Art in Second Life 2021 (60) Visions of Spring 2021 by Nils Urqhart

I visited Visions of Spring 2021, a new exhibtion of Nis Urqhart, currently shown at his own gallery, the Art Gallery Rill’Arts.

It’s not my first visit to the Art Gallery Rill’Arts. From Nils himself I saw his exhibtion “A Winter Tale 2020” at this gallery before (read here).

“Visions of Spring 2021” is an exhibition with about 40 new Real Life pictures that have never been shown before. The exhibition extends over the ground floor and the second floor. There are about 4 themes: macro pictures of blossoms some with insects sitting on them, pictures of blooming flowers, ducks and storks, and farms. All pictures show the high professional photography art of Nils Urqhart. The motifs are selected thoughtfully and for sure it takes time to get a picture of an insect on a blossom – or of a duck eating a small fish.
I liked in particular the macro pictures.

Nils Urqhart (Paul Maurice in RL) is a French photographer in RL. He takes his photos mainly in French Alps and other French mountains (Vosges, Jura, Bugey, Aubrac…). Nils has a lot of exhibitions in different SL galleries every year. You can get a list with all of his current exhibition from the board with his biography, right next to the entrance of the Art Gallery Rill’Arts.
Nils is in SL since December 2007. Since 2010, his photos have been on display year-round at Art gallery Rill’Arts. Nils (or Paul in RL) has an own website where you can purchase his pictures to decorate you RL home.

Nils was present during my visit and he told me that the exhibition shall stay open to the public until September 2021.
Thank you for your art, Nils. I enjoyed my visit and your Visions of Spring 2021

Landmark to Art Gallery Rill’Arts
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Helvellyn/58/206/31
Nils Urqhart (Paul Maurice in RL)’s website
https://paul-maurice.pixels.com/

Art in Second Life 2021 (33) RL Photo Festival 2021

After my visit to “The beauty of moving water” by Nils Urqhart at Kondor gallery (read here) Nils Urqhart invited me to see the RL Photo Festival, which opened it’s doors on March 31st.

It’s the 3rd RL Photo Festival after 2019 with 12 participants and 2020 with 15 participants. The 2021 festival shows the artful pictures and photographs of 18 different artists. Nis Urqhart organized the festival, that takes place in a high-rise building, Helvellyn Gallery, that was provided by Chia (Volchia Ferduccio).

Melinda Yearsley, Sisi Biedermann, CybeleMoon, Nichelle Valois and Bonach Iretons at the RL Photo Festival 2021

On the ground floor, where you land is the dancefloor for the opening party. At one wall you can see a film of the opening party, a board with the participating artists and you can scroll through a book, which presents all 18 artists with a short biography and description of their themes. In the book you also find many links to flickr pages and to galleries of the participating artists. The book is sold for just 50 L$.

Monique Beebe, Orpheus Paxlapis,Fenella Allen and Isabel Soderstrom at the RL Photo Festival 2021

The participants are: Hermes Kondor, CybeleMoon, Viktor Savior, Melinda Yearsley, Fenella Allen, Orpheus Paxlapis, Duna Gant, MonaByte, Arpeggio, Sisi Biedermann, Slatan Dryke, Bonach Ireton, ArtWolf Eternal, Isabel Soderstrom, 4pril, Monique Beebe, Linda Doune and Nichelle Valois.
I saw the work of some of Hermes Kondor, CybeleMoon (Hana Hoobinoo) and Slatan Dryke already in other exhibition. The names of some others sound familiar to me, they had stands at the Chritmas market next to the Art Gallery Rill’Arts (read here). Some others show their work the very first time at the RL Photo Festival.

Arpeggio, Linda Doune, Duna Gant and MonaByte at the RL Photo Festival 2021

The RL Photo Festival provides an overview over many different themes of RL photography: Nature, makro pictures of blossoms and plants, portraits, cities, everyday life scenes, erotic art, black & white photos, animals, gardens, celestial bodies and many more. By the way, the themes are the same for SL photographers. Some photographs are augmented with graphic, others are processed.

4pril, ArtWolf Eternal, Hermes Kondor, Viktor Savior and Slatan Dryke at the RL Photo Festival 2021

To see all the different styles and themes is very enjoyable and you could spend easily many hours at the RL Photo Festival. I didn’t count the photographs but there might be around 200 – hence quite a some to see.
Thank you Nils for the organisation, thank you Chia for providing the space and many thanks to all others who were involved to make this festival come alive. Thanks of course to all participating artists for their work.
The RL Photo Festival will close its doors on April 25th.

Landmark to Helvellyn Gallery and the RL Photo Festival 2021
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Helvellyn/71/233/31

Art in Second Life 2021 (29) “The beauty of moving water” by Nils Urqhart at Kondor gallery

After my blogpost about “Real Life” by Hermes Kondor at Art Gallery Rill’Arts (read here) had been published I had a conversation with Nils Urquart. Nils and Hermes are friends, both share the passion for Real Life photography and both have their own galleries. And while Hermes Kondor’s photographs are shown at Nils’ gallery – Nils’ photographs are shown in Hermes’ gallery.
This led me to visit “The beauty of moving water” by Nils Urqhart at Kondor gallery.

“The beauty of moving water” by Nils Urqhart at Kondor gallery – exhibition poster and impressions of the gallery

Nils Urqhart’s passion are photographs of nature. He captures the beauty, the colours and the atmosphere of nature. As the title gives away already the photographs at Kondor gallery are all about moving water, about waterfalls and creeks. The photographs are really stunning, the colours are very intense and you can almost smell the surrounding fresh air when you look at them. Moving water is always facinating, yet it is not easy to capture the movement in a still photograph. Nils succeeded in that, at some pictures I can see how the water moves.

“The beauty of moving water” by Nils Urqhart at Kondor gallery – Impressions (1)

Nils Urqhart (Paul Maurice in RL) is a French landscape photographer in RL. He takes his photos mainly in French Alps and other French mountains (Vosges, Jura, Bugey, Aubrac…). Nils has a lot of exhibitions in different SL galleries every year. He is in SL since December 2007 and since 2010, his photos have been on display year-round at Art gallery Rill’Arts. Nils (or Paul in RL) has an own website where you can also purchase his pictures to decorate you RL home.

The gallery space at Kondor gallery fits perfect to showcase the photographs selected for the exhibition “The beauty of moving water” by Nils Urqhart. The quiet dark background make the colours even more intense. Each photograph has enough room develop its impression. I personally think, it is a perfect space to display Nils Urquart’s photographs.

“The beauty of moving water” by Nils Urqhart at Kondor gallery – Impressions (2)

The Kondor gallery is – of course – owned and curated by Hermes Kondor. Thank you Hermes for enabling this beautiful exhibtion. I enjoyed my visit a lot.

Landmark “The beauty of moving water” by Nils Urqhart at Kondor gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Waka/225/100/1501
Nils Urqhart (Paul Maurice in RL)’s website
https://paul-maurice.pixels.com/

Art in Second Life 2021 (24) “Real Life” by Hermes Kondor at Art Gallery Rill’Arts

I visited Nils Urqhart’s gallery, the Art Gallery Rill’Arts, the first time end of last year and saw his exhibition “A Winter Tale” (read here). Now I got an invitation to see “Real Life“, an exhibition with RL pictures from Hermes Kondor. The exhibition is on the thrid floor of the gallery, the 1st and 2nd floor were still showcasting “A Winter Tale” when I visited on Saturday, February 20th.

“Real Life” by Hermes Kondor at the 3rd floor of Art Gallery Rill’Arts (1) – exhibition poster and overview

The exhibition “Real Life” by Hermes Kondor consists of 15 monochrome photographs.
Hermes Kondor wrote about himself and his pictures: “Always inspired by the great French photography masters like Henri Cartier Bresson, Robert Doisneau, Jaques Henry Lartigue, or Andre Kertesz, I use my camera to capture all the complex simplicity of daily Life, always with a deep respect, and gratitude to the ones that are the essence of my street photos.
As a former professional photojournalist, street and the reality that passes through my eyes, are the natural subjects of my photos, that I have the honor to share here with you.

“Real Life” by Hermes Kondor at the 3rd floor of Art Gallery Rill’Arts (2)

Hermes photographs are quite opposed to what we see in the virtual world of Second Life, where most of us are young and beautiful. They show everyday life scenes. Some of them are extraordinairy like the view on the spiral staircase or the view on the many balconies of a cruiseship with people who obviously say farewell. First I thought it was the view on an apartment building.
Others capture scenes, people at the beach, in a museum, on the market or a man in his bookstall reading a newspaper.
Honestly I know none of the great French photography masters listed by Hermes, but I like his pictures. Looking at them I immediately began to think about the story behind them, just like photographs should do.

“Real Life” by Hermes Kondor at the 3rd floor of Art Gallery Rill’Arts (3)

Hermes Kondor is from Portugal. He’s a photographer and photojournalist. Hermes has 40 years of professional photography experience. He dealt with the hard reality of real life photography working for a daily newspapers, and as a photographer and photo-edtior in several magazines. He also worked as a teacher of photography and photojournalism.
Hermes is in Second Life for more than 13 years. His pictures can also been seen at his own gallery, the Kondor Photo Gallery, and at his flickr account. Hermes also owns the Kondor Art Center, a place for art, photography and music in Second Life.

Landmark to Art Gallery Rill’Arts (with the exhibition “Real Life”)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Helvellyn/58/206/31
Kondor Photo Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Waka/238/107/1501
Kondor Art Center
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Waka/204/132/241
Hermes Kondor’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/kondor-photo-studio/

Art in Second Life 2021 (2) Nils Urqhart – A Winter Tale 2020

I got an invitation from Nils Urqhart to see his newest exhibition “A Winter Tale 2020” at his own gallery, the Art Gallery Rill’Arts. It is Nils Urqharts 100th (!) exhibtion in Second Life since 2010.

“A Winter Tale 2020” by Nils Urqhart at Art Gallery Rill’Arts (1)

I came across Nils just a few weeks ago at La Maison d’Aneli joined exhibtion of December (read here). The Art Gallery Rill’Arts is a 3 story gallery in a classic building. Outside of the building is an ice rink and a Christmas market with quite some stands. At the stands you find examples of the artwork of 16 other artists that are active in Second Life, quite some of them have been covered in this blog already, namely: Abby Fairlady (Abby Burner), Adwehe, Arty, Bonach Ireton, Duna Gant, Hana Hoobinoo (CybeleMoon), Klaus Bereznyak, Mareea Farrasco, Marylin Breen, Natas Janus, Nils Urqhart, PrettyMiracle, Sisi Biedermann, viktorsavior, Vita Theas and Xirana Oximoxi. Some of the stands offer also gifts.

The Christmas Market next to Art Gallery Rill’Arts

“A Winter Tale 2020” is an exhibition with 50 Real Life pictures taken in the French mountains. They have never been showcased in Second Life so far. The ground floor of Art Gallery Rill’Arts is dedicated to pictures of forests and becks in Winter. The 2nd and 3rd floor are dedicated to pictures taken in higher Mountain areas. Some of them reminded me of the views I get when I drive ski in the alpes (well not this season though for known reasons).

“A Winter Tale 2020” by Nils Urqhart at Art Gallery Rill’Arts (2)

Nils Urqhart (Paul Maurice in RL) is a French landscape photographer in RL. He takes his photos mainly in French Alps and other French mountains (Vosges, Jura, Bugey, Aubrac…). And even if I didn’t come across him so far yet, he has a lot of exhibitions in different SL galleries every year. Nils is in SL since December 2007. Since 2010, his photos have been on display year-round at Art gallery Rill’Arts. Nils (or Paul in RL) has an own website where you can purchase his pictures to decorate you RL home.

“A Winter Tale 2020” by Nils Urqhart at Art Gallery Rill’Arts (3)

Nils was present during my visit on December 21st, 2020. He told me that the exhibition shall stay open to the public until March 2021. But the Christmas market will close on January 10th, hence you have to hurry to see it.
Thank you for your art, Nils. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to Art Gallery Rill’Arts
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Helvellyn/58/206/31
Nils Urqhart (Paul Maurice in RL)’s website
https://paul-maurice.pixels.com/

Art in Second Life 2020 (76) La Maison d’Aneli Nov/Dec

On Wednesday, November 25th, a new exhibtion was opened at La Maison d’Aneli. It features the art of Bebop Xue, Adwehe, Eylinea, Aleallo, Nils Urqhart, DameKlaudia Demonia, Red Bikcin and kjs Yip.

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

I started my visit with the skybox of Bebop Xue. Bebop is a French artist und in Second Life for over 12 years, yet I haven’t come across her before. Bobop’s skybox is devided in 4 rooms, the floor, the walls and the ceiling are animated with a light effects projecting combs on the surfaces and they are permanently changing. Bobop uses kind soap bubbles that rain from nowhere and vanish again. This way there is a steady motion in the exhibition box and the showcased pictures and the few hoovering 3D objects become more static. Her pictures are colourful, are often showing faces or scifi elements and are in my opinion really artful.

With less than 3 years Adwehe is still quite new to Second Life. I saw her art already a few times, twice at La Maison d’Aneli and at VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery. So far I saw always something different, Adwehe is is experimenting with different forms of art and with the possibilities that Second Life offers. The main part of her skybox is filled with a structure of different, mainly black and white and grey transparent layers, sometimes with a touch of blue, with stairs inside. You can walk into the structure and you get different views depending on your position and viewing angle. Inside of the structure several figures are kneeling ..  standing .. they appear and vanish, sometimes you see just one, sometines the other, sometimes none and rarely all. The structure tempts you to stay and try out more views.

 

Eylinea is with 2,5 years also quite new to Second life, and I saw her art before also at La Maison d’Aneli and at VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery. And like Adwehe she’s still exploring the possibilities and trying out new things. Her passion seem to be objects and moving light effects. Her room in the current exhibtion at La Maison d’Aneli is filled with cubes and spheres. While some cubes stay fiexed at their places, the spheres and other cubes are constantly moving around on fixed routes, they turn and they shine and glow, producing different effects. It’s fun watching and letting your mind wander.
Eylinea writes abotu herself in the accompanying notecard: “Photographer, cube juggler, light dresser, tattoo artist apprentice, designer, designer of cardboard furniture and lights, jewellery maker…. dreamer at her own time! To sum it up: creator of lots of things, curious about everything. That’s how I could qualify my sl… and my rl!

Allo (Aleallo) is in Second Life for 4 years. It is the first time I saw his work. Allo makes portrait pictures of people in Second Life. He keeps them im black and white. The showcased portraits at La Maison d’Aneli all seems to tell a story as portraits should do.

I visited the skybox of Nils Upqhart next. It is designed like a classic gallery space, the walls are filled with photographs of landscapes and of some wildlife. The floor is designed fitting to the pictures as a green meadow and there are some opportunities to sit. There are really quite a lot of photographs and they show how beautiful and even lonesome the nature even in Central Europe can be. Some of Nils’ photographs are awesome and capture a very particular atmosphere.
Nils Urqhart (Paul Maurice in RL) is a French landscape photographer in RL. He take s his photos mainly in French Alps and other French mountains (Vosges, Jura, Bugey, Aubrac…). And even if I didn’t come across him so far yet, he has a lot of exhibitions in different SL galleries every year. Nils is in SL since December 2007. Since 2010, his photos have been on display year-round at Art gallery Rill’Arts. Nils (or Paul in RL) has an own website https://paul-maurice.pixels.com/.

Claudia C. Erdesathi (DameKlaudia Demonia) is from France and in Second Life for far over 12 years. She’s a former roleplayer and became a SL photographer and thematic setting builder for her own use. She “creates scenes around many fields of the science-fiction and fantasy: cyborgs, gynoids, Giger style inspired characters, dragons, vampires, etc… and sometimes explores the paths of intimate portraits or special effects with the depths of the technical boundaries…
Her skybox at La Maison d’Aneli is an ancient temple with female statues embedded in the walls and in the center of the temple some angel statues. The four walls of the temple are used to showcase Claudia’s picture … most of them I’d categorise fantasy or scifi fantasy.

I saw Red Bikcin’s art before, the last time in 2018 (read here). Actually one of her pictures is at our home. Red’s skybox at La Maison d’Aneli is colourful and futuristic as I expected it to be. All walls, floor and ceiling are animated with a blue/green starry sky with some fog and clouds moving. There are several animated colourful fractals at the walls and round fractals that even radiate light in form of beams into the room. It is fun to be in Red’s box and just to watch the animations and the every changing impressions.
Red Bikcin is from Spain and in Second Life for more than 13 years (like me). She has her own gallery, the R&D Art Gallery Diotima. Her artworks are especially fractals, although also has made exhibitions with photography and installations.

kjs Yip (aka Jochen Schülpke in RL) is in Second Life for almost 14 years. Since January 2007 he has been dealing with light, color and prim, the basic elements of the virtual world and quite soon began exhibting his art work.
Jochen Schülpke worked for a long time as a TV journalist, wage clerk, photographer, TV editor and cameraman, is now retired. Now he acts with the pictures of kjs Yip from the virtual world. He shows them as collages in the real world. Of course, J. Schülpke is only a representative, an appearance, an avatar of kjs Yip. 😉
His skybox at La Maison d’Aneli is very colourful. In the center is a structure in blue, red yellow, and green that is used as a stairwell to get to a platform within the skybox. At this platform kjs provides some basics about his work. You can downlod three books of him about “Painting with light, colours and prims” or scroll through displayed books. The walls of the skybox are used to display more of his art. I admit, I was impressed – well, I do like colours.

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

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Holland/23/65/22
Landmark to VeGeTaL PLaNeT Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oreo/64/100/501
Art gallery Rill’Arts
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Helvellyn/56/197/30
Nils Upqhart (or Paul Maurice in RL)’s website
https://paul-maurice.pixels.com/
Red Bikcin’s R&D Art Gallery Diotima
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gigli%20Waves/156/241/41