Art in Second Life 2020 (36) Michiel Bechir’s Art Gallery in June/July exhibitions

I got an invitation for an opening party for a new exhibtion at Michiel Bechir’s Art Gallery for Saturday, June 20th. As I had other activities at night in Second Life, I peeked in already on Thursday, June 18th.

The new exhibtion features the art of Pavel Stransky and Hazel Foxtrot on the ground level and the pictures of Jaz (Jessamine2108) on the 2nd floor.

Right at the entrance you see Michiel Bechir’s on work. Michiel has started his long virtual journey into Second Life as a photographer in 2009. Michiel enjoys seeing new places, meeting new people from all over the world and expierencing the creativity in Second Life (just like I do!). Michiel discovered the possiblities of different tools to improve his pictures. By editing them he also tries to add a personal touch and feeling. Experiments with the effect of colors are often done, and more recently he is trying to show the details by working with high resolution photos.

Michiel Bechir’s Gallery in June/July – Michiel Bechir’s own pictures

To the right from the entrance is the room with the pictures of Pavel Stransky, who joined Second Life almost 13 years ago. Pavel Stransky’s motivation to visit sims in Second Life are quite the same as Michiel’s and like Michiel he takes pictures inworld and as far as I could see, Pavel also processes his pictures. But his style is quite comparable with Michiel’s – at least from what I saw. Pavel Stransky has also a flickr account.

Michiel Bechir’s Gallery in June/July – Pavel Stransky

To the left from the entrance is the room with the pictures of Hazel Foxtrot, who is active in Second Live since 2008 and she shares the passion of taking pictures. Her motives are a bit different to those of Michiel and Pavel. 3 of her pictures reminded me of Melusina Parkin’s Roadside pictures (read here), an exhibition that I visited in May. Other picture capture the atmosphere of towns. Hazel has also a flickr account.

Michiel Bechir’s Gallery in June/July – Hazel Foxtrot

All three Michiel, Pavel and Hazel make pictures while traveling through Second Life. They find great motives and the right viewing angle to creat their art.

The exhibtion on the 2nd floor of Michiel Bechir’s Art Gallery, named Balance, is different. It combines pictures from Jaz (Jessamine2108) with poems from Zoe Ocelot. Balance is an exhibtion about the current pandemic and its effect on humans and animals as well as on nature due to the lack of pollution and cleaner air and water.
Before you enter the room you’re asked to wear a face mask, which is provided, The exhibtion has two parts, that are divided by a fence. One side shows pictures and texts from the physcial world. Very impressive is a picture from India showing the vers same place before and during the lockdown and how the air got clean. A 3D model of the earth is in the center of the room and circled by dark polluted clouds as well as be clean clouds.
On the other side of the fence you see pictures from Jaz, taken in Second Life but clearly referring to the corona pandemic.

Michiel Bechir’s Gallery in June/July – Balance by Jaz and Zoetrope Ocelot

Jaz has been doing photography in SL since 2018: “It would be more than appropriate to say that Milla (Ladmilla) introduced me to the nuances in the art. While I still have much to learn, I am enjoying every minute of it. Special thanks to Eta (Etamae Resident) for making me look at the amazing possibilities of SL and to Harry Cover (impossibleisnotfrench Resident) for giving me an opportunity and courage to branch out on my own and to be able to collaborate and experiment with mesh with him.
Jaz exhibits some of her work at her homeplace Third Eye and has an own little gallery Bohemian Imaginarium@ – two places to add to my list.

Thank you Michiel for enabling this joined exhibition, thanks to the artists for their work. I enjoyed my visit!

Landmark to Michiel Bechir’s Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Embrace/26/226/2502
Pavel Stransky’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pavelstransky
Hazel Foxtrot’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/166901264@N04/
Jaz (Jessamine2108)’s homeplace “Third Eye”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Midnight%20Sanctum/145/226/1101
Jaz (Jessamine2108)’s gallery Bohemian Imaginarium@
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Blue%20Moon/78/120/25

Simploring 2019 (62) Deva Westland’s Galerie Des Beaux-Arts

I picked a landmark from scoop.it SL Destinations for my simploring tour on Tuesday, May28th – Deva Westland’s Galerie Des Beaux-Arts.

“Flights of Fantasy” at Deva Westland’s Galerie Des Beaux-Arts

Deva Westland’s Galerie Des Beaux-Arts (or shorter Deva’s GdBA) is located in a full region on mainland named Gerstle. It is housed in a large manor that looks like a museum. The rooms ar quite large. On the first floor there’re several rooms, the second floor is just one big room, that is used also for events and dancing.

Deva Westland’s Galerie Des Beaux-Arts: The Sirens – Jaz (Jessamine2108) / Wings- Saz Ninetails / Introduction “Flights of Fantasy” / Airship Pirate – SeleneLily Galicia

The art at Deva’s GdBA changes every 3months. The latest exhibition was opened on Sunday 26th May and is titled “Flights of Fantasy”. It features 22 pictures from 19 different artists: Leo Beverly (Leonorah Beverly), Razor Cure, SeleneLily Galicia, Gidgy (Gidgette Adagio), AmandaSue Hallison, Jaz (Jessamine2108), Wynn Klaar, Broderick Logan (brodericklogan), Ena Logan (enaroane), Tralala Loordes, Skye McLeod Fairywren (Skye Fairywren), Saz Ninetails, Doyle Slen (beastmcstien), Ulf Winterwolf (ulfnir winterwolf), Liz Winterstorm (tinliz), Petrushka Petrov, Rya Santana (smalldoll), Clive Yardley and Deva Westland herself.

Deva Westland’s Galerie Des Beaux-Arts: Ice Is The Color – Doyle Slen (beastmcstien) / We elvish types… – Skye McLeod Fairywren (Skye Fairywren) / Whales – Clive Yardley / Flight of Silence – Liz Winterstorm (tinliz)

Welcome to Second Life … where you can grow wings and fly, where your legs can disappear in place of a tail. This is the place you can let your fantasies run, of fly free! This is the place where our only limitation is our imagination!” … is written on one wall of the the first room when you enter Deva’s GdBA and the current exhibition “Flights of Fantasy”

Deva Westland’s Galerie Des Beaux-Arts: Drone- Tralala Loordes / The Monolithic – Razor Cure / Futureproof – Ulf Winterwolf (ulfnir winterwolf) / From the Soil – Gidgy (Gidgette Adagio)

Of course all exhibited pictures are about fantasy. Each picture is presented with enough room, so you can step back and fully look at it. Next to each picture is a plate with the artitst name that contains a notecard with information about the artist, the exhibited picture and related links like flickr streams. Mainly Deva has written these notecards herself, some are written by the artists.

Deva Westland’s Galerie Des Beaux-Arts: Stay lost with you – Ena Logan (enaroane) / The Power Of Books – Leo Beverly (Leonorah Beverly) / In The End – AmandaSue Hallison / In the dance of magic – Deva Westland

I didn’t come across any of these artists, maybe because I follow different passions in my Second Life. Nonetheless Deva succeeded to pull me a bit into fantasy worlds and to enjoy the different worlds. In the pictures itself and in the texts about them and about the artists I could feel the passion for fantasy of Deva and the other artists.

Deva Westland’s Galerie Des Beaux-Arts: Time Is A Valuable Thing – Broderick Logan (brodericklogan) / Fallen – Wynn Klaar / Kingdom Come – Petrushka Petrov / Walking through the Dragon’s Realm – Rya Santana (smalldoll)

Close to the entrance are some slideshows titled Winter 2017 or Warmth 2018. I assume these sildeshows show the pictures of former exhibtions at Deva’s GdBA.

Deva Westland’s Galerie Des Beaux-Arts: Nightmares – Deva Westland / more impressions of the gallery and of the current exhibition “Flight of Fantasy”

I enjoyed my visit to “Flights of Fantasy”, some pictures warmed my heart. Thank you Deva for curating the Galerie Des Beaux-Arts and for collecting all the information. I strongly recommend to read the notecards while looking at the the pictures as they provide the background or the intentions of the artists. And they provide the related links if you want to see more.

Landmark to Deva Westland’s Galerie Des Beaux-Arts
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gerstle/182/152/31
Deva Westland’s blog “DevaStatingSL – Opinionated travels through Second Life”
https://devastatingsl.wordpress.com/