Simploring 2018 (84) A new joined exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli

At La Maison d’Aneli a new joined exhibition of 5 artists has been opened on Wednesday, September 26th. It features the art of: ChrisTower Dae, Solkide Auer & Magda Schmidtzau, Kirle Adamski and Dantelicia Ethaniel. All artists have a different focus which makes the exhibition varied and enjoyable. When you enter La Maison d’Aneli you get a folder offered which contains some information about the artists. I used some of this information in my following text.

ChrisTower Dae, Solkide Auer & Magda Schmidtzau, Kirle Adamski and Dantelicia Ethaniel featured in a joined exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli

Kirle Adamski, is a selftaught artist from Denmark who started painting in 1997 and had her first exhibition in Denmark in 2000. Kirlie expresses herself in strong colours. She says that she never decides a motive before painting, there’s no plan, in the end the painting expresses herself at the time it was made. Kirlie’s paintings are in watercolour and copied from RL paintings. She had several exhibitions in RL as well as in SL.

Impressions of Kirle Adamski’s art at La Maison d’Aneli

Dantelicia Ethaniel is a French plastic artist and fashion designer in first life, Dantelicia has embraced the virtuality of Second Life almost 10 years ago. She got passionate about SL photography early on and uses it to create a bridge with traditional painting effects such as water colors or acrylic she practiced in her everyday life.

Impressions of Dantelicia Ethaniel’s art at La Maison d’Aneli

Solkide Auer tries to express his ideas through different sculptures. He started creating geometrical shapes then used more difficult techniques such as “the shade”, which gives the possibility to manipulate a unique prim in a very complex way. As a result he obtained unexpected and different shapes quite unlike the ones anyone can find around. Solkide Auer’s art has been exhibited at several galleries and museums within SL but he has also transfered his art into RL exhibitions be it printed or be it shown as 3D on monitors.

Impressions of Solkide Auer’s art at La Maison d’Aneli

At La Maison d’Aneli Solkide’s art work is part of an exhibition named “Might of Soul” that features pictures of Maddy (Magda Schmidtzau) who is a passionate phortographer in RL. In Second Life she plays with the possibilites of this virtual world and tries to convey the magic that she sees. Maddy had already quite a lot exhibitions within SL. Maddy’s pictures exhibitied at La Maison d’Aneli are both, RL pictures and artificially processed pictures taken in Second Life. The combination of Solkide’s geometrical shapes and shades with the pictures of Maddy makes this exhibtion unique.

Impressions of Maddy’s (Magda Schmidtzau) art at La Maison d’Aneli

ChrisTower Dae is an Italian photographer. Chris shows at La Maison D’Aneli portrait pictures taken in Second Life, mainly female. The pictures impress by their perfection as well as by the facial expression. The avatars have a unique soul and the viewer can sense the emotions transfered with the portraits. Chris places the face mostly at a side of his pictures, not showing the whole head which might contribute to the facination of the portraits.

Impressions of ChrisTower Dae’s art 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 great joined exhibtion, Aneli. I enjoyed my visit a lot.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/43/41/21

Simploring 2018 (81) Alphalune Creations Gallerie – Barry Richez

In July I visited the exhibition “Dreams in Space Fractals” by Barry Richez at R&D Gallery in Diomita (read here). Now Barry Richez has opened his own gallery, the “Alphalune Creations Gallerie” of paintings and sculptures and he invited me over to see it.

Barry Richez is a French artist. In Real Life he creates sculptures made of raku (Raku is a type of Japanese pottery) and digital paintings. In Second Life he started 2008 with some digital paintings and simple sculptures. When he progressed to more complex sculptures and fractals he participated at different contests, especially at the University of Australia in second life (UWA). Barry Richez won several prices, has created sims within the LEA program and had numerous exhibitions – and has an own gallery now.

Impressions of “Alphalune Creations Gallerie” presenting the art of Barry Richez (1) – The court between the high rise buildings with the entrance to the gallery with the paintings and to the part with the sculptures, lower right is the sculpture “Quantum”

The “Alphalune Creations Gallerie” is divided in 2 parts, one is dedicated to Barry’s sculptures and one to his digital paintings and fractals. Each part has it’s own highrise building. The landmark leads to a court between the two buildings, where Barry placed a big award winning sculpture made in 2011 and named “Electroman”. It is recommended to set your viewer to “midnight” in order to get the right impression of the art.

I first visited the part with the sculptures. There are 5 levels and you travel between them with teleporters. The sculptures have enough room to unfold their effects. On the gound level you find the sculpture “Quantum” from 2013 as well as two scuptures that allow you to become part of it, “Imagination” and “Freedom”.

Impressions of “Alphalune Creations Gallerie” presenting the art of Barry Richez (2) – upper left is another view of the sculpture “Quantum”, upper right the installation “Freedom” (with myself inside of it), lower left is called “Imagination” and lower right is myself as a part of “Imagination”

On level 2 I found the the scuplture “Peace and Love” that was also exhibited at the R&D gallery, the whole level 4 is occupied by the installation “Love impossible” and level 5 is dominated by the scupltures “Body Fan” and “Transformations”.

Impressions of “Alphalune Creations Gallerie” presenting the art of Barry Richez (3) – upper left “Peace and Love”, upper right “Love Impossible”, lower left “Body Fan”, lower right “Tansformation”

Barry Richez’s sculptures are outstanding, they impress as single, alone standing objects. They look different from every viewing angle and depending on light. And you can discover new details every time you look at them. The whole sculpture part of the gallery impressed me a lot. You can also purchase most of the sculptures if you have enough space and prim allowance to rezz them at your own place.

Impressions of “Alphalune Creations Gallerie” presenting the art of Barry Richez (4)

In the second high rise building you find Barry’s digital paintings. They are arranged by themes on several levels, that are connected by a central staircase. And you can also purchase them.

Thank you Barry for inviting me over, your art is outstanding, I really like it a lot. I strongly recommend a visit of the “Alphalune Creations Gallerie”

Landmark to “Alphalune Creations Gallerie”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Stormy%20End/169/74/2851

Simploring 2018 (76) Nantes Gallery – Fin de siecle by Gabrielle Swindlehurst

I made a short simploring tour on Saturday, September 1st, late night and went to Nantes Gallery. Ms. Nantes (elizabethnantes) had sent out a group message about the opening of the newest exhibition there – “Fin de siecle” by Gabrielle Swindlehurst. Nantes Gallery is a small gallery at Nantes (read here).

The exhibited pictures have one thing in common, they show scenes, portraits and living at the turrn of the 19th to 20th century. They are taken in Second Life and might have been a bit processed. They do fit well into the gallery. I didn’t find much information about Gabrielle Swindlehurst and her profile doesn’t reveal anything about her art, just that she seems to like the aera of the early 20th century.

Impressions of “Fin de siecle” by Gabrielle Swindlehurst at Nantes Gallery

Have a look at Nantes Gallery. Thank you Ms. Nantes for providing space for the art.

Landmark to Nantes Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Le%20Rose/221/232/21

Simploring 2018 (75) VOIR Gallery

Once again I picked a landmark from scoop.it SL Destinations for my simploring tour Thursday, August 30th – VOIR Gallery. I admit I did never hear about it before.

VOIR Gallery – Landing in front of the VOIR Gallery Building (upper left) / “Les egouts” – the canalisation (lower left) / the road with the entrance to the “Garage” (right upper and lower)

The landing is in front of a big building with the sign of the VOIR Gallery above the entrance. The environment looks very shabby. To the left and right of the entrance the walls of the building are painted with graffiti, a suburban railway station is closeby as well as the entrance to underground railway. I didn’t focus on that first but entered the gallery. A board at the entrance advertised an exhibition of Megan Prumier named “Fragments of time”.

I entered but the whole 1st floor, called “The Lobby”, was empty. In the middle of the lobby was an elevator “More upstairs”. I went upwards, this level is called “The penthouse” and there I found the exhibition of Megan Prumier. The board at the entrance gave no information but I recognized immediately the pictures of Megan Prumier. It was not long ago that I saw her art at La Maison D’Aneli (read here: Simploring 2018 (73) – Art Afternoon).
Megan Prumier is a multimedia artist and resident in Second Life. Her skills are extended on the field of photography, mostly portraits on modern, minimal and even surreal Scenes. The exhibited pictures at VOIR Gallery are fragmented and put together misaligned, an artful effect which provides another view on the partly erotic pictures. I liked it.

Megan Prumier “Fragments of time” at VOIR Gallery

From the pictures of VOIR Gallery at scoop.it SL Destinations I knew that there must be more gallery space. At the entrance to the VOIR Gallery you can find teleporters to the other galleries. I first went to the “Garage” and landed in a really shappy road, an environment I wouldn’t go to in Real Life ever!
The “Garage” is a park house, with no cars and of course it is as shabby as the the surrounding environment. The current exhibition at the “Garage” is a retrospective by Calypso Applewhyte. Calypso Applewhyte is a SL Photographer from France. At the “Garage” her pictures are groups made of 3 pictures with the same motive, either from another viewing angle or another detail or cutout. These pictures invite you to have a closer look and are quite intriguing – and a strong contrast to the surrounding.

Retrospective by Calypso Applewhyte at VOIR Gallery

From there I used a teleporter to “Les egouts”, the canalisation – another scary environment. There I found no art at all, but I began to realize how the exhibitions and the environment connect. VOIR Gallery is located in a real run-down down, where you wouldn’t step in Real Life. The gallery space “Garage” is located in the street to the right of the VOIR Gallery building, “Les egouts” (the canalisation) is below the VOIR Gallery and I assume it is used as exhibtion space as well. The lobby must be also exhibtion space.

I began exploring this run-down city and found more exhibtion space. If you go down to the underground railway station you find the art of Frenchy25. The exhibtion compromises about 10 large pictures which are made of several party transparent layers providing depth as well as hiding details. The work of Frenchy25 is also very intriguing.

Frenchy25 is the SL partner of Calypso Applewhyte. Together both created the run down city and named it “Merdopolis” (look at the play with words “Metropolis” and the French word “merde” which translates to shit). The VOIR Gallery is in this town and the town itself is a piece of art if you look at it in a different way than I did before. Frenchy25 is the curator of VOIR Gallery.

Frenchy25 “Best of Flickr” exhibited in the Underground Railway Station at VOIR Gallery

Further exploring I found the VOIR tube, where the winning photographs of a contest are exhibited. Also quite impressive pictures, I don’t know however from whom they are.

Exhibits from a photo contest at VOIR tube at VOIR Gallery

Finally I aslo visited the “Canyon”, the deep hole opposite of the VOIR Gallery building. There are the living quarters at VOIR, the places where the inhabitants or former inhabitants of “Merdopolis” found their retreat, also for sure not luxurious but there’re some cosy spots in the hole.

Impressions of Merdopolis, the Canyon and VOIR Gallery

VOIR Gallery and Merdopolis are a place for art based on pictures made within Second Life. The environment itself is worth seeing and builds a perfect contrast. Thank you Frenchy25 and Calypso Applewhyte for creating this place, providing the gallery not only for your own art but also for other artists and for making it all available for the public. I enjoyed my visit a lot, although it took some time to understand and value it.

Landmark to VOIR Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Topaz%20Square/50/30/2208

Simploring 2018 (73) – Art Afternoon

I found some time for simploring on Friday, August 24th and decided to visit some exhibitions.

First I went to Daphne.Arts and visited the exhibition Nativo, which brings a compilation of drawings, paintings and poems, created by the Italian artist Stefano Mingione. Mingione is an Italian artist in the physical world, who has been active since the 1970s. A common theme in these works is the depiction of duality in the human nature: youth and adulthood, birth and extermination – in a never-ending spiral of life and death. Along with his artworks, Mingione is presenting three of his poems, including “Nativo”, that gives name to the exhibition.

When you enter Nativo you’ll stand in the middle of Mingione’s pictures in black and white, which are kind of threatening, showing masses of desperate people, eager for life but scared to death. In many of these pictures you’ll find the crucified Jesus. There’s a clear relation to christianity in these pictures.

“Nativo” by Stefano Mingione at Daphne.Arts

You will see a human in an embryo pose hoovering in quite some distance of the pictures and a hallway leading to it. There’s one chair just at this scuplture, you can sit down and listen to the above mentioned poems, narrated by Stefano Mingione himself. For those not understanding Italian, there’s a translation to English.
You can get more information about the exhibition “Nativo” on the Daphne.Arts website.

Thank you Sheldon Bergman (sheldonbr) and Angelika Corral for providing Daphne.Arts.

Landmark to Daphne.Arts “Nativo”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Isle%20of%20Seduction/42/233/4001
Daphne.Arts website with information about “Nativo”
https://www.daphnearts.com/nativo/

Then I went to La Maison D’Aneli where a new exhibtion was opened to the public on August 22nd. Aneli Abeyante presents the work from several artits: JudiLynn India, 9Volt Borkotron, Megan Prumier, cullum Writer, Senka Beck, Impossibleisnotfrench and herself.

The exhibition is varied and compromises black and white erotic pictures (Megan Prumier), moving colourful geometric forms and spirals (Aneli Abeyante), artful mesh objects with a touch of technic (Impossibleisnotfrench), colorful abstract pictures (JudiLynn India), fractals and colourful pictures (cullum Writer) and the very colourful fantasy objects and pictures (9Volt Borkotron, Senka Beck).

There are notecards for more information about the artists avaiable either close to their work or as a folder with all of them. In the notecards you’ll find also links to other websites with even more information. I just used some basic information along with the pictures I took. Most of the exhibited art is also for sale.

Aneli Abeyante adores geometry and maths, she owns La Masion D’Aneli and provides her place for the art.
Known in SL as JudiLynn India and in RL as Judi Lynn studied art at Tyler School of Art/Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She focuses her creativity on acrylic and digital painting.

Megan Prumier is a multimedia artist and resident in Second Life. Her skills are extended on the field of photography, mostly portraits on modern, minimal and even surreal Scenes.


Harry Cover, also known as Impossibleisnotfrench, is from France. He started his second life by playing with prims, then sculpties and finally mesh (Blender). He’s passionate about photos and  graphic designer in RL (among others).

Cullum Writer is from Brazil and found her artistic inspiration here in SL. She found the happiness to capture and perpetuate images that touched her sensibility with the harmony and grace of their forms and colors. She tries new techniques as fractals, collage, developing her graphic art.

9volt Borkotron’s digital works are most influenced by the gradual and often musical stages of natural transformation in all it’s forms ranging from the macro/micro biological material to the quantum electromagnetic on all scales.
Senka Beck’s playground is SL where she enjoys interacting with peeps and prims. She worked already at several projects within SL.

Thank you Aneli Abeyante for this great exhibition!

Landmark to La Maison D’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/33/49/254

Simploring 2018 (70) – The Art Game

Sunday, August 12th, I picked “The Art Game” from scoop.it SL Destinations for my simploring tour.
The Art Game” is an installation from Betty Tureaud on LEA21. It’s the 2nd time that I came across Betty Tureaud. I saw other piece of art from her at ArtSpace UTSA in 2016 (read here). Betty Tureaud is from Denmark, she’s a builder and light and space artist in Second Life.

The landing at “The Art Game” is on a flat endless colourful plateau right next to some floating tyres. You have to sit on one of them to get into the installation itself. Once you’re inside, there is a board advertising the opening event which was Friday, August 10th, and a map with your position and some lines, it reminded me of the board for nine men’s morris. In the center of the map are two dice. And from the off you get a message from Betty Tureaud: “Welcome to The Art Game! To get on you must find the two dice (set cam to minimum 250m)

Impressions of “The Art Game” by Betty Tureaud (1)

Ok …”The Art Game” is a maze! And it is a colourful maze. I tried to figure a way from my position to the center and entered the maze. Just when I got around the first corner Pac-Man ran into me and swallowed me. I had no way to get out and Pac-Man had it’s fun with me running back and forth the tube. After a while I teleported back to the start and when I entered the 2nd time I looked out carefully and got the right timing and avoided getting swallowed again.
But I forgot where to go 🙂 And that’s what a maze is for, you get lost. And several Pac-Men were after me. I took some nice pictures of myself being a part of the Pac-Man game. And of course I also met the Pac-Man Ghosts Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde.

Impressions of “The Art Game” by Betty Tureaud (2)

The Art Game” was really fun! I finally made it to the center and found the dice laying under a huge, colourful being with many tentacles. Right next to I found a dice with a free gift. My gift was one of the Pac-Man ghosts: Blinky. When I returned home I tried it and added it and I was transformed into Blinky – funny!

Impressions of “The Art Game” by Betty Tureaud (3) and back home I scared Angelique

The Art Game” offers a lot of colourful views, some fun and for those familiar with Pac-Man also the very special experience to get into the game. Thank you Betty for your installation. I really enjoyed my visit. Well done!

Landmark to The Art Game
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA21/128/128/21

Simploring 2018 (65) Nantes

In 2016 and 2017 I had 3 blogpost about “Follow your Bliss” (“Happy Easter – Follow your bliss“, “Simploring 2017 (5) Follow your Bliss” and “Simploring 2017 (50) Follow Your Bliss (II)“). Sadly “Follow your Bliss” is longer existent. In the virtual world of Second Life places appear, change and vanish quite quickly sometimes. Hence it is good to keep some memories because they stay. But on the other side, the changes provide countless opportunities to discover and explore, the creativity in Second Life seems to be endless, which is not surprising as people from all over the world live out their dreams virtually. “Follow your Bliss” was created and owned by Ms. Nantes (elizabethnantes).

Nantes – an overview

As I still was a member of the according group, I got a message that Ms. Nantes has build a new place – Nantes. “I am opening a new sim, reminiscent of the original Follow your Bliss (+FYB+). Nantes will be group access only and there will be a small fee for the group to help offset the cost of staying open, I loved sharing +FYB+ with all of you and I hope you will enjoy Nantes as well.” The opening of Nantes was on July, 25th and I visited it July 26th/27th.

The landing point of Nantes is in a small hut by the sea. Here you can join the group in order to be able to visit. The fee, Ms. Nantes mentioned above, is 250 L$ (approx. 1 US$) and will contribute to keep the sim alive. From here you can either start exploring on foot or you take the teleporter to Nantes Gallery or to Ms. Nantes store, e.posEd. The store is located in a skybox above Nantes and offers animations. The Nantes Gallery is located on the sim itself. I decided to explore on foot and not far from the landing hut I found a teleporter map, that gave me a nice overview. Yet I continued simploring on foot.

Impressions of Nantes (1) – Benson House (upper left) / House by the beach (upper right) / Prodigy Brew (lower left and right)

Nantes is a group of islands connected by bridges, clearly dedicated for vacation or simply for relaxing and unwinding. It offers a nice beach with several different opportunities to sit (and cuddle). On a offshore sandbank (“Hamilton Surf Beach”) you also find several roofed wicker beach chairs, that are typical for Northern Germany and gave me a feeling of home *winks*. But there’s more. For example an outdoor cinema where you can watch youtube clips laying in the sun, called “Magic Movie Cove”. Or there is the “Lake Joliva”, a little lake with some toys and with animals to watch.

Impressions of Nantes (2) – The Nantes Gallery presenting “L’amuse Bouch”

Nantes has 3 major buildings and you can visit them all. The “Benson House” is a fully furnished residential house, the “Prodigy Brew & Boathouse” is a place to meet and chat in a nice and comfy environment, and the Nantes Gallery. The current exhibition at the Nantes Gallery is called “L’amuse Bouche”. L’amuse Bouch is French and means appetizer. What a great title for a first exhibition, that features the picture of several different artists. I admit that none of the names were familiar for me, but that might change in future.

Impressions of Nantes (3) – Magic Movie Cove (upper left) / at the Lake Joliva (upper right and lower left) / Diamond River Retreat (lower right)

I finished me first visit to Nantes with a boat tour. There’s a peddleboat rezzer at “Taslin Bay”. And I was really not dressed appropriate for the peddleboating nor for the whole visit. Next time I’ll dress casually again and will wear my simploring sneakers!

Impressions of Nantes (4) – at Hamiltion Surf Beach (upper left and right) / peddleboating (lower left and right)

Nantes is, similar to “Follow your Bliss”, a place to unwind, to chat, to cuddle or for taking nice pictures. It’s a lovely place and I can only recommend visiting. I might return for another visit of the Nantes Gallery, if there’s an exhibtion that I want to see.
Thank you Ms. Nantes (elizabethnantes) for providing Nantes to the public!

Landmark to Nantes
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/JAYDEN%20Island/31/237/22
Landmark to Nantes Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/JAYDEN%20Island/229/217/23

P.S.: I got a group message from Ms. Nantes (elizabethnantes) a few days after visiting Nantes: “Hey everyone, i moved the gallery and store and group joiner is now in the sky.”
The Landmark I provided for Nantes in the above post will reroute you to the a welcome skybox with the group joiner. I’ll add this one here too:

Landmark to the new welcome skybox of Nantes
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/JAYDEN%20Island/5/251/3001

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