Art in Second Life 2021 (120) “Urban and Industrial Images” by Blip Mumfuzz

Blip Mumfuzz invited me to see her newest exhibition at The Kondor Art Center and I went over to see it on the spot as I had some time left Friday, December 10th. I was excited, a great exhibition.

When I arrived, I thought I’d be in an industrial area, in a town… I looked around – no, it is an exhibtion, you see that on the second view *winks*. When you look around you see the showcased pictures in the surrounding background, on the sides of containers, at harbour walls, and facades. It takes a while until you recognize them as single unique pictures.

Impressions of “Urban and Industrial Images” by Blip Mumfuzz @ The Kondor Art Center (1)

I grabbed a notecard close to the landing. In the notecard Blip wrote about the exhibition:
When Hermes approached me and asked if I’d do a themed exhibition focusing on my urban/industrial images I was initially skeptical. I’ve always resisted the idea because I make images of several different types: portraits and self-portraits, nature images, slice-of-life, urban/industrial and others, and a themed would preclude many other newer images that I’d like to show. Hermes eventually prevailed and the result is this current exhibition that includes many images from my archives along side new images.”

Impressions of “Urban and Industrial Images” by Blip Mumfuzz @ The Kondor Art Center (2)

The amazing set/environment was built by uber-talented Naru Darkwatch. Given the theme, I felt that showing the work in an “environment”, rather than a traditional box gallery might enhance the viewer’s experience of the pieces. Given the spectacular result I’d say this exhibition would be a completely different experience without her contribution.”

Blip is very right in this point. The exhibition got a very special touch by setting it into the right enviroment. Naru Darkwatch did a great job. I had come across Blip Mumfuzz in March 2020 the first time, when she exhibited at La Maison d’Aneli (read here). Blip Mumfuzz is a SL verteran, being inworld since 2007. Blip has the talent to take very extraordinairy pictures in Second Life. Her art is to select the right cut-out of a picture, she looks for the abstract in the common, she “helps people to “see” the world with their mind and not just with their eyes.” Some of her pictures convince by the many details you can find, others are intriguing by minimalism.
You can see more of Blip’s art at her flickr page or at her Mumfuzz Gallery.

Impressions of “Urban and Industrial Images” by Blip Mumfuzz @ The Kondor Art Center (3)

The structure of the industrial area is really well done. You can even enter a small gallery space with 3 pictures – can you find it? I wanted to find out how the environment was created and zoomed out. By then I realized that the background is not just background but is also put together with pictures by Blip Mumfuzz.

Impressions of “Urban and Industrial Images” by Blip Mumfuzz @ The Kondor Art Center (4)

I enjoyed my visit a lot. Thank you Blip Mumfuzz for your art, thank you Naru Darkwatch for the great setting, thank you Hermes Kondor for providing the space for the art. The exhibition shall be open for visitors until begin of January 2022.

Landmark to “Urban and Industrial Images” by Blip Mumfuzz @ The Kondor Art Center
Blip Mumfuzz flickr
Mumfuzz Gallery

Art in Second Life 2021 (75) Sinners and Saints

Following Inara Pey’s blog I came across the exhibtion “Sinners and Saints” (read her article here). Thank you Inara for blogging about it

Sinners and Saints” extends over the two sims “Sinful Retreat” and “Angels Rest Arts Collective”. The provided landmark leads you into the center, right close to the sim border, that is indicated on the floor.
And just like the exhibition extends almost seamlessly over the two sims, the landmark descriptions of the two sims fit together:

Sinful Retreat is a land where worlds and times collide. A virtual playground where artists are welcomed with open arms to show their works. Home of the Janus Galleries and Janus Java.
Where art and music collide in an immersive environment for the senses. Curated by Chuck Clip, Angels Rest is the sister sim and mirror to Sinful Retreat with a focus on the performing arts and large 3D art installations.

Chuck Clip is a graphic designer, prim sculptor, co-owner of Sinful Retreat & Angels Rest, and co-curator of the Janus Galleries. He and his RL wife and SL partner, Jewell, seek to help breathe new life into the SL art community.

Sinners and Saints – an overview. The sim boarder is in the center. Angels Rest to the left, Sinful Retreat to the right. In the center is the event area.

Inara Pey wrote about the background of the exhibtion “Sinners and Saints“:
First announced in February 2021 (see Inara Pey’s blog: Sinners and saints, a new arts challenge in Second Life), the exhibition is in many respects the spiritual offspring of the great Art Challenges sponsored and hosted by the University of Western Australia and their partners (both in-world and out-world), and organised by FreeWee Ling and Jayjay Zifanwe on behalf of UWA.

Sinners and Saints: Merranda Ginssberg “Imprisoned” and “Divine Intervention”

And furtheron Inara quoted the Sinful Retreat team in her blog:
In the wake of the UWA gratitude art show back in November which Chuck Clip curated alongside Maripose Upshaw, we here at Sinful Retreat and Angels Rest decided to carry UWA’s torch onward into the future in the form of occasional themed art shows. Sinenrs and Saints art show is our first show which serves the dual purpose of carrying the aforementioned torch and celebrating the culmination of our first year in Second Life.
Sinful Retreat and Angels Rest are mirrors for each other, highlighting the dichotomy of light and dark in the art and humanity as a whole. We thought it appropriate that our first show should reflect that … with submissions form 50 artists and poets from across the grid, and over 20 hours of performances by musicians and DJ’s, plus poetry and Science Fiction readings, this show is sure to encapsulate all of us and serve to start some interesting conversations.
(Sinful Retreat team)

Sinners and Saints: Exhibit 2021 by Dusty Canning

You can find the program of events on the Sinful Retreat website. On the website is also the list of participants.

There’s really a lot of art to see and enjoy, to immerse into and to experience how and with which stylistic means the artists expressed the contrast between Sinners and Saints, Light and Dark, Good and Evil.
The dark part is at Sinful Retreat, the light part at Angels Rest.

The 3D objects are in the center of the exhibition and the pictures are showcased at the walls. Most artists have 2 exhibtis, one on the Sinner side and one on the Angels side. Also many of the 3D art objects are created twice and contrasting.

Sinners and Saints: London Junkers “Diva” and “Muse”

As mentioned before the list of artists is long and compromises a lot of artists that I covered already in this blog as well as some of who I have never heard of before. Morlita Quan’s picture couple is exactly on the sim boarder hence it is easy to see the contrast. Other artists contrasting pictures are farer away but you can recognize each artists signature and the exhibits are also marked.

Sinners and Saints: Morlita Quan “Lights and Shadows” (upper left), ArtemisGreece “Dancing with the devil” (lower left), Hermes Kondor “Blue Memories” and “The Dark Side” (center), Meilo Minotaur “Metamorphosis Part 3” (right)

The exhibtion “Sinners and Saints” opened July 10th and will be open until September. You can get the current program of events on the Sinful Retreat Website. There you can also find a video clip (14 minutes) of the opening event.
To get notified of upcoing events and exhibition you can join the remote subscription in the center of the exhibition.

Thank you Chuck Clip for curating and organizing this great exhibtion. I spent one hour there and must return as I haven’t seen all yet. A big thank you also to all the participating artists who took the challenge.

Landmark to “Sinners and Saints” at Sinful Retreat & Janus Galleries
Sinful Retreat Website
List of participanting artists
Video of the opening event
Inara Pey’s blogpost “Sinners and Saints in Second Life”

Art in Second Life (61) Anima – A Retrospective on Photography by Akim Alonzo

I was invited to attend the opening of the exhibtion “Anima – A Retrospective on Photography” by Akim Alsonzo at Kondor Art Center on June 25th. I visited the day after….

The exhibition is shown at the main building of the Kondor Art Center. As the name implies, it features a broad variety of Akim’s artwork. The gallery building has 2 floors and offers quite a lot of space for displaying. In the center at the staircase is a picture frame where the pictures showcased in this exhibition are displayed as a slideshow with smooth fading transisitons.

Anima – A Retrospective on Photography” by Akim Alonzo at Kondor Art Center

I came across Akim Alonzo in 2019 the first time, when his art was featured at La Maison d’Aneli (read here). And I had seen some of the pictures shown at “Anima – A Retrospective on Photography” already there. These pictures are loosely based on the cult movie “The Matrix”. A metaphor for a world of people trapped in a simulated, virtual reality that has many aspects in common with the Secondlife world. And most of them have surrealistic elements.

Impressions of “Anima – A Retrospective on Photography” by Akim Alonzo (1)

Akim Alonzo’s other passion are portraits. Most of them are in black and white or monochrome. Akim succeeds to capture the expression of a face, the soul, at least something that makes the spectator build a story to the portrait. He selects the background very thought fully, so that it doesn’t distract from the portrait but combines and eneases building a story.

Akim Alonzo is a traveller and photographer and has a passion for art. He’s the owner, artistic director, and curator of his “Itakos Project and Art Gallery“. And he has an own website.

Impressions of “Anima – A Retrospective on Photography” by Akim Alonzo (2)

The Kondor gallery is owned and curated by Hermes Kondor. Thank you Hermes for enabling this exhibtion. I enjoyed my visit a lot.

“Anima – A Retrospective on Photography” by Akim Alonzo
at Kondor Art Center
Landmark to The Itakos Project and Art Gallery
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website

Art in Second Life 2021 (33) RL Photo Festival 2021

After my visit to “The beauty of moving water” by Nils Urqhart at Kondor gallery (read here) Nils Urqhart invited me to see the RL Photo Festival, which opened it’s doors on March 31st.

It’s the 3rd RL Photo Festival after 2019 with 12 participants and 2020 with 15 participants. The 2021 festival shows the artful pictures and photographs of 18 different artists. Nis Urqhart organized the festival, that takes place in a high-rise building, Helvellyn Gallery, that was provided by Chia (Volchia Ferduccio).

Melinda Yearsley, Sisi Biedermann, CybeleMoon, Nichelle Valois and Bonach Iretons at the RL Photo Festival 2021

On the ground floor, where you land is the dancefloor for the opening party. At one wall you can see a film of the opening party, a board with the participating artists and you can scroll through a book, which presents all 18 artists with a short biography and description of their themes. In the book you also find many links to flickr pages and to galleries of the participating artists. The book is sold for just 50 L$.

Monique Beebe, Orpheus Paxlapis,Fenella Allen and Isabel Soderstrom at the RL Photo Festival 2021

The participants are: Hermes Kondor, CybeleMoon, Viktor Savior, Melinda Yearsley, Fenella Allen, Orpheus Paxlapis, Duna Gant, MonaByte, Arpeggio, Sisi Biedermann, Slatan Dryke, Bonach Ireton, ArtWolf Eternal, Isabel Soderstrom, 4pril, Monique Beebe, Linda Doune and Nichelle Valois.
I saw the work of some of Hermes Kondor, CybeleMoon (Hana Hoobinoo) and Slatan Dryke already in other exhibition. The names of some others sound familiar to me, they had stands at the Chritmas market next to the Art Gallery Rill’Arts (read here). Some others show their work the very first time at the RL Photo Festival.

Arpeggio, Linda Doune, Duna Gant and MonaByte at the RL Photo Festival 2021

The RL Photo Festival provides an overview over many different themes of RL photography: Nature, makro pictures of blossoms and plants, portraits, cities, everyday life scenes, erotic art, black & white photos, animals, gardens, celestial bodies and many more. By the way, the themes are the same for SL photographers. Some photographs are augmented with graphic, others are processed.

4pril, ArtWolf Eternal, Hermes Kondor, Viktor Savior and Slatan Dryke at the RL Photo Festival 2021

To see all the different styles and themes is very enjoyable and you could spend easily many hours at the RL Photo Festival. I didn’t count the photographs but there might be around 200 – hence quite a some to see.
Thank you Nils for the organisation, thank you Chia for providing the space and many thanks to all others who were involved to make this festival come alive. Thanks of course to all participating artists for their work.
The RL Photo Festival will close its doors on April 25th.

Landmark to Helvellyn Gallery and the RL Photo Festival 2021

Art in Second Life 2021 (29) “The beauty of moving water” by Nils Urqhart at Kondor gallery

After my blogpost about “Real Life” by Hermes Kondor at Art Gallery Rill’Arts (read here) had been published I had a conversation with Nils Urquart. Nils and Hermes are friends, both share the passion for Real Life photography and both have their own galleries. And while Hermes Kondor’s photographs are shown at Nils’ gallery – Nils’ photographs are shown in Hermes’ gallery.
This led me to visit “The beauty of moving water” by Nils Urqhart at Kondor gallery.

“The beauty of moving water” by Nils Urqhart at Kondor gallery – exhibition poster and impressions of the gallery

Nils Urqhart’s passion are photographs of nature. He captures the beauty, the colours and the atmosphere of nature. As the title gives away already the photographs at Kondor gallery are all about moving water, about waterfalls and creeks. The photographs are really stunning, the colours are very intense and you can almost smell the surrounding fresh air when you look at them. Moving water is always facinating, yet it is not easy to capture the movement in a still photograph. Nils succeeded in that, at some pictures I can see how the water moves.

“The beauty of moving water” by Nils Urqhart at Kondor gallery – Impressions (1)

Nils Urqhart (Paul Maurice in RL) is a French landscape photographer in RL. He takes his photos mainly in French Alps and other French mountains (Vosges, Jura, Bugey, Aubrac…). Nils has a lot of exhibitions in different SL galleries every year. He is in SL since December 2007 and since 2010, his photos have been on display year-round at Art gallery Rill’Arts. Nils (or Paul in RL) has an own website where you can also purchase his pictures to decorate you RL home.

The gallery space at Kondor gallery fits perfect to showcase the photographs selected for the exhibition “The beauty of moving water” by Nils Urqhart. The quiet dark background make the colours even more intense. Each photograph has enough room develop its impression. I personally think, it is a perfect space to display Nils Urquart’s photographs.

“The beauty of moving water” by Nils Urqhart at Kondor gallery – Impressions (2)

The Kondor gallery is – of course – owned and curated by Hermes Kondor. Thank you Hermes for enabling this beautiful exhibtion. I enjoyed my visit a lot.

Landmark “The beauty of moving water” by Nils Urqhart at Kondor gallery
Nils Urqhart (Paul Maurice in RL)’s website

Art in Second Life 2021 (24) “Real Life” by Hermes Kondor at Art Gallery Rill’Arts

I visited Nils Urqhart’s gallery, the Art Gallery Rill’Arts, the first time end of last year and saw his exhibition “A Winter Tale” (read here). Now I got an invitation to see “Real Life“, an exhibition with RL pictures from Hermes Kondor. The exhibition is on the thrid floor of the gallery, the 1st and 2nd floor were still showcasting “A Winter Tale” when I visited on Saturday, February 20th.

“Real Life” by Hermes Kondor at the 3rd floor of Art Gallery Rill’Arts (1) – exhibition poster and overview

The exhibition “Real Life” by Hermes Kondor consists of 15 monochrome photographs.
Hermes Kondor wrote about himself and his pictures: “Always inspired by the great French photography masters like Henri Cartier Bresson, Robert Doisneau, Jaques Henry Lartigue, or Andre Kertesz, I use my camera to capture all the complex simplicity of daily Life, always with a deep respect, and gratitude to the ones that are the essence of my street photos.
As a former professional photojournalist, street and the reality that passes through my eyes, are the natural subjects of my photos, that I have the honor to share here with you.

“Real Life” by Hermes Kondor at the 3rd floor of Art Gallery Rill’Arts (2)

Hermes photographs are quite opposed to what we see in the virtual world of Second Life, where most of us are young and beautiful. They show everyday life scenes. Some of them are extraordinairy like the view on the spiral staircase or the view on the many balconies of a cruiseship with people who obviously say farewell. First I thought it was the view on an apartment building.
Others capture scenes, people at the beach, in a museum, on the market or a man in his bookstall reading a newspaper.
Honestly I know none of the great French photography masters listed by Hermes, but I like his pictures. Looking at them I immediately began to think about the story behind them, just like photographs should do.

“Real Life” by Hermes Kondor at the 3rd floor of Art Gallery Rill’Arts (3)

Hermes Kondor is from Portugal. He’s a photographer and photojournalist. Hermes has 40 years of professional photography experience. He dealt with the hard reality of real life photography working for a daily newspapers, and as a photographer and photo-edtior in several magazines. He also worked as a teacher of photography and photojournalism.
Hermes is in Second Life for more than 13 years. His pictures can also been seen at his own gallery, the Kondor Photo Gallery, and at his flickr account. Hermes also owns the Kondor Art Center, a place for art, photography and music in Second Life.

Landmark to Art Gallery Rill’Arts (with the exhibition “Real Life”)
Kondor Photo Gallery
Kondor Art Center
Hermes Kondor’s flickr

Art in Second Life 2020 (67) La Maison d’Aneli Oct/Nov

On Wednesday, October 21st, a new exhibtion was opened at La Maison d’Aneli. It features the art of Hermes Kondor, chapichapo Delvalle, Gabriel Redrose, Renoir Adder, Moya Patrick, Carelyna, Magda Schmidtzau and Jipe Loon.

As usual I didn’t wait until the opening and I couldn’t attend the opening event due to my other obligations in RL and SL. Hence I peeked in again early.

I started my visit with the skybox of Magda Schmidtzau. Due to the concept with the skyboxes, the artists can choose how to present their art and they do it quite differently. Magda Schmidtzau, or Maddy, choosed a gallery space in dark tomes with some red light and spotlights on her pictures. The gallery has several rooms and levels. Maddy’s pictures are quite erotic and deal with the female body in different poses and with different background.

Magda is in Second Life since 2009 and is passioante about photography. She tries out different ways of processing her pictures and “tries to convey the magic that she sees”. I did see already some of her exhibtions in Second Life and her work is always intriguing.

Chapichapo Delvalle is a French artist, connected to Patrick Moya (moya janus), in Second Life since 11 years and has done a lot of different things in SL, learned to build and learned a bit about scripting and supports people in sandboxes. Currently Chapichapo is supporting Partrick Moya (moya janus) as director of the Moyaland tourist office.

A La Maison d’Aneli Chapichapo’s skybox is made of several rooms and levels that are connected by tubes and stairs. All walls, floors, and ceilings are covered with fractals, you kind of see a gallery within a Kaleidoscope. The first pictures you see are party RL pictures and party abstract pictures in front of a wall texture covered with Eiffel towers. In the main room with the fractal textures covering the walls you see ever changing moving colourful spirals and kaleidoscopes as eye catchers within the walls. Chapichapo also added some 3D objects, that are also animated. Overall, a very particular and outstanding exhibtion room.
You can see more of chapichapo Delvalle’s work on flickr here.

I saw already some of Patrick Moya (moja janus)’s art. I came across him in 2017 when I visited his Moya Land  (read Simploring 2017 (56) Moya). At La Maison d’Aneli his room is kind of a big library. The walls are completely used a storage for Partick’s art. Some of these are only textures, in some others there’re objects stored – and all are in Patrick’s unique style. The feeling of being in a library room is enhanced by some 3D shelfs and objects like the ladder or the desk in the center of the room.
Of course there’s a lot to discover at the walls. I think you could easily spend hours in here!

Patrick Moya (born 1955 in Troyes, France), is a French artist. He is a part of the artistic movement “Ecole de Nice”. Moya has been at the forefront since the 1970s of straddling the latest forms of media and technology to benefit art rather than rendering it extinct.
(excerpt from wikipedia).
He is an early pioneer of video art and is active with his art in Second Life since 2007 in addition to his work in the physical world. The barriers between the two worlds do blur in his artistic work. Moya Patrick (moya janus) has also a website with tons of information about his work and about Moya in Second Life. Unfortunately it is in French only.

Renoir Adder’s gallery room at La Maison d’Aneli is a square room held in black and blue with the pictures at the four walls. He makes classic paintings that are uploaded into Second Life. Some of his paintings remind of van Gogh others of monet and again others don’t fit into any scheme.

Renoir is Italien, he’s an experienced musician and played the rhythm guitar. He worked in Luxemburg, Belgium, Holland and France, where he attended a course at the ecole d’art, before he return to Italy. He began painting without ever stopping … and we can see some of his paintings now here.

Jipe Loon lives in France, was a student in art school, then found his passion for stone sculptures. Jipe is in Second Life for more than 13 years and now sculpts irtually using tool like ZBrush, Cinema4D, DAZ 3D, Blender, or SubstancePainter. Jipe sells his creations on the marketplace. I came across some of his figures already before in the frame of my simploring tours. I also saw some more when I visited the Extempore Gallery and Lounge (read here).

In the center of Jipe’s skybox at La Maison d’Aneli is a museum in the shape of a pyramid. You should switch advanced lighting on and activate shadows from sun/moon and projectors. The pyramide museum is guarded by an egypt, a really tall statue. You can sit on the palm of the guardian and will dance on it. The museum is great. There are several sculpture inside, presentated like they would be in a real museum. In the center is a group of 3 females playing with a chain. What is special is the effect of the light coming down from the top of the pyramid and highlighting the different sculptures. Very well done!
What is funny is the advice at the entry about wearing a mask in these times (in Second Life?). The revenue from the maskswill support the arts. In the museum you also see a model of the virus.

Hermes Kondor is from Portugal. He’s a photographer and photojournalist. Hermes has 40 years of professional photography experience. He dealt with the hard reality of real life photography working for a daily newspapers, and as a photographer and photo-edtior in several magazines. He also worked as a teacher of photography and photojournalism.

Hermes is in second Life for almost 13 years. His pictures can also been seen at his own gallery, the Kondor Photo Gallery, and at his flickr account.
What Hermes really likes most is street photography and the exhibtion at La Maison d’Aneli is all about it. It is also about Hermes’ passion for dogs. The work was also exhibited in the Colorfoto Photo Gallery, in Lisbon, in April 2018, and a book was published about it. A special edition of the book, created for Second Life, will is available during the exhibition, as a gift to all visitors.

Carelyna is in Second Life for almost 8 years. SL gave her the opportunity to reach two dreams of her childhood. She grew up on a boat, and she took art classes and learned to paint on an easel with oil paints. This is the reason why she tries to make her photos look like paintings. She replaced the traditional tools with the computer. Carelyna has also a flickr page.

Her square gallery room is filled with pictures, mainly held in yellow and orange tones. That these pictures were taken in Second Life can’t be seen on a first glance if at all. They are artful and impressive.

Gabrienna Scott Redrose (Gabriel Redrose) is in Second Life for over 10 years. She models and you can see a lot of her at her flickr page here. In the accompanying notecard of the exhibtion she writes about herself “Hi I’m Gabs, the Artist and Owner of Redrose Art. I’m an aspiring Model and Artist on Second Life.. I live in SL as a Bat-Girl avi, It ‘s been pretty fantastic i must say. I meet awesome people everyday and have made several close friends over the years.
It is the first time that I see anything of her in Second Life.

At La Maison d’Aneli her skybox is filled with pcitures and 3D objects. One wall is used to promote her own brand “Redrose Art”. The 3D objects don’t have a common style, hence they are hard to desrcibe. I personally liked the matchstick figures below of the Redrose Art sign. 3 walls are used to present Gabrienna’s pictures, which are colourful and abstract. Overall an intriguing exhibition with a lot to see.

The current exhibition stays opened at least until November 10th.
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. As always I enjoyed my visit and writing about it. It always inspires me.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli