Art in Second Life 2021 (53) Anja’s Surrealism by Anja Neobookie

Dido Haas, owner and curator of the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery invited me to see the June exhibition: “Anja’s Surrealism” by Anja Neobookie.

I had seen Anja Neobookie (Neobookie)’s art at La Masion d’Aneli in January 2021 the first time (read here). And I liked it! For the exhibition there Anja wrote: “I’m a Dutchie who likes to create, discover and explore the creativity inworld. I discovered the magic of making photographs and invite you, by my art, to join me on my trip. My exhibit is an attempt to create the story of myself as I walk Second Life and experience the world and dreams the surround us all.

But what you see of her at the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery is very different. At least I couldn’t recognize that it is the work of the same artist. It’s Anja’s surreal world, or “Anja’s Surrealism”.

The exhibition consists of 18 pictures, which are not connected in anyway. Each picture stands alone, tells an own story (or not). In the accompanying notecard Anja wrote:
Do not try to understand all of the images shown, but just let them affect you. Even after two rounds of wandering, are you able to discover a pattern? Is there a common theme or common thread? Crazy, crazier, craziest seems to be the only connection and thing in common in this colorful collection of ‘Anja’s Surrealism’.
And I hope it gets to you. Whether it is the quantity, the colors, the contrasts – I don’t know. But the longer you walk between them, the closer they get. And a story will develop in your brain that only the viewer can and will understand.
Enjoy my exhibiton
Anja”

Examples of “Anja’s Surrealism” at the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (1)

Like myself Anja is an explorer. She’s amazed and surprised by the beauty of the sims, islands, buildings, objects, nature and landscapes in Second Life, she’s excited about the creativity of the people that make Second Life. Her pictures are not necessarily connected to Second Life. There are elements that you might have seen in Second Life before before but there’re put together in a different way. These objects might initiate a memory of what you experienced in Second Life or in Real Life, might create an idea, a thought, a snippet of a picture. That’s all in the eyes of the spectator.

Examples of “Anja’s Surrealism” at the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (2)

Anja’s pictures are colourful, focused on a few details. And of course they are personal: “My exhibition is an attempt to create the story of myself as I walk through Second Life and experience the world and dreams which surround us all. My thoughts turned into reflections and surrealism!

Nitroglobus Roof Gallery is owned and curated by Dido Haas. It is a great exhibtion space, the mirroring effect of the floor adds a lot to the experience of a visit and higlights the art in a particular way.
Thank you, Dido for providing the space for the art and for enabling the exhibition “Anja’s Surrealism” by Anja Neobookie. Thank you Anja for your art. I enjoyed my visit.

Anja’s Surrealism” by Anja Neobookie shall stay open until end of June.

Landmark to Nitroglobus Roof Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunshine%20Homestead/36/21/1001
Anja (neobookie)’s flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/182110530@N04/
No_ Walls Art gallery by Anja Neobookie
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Yellowmoon/224/7/349

Art in Second Life (43) Nitroglobus Gallery in May 2021

I got an invitation by Dido Hass, owner and curator of the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery to see the gallery’s exhibitions in May: White Canvas by Diconay Boa and Retrospective by Sina Souza

Diconay Boa writes about her exhibition:
People get them for many reasons: for attention, self-expression, artistic freedom, rebellion, a visual display of a personal narrative, reminders of spiritual/cultural traditions, sexual motivation, addiction, identification with a group or even drunken impulsiveness. Our current society craves individuality and self expression. And now many people wear their artistic expression.
Tattoos are especially interesting in the virtual world because of its lack of permanence on a virtual mesh body. But someone talented in the digital arts can really make it look surreal and beautiful.
To me tattoos represent creativity, sensuality and this is what I have hoped to achieve in this study. This exhibit is a study of second life tattoos and my interpretation of the work of some tattoo artists in SL.
This is the reason I call this exhibit a White Canvas, representing the bare skin on which will be imprinted memories, emotions and art. I hope you take some joy from it.

Impressions of White Canvas by Diconay Boa @ Nitroglobus (1)

Diconay Boa is in Second Life for 14 years. Diconay Boa was a model which served as a starting point in fashion production. She began to create poses out of fun. This project soon turned into a shop in 2011, which she named CORPUS. As a result, she decided to focus more on the field of photography. In her RL she completed a degree in product design and made a career in graphic design. She writes: “I’m mostly driven by my mood and my fuel is music, often linked with the work I create.

Impressions of White Canvas by Diconay Boa @ Nitroglobus (2)

I wear 4 tatoos myself. Although there’s the SL magic that you can easily change them I wear mine as part of my existence in this virtual world, one is an intimate tattoo that marks me as Mistress Jenny’s slave wife (actually the only one that ever changed as I wore another tattoo as her Mistress wife before). The three others tattoos on my “canvas” never changed: “Jen’s wife”, a rose on one of my breasts, and another personal tattoo that Mistress Jenny stitched in my skin to mark me as hers. So I fit in well into the above thoughts about tattoos in Second Life

The exhibition White Canvas by Diconay Boa stays open until End of May 2021

The second exhibition at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery is in Dido Haas’ room at the gallery: Retrospective by Sina Souza (sinalein)

Sina writes about her exhibtion “Retrospective:
Retrospective is not an exhibition where I want to show you my previous work. It is an exhibition about struggles in my past, wrong decisions that I have made or experiences that I have gained.
It is a path between depression, strokes of fate and the problem of trusting others. But it’s not just a look back at what’s behind me, it is also a kind of self reflection, a step forward, a way to learn from mistakes and to grow from experiences. Sometimes we need to look back to look ahead.

Sina Souza (sinalein) started with creating images in Second Life in November 2012. She has had a lot of exhibitions, from which I saw just one back in 2017 “Mental Levels” at MetaLES (read here). Actually that was the last exhibtion of Sina Souza before she took a break of Second Life for 4 years. But now she’s back and we can look forward to see more of her art.

Impressions of Retrospective by Sina Souza @ Nitroglobus (1)

Sina’s art is surreal. Sina tries to visualisize thoughts, snippets that come to her mind. Her work is intriguing. One of her pictures summarizes it perfectly: Think outside of the box,

Retrospective by Sina Souza @ Nitroglobus will stay open until End of June 2021

Nitroglobus Roof Gallery is owned and curated by Dido Haas. It is a great exhibtion space, the mirroring effect of the floor adds a lot to the experience of a visit and higlights the art in a particular way.
Thank you, Dido for providing the space for the art and for these two outstanding exhibitions.

Landmark to Nitroglobus Roof Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunshine%20Homestead/36/21/1001
Diconay Boa’s fLickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/diconay_work
Diconay Boa’s website
https://diconayboa.wixsite.com/diconayboa
Sina Souza’s website
http://sinadesouza.wix.com/mindfactory
Sina Souza’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sinalein/
Sina Souza on fineartamerica
https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/sina-souza

Art in Second Life 2021 (27) “I want to show you something” by Venus Adored

On Wednesday, March 3rd, Dido Haas contacted me and told me about the new exhibtion at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery called “I want to show your something” by Venus Adored.

“I want to show you something” was created by Venus Adored, who made projections of the daring, thought provoking RL images by Daantje Bons, a famous Dutch photographer. This way the images, although projected on 2D walls become a 3D effect – light boxes based on RL photography. The boxes are made of light reflections, creating an illusion of depth. It is Mandel Solano also a second life resident, who taught Venus to work with reflections. The effect is even stronger through the mirroring floor of the gallery. Be sure to use either the shared environment of midnight when visiting the exhibtion and enable advanced lighting and projections.

The photographs of Daantje Bons are really quite provocative and in my personal opinion funny. They deal with the female body, with the breasts and the vagina: Flowers held between lips, a chili sliced open, a raspberry on a nipple, an orchid blossom with a tampon. Each photograph and each light box is unique and the add to each other to build a really great exhibtion!
Two quotes of Daantje Bons are highlighted in the exhibition:
“I search what it means to be a woman and how fiminity and masculinity play a role in this”
“It often starts with a feeld or observation. Usually, something that makes me want to challenge it”

“I want to show you something” by Venus Adored @ Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (1)

Venus Adored is in Second Life for almost 12 years. She was a high school teacher of the Dutch language and biology in real life. She recently retired and is now fully enjoying being creative in Second Life. Her greatest passion is making particles with which she occasionally gives shows. Venus regularly works with other creative people to learn from each other and to advance together in the possibilities of making things. I saw her installation “Light Reflections” back in 2017 (read here https://wp.me/psPPu-2jT).

Venus thought that it would be fun to make refections of the RL images of her best friend and art photographer in RL, Daantje Bons. Daantje was enthusiastic about this idea and Dido, curator of Nitroglobis gallery in second life, was enthusiastic as well.
Daantje Bons’ work has been featured in the Netherland’s largest newspapers and magazines such as De Volkskrant, NRC Handelsblad, LINDA Magazine, and &C magazine. Internationally, her work has been published in outlets such as “The Huffington Post”, “IGNANT”, “I-D Magazine”, VOGUE ITALIA, Kurier, FRAME Magazine, and “Refinery29”. You can learn and see more about Daantje Bons at her website.

“I want to show you something” by Venus Adored @ Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (2)

There’s a video from the opening, that provides more impressions of this great exhibtion here

Nitroglobus Roof Gallery is owned and curated by Dido Haas. Thank you for providing the space for the art and for this outstanding exhibition.

Landmark to Nitroglobus Roof Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunshine%20Homestead/38/25/1001
Dido Haas’ blog “Exploring SL with Dido”
http://exploringslwithdido.blogspot.com/
Daantje Bons’ website
https://www.daantjebons.com/home/
Video from the opening event
https://vimeo.com/519407079

Diary 2021 (15) January 30th/31st A quiet and relaxed weekend

Mistress Jenny and I spent two quiet and relaxed hours Suaturday afternoon, January 30th. We went to Puerto Esclava, to Dark Butterfly and to Carnal Intentions. Most of our time we were at Dark Butterfly as there were many people we haven’t seen before and hence it was quite entertaining – and there was some main chat going on to listen to as well.

January 30th: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at Puerto Esclava, Dark Butterfly and Carnal Intentions

Our night began slowly. We first spent half an hour at club Domme a Dome and returned home then for a game of skipee with Flo and Angelique. Angelique was wearing a very nice maid dress when she joined us. She had been modeling for Barbara Reiter-Jewell (Barbara Reiter) and will wear this maid dress when she serves drinks at the opening of a new exhibtion of Barbara. I hope that I can make it to the opening.
After the game we went to Carnal Intentions and we had an entertaining hour together there as there was some main chat going on and we were teased and teased back an “Aunt” there. After Flo and AAngelique had left, Mistress was up for some danger. She locked my arms behind my back and lefft the keys out, then she locked herself and left the keys out and summoned me to club Domme a Domme. Mistress tied to initiate some main cat, but it can’t be forced. She then took me to Puerto Esclava. But we had no success there either and went to bed finally.

January 30th: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at club Domme a Domme, at Carnal Intentions with Flo and Angelique, at club Domme a Domme and Puerto Esclava seeking trouble

Sunday, January 31st, I visited the second part of “American Shot” by Milena Carbone at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery in the morning (read about it here). While I visited I had a private chat with Kitty. She was doing well and enjoyed to wind down in Second Life, at least that morning she hadn’t found any trouble yet. I met Kitty later at the Dairy K Ranch (read about the ranch also here) where she was visiting 971DA (Dana Drezelan). The hucow has a new stall, most probably she wouldn’t fit into her old stall anymore as she got even fatter. 971DA was absent during our visit to her. She can get fatter and milked even when she’s absent *winks*. Kitty and I had fun exchanging about our news and chit-chatting about hucows and the ranch.

January 31st: Diomita and Kitty at Bairy K Ranch visiting 971DA (Dana Drezelan)

Sunday afternoon I spent with Mistress Jenny mostly at cub Domme a Domme just talking and watching. We went home after an hour and met Angelique and Flo, who were playing skipee. When they had finished shortly after we arrived, Angelique had to leave and we just played a greedy with FLo who had to leave also … and it was the time we had to tend to our RL too.

Our night was quite and enjoyable. It started with a really quick skipee. Sometimes the cards are mixed for one, in this case for me. I couldn’t even prevent winning it. We went to Carnal Intentions with Flo in her new outfit and we spent most of the night there with Flo and Faye. We chatted a lot with both. Irene joined us shorty and I unlocked her chastity belt as she told me it was spoiling her fun. We’re not inworld to spoil anyone’s fun. Before Mistress and I went to bed we visited club Domme a Domme again for a bit – hence the picture fore Sunday night begins with us at club Domme a domme and it ends with it.

January 31st: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at club Domme a Domme and with Flo and Faye at Carnal Intentions

Art in Second Life 2021 (11) American Shot by Milena Carbone – Part II

On January 15th I published a post about “American Shot” by Milena Carbone (mylena1992) at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (read here). The Nitroglobus Roof Gallery is owned and curated by Dido Haas.

What is an American Shot? It is a photograph framed from the character’s mid waist to right above their head. It is characteristic of American movies of the first half of the 20th century, at the dawn of cinema, and of the American empire. The exhibtion “American Shot” deals with the rise and fall of an empire, in particular of the American empire. The title has nothing to do with the pictures itself though, that are “Italian shots”, showing full bodies. That’s the educational part of this blog entry *winks*.

With “American Shot” Milena shows us the decay of the Western Empires in 28 images of which 14 were shown until end of January 2021. Milena has changed the images and now the remaining 14 works are showcased until mid of February. The re-opening party is tomorrow – on Tuesday, February 2nd at 12PM SLT.
Moreover, Milena also made a book of this exhibition in which not only all 28 images are presented but also the story she wrote ‘Greatness again and Decadence’. You will find the the book on the table at the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery and can purchase it.

“American Shot” by Milena Carbone – Part II (1)

The 2nd 14 pictures shown right now are also quite large and show people representative for their group, way of life or attitudes, like the one that was selected for the exhibition’s poster – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court’s feminist icon. This picture is named “Humanism is a dissent”. With the floor mirroring the pictures they all become quite expressive. And along with a few thoughts and texts they invite the visitor to spin stories, to connect them with the rise and fall of the American empire, to connect them with the texts.

In the accompanying notecard Milena writes about “American Shot”:
Even before the emergence of civilizations, human beings devoted part of their lives to representing faces. Animals, gods, chiefs, parents. They drew on rocks, they carved masks and statues in pieces of wood, clay or stones. The art of portraiture is found in every work of art. Each era carries its style and its faces. It is accepted today that the portrait is the representation of the absent. Absent God. Absent Master. Absent wife. Father absent. Unknown soldier. Lost friend. Jesus on the cross. Regretted Mary.

“American Shot” by Milena Carbone – Part II (2)

Milena Carbone (mylena1992) 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”), she includes herself in her artwork: “Milena Carbone is a fiction in which, as in any artistic work, biographical and imaginary elements are mixed.” 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.

“American Shot” by Milena Carbone – Part II (3) – The Art Buyer (upper left), Aiien QAnspiracy (upper right), The frustrated housewife (lower left), Secret Service (lower right)

Dido Haas wrote a comprehensive article about “American Shot” in her blog “Exploring SL with Dido“. It includes more information and a video of the exhibtion, that was made by Milena herself.
Thank you Dido for providing the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery and for featuring the two parts of “American Shot” by Milena Carbone. I enjoyed my visit of part 2 as much as I enjoyed the first part.

Landmark to Nitroglobus Roof Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunshine%20Homestead/38/25/1001
Blogpost about Art in Second Life 2021 (5) American Shot by Milena Carbone – Part I
https://themaurers.me/2021/01/15/art-in-second-life-2021-5-american-shot-by-milena-carbone/
Dido Haas’ blog “Exploring SL with Dido”
http://exploringslwithdido.blogspot.com/
Dido Haas about “American Shot by Milena Carbone”
http://exploringslwithdido.blogspot.com/2021/01/american-shot-januaryfebruary.html

Art in Second Life 2021 (5) American Shot by Milena Carbone

I got an invitation from Dido Haas to visit the exhibtion “American Shot” by Milena Carbone (mylena1992) at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery. The gallery is owned and curated by Dido Haas.

What is an American Shot? It is a photograph framed from the character’s mid waist to right above their head. It is characteristic of American movies of the first half of the 20th century, at the dawn of cinema, and of the American empire. The exhibtion “American Shot” deals with the rise and fall of an empire, in particular of the American empire. The title has nothing to do with the pictures itself though, that are “Italian shots”, showing full bodies. That’s the educational part of this blog entry *winks*.

With “American Shot” Milena shows us the decay of the Western Empires in 28 images of which 14 are shown at present (until end of January 2021). Halfway the exhibition Milena will change images and show the remaining 14 works (early to mid February). Moreover, Milena also made a book of this exhibition in which not only all 28 images are presented but also the story she wrote ‘Greatness again and Decadence’. You will find the the book on the table at the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery and can purchase it.

“American Shot” by Milena Carbone” (1)

The 14 pictures shown right now are all quite large and show people in extraordinairy situations or environments, like the one that was selected for the exhibition’s poster. With the floor mirroring the pictures they all become quite expressive. And along with a few thoughts and texts they invite the visitor to spin stories, to connect them with the rise and fall of the American empire, to connect them with the texts.

In the accompanying notecard Milena writes about “American Shot”:
Even before the emergence of civilizations, human beings devoted part of their lives to representing faces. Animals, gods, chiefs, parents. They drew on rocks, they carved masks and statues in pieces of wood, clay or stones. The art of portraiture is found in every work of art. Each era carries its style and its faces. It is accepted today that the portrait is the representation of the absent. Absent God. Absent Master. Absent wife. Father absent. Unknown soldier. Lost friend. Jesus on the cross. Regretted Mary.

“American Shot” by Milena Carbone” (2)

Milena Carbone (mylena1992) 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”), she includes herself in her artwork: “Milena Carbone is a fiction in which, as in any artistic work, biographical and imaginary elements are mixed.” 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.

“American Shot” by Milena Carbone” (3)

Dido Haas wrote a comprehensive article about “American Shot” in her blog “Exploring SL with Dido“. It includes more information and a video of the exhibtion, that was made by Milena herself.
Thank you Dido for providing the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery and for featuring “American Shot” by Milena Carbone. I enjoyed my visit – part 1.

Landmark to Nitroglobus Roof Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunshine%20Homestead/38/25/1001
Dido Haas’ blog “Exploring SL with Dido”
http://exploringslwithdido.blogspot.com/
Dido Haas about “American Shot by Milena Carbone”
http://exploringslwithdido.blogspot.com/2021/01/american-shot-januaryfebruary.html

Art in Second Life 2020 (11) The Meaning of Love by Natalia Seranade

For my art afternoon on Wednesday, March 4th, I first picked the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery from scoop.it SL Destinations. Nitroglobus Roof Gallery is a Second Life gallery that has exhibitions and installations of both emerging and well-known artists and is owned and curated by Dido Haas. Besides the art of Dido Haas herself the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery currently features an exhibition named “The Meaning of Love” by Natalia Seranade.

Natalia Seranade is almost 10 years in Second life. She captures encounters, random incidents and morphs them, using Photoshop, into works of art. Natalia has had quite some exhibtions in Second Life already, yet it is the first that I came across her. She titeled the exhibtion “The Meaning of Love”. Along with a short biography of her you can grab a notecard at the gallery with Natalia’s thoughts about the exhibition:
Love in Second Life is not different from Real Life, it is a relation between two people – it works out happily or it doesn’t. But there are many risks when getting involved in a virtual relationship: ‘the dark side’, as Natalie calls it. She gives just a few examples: “the large amount of people who lie, who pretend to be a person they are not, giving false information, showing fake pictures, etc. People with addictions, people with mental  disorders, people with more that one avatar (ALTs) used for ‘bad’ purposes like spying or harassing, or, used even to have other ‘lives’ with other relationships. People who do ghosting: the practice of ceasing all communication and contact with a partner, without any apparent justification and subsequently ignoring any attempts to reach out or communicate made by said partner.
Behind the screen people tend to show the good and hide their flaws. There are many disappointments.
It seems that everything in SL happens more fast then in RL: some people meet, immediately start a relationship and get married (partnered). However, most of the time a fast start indicates a fast ending. One of the reasons being that in the minds of the partners they create an ideal figure of who they hope to find. This idealization creates expectations and people get hurt when things don’t go as they expected. The mind can turn ‘nothing’ into ‘everything’ and ‘everything’ into ‘nothing’. Love in SL is it real or just a fantasy?”

“The Meaning of Love” by Natalia Seranade at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery

Natalia’s pictures impress through their strong colours. It takes some time to see the details. I was in particular impressed by a picture named “The first filter” showing two persons holding up boards, on one board you find a very common motto in Second Life: SL=SL / RL=RL, meaning the strict separation of the two, on the other board you find the opposite SL=RL. The picture expresses perfectly that people with different attitudes won’t fit unusally and the one who wants to cross the line between RL and SL might be hurted.

“The Meaning of Love” by Natalia Seranade at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (lower right shows the above mentioned “The first filter”

Hurted feeling and fears is the common theme of “The Meaning of Love” but there are also quite some pictures that can be interpreted as joyful. The pictures of Natalia Serenade fit very well in the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery. The mirrowing floor showcase them perfectly and adds another dimension to them. The statues and the other stuff of Dide Haas complete the exhibtion room. Overall, I really liked this exhibtion. Very well done!

The permanent exhibition of Dido Haas’s work at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (1)

In a second room Dido Haas presents her own art. Dido is a photographer, she is the owner and curator of Nitroglobus Hall, as well as a blogger (Exploring SL with Dido). At least right now her permanent exhibition presents erotic portraits and pictures, I assume of herself. Once again the pictures develop a particular strength through the mirror effect of the floor – beside that the pictures are highly erotic in my personal opinion. And they fit perfectly to the current exhibtion “The Meaning of Love”.

The permanent exhibition of Dido Haas’s work at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (2)

Thank you Dido for providing the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery, for featuring “The Meaning of Love” by Natalia Seranade and for your own art. I enjoyed my visit a lot!

Landmark to Nitroglobus Roof Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunshine%20Homestead/38/25/1001
Dido Haas’ blog “Exploring SL with Dido”
http://exploringslwithdido.blogspot.com/
Dido Haas about “The Meaning of Love by Natalia Seranade”
http://exploringslwithdido.blogspot.com/2020/03/the-meaning-of-love-by-natalia-seranade.html