Art in Second Life 2022 (79) Shoshin by Zia Branner

I got an invitation from Zia Branner to attend the opening of her latest exhibition named “Shoshin” at the Museum for Art (MUFA). The opening takes place tonight, Sunday, September 11th, at 12 PM SLT, that’s 9 PM CET (Paris). The music for the opening party will be provided by Carelyna, the owner and creator of the ArtCare Gallery.

The Museum for Art (MUFA) is owned and curated by Vandeverre who “likes to share her passion for history, culture, literature and art, so she built the Museum for Art.” Vandeverre provides several links in her profile, there an instagram, a flickr and a twitter account for the Museum for Art.

Zia Branner’s paintings are exhibited on the ground floor near the stairs (just where the provided landmark of the Museum for Art (MUFA) takes you) and near the DJ stand.

Besides Zia Branner’s paintings there are more artists featured:
Illustrations ‘From Oz to home’ by Lis Xia (Xia Chieng).
A sculpture garden with works from Cherry Manga, Vincent Priesley (sweetvincent), Art C (ar10a2.crescendo), and Milena Carbone (mylena1992)
SL Photography by Vandeverre herself – current expo “PORTRAITS”.
Digital 2D Art by Nia Atreides (Nia Voxel), Lis Xia (Xia Chieng), Dragon (dragonangelvs) and RL Photographs by Nils Urqhart
Historical art by Claude Monet made in Holland and Guiseppe Arcimboldo.

Sculpture Garden at the Museum for Art (MUFA)

Back to Zia Branner’s newest exhibition “Shoshin”.
Shoshin is a word from Zen Buddhism meaning “beginner’s mind.” It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner would. The term is especially used in the study of Zen Buddhism and Japanese martial arts (source wikipedia).
In the accompanying notecard Zia explained the word shorter: “Shoshin means: the practice of seeing life with wonder”

The paintings belong to “Shoshin” are near the DJ stand, and it is the first time that these paintings are exhibited.

They are abstract, yet the human brain tends to sort the impressions and to compare with known patterns. I saw teeth, toes, hands, I saw a river with stones, I saw a woman, I saw smoke and an explosion – and I saw colour compositions that were eye candy for me.

Zia’s paintings exhibited near the stairs are abract landscapes, a style that I saw already in former exhibitions of her art.

Zia Branner had many drawing and painting art lessons at official institutes RL. She is also autodidact on things that did not come along in class. To her making art is a way of life. Often experimenting with techniques as a learning process …. The most important thing to her is that it makes her happy to see others enjoy her art as much as she loves creating it.
Zia is in Second Life since 2008. She uploaded her RL paintings into SL. Zia owns an art gallery/shop “Elven Falls Art Collective“. Zia also has other permanent exhibitions at The Galleries, Emergent and at Carmel Art Community.

Zia Branner’s art is mostly colourful. She paints abstract and fills the canvas with what just in her mind. She’s inspired by nature and landscapes and consequently her art often looks like landscapes or like flowers. Hence the boarders between abstract and real life paintings are blurring. And what is dominating lies in the eyes of the beholder.
Zia intends to expand her art into painting RL, portraits or still lifes, but so far she’s painting abstract.

Zia paints, primarily, for herself. It is a way for her to express herself. a way to step away from the everydy hustly and bustle of things.
Figuring out, struggling with or succeeding in creating a painting, capturing things the way I see them on the canvas … it is a big drug. Well, okay, there you have my addicition…. ‘The Earth without ‘art’ is just ‘eh’…

Enjoy your visit to the Museum for Art (MUFA) and to Zia Branner’s newest exhibition “Shoshin”. Thank you Vandeverre for providing the space for the arts, and thank you Zia for your newest exhibtion.
I enjoyed my visit!

Shoshin by Zia Branner at Museum for Art (MUFA)
Museum for Art (MUFA) Instagram
Museum for Art (MUFA) flickr
Museum for Art (MUFA) twitter
Zia Branner’s art gallery/shop “Elven Falls Art Collective”
Zia Branner at “The Galleries”
Zia Branner at “Emergent”
Zia Branner at “Carmel Art Community”

Art in Second Life 2022 (66) Kids These Days by Lex Machine

I got a group message from Lex Machine (Archetype11 Nova) announcing the opening of “Kids These Days“, his latest installation.

Lex Machine (Archetype11 Nova) was formerly known as Schmexysbuddy Resident and created the Hotel California sims, which I visited in 2019 (read here and here). I saw Lex Machine’s installation “Isolation’s Passengers” in 2020 (read here), his installations Bermuda Locket (read here), “The House that Love Built” (read here), Numb (read here) and Nero (read here) in 2021, “Stillborn” in February 2022 (read here) and now I visited “Kids These Days“.

Impressions of “Kids These Days” by Lex Machine (1) – overview

Lex Machine’s installations are collections of art objects from different artists, some of the objects were not intended to be art. Lex’ art is arranging them in his own way and setting them into a context and into an intriguing environment. While quite some of Lex Machine’s installation were dark and yes, a bit depressing, “Kids These Days” is not dark. I wouldn’t go so far to say it expressed fun and happiness, but it is art nicely spiked with absurdity – in my eyes. You find many different scenes and objects at “Kids These Days“. The big whie figure on the top of a mountain range is from Bryn Oh and it overlooks the island like the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.  And in the mountains you don’t the “Hollywood” sign but “Pretty Much Fucked”.

Impressions of “Kids These Days” by Lex Machine (2)

Once again there are many scences realised at “Kids These Days” and most probably I haven’t seen all of them. You land in a field, a tractor is nearby, irrigation systems and a piano. My eyes were caught first by the old Missisippi steamer a bit away. Huge scarecrows seem to guard the old boat. Behind the steamer is kind of a small village with a barn and a chapel … and a pouncing fox (another one from Bryn Oh) looking down at two artful statues (*CM* Sisters by Cherry Manga).

The many objects interfer with each other and it is difficult to focus on one. In the center of the sim is an old steam engine. I once reduced my drawing distance to get just the engine on a picture. The steam is built by birds btw.
Also the scene at the corner of the island, exploding female upper bodies, revealing robot technic inside is difficult to catch alone.

Impressions of “Kids These Days” by Lex Machine (3)

What else? Wrecked cars of course. a bit clown in the mountains, a killer cat with 2 skulls (that one could be from Halloween). slaves pulling a carriage … I sat down and played the piano.

Impressions of “Kids These Days” by Lex Machine (4)

There’s a whole circus in the mountains, the figures are from Silas Merlin. Other objects are from Rebeca Bashley and from Fresh3D (the scarecrows for example). You hardly know where to look first. The only common theme I could gather form all the art is: Enjoy, don’t take everything too serious, something nice in these days of war in Europe. Who knows, perhaps I didn’t realize the message … it is just “pretty much fucked” *winks*

Impressions of “Kids These Days” by Lex Machine (5)

Did I mention that avatars visiting “Kids These Days” are just dwarfs compared to the figures and art objects? Everything is huge, despite the wrecked cars and the piano, the tractor and the steam engine are “normal” sized and the Missisippi steamer is comparably small. I had fun spoiling my eyes with art and getting distracted like in a desolate dream, in which things often do not fit together.

Thank you Lex for another installation. I enjoyed my visit!

Landmark to “Kids These Days” by Lex Machine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
Cherry Manga’s website
Cherry Manga’s flickr
JadeYu Fhang’s flickr
Landmark to ADreNaLin

Art in Second Life 2020 (29) SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre

Following my visit at Eta’s Extempore Gallery and Lounge (read here) where I saw Sophie Marie Sinclair (perpetua1010)’s exhibition “Inspiration in Red”, I visited the SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre, which is Spohie’s own gallery.

SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre consists of several buildings that are arranged around a broad and wide court in the center: The Main Gallery and Multimedia Centre, 3 gallery buildings and a party and event building (cube). In the center is a meeting point and across that is an inforamtion centre under a tent where you can also get a freebie (for joining the group)

The whole setting is ultra modern and the buildings have a modern architecture with a lot of glass for natural light. You find enough areas to party, to meet or for celebrations. I started my visit at the information centre which offers the above mentioned freebie (a handbag with a Lagerfeld likeness) and information about what is shown in the different buildings.

SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre – Information Centre

“Sophie Marie Sinclair is a RL painter and book author. She mainly paints nude from models and abstract art. She loves to experiment with different kind of paint and lithography. She has made several book illustrations and was for many years political cartoonist for a well known satire magazine. She lived and worked in the Unites States, Australia, Rome and Monaco.”
(taken from the notcard I got at the Extempore Gallery and Lounge)

Gallery 1 showns Sophie Marie Sinclair’s art with the title “Emotions in Black and White”. Sophie’s art is not explicit, you always need to look longer and more detailed at them to get the gist, to see the emotion and thus her art has a particular effect on the viewer.

SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre – Gallery 1: “Emotions in Black and White”

Gallery 2 shows Sophie Marie Sinclair’s art with the title “Red Expressions”, which I saw at Eta’s Extempore Gallery and Lounge under the title “Inspiration in Red”, powerful paintings in red with a fantastic 3D-effect.

SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre – Gallery 2: “Red Expressions”

Gallery 3 is was not occupied with an exhibtion on the time of my visit (May 2nd).

The cube is a great place to party and celebrate. Again the space has an ultramodern setting. I had fun looking at the details and in these times the flamingo sign “corona” conjured a smile in my face.

SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre – Cube

I ended my visit at the Main Gallery and Multimedia Centre. In front of it are two sculptures: “Sisters” by Cherry Manga and “Apple Fall ‘Strength’ Fragment” by Apple Pancake. Both sculptures can develop their expressional strength standing alone with the modern environment as backround.

SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre – Main Building with sculptures in front of it, lower right shows “granite art” exhibited around the staircase

Inside of the building is a presentation hall where you can watch movies or other performance art. At the time of my visit, I could watch a video about the “SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre“.

In the Main Gallery and Mulitmedia Centre you find more of Sophie’s art. On the ground floor the exhibtion titled “Yellow Nude Expressions”, which picks up the theme of “Emotions in Black and White”, just in yellow. Again you have to look twice to see persons and emotions, the pictures are a bit more explicit though.

SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre – Main Gallery: “Yellow Nude Expressions”

Around the staircase to the 2nd floor of the Main Gallery and Mulitmedia Centre you find some picture that look like granite, like patterns engraved in granite. On the 2nd floor is again a large corner for events or celebrations in front of a picture titled “Akt Blau liegend” and another exhibition of Spohie’s art with quite erotic, colourful and expressive bodies and faces. I found no title for this part.

SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre – Main Gallery: art on the 2nd floor

SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre is worth a visit and if it is just for the architecture. Sophie Marie Sinclair (perpetua1010)’s art covers several styles yet most of her pictures do express strong emotions and they develop their effect on the viewer who takes a second and third look at them. This effect is also expressed in the name of the gallery centre: subcutan – because the art gets under your skin.

It might have not been my last vist. Thank you Sophie for your art and for creating the SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre. I look forward to seeing more exhibtions.

Landmark to SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre
video about SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre

Art in Second Life 2020 (18A) Endometriosis by Cherry Manga

On Friday, April 10th, I had some time in the later morning and went on a short art-tour. I first went to “Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises” (HEA). On April 10th, at night, a new installation was going to be opened “Endometriosis by Cherry Manga” and I had a quick look at it.
I came across Cherry Manga in January when I visited Strange Garden (see here), which is located in a huge skybox sphere at ADreNaLin, a new art and music place owned by JadeYu Fhang and Cherry Manga. And at the opening of “Endometriosis by Cherry Manga” the music was by JadeYu.

Endimetriosis by Cherry Manga at HEA gallery (1)

“Endometriosis is a condition in which cells similar to those in the endometrium, the layer of tissue that normally covers the inside of the uterus, grow outside of it. Most often this is on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and tissue around the uterus and ovaries; however, in rare cases it may also occur in other parts of the body (source: wikipedia)

Endimetriosis by Cherry Manga is a 3D installatio with a large female figure in the center. The woman suffers from Endimetriosis and is surrounded by red blood plates floating around her. I personally suffered with her but I also was impressed by the artful creation and how the moving light made her look differently from various angels and even from one position. I can imagine that there’s an additional effect with the right music.

Endimetriosis by Cherry Manga at HEA gallery (2)

Hannington Endowment  for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises – Despite ist name “Xeltentat Enterprises” is not a Commercial sim in any way. It is a peaceful and private area for contemplation and Relaxation, nd is proud to host Artists at The Hive!”
It is owned by Hannington Xeltentat. “Hanningtom Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises” – or short HEA, was built by Tansee, who also runs the gallery.  Thank you Hannington for providing the space and thank you Tansee from enabling the isntallation “Endometriosis by Cherry Manga”

Landmark to Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises

Art in Second Life 2020 (4) Strange Garden

On SL Destinations I came across a post on 99 faces “Strange Garden by Cherry Managa“. The picture along with the post caught my attention.
Strange Garden is located in a huge skybox sphere at ADreNaLin, a new art and music place owned by JadeYu Fhang and Cherry Manga. In the above mentioned blogpost you’ll find a short video taken at Secret Garden, that gives you an even better impression of what to expect.

Impressions of Strange Garden (1)

The installation was created by Cherry Manga and is held in black and while. There’re for sure several ways how you can interpret it, art looks different for everybody and causes different thoughts. One possible interpretation is given in the blogpost on 99 faces. For me it simply set my mind free to wander.
The background consist of bald trees and the silhouette of what could be a bit City. Inside all objects are either black or white and thes wave with the wind or move. Thus you get a different view all the time. At the landing is a stair that winds up into the sky. If you walk upstairs you will fall down at one point. At the landing point you also find a free avatar, a fantasy being in black and white, that you can use for your visit and that will make you melt into the installation and become a part of it – if you like.
When you visit be prepared that you can suddently fall out of the sphere, in particular when you go closer to the walls. It might be intended, who knows *winks*.  Don’t worry, in Second Life you can fly back and re-enter the Strange Garden easily.

Impressions of Strange Garden (2)

There’s kind of a pond in the center and inside is a shark and a jellyfish. At one place you find sort of a grave with a skull and candles but at least for me the Strange Garden isn’t scary. It’s fantasy … black and white … life and death … danger and the feeling of security, it’s beautiful and ugly … and maybe that is why it makes your mind and thoughts wander.
Cherry also created the music that you hear when visiting Strange Garden, a psychedelic sound and very fitting to what you see.

Impressions of Strange Garden (3)

You can buy some of the objects used at Strange Garden, just hover over the object and you might get the L$ symbol for purchasing. You should also visit the ADreNaLin store where you can get some of Cherry Manga’s art for free, the teleport point to the store is just next to the landing. The store itself with it’s geometrical forms that move up and down, with its cubes and walls is worth a visit!

Impressions of Strange Garden (4) – the picture in the lower right is taken at the ADreNaLin store

Strange Garden is an intriguing installation and should be available for another couple of weeks. Thank you, Cherry, for creating this installation. Thank you JadeYu Fhang and Cherry Manga for the new art and music place ADreNaLin, that is tagged in the landmark profile with “Original Art, Animesh, avatars, freebies store, Musique Venue

Landmark to Strange Garden
Landmark to ADreNaLin store
Blogpost on 99 faces “Strange Garden by Cherry Managa”