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
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/32/40/21
Cybele Moon (Hana Hoobinoo)’s blog
https://cybeleshineblog.wordpress.com/
Barret Darkfold (in RL David Aran Brugues) website
http://www.microgaleria.cat

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
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Kymor/91/218/25

Simploring 2018 (90) Hypercube – labyrinth of the mind

On scoop.it 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
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA19/238/242/21
Interview with Moki Yuitza published in Oema’s “Virtuality”-blog
https://virtuality.blog/2018/10/11/hypercube-by-moki-yuitza-lea19/

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

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