the SecundaVida Body&Art Store (4)

Products of SecondaVida Body&Art Store can also be purchased on the marketplace and Akim made an own flickr account for the store. There are more people involved in the project of creating the SecondaVida Body&Art Store, at least Fiona Fei (FionaFei), who’s art is featured, and Carle (carleonie), who is working for the store.

Hence if you seek a tattoo with an Asian touch, have a look at the SecondaVida Body&Art Store. They also make customized tattoos. If you look for art or an artful design store, then the SecondaVida Body&Art Store is also for you.
Last but not least – have fun and enjoy.

I look forward to Akim’s next projects, mabe the re-opening of his Itakos Art Gallery.

Landmark to SecundaVida Body&Art Store
SecundaVida Body&Art Store on the marketplace
SecundaVida Body&Art Store on flickr
Akim Alonzo’s flickr
Akim Alonzo’s website

Art in Second Life 2021 (94) Narcotic Concept

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Landmark to Narcotic Concept
Luca Pierro’s website
Sina Souza’s website
Sina Souza’s flickr
Jeanloup Sieff’s website
Akim Alonzo’s flickr
Akim Alonzo’s gallery space “The Itakos Art Gallery”
Akim Alonzo’s website
Omar Galliani’s website
Sophie de Saint Phalle (perpetua1010)’s “SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre”

Art in Second Life (61) Anima – A Retrospective on Photography by Akim Alonzo

I was invited to attend the opening of the exhibtion “Anima – A Retrospective on Photography” by Akim Alsonzo at Kondor Art Center on June 25th. I visited the day after….

The exhibition is shown at the main building of the Kondor Art Center. As the name implies, it features a broad variety of Akim’s artwork. The gallery building has 2 floors and offers quite a lot of space for displaying. In the center at the staircase is a picture frame where the pictures showcased in this exhibition are displayed as a slideshow with smooth fading transisitons.

Anima – A Retrospective on Photography” by Akim Alonzo at Kondor Art Center

I came across Akim Alonzo in 2019 the first time, when his art was featured at La Maison d’Aneli (read here). And I had seen some of the pictures shown at “Anima – A Retrospective on Photography” already there. These pictures are loosely based on the cult movie “The Matrix”. A metaphor for a world of people trapped in a simulated, virtual reality that has many aspects in common with the Secondlife world. And most of them have surrealistic elements.

Impressions of “Anima – A Retrospective on Photography” by Akim Alonzo (1)

Akim Alonzo’s other passion are portraits. Most of them are in black and white or monochrome. Akim succeeds to capture the expression of a face, the soul, at least something that makes the spectator build a story to the portrait. He selects the background very thought fully, so that it doesn’t distract from the portrait but combines and eneases building a story.

Akim Alonzo is a traveller and photographer and has a passion for art. He’s the owner, artistic director, and curator of his “Itakos Project and Art Gallery“. And he has an own website.

Impressions of “Anima – A Retrospective on Photography” by Akim Alonzo (2)

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

“Anima – A Retrospective on Photography” by Akim Alonzo
at Kondor Art Center
Landmark to The Itakos Project and Art Gallery
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website

Art in Second Life 2021 (52) Golden by Paola Mills

I was invited to see the latest exhibition at Itakos Art Gallery. The exhibition is named “Golden” and is shown in the BLACK Pavillion. “Golden” is an exhibtion of around 30 pictures by Paola Mills. It extends over 2 floors.

I came across Paola Mills just lately again when I visited the GenovArt Glass Gallery (read here).
Paola Mills joined Second Life in 2007. For her it became a niche of creativity.
Paola writes about her work:
I’m not a professional photographer in RL, but I do like to make pictures when I see something I like, for instance a person or a situation. That’s why I always carry a small camera with me in my bag.
Second Life has allowed me to develop, without the need for powerful means, my emotionalism: i.e. catch the moment of a specific feeling into simple shots; stills that stop time for a few seconds.

Examples of “Golden” by Paola Mills at Itakos Art Gallery (1)

Unlike many artists in the Metaverse my photos are handicraft, as I use minimum graphic editing software. This is not by choice but by inability to use them. Had I more time RL, I could learn, but unfortunately I don’t.
I look upon myself as an end user of Second Life, taking advantage of the ability of creators who know how to give reality to the bodies of the avatars and those who know how to give motion by the use of poses. I merged these two aspects, a study of body language of a human body.
I hope that my photographs can be a stimulus of irony, emotions and feelings and that these photographs go beyond a Simple observation of the photograph itself.

I don’t know why Paola choose the “Golden” for her exhibition at Itakos Art Gallery. There’re golden 3D art objects on the ground floor of the exhibtion, that might have inspired the name. I like the subtitle “A journey into the art of a dreamer” way more as it fits to the showcased pictures. On the ground floor you see pictures that are more related to short dreams, just as when you close your eyes, releax and think of someone or something. I like in particular the 2 pictures showing a female stretched eagled in one pictures with endless fields in the background (I think I know the place where it was taken) and in the other at a beach with a lighthouse as background.

Examples of “Golden” by Paola Mills at Itakos Art Gallery (2)

The pictures on the second floor are mostly more fantasy related, as it happens when you dream, some are sci-fi related, some are surreal and some others I can’t categorize, but all of them are intriguing and invite the spectator to immerse deeper into the captured moment or situation.

The Itakos Art Gallery is owned and curated by Akim Alonzo. Thank you Akim for enabling “Golden” by Paola Mills. I enjoyed my visit and I enjoyed Paola Mills’ art, thank you.
“Golden” by Paola Mills in the BLACK Pavillion at Itakos Art Gallery should be open for visitors at least until end of June.

Landmark to Itakos Art Gallery BLACK Pavilion
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website
Golden by Paola Mills promo video

Art in Scond Life 2021 (16) “Mind the Gap” by Awesome Fallen

I got an invitation for the opening of “Mind the Gap” by Awesome Fallen at the White Pavillon of The Itakos Project and Art Gallery. I went there the other day.

“Mind the Gap” is about “the “difference”, which divides us but which is also a great opportunity for sharing and enrichment.” It concerns all areas of life, “between male and female, between peoples, ethnic groups, religions, where you can observe the differences, feel the disparities, suffer from disagreement.” This dichotomy is “always present in the individual, is possible in every person” – and we should accept it.

“see difference”
“feel disparity”
“find divergence”
“fight depression”
“accept diversity”
(taken from the accompanying notecard)

I did not come across Awesome Fallen so far. She’s in SL for 11 years and her profile does not give away much of her: “…… just another wave in the ocean …….”. Awesome has a flickr page tough with a lot of followers and I can understand why. Every single picture shown at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery is intriguing, invites you to take a closer look and to comprehend what Awsome wants to express or to make up your own story to the picture. As much as “Mind the gap” is about difference between people, even within a single person or even within ourself, it also showcases a broad variety of styles and artistic possibilities of expression.

There’s also a short promo video featuring “Mind the gap” by Awesome Fallen (2 min)

Thank you Akim for providing your space for the art, The Itakos Project and Art Gallery. Thank you Awesome for this great exhibtion.

Landmark to Itakos Project WHITE Pavilion
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website
Promo video “Mind the gap” by Awesome Fallen
Awesome Fallen’s flickr page

Art in Scond Life 2020 (82) Not Square by nekonuko Nakamori

On Saturday, November 28th, the exhibtion “Not Square” by nekonuko Nakamori was opened at the Black Pavillion of the Itakos Art Gallery. I visited the exhibtion on Monday, November 30th.
Not Square” seems to be a strange title, that alone tempted me to visit just to learn more about it. In addition I haven’t heard about nekonuko Nakamori before.

The exhibtion is quite large and what caught my eyes was that the showcased pictures are quite large and …. no surprise, not square. Quite close to the entrance is just one sigle squared picture, the one that is also used in the center of the exhibtion poster. The squared picture at the exhibition provides a notecard with a little bit more information:

NOT SQUARE by nekonuko Nakamori
If you know what I mean, all my Flickr pics are just square. I love that format so much. But sometimes there is definitely a voice in my heart that wants to be wider more. This time, Akim has given me a opportunity of a new challenge. So, I discovered new enjoyment for creating works, and had a great experience.

Of course I now had a look at nekonuko’ Flickr page first. And yes all of her pictures published there are squared. They all show impressions of nekonuku’s tours through the wide universe of Second Life. The pictures have one in common, they all show nekonuku herself, be it as a portrait or just as a dot in a wide and broad environment. Seeing many of the squared pictures you get a feeling of nekonuku’s very own style of pictures.

a snapshot from nekonuko’ Flickr page

Back to the exhibition “Not Square” at the Itakos Art Gallery. nekonuku has not just left her favourite format a little bit. No, the pictures are really wide or high. And that extends the view. In the wide pictures the landscape looks almost endless, and nekonuku shrinks to a dot admiring the world around her pictures. The some effect can be seen in a picture where she walks along bit boards in the town.

Impressions of Not Square by nekonuko Nakamori at The Itakos Art Gallery (1)

The high formats a selfies and here nekonuku plays with the format, never showing her body and face completely.

Impressions of Not Square by nekonuko Nakamori at The Itakos Art Gallery (2)

As mentioned above, I never came across nekundo so far. Her artful pictures did touch me and made me get deeper into them, looking longer at them, made me spin some stories they could possible tell. Well done, great work.

The Itakos Art Gallery is owned and curated by Akim Alonzo. 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.
Thank you Akim for enabling the exhibition “Not Square” by nekonuko Nakamori. Thank you nekondo for your art.
I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to Itakos Art Gallery BLACK Pavilion
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website
nekonuko Nakamori’s Flickr page

Art in Second Life 2020 (73) Memories of a Foreign Reality

I visited Etamae and Imaginary Footprints (01Matthew10)’s exhibtion “Memories of a Foreign Reality” at the white pavillion at Itakos Project Art Gallery.

In the accompanying notecard the artists describe the background of this exhibtion:
Memories of a foreign reality`s main thought is based on the struggles and feelings of disconnection of the individual.

Back in the 60`s and 70`s there was a need to raise this individualism as the holy grail. We evolved the individual to the highest goal, and now we see the result.
Millions of confused minds are searching for a hold. Entangled in political and economical strategies. The American dream, or the possibility of being a important person on the world wide web has given us a tenuous hold, a fragile rope that can easily be severed.
Populism, preachers, industry each have their play with us. We are living in interesting times of change.
The soul… a character in a context… equal to others… seem to be forgotten. but it is there… it suffers… and it tries to be seen.

“Memories of a Foreign Reality” by Etamae and Imaginary Footprints at Itakos Project Art Gallery (1)

The bringing together of two artists who not only admire each other as photographers but as people was a journey that culminated with Memories of a Foreign Reality.
Merging both photography and ideas resulted in some interesting work that evolved as it was passed back and forth until each was content with their own perception of each piece.

The pictures are all in black and white. They consist of several layers, and some seem to be put together like puzzles. You recognize fragments and pieces in these pictures, often faces, sometimes there’s another photograph peeking through. Most of them convey fear and lonliness, at least for me. The soul is something we can’t grab, maybe the last secret of human beings, if the soul exists. As always everybody does see different things in pictures, everybody makes up different stories. As far as I understood the notecard, the pictures were exchanged between Etamae and Imaginary Footprints, they added and changed them individually until they both were content with the result, until both saw their message conveyed. In this sense the pictures are even more intriguing, there might be two souls, two messages fighting to inspire the spectator.
I like the complexity of these pictures and the many possible interpretations.

“Memories of a Foreign Reality” by Etamae and Imaginary Footprints at Itakos Project Art Gallery (2)

I have come across Etamae quite often this year already. 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. And the exhibition at Itakos Project Art Gallery is no exception. Again she tried out something new.
You can also find her pictures at her flickr page.

“Memories of a Foreign Reality” by Etamae and Imaginary Footprints at Itakos Project Art Gallery (3)

I didn’t find out much about Imaginary Footprints (01Matthew10), who’s art I saw the first time. He’s in Second Life for almost 4 years and looking up his profile reveals just that he likes philosophical texts. He has a flickr page where you can see more of his pictures – unchanged and not processed by Etamae.

The Itakos Art Gallery is owned and curated by Akim Alonzo. Actually it is a place for arts with four pavillions on two floors and one sky platform. There’s also a website where new exhibtions are announced.

Landmark to Itakos Project Art Gallery
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website
Etamae’s flickr
Imaginairy Footprints flickr

Art in Second Life 2020 (64) Space Oddity by Caly Applewhyte

I got an invitation to attend the openin of “Space Oddity by Caly Applewhyte” on Friday night, October 9th at Itakos Art Gallery. As we have our own party at the same time, I couldn’t attend. But I went there shortly before and peeked in.

I grabbed a notecard that is a very good description of this exhibition by Caly Applewhyte:
Caly Applewhyte (Calypso Applewhyte) is a talented artist at creating images that start from portrait as a genre, but expand to narrate something more like a scenic setting. Subjects always somehow artificial, or perhaps protected, by metal prostheses and partial masks, which speak to us of a sort of fragility, a need to cover or mix the virtual appearance of an avatar in a dream dimension, a journey suspended in time and in space. So when we talked about this exhibition, looking for inspiration, we discovered the common passion for far and deep space, and for David Bowie’s music. The reference came immediate and simultaneous to both: Space Oddity. The solitary adventure of a human being floating in deep space speaks to us of alienation and feeling alone, of the search for safety in the difficult situations of life.
With this inspiration, Caly’s photos tell us a story of a character suspended and floating in her own dream universe, but who also has a deep gaze to look at us.
“Planet Earth is blue, and there’s nothing I can do”.
Enjoy Caly Applewhyte’s Emotional Space Trip.

Akim Alonzo
Itakos Project Curator

“Space Oddity” by Caly Applewhyte (1)

Calypso Applewhyte is a SL Photographer from France, who joined SL in 2010. Her focus is the avatar itself as a means of expression to transport emotions. She processes her pictures with Photoshop.

“Space Oddity” by Caly Applewhyte (2)

The Itakos Art Gallery is owned and curated by Akim Alonzo. 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 to Itakos Art Gallery
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website

Art in Second Life 2020 (52) Itakos Art Gallery – 2020 Summer Collection

Since July 30th, the Itakos Art Gallery presents the “2020 Summer Collection” with a collective of talented artists selected from the Soul Portraits – Itakos Flickr group. In total there’re 33 photos with 15 different flavors and style. The exhibtion is in the Black Pavillion.
The featured artists are: Angelika Corral, ARnnO PLAneR, Aver Osk, Caly Applewhyte, ChimKami, David Silence, Joy De’Leon, Moonedembaum, Naiike Pani, Ooxooi, Paola Mills, Poupée Anna, Roberta Barineaux, Tralala Loordes, and Vallys Baxter.

Exhibition poster of Itakos Art Gallery – 2020 Summer Collection

Avatars in Second Life don’t grow old, something most of us do appreciate. Actually all stay between 20 and 30 years old, all have beautiful faces with no wrinkles and many have perfect bodies. What differs is the the haircut, some facial details be it the eyes, the eybrows, the length of the nose, the form of the mouth and chin and yes also the body. But still, most look beautiful and young.

Itakos Art Gallery – 2020 Summer Collection: Naike Pani, Angelika Corral, Paola Mills

That said, portraits taken in Second Life show beautiful people. And we like looking into and at beautiful faces. Hence many pictures (also my own) taken in Second Life are portraits or close-up’s. Akim founded a flickr group for portraits named “Soul Portraits – Itakos Art Gallery“, where people can contribute their best portrait pictures. In the meanwhile there’re almost 400 members in this group and over 7.700 (!) pictures had been uploaded.
There are certain rules:
– The focus is on expression and emotions transmitted by avatars and photographers.
– The group has a partnership with the Itakos Art Gallery in Second Life.
– The raw pictures have to be taken in Second Life
– The pictures may not be just a pure (raw) snapshot. As opposed to the photos must be elaborated and interpretated by the artist.
– The pictures are evaluated and accepted in the group at the discretion of group admin.

Itakos Art Gallery – 2020 Summer Collection: Tralala Loordes, Vallys Baxter

The “2020 Summer Collection” shows a very small selection of the 7.700 pictures of the group. All 33 pictures prove that people in Second Life are beautiful. But they also prove that you can make your face and avatar look very individual. The portraits also tell a story by the background, by the facial expression, the viewing angle, by the light choosen, the hair style, the view, the jewelery and by the way the protrait is presented. You can loose yourself while looking at them.

Itakos Art Gallery – 2020 Summer Collection: Caly Applewhyte, ChimKami, Moonedembaum, Ooxooi, Roberta Barineaux

Some of the artists did ring a bell as I wrote abouth them before, like Angelika Corral, Caly Applewhyte or Tralala Loordes. But most of the featured artists were new for me. I’m pretty sure that I will see more of them.

Itakos Art Gallery – 2020 Summer Collection: ARnnO PLAneR, Aver Osk, David Silence, Joy De’Leon, Poupée Anna

The Itakos Art Gallery is owned and curated by Akim Alonzo. 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.
Thank you Akim for the 2020 Summer Collection. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to Itakos Art Gallery BLACK Pavilion
“Soul Portraits – Itakos Art Gallery” Flickr
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website

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
Landmark to Itakos Art Gallery
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website
Konrad Van Arbenlow (kaiju.kohime)’s flickr page

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