Art in Second Life 2021 (108) The End of Innocence by Meilo Minotaur

I visited the exhibition “The End of Innocence” by Meilo Minotaur at DixMix Gallery in room Amalfia. The exhibition consists of about 12 pictures, which are based on SL pictures, I think at least.

I have come across Meilo Minotaur twice so far. Meilo is in Second Life since 2008 and she owns and a homestead named “Delicatessen” where she has different installations for about 10 years now. I visited “Delicatessen” in 2019 (read here).

Then I saw a piece of her art at the exhibition “Sinners and Saints” this year in August (read here). The piece she contributed was a 3D object of three angels, angels like the one featured on the exhibition flyer above. Several of these angels and a devil-like figure are shown in several of Meilo pictures in “The End of Innocence”.

Impressions of “The End of Innocence” by Meilo Minotaur at DixMix Gallery (1) – for comparision the lower right picture was taken at the exhibition “Sinners and Saints”

Most probably “The End of Innocence” has at least one potential interpretation, it could be meant religiously. Another recurring element at “The End of Innocence” is a group of 3 genderless figures. They seem to turn away from the angel, seduced by the devil? And then there’s this woman with the red scarf. Is she watching the scene? Are the pictures in her head only. Is she the sinner who lost her innocence?
I leave it up to you to interpret Meilo’s art. These are just my thoughts.

Impressions of “The End of Innocence” by Meilo Minotaur at DixMix Gallery (2)

I couldn’t get more information about Mielo Minotaur, I just found a flickr account of her. “The End of Innocence” is a very intriguing exhibition, for sure. Thank you Meilo.

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing at it. I enjoyed my visit and seeing “The End of Innocence” by Meilo Minotaur. The exhibition will stay open until November 26th.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
Meilo Minotaur’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/meilominotaur/

Art in Second Life 2021 (107) “Fools and Freaks” by Honey Bender

I visited the exhibition “Fools and Freaks” by Honey Bender at DixMix Gallery in room Amona. The exhibition consists of 12 pictures based on SL pictures, all showing females in freaky or fetish outfits, not erotic on a first glance, yet intriguing and tempting on a second glance. Just one pictures shows a male and a female.

I had seen Honey Bender’s art at DixMix Gallery in April 2021 the first time. Her style is quite unique. I like the way she processes her pictures turning SL photographs into art. All pictures of “Fools and Freaks” are kept in dark vintage colours. Honey added shadows and light at the right spots. The spectator is tempted to look at details. Yes the women are freaks yet even more you want to satisfy your curiosity, you begin to make up a story. Why are they like this? …. are they as freaky as they look like? What makes them being a freak? And what is a freak? Do you have to be a fool to be a freak? And is it bad to stare at the deformed lips?

Impressions of “Fools and Freaks” by Honey Bender at DixMix Gallery (1)

Honey Bender is in Second Life for more than 14 years. She is a stylist and photographer in Second Life. Homey Bender owns or writes for AUDAZ, a website featuring styles and outfits, accessoires, art, fashion, photographs and trends.
Honey Bender also has her own store for particular and unique fashion. And – according to her profile – she’s rich in both worlds *winks*

Impressions of “Fools and Freaks” by Honey Bender at DixMix Gallery (2)

The two larger pictures on the short walls of the exhibition rooms are different. One picture shows a male and at female in an artful pose. This picture is – in my personal opinion  – not freaky, it expresses love and passion. The other one is freaky, showing just feet in incredible high platform heels. You have to be a freak or a fool to wear them.

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing at it. I enjoyed my visit and seeing “Fools and Freaks” by Honey Bender. The exhibition will stay open until November 13th.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery 2021
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
DixMix Gallery website
https://www.dixmixgallery.xyz/
AUDAZ website
http://audaz-sl.com
Bender store
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/200434

Art in Second Life 2021 (105) “Fusion Evolution” by Etamae

It’s been a while that I saw anything from Etamae. Last year I had quite some blogposts about Etamae and her art. I visited her Eta’s Feed Your Fetish Gallery (see my blogpost here) and her Extempore Gallery and Lounge (read here). I saw her contribution to the joined exhibition of April 2020 at La Maison d’Aneli (read here). I saw her “little boxes” at Hannington Art Foundation (read here), her “Memories of a Foreign Reality” at Itakos Project Art Gallery (read here) and in January 2021 I saw her exhibition “Waves of Silence” at DixMix Gallery. (read here).

Etamae is in Second Life since January 2016. She’s 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. Like all other exhibition of Etamae “Fusion Evolution” at the DixMix Gallery is once again something new. Etamae proves her attitude to try out herself and to further develop her art.

The exhibition “Fusion Evolution” is located in the room Abby at DixMix Gallery. It consists of about a dozen partly quite large pictures. The walls of the room and the floor is kept in black. At the walls you see reflections and light effects coming from two turning pictures located the corners of the exhibtion room. This way Etamae’s pictures develop a certain dynamic as the light effects mix into the pictures around.

All pictures are very colourful, and have strong colours thus contrasting to the dark black room, they a seem to be made of different layers. Some of the layers move and change so that your get permanently a different perspective. Although you can’t really recognize it, Etamae herself is the model who’s face you can see peek through in many of the pictures. She made herself part of her art, evolving through a feast of colours and abstract forms.

Impressions of “Fusion Evolution” by Etamae

Etamae showed again her ability to play with different techniques. I enjoyed my visit a lot. Her artwork is intriguing. Thank you Etamae!
Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing at it.
The exhibition “Fusion Evolution” by Etamae will stay open until mid of November.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
Etamae’s Flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/157802675@N08/?

Art in Second Life 2021 (99) Somewhere by Theda Tammas and Iono Allen

Saturday, September 25th, a new art installation at DixMix Gallery was opened on the skyplatform “Womb”: “Somewhere” by Theda Tammas and Iono Allen.

The Womb is a seperate platform in the skies above the gallery. The teleport is right next to where you land.
Once you’re on the platform you should adjust your viewer settings: graphics to ultra (or to the best your system can handle), enabled advanced lighting, shared environment (top menu “world” -> “environment”) and allow media to be played automatically.

The installation extends over 3 levels. “Somewhere” uses a lot of the different creative possibilities of virtual worlds. On the first level, where you arrive, is a big screen quite at the end of the platform. The floor is white, something between snow and sand, the sky is grey, cloudy and dark. The screen shows a film that seems to be made in this environment. A woman with a magnificent head of blue hair is dancing, she almost hoovers over the ground. And step by step other women, twins of her show up. When they are five, all dancing sychron, they disappear into the horizon before the video restarts.

Impressions of “Somewhere” by Theda Tammas and Iono Allen (1)

On the left side of the platform is a stair. It leads your to the 2nd level of the installation. The ground has some gaps through which you can see the 1st level below of you and in the sky you see the 3rd level frough even larger gaps. On the 2nd floor are several objects. The woman of the video now appears as animated dancing figure. She dances in or around the objects, she sits in a red net like being caught by it. She dances under huge gates and she watches herself dancing in other videos shown on 2 screens. The combination of light effects with the ground and skies, the videos, the 3D art ojects, the animated and static figures build a unique and permanent changing art installation. You can animate yourself to dance by clicking objects that look like bar stools on the first glance. And then let your mind wander …

Impressions of “Somewhere” by Theda Tammas and Iono Allen (2)

Getting on the 3rd level wasn’t that easy as I found no stairs. I tried walking through gates and all of a sudden got to the 3rd level. This level was obviously used for the opening event. Again you find different objects with the woman either dancing of being kept like a prisoner. Once free they dance, seek nearness to each other and follow a lead. They break out of their own prisons and limitations.

Impressions of “Somewhere” by Theda Tammas and Iono Allen (3)

Theda Tammas is in SL for more than 14 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.

Iono Allen is also more than 14 years in SL and not only from his profile I conclude that his main passion is making films, so called machimas. He has an own vimeo channel where I found a video about “Somewhere”.

VIDEO

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing to it. Many thanks of course also to Theda Tammas and Iono Allen for creating “Somewhere“. Another great installation of the two. It is not the first collaborative artwork of Theda and Iono. Theda made the figures, the art objects and the setup of the installation, Iono made the video clips. Once again I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to DixMix Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
Theda Tammas website
https://bytheda.weebly.com/
Iono Allen’s vimeo channel
http://vimeo.com/user2558273

Art in Second Life 2021 (93) DixMix Gallery Anniversary Exhibtion

I got an invitation to attend the opening of the anniversary exhibtion at DixMix Gallery on September 18th. I visited the exhibtion the day after the opening.

DixMix Source features three exhibitions for the anniversary:

“Zwartwit” by Catherine Nikolaidis (opened until October 22nd) in room Amalfia, “Summer Vibes” by Lori Bailey (ishtara1) (opened until October 15th) in room Abby and “Cabaret” by Caly Applewhyte (Calypso Applewhyte) (opened until October 29th) in room Amona.

I started my visit with “Zwartwit” by Catherine Nikolaidis. Zwartwit is Dutch and translates to Black and White. Catherine’s pictures have a vintage touch. The exhibtion consists of 13 black&white photographs, photographs obviously taken in Second Life and processed with light and shadow effects into erotic art. All photographs show women in lingerie, sometimes only parts of a full body, sometimes focused on the face, never fully naked and always leaving enough room for the fantasies and stories of the spectator.

I saw Catherine Nikolaidis’ artful photographs already in May at DixMix Gallery when I visited her exhibition “Quelqu’un” (read here).
Catherine Nikolaidis was born in Greece and lives in the Netherlands. She joined Second Life in 2007 and photography is one of her passions. She writes about herself: “I believe strongly in sharing. I believe in communicating. I believe in creation and inspiration. I love black & white. I feel strongly for music.”
Catherine is a photographer, blogger & brand manager for several stores. She runs her own website and shares her work also on her flickr page.

The exhibition “Summer Vibes” by Lori Bailey (ishtara1) in room Abby is a real contrast. Lori’s pictures are very colourful and show beautiful landscapes and views, taken in Second Life. I had the impression that I have visited some of these places myself – yet I didn’t make such great pictures!

Lori Bailey (ishtara1) is in Second Life since 2013. She loves to explore new places and to take pictures of all the beauty Secondlife has to offer. She mostly makes pictures of landscapes, that’s her passion. It is the first time that I came across Lori Bailey and her artful pictures.
You can see more of Lori’s work at on her flickr page.

“Cabaret” by Caly Applewhyte (Calypso Applewhyte) is shown in room Amona. I have covered Caly’s artwork already a few times in this blog. “Cabaret” consists of 12 black and white pictures, originally taken in Second Life. Taking them must have been quite an effort. They all look to be from the 1920ies, show erotic studies of the female body in a typical “Cabaret” environment and dressed in lingerie of the time.

Caly (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. You can recognise her style, she has found her personal characteristic artistic style. Her pictures do tell stories, like good art has to do.
According to her profile Caly also blogs and has written articles for several magazines. And she also make portrait pictures of course. You can see her work also on her flickr account.

Happy anniversary, DixMix gallery! Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing to it. Many thanks of course also to the contributing artists Catherine Nikolaidis, Lori Bailey (ishtara1) and Caly Applewhyte (Calypso Applewhyte). I want to thank also Violet Boa, who does the PR work for DixMix Gallery and who is always helpful for me to gather information.
Once again I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
Caly Applewhyte’s flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/calypsoapplewhyte/
Catherine Nikolaidis flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/cathnikol/
Catherine Nikolaidis own website
https://www.catherinenikolaidis.nl/
Lori Bailey flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/loribailey/

Art in Second Life (55) Spirit Animal by Lika Cameo

I visited “Spirit Animal” by Lika Cameo, an exhibtion currently featured at DixMix Gallery in room “Amalfia”.

As the name implies the showcased art has a connection to animals. It consists of 10 different pictures showing the upper part of male and female bodies and their faces. They are framed by smoke and in the smoke you can recognize animals.

The pictures are presented in a particular way at DixMix Gallery, mirrors of them are displayed on the ceiling, like shadows, the already only little used colour in the pictures doesn’t show in the mirrored pictures, just some basic elements.

Lika provides some thoughts with her work:
I need to spend more time in the woods, To listen to birds in trees, I need to look for flashes of fox. Which animal speaks to me?
When I discover who it is, I will watch where that animal goes, Sketching to understands everything, My spirit animal knows.
And then I will live with new secrets, I will follow advice from my guide, Even my dreams will be different, Goodby… Iam going outside…

The picture next to the board with Lika’s thoughts is titled “Wolf”, and the wolf can be easily seen in the smoke. You can get this picture as a gift and souvenir of this exhibition.

“Spirit Animal” by Lika Cameo – Wolf

The pictures are very artful and fanciful, true eycatchers that invite to immerse deeper into them. Why is this animal in her/his mind? We connect certain characteristics with different animals like dolphins, wolfs, lions, dogs, cats, eagles … we project having these characteristics ourself, comparing with these animals.

Lika Cameo (Likacameo) is in Second Life for more than 3 years. She’s passionate about art, photography, architecture, travel, yoga and people. Lika has a flickr account with more of her art and whe has an own gallery in Second Life, the Cameo Art Studio.

Examples of the art shown at “Spirit Animal” by Lika Cameo: Dog, Eagle, Dolphin (upper left), Bear (lower left), Otter (right)

Lika Cameo’s art is unique and displayed very thoughtfully. I enjoyed my visit. Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing at it. The exhibition “Spirit Animal” by Lika Cameo shall stay open until end of June.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
DixMix Gallery website
https://www.dixmixgallery.xyz/
Lika Cameo’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/184680643@N05/albums
Cameo Art Studio
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bragg/105/230/2202

Art in Second Life 2021 (47) Genesis by Moki Yuitza

I visited “Genesis” by Moki Yuitza, an exhibition that opened May 8th at DixMix Gallery in room “Amona”.

“Genesis” by Moki Yuitza @ DixMix Gallery (1)

Genesis consists of 10 pictures in which you follow the genesis of a female being that slowly breaks through all walls and barriers until she shows in kind of a victory pose. Each picture is highlighted with a glowinf white frame that increases the expression of each pictures.

Moki Yuitza is in Second Life for over 12 years. I came across her twice lately seeing quite different art from her. I saw Geomorphism at DixMix Gallery in December 2020 (read here) and CELLS at The Sim Quuarterly in March 2021 (read here)
I found this about Moki from a notecard for La Maison d’Aneli: “In RL I am an architect and in this metaverse I found the possibility to realize my idea of ​​space and my architectural fantasy, as well as to share it with other people.”
Moki has also a flickr account and an own website.

“Genesis” by Moki Yuitza @ DixMix Gallery (2)

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing to it, and last but not least thank you Moki Yuitza for your installation. I enjoyed my visit.
As exhibtions stay open 4 to 5 weeks at DixMix Gallery, “Genesis” by Moki Yuitza should be open for the public until June 4th or June 11th.

Landmark to DixMix Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
DixMix Gallery website
https://www.dixmixgallery.xyz/
Moki Yuitza’s Flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/148055295@N07/
Moki Yuitza’s website
https://mokiyuitza.blogspot.com/

Art in Second Life 2021 (45) “Quelqu’un” by Catherine Nikolaidis

I visited “Quelqu’un”, an exhibtion of photographs by Catherine Nikolaidis at DixMix Gallery in room Abby.

“Quelqu’un” is French and means “somebody”. The exhibtion consists of 13 black&white photographs, photographs obviously taken in Second Life and processed with light and shadow effects into erotic art. All photographs show women in lingerie, never fully naked and always leaving enough room for the fantasies and stories of the spectator.

Examples of “Quelqu’un” by Catherine Nikolaidis at DixMix Gallery (1)

I saw Catherine Nikolaidis’ artful photographs when I visited “Soulportraits” at Itakos Art Gallery in March 2021 (read here). Catherine Nikolaidis was born in Greece and lives in the Netherlands. She joined Second Life in 2007 and photography is one of her passions. She writes about herself: “I believe strongly in sharing. I believe in communicating. I believe in creation and inspiration. I love black & white. I feel strongly for music.”
Catherine is a photographer, blogger & brand manager for several stores. She runs her own website and shares her work also on her flickr page.

Examples of “Quelqu’un” by Catherine Nikolaidis at DixMix Gallery (2)

I like Catherine’s artful photographs a lot and enjoyed my visit. Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing at it. I enjoyed my visit and seeing Catherine’s art. The exhibition “Quelqu’un” by Catherine Nikolaidis will stay open until June 4th.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery 2020
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
DixMix Gallery website
https://www.dixmixgallery.xyz/
Catherine Nikolaidis flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/cathnikol/
Catherine Nikolaidis own website
https://www.catherinenikolaidis.nl/

Art in Second Life 2021 (39) Marginal Mannerism by Bamboo Barnes

I visited the exhibition “Marginal Mannerism” by Bamboo Barnes in room Amalfia at DixMix Gallery.

Mannerism, also known as Late Renaissance, is a style in European art that emerged in the later years of the Italian High Renaissance around 1520, spreading by about 1530 and lasting until about the end of the 16th century in Italy, when the Baroque style largely replaced it.” (source wikipedia)

For this exhibition I would refer to another definition that I found in the German wikipedia and that fits far better for “Marginal Mannerism” by Bamboo Barnes: Mannerism is based on the idea that an artist should develop and emphasize his very own style, the “maniera”. The artist uses all technical possibilities to achieve an extreme design.

Impressions of “Marginal Mannerism” by Bamboo Barnes at DixMix Gallery

In this sense the exhibition features 10 pictures of Bamboo that represent her very own style, colourful and strong in their expresssion. They all show faces either alienated and or overlayed by other textures or structures. The spectator has to decide where to focus on and thus immerses deeper into the art. And yes, Bamboo Barnes has developed her strong own signature style.

Bamboo is in Second Life for over 14 years already, 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. I myself saw her work the first time at La Maison d’Aneli during the Holiday season 2019/2020 (read here). I also saw her exhibtion “Meant to be” at Itakos Art Gallery last year (read here). And I had a look at her flickr page.

“Who knows” by Bamboo Barnes

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing at it. I enjoyed my visit and seeing Bamboo’s art. The exhibition “Marginal Mannerism” by Bamboo Barnes will stay open until May 28th.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery 2020
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
DixMix Gallery website
https://www.dixmixgallery.xyz/
Bamboo Barnes’ flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bamboobarnes/

Art in Second Life 2021 (37) Spring by Fiona Fei

Fiona Fei (FionaFei) is one of the artists that I have featured in this blog quite often already, but not yet this year. I visited her Shui Mo Gallery (read here), I saw her installation at La Maison d’Aneli (read here), I saw “Impostor” at Sim Quarterly (read here), I saw her exhibit “Chuanghu (Windows)” at GBTH Project (read here) and I saw her installation “I Had a Dream, and You Were There” at the Hannington Art Foundation (read here).

Saturday, April 17th, her newest installation was opened at DixMix Gallery and I went there and attended the last minutes of the opening party. There was quite a crowd, mostly artists and I knew quite some of them from my art tours. The party took place outside of the Dix Mix Gallery building in front of Fiona’s installation, which is installed on a half round object, that looks like the screen of a photo studio. Hence it almost invites you to add poser and make extraordinairy pictures of avatars as part of the installation.

Fiona is Chinese by decent but spent the majority of her life in the West:
I have a fascination with Chinese history and culture, but I often feel like I’m viewing my ancestry through a filter of Americanized information and experiences. Furthermore, my artistic background has been in charcoal and oil painting mediums, and I’ve had very little experience in actual ink-brush painting. Much of my early years were spent painting landscapes and portraits using oil paint on canvas. However, I developed a love for non-photorealism over the years as an artist. In continuation with my love of non-photorealism, I now produce Chinese ink-brush art in Second Life and exhibit my work around the grid.
For more information look up FionaFei’s own website.

Impressions of “Spring” by Fiona Fei at DixMix Gallery (1)

If you have been to any of FionaFei’s installations before, you’ll recognise her specific style of art immediatiately. You literally enter an ink brush painting and become a part of it. If you look at the installation at DixMix Gallery built into the “photo studio screen” from a bit farer away you see some quite high mountains in the background with bushes and trees in the foreground. This time the ink-brush painted environment is not just in black and white. The bushes and trees are bloooming in red. You can also recognize a few birds, also in red, picking food from the ground.
Considering the strong third colour (red), the birds, and the bushes and trees almost exploding to new life, it does make sense that Fiona herself called her installation “Spring”.

Impressions of “Spring” by Fiona Fei at DixMix Gallery (2)

As always I had fun walking through it, seeing it from different angles and becoming part of it. Thank you Fiona for another piece of art.
Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing at it. DixMix was also present at the opening and I asked him how long FionaFei’s installation will be available. His spontaneous answer was funny considering that Fiona works with ink: “Until it rains”. Luckily that was just a joke. “Spring” by Fiona Fei will stay open until mid of May.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery 2020
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
DixMix Gallery website
https://www.dixmixgallery.xyz/
FionaFei’s Shui Mo Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dreams/149/42/2554
FionaFei’s own website
https://fionafei.portfoliobox.net/
FionaFei’s Flickr:
https://flickr.com/photos/fionafei/

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