Simploring 2019 (14) Oxygen by Terrygold

I visited Terrygold’s newest exhibition and installation “Oxygen” following Inara Peys’s blog post about it “Terrygold’s Oxygen in Second Life“. The exhibition and the installation is shown at Solo Arte, the art place of Melania (melaniabis) and Terrygold.

At the landing you can grab a notecard with the background story that accompanies Terrygold’s exhibition in the rooms adjacent to the landing. There’re recommended settings for your viewer for your visit and I used them, althogh my picture became a bit dark with it, but that’s intended.

Oxygen by Terrygold – impressions of the exhibition (1)

The story itself is quite sad and touching. It deals as the name implies with oxygene. In a not so far future a woman grows up wearing an oxygene mask permanently because of the polluted air. The mask is an ongoing torture, the sounds of her own breathing making it hard to blind out her misery. Just once a week she gets relief for an hour she may spend in a greenhouse.

Oxygen by Terrygold – impressions of the exhibition (2)

As you wander through the exhibtion you read the story, you see the pictures that express the never ending longing for relief, the yearning for a natural and healthy environment. And you hear the sounds of the breathing. In the end, when you passed the last room and picture you hear the last heartbeat and silence, finally silence.

Oxygen by Terrygold – impressions of the underground

Leaving the exhibition you walk up stairs, reach a large corridor with oxygene tanks and come to an old underground station and finally when you walk up from the underground station with the station name “Rebirth” you reach the surface, a town named “Oxygen“. It’s dark and abandoned, a ghost town. Nature has conquered it back, ivy, trees and gras slowly overgrowing walls. The roads with the rusty car wracks still witness the life that has been here before. And if you walk inside the houses, there’s still furniture, pictures on the walls, signs of the life that was here before.

Oxygen by Terrygold – impressions of the ghost town

Oxygen by Terrygold is an impressive piece of art with a strong message like “Rusted Farm” was, the installation of Terrygold that I visited last year (read here) and that dealt with industrial farming and pollution. I recommend a visit to Oxygen and I hope that Terrygold’s message is heard. Thank you for your art and for this installtion, Terrygold!

Landmark to Oxygen
Inara Pey’s blog post “Terrygold’s Oxygen in Second Life”

Simploring 2019 (12) 6 artists at La Maison d’Aneli

I got the invitation to visit the newest exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli, that opened January 23rd and features the art of: Therese Carfagno, Eupalinos Ugajin, Nabrej Aabye, Betty Tureaud, Tubal Amiot and Xirana Oximoxi.

I started my visit at the room that was filled with Betty Tureaud art. It is one piece, four persons stand in a circle around a hoovering couple. The persons or statues are made of coloured glas, each has a different colour, the couple being pink. Around the scene 8 cubes are placed in a circle and on the inner side of the cubes you see the faces of other coloured persons looking at the scene in the center. The whole scene is in a full dark room and once you enter there’s no other light than what is reflected of the persons and the cubes. It’s quite impressing to walk around and to step into the scene. I’ll refrain from interpreting *winks*
Betty Tureaud is from Denmark, she’s a builder and light and space artist in Second Life. I came across her art before at ArtSpace UTSA in 2016 (read here) and in August 2018 when I visited her isntallation “The Art Game” (read here)

Xirana Oximoxi (Nuria Vives)’s exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli shows a series of nine women artists of 16th – 19th centuries centering the attention to the difficulties they had to deal with to be recognised as professional artists. Each of the female artists has her own little corner. Stylised men are looking at the exhibited pictures and are discussing, you see their comments like in a comic strip, the ceiling hanging full of other bubbles. To some extent the comments seem to be funny nowadys, but on the second glance they left me very pensively.
Xiarna Oximoxi (Nuria Vives) is a Catalan artist: “My works reflect my concerns and my different moods. They are based on my experiences and express a personal sensitivity nourished by impressions from the external world and my internal world.” Nuria her an own website and an own blog

Nabrej Aabye is a digital artist. His work ranges from simple illustration, photography, video, design, digital painting, typography and to mixed art. At La Maison d’Aneli you’ll get an impression of the variety of his art, that is not dominated at all by one style. The two boule balls and the sci-fi skeleton of a dinosaur show examples of his 3D art.

Therese Carfagno is Second Life for 12 years now and took pictures within SL for many years. Lately she’s more interested in pictures of real life. In her exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli she shows a series of pictures of Nancy, “a very kind and beautiful girl who’s very at ease in front of the camera.” There’re also a few abstracts. You’ll have to interpret them yourself as even Therese can’t explain what it is – nor can I.

Tubal Amiot’s usual name is Aïcha according to something in her real name. Like Therese Carfagno she’s also in Second for almost 12 years now. She says about herself, that other people find her being eccentric. For her SL is a place to do what she doesn’t do in real life. She’s first of all a poet and writer. Tubal makes paintings with softwares, sometimes 3 for one painting. The work exhibited at La Maison d’Aneli reaches from naive art to adult art, from scuptures to comics, from abstract to garphical pictures. And it’s really colourful!

Eupalinos Ugajin is also in Second Life for more than 10 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.
The room created by Eupalinos Ugajin at La Maison d’Aneli show several 2D and 3D pieces of art and a quote on the floor that is faded in and out at different spots and that describes the combining element of the exhibited pieces:
“…we now have 3D and the apologists say it is more realer than real. Do we need that? Shouldn’t we be putting our energies into something more worthwhile? The human imagination is surely the most amazing thing in the universe. We do not want virtual reality we want virtual unreality. We cannot replicate reality – ahy are we asting our time trying?…” (Peter Greenaway)

Once again Aneli Abeyante has put together an impressive exhibtion showing the broad variety of art in Second Life at La Maison d’Aneli. I did enjoy my visit and can only recommend that you’ll have a look at it. Thank you Aneli and thank you Therese Carfagno, Eupalinos Ugajin, Nabrej Aabye, Betty Tureaud, Tubal Amiot and Xirana Oximoxi.

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Simploring 2019 (10) Gem Preiz Fractal Art Gallery

I came across Gem Preiz and his fractal art in 2017 and I follow his exhibitions and art ever since. Now I got an invitation from Gem to visit his “Gem Preiz Fractal Art Gallery

Gem Preiz Fractal Art Gallery is located in a huge sci-fi building complex. When you arrive you’re overwhelmed by the dimensions. I didn’t count the exhibited pictures but there’re for sure more than 100. Gem’s greeter welcomed me: “Welcome to my Fractal Art Gallery. Enjoy the visit. Use stairs, teleport signs, flight or double-click to reach the various floors

Right next to where you arrive is a board where you can grab a notecard about Gem and about all is exhibtions in Second Life since 2012.
Gem Preiz “is educated in science and mathematics and is fond of anything related to Nature, Cosmos and Earth, from astronomy to geology. The world of fractals is, in the same way, ruled by Mathematics functions which, as Physics do in Nature, enable to create objects which features repeat themselves at every scale. There lies his passion for fractals: create thanks to the power and pureness of the Mathematical concept, images the complexity of which can suggest Nature beings, objects or sceneries.

Gem Preiz Fractal Art Gallery provides an overview of Gem’s work. His fractals reach from sci-fi towns and objects to colourful fantasy elements, from spirals to structures reminding of jewels. Some of the pictures are really huge and fill a whole wall. You can interactively change these large pictures and display others.

Gem Preiz Fractal Art Gallery has also some quite closed rooms dedicated to a single theme but most of the gallery is in one open and lightflooded room. You can explore the various levels either on foot using stairs of you can use teleporters. One of teleporters brings you to the terrace of the building and zooming out you get an impression of the complex. It didn’t surprise me that Gem created a facinating building that is a piece of art itself and contains elements of his former work.

I enjoyed visiting Gem Preiz Fractal Art Gallery. It is intriguing to look at the fractals and to try to find the Underlying mathematic function. Despite the spirals I never succeed to find it. If you don’t know Gem Preiz’ fractal art yet, the gallery provides a great introduction and overview about fractals. And if you know Gem Preiz’ art already, you will visit his gallery most probably anyway – like I did. Thank you, Gem!

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Simploring 2018 (108) 6 artists – new exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli

The latest exhibtion at La Maison d’Aneli opened on December 12th and will stay open for the public until mid of January 2019. It presents gives insight into the art of Patrick Moya, Lam Erin, Chapichapo Delvalle, Layachi Ihnen, Bump Squeegee and Renoir Adder.

I started my visit on December 16th, with the corner presenting Patrick Moya’s art, which provides an impression of Patrick Moya’s (moya janus) art in Second Life and in Real Life. I came across Patrick Moya in 2017 when I visited his Moya Land (read Simploring 2017 (56) Moya).
Patrick Moya (born 1955 in Troyes, France), is a French artist. He is a part of the artistic movement “Ecole de Nice”. Moya has been at the forefront since the 1970s of straddling the latest forms of media and technology to benefit art rather than rendering it extinct.
(excerpt from wikipedia).
He is an early pioneer of video art and is active with his art in Second Life since 2007 in addition to his work in the physical world. The barriers between the two worlds do blur in his artistic work. Moya Patrick (moya janus) has also a website with tons of information about his work and about Moya in Second Life. Unfortunately it is in French only.

Patrick Moya (moya janus) at La Maison d’Aneli

Lam Erin is specialised in landscapes and artistic depictions of scenes and avatars. He writes about his art:
My art and photography works are known for two elements:
a. “Realism”: the pics of landscapes and avatars for which such effect is used, look “real”.
b. “Painterly effect”: the pics on which such effect is used look like paintings.
At La Maison d’Aneli Liam presents pictures that were processed to look like paintings. I personally think that these pictures are great examples to prove how the virtual and physical world are more and more interlocking.
You can see more of Liam’s art on flickr here,

Liam Erin at La Maison d’Aneli

chapichapo Delvalle is a French artist and he’s connected to Patrick Moya. The exhibtion at La Maison d’Aneli has two parts. First there’re the pictures. Some of them look like pictures taken in real life, some others seem to be processed pictures taken in Second Life. Honestly, I can’t tell. What I can tell is that they are artful and intriguing. The second part of chapichapo Delvalle work can be accessed by the stairs in his exhibition area. chapichapo Delvalle makes moving colourful spirals and kaleidoscopes and there’s also a room where you can literally walk into a kaleidoscope.
You can see more of chapichapo Delvalle work on flickr here.

chapichapo Delvalle at La Maison d’Aneli

Layachi Hamidouche (Layachi Ihnen) is an artist from Algeria, born in 1947, hence he’s over 70 years old. Although he’s for sure not a native digital he began to work with computers and integrated digital elements into his work since 1999. He also runs his own gallery in Second Life LAYACHI ART GALLERY. His website is in French. And he is connected to Patrick Moya (moya janus) as well. The pictures presented at La Maison d’Aneli look like ancient paintings on the first view, but there’s a lot to discover in them if you look at them in more detail.

Layachi Hamidouche (Layachi Ihnen) at La Maison d’Aneli

Bump Squeegee is an artist and retired art educator from Oklahoma, USA. His work has numerous received awards and has been shown in galleries and museums in Boston MA, St. Louis MO, Los Angeles CA, Lincoln NB, his native Oklahoma, as well as numerous online exhibitions and across the SL grid (information from the provided notecard at the exhibition).
At La Maison d’Aneli he presents digital assemblages, that are derived from a number of sources like scans from old books, magazines, the web, as well as scans of original photos and drawings. And the result are pictures in which you will discover new elements each time you look at them – intriguing!

Bump Squeegee at La Maison d’Aneli

I didn’t find out a lot about Renoir Adder. I assume that he’s Italian. The paintings shown at La Maison d’Aneli are created by vangogh Rembranch and owned by Renoir Adder. In the notecard that is provided by La Maison d’Aneli, Renoir Adder writes:
Vangogh Rembranch is an artist who deserves a special place: it is a longtime friend and a generous supporter of our charity project ‘Harambee Gwassi-Kenya’ and he often dedicates the sales of his paintings to support our Schools project! His paintings are real works“.
I couldn’t find out more about the artist so far and the website that was provided didn’t work. But I can say, that the work presented at La Maison d’Aneli is worth looking at. Some of the pictures have an Asian touch, some are clearly impressions of the Mediterrean. When you compare these pictures, that are taken from real paintings according to Renoir Adder with the digital “paintings” presented by Layachi Hamidouche (Layachi Ihnen) or Lam Erin it is hard to tell what’s real and what’s digital.

Renoir Adder / vangogh Rembranch at La Maison d’Aneli

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 this new joined exhibtion, Aneli. I enjoyed my visit a lot again.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli

Further information and links used in this blog post:

Moya Patrick (moya janus) website
Landmark to Moya Land
My visit to Moya Land “Simploring 2017 (56) Moya”
About Patrick Moya in Wikipedia

Liam erin’s art on flickr

chapichapo Delvalle art on flickr

Layachi Hamidouche (Layachi Ihnen) website

Renoir Adder / vangogh Rembranch website (the site didn’t work for me)

Simploring 2018 (97) Another joined exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli

On October 31st, a new joined exhibition of 5 different artists was opened at La Maison d’Aneli. This time it features the art of Nevereux, Cybele Moon (Hana Hoobinoo), rikku Yalin, Barret Darkfold and Violaine (anadonne). And once again the mixture of different art is quite facinating.

I started my visit with Nevereux, an artist who I came across this year the first time seeing the installation doLLoureux (read here). At La Maison d’Aneli Nevereux presents the 3Dinstallation “Assembly line”. This installation is mostly made up of black straight lines, that define a room or an area. Some very few elements and texts “disturb” the lines and the rooms built by them. This maybe a blinking “Sale” sign in red, or a chair or a sliding door or a head. Together wiht the different geometrical forms you’ll be inspired to think about the potential messages behind it. You cross the room freely, the lines don’t hinder you, but nonetheless you feel the limitations that those line imply on you. Everybody has to make it’s own conclusions. Or as Neveruex expresses it “The point is that you’re inside a 3D drawing.

La Maison d’Aneli – Neveroux

Cybele Moon (Hana Hoobinoo) is offers a mixture of photographs taken in the physical world on in virtual worlds. With some pictures it’s hard to distinguish where they were taken, or are the mixed? I liked in particular the Autumn picture with a tree loosing it’s leaves in front of it. Each of Cybele’s pictures seems to tell a story, that you have to make up yourself. The protraits are attracting, at least I wanted to know more, and again I can make up my own story.
Cybele has an own blog, that you might want to look up.

La Maison d’Aneli – Cybele Moon (Hana Hoobinoo)

rikku Yalin’s art is a mixture of 3D and 2D, the objects seem to be built from scrap, they are to some extent funny. They interact with the 2D pictures displayed at the walls, be it graffiti or be it screws, nuts and gearwheels. Looking at the details is very interesting and at least my thought was that it all shouldn’t be taken too seriously. I just enjoyed exploring rikku’s art.

La Maison d’Aneli – rikku Yalin

Barret Darkfold, in RL known as David Aran Brugues, is an abstract painter from Catalonia working with techniques like watercolor, oil, acrylic, mixed, encaustic, and digital art.
At La Maison d’Aneli he presents paintings with the colour Yellow. On a frist view they might look all similar, due to the amount of pictures on the same size, but looking closer at them you see that each of them is unique and as they are abstract you may interpret them yourself.
David Aran Brugues has also his own website, if you understand Spanish (I don’t) and are interested to see more of his art.

La Maison d’Aneli – Barret Darkfold (in RL David Aran Brugues)

Violaine (anadonne) shows variations of RL photographs, abstract pictures and watercolour. The pictures are grouped, 4 variations of a picture or scene each. They are clearly connected with each other and tell a story or offer a different point of view. I for my part can’t categorize her art. I think she’s playing with different forms to express herself.

La Maison d’Aneli – Violaine (anadonne)

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. This joined exhibtion at La Maison d’Aneli is open until November 25th. I enjoyed my visit and it inspired me.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
Cybele Moon (Hana Hoobinoo)’s blog
Barret Darkfold (in RL David Aran Brugues) website

Simploring 2018 (93) Rusty by Cica Ghost

On Sunday, November 4th, I made a spontaneous simploring tour in the early evening and visited Cica Ghost’s newest Installation called Rusty, that opened that very day.

Impressions of Rusty by Cica Ghost (1)

As the name already gives away, Rusty is rusty. It’s an island with a surface seemingly made of an iron sheet with a chess board pattern and some fields are rusty. The island is covered with an old plant, and of course the single elements of that plant are rusty. There’re some areas covered with flowers, and these are .. rusty.

Impressions of Rusty by Cica Ghost (2)

From the very beginning of my visit I had fun at Rusty. I kept the windlight setting. It is dark and the sky looks a bit threatening but it fits perfect for Cica’s installation. Each and every element of the “plant” is different and often you find little living rooms inside at the top of them, accessable by ladders.
Rusty birds have found their home at Rusty. And as it is Cica’s style these birds are comparably big and have big eyes that seemingly look at you. They sit on poles, on large rusty plants, on pipes and power lines. You can take a ride on several vehicles, which are extraordinary like a huge cat on wheels or a swimming mouse. You can choose different poses and dance on the head of the huge cat while it drives around the plant.

Impressions of Rusty by Cica Ghost (3)

Like a cameo appearance Cica began to hide one or more of her famous cats in her newer installations. I found the cat also at Rusty and it conjured a smile in my face.
Very funny is also that one of the plant elements is like a big chicken. You can climb up to it and sit “inside” over 3 eggs, that the chicken had layed. Cica added even more fun elements. On a platform that connects two of the living rooms at the top of the plant elements you can do a box fight. Cica provides the bozo gloves for the fight – and there’s another living room nearby with more chairs for the audience watching.

Impressions of Rusty by Cica Ghost (4)

A bit aside of the plant is a house that looks like the former energy supply of the plant or possibly the former control center of it. Actually, after exploring Rusty, it seems to me being more a little town rather a former plant side. At least it was transformed into a living place. Cica’s rusty birds and other animals found their place here as well as humans who installed their little living rooms and took over the place which looked so abandonned and rusty on the first glance.
The longer you explore Rusty, the more details you discover. For example that some of the living rooms are colourful and stick out in this rusty environment. I’m pretty sure that I didn’t discover everything.

Impressions of Rusty by Cica Ghost (5)

As always Cica didn’t write a detailed landmark description but provided a quote, this time the quote is from Joseph Addison, an English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician (1672 – 1719): “Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.”
This fits perfectly as visiting Rusty conjures a smile in your face and washes away your worries for the time you dive into Cica’s world and enjoy it.

Thank you Cica for clearing away the rust 🙂

Landmark to Rusty by Cica Ghost

Simploring 2018 (90) Hypercube – labyrinth of the mind

On SL Destinations I saw a picture of “Hypercube – labyrinth of the mind“, an installation by Moki Yuitza at LEA 19. In Oema’s “Virtuality”-blog I read a short interview with Moki, then I visited it myself on Monday October 15th.

You land outside of the cube where you can grab a notecard with recommendations how to adjust the settings of your viewer, but there’re also boards explaining it. Hypercube is a maze within a cube with 3 floors, each floor contains 8 scenes, so in total there’s 24 scenes. For Moki it is “a personal journey through dreams, emotions, memories and nightmares in search of the path to the exit” and she invites the visitor to find an own story.

In most of the scenes you will see doll avatars. At the landing point you can grab a female or a male doll avatar, which you can use for your visit of Hypercube. Each scene offers two poseballs, a heart for a female pose and a star for the male pose. With these poses you can get involved into the scene yourself. I can imagine that visiting as a couple using these dolls avatars will provide another experience. I decided to visit Hypercube without using the doll Avatar.

There are two ways of exploring, either on foot or using teleport points that lead from scene to scene. The three floors are connected by a staircase in the center of the cube. Due to the transparent walls of the labyrinth and due to the many colourful light beams, that cross the cube, the scenes appear different depending on the viewing angle. Sometimes you see other scenes in the background through the transparent walls, in one scene a transparent walls seperates the two doll couple.

The 24 scenes deal with different situations of life, with love, with fear, with family, with hope and even with mortal peril. You will find scenes with large and scary monsters, monsters that seem to have sprung directly from a nightmare. You see the dolls trying to hide or to protect themselves from the monsters. Depending on your own thoughts, you will find situations of your own life expressed by the dolls.

Hypercube is creative art. By the light effects and the transparent walls every visitor gets a different view on it and makes a unique experience. In addition, the possibility to visit as a doll avatar or as a couple provides even more variations. The scenes are thoughtfully built and cover a wide range of possible interpretations, from birth to death. Hypercube is a the kind of art you can only see and experience in a virtual environment like Second Life.
Thank you Moki for this installation. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to Hypercube
Interview with Moki Yuitza published in Oema’s “Virtuality”-blog

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