Art in Second Life 2021 (78) Conjure by Bamboo Barnes

I visited the exhibition “Conjure” by Bamboo Barnes on the 2nd floor of the FOCUS Magazine F.A.I.R Gallery.

In her exhibtion “Conjure” Bammboo features about 10 different pictures on the 4 walls of the exhibition room. Each wall has a different focus. On one wall Bamboo plays with different presentations of one and the same portrait of a woman. The 3 pictures are framed in different colours. Above the picture Bamboo placed several additional frames erratically and these frames change their colour permanently. Watching the changes the 3 pictures do look different and the expression of them change. It’s quite intriguing. One wall is used for just one big abstract picture with a female portrait in the background shining through, colorful as all of Bamboo’s pictures are.

Impressions of “Conjure” by Bamboo Barnes (1)

Bamboo has designed a collage of her pictures on another wall. Three female portraits, along with frames and coloured squares. You can see her specific style as the pictures seem to consist of several layers printed which tampers the original portrait. It is still recognizable, but you have to immerse into the picture and add what you can’t see.

Impressions of “Conjure” by Bamboo Barnes (2)

The last wall features three pictures, again female portraits party highly tampered, resulting in a mixture of a portrait and an abstract painting. Finally there’s also something to watch in the center of the exhibtion room, 4 red vertical tubes – a female portrait sliding over the surface and vanishing.


Impressions of “Conjure” by Bamboo Barnes (3)

Once again Bamboo’s pictures facinate with their colours and the playful mixture of styles and techniques. Yet, Bamboo’s signature is recognizable in every picture.

Bamboo is in Second Life for over 14 years already, painting software & photoshop are her best friends. Bamboo had many exhibtions and appearances in the Second Life art scene and in 2018 she had her first exhibition in real life: “I create what I see but maybe you won’t, they are about people’s reality and  mind.” Bamboo’s art is a mixture of abstract forms, of people and photographs. Most pictures are colourful and it is in the eye of the beholder what we see in her pictures. I myself saw her work the first time at La Maison d’Aneli during the Holiday season 2019/2020 (read here). I also saw her exhibition “Marginal Mannerism” at DixMixGallery in April 2021 (read here) and the exhibition “Meant to be” at Itakos Art Gallery last year (read here). And I had a look at her flickr page.

Thank you all who enabled this exhibtion. I enjoyed my visit and seeing Bamboo’s art. The exhibition “Conjure” by Bamboo Barnes shall stay open until End of August.

Landmark to FOCUS Gallery FAIR Gallery – Conjure by Bamboo Barnes
Bamboo Barnes’ flickr page

Art in Second Life 2021 (58) Flowers by Fly Kugin

When I visited La Maison d’Aneli end of May (read here) I came across Fly Kugin (flyqueeen) the first time. I had contact with Fly afterwards and she invited me to see her new exhibition “Flowers” at the Focus gallery.

“Flowers” by Fy Kugin is an collection of 10 pencil drawings. The drawings are showcased on the court in front of the Focus gallery.

In the center is one easel with a poster of Fly Kugin. You can get information about her by clicking it.
Fly Kugin (flyqueeen), as a live violin performer, is streaming into Second Life from Istanbul, since September 2019. She’s performing improvisation, Jazz & Rock genres, musicals & soundtracks from different time periods from various artists. But Fly also likes to spend her time taking pictures of landscapes and playing with them on photoshop. She is still learning different techniques. Fly started sketch drawing in March 2021. She acquired this passion in RL and it allows her to escape from the stress of everday life and main profession, music.

Impressions of “Flowers” by Fy Kugin at Focus gallery (1)

While I saw Fly’s landscape pictures at La Maison d’Aneli, “Flowers” features the other passion of Fly – drawing. The drawings are impressive by their simplicity. Whoever tried drawing like this knows that it looks being easy yet it isn’t. I can picture Fly’s drawings as an eye catcher in a living room in Second Life, as they can be displayed way larger then they are in reality. They would fit in particular into Asian style buildings.

Impressions of “Flowers” by Fy Kugin at Focus gallery (2)

Fly has an own website with more information and a flickr account. Thank you for inviting me over, Fly. I learned more about your art and enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to Focus gallery
Fly Kugin (flyqueeen)’s website
Fly Kugin (flyqueeen)’s flickr