Art in Second Life (3) La Maison d’Aneli January/February 2020

Yesterday, Wednesday, January 22nd, La Maison d’Aneli had the opening of another joined exhibition of several artists. Aneli Abeyante features Quadrapop Lane at “La Serre” and Adwehe, Anadonne, DekabristMouse, Kara Mellow, Eylinea and her own art at the main gallery. Once again I visited the exhibition before the official opening, as I couldn’t attend the opening itself.
The exhibition will stay opened until February 18th.

I started my tour in the main gallery with the art of Eylinea. She quite new to Second Life and explores for herself a broad variety of artistic possibilities in Second Life: painting, photography, sculpture and even soon tattoo creation. At La Maison d’Aneli she shows some permanently changing geometrical displays that reminded me of Spirograph

La Maison d’Aneli January/February 2020 – Eylinea

Violaine (anadonne) is in Second Life for 3 years now. Her pictures at La Maison d’Aneli are mostly abstract. Some of them look like maps coloured in different tones of one colour, in other pictures you recognize parts of human bodies. Violaine’s pictures are displayed in groups that belong to one theme each.

La Maison d’Aneli January/February 2020 – Violaine (anadonne)

Mouse (dekabristmouse), a russian art student likes furry, space and fallout themes. He runs a shop for space, ground and water vehicles and for furry mods. At his corner at La Maison d’Aneli he displays drawing of furries and fantasy arts with characters created by himself. One wall shows drawings in black and white, one wall shows coloured drawings.

La Maison d’Aneli January/February 2020 – Mouse (dekabristmouse)

Aneli Abeyante, who runs La Maison d’Aneli, has her own corner in the exhibtion this time again. Aneli creates objects in 2D and 3D, colourful, steadily moving, and with particular light effects. Aneli writes about herself:
I love geometry and mathematics. So after much practice, I managed to clear structures and shapes. In reality I practice painting, I do not have precise style but I always seek harmonization.
At her corner we see geometrical shapes with blue as the dominating colour. Most of the displays as constantly changing, my pictures are just snapshots.

La Maison d’Aneli January/February 2020 – Aneli Abeyante

At La Maison d’Aneli Kara Mellow presents his art around the themes “Brain” and “Pink, the new Black”. The notecard with the artist biography reads as follows:
Kara Mellow is considered one of the greatest truglucists of all time. He creates beautiful emptiness out of ugly plenitude. As a confessed Obliviousonist he likes cheese in words and he hates Siri. The latency of this love-hate binomial is more than evident in his work yet to be done, like “March”, Mellow’s favorite month and, at same time, his second most hated synced motion.

La Maison d’Aneli January/February 2020 – Kara Mellow

His art is quite intriguing and he likes to provoke and to exaggerate. I like in particular his “Petflix” corner where you can kneel down for binge watching the void.

Adwehe is quite new in Second Life. At La Maison d’Aneli Adwehe created a room mainly filled with 3D objects in different geometrical forms. You can climb up on them or sit on spheres and become part the art yourself. At the walls some pictures are displayed. Adwehe seems to like ladders.

La Maison d’Aneli January/February 2020 – Adwehe

I ended my visit at La Maison d’Aneli visiting the seperate art space “La Serre” which features Quadrapop Lane.
Quadrapop has been building in Second Life since 2007. In RL Quadrapop has a background in Art History and Graphic Design and is a mixed media artist.
Fascinated by the possibilities that virtual creation provides for the artist, Quadrapop focused on those aspects that are least like physical real life. Utilising phantom prims, alpha textures, one way transparency, flexible prims, lack of gravity, and the lighting and surface effects created by projected lights when combined with normal and specular layers, quadrapop creates contemplative abstractions that are not possible (or very difficult/costly) to create in RL.
(taken from the artists notecard)

La Maison d’Aneli January/February 2020 – Quadrapop Lane

You enter a colourful space filled with light. I had the impression of being in the control room of a spaceship. Everywhere you look you see different colours, different objects. Quadrapop plays with light and effects and with the transparancy of phantom objects. There’re two levels at “La Serre” connected by a spiral staircase. And there’s a teleport pad that leads you to a labyrinth made of transperent coloured walls and surrounded by something that could be the space – or just abstract art. It was fun exploring and experiencing it.

La Maison d’Aneli January/February 2020 – Quadrapop Lane’s Labyrinth

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 Aneli for another great exhibition and thank you to all artists. The current exhibition runs until February 18th. Enjoy your visit, if you go there yourself.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oak%20Park/101/136/3502

Art in Second Life 2020 (2) Shui Mo Gallery

Saturday, January 4th, I visited Shui Mo Gallery, a gallery a came across following scoop.it SL Destinations.

Shiu Mo Gallery is owned by FionaFei and features her unique art. Right next to the landing spot you can grab a notecard with information about the place, the presented art and about FionaFei herself.

In addition I got information in main chat and a welcome:
This space is an art installation created in the style of Chinese ink brush (ShuǐMò) painting by FionaFei.  Initially designed as a stand-alone art installation is now also used to house Fiona’s other artworks.  Follow the scrolls to the giant red double doors to head inside!  Please feel free to roam around the space and sit on the artwork.

Shui Mo Gallery – A walk into FionaFei’s art

Shui Mo, meaning ”ink” in Chinese, is an art gallery and a series of installations called the ”Shui Mo Series” that I have created in the style of Chinese ink brush painting, depicting a common theme or landscape seen in many traditional Chinese paintings.
The Shui Mo Gallery hovers over Dreams, a sim dedicated to helping and supporting stroke survivors and people with autism by means of regular group meetings, classes, games, and creative building contests. The goal of the Shui Mo Gallery is to give the visitors and the Dreams community the feel of being fully immersed inside a 2D drawing as well as an escape from even ”virtual” reality, where the 3D space melts away into the mind of the artist.

I was impressed right when I saw the first 6 art objocts present in the hall where you land. You can’t really capture the flowers, trees, butterflies and blossoms in a 2D picture. They are 3D and look different from every angle. My first picture shows the landing hall with the 6 art objects. I made some close-up pictures to provide an idea about these objects.

Impressions of Shui Mo Gallery – the landing hall

The center piece of the Shiu Mo Gallery is behind the giant red double doors. You literally enter the art of FionaFei. Fiona uses the possibilities of Second Life to provide a new perspective on this traditional Chinese art style by adding depth. She makes what has always been portrayed as 2D paintings into 3D scuptures, trees, birds, fish and other familiar structures commonly seen in traditional Chinese paintings. When the viewer looks into the art, they are looking into a 3D space and depending on the angle they are viewing it from, the art changes.

Impressions of Shui Mo Gallery – entering FionaFei’s art

I walked into the art, I crossed bridges and walked stairs and I sat on Fiona’s art as she invited me to. That is fun on on side, you dance and balance and you become a living colourful spot in a black and white environment. There’s also the opportunity for couple dances, something very particular with this background. It’s not really possible to capture the 3D experience in pictures although I tried that of course.

Impressions of Shui Mo Gallery – within FionaFei’s art (1)

The notecard, which I got at the entrance also contains information about FionaFei herself:
As a Chinese American, the Shui Mo series is my way of not only connecting with my ancestry, but it’s also a way for me to celebrate centuries of art and old masters who painted in this beautiful art style. I am classically trained in oil painting and electronic media.  Much of my early years were spent painting landscapes and portraits using oil paint on canvas.  However, I developed a love for non-photorealism over the years as an artist. In continuation with my love of non-photorealism, I now produce Chinese ink-brush art in Second Life and exhibit my work around the grid.

Impressions of Shui Mo Gallery – within FionaFei’s art (2)

FionaFei has her own website and you might want to get more information and background about her and her art there. Visiting the Shui Mo Gallery was a great experience. It perfectly shows the opportunities that a virtual platform like Second Life provides for artisits and Fiona found another unique way to take advantage of it.

Thank you very much for your art, Fiona. I’m pretty sure that I will come across it again in Second Life – and I will visit the Shui Mo Gallery again.

Landmark to Shui Mo Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dreams/147/44/2554
Read more about the inspiration behind the gallery here:
https://fionafei.carbonmade.com/projects/7058075
FionaFei’s website
https://fionafei.carbonmade.com/

Art in Second Life 2020 (1) – The Art of Milly Sharple

In 2020 I will split up my “Simploring” posts into “Simploring” for my exploring tours to sims in Second Life and “Art in Second Life” for my visits to art galleries or art installations. So this is the first entry of the “Art in Second Life” series.

In December 2019 I came across Milly Sharple when I visited the current exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli (read Simploring 2019 (123) La Maison d’Aneli Holiday season 2019/2020). This exhibition featured Milly Sharple among other artists and it is still open (at least until January 11th).

La Maison d’Aneli Holiday season 2019/2020 – Milly Sharple

Milly Sharple is an artist and photographer from the UK in real life and has always enjoyed art and artistic expression. She’s in Second Life since 2008 and was perhaps one of the pioneers in introducing fractal art to Second Life.
Milly Sharple has also a passion for region design and building in Second Life and creates a yearly Winter sim called “Let it Snow!”, which I visited the first time last year (see Simploring 2019 (129) Let it Snow! A Winter Wonderland).

Milly Sharple has 2 large galleries: Fractal Insanity and Fractal Factory

Fractal Insanity – The Art of Milly Sharple Art (1)

I visited Fractal Insanity on Christmas Day 2019. Fractal Insanity is Milly’s gallery for experimental and mixed media art. It extends over 2 adjacent and connected buildings with 2 floors. I recognised just a few pictures that were exhibited at La Maison d’Aneli. This gallery shows the broad variety of Milly’s art. There’re not only fractals, there’re continously changing fractals that remembered me of kaleidoscopes. There are very artful 3D statues in various forms, not only humans but also animals. There’re vases in different colours and shape. There’re collages and there’re portraits and animal faces embedded in fractals, some are mirrored and/or blurred.

Fractal Insanity – The Art of Milly Sharple Art (2)

Milly told me that she’s was going to update a part of the Fractal Insanity gallery, hence you might see a little bit different extract of Milly’s art if you visit it now.

Fractal Insanity – The Art of Milly Sharple Art (3)

I visited Fractal Factory on December 26th, 2019. This gallery shows Milly’s pure fractals, none of them have had editing. That is almost incredible for me as a layman.
“Fractal art is a form of algorithmic art created by calculating fractal objects and representing the calculation results as still images, animations, and media. Fractal art developed from the mid-1980s onwards. It is a genre of computer art and digital art which are part of new media art. The mathematical beauty of fractals lies at the intersection of generative art and computer art. They combine to produce a type of abstract art.” (source: wikipedia)

Fractal Factory – The Art of Milly Sharple Art (1)

In her profile Milly writes that she creates these Fractals in Apophysis, UltraFractal, Jux, Boxplorer, Frax and Sterlingware. As far as I understood it these are fractal generation and rendering software applications.

Fractal Factory – The Art of Milly Sharple Art (2)

Milly’s art impressed me. I like the colours and the variety of her art. Both galleries display her art in a very successful way. You can purchase all pictures and objects. Thank you very much for bringing your art to Second Life, Milly. I enjoyed visiting the galleries and getting a little bit more insight into your work.

Fractal Factory – The Art of Milly Sharple Art (3)

Landmark to Fractal Insanity – The Art of Milly Sharple
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Montecito/215/172/28
Landmark to Fractal Factory – The art of Milly Sharple
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Montecito/209/179/1915
Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oak%20Park/101/136/3502
Landmark to Let it Snow! A Winter Wonderland
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sun%20Sky/33/156/27
Wikipedia about Fractal art
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fractal_art
Blogpost Simploring 2019 (123) La Maison d’Aneli Holiday season 2019/2020
https://themaurers.me/2019/12/12/simploring-2019-123-la-maison-daneli-holiday-season-2019-2020/
Blogpost Simploring 2019 (129) Let it Snow! A Winter Wonderland
https://themaurers.me/2019/12/23/simploring-2019-129-let-it-snow-a-winter-wonderland/

Simploring 2019 (124) Donkeys by Cica Ghost

Yesterday I got an invitation from Cica to visit her newest installation “Donkeys by Cica Ghost“, that opnend December 12th. I went there today.

Cica’s invitation (Upper left) / Diomita riding a donkey (lower left) / Diomita taking a break watching the seagulls (upper right) / Bird eye view on Donkeys by Cica Ghost (lower right)

Cica’s Donkeys are presented once again by Sim Quarterly, a sim and initiative of Electric Monday:
Art and the virtual world, Second Life© are very similar — you are able to both find yourself and immerse yourself (and maybe even lose yourself) in something totally unlike what you already know. The experiences you gain help you grow and form new opinions about the world. That is what I hope this sim can provide over time. I am very excited to bring to you a quarterly art project by way of The Sim Quarterly.
The project features one creator every 3 months (every quarter) as an artist in residence. The purpose of the sim is so that residents can experience something new and even create a community.
Learn more about Sim Quarterly at their website.

Impressions of “Donkeys by Cica Ghost” (1)

As I expected already I had a lot of fun visiting Cica’s donkeys. They look “Cica-ish”, are of course very tall, and are happy. Their i-a, i-a, ia can be heard all over the place. Many “Cica-ish” houses are all around the island, which is quite full of flowers and trees, mainly coconut trees. That is a little bit unusual for Cica but fits very well.

Impressions of “Donkeys by Cica Ghost” (2) snails and cats

Quite close to the landing you find a house with a donkey store inside. And yes, you can buy these happy animals – 10 different donkeys. But there are more animals at Donkeys by Cica Ghost. I saw many seagulls, I saw butterflies, snails and… yes, cats!

Impressions of “Donkeys by Cica Ghost” (3) – lower right shows the donkey store

There is no deeper sense – at least not for me. Donkeys by Cica Ghost is just for having fun, for being childish and enjoy. There’re comparably many opportunities to sit, for example in the houses, and to watch the animals. I recommend to hoover with your muse over the objects … at one gateway you can stand and dance. Cica also place a litte tv in one house “Don’t touch” – and of course it means “touch!”, funny! You can also sit in a boat and watch the scenery from there.

Impressions of “Donkeys by Cica Ghost” (4)

In short: Donkeys by Cica Ghost are fun – a different fun these days before Christmas. I enjoyed my visit and it comnjured a smile in my face!
Thank you Cica for another great installation and thank you Electric Monday for your initiave and for hosting “Donkeys by Cica Ghost“.

Landmark to Donkeys by Cica Ghost
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Sim%20Quarterly/94/220/38
Sim Quarterly website
http://thesimquarterly.com/
Sim Quarterly flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/groups/thesimquarterly/

Simploring 2019 (118) “The Mind Melter”

On Thursday, November 28th, I read a snippet in Aneli Abeyante’s group chat. Aneli shared a landmark to “The Mind Melter” by Thoth Jantzen. She added: “A visual psychoacoustic trip To Vegetal Planet. Can’t miss this amazing experience”.

I went there the next day and it was an amazing experience. “The Mind Melter” is a video art installation by Thoth Jantzen, an artist I ad never heard about before. The installation is made of many geometrical arranged semitransparent cubes. In the center are is one cube that contains many other cubes again and 3 objects looking like hourglasses are at each side of the center cube.

Impressions of “The Mind Melter” by Thoth Jantzen (1)

Don’t forget to allow media (auto-play) and to allow inworld scripts to play media the settings of your viewer. Furtheron use Advanced Lighting.

Impressions of “The Mind Melter” by Thoth Jantzen (2)

Now as you stand in the installation surrounded by the cubes a video is projected on all surfaces, reflecting the video ….. the pictures will cross the edges of the cubes. Sometimes you can recognize flowers, faces, insects, animals but the pictures kind of melt, every viewing angle gives a different impression. At other times you can read words. The world around you is colourful, sometimes green, somtimes, blue and on other times red.

Impressions of “The Mind Melter” by Thoth Jantzen (3)

The installation is accompanied with psychedelic music – you almost make a drug trip (I admit I never experienced one ever but that might be what you see). “The Mind Melter” is an intriguing art installation. From Thoth Jantzen’s profile I got the information that “The Mind Melter” was opened on November 13th and it is not yet clear how long it could be visited.
Thank you Vroum Short for enabling this installation at VeGaTal PLaNeT and thank you Thoth for providing this experience for us all.

Landmark to “The Mind Melter”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oak%20Park/125/126/520

Simploring 2019 (116) Hotel California – Off the Grid

In April 2019 I visited Hotel California, an adult sim owned by Lex Machine (schmexysbuddy) (see Simploring 2019 (46) Hotel California). When I looked for a place to visit at scoop.it SL Destinations for my simploring tour Sunday, November 17th, I came across Hotel California again, this time with the subtitle “Off the Grid” and the pictures indicated that it is about art. I read Maddy Gynoid’s blogpost “Simtipp: Hotel California ‘Off the Grid’” before going there myself. Maddy wrote that he visits Hotel California regularly and that the sim is changed every 4 weeks. He also wrote that it is not only owned by Lex Machine (schmexysbuddy) but also by Racey Boom (Raceyy). The name rang a bell. I visited Skull Creek, just last month (see Simploring 2019 (106) Autumn @ Skull Creek) and Skull Creek is owned by Racey Boom (Raceyy).

The current installation is described in the landmark description with “When the power goes out, you’re left with nothing but what’s inside your head” and is tagged with “Space, cyber, apocalyptic, photography, photo, art sim, art, photography sim

Hotel California – Off the Grid: bird eye views

Hotel California – Off the Grid has absolutely nothing to do with the sim I visited back in April, the only combining element is that by then also some art was displayed. And now the whole sim is packed with art. Hotel California is an artifical island in the endless sea. It is quite flat, the ground is made of steel panels and 8 highrise buildings grow into the sky. You see power poles and some single trees growing through the steel panels (I counted 6 trees) – and art objects that are spread all over the place.

Each single object including the skyscrapers is worth a detailed look. Now the landmark description makes sense: “When the power goes out, you’re left with nothing but what’s inside your head“.

Impressions of Hotel California – Off the Grid: The horses from Wasabi Yuki (wassaabii) did remind me of Mistero Hifeng. The woman laying on stairs is also created by Wasabi Yuki (wassaabii). The old coach nearby is from danielitosway

Impressions of Hotel California – Off the Grid: Another laying woman by Wasabi Yuki (wassaabii), the “elefants” with the long stilt legs are from Paco Pooley, the tree stumps with the hearts are created by Cica Ghost.

Impressions of Hotel California – Off the Grid: The prison court with the watch tower is created by DRD (deathrowdesigns), the tied hulk of a man is created by Holy (Qutsal Alex), the couple is from Wasabi Yuki (wassaabii)

Impressions of Hotel California – Off the Grid: The phone is from danielitosway, the gear wheels from Noke Yuitza and the hourglass is created by Zelest (Zelest Fall) , the skyscrapers are designed by Nite Row (nitergloom) and look at the hands at 2 of the skyscrapers, these are from Groll (Groll Greggan)

Hotel California – Off the Grid is a thoughtfully installation of art objects together with objects usually used for other purposes. These objects were all created for the Second Life grid (from the grid). They are, I assume, a personal art collection of Lex Machine (schmexysbuddy) and Racey Boom (Raceyy). The power poles refer to the Landmark description …. when the power goes out…

Thank you Lex and Racey for making your this collection available for us all.

Landmark to Hotel California – Off the Grid
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hotel%20California/128/114/22/
Maddy Gynoid’s blogpost “Simtipp: Hotel California ‘Off the Grid'”
http://echtvirtuell.blogspot.com/2019/11/simtipp-hotel-california-off-grid.html

simploring 2019 (112) – 20][21 gallery “Miss Barbara’s sense for ice”

Our friend Barbara Reiter-Jewell (Barbara Reiter) has her own little gallery called “20][21 gallery“, where she exhibits her own work every once in a while. Saturday, November 2nd, she opened her exhibition “Miss Barbara’s sense for ice” with pictures of her journey to Greenland in 2019: icebergs at Disco Bay, mainland shelf and some Greenland moods. It is an art show and installation showing an other view into arctic and arctic life.

In the 20][21 gallery you can see the pictures presented in different ways as slideshows, as panorama pictures where you can litteraly walk in and as wall filling exhibits. Besides the quality of the pictures the permanent changing of them at the walls and slideshows and different viewing angles allow you to immerse yourself into this artic world.

A view into the 20][21 gallery

I added a few sample pictures of the exhibiton so that you get an impression. The pictures look better in the 20][21 gallery. For me personally presenting photographs from the physical world in Second Life is a great fit between the two worlds that adds another dimenision to 2D pictures.

Impressions of “Miss Barbara’s sense for ice” (1)

Impressions of “Miss Barbara’s sense for ice” (2)

Landmark to 20][21 gallery for contemporary art
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Enchanted%20Love/18/20/2500

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