Art in Second Life 2020 (54) VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery

I was up to visiting a gallery or exhibtion on Wendesday. I scrolled through scoop.it SL Desinations and came across VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery. The entry was referring to a post from Maddy Gynoid “Die VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery von Vroum Short” (post is in German).
The names rang several bells. I know Vroum Short as an artist and she had several appearances in this blog already. I also know her as owner of VeGeTaL PLaNeT. I peeked at it several times but never found the time to really visit it and to write an extra blog entry about it. The VeGeTaL PLaNeT also hosted Aneli Abeyante’s La Maison d’aneli for about a year. I visit La Masion d’Aneli regularly.
By Maddy’s post I learned that VeGeTaL PLaNeT is gone since March 2020. The place existed for 12 (!) years. But it is back now as a gallery :-).

VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery – the building

The VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery ist owned by Vroum Short. It is a big scifi buliding in the sky of 1/4 of a full region. The building itself would be worth a visit! On the landing level you find a lot information. There’s a big board announcing the next exhibtion at La Maison d’Aneli. There are group joiners, ads of other galleries and a shelf with gifts from artists. I grabbed them all and I had a look at them afterwards. Some really nice art for free! Thank you 🙂

Impressions of VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery (1) – around the landing, ad for La Maison d’Aneli and for other galleries, the gifts, Le Chat Noir event area

Below of the landing level is a big event area called “Le Chat Noir”. On the landing level itself are 2 large exhibition rooms featuring Vroum Short’s art. The art is sorted by colour and theme. Vroum Short is a French SL artist since 2007. As mentioned above she created VeGeTaL PLaNet, the location of the old La Maison d’Aneli.

Impressions of VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery (2) – Vroum Short’s art

Vroum’s art is often animated, in fact at VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery I found only animated art of her, so what I capture are just snapshots. Her art develops its effect way better when you look at the animation. Everything moves, everything changes. One room has more technical art objects in silver, other rooms contain very colourful fantasy artwork, also permantently changing.

Impressions of VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery (3) – Vroum Short’s art

 

Impressions of VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery (4) – Vroum Short’s art

The two rooms at the landing level did already impress me. But that’s by far not all. More of Vroum’s art, other colour themes, can be seen on the 2nd level and also on the 3rd level, the top level. Here I liked in particular the red themed art.
On the 3rd level is also a room featuring Aneli Abeyante’s art. I think I saw most of it before as part of other exhibtions of her.

Impressions of VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery (5) – Aneli Abeyante’s art

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.” Also Aneli’s artwork follows geometrical rules, it is constantly changing, again my pictures are just snapshots.

I went back to the 2nd level. There are two more rooms. One features the art of Eylinea Seabird. Eylinea’s art fits perfectly into the character of all showcased objects and pictures at VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery. Eylinea is quite new to Second Life and explores for herself a broad variety of artistic possibilities in Second Life: painting, photography, sculpture and even soon tattoo creation. At VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery she shows some geometrical displays that reminded me of Spirograph. I think the pictures aren’t animated like the ones of Vroum and Aneli, but they seem to change nonetheless depending on the viewing angle.

Impressions of VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery (6) – Eylinea Seabird’s art

The other room seems not to be fully opened yet. At least the artists name is not displayed outside. The room festures the art of Adwehe, who’s work I saw twice so far at La Maison d’Aneli. Adwehe is quite new in Second Life. It seems to that Adwehe is experimenting with different forms of art. What I saw so far were objects and some (animated) pictures. At VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery are only animated pictures, hence fitting to the overall theme of the gallery.

Impressions of VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery (6) – Adwehe’s art

What you see at VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery is a broad variety of animated art, mostly geometrical forms, but also other variations, in particular some very colourful abstract art. The currently showcased art is really impressive and the gallery is really huge. You can spend easily several hours there.

Thank you Vroum Short for your VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery and for your art. Thank you Aneli, Eylinea and Adwehe for your contribution. I enjoyed my gallery visit!

Landmark to VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oreo/64/100/501
Maddy Gynoid’s post “Die VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery von Vroom Short”
http://echtvirtuell.blogspot.com/2020/08/die-vegetal-planet-gallery-von-vroom.html

Art in Second Life 2020 (37) Parapina by Theda Tammas and Iono Allen

On Wednesday, June 24th, the installation “Parapina” by Theda Tammas and Iono Allen was opened at La Maison d’Aneli. I visited a bit ahead of the opening on Sunday, June 21st.

Before you enter the installation itself it is important to set you viewer preferences to Advanded Lighting Model (Graphics), the sky to “Phototools – No Light” and to enable auto-play for media. The correct settings are also explained at the entrance. From here you have to walk behind the board explaining the settings to get to the installation itself.

Impressions of Parapina by Theda Tammas and Iono Allen (1)

It is hard to describe with words what you see but I’ll try. In the far background you see a grey, blue and red wall with many red stripes remembering of blood. The wall is illuminated by a spotlight. In front of the wall, that looks like a stage, several figures are dancing to the music – honestly I don’t know how this style of music is called, very rhythmic, with some instruments and voices, definitively fitting to the dancing figures.

Impressions of Parapina by Theda Tammas and Iono Allen (2)

What you also notice is a big hole in the wall amd through it you see figures dancing. While the figures in front ot the wall are coloured in blue those you see through the hole are shiny black and white and the light causes shadows on the dancing figures in front of the wall. When you get closer you notice that you don’t look through the hole to a scene behind, no you see a video.

You can see more figures when further exploring the installation. The floor is kept in blue but it is not totally plain and there are more holes … I saw two of them and through these holes you also watch dancing figure, yet in other colours. These other colours stand out admist of all the dark blue and black.

Impressions of Parapina by Theda Tammas and Iono Allen (3)

A bit aside of the wall and stage you find a round room, opened to the stage, and inside a couple is dancing to the music. The whole scenery has a strange mystical atmosphere, a bit scary at first, a bit religious. The black and white dancer that you see through the hole have scary faces, like the other figures but in the blue light it is not that noticable. Some of the dancing figures stay always apart from the larger group in front of the wall.

Impressions of Parapina by Theda Tammas and Iono Allen (4)

What does it all express? I have no idea and you get no hint – also not from me. I tried to find out the meaning of “Parapina” but I failed.
I have come across Theday Tammas art already several times, latest visiting “Lalawood”, the centerpiece of the holiday exhibition 2019/2020 at La Maison d’Aneli (read here)

Theda Tammas is in SL for more than 12 years. She has had already some exhibtions of her work. I couldn’t find out a lot more about her. If I interpreted it right, then she’s from Brasil (I might be wrong though). Theda has an own website where you can see a lot of her former installations. In the accompanying notecard you also find a teaser video of “Parapina”

 

Iono Allen is also almost 13 years in SL and from his profile I conclude that his passion is making films, so called machimas. Iono provides the link to his vimeo channel in the accompanying notecard. I suspect that like in former installations by Theda Tammas and Iono Allen, Theda made the figures and background, Iono made the machimas. In Iono Allen’s vimeo channel I found another teaser for “Parapina”

 

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.

Parapina by Theda Tammas and Iono Allen will be available for a visit throughout the Summer, at least until End of August. Thank you Theda and Iono for the art and the experience, thank you Aneli for enabling the installation.

Landmark to La Masion d’Anelie and “Parapina” by Theda Tammas and Iono Allen
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/142/23/3502
Theda Tammas website
http://bytheda.weebly.com/
Theda’s video teaser
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGRjTwfyCS8&feature=emb_logo
Iono Allen’s vimeo channel
http://vimeo.com/user2558273
Iono Allen’s video teaser
https://vimeo.com/417294631

Art in Second Life 2020 (30) “BLEUE” by Aneli Abeyante at L’AZiLe Gallery

Yesterday I got an invitation to the opening of a new exhibtion of Aneli Abyante at L’AZiLe Gallery – named “BLEUE”. I had visited L’AZiLe back in 2019 the first time (read here) and had noticed the art at this adult sim. And getting an invitation now by Aneli made me visit the L’AZiLe Gallery the very next day.

“BLEUE” by Aneli Abeyante at L’AZiLe Gallery

“BLEUE” by Aneli Abeyante is about the colour Blue (no surprise *winks*). The exhibition is not very large but impressive. 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.

Impressions of “BLEUE” by Aneli Abeyante at L’AZiLe Gallery (1)

The gallery room for “BLEUE” by Aneli Abeyante is held in blue and the floor, walls and ceiling are filled with geometrical nets. The pictures and the room itself provide enough light. And as often Aneli’s pictures are permantely changing gemetrical forms, that develop and vanish – and are also dominated by the colour blue. My pictures can only capture a moment of the picture and not the steady motion. To see that, you’ll have to visit the L’AZiLe Gallery yourself.

Impressions of “BLEUE” by Aneli Abeyante at L’AZiLe Gallery (2)

Besides being an artist herself Aneli Abeyante owns and curates La Maison d’Aneli. 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.”

What a nice and artful start into my day in Second Life! Thank you, Aneli. And thank you Boro Moretto (boromir22), Loony Moretto (Louna Perl) and Zoé (zoeliah) for enabling this small but impressive exhibtion.

Landmark to L’Azile Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sabotage/153/77/22
Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/23/65/23

Art in Second Life 2020 (28) La Maison d’Aneli May/June 2020

Wednesday, May 20th, Aneli Abeyante opened a new joined exhibtion of 7 artists: Sophie Maire Sinclair (Perpetua1010), Slatan Dryke, Desy Magic, ilyra Chardin, Sweet Susanowa, Djehuti-Anpu (Thoth Jantzen) and Nok Kirax.
With this new exhibition Aneli also changed (once again) the concept of her gallery “La Maison d’Aneli“. The main hall is now on the ground level in a large industrial or storage hall. From here doors with teleporting functionality lead to skyboxes, one box (50x50x30 meter) for each artist with an allowance of 300 prims. This way the artists are quite free how they showcast their work and there’s no destraction from others rooms or art. I admit, that I like this concept a lot.

La Maison d’Aneli May/June 2020 – the new gallery concept, you start your visit in a large industrial and enter skyboxes by teleporter doors

I visited the new joined exhibtion several times before the opening event which I couldn’t attend due to my other activities in Second Life. My visit started with ilyra Chardin’s box where she installed a little Mediterrean town under the current restrictions. She titeled her installation with “The New Normal – The Date”.
The setting is quite lovely, I could almost smell the sea and the Mediterrean air and flair. But no tourists on the streets and no inhabitants. You have to look up to the windows and balconies and even there are not many. I saw one man playing a banjo and singing and I also saw “The Date”, two people sitting at dinner on two adjacent balconies.
ilyra Chardin is an artist and designer, whose work has been featured in numerous installations and exhibits across the grid. Her art work crosses media and styles, spanning from real life and digital to SL art.  First and foremost, Ilyra is a story teller.” (taken from the accompanying notecard)

La Maison d’Aneli May/June 2020: ilyra Chardin – “The New Normal – The Date”

Nok Kirax is in Second Life since 2007 and has dome a lot of different things in SL for example building and landscaping. His current passion is photography. He mainls makes portraits with a non coloured background (black or white) which forces the viewer to focus on the face. The portraits are quite expressive and the eyes and every wrinkles tell a story. You begin to think about the person behind the face, what is the story, which fear do they have, which passion?

La Maison d’Aneli May/June 2020: Nok Kirax

Sophie Marie Sinclair (Perpetua1010)’s box at La Maison d’Aneli is a mixture between a showcase for her pictures, her art and a mystic, hazy fantasy place. Set to “midnight” the pictures illuminate the scene and it needs a second view to realize that the pictures depict human bodies, mostly female bodies and all colours of different yellow tones. The pictures develop a totally different impression in this environment than just seen on a black or white screen.
Sophie Marie Sinclair is a RL painter, cartoonist, book author and ghostwriter for well known comedians.. 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.” (taken mostly from the accompanying notecard)
Sophie Marie Sinclair (Perpetua1010) has her own gallery the “SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre“, which I visited recently. The blogpost about that visit is up to be published in a few days.

La Maison d’Aneli May/June 2020: Sophie Marie Sinclair (Perpetua1010)

doyouSL builder/artist Thoth Jantzen (aka “TJ”, “Djehuti-Anpu”) specializes in creating massively immersive multi-media environments and sculpture.  Using video as “paint”, he creates builds with structures that allow the media to “paint” itself on them in interesting, often beautiful ways, with changing patterns emerging as a result as the video plays out over time. His work’s been displayed at numerous SL events and galleries, and some in RL as well.” (taken from the accompanying notecard)
The see Thoth’s installation at La Maison d’Aneli you should make sure to set your viewer to the proposed settings. You sit down in one of the colourful pods and you screen is filled with permanent changing forms and colours. You hear psychadelic music and (at least I) felt like being on a drug trip. Most probably because I never was on any drug trip, that is how I think it would be. Your mind begins to wander as you follow how the forms and colours develop on your screen and you get calm and relexed drifting into another world. A very well made show, that did impress me. Unfortunately a picture can just grab a still from a moment and you can’t see the motion, on the other hand every moment captured is kind of art itself.

La Maison d’Aneli May/June 2020: Thoth Jantzen

I saw Sweet Susanowa’s art the first time at another exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli back in July 2019. Sweet joined Second Life 12 years ago without thinking about any exhibition at a gallery. She is a photographer now in real life as well as in Second Life. At La Maison d’Aneli different examples of her work are displayed ranging from processed and artificially manipulated black and white portrait pictures, erotic art to coloured abstract art. Some of her picture look like snapshots, even double exposured and hazy and this impressions is enhanced by round corners. They capture the person supposedly unnoticed, a glimpse of everyday life and some are very erotic in my personal view.

La Maison d’Aneli May/June 2020: Sweet Susanowa

Desy Magic is in Second Life for almost 12 years. She is a passionate photographer and she has a unique and colourful style in which she processes her pictures and makes them real eye catchers. You can still see the original motif yet the abstract forms or objects added to her picture are a dominant element, intriguing.

La Maison d’Aneli May/June 2020: Desy Magic

Slatan Dryke is in Second Life since 2007. “In RL Slatan loves Art in every expression, but he is most fond of paintings and sculptures, following his classical education. Slatan is also a photographer in RL. In Second Life he’s a a perfectionist in taking his pictures, never missing a single detail. Slatan rarely uses an editor to modify his pictures, so he likes to say his works are “natural”. He also creates sculptures, which are often slight but become alive with a creative use of textures, lights and movements.” (excerpt taken from the accompanying notecard)
At La Maison d’Aneli he showcases a colourful installation in his box. The walls, the floor and the ceiling are textured in red, brown and blue tones. In the center you see round animated spirals made of faces, worms, mice and skeletons and on top of the spirals are two large bottled paperships. Furtheron there are some abstract tree-like textured objects in the room, The combination of the art objects is hard to Interpret, at least for me, yet the single objects are intriguing.

La Maison d’Aneli May/June 2020: Slatan Dryke

The current exhibition stays opened at least until June 20th.
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 (new, it’s on the ground level!)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/23/65/23
Landmark to Sophie Marie Sinclair (Perpetua1010)’s “SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ocean%20Island/136/128/1002

Art in Second Life 2020 (12) The Itakos Project and Art Gallery

Following Inara Pey’s blog I came across “The Itakos Project and Art Gallery“. Inara had written about an exhibition of Sennaspirit Coronet named “Union” in her post: Senna’s Unions at the Itakos Project in Second Life. And I wanted to see that exhibition.

Right upon my landing I noticed that there’s more than just the exhibition “Union” at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery. Actually it is a place for arts with 7 exhibition rooms or pavillons: White, Black, Grey, Blue, Orange, Purple, Green Pavillion.
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery is owned by Akim Alonzo. There’s also a website where new exhibtions are announced. I came across Akim Alonzo in Oktober 2019 when I visited La Maison d’Aneli where Akim exhibited a series of pictures loosely based on the cult movie The Matrix (see Simploring 2019 (97) La Maison d’Aneli in September / October 2019). Reading my own blogpost again, I had already mentioned that Akim has his own gallery yet I have missed going there.

The Itakos Project and Art Gallery and the current exhibitions

I started my visit in the black pavillion with Sennaspirit Coronet’s “Union”.
“Union” presents portraits of friends, collaborators and lovers in Second Life. Senna writes about it “We all know those people who, while individuals, have close ties to another in world person, whether they be friends, collaborators, or lovers this show celebrations the “Union” we have in this virtual world. When you think of one, very often you naturally envision the other. The great people who gave their time to participate in this show are wonderful examples of these bonds we form and proves that SL is RL.

Impressions of “Union” by Sennaspirit Coronet at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery

Because I live my Second Life also in a close and intense relation this theme did catch my attention immediately. Together with great and artfully showcased portraits we learn a bit about these 17 couples be it by a quote, by describing their common interests or their contrats or by their biographies. In enjoyed reading and looking at the portraits.

Sennaspirit Coronet joined Second Life in late 2006 as part of her RL work in academic publishing and started shooting images in Second Life end of 2007. She worked in the advertising and graphic design business, later worked on digital transformation of assets and publishing. Due to this background the portraits shown in “Union” are very professional and artful.
Senna took breaks from Second Life on a few occasions but the opportunity to do creative work and to be with the many friends always brought her back.

I visited the orange pavillion next. It shows the above mentioned exhibition “The Matrix” by Akim Alonzo – a metaphor for a world of people trapped in a simulated, virtual reality that has many aspects in common with the Secondlife world.

Impressions of “The Matrix” by Akim Alonzo at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery

Akim also likes taking portraits and his pictures in this genre are also very professional. The faces tell a story that you can make up for yourself when looking at them. His portraits are shown in the grey pavillion

Impressions of “Portraits” by Akim Alonzo at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery

The white pavillion features “Agape in Pace” by Milena Carbone. “Milena Carbone is a French artist and is in Second Life since mid 2019. She discovered its artistic potential and since then has devoted all her free time to creation, associating, as in real life, images and texts. By accepting the rule of the “double” (the real “I” and the virtual “I”), Milena Carbone includes herself in her artwork. Her creative process is iterative: some of her images inspire her stories and these stories modify the development of the image, which itself transforms the story” (excerpt from a notecard givin at the exhibtion).

Impressions of “Agape in Pace” by Milena Carbone at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery

Agape is a Greco-Christian term referring to love, “the highest form of love, charity” and “the love of God for man and of man for God”. Within Christianity, agape is considered to be the love originating from God or Christ for humankind (see wikipedia)

In “Agape in Pace” Milena tells several stories in words and in texts about Agape, who is oriented towards love and about Lilith, who is  oriented towards hatred. Along with the exhibtion Milena has provides a notecard in which she further details her toughts and texts.

The blue pavillion features Patrick Ireland “Homage to Surrealsim”. I couldn’t find out anything about Patrick Ireland and I never came across him or his art. The pictures are what you expect – a homage to Surealism 🙂

Impressions of “Homage to Surrealsim” by Patrick Ireland at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery

The green pavillion is not a pavillion, it is a plaform that can be reached by teleporting. Here you find the exhibtion “Stolen Child” by CybeleMoon (Hana Hoobinoo) and Akim Alonzo: “The Stolen Child was born from the meeting between CybeleMoon and Akim Alonzo, sharing a passion for Celtic legends and the magical scenarios they evoke. Photos of CybeleMoon and Akim Alonzo’s scenic installation interpret the poem The Stolen Child (1889) by W.B. Yeats, in which it is said that Fairies are not benevolent creatures at all, attracted by strength and vitality of mankind, or beautiful children and especially newborns.” (taken from an accompanying notecard)

Impressions of “Stolen Child” by CybeleMoon (Hana Hoobinoo) and Akim Alonzo at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery

And finally I visited the “Matrix Art Club”, an event space that Akim built. I assume it is used for opening events and vernissages. Here I came across Mistero Hifeng again. His sculptures are quite widely spread in Second Life.

Impressions of “Matrix Art Club” at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery

Thank you Akim for providing your space for the art, The Itakos Project and Art Gallery. I can sense how much work and passion has gone into it. I look forward to future visits!

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/
Inara Pey’s blogpost “Senna’s Unions at the Itakos Project in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2020/03/09/sennas-unions-at-the-itakos-project-in-second-life/

Art in Second Life 2020 (9) La Maison d’Aneli – March 2020

Yesterday, on Wednesday, March 4th, Aneli opened her next joined exhibtion featuring the art of Bachi Cheng, Cybele Moon (Hana Hoobinoo), In Inaka, Mistero Hifeng, Serena Parisi and Blip Mumfuzz.

As I’m always spend my time a night with Mistress Jenny and the family I visited the exhibition already on Monday and Tuesday, March 2nd/3rd. When you visit after the official openening there might be some minor changes to what I saw these days.

My visit started with the room of Bachi Cheng, an artist painter and designer in RL and SL. Bachi writes about herself and her art: “I love to paint Moments. Moments of life, Moments of Love, Moments so deep that you never want to forget them, Moments at the edge of orgasm or despair, just life like we ought to live it, plainly. Let me take you in the core of my Art
Her art is quite feisty and exaggerated, transpiring her message clearly and not subtle, sometimes reminding of comic strips and clearly explicit. In the center of her room is a board game “The game of the mad” and fitting to this theme you find a painting at the wall “La nef des fous” – “The ship of the mad”. In her art there’s a lot to discover!

La Maison d’Aneli in March 2020 – Bachi Cheng

Serena Parisi explores Second Life and real life for many years (actually SL since 2006). At La Maison d’Aneli we see pictures from a journey to Burma (or Myanmar). Serena took mainly protraits of people and these portraits provide some insight into the contury. Serena is in particular excited about the colours that characterize this country. In the notecard that you can grab at her room she also writes obout the secret of beauty of the Burmese: Thanaka. Thanaka is a yellowish-white cosmetic paste made from ground bark of several trees which grow abundantly in central Myanmar. It is a distinctive feature of the culture of Myanmar, seen commonly applied to the face and sometimes the arms of women and girls (source wikipedia)

La Maison d’Aneli in March 2020 – Serena Parisi

Hana Hoobinoo aka CybeleMoon titeled her room at La Maison d’Aneli “The Spaewife’s Island” and it the accompanying notecard she gives some information: “As an introduction to the exhibit for those who may not have heard the term spaewife, it is both Celtic and Icelandic in origin and is a woman with the second sight, possibly a seer or a witch , definitely a woman of both woodland and seashore.
The island is in the back part of the room, the walls show Cybele’s art, scenes and protraits with a particular expression, each of them telling its own story, be it a dream, melancholy or pure joy.

La Maison d’Aneli in March 2020 – Hana Hoobinoo

Blip Mumfuzz is a SL verteran, being inworld since 2007. Blip has the talent to take very extraordinairy picutures in Second Life. Her art, shown at La Maison d’Aneli, is to select the right cut-out of a picture and to rearrange the cut-out sometimes to show contrasts, at other times just to seperate the cut-out from the rest of the picture and to give it a new and own meaning. In my opinion the result is intruguing.

La Maison d’Aneli in March 2020 – Blip Mumfuzz

I came across Ini (In Inaka) in 2017 the first time when I visited an installation of her at “MetaLes ..O.. ArT Virtual Space” (read here) and when I visited her plave Blue Orange, a friendly bohemian club for MUSIC and ART lovers (read here). I hadn’t seen anything from her every since. Her space at La Maison d’Aneli wasn’t yet finally prepared, but I could see the paintings at the walls, all in the same style, all in black and white, all very large and rich of details. They show dark fantasies, a bit morbid and scary, yet pulling you into the scene, tempting you to see more of the details and to try getting the gist of them.
Remark: I quickly checked Blue Orange – right now it is closed for little holidays and renovation, but I was reminded to have a look at it again.

La Maison d’Aneli in March 2020 – In Inaka

Finally I visited the exhibition of Mistero Hifeng at La Maison d’Aneli. Mistero Hifeng is quite renowned in Second Life and I come across his art in Second Life quite often. I think he’s Italian and he’s creating his art in SL for more than 12 years. I myself have one sculpture of him at our homesim. Mistero developed his own, unique style. You recognize his sculptures immediately. And they all expresses emotions and tell a story. Unfortunately – at least in my personal opinion – the strength of expression of his sculptures do not develop in the same way when they packed into one room. I think they can better develop standing alone or in smaller groups. Nonetheless, you get a real great overview about his art at this exhibtion.

La Maison d’Aneli in March 2020 – Mistero Hifeng

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
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/36/55/3501

Art in Secone Life 2020 (8) Wonderland Art Gallery & Cafe

I visited the Wonderland Art Gallery & Cafe which displays art made by second life artists Norton Lykin, Nevereux, Bryn Oh and Mistero Hifeng. In the landmark description you find the following wisdom to accompany you during your visit to the gallery “Life is a story, choose wisely how you tell it“. Wonderland Art Gallery & Cafe is owned by Norton Lykin. One room of the gallery features the art of Nevereux, the other rooms feature Norton’s own work. I found on statue from Bryn Oh and on of Mistero Hifeng.

I first came across Norton Lykin when I visited La Masion d’Aneli in November 2019 (Simploring 2019 (108) La Maison d’Aneli – November 2019). Norton is with over 12 years a SL veteran. He’s living in Denmark and took up his art activities after his retirement as a system programmer. He sees life as a journey “The ideas we have and the history we tell. Reality is not a scientific truth but as we understand it in every given moment.
This journey of life is Norton’s theme. I saw one picture and text about it at the above mentioned exhibtion at La Maison d’Aneli and the same picture is a centerpiece of Norton’s Wonderland Art Gallery.

Fluxing Reality by Norton Lykin. The statue on the outer right is by Mistero Hifeng (Tutto il resto e’… gia’…Poesia), next to it is a statue from Byrn Oh called Vera Lynnbot (silent)

One room on the ground floor features the work of Nevereux, an artist who I came across twice so far. Firstly visiting doLLoureux at Daphne.Arts (read here) and secondly at La Maison d’Aneli (Simploring 2018 (97) Another joined exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli). His room at the Wonderland Gallery shows 2D and 3D art objects. Outstanding is a row of presentation boxes opened to present little art objects, from a simple glass of wine, a butterly, an earth globe (moving to Mars), a duck ….
On the other side is a 3D installation held in black consisting of globes, flowers and a fish. I won’t try to interpret, I just enjoyed the forms and colours and the row of presentation boxes conjured a smile in my face as some of them are funny.

Impressions Nevereux’ room at Wonderland Art Gallery

The main entrance hall and the second room on the groud floor as well as the entire 2nd floor presents Norton Lykin’s own art, showing pictures playing with colours and shadows, or little 3D scenes and some statues. At the stairway you find a large picture obviously taken at an installion of Theda Tammas named “the Womb” (I missed that).

Impressions Nevereux’ room at Wonderland Art Gallery (upper pictures) / a 3D scene by Norton Lykin and a picture “Theda Tammas the Womb”

On the second floor you also find the café, a nice place to relax or maybe to talk about the art you just saw.

Impression of Nortos Lykin’s Wonderland Art Gallery & Cafe – the cafe (upper left), the gallery building (upper right), “Girl in mind prison” (lower left), “Triade” (lower right)

I enjoyed my visit to Wonderland Art Gallery & Cafe. Thank you Norton for presenting your art along with the art of other second life artists!

Landmark to Wonderland Art Gallery & Cafe
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/GEL%20Community%2027/102/132/22

Art in Second Life 2020 (5) New La Maison d’Aneli – another exhibition

I was a bit confused at first when I got the invitation for another exhibtion at La Maison d’Aneli from Aneli Abeyante. I just had visted and reported about the current exhibtion a few days before (see Art in Second Life (3) La Maison d’Aneli January/February 2020)

To clarify it: Aneli has moved her La Maison d’Aneli gallery to another place. The exhibition that I visited before is still open at the Old La Maison d’Aneli and I assume it will stay open there as announced until February 18th.
At the new location there’s another exhibtion with partly the same artists: JadeYuFhang, Adwehe, Eylinea, Vroum Short, Gaston Wonder, Aneli Abeyante


I will keep this post a bit shorter as I lack time…


Gaston Wonder is an artist I didn’t come across before ever. He’s in Second Life for almost 10 years. The pictures exposed at La Maison d’Aneli play with mirror effects. Some of Gaston’s pictures use thick chains as his subject melting into a coloured abstract background. For me personally the picture with the ants was most intriguing.


Eylinea has her art exhibted at the Old La Maison d’Aneli as well as at the New La Maison d’Aneli. Eylinea is quite new to Second Life and explores for herself a broad variety of artistic possibilities in Second Life: painting, photography, sculpture and even soon tattoo creation. At La Maison d’Aneli she shows some permanently changing geometrical displays that reminded me of Spirograph.


Aneli Abeyante, who runs La Maison d’Aneli, has her own corner also in this exhibtion. 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.
In her room we see geometrical shapes with light blue and with a bronze red as the dominating colour. Most of the displays as constantly changing, my pictures are just snapshots. I like who the art mirrors in the floor at this new exhibtion room!


JadeYu Fhang writes about herself:
Living in Paris, France, i followed the evening classes in academic drawing at Fine Arts School of Paris and was trained at the Applied Arts School of this city.
After these studies I completely stopped all artistic work. My journey is atypical made of multiple experiences. I returned to artistic work when I was able to get rid of all the academic rigidity that had been taught me.
My experience on Second Life since 12 years allows me to continue and improve my work and extend it to 3D.
At La Maison d’Aneli her room also plays the the mirror effect of the floor. There’re 2 identical figures in JadeYu’s room, I’d characterize them as dancer. The gown and the figure itself look differently and is coloured differently depending on your view angle. The same figure can be seen in the background pictures. JadeYu plays with the visitors impression, she plays with light effects as well as with feelings. Look into the face of the dancers….


Adwehe has her art exhibted at the Old La Maison d’Aneli as well. This time it is a water scenery with a very interesting floor. There’re no ladders this time and some quite intriguing objects. I also like the two big abstract pictures in Adwehe’s installation.

Vroum Short is the owner of VeGaTal PLaNeT, the sim hosting the old La Maison d’Aneli.
Vroum Short is a French SL artist since 2007. As mentioned above she created VeGeTaL PLaNet, the location of the Old La Maison d’Aneli. VeGeTaL PLaNet is “a world where everything becomes possible and achievable where the barriers of reality fade away to let the imagination flood it with life. In her underwater exhibitions, living plant sculptures and luminous paintings, animated in 3D, mingle“.
Vroum Short’s art, currently exhibited at La Maison d’Aneli is a walkable colourful collection of geometric forms, almost looking like plants, then like playfully arranged queues. To demonstrate how you walk through the art I placed myself in one of the pictures.

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 Aneli for this exhibition and thank you to all artists.
P.S.: I really like the new exhibitions rooms, spacious and suitable for effects.

New La Maison d’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/33/52/3506
Old La Maison d’Aneli (stays open until the current exhibtion ends)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oak%20Park/101/136/3502

Art in Second Life 2020 (1) – The Art of Milly Sharple

In 2020 I will split up my “Simploring” posts into “Simploring” for my exploring tours to sims in Second Life and “Art in Second Life” for my visits to art galleries or art installations. So this is the first entry of the “Art in Second Life” series.

In December 2019 I came across Milly Sharple when I visited the current exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli (read Simploring 2019 (123) La Maison d’Aneli Holiday season 2019/2020). This exhibition featured Milly Sharple among other artists and it is still open (at least until January 11th).

La Maison d’Aneli Holiday season 2019/2020 – Milly Sharple

Milly Sharple is an artist and photographer from the UK in real life and has always enjoyed art and artistic expression. She’s in Second Life since 2008 and was perhaps one of the pioneers in introducing fractal art to Second Life.
Milly Sharple has also a passion for region design and building in Second Life and creates a yearly Winter sim called “Let it Snow!”, which I visited the first time last year (see Simploring 2019 (129) Let it Snow! A Winter Wonderland).

Milly Sharple has 2 large galleries: Fractal Insanity and Fractal Factory

Fractal Insanity – The Art of Milly Sharple Art (1)

I visited Fractal Insanity on Christmas Day 2019. Fractal Insanity is Milly’s gallery for experimental and mixed media art. It extends over 2 adjacent and connected buildings with 2 floors. I recognised just a few pictures that were exhibited at La Maison d’Aneli. This gallery shows the broad variety of Milly’s art. There’re not only fractals, there’re continously changing fractals that remembered me of kaleidoscopes. There are very artful 3D statues in various forms, not only humans but also animals. There’re vases in different colours and shape. There’re collages and there’re portraits and animal faces embedded in fractals, some are mirrored and/or blurred.

Fractal Insanity – The Art of Milly Sharple Art (2)

Milly told me that she’s was going to update a part of the Fractal Insanity gallery, hence you might see a little bit different extract of Milly’s art if you visit it now.

Fractal Insanity – The Art of Milly Sharple Art (3)

I visited Fractal Factory on December 26th, 2019. This gallery shows Milly’s pure fractals, none of them have had editing. That is almost incredible for me as a layman.
“Fractal art is a form of algorithmic art created by calculating fractal objects and representing the calculation results as still images, animations, and media. Fractal art developed from the mid-1980s onwards. It is a genre of computer art and digital art which are part of new media art. The mathematical beauty of fractals lies at the intersection of generative art and computer art. They combine to produce a type of abstract art.” (source: wikipedia)

Fractal Factory – The Art of Milly Sharple Art (1)

In her profile Milly writes that she creates these Fractals in Apophysis, UltraFractal, Jux, Boxplorer, Frax and Sterlingware. As far as I understood it these are fractal generation and rendering software applications.

Fractal Factory – The Art of Milly Sharple Art (2)

Milly’s art impressed me. I like the colours and the variety of her art. Both galleries display her art in a very successful way. You can purchase all pictures and objects. Thank you very much for bringing your art to Second Life, Milly. I enjoyed visiting the galleries and getting a little bit more insight into your work.

Fractal Factory – The Art of Milly Sharple Art (3)

Landmark to Fractal Insanity – The Art of Milly Sharple
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Montecito/215/172/28
Landmark to Fractal Factory – The art of Milly Sharple
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Montecito/209/179/1915
Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oak%20Park/101/136/3502
Landmark to Let it Snow! A Winter Wonderland
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sun%20Sky/33/156/27
Wikipedia about Fractal art
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fractal_art
Blogpost Simploring 2019 (123) La Maison d’Aneli Holiday season 2019/2020
https://themaurers.me/2019/12/12/simploring-2019-123-la-maison-daneli-holiday-season-2019-2020/
Blogpost Simploring 2019 (129) Let it Snow! A Winter Wonderland
https://themaurers.me/2019/12/23/simploring-2019-129-let-it-snow-a-winter-wonderland/

Simploring 2019 (123) La Maison d’Aneli Holiday season 2019/2020

On Wednesday, December 11th, La Maison d’Aneli opened a new exhibtion that will be stay until January 11th. It features a joined installation, a witful and selfcritical journey by Yoon, Iono Allen, Theda Tammas and JadeYu Fhang about our Ego within Second Life “Lalawood – This could be Paradise”, a 3D installation by Tomm Pye, an exhibition of more classic sculptures and art by Willem Koba in the seperate room “La Serre” and paintings and pictures by Milly Sharpel, Tigerfish Rain, Bamboo Barnes and Vroum Short, who owns VeGaTal PLaNeT, the sim hosting La Maison d’Aneli.

I visited the joined exhibtion the day before it was opened and started my tour at the seperate exhibition room “La Serre” with the work from Willem Koba.
Willem sees himself not as an artist in real life nor in Second Life. He rather says he has a passion for art in both worlds and creates some stuff. At “La Serre” you can see reproductions of the art from famous artists like Salvador Dali, Antoni Gaubi, Jeff Koons, M. C. Escher and others along with pieces Willem created himself. I was intrigued in particular by being able to experience the famous stairs from M. C. Escher in 3D. I also smiled seeing the elefants with the long legs from Salvador Dali, which I just recently saw at Hotel California (see Simploring 2019 (116) Hotel California – Off the Grid). For some of the famous artists you can grab notecards with their biography and a short description of their work. Willem is quite modest as beside the art from famous artists some of his work is very creative and artful like the Notre Dame model.

La Maison d’Aneli Holiday season 2019/2020 – Willem Koba at “La Serre”

Vroum Short is a French SL artist since 2007. As mentioned above she created VeGeTaL PLaNet, the location of La Maison d’Aneli. VeGeTaL PLaNet is “a world where everything becomes possible and achievable where the barriers of reality fade away to let the imagination flood it with life. In her underwater exhibitions, living plant sculptures and luminous paintings, animated in 3D, mingle“.
Vroum Short’s art, currently exhibited at La Maison d’Aneli shows moving colourful abstract objects in 2D and 3D with particular light effects. It is great, just to watch how her art changes permanently and provides different views.

La Maison d’Aneli Holiday season 2019/2020 – Vroum Short

Milly Sharple is an artist and photographer from the UK in real life and has always enjoyed art and artistic expression. She’s in Second Life since 2008 and was perhaps one of the pioneers in introducing fractal art to Second Life. Milly established her own gallery “Fractal Insanity – The Art of Milly Sharple“.
Milly Sharple has also a passion for region design and building in Second Life and creates a yearly Winter sim called “Let it Snow!” (Let it Snow! A Winter Wonderland 2019). I lack time! Another place I have to visit *winks*
At La Maison d’Aneli we see portraits that are embedded in fractals, are mirrored and blurred and develop a particular facination.

La Maison d’Aneli Holiday season 2019/2020 – Milly Sharple

Tigerfish Rain is a graphic artist & creator, he’s also a Catwa Head Developer and in Second Life since 2010: “When I look at the universe, I see that each of us is a piece of art, and when these pieces come together, they form a whole …. one day, mankind will go beyond the stars and it will be with the help of science and art
Tigerfish’s corner at La Maison d’Aneli shows a mix between sience fiction, pictures from the space, portraits and fractals. It is snowing so that his art almost is a bit cold due to the environment.

La Maison d’Aneli Holiday season 2019/2020 – Tigerfish Rain

A centerpiece of La Maison d’Aneli Holiday season 2019/2020 is “Lalawood” created by the Lalala’s. The Lalala’s are 4 artists:
Theda Tammas – Simply the Queen of Lalawood!
Yoon (onyxxe) – The eloquent yet arrogant architect of Lalawood
Iono Allen – The great Dalai Lala with cinematic visions about Lalawood
JadeYu Fhang – Warrior
“Lalawood” is a little journey starting at the beginings of Second Life, the paradise, and explaining how the drama, the selfishness and the egomania from real life spread in Second Life and how people can and should fight sanctimonious preening. The critic doesn’t exclude artists. To maintain or regain the paradise you have to overcome your Ego, that’s the message. It is all accompanied with artful pictures and scupltures and you get some nice goodies to attach to your avatar. The involved artists, the “Lalala’s”, are quite renowned in Second Life but I won’t write about them here – I don’t want to foster their ego *winks*.

La Maison d’Aneli Holiday season 2019/2020 – “Lalawood” by Theda Tammas, Yoon (onyxxe), Iono Allen and JadeYu Fhang

Bamboo Barnes is in Second Life since 2007, painting software & photoshop are her best friends. Bamboo had many exhibtions and appearances in the Second Life art scene and in 2018 she had her first exhibition in real life: “I create what I see but maybe you won’t, they are about people’s reality and  mind.” Bamboo’s art is a mixture of abstract forms, of people and photographs. Most pictures are colourful and it is in the eye of the beholder what we see in her pictures. Some of them are intriguing for me.

La Maison d’Aneli Holiday season 2019/2020 – Bamboo Barnes

Tomm Pye is Dutch and in Second Life since 2017. He paints and designs in 3D. Tomm created a 3D installation in his corner of of the exhibtion at La Maison d’Aneli. It is a white room filled with red particles, blood plates. There’s some statues at the walls, in the center are several heads and a pumping heart, you can see something like the small bowel at on wall, you see a the bones of a thorax. Acutally I guess you find everything of the human body somewhere in Tomm’s installation. It is like walking through body. You have to see it yourself.

La Maison d’Aneli Holiday season 2019/2020 – Tomm Pye

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 Aneli for this exhibition and thank you to all artists.
The current exhibition should be open during the Holiday season 2019/2020 until January. 11th. Enjoy your visit, if you go there yourself.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oak%20Park/101/136/3502

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