Simploring 2021 (18) Valium SL – Hermosa

In January 2021 I visited Valium SL – Marfa (read here). It was the lateast of quite some places created and/or owned by Vally Lavender (Valium Lavender) and sadly this sim is already gone again. With the opening of Valium SL – Marfa I became member of the Valium group and as a member I got an invitation to see the newest installation of Vally – Hermosa, built on a full moderate region. The membership has also the bonus that you can rez props for taking pictures if you like. I visited on Wednesday, April 14th, 2 days before it was opened to the public on Friday, April 16th.

With the invitation I got a notecard from Vally with some information about Hermosa:
Hermosa Tierra means ‘beautiful land’ in Spanish and is a fictional land on the West Texas border of Mexico and Texas (only separated by the Rio Grand River). It is loosely inspired by my impressions of the Big Bend National Park area, over 800,000 acres of desert, mountains, caverns, a vast and diverse range of flora, fauna and terrains. The area is also rich in Mexican and American, specifically Texan, cultures.
A journey to Hermosa will capture your imagination into the story of its land owners, Veleta and her husband Jorge, who were very much soul mates. They lived at the Hacienda La Veleta, spending many happy years together rearing their children, on their beautiful land. Veleta, an artist, spent many hours painting her visions of her lands…..while Jorge ran a successful ranching enterprise.

Hermosa – Bird’s eye view and orientation map

Then one day a terrible drought came and tragically destroyed everything they loved; the land, the canyons, the diverse landscapes, animals. Nothing would grow any longer and the animals starved. Their ranch workers fled but Veleta and Jorge stayed and endured the best they could. This drought lasted five long years and as the drought ended, Valeta and Jorge finally succumbed to illness brought on by the drought. They died peacefully together in their sleep, knowing their love of their land would continue on through their ancestors.
In later years, Veleta and Jorge’s great-great grand daughter returned to La Veleta and found it overgrown and abandoned. She revived the land, making a place for artists to come and work. Painters, sculptors, writers, poets and photographers all come to La Veleta and are able to create wonderful works in this beautiful place, known as Hermosa Tierra. Some artists report that at night they can hear Veleta and Jorge dancing and laughing in the courtyard. Perhaps you will also ….

Impressions of Hermosa (1) – views from the landing point

Art is all around at Hermosa Tierra in a small way. At the Hacienda La Veleta there will be rotating artists from the covers in Flickr group pool. Since that has not begun, there is a ‘Memories of Marfa’ exhibit for the start. At the large barn Vally will feature selected artists from her Empty Chair Gallery.

Right when you land you will feel the heat. I strongly recommend to switch on “Use shared environment” (in Firestorm top menu “World” -> “Environment”). And don’t forget to switch sound on.
The air is filled with dust, the sky looks orange and with the red rocks at least I began to sweat just by looking on the screen. The first view I got was the way ending at the Hacienda La Veleta, blue blooming flowers at each side. Looking around some pueblos built into and onto the red rocks caught my eyes (actually they are off sim). And I saw some cactuses and a horse.

Impressions of Hermosa (2) – Hacienda La Veleta

I first visited the Hacienda La Veleta. At the entrance is a statue from Mistero Hifeng. I remember that I saw an exhibtion of Mistero Hifeng at Vally’s Art Park (read here). As mentioned above there is a small exhibtion with pictures from Marfa by Seb Neox and Hilaire Beaumont inside of the building. Actually I saw only 3 pictures of Marfa – and a few more pictures from Hilaire Beaumont that have nothing to do with Marfa (I think). Both artist were new for me.

Impressions of Hermosa (3) – Art at Hacienda La Veleta / Memories of Marfa / James Dean Forever Young by Hilaire Beaumont (lower left)

After visiting the Hacienda I began to explore the rest of the sim and there’s quite a lot to discover. In particular you find motifs for pictures that you won’t get anywhere else easily. Quite close to the Hacienda you find a corral with some grazing horses and nearby the obligatory windmill – and a water tower (off sim).
I walked back to the the landing and crossed the river. A colourful painted wall caught my attention there. It is part of a small rest area with a campfire and some other art objects. I called it “Art campfire”.

Impressions of Hermosa (4) – the corral, the windmill, the art campfire

There is a second house at Hermosa, a residential house that is fully furnished. There is a café in the outside area. Very typical is the large patio of the house, a great place to retreat during the hot noon hours. If you walk further from there you get to a camp site and to the pueblos.

Impressions of Hermosa (5) – the residential house, the café, the campsite and the pueblos.

And there is one feature that you shouldn’t miss – the large canyon that you can easily see on the bird’s eye view. It feels huge when you walk inside of it and again it really felt being scorching hot. If you have fun riding a horse, there is also a horse rezzer. I rezzed a horse an enjoyed riding it and seeing Hermosa from another persepctive.

Vally also wrote a bit about herself and her motivation for Hermosa in the above mentioned notecard:
There is not much to tell about myself really. Almost all of my entire existence in SL, since 2006, has been about creating beautiful sims, some with, and some without, help from some of SL’s great builders. It has been, mostly, a personal journey I embarked upon to make my SL more enjoyable. If I can share the joy with others, then all the sweeter.
I loved coming up with unique ideas and seeing them come to fruition, and then, as we all do, I started thinking about the next new vision. That is the fun of SL. I think the Valium Sea sim and the Boulder sim have been my most enjoyable thus far. They were very special to me.
And finally, the upcoming Hermosa Tierra project, built this time entirely by me, will be my last for quite some time. Due to real life demands, I lack the stamina required to keep up with major projects as this. I think I deserve a much needed rest and the time to study and grow. Let’s relax on Hermosa for a good long while.

Remark: I visited Valium Sea (read here) and Boulder (read here) in 2020.

Impressions of Hermosa (6) – exploring the canyon / enjoying a ride

Thank you Vally (Valium Lavender) for the gift of sharing this beautiful sim publicly. I hope you can enjoy your sim inbetween your RL demands. I enjoyed my visit a lot, a great sim!

Landmark to Hermosa Tierra
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ValiumSL/82/211/21
Valium SL homepage
https://valiumsl.com/
Vally’s blog about Hermosa Tierra
https://valiumsl.com/?page_id=317
Vally Lavender’s personal flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vally-lavender/
ValiumSL Hermosa flickr
https://www.flickr.com/groups/valium/

Art in Second Life 2021 (42) The Dream Hangover by Suzen Juel

I visited “The Dream Hangover” by Suzen Juel.

The Dream Hangover is an installation by Suzen Juel (Juel Resistance) showcased at Second Life Endowment for The Arts – SLEA, Region 1.

It’s hard to describe what you see, my pictures tell more than I could write. The Dream Hangover is a collection of dream snippets, scenes that you might remember after an intense dream, reflections of what you experienced during the day, exaggerated, surreal, unconnected.
The Dream Hangover is (of course) in a dark environment. Don’t forget to check “Use shared environment”, so that you get the right experience. It is built on an “island”, the ground is blueish with stars and other elements embedded. Nonetheless the installation is quite colourful.

Impressions of “The Dream Hangover” by Suzen Juel at SLEA, Region 1 (1)

There are quite some statues, at least one is from Mistero Hifeng, others are from Suzen Juel herself. And quite many have a television instead of an head. The whole scenery is surreal, as are the single art objects.

Impressions of “The Dream Hangover” by Suzen Juel at SLEA, Region 1 (2)

I saw some of the elements and objects before, like the elefants with the long legs, that I saw in installations of Archtype11 Nova, or the levitating whale. And as you would expect of dream snippets, there are at least 2 clocks and some text snippets hidden.

Impressions of “The Dream Hangover” by Suzen Juel at SLEA, Region 1 (3)

Suzen has also added her 2D art, spread over the installation, showcased on big boards. And there is more…. a cat space ship, a colourful glowing framework, a landed space-capsule, butterflies, a windmill…
As I wrote before, it is hard to describe, you have to see it yourself and who knows, maybe some of the snippets appear in your next dream.

Impressions of “The Dream Hangover” by Suzen Juel at SLEA, Region 1 (4)

I came across Suzen Juel (Juel Resistance) the first time this year when I visited the Artists’ Village at Campbell Coast (read here). Suzen is in Second Life since 2005. Suzen has her own website with an event calendar and more examples of her art and her music. I was quite impressed. In the accompanying notecard, that you get at the central landing of SLEA at the TP point to The Dream Hangover, Suzen writes that she grew up in an artists family and was connected to art and music since her early youth. She has tried almost every technique. And she illustrates children books in RL.

Impressions of “The Dream Hangover” by Suzen Juel at SLEA, Region 1 (5)

Thank you Suzen for this installation, thank you Tansee for your hard work enabling SLEA.
The Dream Hangover” by Suzen Juel will stay available for a visit until June 30th. Enjoy your “dream hangover” when you visit yourself.

Second Life Endowment for The Arts – SLEA
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SLEA7/23/26/55
Direct landmark to The Dream Hangover. Suzen JueL Resistance. Region1
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SLEA1/250/6/21
Suzen Juel’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/suzenjuel/
Suzen Juel’s website
http://www.suzenjuel.com

Simploring 2021 (13) The House that Love Built

I scrolled through scoop.it SL Destinations to pick a destination for my simploring tour on Sunday, February 28th. The entry “The House that Love Built” caught my attention immediately. It is a new installation of Lex Machine (Archetype11 Nova).

Lex Machine (Archetype11 Nova) was formerly known as Schmexysbuddy Resident and created the Hotel California sims, which I visited in 2019 (read here and here). I saw Lex Machine’s installation “Isolation’s Passengers” last year (read here) and his installation Bermuda Locket earlier this year (read here).

The entry on scoop.it SL Destinations led to a post from Inara Pey “The House that Love Built in Second Life“, which I read before visiting myself.

Impressions of Lex Macine’s “The House that Love Built” – overview and orientation map

The House that Love Built” is built on Lex’ own moderate full region Solveig. The landmark description tells a story:
‘I want you to show me your love with a build.’ .. ~My Ana … Thank you Ana. This is because of….and for…you.

Ana, that is Anastasia Falcor (Anastasia Nova), Lex’s partner in SL – and he built “The House that Love Built” for her … and he built it with love!

Spontaneously it is hard to categorize “The House that Love Built“. I was even pondering to publish my post under “Art in Second Life”, yet I sticked with the simploring category. The sim is roughly devided into two parts. The first part, where you land, is the lovely, romantic part with a residential house that might be the house that love built. It is not yet furnished though. On this part you find also a wedding barn, fully prepared for Lex and Ana’s wedding party. It is a really lovely setting.

Impressions of Lex Machine’s “The House that Love Built” (1) – around the landing

On this romantic side of “The House that Love Built” you also find a steamboat, an old school house, waterfalls and a farm, some deers made of stone covered with moss and quite some nice places to sit and cuddle, to enjoy the scenery. You can take great pictures and you can even take a ride on a horse. The rezzer for the horses close to the farm.

Impressions of Lex Machine’s “The House that Love Built” (2) – the wedding barn

The second part of “The House that Love Built” is dedicated to the art. Just like in his installation Bermuda Locket Lex plays again with giant pieces of art, mostly created by Mistero Hifeng, the horses are from wassaabii – but I didn’t check all. The giant horses with the “exploding parts” of their heads and the giant statues can be seen well from the romanitc side and the mixture between a lovely created romanitc sim and the art provides a specific touch to this installation.

Impressions of Lex Machine’s “The House that Love Built” (3) – around the farm

The giant statues are arranged around an old theatre. The whole scene looks af if it is long abandonned, plants have reoccupied the place. Scattered around the sim you also find a lot of cars, some look ready for use, others are just wrecks. Cars are often part of Lex’s sims.

Impressions of Lex Machine’s “The House that Love Built” (4) – the theatre

The House that Love Built” is not just a house, it is a whole sim dedicated to love, a place to dream and a place to enjoy art.

Impressions of Lex Machine’s “The House that Love Built” (5) – the school house, the waterfalls, view from the balcony, “Si scioglie nei tuoi occhi…la Luna” by Mistero Hifeng

Thank you Lex for another impressive installation and in particular for sharing it publicly.

Landmark to “The House that Love Built”
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Solveig/151/123/23
Inara’s blogpost “The House that Love Built in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2021/02/27/the-house-that-love-built-in-second-life/

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/

Simploring 2020 (60) Conall-Vika

For my simploring tour on Thursday, August 20th, I picked Conall-Vika from scoop.it SLDestinations. Conall-Vika is an adult homestead owned by Aurelia (Trin Adasia) and Mad (madflex). The name was derived from the celtic words for strong wolf “Conall” and for flowing water “Vika”.

The landing is on a little high plateau next to a big abandoned white villa, which I have seen in Second Life a few times. The court of this villa is this still used as it offers a nice place to sit and enjoy. What caught my eye immediately is the romantic atmosphere created by the selected windlight and by the selection of plants.

Impressions of Conall-Vika (1) – around the landing point

From the high plateau you can walk down a path if you take the way through the gates. The path contiunes and leads around the whole island. You will find really romantic places to sit and enjoy almost everywhere. I saw some sheep, deers and dogs. I saw sky lanterns and glowing particles that enhance the atmosphere of this lovely place.

Impressions of Conall-Vika (2)

At one end of the island is a café named Babba’s Café. Close to it I saw a statue from Mistero Hifeng. It seems that his art is quite popular and displayed in many sims (also in our own sim by the way). In the center of the island is a big modern residential villa, presumably used by the owners. I camed inside but didn’t go in, although there’s no “private” sign.

Impressions of Conall-Vika (3) – around Babba’s Café

Conall-Vika is a great place for taking pictures and it is a great place to retreat with your loved one. There’re really many nice spots to sit down and to cuddle, be it in tents, in little huts, under a stone arc or at the pier with the sailing boat. I had fun trying out some of these places but being alone on my simploring tour it was just half of the fun. But I enjoyed exploring.

Impressions of Conall-Vika (4)

There’s not much I can add. Conall-Vika is just a great sim to spend an hour or more as a couple. Or for a romantic background when you like taking pictures.

Impressions of Conall-Vika (5)

Thank you Aurelia (Trin Adasia) and Mad (madflex) for sharing your sim with the public. I spent a nice hour exploring it!

Landmark to Conall-Vika
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Zamal/166/205/33
Conall-Vika Flickr
https://www.flickr.com/groups/conall-vika/

Simploring 2020 (23) Obscura Harmonium & Obscura Arboreous

For my simploring tour on Sunday, February 23rd, I picked “Obscura Harmonium” from scoop.it SL Destinations. Obscura Harmonium is a plot of a (moderate) full region. It is connected with a bridge to Obscura Arboreous. Both build one large plot and are owned by Aengel (Angelkitty Skizm) and Phyre (Lotus Wemyss). A flying whale is circling above Obscura Harmonium & Obscura Arboreous adds a touch of fantasy to both places. In the landmark description it is tagged with “Photography, Music, Hangout, Romance, Live Singers

Obscura Harmonium & Obscura Arboreous – bird’s eye overview

Obscura Harmonium is the place I landed, right in front ot a large building, supposedly an opera house from 1852, that is named Obscura Harmonium. At the court in front of building 2 scuptures of Mistero Hifeng caught my eye “Due Minuti” and “Io e Te”. His art is quite unique and easily to recognize.
Inside of the opera house you find a big event area, a bar, more art and you can walk to the adjacent building and enjoy a winter garden. The opera house looks very stylish.

Impressions of Obscura Harmonium (1) – at the landing point / a view inside ot the opera house

Impressions of Obscura Harmonium (2) – inside ot the opera house and in the winter garden

The second building on the Obscura Harmonium parcel is a radio station “OH Radio”. I strongly recommend to have a look inside. The architecture is clearly from the 1920ies or 1930ies with a nice touch of Bauhaus.

Impressions of Obscura Harmonium (3) – OH Radio (upper pictures) and the bridge leading to Obscura Arboreous

Obscura Harmonium is connected by a bridge to Obscura Arboreous, which has a lovely, peaceful and romantic setting. Coming from the bridge you reach a little court with a cafe, a gazebo with another piece of art from Mistero Hifeng (Non potra’  mai finire), another gazebo in the center and a library building. This court is the heart of the Obscura Arboreous community. The court and all the connecting paths are public as well as a very nice place to sit and cuddle by the shore with a prefect view to the lighthouse.

Impressions of Obscura Arboreous (1) – the court with the library (upper and lower left), the cafe and the scupture of Mistero Hifeng, the center gazebo

Aengel (Angelkitty Skizm) writes about Obscura Harmonium & Obscura Arboreous in her profile: “This is my baby, I create it with my bestfriend Phyre. We change it up and add as we find new things to showcase. Perhaps, inspire another creator to make more things we can collect. Come, visit my heart. Stay, and cling to the community that’s budded from ashes.

Impressions of Obscura Arboreous (2) – A place to dream and a place to live

And in Phyre (Lotus Wemyss)’s profile I found this text about Obscura Harmonium & Obscura Arboreous: “Home, Sanctuary. Not always perfect, but perfectly suited for quirkyness. Not a club, just a dream of the possibility of bringing the music culture, art, and fashion together as one. We attemept to provide a place for anyone to use, to present music or art in a fashion that shows the passion behind, the story. The mind. A place to hang out, take pictures, use the facility or crash if you need a temporary home

I enjoyed my visit to Obscura Harmonium & Obscura Arboreous, a perfect time out for a Sunday morning. A place to hang out and dream or just to take a few  (in my case many) pictures. Thank you Aengel and Phyre for keeping up your place and your community.

Landmark to Obscura Harmonium (and Obscura Arboreous)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Heartstring/198/70/31
Flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/groups/4583437@N24/

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

Dio’s 12th year in Second Life Feb 11th, 2019 – Part II

Yesterday, I had my 12th anniversary of joining Second Life.
It has become a tradition for me to write a longer blog post on the occasion of my rezzdays, to have a look back on the last year and to realize the changes in my Second Life as well as the things that didn’t change. Yesterday, I published Part I of my anniversary entry and talked about my closer family and the changes in my family. Today’s part II is about the simploring tours I made in my 12th year.

12 years in Second Life – part II: My simploring tours

Let me start with my simploring tours about art in Second Life. I admire the creativity of artists in this virtual world, I visited galleries like Lyric Art Gallery, La Masion D’Aneli, 20][21 gallery, Rey’s Gallery, Shui Mo Gallery, Milly Sharple’s Fractal galleries, Daphne.Arts and Deva Westland’s Galerie Des Beaux-Arts. I visited and wrote about 7 installations of Cica Ghost, who continues to conjure a smile in my face with every of her funny whimsical creations. I saw fewer art installations since the Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA) is on hold. But some private initiatives luckily provide space or the artists themselves dedicate their own space. Just recently I saw an exhibition of Mistero Hifeng’s art at Valium Creek Art Park. I saw “The Mind Melter” by Thoth Jantzen at VeGeTaL PLaNeT, I saw “Lalawood” by Theda Tammas, Yoon (onyxxe), Iono Allen and JadeYu Fhang at La Maison d’Aneli as well as “Binary Radiation” by Nino Vichan. I saw Twilights Doors by Bo Zano (Bozanonl Resident), “The Outer Garden” by bisou Dexler, “Inferno” by Noke Yuitza, “Avaloir” by Eupalinos Ugajin, Undertones by Oluja (artistik Oluja) and “Delicatessen – Tell Me a Story” by Meilo Minotaur.

Shui Mo Gallery (upper left) / Aneli Abeyante’s art at La Maison d’Aneli (upper right) / Delicatessen – Tell Me a Story (lower left) / INFERNO by Noke Yuitza (lower right)

Since January 2020 the blog has a new category for blogposts about art in Second Life, I won’t categorize old entries though.

I found many cosy and lovely sims where people built their own dreamworld, peaceful and picturesque. You don’t need many prims or a large place for it, Nevgilde Gaard or Black Mire – around hi-cafe are examples for that. Most of these dreamworlds were homesteads: Florence Bay, Authors Point, Secondlife National Park, Maderia Springs, Blaylock Island, Scarlett Isle, Carolina, Broken, Alternate Reality, Fleur Nederland [Dutch], La Digue, Northern Shore – Skärgården, Soul of Dreams … just to name a few. In these sims I spent relaxing hours and enjoyed the views and the peace.

Northern Shore – Skärgården (upper left) / Scarlett Isle (upper right) / Secondlife National Park (lower left) / Black Mire – around hi-cafe (lower right)

Some were really particular. I want to mention Last Dove, a sim like a movie. It’s setting is based on Lonesome Dove, a 1985 Western novel by American writer Larry McMurtry. Last Dove is still open if you haven’t seen it yet. I also liked Kun-Tei-Ner, a sim that provided a scary view into mankind’s future, a place with no land, a city that grew up on a huge mountain of containers filled with broken technological stuff. And just recently I visited the SS Galaxy, the largest cruiseship in Second Life – impressive, in particular when you consider it’s history.

Last Dove (upper and lower left) / Kun-Tei-Ner (upper right) / SS Galaxy (lower right)

Then there were the sims that have a real background, where a place in the physical world was build in Second Life. This way I got a picture, an idea of the real places and my visits gave reason to do a little bit of research. Venice in Italy was one of these impressing places and I spent some time exploring it.
I had never heard about Ukivok before and now I have the feeling that I’ve been there already. I had heard of Huntington Beach before but wasn’t aware of it’s oil industry history. I also had heard and read of North Brother Island, yet I haven’t been there in real life (yet). Now I somehow feel like I’ve been there. I learned a lot about Chesapeake Bay, a place I’ve been to twice in reality already being not aware of it’s history.

Ukivok (upper left) / North Brother Island (upper right) / Chesapeake Bay (lower left) / Huntington Beach (lower right)

I also discovered many places related to my kinky side, to BDSM. That’s another dream you can live in Second Life and I do. Unfortunately some of these places don’t stay long like the Elevate Femdom Lounge, Windhaven or Meadow Rose. Also some adult places, that we liked to visit every once in a while, are gone now like The Apostasy or Angel of Pain’s BDSM island (Remark: Angel of Pain has a successor sim)

Gone: The Apostasy (upper left) / Angel of Pain’s BDSM Island (upper right) / Dungeon at Windhaven (lower left) / Meadow Rose (lower right)

Just recently I discovered Caged Elegance, a club with many member, lots of events and all sort of kinks. I enjoyed my visit to Catena et Cavea, an adult sim that is also really picturesque. Amrum is another place I not only went to for simploring but also for a session with Mistress Jenny when I had a green light. I like in particular the BDSM vacation home there.
We visited The Obliviation Hole RLV Prison of Starbright Wingtips who gave us a full tour. The prison and what is going on there is a regular subject when we chat during our Friday night parties.

Caged Elegance (upper left) / Catena et Cavea (upper right) / Amrum BDSM vacation home (lower left) / The Obliviation Hole RLV Prison (lower right)

Thank you all for building, for creating and for sharing your dreams (kinky or not kinky) with the rest of the community. And please apologize if I did not mention all of my tours, it were simply too many. I did really enjoy all of my simploring tours!

End of part II, tomorrow’s part III will be about the other highlights of my 12th year.

Previous Older Entries