Art in Second Life 2020 (55) little boxes by Etamae

The Hannington Endowment for The ARTS (HEA-Gallery) features a new art work of Etamae called little boxes. I have seen a lot of Etamae’s work since I came across her first in 2019 when I visited the Elevat Femdom Lounge & Spa (read here). This year I saw her art at La Maison d’Aneli (read here), I saw Eta’s Feed Your Fetish Gallery (read here), I visited her Extempore Gallery and Lounge (read here) and just lately I saw her pictures at the Plaza Art Gallery (read here). Of course I had also to see her newest work.

“little boxes” is not what I would have expected from Etamae. It is based on a song of Malvina Reynolds (August 23, 1900 – March 17, 1978), who was an American folk/blues singer-songwriter and political activist, best known for her songwriting, particularly the songs “Little Boxes” and “What Have They Done to the Rain.” (source wikipedia)
You can hear the song “Little Boxes” on youtube here.

Impressions of Etamae’s installation “little boxes” at HEA-Gallery, Hive 2 (1)

The installation visualizes the song, the text is written on walls and when you click there you listen to the according stanza. The world of little boxes is colourful just as the little boxes in the song: pink, green, blue and yellow. Every part of the song has its visualisation at the installation. It is funny, almost a bit childish and full of irony. Everything is neat and perfect. That combined with the thoughts that Etamae gives us at the entrance makes “little boxes” a particular experience, something to think about:

Impressions of Etamae’s installation “little boxes” at HEA-Gallery, Hive 2 (2)

As a clear opposition to conformity the “little boxes” song frowns uopn the idea of suburbia, talking about more than just the houses but also about the way a great many people lige their lifes.
Conform, own the ideal house, have the right amount of beautiful children, in.fact, embrace the middle class attitudes fully and strive to he just like your neighbours, but remember, the boxes might be different colour, but inside? Well, they are all just the same.
All around us are institutions that frown upon the creators, the free thinkers, all through the ages it has been easier to conform than not, we put ourselves in boxes as good as any respected system and although “little boxes” challenged convention and conformity of the era that it was composed in that does not mean that it has no established meaning today.

Impressions of Etamae’s installation “little boxes” at HEA-Gallery, Hive 2 (3)

Etamae is 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. The current exhibtion at HEA-Gallery proves her attitude to try out different forms of art. She got help from friends to get the necessary building and scripting knowledge – and created something new. Thank you Etamae!

Impressions of Etamae’s installation “little boxes” at HEA-Gallery, Hive 2 (4)

Don’t forget to grab a notecard with more information about the installation “little boxes” and about Etamae at the entrance of the exhibition. The exhibtion shall be open until October 15th, 2020.

HEA Gallery is owned by Hannington Xeltentat and was built by Tansee, who also runs the gallery. Thank you Hannington for providing the space and thank you Tansee from enabling the Etamae’s “little boxes“. I truely enjoyed – and it made me think.

Landmark to little boxes by Etame
at Hannington Endowment for The ARTS
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xeltentat%20Enterprises/129/128/3503
Etamae’s FLickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/157802675@N08/?
Malvina Reynolds “Little Boxes” on youtube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_2lGkEU4Xs

Art in Second Life 2020 (47) FionaFei – “I Had a Dream, and You Were There”

FionaFei is one of the artists that I have featured in this blog quite often already this year: I visited her Shui Mo Gallery (read here), I saw her installation at La Maison d’Aneli (read here), I saw “Impostor” at Sim Quarterly (read here) and I saw her exhibit “Chuanghu (Windows)” at GBTH Project (read here).
When I scrolled through scoop.it SL Destination, I came across her latest installation at Hive 4 at “Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises” (HEA). It is called “I Had a Dream, and You Were There”

Right when you enter the installation you FionaFei gives an explanation for the title and it provides the right mindset for your visit (at least form my visit):
This is and installation about losing someone and missing them. It is a creative manifestation of thinking about someone and wishing that they were here. It dwells on a moment in our greams and wanderings when we feel like someone we lost is with us again.
The artwork is not about any specific person in a physical form depctied in the installation. Instead, personal items are left to be discovered around the exhibit, such as a book or a piece of clothing. After all, we do not always have to see someone to feel them.
I Had a Dream, and You Were There

Impressions of FionaFei’s “I Had a Dream, and You Were There” at HEA (1)

Fiona is Chinese by decent but spent the majority of her life in the West:
I have a fascination with Chinese history and culture, but I often feel like I’m viewing my ancestry through a filter of Americanized information and experiences. Furthermore, my artistic background has been in charcoal and oil painting mediums, and I’ve had very little experience in actual ink-brush painting. Much of my early years were spent painting landscapes and portraits using oil paint on canvas. However, I developed a love for non-photorealism over the years as an artist. In continuation with my love of non-photorealism, I now produce Chinese ink-brush art in Second Life and exhibit my work around the grid.
For more information look up FionaFei’s own website.

Impressions of FionaFei’s “I Had a Dream, and You Were There” at HEA (2)

If you have been to any of FionaFei’s installations before, you’ll recognise her specific style of art immediatiately. You enter an ink brush painting and become a part of it. This time it is a forest. Once you have entered it you can easily get lost in it as the background is melting into the forest. You get lost like you can get lost in your memories.

While you walk around you will notice red spots and getting closer you can see the single items FionaFei has written about: a piece of clothes, a mirror, a bird cage, a book, a bow or a hat. They are placed more or less randomly, just like your memories pop out uncontrolled anywhere. You will also find a bench to sit and to let your mind wander while you become a colourful part of FionaFei’s ink-brush world.

Impressions of FionaFei’s “I Had a Dream, and You Were There” at HEA (3)

Who you will think of and what thoughts will the items and the environment initate in you? You have to find out yourself.
Thank you Fiona, I enjoyed visiting your installation “I Had a Dream, and You Were There”

Diomita at FionaFei’s “I Had a Dream, and You Were There” at HEA

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, and 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 FionaFei’s installation “I Had a Dream, and You Were There”

FionaFei’s “I Had a Dream, and You Were There” at HEA will be open until October 31, 2020

Landmark to Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xeltentat%20Enterprises/129/128/3503
FionaFei’s Shui Mo Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dreams/149/42/2554
FionaFei’s own website
https://fionafei.portfoliobox.net/
FionaDei’s Flickr:
https://flickr.com/photos/fionafei/

Art in Second Life 2020 (43) Fractal art by Kraven Klees

I found a bit of extra time for roaming on Wednesday, June 24th and went to “Hannington Endowment for the Arts” (HEA) to see if there’s anything new – and there was. I decided to see an exhibtion of Kraven Klees named “Fractal To Scuplture” at Hive I.
REMARK: The opening of this exhibtion was postponed several times and is now fixed for Thursday July 23rd 4 PM SLT”

There’s a board at the entrance with a text from Kraven Klees explaining a bit what’s behind it:
Fractal To Sculpture – This is my experiment to bring 22D fractals to 3D form. This creates a struggle between detail and the ability to bring them into Second Life. These scultures start with over one million faces and up to two million vertices. These numbers have to be reduced to around 65000 faces to be accepted for upload into Second Life. This forces a drastic reduction in detail. I continue to experiment, hoping to get better results in future. I hope you enjoy Fractal To Sculpture.

Impressions of “Fractal To Scuplture” by Kraven Klees at Hannington Endowment for the Arts (HEA) (1)

Now I was curious as I became a fan of fractal art although I never tried making it myself. But I enjoy seeing it. But unfortunately the exhibition was not yet opened. Well I know how to get behind closed doors in Second Life and I had a look inside nonetheless.

The Hive’s walls were covered with a geometric, computer chip like texture in green and yellow, clearly fractal textures, the floor in the same way but in brown tones. In the center are 4 different huge scultures on podests – these are the 3D scultures Kraven was talking about in his text. They are quite impressive and h u g e.

Impressions of “Fractal To Scuplture” by Kraven Klees at Hannington Endowment for the Arts (HEA) (2)

I can see that some details of the surfaces are missing, the sculpture appear a bit blurring partly. But overall, I can’s see why Kraven isn’t satisfied with the result. The screaming female head did impress me most, but also the upper body of a female fairy is really a great piece of art. The green sculpture leaves mayn room for interpretation, it could be anything or just abstract. The 3D sculpture in the black frame is also intriguing as only parts are 3D and these kind of grow out of the 2D art. Something that you have to see as it is hard to capture it on a 2D picture.

Kraven Klees is in Second Life for almost 13 years. He’s from Washington DC and creates media artworks, fractals, photos and mixed media artworks. At the entrance you can grab a notecard about his art and what drives him – to conjure the realms of our imagination. The exhibtion “Fractal To Sculpture” shall be open for visits until August 31st, 2020.

Impressions of “Fractal To Scuplture” by Kraven Klees at Hannington Endowment for the Arts (HEA) (3)

Hannington Endowment for the Arts” is a peaceful and private area for contemplation and relaxation, and is proud to host artists at The Hive!”. It is owned by Hannington Xeltentat.
Hanningtom Endowment for the Arts” – or short HEA, was built by Tansee, who also runs the gallery.  Thank you Hannington for providing the space and thank you Tansee for curating HEA.

After seeing Kraven Klees art at HEA I also went to the other places where his art is presented currently, the places were listed in the accompanying notecard as well as in Kraven’s profile. I first went to Active Interiors.

Impressions of Kraven Klees’ fractal art showcased at Active Interior

My next stop was at Kraven’s own gallery at Sunset Temptations.

Impressions of Kraven Klees’ fractal art showcased at his own gallery at Sunset Temptations

And I finally went to Floating Lotus Art gallery, where Kraven’s Art is featured together with two other artists. You can clearly indentify Kraven’s style. Most of his work deals with fantasies, with humans, with nightmares as well as with dreams – and its intriguing. You can purchase the fractals either at Kraven’s gallery or at his store on the marketplace.

Thank you for your art. I enjoyed my afternoon with your art, Kraven.

Landmark to Hannington Endowment for the Arts (Fractal to Sculpture)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xeltentat%20Enterprises/129/128/3503
Landmark to Active Interiors
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Mooter/237/77/101
Landmark to Kraven Klees own gallery at Sunset Temptations
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Imolarto/160/220/2387
Landmark to Floating Lotus Art gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Optiman/170/47/4030
Fractals by Kraven Klees on marketplace
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/119963?id=119963

Art in Second Life 2020 (39) A tribute to Second Life lighthouses

On Thursday, July 9th, I got some time inbetween during a busy day. I visited “A tribute to Second Life lighthouses” by Ferugina Luna at “Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises” (HEA). And I didn’t regret it.

The exhibition is at the Queen Bee Gallery of HEA. You get there by teleporting from landing at HEA. Of course the exhibit is about lighthouses.

I like the way the pictures are presented. The room is round, in the center is a lighthouse and the walls are full with pictures take in in SLecond Life and showing lighthouses. The room has furtheron 4 water basins and some typical animals are around: penguins and seagulls. The pictures are great and you can see how different one and the same lighthouse can look in just another environment.

Impressions of “A tribute to Second Life lighthouses” by Ferugina Luna at HEA Gallery (1)

I never came across Ferugina Luna so far. She’s almost 14 years in Second Life and we seem to share the passion for taking pictures. By the way, you can get the lighthouse in the center of the exhibition as a free gift. But you need to hurry a bit, the exhibition shall be available until end of July, 2020.

Impressions of “A tribute to Second Life lighthouses” by Ferugina Luna at HEA Gallery (2)

“Hannington Endowment  for the Arts” (HEA) is owned by Hannington Xeltentat. HEA was built by Tansee, who also runs the gallery. Thank you Hannington for providing the space and thank you Tansee from enabling the exhibition “A tribute to Second Life lighthouses”. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xeltentat%20Enterprises/132/124/3525

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
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xeltentat%20Enterprises/127/126/3503

Art in Second Life 2020 (15) Wildflowers of The Prairie

Thursday, April 2nd, I went to “Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises” (HEA) to have a look what’s new. Some hives were still work in progress, but one new exhibition had just opened – Wildflowers of The Prairie by Thunda Masala.

You can grab a notecard with information about the artist and about the project before you step down into the “The Queen Bee Gallery” downstairs.

Impressions of “Wildflowers of The Pairie” by Thunda Masala (1)

Thunda Masala is a freelance photographer who lives in Iowa. He is also a molecular biologist. Thunda is drawn to the images of countryside because of the beauty and simplicity of  nature, landscape and livestock. Open spaces, dusty meandering roads, vast sky and gently rolling land of Iowa provide ample opportunity and satisfaction of capturing nature in its varied seasonal moods. Thunda also runs a blog about Second Life.

Thunda’s mission is to help preserving the praire. “More than 98% of the original prairie are lost to agriculture and industrial development. As such, this constitutes the largest devastation of any ecosystem on our planet. There are numerous efforts, both private and government-led , that intend to restore prairie- the land and its flora and fauna. However, these are minuscule efforts compared to what we have lost.
Wildflowers probably constitute the most obvious components of the prairie. Through these photographs of wildflowers, I hope to show what beauty they bring to the land and why we should try our best to preserve the gift of nature to protect the existing prairie and hopefully augment it.

Impressions of “Wildflowers of The Pairie” by Thunda Masala (2)

The exhibition at HEA shows a selection of great pictures of flowers and insects, close up pictures as well a whole meadows. The pictures really give a good impression of the beauty that comes with natures.
The pictures are arranged in a circle, the walls show a meadow, the ceiling is blue, the floor is earth-coloured and covered with different grasses, two deers stand hiding in higher grass and watch, some butterflies liven up the scene. In the center is a video screen where you can watch a video slideshow with more pictures from Thunda. At least I had to fumble a bit to get it running in Second Life as the meadow in front made clicking to agree to data protection rules almost impossible. But I managed it and view the video inworld. Alternatively you can watch it here or use the direct link provided below.

 

Thunda’s pictures are really impressive. I like the way they are presented in a room that provides a little feel of Pairie. What is certainly missing is the smell and the sound of insects. I enjoyed my short visit and it was educational in addition.
Thank you Thunda!

Impressions of “Wildflowers of The Pairie” by Thunda Masala (3)

Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises – Despite its name, ‘Xeltentat Enterprises’ is not a commercial sim in any way. It is a peaceful and private area for contemplation and relaxation, and is proud to host artists at The Hive!”
It is owned by Hannington Xeltentat. “Hannington 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 for enabling the exhibition “Wildflowers of The Prairie”

“Wildflowers of The Prairie” shall be opened until April 30th

Landmark to Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xeltentat%20Enterprises/127/126/3503
Video Wildflowers Of The Prairie TM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOyUFJLJGhk&feature=youtu.be
Thunda’s blog about Second Life
https://storiesfromsecondlife.wordpress.com

Art in Second Life 2020 (13) Elusive Reality by Gem Preiz

On Thursday, March 19th, I came across an exhibtion of Gem Preiz when scrolling through scoop.it SL Destinations. His newest exhibtion is called “Elusive Reality” and is shown at “Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises

Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises – Despite its name, ‘Xeltentat Enterprises’ is not a commercial sim in any way. It is a peaceful and private area for contemplation and relaxation, and is proud to host artists at The Hive!
It is owned by Hannington Xeltentat. “Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises” – or short HEA Gallery, was built by Tansee, who also runs the Gallery. It is open now for 4 months, hence it is quite new.

Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises – Shedule of current and future exhibtions (upper left) / “Elusive Reality by Gem Preiz” at Hive 1 (lower left) / accompanying text to “Elusive Reality by Gem Preiz” (right)

I wrote already quite often about Gem Preiz and his fractal art, the last time in 2019 when I visited his own art gallery the “Gem Preiz Fractal Art Gallery” (see Simploring 2019 (10) Gem Preiz Fractal Art Gallery)

Gem Preiz “is educated in science and mathematics and is fond of anything related to Nature, Cosmos and Earth, from astronomy to geology. The world of fractals is, in the same way, ruled by Mathematics functions which, as Physics do in Nature, enable to create objects which features repeat themselves at every scale. There lies his passion for fractals: create thanks to the power and pureness of the Mathematical concept, images the complexity of which can suggest Nature beings, objects or sceneries.” (taken from the notecard that you can grab at the exhibition)

Impressions of “Elusive Reality by Gem Preiz” at Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises (1)

With his exhibtion “Elusive Reality” Gem gives us his explanation of what we see there (see also in the above 1st picture):
…. Each discovery raises as many new questions as it solves enigma, making the material around us an incresingly elusive reality.
Elusive as the details of the 12 fractal images that this exhibition displays, which your eye will perceive more and more precisely as you approach them, but that no calculation or viewer can reveal in their ultimate fineness. Elusive like the crystalline decoration whose facets appear or disappear depending on the movements or angles of view, forming a solid base where standing without letting itself decipher.
I invite you to explore this unreal universe, where fragmentation and apparent chaos combine with the mineral rigidity of monoliths, an image of a multiple world, a world of illusions, a world that we will never grasp better than imperfectly.” (Gem Preiz)

Impressions of “Elusive Reality by Gem Preiz” at Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises (2)

The exhibtion is a feast for the eyes in red and yellow. The red and white respectively the yellow and white glowing blocks change their appearance as you walk through the exhibtion. You see the 12 exhibited pictures from far away as an eye catcher and you see more and more details as you walk closer. Each of them is a real masterpiece and full of details. You can loose yourself in all the details. And now just imagine how these fractals were created .. the result of mathematical operations yet you can’t recognize the origin anymore nor can you really recognize a regular pattern.

As always I was excited seeing Gem’s art. It has been a while that I saw his art. Thank you Gem, for this great exhibtion! I enjoyed my visit a lot. Elusive Reality by Gem Preiz will stay open until End of March, so hurry up if you want to see it yourself.

Impressions of “Elusive Reality by Gem Preiz” at Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises (3)

Many thanks also to Hannington Xeltentat who provided the space for the art and many thanks also to Tansee for builidng and curating the gallery. I didn’t hear from this art place before and unfortunately had not the time to have a look at the other exhibitions so far, but I’m pretty sure that I will come back. The upcoming program sounds promising.

Landmark to Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises where you can see amoung other exhibtions “Elusive Reality by Gem Preiz”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xeltentat%20Enterprises/127/126/3503
Landmark to Gem Preiz Fractal Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Seductive%20Horizons/11/228/297