Art in Second Life 2021 (14) “Skin by Mrs. S.” @ DixMix Gallery

I visited the exhibition “Skin by Mrs. S.” at DixMix Gallery.
Mrs. S, that mrs S (lauralar). I saw her “Magical Rooms” at Itakos Project and Art Gallery last year (read here), an exhibtion she made with her partner Mr S. (saka infinity).

“Skin by Mrs. S.” at DixMix Gallery (1)

The exhibtion at DixMix Gallery is quite different to what I saw before from mrs S. It consists of 10 pictures, of which 5 are held in white and dark blues and the 5 are more or less black and white like charcoal drawings. What they have in common is that they all show naked females.

“Skin by Mrs. S.” at DixMix Gallery (2)

The skin is white, the background is uni dark, hence you see just the curves, the shape and your eye is not distracted by anything else but a few white areas that could be windows.
The 5 pictures that remind of charcoal drawings just show a few lines with a tiny bit of shadows yet the contures are visibile, again you see the curves, the shape but even less a face.

“Skin by Mrs. S.” at DixMix Gallery (3)

Its the simplicity that makes the pictures intriguing, the clear focus on the shape of the naked female body. From what I see, I think the raw pictures were taken in Second Life and processed to provide the desired effect of simplicity.

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. The exhibition “Skin by Mrs. S.” will stay open until February 18th

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery 2020
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
DixMix Gallery website
https://www.dixmixgallery.xyz/
mrs S (lauralar)’s Flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123839917@N06/

Art in Second Life 2021 (13) “Figure and Form” by Harbor Galaxy

DixMix Source invited me to have a look at “Figure and form” by Harbor Galaxy, an exhibition that will be opened at DixMix Gallery with a party on Saturday February 6th at 1 PM SLT.

The exhibition is right now prepared on a platform, ready to be moved to its place at DixMix Gallery. What is missing right now in my pictures is the fitting ambiente for Harbor Galaxy’s pictures.

Harbor writes about “Figure and Form”:
In this series of little pictures I wanted to take a step back from the avatar as a personality and concentrate on the its’ figure in relationship to various forms, most of which were the simple building blocks we use here in Second Life and then build upon that relationship with color and light.

“Figure and Form” by Harbor Galaxy at DixMix Gallery (1)

Actually the figures are comparable small in comparison to the form. Habour uses both, females and males, and instinctively the view of the spectator is focused on the figure, trying to see more details, like clothes, shape and age. The form doesn’t prevent focusing on the figure as it is kept simple. The forms itself would be nice abstract art with the light effects and selected forms and colours, the figures itself would be to small with no particular feature – but together they interact.

I couldn’t find out much about Harbor Galaxy. She is in Second Life for 12 years. And she has a flickr page where I found a short description about her: “Just a pixel dolly exploring my creative side in SL. I don’t generally talk too much about my process primarily because it frequently seems kind of like a happy accident but in my work, I attempt to merge photography and digital painting. I take pictures using screen shots and then edit and manipulate the images in GIMP; frequently using distortion and color to invoke an emotional response from viewer.

“Figure and Form” by Harbor Galaxy at DixMix Gallery (2)

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. The exhibition “Figure and Form” by Harbor Galaxy opens today, Saturday February 6th at 1 PM SLT, and will stay open until March 19th.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery 2020
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
DixMix Gallery website
https://www.dixmixgallery.xyz/
Harbor Galaxy Flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/harborgalaxy/

Art in Second Life 2021 (10) “Waves of Silence” by Etamae

Last year I had quite some blogposta 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 exhibtion of Apirl 2020 at La Maison d’Aneli (read here). I saw her “little boxes” at Hannington Art Foundation (read here) and her “Memories of a Foreign Reality” at Itakos Project Art Gallery (read here).

Etamae is in Second Life for almost 5 years. 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. And so also the current exhibtion at the DixMix Gallery proves her attitude to always try out different forms of art.

The exhibition “Waves of Silence” is located in the room Abby at DixMix Gallery. It consists of 9 partly quite large pictures. The walls of the room and the floor is kept in grey tones. At the walls you see some shadows of people and objects. The background fits well and is used to contribute to the pictures. The largest picture named “peek”, that you see in front of you when you enter the room consists of two halfs, in the center of the combined pictures is something that looks like a boxing ring, each half shows the silhouette of a person (a boxer?). In fact the left and the right part are just mirrored pictures that were coloured differently. If you step back far enough and look at the picture the shadows on the wall behind add to the picture so that you can recognize a face.
Etamae also played with mirrors in her picture “reflective”, also colouring both (mirrored) halfs differently.

“Waves of Silence” by Etamae at DixMix Gallery (1) – away (upper left) / reflective (upper right) / peek (lower picture)

Etamae’s picture “Waves of Silence”, gave her exhibtion at DixMix Gallery it’s name. In this picture Etame uses several layers (I think just two, but mabye three), that are zoomed in and zoomed out slowly. This way she creates the illusion of waves, colourful waves. It is quite calming to look at it and to watch the slow change of the picture.
In the picture next to it, named “peace”, she uses another and much more visible effect of changing it permanently. The picture has two layers that are permantenly moving against eachother (one to the left side, one the right side). It is one on the same picture, black and white, and shows a face. The upper picture is transparent. There is a moment when both pictures fit exactly, then you see one picture only. But mostly you see the face changing, you see at least 2 faces … or even none. And the changes are quite quick.

“Waves of Silence” by Etamae at DixMix Gallery (2) – Waves of Silence (left side) / peace (right side)

The third technique Etamae is playing with in her exhibtion at DixMix Gallery is a moving a thin layer of grey or fog over her pictures. In her picture “rapture” this makes the background changing just a tiny bit. You do not notice it at the first glance that the picture is animated. In her picture “sleep”, the effect is stronger and quite visible as two second layers (the fog) are moved over the picture against eachother and thus the picture gets partly darkened, but the dark parts move.

“Waves of Silence” by Etamae at DixMix Gallery (2) – rapture (upper) / sleep (lower)

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 “Waves of Silence” by Etamae will stay open until February, 19th.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
DixMix Gallery website
https://www.dixmixgallery.xyz/
Landmark to Extempore Gallery and Lounge
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Blarn%20Isle/13/210/1502
Eta’s Feed Your Fetish Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Swanbridge/204/19/3216
Etamae’s Flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/157802675@N08/?

Art in Second Life 2021 (1) Hidden Beauty – Group exhibition at DixMix Gallery

On Saturday, December 19th, 2020 a group exhibtion was opened at DixMix Gallery.

Hidden Beauty – Group exhibition at DixMix Gallery

The exhibition compromises ten pictures of ten artists, namely: Randonee Noel, Syn Huntress, Del May, Paola Mills, Wicca Merlin, Talloulah Warra, Megan Prumier, Amber Wild, Maloe Vansant and DixMix Source.
Some of these artists have benn covered already in this blog and I can recognize their style. Although ten artists have contributed there’s a common theme – Hidden Beauty.

Hidden Beauty – Group exhibition at DixMix Gallery: Randonee Noel – Darker Facets / Maloe Vansant – Habibi / DixMix Source – Syra No

Beauty might be hidden behind a veil, a mask (quite common in this day and age) or by hands. In either case the full beauty can still be recognized.

Hidden Beauty – Group exhibition at DixMix Gallery: Megan Prumier – Expectation / Del May – Tunnel

But beauty may also be the body of a pregnant woman and the really hidden baby, it might be the toddler, it might even be hidden behind a fantasy being made of steel and biological material. The exhibition radiates the power of beauty from ten different perspectives.

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. The Group exhibition “Hidden Beauty” will stay open until

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery 2020
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
DixMix Gallery website
https://www.dixmixgallery.xyz/

Art in Second Life 2020 (85) Moki Yuitza – Geomorphism

I visited “Geomorphism”, an installation by Moki Yuitza at the art platform of DixMix Gallery.

Geomorphism is an art intallation using a lot of light effects. You should set your windlight to midnight for seeing it correctly. Geomorphism is set up in a cube. In the center is a big tree. All walls are covered with sort of geometrical forms – and they are permanently changing. The main light effect is in white and is topped with a kind of aurea borealis. Hence you get a lot of different impressions, depending where you look at, at what time, from what viewing angle.

Impressions of “Geomorphism” by Moki Yuitza at DixMix Gallery (1)

But there is more than that, there are several smaller trees that are decorated with spheres, there are flowers on the ground and grass …. and all is mainly in white. The light effects are amazing and my pictures have become an artwork themselves, unique, not reproducable.

Moki Yuitza is in Second Life for over 12 years. I came across her twice so far. One time in 2019 when she was participating in an exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli (read here) and one time when I visited an installation of her at LEA 19 “Hypercube – labyrinth of the mind” in 2018 (read here).
Moki has had a lot more exhibtions and installations, that I missed though. Well you can’t see all and everything in Second Life *winks*. Moki’s profile is full of installations of her that are gone in the meanwhile. The virtual world is even more short-lived than the physical world.

Impressions of “Geomorphism” by Moki Yuitza at DixMix Gallery (2)

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.” That does fit to Geomorphism at DixMix Gallery as well.

Impressions of “Geomorphism” by Moki Yuitza at DixMix Gallery (3)

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.
“Moki Yuitza – Geomorphism” will stay open for visitors at least until end of Jan 2021.

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

Art in Second Life 2020 (84) Barock by Caly Applewhyte

I visited the exhibtion “Barock by Caly Applewhyte” which was opened December 5th at the DixMix Gallery. The theme of Caly (Calypso Applewhyte)’s pictures in the room “Abby” is – surprise – Barock. The room itself is decorated with the luxury colour of this period – red. Dark red curtains at each side of each picture like a curtain being opened to showcase the art. Red lights at the red walls, a dark floor.

The pictures itself presents avatars, fantasy persons, not necessarily from that era, but with wild hairstyles and often colourful make-up. But they all are dressed according to Barock. And the paint has already become brittle like it does on old paintings. This combination is intriguing and invites to take a closer look to decide which effect is dominating in this or that painting.

examples from “Barock by Caly Applewhyte” at DixMix Gallery (1)

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. I have seen her work already a few times and 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.

examples from “Barock by Caly Applewhyte” at 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 Caly Applewhyte for your pictures. I enjoyed my visit.
“Barock by Caly Applewhyte” will stay open for visitors until Jan 15th.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery 2020
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
Caly Applewhyte’s flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/calypsoapplewhyte/

Simploring 2020 (81) Oblivion

For my simploring tour on Saturday, November 14th, I picked Oblivion from scoop.it SL Destinations. The entry led to a blogpost of Susann Decuir “Simtipp: Oblivion (Adult)“. When reading the post I remembered why the name rang a bell. I was there before when I tried to get to the DixMix Gallery while it wasn’t yet opened. Oblivion is in the same region and it was mainly built by Megan Prumier who is also involved in the DixMix Gallery.

Oblivion – Bird’s eye view / at the landing point / crossing the bridge

Oblivion occupies a quarter of the region. It’s rated adult. Oblivion is owned by Dante (Gian Fetuccio) und MAYA (mayamoxie). As mentioned above Megan Prumier built most of it.

From the landing point you have to walk over a long bridge to get to Oblivion which is located on a seperate island. There’s a sign “Trepassers will be violated. Can there be anything more inviting in Second Life, in particular in an adult sim?

Oblivion – The Main Event Dome (1)

On the island are three buildings and a couple of places to cuddle, sit or meet with friends. I called the main building in the center of the island “Main Event Dome”. It is a huge building and has one big round room inside, perfect for events. Along the sides are several opportunities to sit, play billard, expose a slave or sub, meet and talk with friends, read or cuddle. I tried out some of them. Opposed to the entrance in a dj desk, hence i suppose that the dome is or will be used for events.

Oblivion – The Main Event Dome (2)

On the left side of the Main Event Dome is another larger building formed like a cross. The light inside has a green touch and makes it look a bit mysterious. In the center ot the cross is a round meeting place which looks very luxurious, almost like a room in a palace. From here doors lead to the 4 arms of the cross and in each of them is one room with a BDSM furniture in the center of it: A cross, a bird cage, a lounger and a doll cage. I couldn’t resists and tried out each.

Oblivion – The Luxury Playroom

The third building in a small tower which is used as a bathroom. The three buildings are surrounded by a park with several opportunities to sit or talk. The whole scenery looks quite neat and luxurious. It might be a secret club meeting here, maybe a circle of doms who enjoy some time with their subs here … or are there BDSM events celebrated here? I don’t know, yet what I know is that the place excited me and that I might come back to see what happens here.

Oblivion – Bath-Tower and places to sit and meet

Thank you Dante (Gian Fetuccio) and MAYA (mayamoxie) for sharing your place with the public, thank you Megan for building it. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to Oblivion
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/136/112/21
Susann Decuir “Simtipp: Oblivion (Adult)”
https://mein-zweites-leben.blogspot.com/2020/11/simtipp-oblivion-adult.html?zx=e9c0f1915588b964

Art in Second Life 2020 (72) Charly Keeley-Keating – Autumns Glow

I got an invitation to see “Autumns Glow” by Charly Keeley-Keating for Ocotber 24th. I love the colours of Autumn and the picture on the invitation was really stunning. I was prevented going there due to my RL activities, but I went on Tuesday, Ocotber 27th. “Autumns Glow” is showcased in the room “Amalfia” at Dixmix Gallery.

The exhibtion is not large, it consists of 10 pictures. The floor of the room is excellent decorated with objects fitting to the theme: leaves, mushrooms, logs, snags and rakes on brown tiles. The decoration was done by Megan Prumier.

The pictures are just beautiful, very colourful and expressive, almost too beautiful. But I have seen such scenes in the physical world. Charly has the talent to get the right light, angle and perspective to make her pictures. I assume that they are not very much processed. Excellent work!

I hadn’t come across anything from Charly Keeley-Keating (ladycharis) before. Charly is in Second Life for almost 10 years and it doesn’t surprise me anymore that her passion is photography in Second Life: “Life is full of every day stress, worries, and what if’s…and we all handle it differently…..For me its turning images from Second Life into Art I visualize in my mind. Oh and coffee and cookies!! Smiles… 🙂

Charly has a flickr page and there I found a few words that describe her and her pictures almost perfectly: “Painter of thoughts, photographer of dreams…..”

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing at it, and last but not least thank you Charly Keeley-Keating for your great pictures. I enjoyed my visit a lot.
“Charly Keeley-Keating – Autumns Glow” will stay open for visitors until November 20th.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery 2020
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
DixMix Gallery website
https://www.dixmixgallery.xyz/
Charly Keating flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/148853144@N04/

Art in Second Life 2020 (69) “Craving by Moon Edenbaum”

I visited Dixmix Gallery again, which was built by Megan Prumier, and which I came across by the hint of Violet Boa (read here). At the room Abby a new exhibtion was opened on Saturday, October 10th: “Craving by Moon Edenbaum”.

Moon Edenbaum’s exhibition can be tagged with “Sensuality, shadow and light, point of view and monochrome”

Moon is in Second Life for over 10 years. In his profile I read about him: “the more I learn the less I know , SL photographer & soul explorer”

Impressions of “Craving by Moon Edenbaum”

Moon’s pictures are highly erotic. The pictures radiate sensuality as well as a bit of melancholy. As they are in black and white the focus is only on the female body and face. Moon plays very well with shadows and light to enhance his work. You can see a lot more of him at his flickr page here.

Example from “Craving by Moon Edenbaum”

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the DixMix Gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing at it, thank you Violet for the hint and last but not least thank you Moon for your great pictures. I enjoyed my visit. “Craving by Moon Edenbaum” will stay open for visitors until November 6th.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery 2020
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
DixMix Gallery website
https://www.dixmixgallery.xyz/
Moon Edenbaum’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/129645631@N07/

Art in Second Life 2020 (57) DixMix Gallery September/October 2020

I got an invite from Violet Boa to attend the opening of the new DixMix Gallery, which was yesterday, September 19th. As I have other activities in Second Life at night, I couldn’t attend and visited today.

The “new” DixMix Gallery? I didn’t know the old one nor did I have come across DixMix Source, who onws the gallery, before.

Six month ago Dixmix convinced his friend and builder Megan Prumier to build a brand-new Gallery. Everything started with a drawing, became a 3D model and step by step, prim after prim, all has been thought and built to show pictures in the best way and make visitors catch that important feeling. The new gallery has the same surface as the old one, but it looks bigger because space is used differently. On the lower floor are three Photography Gallery Rooms dedicated to three very important friends of Dixmix Source: Amona, Abby and Amalfia (R.I.P.)” (taken from a notecard I got from Violet Boa)

The new DixMix Gallery from outside and first impressions from inside

Megan Prumier is a multimedia artist and very active builder. She’s in Second Life for more than 10 yers. Her skills are extended on the field of photography, mostly portraits on modern, minimal and even surreal Scenes. I did see quite a lot of Megan Prumier’s work already, mostly sims she built or was involved in. Just lately I saw Kiyori (read here) and Voodoo Land (read here). I saw Megan’s art last time at La Maison d’Aneli in Septmber 2019 (read here).

DixMix Source is from Brussels Belgium and is in Second Life for almost 14 years. He always had a gallery. He dscribes himself as “artist, photographer, director, musician and more

The DixMix Gallery has several areas. In the middle of the room is a large party space. There shall be a party every Saturday night. Adjacent to the party zone are the above mentioned 3 exhibtion rooms. The party zone itself is decorated with Megan Prumier’s art and has an open view into the 3 exhibition rooms. On the 2nd foor is a “chill out” area with a café and places to sit and meet surrounded by art of Mistero Hifeng. On the 2nd floor are 2 more exhibtion rooms. One showcases the art of Megan Prumier and of various other artists, one is didicated to DixMix Source’s own work.

Impressions of DixMix Gallery chill-out area (left pictures) / Megan Prumier’s art around the party area

I started my visit in the room Amona, which feature currently the art of Maloe Vansant. Maloe Vansant joined Second Life in 2007, a new world for her who had never played games or joined any social network site:
After creating little Maloe, my barbie doll, my pixel soul, I discovered the possibility of making snapshots and I started to make a graphic diary of Maloe’s journey in Second Life, showing the emotions she experienced in this pixel world. I think I succeeded in doing this by using some post processing in Photoshop. I am not a woman of many words, I try to express myself, my feelings, my passion and probably my dark side through my pictures.“

Maloe Vansant at DixMix Gallery September/October 2020

Maloe says about her exhibition at DixMix GalleryI let the visitor make his own story about them, for me, they thrive on my emotions and feelings of that moment.” Enough said, I think.

The room Amalfia features the art of Edie Horngold. It is the first time I came across Edie Horngold and I couldn’t find much about her. She’s in Second Life for over 11 years and began showing her art three years ago supported and encouraged by DixMix Source. Her pictures are quite artful, mostly showing beautiful female avatars or their faces. Edie adds something artful to them, something that changes the picture and gives it a new meaning, a new story.

Edie Horngold at DixMix Gallery September/October 2020

Cecilia Nansen’s work is shown in the room “Abby”. Cecilia Nansen joined Second Life over ten years ago, but took a long break from it. She returned four years ago and found her passion for pictures and learned how to process them. Cecilia Nansen and Maloe Vansant are close friends. I saw the exhibtion “Phenomenal Women” that both created together, just a months ago at at Itakos Project and Art Gallery (read here).

Cecilia Nansen at DixMix Gallery September/October 2020

Cecilia’s pictures are strictly held in black and white. They show erotic scenes mainly related to BDSM yet very stylish and not at all explicit. In her pictures Cecilia plays with light and shadow to highlight just parts. You can spin your own story around the scenes – highly erotic.

Megan Prumier’s room on the 2nd floor features her own art and some other artists like Bamboo Barnes, ariel Brearly and Del May.

Megan Prumier and other artists at DixMix Gallery September/October 2020

In the center of Megan Prumier’s room on the 2nd floor you find a virtine with an animated dancing figure. I did recognize it immediately as one of Theda Tammas dancers. I saw them at La Maison d’Aneli this summer (read here). Another scene of Theda Tammas is displayed in the center of DixMix Source own room on the 2nd floor. DixMix makes his exhibits on mesh linen clothes. This provides a 3D effect that I never saw before so far, very intriguing.

DixMix Source at DixMix Gallery September/October 2020

Theda Tammas will have an exhibition at DixMix Gallery, opening September 26th, in a seperate skybox called “Womb”. The teleporter is right where you land at the gallery but it is not yet opened.

That’s all about the new DixMix Gallery. It has become a longer entry and I shortened it already quite a lot. There is more information available on the website of the DixMix Gallery.

Thank you Dixmix for providing and curating the gallery, thank you Megan for building it and for contributing at it and thank you Violet for the hint and the information folder. I enjoyed my first visit to the new DixMix Gallery.

Landmark to Dixmix Gallery 2020
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Madori%20Bay/46/213/22
DixMix Gallery website
https://www.dixmixgallery.xyz/

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