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
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Waka/212/136/2419
Landmark to The Itakos Project and Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ATL/177/192/1011
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website
http://itakos.it/

Art in Second Life 2021 (52) Golden by Paola Mills

I was invited to see the latest exhibition at Itakos Art Gallery. The exhibition is named “Golden” and is shown in the BLACK Pavillion. “Golden” is an exhibtion of around 30 pictures by Paola Mills. It extends over 2 floors.

I came across Paola Mills just lately again when I visited the GenovArt Glass Gallery (read here).
Paola Mills joined Second Life in 2007. For her it became a niche of creativity.
Paola writes about her work:
I’m not a professional photographer in RL, but I do like to make pictures when I see something I like, for instance a person or a situation. That’s why I always carry a small camera with me in my bag.
Second Life has allowed me to develop, without the need for powerful means, my emotionalism: i.e. catch the moment of a specific feeling into simple shots; stills that stop time for a few seconds.

Examples of “Golden” by Paola Mills at Itakos Art Gallery (1)

Unlike many artists in the Metaverse my photos are handicraft, as I use minimum graphic editing software. This is not by choice but by inability to use them. Had I more time RL, I could learn, but unfortunately I don’t.
I look upon myself as an end user of Second Life, taking advantage of the ability of creators who know how to give reality to the bodies of the avatars and those who know how to give motion by the use of poses. I merged these two aspects, a study of body language of a human body.
I hope that my photographs can be a stimulus of irony, emotions and feelings and that these photographs go beyond a Simple observation of the photograph itself.

I don’t know why Paola choose the “Golden” for her exhibition at Itakos Art Gallery. There’re golden 3D art objects on the ground floor of the exhibtion, that might have inspired the name. I like the subtitle “A journey into the art of a dreamer” way more as it fits to the showcased pictures. On the ground floor you see pictures that are more related to short dreams, just as when you close your eyes, releax and think of someone or something. I like in particular the 2 pictures showing a female stretched eagled in one pictures with endless fields in the background (I think I know the place where it was taken) and in the other at a beach with a lighthouse as background.

Examples of “Golden” by Paola Mills at Itakos Art Gallery (2)

The pictures on the second floor are mostly more fantasy related, as it happens when you dream, some are sci-fi related, some are surreal and some others I can’t categorize, but all of them are intriguing and invite the spectator to immerse deeper into the captured moment or situation.

The Itakos Art Gallery is owned and curated by Akim Alonzo. Thank you Akim for enabling “Golden” by Paola Mills. I enjoyed my visit and I enjoyed Paola Mills’ art, thank you.
“Golden” by Paola Mills in the BLACK Pavillion at Itakos Art Gallery should be open for visitors at least until end of June.

Landmark to Itakos Art Gallery BLACK Pavilion
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ATL/183/171/1009
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website
http://itakos.it/
Golden by Paola Mills promo video
http://itakos.it/video/GoldenPromo.mp4

Art in Second Life 2021 (23) Soulportraits at Itakos Art Gallery

I got an invitation for the opening of “Soulportraits” at the Black Pavillion of The Itakos Project and Art Gallery on February 19th. I went there a few hours before it opened officially.

Soulportraits” is a follow-up of the exhibition “2020 Summer Collection” (read here) with a collective of talented artists selected from the Soul Portraits – Itakos flickr group. In total there’re 21 pictures from 5 different artists: Catherine Nikolaidis, Lula Yue, Choo Vegas, Tutsy Navarathna and Akim Alonzo.

Avatars in Second Life don’t grow old, something most of us do appreciate. Actually all stay between 20 and 30 years old, all have beautiful faces with no wrinkles and many have perfect bodies. What differs is the the haircut, some facial details be it the eyes, the eybrows, the length of the nose, the form of the mouth and chin and yes also the body. But still, most look beautiful and young.

Impressions of “Soulportraits” at Itakos Art Gallery (1) – Lula Yue

That said, portraits taken in Second Life show beautiful people. And we like looking into and at beautiful faces. Hence many pictures (also my own) taken in Second Life are portraits or close-up’s. Akim founded a flickr group for portraits named “Soul Portraits – Itakos Art Gallery“, where people can contribute their best portrait pictures. In the meanwhile there’re far more than 500 members in this group and over 10.000 (!) pictures had been uploaded.
There are certain rules:
– The focus is on expression and emotions transmitted by avatars and photographers.
– The group has a partnership with the Itakos Art Gallery in Second Life.
– The raw pictures have to be taken in Second Life
– The pictures may not be just a pure (raw) snapshot. As opposed to the photos must be elaborated and interpretated by the artist.
– The pictures are evaluated and accepted in the group at the discretion of group admin.

Impressions of “Soulportraits” at Itakos Art Gallery (2) – Choo Vegas

The main difference between the “2020 Summer Collection” and “Soulportraits” is that all pictures showcased in “Soulportraits” are Black & White.

Impressions of “Soulportraits” at Itakos Art Gallery (3) – Chaterine Nikolaidi

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All 21 pictures prove that people in Second Life are beautiful. But they also prove that you can make your face and avatar look very individual. The portraits also tell a story by the background, by the facial expression, the viewing angle, by the light choosen, the hair style, the view, the jewelery and by the way the protrait is presented. You can loose yourself while looking at them.

Impressions of “Soulportraits” at Itakos Art Gallery (4) – Tutsy Navarathna

And some of the 21 pictures are not classic portraits but more (erotic) portraits of the body. One picture just shows a man from his backside – in this case it is more the atmosphere, that is captures, a certain state of mind rather than a portrait.

The selection is once again impressive. It is still surprising for me what possibilities Second Life offers for taking artful pictures (and processing them). I enjoyed my visit.

Impressions of “Soulportraits” at Itakos Art Gallery (5) – Akim Alonzo

Thank you Akim for providing your space for the art, The Itakos Project and Art Gallery, and for your own contribution to “Soulportraits

Landmark to Itakos Art Gallery BLACK Pavilion
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ATL/183/171/1009
“Soul Portraits – Itakos Art Gallery” Flickr
https://www.flickr.com/groups/soulportraits/
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website
http://itakos.it/

Art in Scond Life 2012 (16) “Mind the Gap” by Awesome Fallen

I got an invitation for the opening of “Mind the Gap” by Awesome Fallen at the White Pavillon of The Itakos Project and Art Gallery. I went there the other day.

“Mind the Gap” is about “the “difference”, which divides us but which is also a great opportunity for sharing and enrichment.” It concerns all areas of life, “between male and female, between peoples, ethnic groups, religions, where you can observe the differences, feel the disparities, suffer from disagreement.” This dichotomy is “always present in the individual, is possible in every person” – and we should accept it.

“see difference”
“feel disparity”
“find divergence”
“fight depression”
“accept diversity”
(taken from the accompanying notecard)

I did not come across Awesome Fallen so far. She’s in SL for 11 years and her profile does not give away much of her: “…… just another wave in the ocean …….”. Awesome has a flickr page tough with a lot of followers and I can understand why. Every single picture shown at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery is intriguing, invites you to take a closer look and to comprehend what Awsome wants to express or to make up your own story to the picture. As much as “Mind the gap” is about difference between people, even within a single person or even within ourself, it also showcases a broad variety of styles and artistic possibilities of expression.

There’s also a short promo video featuring “Mind the gap” by Awesome Fallen (2 min)

Thank you Akim for providing your space for the art, The Itakos Project and Art Gallery. Thank you Awesome for this great exhibtion.

Landmark to Itakos Project WHITE Pavilion
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ATL/182/214/1009
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website
http://itakos.it/
AWESOME FALLEN “MIND THE GAP” on Itakos website
http://itakos.it/index.php/2021/01/25/awesome-fallen-mind-the-gap/
Promo video “Mind the gap” by Awesome Fallen
http://itakos.it/video/awesome.mp4
Awesome Fallen’s flickr page
http://www.flickr.com/photos/awesomefallen/

Art in Scond Life 2020 (82) Not Square by nekonuko Nakamori

On Saturday, November 28th, the exhibtion “Not Square” by nekonuko Nakamori was opened at the Black Pavillion of the Itakos Art Gallery. I visited the exhibtion on Monday, November 30th.
Not Square” seems to be a strange title, that alone tempted me to visit just to learn more about it. In addition I haven’t heard about nekonuko Nakamori before.

The exhibtion is quite large and what caught my eyes was that the showcased pictures are quite large and …. no surprise, not square. Quite close to the entrance is just one sigle squared picture, the one that is also used in the center of the exhibtion poster. The squared picture at the exhibition provides a notecard with a little bit more information:

NOT SQUARE by nekonuko Nakamori
If you know what I mean, all my Flickr pics are just square. I love that format so much. But sometimes there is definitely a voice in my heart that wants to be wider more. This time, Akim has given me a opportunity of a new challenge. So, I discovered new enjoyment for creating works, and had a great experience.

Of course I now had a look at nekonuko’ Flickr page first. And yes all of her pictures published there are squared. They all show impressions of nekonuku’s tours through the wide universe of Second Life. The pictures have one in common, they all show nekonuku herself, be it as a portrait or just as a dot in a wide and broad environment. Seeing many of the squared pictures you get a feeling of nekonuku’s very own style of pictures.

a snapshot from nekonuko’ Flickr page

Back to the exhibition “Not Square” at the Itakos Art Gallery. nekonuku has not just left her favourite format a little bit. No, the pictures are really wide or high. And that extends the view. In the wide pictures the landscape looks almost endless, and nekonuku shrinks to a dot admiring the world around her pictures. The some effect can be seen in a picture where she walks along bit boards in the town.

Impressions of Not Square by nekonuko Nakamori at The Itakos Art Gallery (1)

The high formats a selfies and here nekonuku plays with the format, never showing her body and face completely.

Impressions of Not Square by nekonuko Nakamori at The Itakos Art Gallery (2)

As mentioned above, I never came across nekundo so far. Her artful pictures did touch me and made me get deeper into them, looking longer at them, made me spin some stories they could possible tell. Well done, great work.

The Itakos Art Gallery is owned and curated by Akim Alonzo. Actually it is a place for arts with 7 exhibition rooms or pavillons: White, Black, Grey, Blue, Orange, Purple, Green Pavillion. There’s also a website where new exhibtions are announced.
Thank you Akim for enabling the exhibition “Not Square” by nekonuko Nakamori. Thank you nekondo for your art.
I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to Itakos Art Gallery BLACK Pavilion
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ATL/183/171/1009
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website
http://itakos.it/
nekonuko Nakamori’s Flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/nekonuko/

Art in Second Life 2020 (73) Memories of a Foreign Reality

I visited Etamae and Imaginary Footprints (01Matthew10)’s exhibtion “Memories of a Foreign Reality” at the white pavillion at Itakos Project Art Gallery.

In the accompanying notecard the artists describe the background of this exhibtion:
Memories of a foreign reality`s main thought is based on the struggles and feelings of disconnection of the individual.

Back in the 60`s and 70`s there was a need to raise this individualism as the holy grail. We evolved the individual to the highest goal, and now we see the result.
Millions of confused minds are searching for a hold. Entangled in political and economical strategies. The American dream, or the possibility of being a important person on the world wide web has given us a tenuous hold, a fragile rope that can easily be severed.
Populism, preachers, industry each have their play with us. We are living in interesting times of change.
The soul… a character in a context… equal to others… seem to be forgotten. but it is there… it suffers… and it tries to be seen.

“Memories of a Foreign Reality” by Etamae and Imaginary Footprints at Itakos Project Art Gallery (1)

The bringing together of two artists who not only admire each other as photographers but as people was a journey that culminated with Memories of a Foreign Reality.
Merging both photography and ideas resulted in some interesting work that evolved as it was passed back and forth until each was content with their own perception of each piece.

The pictures are all in black and white. They consist of several layers, and some seem to be put together like puzzles. You recognize fragments and pieces in these pictures, often faces, sometimes there’s another photograph peeking through. Most of them convey fear and lonliness, at least for me. The soul is something we can’t grab, maybe the last secret of human beings, if the soul exists. As always everybody does see different things in pictures, everybody makes up different stories. As far as I understood the notecard, the pictures were exchanged between Etamae and Imaginary Footprints, they added and changed them individually until they both were content with the result, until both saw their message conveyed. In this sense the pictures are even more intriguing, there might be two souls, two messages fighting to inspire the spectator.
I like the complexity of these pictures and the many possible interpretations.

“Memories of a Foreign Reality” by Etamae and Imaginary Footprints at Itakos Project Art Gallery (2)

I have come across Etamae quite often this year already. 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. And the exhibition at Itakos Project Art Gallery is no exception. Again she tried out something new.
You can also find her pictures at her flickr page.

“Memories of a Foreign Reality” by Etamae and Imaginary Footprints at Itakos Project Art Gallery (3)

I didn’t find out much about Imaginary Footprints (01Matthew10), who’s art I saw the first time. He’s in Second Life for almost 4 years and looking up his profile reveals just that he likes philosophical texts. He has a flickr page where you can see more of his pictures – unchanged and not processed by Etamae.

The Itakos Art Gallery is owned and curated by Akim Alonzo. Actually it is a place for arts with four pavillions on two floors and one sky platform. There’s also a website where new exhibtions are announced.

Landmark to Itakos Project Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ATL/182/214/1009
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website
http://itakos.it/
Etamae’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/people/157802675@N08/
Imaginairy Footprints flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/164888130@N04/

Art in Second Life 2020 (64) Space Oddity by Caly Applewhyte

I got an invitation to attend the openin of “Space Oddity by Caly Applewhyte” on Friday night, October 9th at Itakos Art Gallery. As we have our own party at the same time, I couldn’t attend. But I went there shortly before and peeked in.

I grabbed a notecard that is a very good description of this exhibition by Caly Applewhyte:
Caly Applewhyte (Calypso Applewhyte) is a talented artist at creating images that start from portrait as a genre, but expand to narrate something more like a scenic setting. Subjects always somehow artificial, or perhaps protected, by metal prostheses and partial masks, which speak to us of a sort of fragility, a need to cover or mix the virtual appearance of an avatar in a dream dimension, a journey suspended in time and in space. So when we talked about this exhibition, looking for inspiration, we discovered the common passion for far and deep space, and for David Bowie’s music. The reference came immediate and simultaneous to both: Space Oddity. The solitary adventure of a human being floating in deep space speaks to us of alienation and feeling alone, of the search for safety in the difficult situations of life.
With this inspiration, Caly’s photos tell us a story of a character suspended and floating in her own dream universe, but who also has a deep gaze to look at us.
“Planet Earth is blue, and there’s nothing I can do”.
Enjoy Caly Applewhyte’s Emotional Space Trip.

Akim Alonzo
Itakos Project Curator

“Space Oddity” by Caly Applewhyte (1)

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.

“Space Oddity” by Caly Applewhyte (2)

The Itakos Art Gallery is owned and curated by Akim Alonzo. Actually it is a place for arts with 7 exhibition rooms or pavillons: White, Black, Grey, Blue, Orange, Purple, Green Pavillion. There’s also a website where new exhibtions are announced.

Landmark to Itakos Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ATL/183/171/1009
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website
http://itakos.it/

Art in Second Life 2020 (52) Itakos Art Gallery – 2020 Summer Collection

Since July 30th, the Itakos Art Gallery presents the “2020 Summer Collection” with a collective of talented artists selected from the Soul Portraits – Itakos Flickr group. In total there’re 33 photos with 15 different flavors and style. The exhibtion is in the Black Pavillion.
The featured artists are: Angelika Corral, ARnnO PLAneR, Aver Osk, Caly Applewhyte, ChimKami, David Silence, Joy De’Leon, Moonedembaum, Naiike Pani, Ooxooi, Paola Mills, Poupée Anna, Roberta Barineaux, Tralala Loordes, and Vallys Baxter.

Exhibition poster of Itakos Art Gallery – 2020 Summer Collection

Avatars in Second Life don’t grow old, something most of us do appreciate. Actually all stay between 20 and 30 years old, all have beautiful faces with no wrinkles and many have perfect bodies. What differs is the the haircut, some facial details be it the eyes, the eybrows, the length of the nose, the form of the mouth and chin and yes also the body. But still, most look beautiful and young.

Itakos Art Gallery – 2020 Summer Collection: Naike Pani, Angelika Corral, Paola Mills

That said, portraits taken in Second Life show beautiful people. And we like looking into and at beautiful faces. Hence many pictures (also my own) taken in Second Life are portraits or close-up’s. Akim founded a flickr group for portraits named “Soul Portraits – Itakos Art Gallery“, where people can contribute their best portrait pictures. In the meanwhile there’re almost 400 members in this group and over 7.700 (!) pictures had been uploaded.
There are certain rules:
– The focus is on expression and emotions transmitted by avatars and photographers.
– The group has a partnership with the Itakos Art Gallery in Second Life.
– The raw pictures have to be taken in Second Life
– The pictures may not be just a pure (raw) snapshot. As opposed to the photos must be elaborated and interpretated by the artist.
– The pictures are evaluated and accepted in the group at the discretion of group admin.

Itakos Art Gallery – 2020 Summer Collection: Tralala Loordes, Vallys Baxter

The “2020 Summer Collection” shows a very small selection of the 7.700 pictures of the group. All 33 pictures prove that people in Second Life are beautiful. But they also prove that you can make your face and avatar look very individual. The portraits also tell a story by the background, by the facial expression, the viewing angle, by the light choosen, the hair style, the view, the jewelery and by the way the protrait is presented. You can loose yourself while looking at them.

Itakos Art Gallery – 2020 Summer Collection: Caly Applewhyte, ChimKami, Moonedembaum, Ooxooi, Roberta Barineaux

Some of the artists did ring a bell as I wrote abouth them before, like Angelika Corral, Caly Applewhyte or Tralala Loordes. But most of the featured artists were new for me. I’m pretty sure that I will see more of them.

Itakos Art Gallery – 2020 Summer Collection: ARnnO PLAneR, Aver Osk, David Silence, Joy De’Leon, Poupée Anna

The Itakos Art Gallery is owned and curated by Akim Alonzo. Actually it is a place for arts with 7 exhibition rooms or pavillons: White, Black, Grey, Blue, Orange, Purple, Green Pavillion. There’s also a website where new exhibtions are announced.
Thank you Akim for the 2020 Summer Collection. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to Itakos Art Gallery BLACK Pavilion
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ATL/183/171/1009
“Soul Portraits – Itakos Art Gallery” Flickr
https://www.flickr.com/groups/soulportraits/
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website
http://itakos.it/

Art in Second Life 2020 (42) Bunkers are Us by Kaiju Kohime

I visited “Bunkers are Us” by Kaiju Kohime, an installation presented at the Green pavilion platform 1 at Itakos Project Art Gallery.

All of us need shelter. It can be a house, a tent, a church. But the past few decades we have increasingly isolated ourselves from others in ever more fortified houses with increasing security and locks. Because of the the increasing amount of threats that are bestowed upon us, like wars, climate change, exponential population growth and fast spreading diseases we have become less confident in our fellow human beings. We have retreated behind concrete masks, concrete skins, concrete bunkers.”
(taken from the accompanying notecard)

You can get to the installation “Bunkers are Us” by Kaiju Kohime either per direct teleport or by using the elevator to the platform 1 from the green pavilion at Itakos Project Art Gallery. The installation consists of several modern buildings arranged in a circle. The ground and the landscape remember of a golf course with bunkers, yet the ground is not green but made of sand like a big golf course bunker.

“Bunkers are Us” by Kaiju Kohime – Green pavilion platform 1 at Itakos Project Art Gallery – overview

The most dominant building is a church or cathedral with a concrete inner building while the outer walls and the two steeples are made of a scaffold. At the entrances to the buildings arms reach out from the ground like cries for help, the entrances themselves are narrow and often it is not easy to get in. Some animated and unanimated figures guard the entrances, static butterflies are in the air. It is a quite bizarre environment, scaring not at the first glance but on the second.

Impressions of “Bunkers are Us” by Kaiju Kohime at Itakos Project Art Gallery (1)

And inside? Some buildings contain just a red animated object that could be a beating heart. One building has books and (brocken) violins inside as if even the culture and art is imprisoned and hard to get.
The cathedral has a dead figure on the ground and an head and two arms at the altar side. Hence if you follow the cries for help and step inside the religious room you might end up as a dead body as well – but that is only my interpretation.

Impressions of “Bunkers are Us” by Kaiju Kohime at Itakos Project Art Gallery (2)

One building has another dead body lieing on the ground together with an overturned pushchair, there are some red roses and a text on the wall:

1 The world is everything that is the case.
1.1 The world is the totality of facts, not of things.
1.11 The world is determined by the facts,
and by these being all the facts.
1.12 For the totality of facts determines both what is the case,
and also all that is not the case.
1.13 The facts in logical space are the world.
1.2 The world divides into facts.
1.21 Any one can either be the case or not be the case,
and everything else remain the same.

L. Wittgenstein – TLP (1922)

Our last shelter is our skin. We hide inside our skin. But not only are we fortifying our houses, are we not becoming bunkers ourselves as well?
(taken from the accompanying notecard)

Bunkers are Us” by Kaiju Kohime is a very thoughtfully made installation that inspries to think about us and how we try to protect us and suffer because humans are social beings. By protecting us we also destroy ourselves to some extent.

Impressions of “Bunkers are Us” by Kaiju Kohime at Itakos Project Art Gallery (3)

Konrad Van Arbenlow (kaiju kohime) is in Second Life since 2007. He soon began creating with prims, until working with sculpts and mesh. He makes trees and landscape objects – and artful installations.
I first came across him when I visited “The Magical Rooms by mrs. & Mr.S” at Itakos Project Art Gallery (read here). Konrad provided some of the objects that were used in this installation.
You can see more of Konrad’s art on his flickr page.

The Itakos Art Gallery is owned and curated by Akim Alonzo with the assistance of Violet Boa. Actually it is a place for arts with 7 exhibition rooms or pavillons: White, Black, Grey, Blue, Orange, Purple, Green Pavillion. There’s also a website where new exhibtions are announced.

Landmark directly to Green pavilion platform 1 at Itakos Project Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ATL/183/180/1327
Landmark to Itakos Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ATL/173/191/1009
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website
http://itakos.it/
Konrad Van Arbenlow (kaiju.kohime)’s flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/186234973@N05/

Art in Second Life 2020 (27) Extempore Gallery and Lounge

After my blogpost about the April exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli (read here) I had contact with one of the artists who were featured in this exhibition – Etamae.
Etamae is from the UK and began taking photographs and then turning those photographs into digital art in 2018.
Her first passion was erotic art and I had come across Etamae in 2019 the first time when I visited her exhibtion “Dominance and Submission” at Elevate Femdom (see here).

And more of etamae’s erotic art can be seen at Eta’s Feed Your Fetish Gallery which is “a little edgy, somewhat sensual centered about the erotic and the BDSM lifestyle” and hence does fit to my personal passion. On Monday, April 27th, I visited Eta’s Feed Your Fetish Gallery (see my blogpost here).

Besides owning Eta’s Feed Your Fetish Gallery Etamae owns two other galleries and I visited one of them on Thursday April 30th: The Extempore Gallery and Lounge.

Extempore Gallery and Lounge – impressions of etamae’s own art

At the Extempore Gallery and Lounge Etamae showcases pictures taken in Second Life and manipulated in particular by recolouring and adding light effects to them as well as some animated permantently changing pictures. 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.

At the Extempore Gallery and Lounge Etamae not only showcases her own art but provides the space also to other artists. At the time of my visit the gallery featured also the art from: CybeleMoon (hana.hoobinoo), Patrick Moya, Sophie Marie Sinclair (perpetua1010), Aneli Abeyante, Jipe Loon, Patrick Ireland (PatrickofIreland), Harry Cover (impossibleisnotfrench) and Safar Fiertze.

Extempore Gallery and Lounge – impressions of Patrick Moya’s art

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).
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 http://moyapatrick.com/ with tons of information about his work and about Moya in Second Life. Unfortunately it is in French only.
At the Extempore Gallery and Lounge we see examples and drafts of at Moya label in many different variations. I’m not sure, but somehow it felt familiar, I might have seen some ot the exhibits already before

Extempore Gallery and Lounge – impressions of CybeleMoon (hana.hoobinoo)’s art

I also came across CybeleMoon or Hana Hoobinoo already a few times, the last time when I visited “The Itakos Project and Art Gallery“ (read here). Cybele’s picture always have a fantasy background and often show portraits or people in a peaceful, mostly hazy fantasy world. Her pictures seem to tell a story, that you have to make up yourself.

Extempore Gallery and Lounge – impressions of Sophie Marie Sinclair (perpetua1010)’s art

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.
At Extempore Gallery and Lounge you can see some of her “Inpirations in Red”, powerful paintings in red with a fantastic 3D-effect.

Extempore Gallery and Lounge – impressions of Aneli Abeyante and Jipe Loon’s art

Aneli Abeyante, who runs La Maison d’Aneli, creates objects in 2D and 3D, colourful, steadily moving, and with particular light effects. Aneli writes about herself:
I love geometry and mathematics. So after much practice, I managed to clear structures and shapes. In reality I practice painting, I do not have precise style but I always seek harmonization.”
Some of the Aneli’s work exhibited at Extempore Gallery and Lounge was already shown at La Maison d’Aneli in January/February 2020 (see my blogpost here). You see geometrical shapes with one dominating colour. Most of the displays as constantly changing.

The 3D figures that are showcase in the area of the staircase were created by Jipe Loon, erotic figures, truely exaggerated yet intriguing. Jipe is in Second Life for more than 12 years and he sells his creations on the marketplace. I came across some of his figures already before in the frame of my simploring tours, but I never saw more than one, yet at Extempore Gallery and Lounge you see a few of them.

Extempore Gallery and Lounge – impressions of Patrick Ireland (PatrickofIreland)’s art

When I visited “The Itakos Project and Art Gallery“ (read here) I saw an exhibition of Partick Ireland’s art but I couldn’t find any information about him. Patrick’s art, surrealism pure, is shown also at Extempore Gallery and Lounge, but there was a notecard with a bit more information, including his SL name PatrickofIreland:
Originally in SL in 2008 and recently back after a hiatus of many years, Patrick found his passion for SL photography a little more than a year ago. In this short time, he has become a prolific SL photographer known for his detailed sets and desire to share the joy of his many interests, including surreal subjects, Asian art and philosophy, civic issues and, of course, love.

Extempore Gallery and Lounge – impressions of Harry Cover (impossibleisnotfrench) and Safar Fiertze’s art

Harry Cover, also known as Impossibleisnotfrench, is from France. He started his second life by playing with prims, then sculpties and finally mesh (Blender). He’s passionate about photos and  graphic designer in RL (among others). One of his objects – Statue vis ecrou all inone – can also be found at my home *winks*. Harry also works with Serene Footman, who creates sims after real places, you’d usually never come across exploring the world as a tourist. He creates landmark buildings for Serene and I mentioned him several times already when I wrote about Serene Footman’s weired outstanding places.

Safar Fiertze has two installations at Extempore Gallery and Lounge. She’s in SL for almost 12 years and writes about herself: “I love labyrinths and labyrinthian minds. I like the artistic and innovative juxtaposition of words. I’ve discovered the joys of juxtaposing prims
Baletka is an interactive story experience at Extempore Gallery and Lounge loosely inspired by an R.D. Laing case study. You can walk through the story and see Safar’s 3D art.
There’s a second installation of Safar Fiertze “Mechanical Apparition of Emergent Dream” where you can interact with bouncing balls, which reproduce themselves – intriguing.

My spontaneous visit to Extempore Gallery and Lounge became longer than I thought. I had fun seeing it and I enjoyed the art from artists who I came across before again. Thank you etamae for providing and curating your Gallery. I had only one more gallery from etamae to visit “Etamae’s gallery at Absolute Bliss” and I tried Saturday, May 2nd .. but it is gone or the Landmark I had was invalid,

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
Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/36/55/3501
Landmark to Moya Land
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Moya%20Land/53/95/36
Patrick Moya’s website
http://moyapatrick.com/
Landmark to “The Itakos Project and Art Gallery“
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ATL/177/192/1011

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