Art in Second Life 2021 (31) Honey Bender at DixMix Gallery

I visited the exhibition “Honey Bender” at DixMix Gallery in room Amalfia. The exhibition consists of 10 pictures based on SL pictures, all showing females dress in fanatsy, mysterious clothes, often wearing mask or fancy hairstyles. Most of the pictures are party blurred which highlights the sharp areas.

I had never come across Honey Bender before so far. Her style is quite unique. I like the way she processes her pictures turning SL photographs into art. The blurring gives the picture another element of virtual volatileness, moments captured forever. All of the women look interesting, you immediately begin to picture a story fitting to them and to their fancy appearance.

Impressions of “Honey Bender” at DixMix Gallery (1)

Honey Bender is in Second Life for more than 14 years. She is a stylist and photographer in Second Life. As far as I gathered, Homey Bender owns or writes for AUDAZ, a website featuring styles and outfits, accessoires, art, fashion, photographs and trends.
Honey Bender also has her own store for particular and unique fashion. And – according to her profile – she’s rich in both worlds *winks*

Impressions of “Honey Bender” at DixMix Gallery (2)

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing at it. I enjoyed my visit and seeing Honey’s art and style for the first time. The exhibition “Honey Bender” will stay open until April 23rd.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery 2020
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
DixMix Gallery website
https://www.dixmixgallery.xyz/
AUDAZ website
http://audaz-sl.com
Bender store
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/200434

Art in Second Life (28) Theda Tammas – Apsara

On March 6th, A new installation of Theda Tammas was opened at the Womb at DixMix Gallery – Aspara.

I visited on Sunday, March 7th. The Womb is a seperate platform in the skies above the gallery. The teleport is right next to where you land.
Once you’re on the platform you should adjust your viewer settings: graphics to ultra (or to the best your system can handle), enabled advanced lighting, enable sun+moon and projectors. You should also use shared environment (top menu “world” -> “environment”). Then you’re almost set to visit. Almost? Yes, enable music, it adds a lot to your experience of this installation.

Theda Tammas – Apsara @ DixMix Gallery – bird’s eye view

The environment is all in red tones. When you walk behind the wall with the recommended settings you will see the installation. Bascially it is a court surrounded by walls that look a bit like books. At one side is kind of a stage. What you see are dancers. I didn’t count them, I think there’re about 10 dancers. One is performing on the stage and stays there. There are 2 groups with 3 dancers who stay at one spot while dancing. The others move. There is enough motion to keep you busy watching, and enough stability to calm and relax, in particular together with the music: “shamanic drums, deep trance humming meditation, shamanic meditation music for stress relief”

Theda Tammas – Apsara @ DixMix Gallery – Impressions (1)

Apsara? I looked it up on wikipedia:
An apsara is a type of female spirit of the clouds and waters in Hindu and Buddhist culture. Asparas figure prominently in the sculpture, dance, literature and painting of many South Asian and Southeast Asian cultures. There are two types of apsaras: laukika (worldly) and daivika (divine). Urvasi, Menaka, Rambha, Tilottama and Ghritachi are the most famous among them.

Theda Tammas – Apsara @ DixMix Gallery – Impressions (2)

In Indian mythology, apsaras are beautiful, supernatural female beings. They are youthful and elegant, and superb in the art of dancing. They are often wives of the Gandharvas, the court musicians of Indra. They dance to the music made by the Gandharvas, usually in the palaces of the gods, entertain and sometimes seduce gods and men. As ethereal beings who inhabit the skies, and are often depicted taking flight, or at service of a god, they may be compared to angels.” (excerpt from wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apsara)

Theda made a great choreography. I don’t know how the mesh figures are programmed to dance and to move, but it looks naturally and enough randomized to provide the impression of living dancers. You should see it yourself. I found a video on the internet. It has been provided by Violet Boa.

Theda Tammas is in SL for almost 14 years. She has had already some exhibtions of her work. I couldn’t find out a lot more about her. If I interpreted it right, then she’s from Brasil (I might be wrong though). Theda has an own website where you can see a lot of her former installations.

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan Prumier for building it and for contributing at it. And thank you Violet Boa for the video, that porvides an even better impression of this installation than any picture can do. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to DixMix Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
DixMix Gallery website
https://www.dixmixgallery.xyz/
Theda Tammas website
https://bytheda.weebly.com/
Video of Thada Tammas – Apsara
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHZVuWFBsos&t=29s

Art in Second Life (26) “Ethereal Eternity by Celestial Demon” @ DixMix Gallery

I visited “Ethereal Enternity by Celestial Demon”, an exhibtion at DixMix Gallery in room Amona.
It is once again an exhibition of an artist, who I hadn’t come across so far. And it is different to what I saw so far in Second Life. The artists name Celestial Demon and the title of the exhibition “Ethereal Eternity” fit in a particular way.

“Ethereal Eternity by Celestial Demon” @ DixMix Gallery (1)

The setting of the exhibition is very thoughtfully adapted to the showcased pictures. In the center Megan Prumier placed 3 transparent almost invisible large Angel statues. The whole room is held in white. The 10 pictures are all monochrome, very large and wide.

The pictures deal with the themes love, heaven, angels and eternity. For me personally the pictures tell a love story, it’s perceived end by death and the joyful reunion in a ethereal eternity. The pictures all have a strong focus on the theme achieved by the large white or light background.

“Ethereal Eternity by Celestial Demon” @ DixMix Gallery (2)

Celestial Demon (celestialdemon) is an Italian artist, who is in Second Life for more than 9 years. I couldn’t find out much about him, as his profile is in Italian. You can see more of his art on his flickr page. On this flickr page I found a comment that describes him and his art quite short and fitting in my opinion: “artist with infinite power of communication in light and shade. Immense talent

“Ethereal Eternity by Celestial Demon” @ DixMix Gallery (3)

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing at it. I enjoyed my visit. The exhibition “Ethereal Eternity by Celestial Demon” will stay open until April 2nd.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery 2020
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
DixMix Gallery website
https://www.dixmixgallery.xyz/
Celestial Demon (celestialdemon)’s Flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/people/celestialdemon/

Art in Second Life 2021 (14) “Skin by Mrs. S.” @ DixMix Gallery

I visited the exhibition “Skin by Mrs. S.” at DixMix Gallery.
Mrs. S, that mrs S (lauralar). I saw her “Magical Rooms” at Itakos Project and Art Gallery last year (read here), an exhibtion she made with her partner Mr S. (saka infinity).

“Skin by Mrs. S.” at DixMix Gallery (1)

The exhibtion at DixMix Gallery is quite different to what I saw before from mrs S. It consists of 10 pictures, of which 5 are held in white and dark blues and the 5 are more or less black and white like charcoal drawings. What they have in common is that they all show naked females.

“Skin by Mrs. S.” at DixMix Gallery (2)

The skin is white, the background is uni dark, hence you see just the curves, the shape and your eye is not distracted by anything else but a few white areas that could be windows.
The 5 pictures that remind of charcoal drawings just show a few lines with a tiny bit of shadows yet the contures are visibile, again you see the curves, the shape but even less a face.

“Skin by Mrs. S.” at DixMix Gallery (3)

Its the simplicity that makes the pictures intriguing, the clear focus on the shape of the naked female body. From what I see, I think the raw pictures were taken in Second Life and processed to provide the desired effect of simplicity.

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing at it. I enjoyed my visit. The exhibition “Skin by Mrs. S.” will stay open until February 18th

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery 2020
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
DixMix Gallery website
https://www.dixmixgallery.xyz/
mrs S (lauralar)’s Flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123839917@N06/

Art in Second Life 2021 (13) “Figure and Form” by Harbor Galaxy

DixMix Source invited me to have a look at “Figure and form” by Harbor Galaxy, an exhibition that will be opened at DixMix Gallery with a party on Saturday February 6th at 1 PM SLT.

The exhibition is right now prepared on a platform, ready to be moved to its place at DixMix Gallery. What is missing right now in my pictures is the fitting ambiente for Harbor Galaxy’s pictures.

Harbor writes about “Figure and Form”:
In this series of little pictures I wanted to take a step back from the avatar as a personality and concentrate on the its’ figure in relationship to various forms, most of which were the simple building blocks we use here in Second Life and then build upon that relationship with color and light.

“Figure and Form” by Harbor Galaxy at DixMix Gallery (1)

Actually the figures are comparable small in comparison to the form. Habour uses both, females and males, and instinctively the view of the spectator is focused on the figure, trying to see more details, like clothes, shape and age. The form doesn’t prevent focusing on the figure as it is kept simple. The forms itself would be nice abstract art with the light effects and selected forms and colours, the figures itself would be to small with no particular feature – but together they interact.

I couldn’t find out much about Harbor Galaxy. She is in Second Life for 12 years. And she has a flickr page where I found a short description about her: “Just a pixel dolly exploring my creative side in SL. I don’t generally talk too much about my process primarily because it frequently seems kind of like a happy accident but in my work, I attempt to merge photography and digital painting. I take pictures using screen shots and then edit and manipulate the images in GIMP; frequently using distortion and color to invoke an emotional response from viewer.

“Figure and Form” by Harbor Galaxy at DixMix Gallery (2)

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing at it. I enjoyed my visit. The exhibition “Figure and Form” by Harbor Galaxy opens today, Saturday February 6th at 1 PM SLT, and will stay open until March 19th.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery 2020
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
DixMix Gallery website
https://www.dixmixgallery.xyz/
Harbor Galaxy Flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/harborgalaxy/

Art in Second Life 2021 (10) “Waves of Silence” by Etamae

Last year I had quite some blogposta about Etamae and her art. I visited her Eta’s Feed Your Fetish Gallery (see my blogpost here) and her Extempore Gallery and Lounge (read here). I saw her contribution to the joined exhibtion of Apirl 2020 at La Maison d’Aneli (read here). I saw her “little boxes” at Hannington Art Foundation (read here) and her “Memories of a Foreign Reality” at Itakos Project Art Gallery (read here).

Etamae is in Second Life for almost 5 years. She’s from the UK and began transforming her pictures from the things she has seen and loved in Second Life into something else, in digital art in 2018. Etamae is not defined by just one style or area of art, she plays with different patterns and tries herself out in a broader spectrum of art. And so also the current exhibtion at the DixMix Gallery proves her attitude to always try out different forms of art.

The exhibition “Waves of Silence” is located in the room Abby at DixMix Gallery. It consists of 9 partly quite large pictures. The walls of the room and the floor is kept in grey tones. At the walls you see some shadows of people and objects. The background fits well and is used to contribute to the pictures. The largest picture named “peek”, that you see in front of you when you enter the room consists of two halfs, in the center of the combined pictures is something that looks like a boxing ring, each half shows the silhouette of a person (a boxer?). In fact the left and the right part are just mirrored pictures that were coloured differently. If you step back far enough and look at the picture the shadows on the wall behind add to the picture so that you can recognize a face.
Etamae also played with mirrors in her picture “reflective”, also colouring both (mirrored) halfs differently.

“Waves of Silence” by Etamae at DixMix Gallery (1) – away (upper left) / reflective (upper right) / peek (lower picture)

Etamae’s picture “Waves of Silence”, gave her exhibtion at DixMix Gallery it’s name. In this picture Etame uses several layers (I think just two, but mabye three), that are zoomed in and zoomed out slowly. This way she creates the illusion of waves, colourful waves. It is quite calming to look at it and to watch the slow change of the picture.
In the picture next to it, named “peace”, she uses another and much more visible effect of changing it permanently. The picture has two layers that are permantenly moving against eachother (one to the left side, one the right side). It is one on the same picture, black and white, and shows a face. The upper picture is transparent. There is a moment when both pictures fit exactly, then you see one picture only. But mostly you see the face changing, you see at least 2 faces … or even none. And the changes are quite quick.

“Waves of Silence” by Etamae at DixMix Gallery (2) – Waves of Silence (left side) / peace (right side)

The third technique Etamae is playing with in her exhibtion at DixMix Gallery is a moving a thin layer of grey or fog over her pictures. In her picture “rapture” this makes the background changing just a tiny bit. You do not notice it at the first glance that the picture is animated. In her picture “sleep”, the effect is stronger and quite visible as two second layers (the fog) are moved over the picture against eachother and thus the picture gets partly darkened, but the dark parts move.

“Waves of Silence” by Etamae at DixMix Gallery (2) – rapture (upper) / sleep (lower)

Etamae showed again her ability to play with different techniques. I enjoyed my visit a lot. Her artwork is intriguing. Thank you Etamae!
Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing at it.
The exhibition “Waves of Silence” by Etamae will stay open until February, 19th.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
DixMix Gallery website
https://www.dixmixgallery.xyz/
Landmark to Extempore Gallery and Lounge
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Blarn%20Isle/13/210/1502
Eta’s Feed Your Fetish Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Swanbridge/204/19/3216
Etamae’s Flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/157802675@N08/?

Art in Second Life 2021 (1) Hidden Beauty – Group exhibition at DixMix Gallery

On Saturday, December 19th, 2020 a group exhibtion was opened at DixMix Gallery.

Hidden Beauty – Group exhibition at DixMix Gallery

The exhibition compromises ten pictures of ten artists, namely: Randonee Noel, Syn Huntress, Del May, Paola Mills, Wicca Merlin, Talloulah Warra, Megan Prumier, Amber Wild, Maloe Vansant and DixMix Source.
Some of these artists have benn covered already in this blog and I can recognize their style. Although ten artists have contributed there’s a common theme – Hidden Beauty.

Hidden Beauty – Group exhibition at DixMix Gallery: Randonee Noel – Darker Facets / Maloe Vansant – Habibi / DixMix Source – Syra No

Beauty might be hidden behind a veil, a mask (quite common in this day and age) or by hands. In either case the full beauty can still be recognized.

Hidden Beauty – Group exhibition at DixMix Gallery: Megan Prumier – Expectation / Del May – Tunnel

But beauty may also be the body of a pregnant woman and the really hidden baby, it might be the toddler, it might even be hidden behind a fantasy being made of steel and biological material. The exhibition radiates the power of beauty from ten different perspectives.

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing at it. I enjoyed my visit. The Group exhibition “Hidden Beauty” will stay open until

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery 2020
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
DixMix Gallery website
https://www.dixmixgallery.xyz/

Art in Second Life 2020 (85) Moki Yuitza – Geomorphism

I visited “Geomorphism”, an installation by Moki Yuitza at the art platform of DixMix Gallery.

Geomorphism is an art intallation using a lot of light effects. You should set your windlight to midnight for seeing it correctly. Geomorphism is set up in a cube. In the center is a big tree. All walls are covered with sort of geometrical forms – and they are permanently changing. The main light effect is in white and is topped with a kind of aurea borealis. Hence you get a lot of different impressions, depending where you look at, at what time, from what viewing angle.

Impressions of “Geomorphism” by Moki Yuitza at DixMix Gallery (1)

But there is more than that, there are several smaller trees that are decorated with spheres, there are flowers on the ground and grass …. and all is mainly in white. The light effects are amazing and my pictures have become an artwork themselves, unique, not reproducable.

Moki Yuitza is in Second Life for over 12 years. I came across her twice so far. One time in 2019 when she was participating in an exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli (read here) and one time when I visited an installation of her at LEA 19 “Hypercube – labyrinth of the mind” in 2018 (read here).
Moki has had a lot more exhibtions and installation, that I missed. Well you could see all in Second Life *winks*. Moki’s profile is full of installations of her that are gone in the meanwhile. The virtual world is even more short-lived than the physical world.

Impressions of “Geomorphism” by Moki Yuitza at DixMix Gallery (2)

I found this about Moki from a notecard for La Maison d’Aneli: “In RL I am an architect and in this metaverse I found the possibility to realize my idea of ​​space and my architectural fantasy, as well as to share it with other people.” That does fit to Geomorphism at DixMix Gallery as well.

Impressions of “Geomorphism” by Moki Yuitza at DixMix Gallery (3)

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing to it, and last but not least thank you Moki Yuitza for your installation. I enjoyed my visit.
“Moki Yuitza – Geomorphism” will stay open for visitors at least until end of Jan 2021.

Landmark to DixMix Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
Moki Yuitza’s Flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/148055295@N07/

Art in Second Life 2020 (84) Barock by Caly Applewhyte

I visited the exhibtion “Barock by Caly Applewhyte” which was opened December 5th at the DixMix Gallery. The theme of Caly (Calypso Applewhyte)’s pictures in the room “Abby” is – surprise – Barock. The room itself is decorated with the luxury colour of this period – red. Dark red curtains at each side of each picture like a curtain being opened to showcase the art. Red lights at the red walls, a dark floor.

The pictures itself presents avatars, fantasy persons, not necessarily from that era, but with wild hairstyles and often colourful make-up. But they all are dressed according to Barock. And the paint has already become brittle like it does on old paintings. This combination is intriguing and invites to take a closer look to decide which effect is dominating in this or that painting.

examples from “Barock by Caly Applewhyte” at DixMix Gallery (1)

Caly (Calypso Applewhyte) is a SL Photographer from France, who joined SL in 2010. Her focus is the avatar itself as a means of expression to transport emotions. She processes her pictures with Photoshop. I have seen her work already a few times and you can recognise her style, she has found her personal characteristic artistic style. Her pictures do tell stories, like good art has to do.
According to her profile Caly also blogs and has written articles for several magazines. And she also make portrait pictures of course. You can see her work also on her flickr account.

examples from “Barock by Caly Applewhyte” at DixMix Gallery (2)

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing to it, and last but not least thank you Caly Applewhyte for your pictures. I enjoyed my visit.
“Barock by Caly Applewhyte” will stay open for visitors until Jan 15th.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery 2020
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
Caly Applewhyte’s flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/calypsoapplewhyte/

Art in Second Life 2020 (78) Behind The Door by DixMix Source

On Saturday, November 21st, DixMix Source opened an exhibtion with his own art in room Amalfia at DixMix Gallery.

Before entering you get an idea of the title of the exhibtion with two unhinged doors at the entrance of the room.

The room is held in cool blue tones. As far as I could tell the raw pictures were taken at Second life. They all a bit blurred and hazy so that the original picture appears dimly. Exploring the pictures tempts the spectator to get deeper into the picture and figure out more details or to add more details from own thoughts. What is common is a door. You find a door of different size in every picture, sometimes you can see a person in the door. That might be the door that allows you to see behind, to get the details, who knows?

Impressions of “Behind The Door” by DixMix Source

DixMix Source is from Brussels Belgium and is in Second Life for almost 14 years. He always had a gallery. He describes himself as “artist, photographer, director, musician and more”

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing at it. I like your art and enjoyed my visit.
The exhibition “Behind The Door” by DixMix Source will stay open until the end of 2020

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery 2020
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
DixMix Gallery website
https://www.dixmixgallery.xyz/

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