Art in Second Life 2021 (49) GenovArt Glass Gallery – May/June 2021

I got an invitation for the opening of a new gallery in the skies above Genova City – GenovArt Glass Gallery. Actually there are two galleries. The Glass Gallery and the B&W Gallery, which is still under contruction. Both exhibition spaces are humongous. The exhibtion at the Glass Gallery feature of the art of Lita Menges, Paola Mills, Fiona Saiman and Maddy (Magda Schmidtzau), four female artists from Italy.

The Glass Gallery has two floors. On the ground floor is the exhibition of Lita Menges and Maddy (Magda Schmidtzau), on the 2nd floor is the exhibition of Paola Mills and Fiona Saiman.
Lita Menges’ photos are characterized by dark tones and surreal scenarios. Lita is in Second Life since 2007 and was immediately by the magical world and creative potential of this virtual world.


Lita writes: “For the vast majority of people SL is a place where they can express segments of themselves that most likely would not find space in RL. Second Life is a “container” in which we are what we would like to be in rl, or just a part of it. You can find a thousand ways to express that part of yourself that you decide to bring in sl. I chose to take pictures. For me, taking pictures on sl represents a phalanx, a natural extension of me, the most natural way to communicate what I feel.
Lita Menges has a flickr account and a blog.

Maddy (Magda Schmidtzau) is in Second Life since 2009. She’s passionate about photography in RL and uses Secod Life to experiment and to try out new things. She writes: “Trying to convey the magic I see. A world of maximum expressive freedom where my mind frees itself from being reality by entering into a perennial game of inventions….. Magda has fun, she plays and createsa wonderful world that makes the impossible possible.

I’ve seen Maddy’s art the first time back in 2017 at Enchanted Art where her exhibition “Maddy 2017” was showcased (read here) Further on I saw Maddy’s work at La Maison d’Aneli in 2018, 2019 and 2020 (read here, here and here).

You can see more of her art at her flickr page.

Paola Mills joined Second Life in 2007. For her it became a nice of creativity.
Paola writes about her work: “I am not a professional photographer in RL, but I like to take pictures when I see something I like, a person or a situation, which is why I always carry a small camera in my bag. Second Life allowed me to develop, without the need for powerful means, my emotionality, freezing the moment of a feeling in simple shots that stop for a moment of my time.


I think I am an end user of Second Life by exploiting the ability of creators who know how to give reality to the bodies of the avatars and who know how to give movement to the avatar with the use of animations.
My work combines these two aspects, the care of the avatar as a human body, and the study of body language.

Fiona Saiman arrived in Second Life back in 2006 and immediately got seduced by the possibility of taking photos: “I started experimenting and learning snapshot effects, but I only used the tools SL was offering and could create thrilling images. But discovering Wireframes (Control + shift + R) it has been my greatest passion; a type of photo a little different from the usual, the simplicity of using a keyboard shortcut to get the magic of a spider web hidden behind everything and everyone inworld.
Playing around with keyboard shortcuts to take things off or add elements to make those charming lines stand out in my view.

The exhibition at the Glass Gallery is about “Windows… the eyes of the world on us, observe or be observed by other? Hiding or getting naked“.

This time I decided to propose myself in a different way. After all, experimenting is always an enrichment of one’s being and then, loving the challenges, this time I put my face and even my body on it. Why is this woman always and often near the window? you would ask yourself. The window is a metaphor of the gaze, of the point of view that you have on the world and that the world has on us. To watch or to be seen? This is the dilemma.”

Fiona Saiman has a flickr account and a blog.

I enjoyed my first visit to the Glass Gallery. Many thanks to the initiators of this gallery. And many thanks to the 4 participating Italian artists!

Landmark to Glass Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nabru%20City/57/117/2053
Lita Menges flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/litamenges/
Lita Menges blog:
https://tumbletherabbithole.blogspot.com/
Fiona Saiman’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/161929461@N04/
Fiona Saiman’s blog
https://straylife.altervista.org
Maddy (Magda Schmidtzau)’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/magdyne/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The current exhibition stays opened at least until November 10th.
La Maison d’Aneli is owned by Aneli Abeyante. Through her gallery she brings together all forms of creativity in RL and SL and the featured artists come from around the globe. Aneli’s intention is to “put her gallery in the service of artists, so that the world can be better, exchanges and meetings probably contribute even though it seems to be particles.
Thank you for another great joined exhibtion, Aneli. As always I enjoyed my visit and writing about it. It always inspires me.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/23/65/22

Simploring 2018 (84) A new joined exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli

At La Maison d’Aneli a new joined exhibition of 5 artists has been opened on Wednesday, September 26th. It features the art of: ChrisTower Dae, Solkide Auer & Magda Schmidtzau, Kirle Adamski and Dantelicia Ethaniel. All artists have a different focus which makes the exhibition varied and enjoyable. When you enter La Maison d’Aneli you get a folder offered which contains some information about the artists. I used some of this information in my following text.

ChrisTower Dae, Solkide Auer & Magda Schmidtzau, Kirle Adamski and Dantelicia Ethaniel featured in a joined exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli

Kirle Adamski, is a selftaught artist from Denmark who started painting in 1997 and had her first exhibition in Denmark in 2000. Kirlie expresses herself in strong colours. She says that she never decides a motive before painting, there’s no plan, in the end the painting expresses herself at the time it was made. Kirlie’s paintings are in watercolour and copied from RL paintings. She had several exhibitions in RL as well as in SL.

Impressions of Kirle Adamski’s art at La Maison d’Aneli

Dantelicia Ethaniel is a French plastic artist and fashion designer in first life, Dantelicia has embraced the virtuality of Second Life almost 10 years ago. She got passionate about SL photography early on and uses it to create a bridge with traditional painting effects such as water colors or acrylic she practiced in her everyday life.

Impressions of Dantelicia Ethaniel’s art at La Maison d’Aneli

Solkide Auer tries to express his ideas through different sculptures. He started creating geometrical shapes then used more difficult techniques such as “the shade”, which gives the possibility to manipulate a unique prim in a very complex way. As a result he obtained unexpected and different shapes quite unlike the ones anyone can find around. Solkide Auer’s art has been exhibited at several galleries and museums within SL but he has also transfered his art into RL exhibitions be it printed or be it shown as 3D on monitors.

Impressions of Solkide Auer’s art at La Maison d’Aneli

At La Maison d’Aneli Solkide’s art work is part of an exhibition named “Might of Soul” that features pictures of Maddy (Magda Schmidtzau) who is a passionate phortographer in RL. In Second Life she plays with the possibilites of this virtual world and tries to convey the magic that she sees. Maddy had already quite a lot exhibitions within SL. Maddy’s pictures exhibitied at La Maison d’Aneli are both, RL pictures and artificially processed pictures taken in Second Life. The combination of Solkide’s geometrical shapes and shades with the pictures of Maddy makes this exhibtion unique.

Impressions of Maddy’s (Magda Schmidtzau) art at La Maison d’Aneli

ChrisTower Dae is an Italian photographer. Chris shows at La Maison D’Aneli portrait pictures taken in Second Life, mainly female. The pictures impress by their perfection as well as by the facial expression. The avatars have a unique soul and the viewer can sense the emotions transfered with the portraits. Chris places the face mostly at a side of his pictures, not showing the whole head which might contribute to the facination of the portraits.

Impressions of ChrisTower Dae’s art at La Maison d’Aneli

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 this great joined exhibtion, Aneli. I enjoyed my visit a lot.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/43/41/21

Simploring 2017 (34) Enchanted Art

Friday afternoon, April 28th, I was in the mood for simploring and had a look into the blogs I follow. In Inara Pey’s blog I came across her entry about “Enchanted Art in Second Life“. Enchanted Art is owned by Oema. Artists have the opportunity to present their art on a monthly basis. The landmark description gives already an idea what to expect: “Enchanted Art is a tribute to 2D and 3D Second Life Artists in a fantasy landscape. Explore projections, photos and statues in a surreal and magic environment.” I strongly recommend to watch the video about Enchanted Art. It’s 5 minutes long and a piece of art itself.
Upon my landing I met Oema by accident, who welcomed me. I read her profile and was suprised that I didn’t come across her before. Even after far over 9 years I still discover edges of Second Life and areas I’ve never heard about before. Oema owns Astralia, the homesim of Enchanted Art, she makes content for Sansar, LL’s new platform and she blogs about art (Oema Fine Art – www.oemafineart.com) and writes for magazines: “I am an artist, an art curator, an art blogger and a magazines writer … so I am an art passionate:-). Art is a very important part of my life, one of the best ones“. Impressive!
Back to my visit to Enchanted Art. First of all you should use the windlight setting provided by the sim. I tried my own settings first but the effects and the lights at Enchanted Art look much better in the (night) setting. From the landing point you can either walk on foot or use the sim’s teleporter network. I first explored the area next to the landing where most of the monthly changing art by different artists is exhibited. There are big boards promoting the artists names and there’re links to flickr to see more from these artists. This exhibition is to the left and the right of a path leading up a hill from where you can see other parts of Enchanted Art but you have to return to the landing point if you want to continue on foot – there are paths which will lead you around (or you take the teleporters).
Enchanted Art is very photogenic and full of art. What is facinating most are the lights and the effects that give new views depending from where and when you look at it. Overall Entchanted Art seems to be a world of itself, a fantasy in art. I’m really not an art passionate like Oema, but what I saw was really amazing and is hard to put in words for me. I roamed around for about hour and took many pictures.
Highlights of Enchanted Art besides the exhibition around the landing point are: the main gallery, the 3D art “World Eyes”, the 3D art “World Pain”, the Botanical garden, the Fae Waystone, the big mushroom trees and the 3D art from Oema called “Pain bitten”
The main gallery shows the exhibition “Maddy 2017” by Magda Schmidtzau at the time on my visit. I found items created by Colpo Wexler used in the gallery. Colpo is  the CEO of Digital Cult Lifestyle, a group of Italian designers specialized in 3D modeling in Second Life. Their skills range from high quality terraforming to big areas’ settings, making of buildings and structures of any kind, and interior design. After visiting Enchanted Art I had a look into it. Read more at their website www.mydigitalcult.com (by the way I hadn’t heard of them before).

Elicio Ember’s creations at Enchanted Art

The Botanical garden is made with plants and creations from Elicio Ember who is a plastic artist and desginer. Elicio makes fantasy landscapes, plants, architecture and art. The sculpture “Fae Waystone” and the big mushroom trees are also from Elicio Ember.
The 3D art “World Eyes” by Noke Yuitza is for sure another highlight of Enchanted Art. As it is in the center it is very present and attracting views. Noke Yuitza is owner, artist & designer of E.V.E. Studio. And she runs her own blog “http://evestudio3d.wordpress.com/“. “World Pain” just close by is another 3D art from Noke Yuitza.
Last but not least close to the landing point is the 3D art “Pain bitten” by Oema herself.

Enchanted Art is not just for those interested in art but also for those who are facinated by the creativity and the possibilities Second Life offers (like me) and it is a great place to take colourful and extraordinairy pictures. I had not only a lovely hour visiting but also got some suggestions for more reading and exploring. Thank you Oema for providing Enchanted Art!
Landmark to Enchanted Art
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Astralia/166/77/22
Video taken at Enchanted Art
https://youtu.be/vitR_j2wBtc
Inara Pey’s blog about Enchanted Art in Second Life
https://modemworld.me/2017/04/27/enchanted-art-in-second-life/
Oema’s fine art blog
http://www.oemafineart.com/