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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I know Vroum Short as the owner of VeGeTaL PLaNeT. I peeked at it several times but never found the time to really visit it and to write an extra blog entry about it. The VeGeTaL PLaNeT also hosted Aneli Abeyante’s La Maison d’aneli for about a year. VeGeTaL PLaNeT is gone but there’s now the VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery (read about it here and here)
Vroum Short is a French SL artist since 2007. She works with lights and light effects, sometimes also very colourful. Vegetal Planet Gallery a world where everything becomes possible and achievable where the barriers of reality fade away to let the imagination flood it with life.
Vroum has a store for her art on the marketplace and a flickr account.

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

La Maison d’Aneli is owned by Aneli Abeyante. Through her gallery she brings together all forms of creativity in RL and SL and the featured artists come from around the globe. Aneli’s intention is to “put her gallery in the service of artists, so that the world can be better, exchanges and meetings probably contribute even though it seems to be particles.”
Thank you for another great joined exhibtion, Aneli. As always I enjoyed my visit and writing about it. It inspired me.

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

Art in Second Life 2021 (88) La Maison d’Aneli Summer 21 – Part 2

Aneli gave me an early invitation for the next exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli. It is titled “Summer” like the exhibition before, hence it is quite of a second part. I had reported about part 1 here. This time the participating artists are: Daco Monday, Desy Magic, JudiLynn India, Madee Moore (kupu2) and Nino Vichan.

The exhibition opened on September 15th, my visit was in the days before. I started with Daco Monday.
Daco’s installation at La Maison d’Aneli left me a bit confused and made me thinking. The installation consists of several elements all connected by a historic photograph (at least it looks like being at least 100 years old) of a standing woman next to a sitting man.
The picture is in the center of the installation, it is around the center of the installation shown in pieces, as if someone had cut the picture to destroy it, it is display at one wall together with a rope and noose and 2 single eyeballs. The woman and the man also appear to the left and to the right of the center installation as many holograms that jump up and down. What else? A frame in the center with many eyeballs that move around like billiard balls. Behind of this frame and under the central picture of the woman and the man is a music band, made of parts, a drummer and a singer and a music stand. And then there’s a colt levitating a bit aside of the intallatio and a projector.
If you don’t see the installation and try to picture what I described … confusing. Better look at it yourself.

Daniele DACO Costantin (Daco Monday) is in Second Life since 2009 and has had many exhibitions, just that I haven’t come across him yet. Daniele is Italien.

JudiLynn India has arranged her pictures leaning againt the 4 walls of her skybox. The pictures are large and colourful. She wrote about herself and the pictures shown at La Maison d’Aneli:
I’ve been drawing since I could hold a crayon. I studied art throughout school, Commercial Art in high school and Graphic Design at Tyler School of Art/Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. After the turn of the century, I decided to focus my creativity on acrylic and digital painting and have totally enjoyed the journey.
Known in Second Life since 2009 as JudiLynn India and RL as Judi Lynn, my mission is to share my vision and message as an artist with the global community.
My work embodies my spirit and personality. My goal is to allow you to experience the image with your own mind’s eye. My work is entirely intuitive. I get lost in the layering of texture and color. Occasionally, I will include figurative work if my spirit is so presented with the composition.
Just as there is order in the chaos of the universe, the energy within me is brought into focus one canvas at a time.

I have nothing to add. Enjoy the colours! Judi Lynn has a website for purchase of prints: www.judilynnart.com
You can also find a list of her current exhibition in own and other galleries in her profile.

It is the 3rd time that I came across the art of Desy Magic. I saw her as participating artist at La Maison d’Aneli in 2019 and in 2020 (read here and here). Desy is in Second Life for more than 13 years (just like me). Daisy Magic is a passionate photographer and she has a unique and colourful style in which she processes her pictures and makes them real eye catchers. Daisy often works with several layers, a base motif covered by abstract forms – or vice versa. She wrote about herself:
“For me, photography or the image of art is something essentially poetic, I imagine it as a theatrical writing, which reflects the reality of dreams, my fantasies in a single course of life.”

You can Daisy Magic’s artwork also on her flickr page.

Madee Moors (kupu2) is with comparably new in Second life, she joined in January 2020. Her skybox at La maison d’Aneli is very well set up to display her pictures, studies of the female body in black and white, dancing and posing. Her pictures appear to be mirrowed by floor. But the floor is actually transparent and the pictures are displayed upside down in the lower story and in the center stand a single figure that you can see through the floor.

Madee’s goal is “to capture hidden feelings through light and shadow. My calm and sensitive nature allows me to see the beauty in everything I encounter.
You can see more of her art at her flickr page.

Nino Vichan is in Second Life since 2010. His skybox at La Maison d’Aneli is dedicated to “Better Angel”. Nino showcases pictures of angels, like you can find them in barock paintings along texts about the cruelity of humans: “When the human imagination sets itself on cruelty there are no limits to its designs.” (Charles M. Blow, A Rancher’s Romantic Revisionism, 2014)

The texts are about biological weapons, genocide, torture, human trafficking, slavery and military use of children. On the floor of the exhibition is Nino’s central message “…that we may hear the music of our better angels“.

“Better Angel” is used in a remark made by Gratiano after the death of Desdemona to describe enlightened and restrained human impulses. Gratiano speaks of pushing away the ‘better angel” which would hold him back from taking bloody revenge on Othello.” (Shakespeare, Othello (5.2.237-242))

In the notecard distributed at La Maison d’Aneli you find a long list of Nino Vichan’s appearances and rewards in Second Life.

La Maison d’Aneli is owned by Aneli Abeyante. Through her gallery she brings together all forms of creativity in RL and SL and the featured artists come from around the globe. Aneli’s intention is to “put her gallery in the service of artists, so that the world can be better, exchanges and meetings probably contribute even though it seems to be particles.”
Thank you for another great joined exhibtion, Aneli. As always I enjoyed my visit and writing about it. It inspired me.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/23/59/22
Judi Lynn (JudiLynn India)’s website
www.judilynnart.com
Desy Magic’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/115499905@N06/?
Madee Moors (kupu2)’s flickr
www.flickr.com/photos/190919

Art in Second Life 2021 (68) La Maison d’Aneli Summer 21

On Wednesday, July 28th, a new exhibtion was opened at La Maison d’Aneli: “Summer 21”. It features the artwork of Giovanna Cerise, Marylooooe, Elodiecasa Dragovar, Deyanira Yalin, lo01ner01, Mareea Farrasco and Fly Kugin (flyqueeen).

For this exhibtion Aneli Abeyante, owner and curator of La Maison d’Aneli, has a special gift for the visitors. She offers a (attachable or displayable inworld) SL booklet that shows examples of the artwork of the participating artists on 2 pages for each artist. Hence – I could have refrained from taking pictures. You find the booklet at the end of the main hall, next to the event area for the opening event. It is displayed at the seating groups.

Aneli Abeyante’s booklet about the Summer 21 exhibition

The event area is also the space where Fly Kugin (flyqueeen) has her exhibition space.
Fly Kugin (flyqueeen), as a live violin performer, is streaming into Second Life from Istanbul, since September 2019. She’s performing improvisation, Jazz & Rock genres, musicals & soundtracks from different time periods from various artists. But Fly also likes to spend her time taking pictures of landscapes and playing with them on photoshop. And she is still learning different techniques.

At the event area Fly showcased some of her pictures, all of them were taken in Second Life and processed afterwards to make them look like oil paintings. The combiantion of art and Second Life offers great opportunities for artists. Fly also gave a violin concert on the opening event. Fly has an own website with more information and a flickr account.

Fly Kugin’s pages in Aneli’s booklet

Giovanna Cerise is not unknow to me. The last time I came across her art was in May 2019 at La Maison d’Aneli (read here). Before I visited Flash Back / Flash Forward in 2017 (read Simploring 2017 (42) Flash Back / Flash Forward), in 2016 I visited her LEA-installation Monochrome (read here) and in April 2015 I saw Otium (read here: A visit to Otium). Giovanna is an Italian literature teacher and musician. In Second Life she’s active since Ende of 2008 and had many exhibtions and installations. She particpated in the LEA program participations and her list of activities and appearances is long. For more information look up her website.

Giovanna Cerise used her space at La Maison d’Aneli to showcase her “Doll’s house”. It is a space main held in black and white with clear structures that is partly in 3D and party in 2D (but looks 3D). The space has several houses, more a Doll’s village. And there are dolls, I’d rather say ballerinas or dancers. The dolls are stylised, performing alone or as couples in front of the houses or on the open space. There’s quite some to discover viewing at Giovanna Cerise’s installation from different viewing angles.

Giovanna Cerise’s pages in Aneli’s booklet

It is the first time that I came across the artist Marylooooe, She is in Second Life for 5 years and had several small and two larger exhibitions in favor of “Feed a smile” and the “Parkinson foundation”.

Marylooooe set up a 4 story gallery building in her skybox at La Maison d’Aneli. She named her exhibtion “Art of me – coynty art”. Marylooooe uploaded her RL artwork into Second Life. All of her art is very colourful, strong and expressive colours. On the four floors Marylooooe grouped her pictures. The ground floor shows some abstract pictures along with pictures in which you can recognize an animal, a goat? The 2nd floor is dedicated to flowers an abstact pictures, which could also be flowers because of how colourful they are. On the 3rd floor are some pictures showing a cow or a cow’s face. And finally the 4th foor is used to showcase some landscapes, towns and villages. For all of her pictures you need imagiantion, you have to connect with them to see the details beside the colours. Marylooooe wrote about her skybox in the accompanying notecard: “All my pictures exist in the original in rl. This exhibition country art is based on an idea originated when a friend asked: do you paint cows too, why not, and so i got down to work. A series of works was created and I hope you will have as much fun looking at them as I had painting them.” (from the accompanying notecard)

Marylooooe’s pages in Aneli’s booklet

Elodiecasa Dragovar is also a new artist for me. She’s in Second Life since 2010. Art is part of her life, she started getting lessons in art aged 9. Since 13 years Elodiecasa lives in Morocco. In the accompanying notecard as well as on a board in her skybox at La maison d’Aneli she wrote about herself: “I don’t consider myself as an artist but a passionate person. I love art in all forms, I touch everything. Art is a part of my life, it’s a need

Her skybox is quite packed with pictures. All of them are imported into Second Life from RL pictures as far as I could gather. Elodiecasa uses all kind of techniques for her art and thus we get a broad picture of her artwork, which ranges from abstract alcohol ink pictures to acrylic portraits, from watercolour pictures of villages to abstract oil pictures. The variety is impressive and I couldn’t categorize her art at all.

Elodiecasa Dragovar’s pages in Aneli’s booklet

Deyanira Yalin has been in Second Life since 2007. Her creations started with oils and acrylics shown at exhibitions in Mexico City, and has continuously expanded to incorporate other media: “As a graphic designer, the influence of Second Life has help me to embrace the digital art form, which culminated in several exhibits currently displayed in Second Life. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I believe that my art is the product of cumulative dreams and visualization.” (taken from the accompanying notecard)

Deyanira Yalin’s skybox at La Maison d’Aneli is a dark blue box with a 3D object in the center. Her pictures glow colourful in this environment. They range from animal faces over geometric forms, from portraits to flowers. Deyanira often uses different layers in her pictures so that you have to immerse into her art.
Deyanira has an own gallery in Second life and a store “DeyLyn Creations” on the marketplace,

Deyanira Yalin’s pages in Aneli’s booklet

Neel (lo01ner01) is in Second Life for 4 years.
Neel was born in the Himalayan foothills of India but now lives in the vast city of Mumbai. He is a passionate animal lover and cares greatly for the earth and all its creatures. A university graduate trained in business, Neel is also a student of poetry, art and literature in Hindi, English and Sanskrit. But he is especially interested in science. He combines abstract painting with imaginative birds, insects, and fish. Thus Neel explores the inner world of emotions and feelings, and how they connect to the natural world around us. His work draws on observation of the fine detail of the natural world together with an inner vision, which he paints as he sees with the eye of the spirit.” (from the accompanying notecard)

Neel (lo01ner01)’s skybox at La Maison d’Aneli is a light 2 story box held in white. His pictures are shown on the walls. Some pictures are abstract, others are a combination of abstract pictures with objects as described in the notecard. All of them seem to be RL pictures that were uploaded into Second Life.

lo01ner01’s pages in Aneli’s booklet

Mareea Farrasco is “a SL photographer and the owner of IMAGO Land and IMAGO Art Galleries, a Nature, Art & Culture area open for visitors who love to explore, relax, take photos or admire the highly talented artists works displayed in the galleries… My photography covers a large field, from portraits to landscapes, from concrete to metaphoric images, from narrative scenes to still life pictures.” (from the accompanying notecard)
I visited IMAGO Land in April 21 and reported about my visit (read here)

Mareea’s skybox at La Maison d’Aneli is complete held in black in order to provide a contrast to pastel colours of her photographs, that mainly show landscapes along with only few details. I don’t know (but suspect) that Mareea porcesses her pictures a bit to make them a little bit blurry, which fits perfectly (no critique meant). Mareea proves the almost endless possibilities that Second Life offers for our creativity.
Mareea Farrasco’s pictures can also been seen at her flickr account.

Mareea Farrasco’s pages in Aneli’s booklet

La Maison d’Aneli is owned by Aneli Abeyante. Through her gallery she brings together all forms of creativity in RL and SL and the featured artists come from around the globe. Aneli’s intention is to “put her gallery in the service of artists, so that the world can be better, exchanges and meetings probably contribute even though it seems to be particles.”
Thank you for another great joined exhibtion, Aneli. As always I enjoyed my visit and writing about it. It inspired me.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/23/64/22
Fly Kugin (flyqueeen)’s website
https://www.flyofficial.org/
Fly Kugin (flyqueeen)’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/134260978@N05/
Giovanna Cerise’s website
http://giovannacerise.blogspot.it/
Deyanira Yalin’s gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fortinbras/20/198/27
Deyanira Yalin marketplace store “DeyLyn Creations”
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/167933
Landmark to Mareea Farrasco’a IMAGO Land
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Broken%20Mountain/86/132/21
Mareea Farrasco’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/96165669@N06/

Art in Second Life 2021 (57) La Maison d’Aneli June/July 21

Wednesday, June 23rd, a new exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli has been opened. It features the art of Asperix Asp, Therese Carfagno, Melusina Parkin, Mistero Hifeng, Vroum Short and ChrisTower Dae.

I started my visit at the skybox of Mistero Hifeng. I think everybody, who is somehow connected to art in Second Life has come across Mistero Hifeng already. And if not – visit La Maison d’Aneli. Mistero has a very unique style which makes his 3D figures really unique. His way to break up part of his figures into pieces has become his signature. For his skybox at La Maison d’Aneli he reproduced some of his 2D artwork into 3D.
Mistero is in Second Life since 2007. You can see his art in many sims – also at our home. Mistero Hifeng’s art can be purchased at his “New Store Digital Art – Cammino & Vivo Capovolto“. He also has a flickr account.

Melusina Parkin showcases almost 30 pictures in her skybox at La Maison d’Aneli. She titled her exhibition “almost nothing”. How fitting!
Melusina Parkin’s photos tend towards minimalism, which is Melu’s main inclination: simple details from daily life or usual landscapes are the subject of mostly empty scenes, stressing voids, space, geometries, lights; this reveals hidden meanings or pushes the observer to give them her/his own one. Her favorite subjects are wide landscapes, city views, industrial environments, popular lifestyles and daily objects.
I was once again intrigued by Melusina’s style, that forces the spectator to focus on a detail and such pulls the spectator into the picture .. and you begin to make up a story in your mind.
In the center of the exhibition room you find a table with a book with all pictures showcased at La Maison d’Aneli in the exhibition “almost nothing”. Or you can get a particular display show. Those who are regular visitors to Melusina Parkin’s exhibitions know these books already:
Melusina All-in-One Exhibits allow you to keep at home the whole exhibit you visited and loved. It’s an alternative kind of the exhibit catalogue: you can hang the object on your home’s walls and enjoy the changing images.
They come in four versions, that you can choose according to your home style: plain or framed, changing image by touch or in random loop. The objects are set as modifiable, so you can adapt them to your walls.

Melusina has her own gallery, her own shop “Melu Deco”, a flickr account, a blog, an online book about her former exhibtions 2011-2019, and a youtube channel.

The opening event took place in a seperate room on the ground right where you land at La Maison d’Aneli. This room was created by Vroum Short, another artist who I covered already a few times in this blog. The room is held in black with a lot of white permanent changing light effect on the floor, the ceiling and the walls. Within the room you find little islands with penguins and the dance floor in the center. Of course there’s a dj’s desk (with an animated robo discjockey and drummer. Vroum named her room “Ice disaster”. Considering the islands on which the penguins survived, the light effects may symbolize the meling ice, the ice disaster. You can also recognize some penguins in the light effects.

I know Vroum Short as the owner of VeGeTaL PLaNeT. I peeked at it several times but never found the time to really visit it and to write an extra blog entry about it. The VeGeTaL PLaNeT also hosted Aneli Abeyante’s La Maison d’aneli for about a year. VeGeTaL PLaNeT is gone but there’s now the VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery (read about it here and here)
Vroum Short is a French SL artist since 2007. She works with lights and light effects, sometimes also very colourful. Vegetal Planet Gallery a world where everything becomes possible and achievable where the barriers of reality fade away to let the imagination flood it with life.
Vroum has a store for her art on the marketplace and a flickr account.

Asperix Asp is in Second Life since 2007. He’s a Spanish senior artist with 35+ years of experience in digital image, infography, rendered tridimensional fractals, virtual entorns… and had many expositions in RL and SL. For me it was the first time I came across his artwork. Asperix skybox at La Maison d’Aneli is a sphere with a transparent floor in the center of the sphere so that it is a half sphere, a dome. The sphere is textured with fractal art, some look like snails, the lights make it look like space art, the texture of the floor reminded me of the Statue of Liberty, in particular together with the Sculpture in the center of the room. Looking down through the floor you get more and other views.

Around the center sculpture Asperix arranged 8 fractals. They change permanently, hence each picture you take is a bit different. The fractals remind of mineral, of stones and for me at least are either from space or details on earth we never see. Fractals are just intriguing. To see more of Asperix work, visit Asperix’ gallery “Render4”.

Therese Carfagno came to Second Life in February 2007. Soon she got a job as a journalist, and met the most interesting artists in SL. Seeing so much creativity inspired her to start taking pictures herself. Therese thinks that taking pictures helps to look at the world a little closer – and there are so many wonders to see in SL:
“I have no interest in calling myself an artist. I take snapshots. If I’m happy with the picture because of the motive, the colours, the people in it, or anything, I upload it to Flickr or exhibit it somewhere. That’s it. And if someone else like what I do, that’s even better.”
You can see Therese Carfagno’s pictures also on her flickr account.

The pictures presented in Therese Carfagno’s skybox at La Maison d’Aneli are all but simple snapshots, at least in my opinion. The black and white pictures look very real and were in the style I expected as they fit in line with a former exhibtion of Therese Carfagno at La Maison d’Aneli. The colourful upright pictures are very artful and some seem to be a mixture between abstract pictures and portraits. I have no idea how that is made – but it is quite artistic and not just a snapshot. Chapeau, Therese.

ChrisTower Dae is in Second Life since December 2006. It’s the first time that I came across ChrisTower Dae. His passion are avatar portraits. He tries to capture the expressions that a skin can offer, that give (according to many people) a soul to the avatar and make it a personality.

ChrisTower has designed his skybox at La Maison d’Aneli like a labyrinth, yet it is not a labyrinth. The black and white structures are extraordinairy. From the ceiling, that is textured with a labyrinth too, ChrisTower has suspended his avatar portraits – not just along the walls but crisscross.
The portraits are mostly coloured, a few are in black&white. And yes, ChrisTower proves that you can create very expressive faces within Second Life, even if we all are mostly very beautiful and young. You can give your avatar a soul, make it your second appearance, make it being yourself. And I know from myself that I identify with my avatar. ChrisTower succeeds in making the soul tangible and understandable.
More of his artwork can be seen on ChrisTower Dae’s flickr account.

La Maison d’Aneli is owned by Aneli Abeyante. Through her gallery she brings together all forms of creativity in RL and SL and the featured artists come from around the globe. Aneli’s intention is to “put her gallery in the service of artists, so that the world can be better, exchanges and meetings probably contribute even though it seems to be particles.
Thank you for another great joined exhibtion, Aneli. As always I enjoyed my visit and writing about it. It always inspires me.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/23/59/22
Mistero Hifeng’s “New Store Digital Art – Cammino & Vivo Capovolto”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fashion%20Boulevard/47/96/1503
Mistero Hifeng’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/incognitadelmistero/
Landmark to Melusina Photo Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Time%20Portal/248/101/1940
Landmark to Melusina Parkin’s store for Art Deco furniture “Melu Deco”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Time%20Portal/243/99/1930
Melusina Parker’s flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/melusina_parkin/
Melusina Parkin’s Virtual Exhibit blog
http://meluphoto.blogspot.it/p/home.html
On line book Second Life exhibits 2011-2019
https://www.calameo.com/books/005997622f28dd58ca75d
Melusina Parkin’s youtube channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVzglBiqhrOLXnAp3Qt3Zjw
Landmark to VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oreo/64/100/501
Vroum Short’s flickr account
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vroum_short/albums
Vroum Short’s art on marketplace
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/fr-FR/stores/81862
Asperix Asp’s gallery “Render4”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Polyakov/57/27/33
Therese Carfagno’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/carfagno
ChrisTower Dae’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/christowerdae/

Art in Second Life 2021 (48) La Maison d’Aneli June 2021

On Wednesday, May 26th, a new joined exhibition opened at La Maison d’Aneli. It features the art of Adwehe, DAK Amat, Eylinea, Fly Kugin (flyqueeen), NewFantasy, Senka Beck and Vita Theas. I came across some of the artists before, others were new for me.

NewFantasy paints colourful abstract pictures in in various formats using acryl, ink and markers. She joined SL in 2014, inspired by her friend who she met in Second Life and who insisted that she exhibits in SL. In her skybox at La Maison d’Aneli she showcases about 10 pictures, sorted by theme. You can easily imagine what an eye catcher these picture are in RL.

Vita Thea’s skybox at La Maison d’Aneli showcases many pictures in a broad variety from portraits in black and white to colourful pictures of landscapes, from atmospheric black and white scenes to surreal scenes, from more fantasy pictures to erotic art. Vita can’t be defined by one style.
Vita is in Second life since 2007, she has varied experiences as a maker of clothes and a builder within Second Life. And she spends much time taking pictures for her creations and art projects. Vita has a flickr account as well as an own little gallery “Vita’s camera“.

Senka Beck is another SL veteran with far over 14 years. She sees SL as her playground where she enjoys interacting with peeps and prims, where she captures and releases her inner being.
The work presented at La Maison d’Aneli is titled Alexithtymia. Alexithtymia is the absence of feelings. “The signals are fuzzed the world is black and gray, dimmed. And I sit with it.” When I visited Senka was still setting up her installation and was sitting admist of it. You can grab a seat and sit yourself. Don’t forget to turn sound on: “Every dark has its light – but about that some other time.” There’s also a teleporter that brings you to a second floor.

Dak Amat’s installation at La Maison d’Aneli is a big house of cards, several stories high. Each card is a picture, and there are many of them! The themes vary over the floors. While the motifs on the first floor are very colourful, mostly comic-like drawings, you find portraits (also more like in a comic strip) on the 2nd floor and more serious drawings of mostly older people on the 3rd floor. On the top of the house of cards is an ampule of BioNTech’s Covid 19 vaccine and a speech bubble “Covid Demission”. In the center of it all is a spinning silver spiral. Inside is a teleporter that you can use to to switch between the different floors. The spinning spiral adds some nice effects, in particular when you stand inside of it. The installation is best discovered flying as there is so much to discover!
I couldn’t find out much about Dak Amat. Dak is in SL for more than 14 years and has an own artist studio together with Sof Yify called “Dekape Virtual Land“.

Eylinea is with 3 years still comparably new to Second life. I saw her art before at La Maison d’Aneli and at VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery. She’s exploring the possibilities and trying out new things. Her room in the current exhibtion at La Maison d’Aneli is dominated by a central 3D object that spins and changes permanently. It’s quite intriguing to watch it. The walls are covered with pictures of a ballet dancer.
Eylinea writes about herself in the accompanying notecard: “Photographer, cube juggler, light dresser, tattoo artist apprentice, designer, designer of cardboard furniture and lights, jewellery maker…. dreamer at her own time! To sum it up: creator of lots of things, curious about everything. That’s how I could qualify my sl… and my rl!
If you want to see more of her look up her flickr page.

Adwehe is also quite new to Second Life, just 2,5 years. And like Eylinea, I saw her art before at La Maison d’Aneli and at VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery.
Adwehe writes about her current skybox: “I have always fantasized really walking inside my drawings, like in a dream. SL is the perfect platform to realize this dream. In this work i explore an ever changing drawing using lines, light and darkness, and many shades. Creating depth and perspective expanding the dimensions of the exposition room. There are very little colors but some appear dependent on the random choices the script makes. I used textures made up of small parts of charcoal drawings. The charcoal gives a certain warmth against the harder lines. Depending on your viewpoint and the presented state of the room many drawings can appear. You might have to walk/cam around and wait a bit because of the random nature of this. Thoughts about the meaning of this work spin in my head around the topics of information overload and emergence of information actually creating reality itself.
In Adwehe’s skybox walls, the floors and the objects are constantly changing. Yet you can also influence how they change by walking over pads spread over the floor. But you shouldn’t expect that you can reproduce any setting. One ot the facinating issues with virtual art is that it is temporary, nothing remains. The installation extends over 4 levels, huge poles reach from the ground to the top floor. You can travel between the floors with teleporters. The main installation is nonetheless on the ground floor. But the view from the higher levels down to the the lower levels is intriguing, in particular when other people change the setting by walking over the pads or clicking them.
Adwehe has a flickr page and a gallery at VeGeTaL PLaNeT.

Fly Kugin (flyqueeen), as a live violin performer, is streaming into Second Life from Istanbul, since September 2019. She’s performing improvisation, Jazz & Rock genres, musicals & soundtracls from different time periods from various artists. But Fly also likes to spend her time taking pictures of landscapes and playing with them on photoshop. She is still learning different techniques. Fly started sketch drawing in March 2021. She acquired this passion in RL and it allows her to escape from the stress of everday life and main profession, music.
In her skybox at La Maison d’Aneli Fly showcases 9 pictures arranged in a half circle admist a forest glade. Each picture is placed on a seperate easel. The setting is romantic, with the stars and glowing particles it has a touch of peace and of fantasy. Fly named her exhibition “Mirrors of the earth” and added her thoughts about it written in the background of her pictures: “The earth is our home, our heart is as much as the earth. The only island we have in the ocean of stars. Get rid of hate fron your heart. Because the earth is a place to live in peace
Fly has an own website with more information and a flickr account.

La Maison d’Aneli is owned by Aneli Abeyante. Through her gallery she brings together all forms of creativity in RL and SL and the featured artists come from around the globe. Aneli’s intention is to “put her gallery in the service of artists, so that the world can be better, exchanges and meetings probably contribute even though it seems to be particles.
Thank you for another great joined exhibtion, Aneli. As always I enjoyed my visit and writing about it. It always inspires me.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/23/59/22
Vita Thea’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/153849716@N05/albums
Vita Thea’s gallery “Vita’s camera”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Danpoon/52/247/489
Dekape Virtual Land – Artist Studio of Dak Amat and Sof Yifu
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Fort%20Stygian/232/124/615
Eylinea’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/189037651@N07/
Adwehe’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/187796045@N03
Adwehe’s gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oreo/64/96/501
Fly Kugin (flyqueeen)’s website
https://www.flyofficial.org/
Fly Kugin (flyqueeen)’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/134260978@N05/

Art in Second Life 2021 (40) La Maison d’Aneli May 2021

On April 28th a new exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli opened its doors. This time it features 3 installations / showrooms created by Morlita Quan, Yann GYRO (sempiternel) and a joined installation by Tutsy Navarathn and Eupalinos Ugajin.

The room of Morlita Quan is on the ground level just close to where you land. The room is held in white, Morlita’s pictures show abstract moitfs mixed with real life pictures (at least parts do like like real life pictures). Her art work is intriguing and thoughtfully put together. I’d prefer the presentation of it on a darker background, but that’s in the eye of the beholder.

La Maison d’Aneli May 2021- Morlita Quan

Morlita Quan was born in Galicia, Spain. She’s in SL for over 12 years. She’s an artist in Second Life as well as in real life, where she’s known as MorlitaM. In her pictures she focuses on abstract, graphic design and nature with geometrical shapes. She also works in other art and music projects. For more information, look up her website.

Yann GYRO (sempiternel)’s installation consits of a spaceship and one attached room. The landing is in the spaceship. At both sides of the spaceship are Yann’s pictures, yet you have to move your camera to properly see them. You can see into the attached roon from inside of the spaceship. Inside of the room is a forest, but not mesh trees or RL textures. Rather the trees look like drawings, just like you would draw them for an illustration. Once you enter you see that it is actually scene, a war scene. A war plane shooting with machine gun on a girl that runs for her life. I suspect it is an illustration for a story, that I don’t know.

La Maison d’Aneli May 2021- Yann GYRO (sempiternel)

Yann is in SL for over 3 years and an active member of the UASL, United Artists of Second Life. Yann says: “I always think if an art need a title to be understood its because its not good enough.” The artist loves to try any media and is not limited to one style in SL. A RL artist from France. A photographer and wood and steel sculptor.
Yann has an own store and a flickr page.

Tutsy Navarathn and Eupalinos Ugajin present their installation “Get drunk”. It is an installation to enjoy art, experiment with new technical features and to have fun. It consists of 4 stations around the themes “Food, Wine, Sex and Poetry. If you select “use shared environment”, the environment will change between the 4 stations and it will change randomly inbetween (it did that for me at least).

La Maison d’Aneli May 2021- Tutsy Navarathn and Eupalinos Ugajin: Get drunk! (1)

There are sculptures, abstract and non-abstract pictures, there are bottles circling around the 4 stations and there’s poetry from Charles Baudelaire – Get drunk!

La Maison d’Aneli May 2021- Tutsy Navarathn and Eupalinos Ugajin: Get drunk! (2)

You literally act like drunk, when you get in contact with the bottles, you begin to dance and the world is turning around you- funny. I also had fun when I noticed an open book attached above my head. Yet there is more and this part was quite new for me: augmented reality – or in this case augmented virtuality. How does it work? You need a smartphone and an app. After installing the app on your smartphone you hold the cam of the phone on the QR code next to some of the pictures. The smartphone loads a video that is played in the foreground with the picture that you see through your smartphone cam in the background. This way the picture become alive – and again: almost as if you were drunk you see your own reality (virtuality). A nice and artful demonstration of what is there to come soon more and more.

La Maison d’Aneli May 2021- Tutsy Navarathn and Eupalinos Ugajin: Get drunk! (3) (Remark: the two pictures on the right are taken from my smartphone)

Eupalinos Ugajin is in Second Life for almost 13 years. Inara Pey has visited Eupalinos Ugajin’s “Avaloir” and writes in her blogpost Eupalinos Ugajin’s Avaloir in Second Life: “Those familiar with Eupa’s work will know that it covers a broad canvas, often containing humour, whimsy, a little self-deprecation, which can be mixed with social commentary, imaginative projection worth of the likes of Gilliam, and an artistic flair that can quite captivate the eye and mind.”
I myself have visited his installation Avaloir (read here). And there’s a flickr page.

La Maison d’Aneli May 2021- Tutsy Navarathn and Eupalinos Ugajin: Get drunk! (4)

Tutsy Navarathna is an artist I didn’t really come across so far. I saw 2 of his pictures at the exhibtion “Soulportraits at Itakos Art Gallery this year (read here). Tutsy is in Second Life also for almost 13 years. He likes to produce machinimas and has an own youtube channel. And there’s also a flickr page.

Thank you both for this great installation. I enjoyed my visit and got virtually drunk!

La Maison d’Aneli is owned by Aneli Abeyante. Through her gallery she brings together all forms of creativity in RL and SL and the featured artists come from around the globe. Aneli’s intention is to “put her gallery in the service of artists, so that the world can be better, exchanges and meetings probably contribute even though it seems to be particles.
Thank you for another great joined exhibtion, Aneli. As always I enjoyed my visit and writing about it. It always inspires me.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/23/65/22
Morlita Quan / MorlitaM’s wbesite
https://morlitam.com/
Yann GYRO (sempiternel)’s store
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/fr-FR/stores/211360
Yann GYRO (sempiternel)’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/people/154701358@N02/
Eupalinos Ugajin’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/eupalinos/51132219351/
Tutsy Navarathna’s flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/tutsy-navarathna/with/42510577194/
Tutsy Navarathna youtube channel
http://www.youtube.com/user/TutsyNavarathna

Art in Second Life 2021 (30) La Maison d’Aneli April 21

In April La Maison d’Aneli features two artists Xirana Oximoxi aka Nuria Vives and Violaine (Anadonne)

Violaine (anadonne) is in Second Life for 4 years now. Violaine is a RL photographer with many inspirations. She lists “human beings, films, shapes, trash, fashion, colours, black and white, minimalism, maximalism, commercials, graffiti and erotica – and many other things”. Her pictures at La Maison d’Aneli show this broad variety. The abstract pictures look like maps coloured in different tones of one colour. I other pictures you recognize parts of human bodies, other show people. Violaine’s pictures are displayed in groups of two or three pictures which belong together.
I saw Violaine (anadonne)’s art before at La Maisan d’Aneli, in November 2018 (read here) and in January 2020 (read here). The more I see of her art, the more familiar I get with her style and the more her pictures, in particluar those showing humans and part of humans, become intriguing.

Xirana Oximoxi aka Nuria Vives is a Catalan artist, children’s books writer and illustrator. She works with different mediums, oil, watercolor, acrylic, ink, charcoal and pastel. At La Maison d’Aneli she presents her exhibition “The secret of the Crystal Mountain”. The text and illustrations are from Nuria Vives, Aneli Abeyante and Nuria worked both an the setting into the 3D world of Second Life.

I would call “The secret of the Crystal Mountain” a walk-in children’s book. It tells the storry of a hippo family. You walk through several scenes (skyboxes) as you read and see the story. In the accompanying notecard the story is summarized in a few sentences along with direct landmarks to the scene. I recommend to just use the teleprots in the corner of each skybox (next scene).

“The secret of the Crystal Mountain” by Xirana Oximoxi and Aneli Abeyante (1)

Long ago, in a beautiful place in Africa, lived Isantim’s family. It was a family of hippos that spent all day inside the river to rest. It hadn’t rained for a long time and no one knew why. Isantim and his bravest children decided to organize an expedition to find out what was going on. They climbed the highest mountain in the country to talk to the clouds and ask them why it wasn’t raining.

They were about to reach the top when they realized they were walking on a layer of crystal and they saw that in the middle of the heart of the mountain, on a pedestal, was a golden metal cage. Inside there was a small bird. Little goblins that looked like fire surrounded him.

The hippos were going from surprise to surprise without understanding what was it all about. They saw a thin small cloud approaching. When he was closer, they took the opportunity to ask him thousands of questions. After discovering that the prisoner was the Rain Bird, the hippos set off to find an entry into the mountain.

The cave was like a labyrinth full of narrow tunnels. The hippos feared they would get lost in it and never being able to get out again. Luckily some bats that lived in the cave, after they heard that the hippos wanted to free the Bird, showed them the path that would lead them to the center of the mountain. But the bats warned them of the danger in which they will find themselves.

The hippos, who were not afraid, went on until they reached the entrance of the central gallery. Seeing them, the goblins, all at once, threw tongues of fire at them. The gallery looked like a flaming meteorite. Then, with the water they brought to cool off, the hippos all at once sprayed the goblins and left them well soaked and extinguished. Carefully, they took hold of the golden cage and came out of the mountain, guided by the bats.

“The secret of the Crystal Mountain” by Xirana Oximoxi and Aneli Abeyante (2)

After struggling a bit with the lock, they managed to open the door and to free the bird. He soared up in the sky making a cheerful whisper and a happy whistle. Soon they lost sight of him. After a while the hippos saw their cloud friend grow and swell like a cotton castle and then it started to rain.

It is not the first time that Xirana Oximoxi aka Nuria Vives is featured at La Maison d’Aneli. I saw her exhibtion “Women Artists XVI-XIX” there in February 2019 (see here) and her exhibtion “Lost Souls” in April 2020 (see here)
Xirana has her an own website and an own blog.

La Maison d’Aneli is owned by Aneli Abeyante. Through her gallery she brings together all forms of creativity in RL and SL and the featured artists come from around the globe. Aneli’s intention is to “put her gallery in the service of artists, so that the world can be better, exchanges and meetings probably contribute even though it seems to be particles.
Thank you for another great joined exhibtion, Aneli. As always I enjoyed my visit and writing about it. It always inspires me.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/23/65/22
Xirana Oximoxi’s website
http://nuriavives.com/
Xirana Oximoxi’s blog
http://nuriavvives.wordpress.com/

Art in Second Life 2021 (17) Khaos.Part 1 by Cherry Manga and JadeYu Fhang

On February 17th I visited La Maison d’Aneli where at night a new exhibition was going to be opened: Khaos.Part 1 by Cherry Manga and JadeYu Fhang.

I came across Cherry Manga’s and JadeYu Fhang’s artwork already a few times and reported about them. Last year I saw “Le Déraciné” by JadeYu Fhang in 2020 (read here) and “Endometriosis” by Cherry Manga (read here). And I visited their art and music place ADreNaLin, that they own together.

Khaos.Part 1 at La Maison d’Aneli is really quite choatic, but in a positive sense. It consists of transparent and solid boxes, geometric object and oversized figures. These figures have in common that parts of them are in the state of disolving into small boxes or pieces. This style is very common for both artista. They like to play with the human figure, to change it and to use it for expressing their art. Most of the figures are static – but some are also moving.

Impressions of “Khaos.Part 1” by Cherry Manga and JadeYu Fhang (1)

When you walk through the boxes, on the transparent floor, you see all boxes moving and it’s hard to focus your view. You discover more figures within the choatic structure of boxes, and the structure is permanently changing. Don’t forget to switch your sound on, the technical, random sounds fit to this installation.

Impressions of “Khaos.Part 1” by Cherry Manga and JadeYu Fhang (2)

I couldn’t make out any specific move, but sometimes when you get close to a figure or step into a hole in the floor (it is transparent), your avatar gets shaken around like a ball, flips up and down, falls into the nothing and gets re-teleported to where the choatic movement began. What I noticed in addition is that you need sufficent time for your visit. The whole installation changes. New figures appear, others vanish. Sometimes there’s a well of small boxes that almost flood parts of the installation, sometimes there’s none. The boxes themselves change, sometimes they are just white, sometimes black, sometimes blac and while and grey.

Impressions of “Khaos.Part 1” by Cherry Manga and JadeYu Fhang (3)

New elements appear and dominate the installation… boxes or long poles .. or parts of the installation begin to rotate. You are admist the chaos! It is a really intriguing piece of art – and it is art that you can only experience in a virtual world like Second Life.

Impressions of “Khaos.Part 1” by Cherry Manga and JadeYu Fhang (4)

I did not find out a lot about the two artists.
JadeYu Fhang is in Second Life to almost 13 years. For another exhibtion she wrote about herself: “Living in Paris, France, i followed the evening classes in academic drawing at Fine Arts School of Paris and was trained at the Applied Arts School of this city.
After these studies I completely stopped all artistic work. My journey is atypical made of multiple experiences. I returned to artistic work when I was able to get rid of all the academic rigidity that had been taught me.
My experience on Second Life since 12 years allows me to continue and improve my work and extend it to 3D.

Cherry Manga is in Second Life for over 14 years. I couldn’t find anything about Cherry, just that there is an own website where Cherry is characterized as VR-3D Artist (as if I didn’t know that by now *winks*).

Impressions of “Khaos.Part 1” by Cherry Manga and JadeYu Fhang (5)

La Maison d’Aneli is owned by Aneli Abeyante. Through her gallery she brings together all forms of creativity in RL and SL and the featured artists come from around the globe. Aneli’s intention is to “put her gallery in the service of artists, so that the world can be better, exchanges and meetings probably contribute even though it seems to be particles.
Thank you for enabling this facinating installation, Aneli. I enjoyed my visit.
Thank you Cherry and JadeYu for your art work.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/23/65/22
Cherry Manga’s website
https://cherryfrancogrid.wordpress.com/
Cherry Manga’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/42983210@N03/
JadeYu Fhang’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jadeyufhang
Landmark to ADreNaLin
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ADRENALINA/34/222/1954

Art in Sceond Life 2021 (4) La Maison d’Aneli Jan/Feb 2021

On Wednesday, January 13th, Aneli Abeyante opened a new joined exhibtion at La Maison d’Aneli. The participating artists for the first exhibtion of 2021 are: Sasha Arivalhagan (arivalhagan), Shoshisn Shilova, Anja (neobookie), NicoleX Moonwall, Kuervo (DonKuervo), GlitterPrincess Destiny, Zia Branner, Talixa and the RL artist Françoise Waroux.

As in the last exhibtions each of the 9 artists has an own skybox to fill at their liking or needs. Hence the art is presented in very different environment.

I started my tour with the art of Kuervo. I don’t know anything about the artist. The owner of the pictures, DonKuervo, is just 3 weeks old and therefore I assume it was created for this exhibition. In the accompanying notecard Kuervo writes: “The paintings that I exhibit here have been drawn and painted by me in IRL. I worked on the lights to create a nice presentation on SL. I am a self-taught person, my paintings were made mainly with acrylics, sometimes with Chinese inks or watercolors. I’m interested in drawing and painting, I’m a graphic designer, and I’m also interested in 3D, photography, djing, as well as sculpture.
You can find Kuervo on facebook here.

Kuervo’s skybox is just this – a box. The walls are used to present the pictures and yes, there’s something that makes you feel “Africa”, and not just because of the zebras. The lighting is selected nicely, the lights move and give the pictures a colourful gloss every once in a while. The effect is stunning compared to looking at the pictures without the moving light.

GlitterPrincess Destiny is in Second Life for almost 13 years. I never came across her before. At La Mansion d’Aneli she divided her skybox into an entry area and a box with 3 levels. GlitterPrincess presents pictures and some smaller 3D objects and installations. They all are about isolation, pain and death. There are some “books” close to several of GlitterPrincess’ art. Clicking these books gives you a notecard with a thought or two about the art. I’m not sure but I think the installation is expressing the isolation, the fear and the deaths that came with the current pandemic. GlitterPrincess’ pictures do tell stories, as it should be.
GlitterPrincess destiny writes in the accompanying notecard: “To capture the soul of emotions ……. subject soul and deep thoughts. This is my goal as a artist + photographer in SL“. You can also look up GlitterPrincess Destiny’s flickr page.

Zia Branner designed her box at La Maison d’Aneli as a warehouse with two floors. Zia is in Second Life for almost 13 years. She brought her RL paintings to SL. The paintings are mostly quite large and colourful, most of them are abstract, some are showing landscapes that have been coloured. From the accompanying notecard I have the following information:
Zia Branner had many drawing and painting art lessons at official institutes RL. She is also autodidact on things that did not come along in class. To her making art is a way of life. Often experimenting with techniques as a learning process. Most of the times she paints on canvas, but she also paints on wood and paper. Zia believes that “making art is rebellion against the finiteness of life“. The most important thing to her is that it makes her happy to see others enjoy her art as much as she loves creating it.
If you are interested in her art you can look up Zia Branner’s website. I do have a weakness for colourful art and hence I enjoyed the visit to her skybox.

Talixa is a new-media artist and in Second Life for over 5 year. She “examines the impact of new technologies on human identities and social connections. In the project shown at La Masion d’Aneli she examines how an AI facial recognition algorithm detects her own face when it is disguised by different digital filters. The algorithms used in this project is an off-the-shelf model, freely available on the GitHub community. The facial filters used in this installation are all freely available on Snap-Chat and were created by talented Snap-Chat artists: Sarah Mayer, jp pirie, Hiral Parekh, Jason Porter, agreeable greg, Joshua Keeney and Stencil Profane.


The skybox is filled with the pictures of Talixa’s face, levitating freely in the room, vanishing, appearing and turning, so that it is hard to focus on on face only – but the machine can. While it is funny to see the filters and what the AI recognizes, it is also scaring (me at least).

Hello and welcome into my world of Second Life art“, writes Anja (neobookie) in the accompanying notecard to her part of the exhibtion at La Maison d’Aneli. “I’m a Dutchie who likes to create, discover and explore the creativity inworld. I discovered the magic of making photographs and invite you, by my art, to join me on my trip. My exhibit is an attempt to create the story of myself as I walk Second Life and experience the world and dreams the surround us all. My thoughts turned into reflections of what I feel in both 2d landscapes and “NEOBOXES”


I like Anja’s art and the quotes on the walls of her exhibtion, that fit with the art showcased: “How far you go has nothing to do with distance” or “How deep you go has nothing to do with thinking at most with a will“. Anja presents quite elaborated 3D objects. Her pictures, taken within Second Life, prove a eye for the detail. I enjoyed my visit to Anja’s box.
If you want to see more of her art have a look at Anja (neobookie)’s flickr page.

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


Her skybox at La Maison d’Aneli is filled with pictures taken in Second Life, processed to enhance them. Many of the pictures are portraits, some show the whole avatar. Sasha always succeeds to make her pictures an eye-catcher, to make them tell a story, just as she wrote in the notecard. But I won’t call her an artist *winks*. Her art can also be seen at Sasha (arivalhagan)’s flickr page.

Shoshisn Shilova is another SL veteran with over 13 years in Second Life. I like the motto in her or his profile: “Reality is for those of you who can’t handle fiction“. Shoshisn uses male and female avatar shapes, which fits to the motto!
At Shoshisn’s space at La Masion d’Aneli almost all walls are covered with pictures, one wall is used to present 3D sulptures. The pictures cover a broad variety of art, erotic, fantasy, objects, scenes. This is also fitting to the above motto. There are many pictures and it was not that easy to decide which ones to take for this blog entry – but I got it done.
Her or his art can also be seen at Shoshisn Shilova’s flickr page.

Françoise Waroux is an RL artist. Here’s an excerpt of the text in the accompanying notecard: “From a childhood marked by several stays in Africa I kept the taste of the great outdoors, the light and colors. I have always collected flowers, branches, seeds, shells, feathers, pebbles for their beauty and for the pleasure of holding them in my hands. I started with collages, but the collages are fragile, difficult to transport and resist poorly time, the branches and shells break, the leaves and flowers lose their color… So I turned to photography to keep my collages intact. I enlarge or light a detail or a hidden side of an object or landscape, or on the contrary, I strip it to preserve only the characteristics that I feel as essential. I play with shapes, colors, light and proportions for bold, colorful and very original creations that sometimes surprise me myself. Each image is unique.


I couldn’t write it any better. The pictures are colourful and unique, yet I hadn’t thought that they were based on collages of flowers and branches and other stuff. Well done!
The avatar holding the ownership of the showcased pictures is Jeff (legrandjeff). To see more or to contact look up Françoise Waroux’ website.

NicoleX Moonwall is in Second Life for more than 11 years. She’s one of the outstanding machinama film-makers in Second Life. Filming in SL and RL since 2011, she has over 900 films that illustrate her unique style of filming, with sweeping long takes and little or no editing, on YouTube and Vimeo. She has received international recognition and has participated in over 150 film festivals around the world. For more information look at NicoleX’s website.
NicoleX’s installation at La Maison d’Aneli wasn’t finished yet, when I visited the first time. I visited it at the opening again. It’s quite difficult to interpret or understand this installation. It is a 3D artwork, a bit like a snippet of a nightmare involving Jesus Christ a bunny head, blocks and a loo. It looks different depending on the viewing angle and the Christ cross and the bunny head are connected, energy is flowing. Jesus Christ has a bunny head by the way …. I fail interpreting it.

La Maison d’Aneli is owned by Aneli Abeyante. Through her gallery she brings together all forms of creativity in RL and SL and the featured artists come from around the globe. Aneli’s intention is to “put her gallery in the service of artists, so that the world can be better, exchanges and meetings probably contribute even though it seems to be particles.
Thank you for another great joined exhibtion, Aneli. As always I enjoyed my visit and writing about it. It always inspires me.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/23/65/22
Kuervo on facebook
https://www.facebook.com/PabloT0LED0
GlitterPrincess Destiny’s flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/storiesglitter/
Zia Branner’s website
https://hollykaiart.wordpress.com/
Anja (neobookie)’s flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/182110530@N04/
Sasha (arivalhagan)’s flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/188848670@N02/
Shoshisn Shilova’s flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/people/serge_sonnino/
Françoise Waroux’ website
https://www.artactif.com/fr/artist/melissoise
NicoleX Moonwall’s website
https://www.nicolex.net/

Art in Second Life 2020 (76) La Maison d’Aneli Nov/Dec

On Wednesday, November 25th, a new exhibtion was opened at La Maison d’Aneli. It features the art of Bebop Xue, Adwehe, Eylinea, Aleallo, Nils Urqhart, DameKlaudia Demonia, Red Bikcin and kjs Yip.

As usual I didn’t wait until the opening and I couldn’t attend the opening event due to my other obligations in RL and SL. Hence I peeked in again early.

I started my visit with the skybox of Bebop Xue. Bebop is a French artist und in Second Life for over 12 years, yet I haven’t come across her before. Bobop’s skybox is devided in 4 rooms, the floor, the walls and the ceiling are animated with a light effects projecting combs on the surfaces and they are permanently changing. Bobop uses kind soap bubbles that rain from nowhere and vanish again. This way there is a steady motion in the exhibition box and the showcased pictures and the few hoovering 3D objects become more static. Her pictures are colourful, are often showing faces or scifi elements and are in my opinion really artful.

With less than 3 years Adwehe is still quite new to Second Life. I saw her art already a few times, twice at La Maison d’Aneli and at VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery. So far I saw always something different, Adwehe is is experimenting with different forms of art and with the possibilities that Second Life offers. The main part of her skybox is filled with a structure of different, mainly black and white and grey transparent layers, sometimes with a touch of blue, with stairs inside. You can walk into the structure and you get different views depending on your position and viewing angle. Inside of the structure several figures are kneeling ..  standing .. they appear and vanish, sometimes you see just one, sometines the other, sometimes none and rarely all. The structure tempts you to stay and try out more views.

 

Eylinea is with 2,5 years also quite new to Second life, and I saw her art before also at La Maison d’Aneli and at VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery. And like Adwehe she’s still exploring the possibilities and trying out new things. Her passion seem to be objects and moving light effects. Her room in the current exhibtion at La Maison d’Aneli is filled with cubes and spheres. While some cubes stay fiexed at their places, the spheres and other cubes are constantly moving around on fixed routes, they turn and they shine and glow, producing different effects. It’s fun watching and letting your mind wander.
Eylinea writes abotu herself in the accompanying notecard: “Photographer, cube juggler, light dresser, tattoo artist apprentice, designer, designer of cardboard furniture and lights, jewellery maker…. dreamer at her own time! To sum it up: creator of lots of things, curious about everything. That’s how I could qualify my sl… and my rl!

Allo (Aleallo) is in Second Life for 4 years. It is the first time I saw his work. Allo makes portrait pictures of people in Second Life. He keeps them im black and white. The showcased portraits at La Maison d’Aneli all seems to tell a story as portraits should do.

I visited the skybox of Nils Upqhart next. It is designed like a classic gallery space, the walls are filled with photographs of landscapes and of some wildlife. The floor is designed fitting to the pictures as a green meadow and there are some opportunities to sit. There are really quite a lot of photographs and they show how beautiful and even lonesome the nature even in Central Europe can be. Some of Nils’ photographs are awesome and capture a very particular atmosphere.
Nils Urqhart (Paul Maurice in RL) is a French landscape photographer in RL. He take s his photos mainly in French Alps and other French mountains (Vosges, Jura, Bugey, Aubrac…). And even if I didn’t come across him so far yet, he has a lot of exhibitions in different SL galleries every year. Nils is in SL since December 2007. Since 2010, his photos have been on display year-round at Art gallery Rill’Arts. Nils (or Paul in RL) has an own website https://paul-maurice.pixels.com/.

Claudia C. Erdesathi (DameKlaudia Demonia) is from France and in Second Life for far over 12 years. She’s a former roleplayer and became a SL photographer and thematic setting builder for her own use. She “creates scenes around many fields of the science-fiction and fantasy: cyborgs, gynoids, Giger style inspired characters, dragons, vampires, etc… and sometimes explores the paths of intimate portraits or special effects with the depths of the technical boundaries…
Her skybox at La Maison d’Aneli is an ancient temple with female statues embedded in the walls and in the center of the temple some angel statues. The four walls of the temple are used to showcase Claudia’s picture … most of them I’d categorise fantasy or scifi fantasy.

I saw Red Bikcin’s art before, the last time in 2018 (read here). Actually one of her pictures is at our home. Red’s skybox at La Maison d’Aneli is colourful and futuristic as I expected it to be. All walls, floor and ceiling are animated with a blue/green starry sky with some fog and clouds moving. There are several animated colourful fractals at the walls and round fractals that even radiate light in form of beams into the room. It is fun to be in Red’s box and just to watch the animations and the every changing impressions.
Red Bikcin is from Spain and in Second Life for more than 13 years (like me). She has her own gallery, the R&D Art Gallery Diotima. Her artworks are especially fractals, although also has made exhibitions with photography and installations.

kjs Yip (aka Jochen Schülpke in RL) is in Second Life for almost 14 years. Since January 2007 he has been dealing with light, color and prim, the basic elements of the virtual world and quite soon began exhibting his art work.
Jochen Schülpke worked for a long time as a TV journalist, wage clerk, photographer, TV editor and cameraman, is now retired. Now he acts with the pictures of kjs Yip from the virtual world. He shows them as collages in the real world. Of course, J. Schülpke is only a representative, an appearance, an avatar of kjs Yip. 😉
His skybox at La Maison d’Aneli is very colourful. In the center is a structure in blue, red yellow, and green that is used as a stairwell to get to a platform within the skybox. At this platform kjs provides some basics about his work. You can downlod three books of him about “Painting with light, colours and prims” or scroll through displayed books. The walls of the skybox are used to display more of his art. I admit, I was impressed – well, I do like colours.

The current exhibition stays opened at least until December 10th.
La Maison d’Aneli is owned by Aneli Abeyante. Through her gallery she brings together all forms of creativity in RL and SL and the featured artists come from around the globe. Aneli’s intention is to “put her gallery in the service of artists, so that the world can be better, exchanges and meetings probably contribute even though it seems to be particles.
Thank you for another great joined exhibtion, Aneli. As always I enjoyed my visit and writing about it. It always inspires me.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/23/65/22
Landmark to VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oreo/64/100/501
Art gallery Rill’Arts
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Helvellyn/56/197/30
Nils Upqhart (or Paul Maurice in RL)’s website
https://paul-maurice.pixels.com/
Red Bikcin’s R&D Art Gallery Diotima
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gigli%20Waves/156/241/41

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