Art in Second Life 2021 (62) SOLSTICE – The Dark Side of the Sun by Sophie de Saint Phalle and Luxor Ragnarok

I was invited by Sophie de Saint Phalle (perpetua1010) to attend the opening of her latest exhibtion “SOLSTICE – The Dark Side of the Sun“. It is a joint artwork with Luxor Ragnarok, a German media architect, artist and philosopher.
Unfortunately I missed the opening event, instead I visited a day afterwards on Sunday, June 20th.

The exhibition is in a ultra modern tall building with three floors and a roof top event area. I took a few pictures of the building at daytime to get an impression how it looks. Next to the building is a modern place with high poles and other architectutual elements. The smaller poles of this place glow in the dark. The building itself is a piece of art – in particular when you use the shared environment settings (I assume it’s midnight), where the illumination of the building, the poles and the rooftop event area can fully develop. You should keep the environment settings and turn music on.

SOLSTICE – The Dark Side of the Sun by Sophie de Saint Phalle and Luxor Ragnarok

The exhibition itself extends over all three floors. On the ground floor is an exhibition called “Locked Psychiatric Ward”, that is inspired by Sophie’s work as medical art therapist. In the center is an permanet changing object with several faces that displays short stories about patients in German. At the walls Sophie showcases black and white pictures, portraits of people who are inmates in a psychiatric clinic. It’s a quite depressing atmosphere.

SOLSTICE – The Dark Side of the Sun by Sophie de Saint Phalle and Luxor Ragnarok – ground floor “Locked Psychiatric Ward”

On the 2nd floor are paintings from Sophie’s art collection “RED EXPRESSIONS” displayed in a mystical and almost transparent way. They are combined with light, shadow and sound effects from Luxor Ragnarok. Sphie wrote about it: “Experience art with all your senses and feel how we all are connected in harmony. See art, touch art, feel art, hear art (taste and smell art coming soon in SL *winks*)”
The 2nd floor is a good example how art, that can’t develop just in a gallery, can be presented in a very different way in Second Life making the visit an particular experience. Light, transparency and shadows lifts the artwork to another level.

SOLSTICE – The Dark Side of the Sun by Sophie de Saint Phalle and Luxor Ragnarok – 2nd floor “RED EXPRESSIONS”

The 3rd floor is dedicated to an art performance that was presented at the opening event. The performance had 3 parts: “Trapped – Caught in ourselves, Restrained. Are you comfortable?”, “Fear – What holds you back? What are you afraid of? Why?” and “Release – Overcome yourself. Reveal your reality and enjoy whatever it might be.”
Photos in black and white at the walls were captured by Sophie de Saint Phalle during a Real life performance, the unique Second Life performance (that I didn’t see) was created by Luxor Ragnarok. Except of one picture the photos are hard to see, they are dived into blue light and you can only recognize contours. Sophie told me that the Real Life performance, where these pictures were taken, dealt with breaking free from restraints, with the escape from imprisonment.
In the center is a place with several hooks suspended from the ceiling. The hooks are used for Shibari rope bondage art. The bondage in this case was used to symbolize restraints. I tied myself to demonstrate it (just for the arts! *laughs*)

SOLSTICE – The Dark Side of the Sun by Sophie de Saint Phalle and Luxor Ragnarok – 3rd floor “Escape Performance”

Finally there’s the rooftop, the place of the event after the opening. This rooftop disco is really worth a visit even without any people.

Sophie de Saint Phalle (perpetua1010) is a Austrian RL painter and book author. She mainly paints nude from models and abstract art. She loves to experiment with different kinds of paint and lithography. Her favourite materials are sand, plaster, glue, terracotta, stones, bones, ash, charcoal, natural pigments and more.
Sophie has made several book illustrations and was for many years political cartoonist for a well known satire magazine. She lived and worked in the Unites States, Australia, Rome and Monaco.

Sophie de Saint Phalle (perpetua1010) has an own gallery, The “SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre“. While the Art shown on the ground floor can be purchased directly at site, the art peices on the the first and second floor can be bought at SUBCUTAN Galleries.

SOLSTICE – The Dark Side of the Sun by Sophie de Saint Phalle and Luxor Ragnarok – Rooftop Event Area

Sophie told me that the exhibition “SOLSTICE – The Dark Side of the Sun” by Sophie de Saint Phalle and Luxor Ragnarok should have stayed open for visitors for a couple of weeks. And she intended to redo the performance just for me. Sadly, a few days later the told me that the place and the exhibition are gone unfortuantely –  art in Second Life is temporory! Hence this blogpost is what is left from the exhibition and the event.  It really was worth the visit for Sophie’s art, for the light effects and how the art is showcased and for the ultra modern building.

SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ocean%20Island/136/128/1002
Landmark to “SOLSTICE – The Dark Side of the Sun” (NO LONGER VALID)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Soulmates%20Paradise/190/51/23

Art in Second Life 2020 (81) ESCAPE by Sophie de Saint Phalle

I got an invitation to see “ESCAPE“, a new exhibtion by Sophie de Saint Phalle at her own SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre. The exhibition “ESCAPE” is in a seperate skybox accessible either from the SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre by teleporter pad or directly with the provided link.

ESCAPE by Sophie de Saint Phalle (1)

ESCAPE in showcasing Black and white photos of a RL performance. Sophie de Saint Phalle put a big canvas (4×12 meters) on a stage and painted it in front of the visitors. Behind the canvas 10 professional dancers were waiting to cut the canvas and force their bodies through the openings to symbolize the escape from suppression, humiliation, brutality, disrespect and most of all the escape from indifference. At the end of the performance the canvas was cut into strips and sold.

ESCAPE by Sophie de Saint Phalle (2)

Sophie strongly recommended to keep the region windlight for a visit of ESCAPE which I did. The exhibition is in a square room with openings to the outside. With the preset windlight it is dark and cloudy outside which fits perfectly to the pictures in black and white and the atmosphere is fitting.
The pictures ore not raw photographs but are processed and show how the dancers break through the canvas. I addition the theme “Escape from indifference” is faded in as texts. In one corner is a box that repeats the theme in more lines: “Escape from surpression, Humiliation, Brutality, Stupidity, Empathy, Death”
I got an impression of the RL event, that must have been full of symbols and messages. The exhibition is missing the dynamic of the RL performance but has others strenghts instead that the performance couldn’t have. You have time to look at the details.

ESCAPE by Sophie de Saint Phalle (3)

Sophie de Saint Phalle (perpetua1010) is a Austrian RL painter and book author. She mainly paints nude from models and abstract art. She loves to experiment with different kinds of paint and lithography. Her favourite materials are sand, plaster, glue, terracotta, stones, bones, ash, charcoal, natural pigments and more.
Sophie has made several book illustrations and was for many years political cartoonist for a well known satire magazine. She lived and worked in the Unites States, Australia, Rome and Monaco.
And as I know now, Sophie also makes RL art performances – and ESCAPE showcases another element of her artistic work.

direct Landmark to “ESCAPE” at SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ocean%20Island/53/52/2995
Landmark to SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ocean%20Island/136/128/1002

Art In Second Life 2020 (74) Sophie de Saint Phalle at the Galleries of New Babylon

I got an invitation to attend the exhibtion of Sophie de Saint Phalle at the Galleries of New Babylon. New Babylon is the new location of the former Babylon Berlin Club.

Sophie de Saint Phalle at the galleries of New Babylon (1)

The galleries are in a skybox. It is a modern gallery with two floors, high ceilings and flooded with light inside so that the exhibits can develop their expression.
Sophie de Saint Phalle is formerly known as Sophie Marie Sinclair (perpetua1010) and I have seen quite of her art already. Sophie also owns her own gallery in Second Life, the SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Center.

Sophie de Saint Phalle at the galleries of New Babylon (2)

At the Galleries of New Babylon she showcases parts of her exhibtion “Terra Australis” (read here), some of her more erotic pictures anda few colourful more abstract pictures. So it is a nice selection of her art, there are just her caricatures missing. All of her art just looks great in this environment.

Sophie de Saint Phalle at the galleries of New Babylon (3) – lower left is named “Dicke Dame am Strand” and there’s a copy of it at our home in SL

Sophie de Saint Phalle (perpetua1010) is a Austrian RL painter and book author. She mainly paints nude from models and abstract art. She loves to experiment with different kind of paint and lithography. Her favourite materials are sand, plaster, glue, terracotta, stones, bones, ash, charcoal, natural pigments and more.
Sophie has made several book illustrations and was for many years political cartoonist for a well known satire magazine. She lived and worked in the Unites States, Australia, Rome and Monaco.

The exhibtion of Sophie de Saint Phalle at the Galleries at New Babylon should be open until Mid of December.

Landmark to the Galleries at New Babylon
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Blazing%20Star/218/115/3012
Landmark to SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ocean%20Island/136/128/1002

Art in Second Life 2020 (65) Political Caricatures by Sophie Marie Sinclair

I got an inviatiation for the openening of a new exhibition of Sophie Marie Sinclair (perpetua1010) at her own SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre, Gallery 3, on Friday October 9th. I went there Saturday, October 10th.

Sophie Marie Sinclair is a RL painter and book author. She mainly paints nude from models and abstract art. She loves to experiment with different kind of paint and lithography. She has made several book illustrations and was for many years political cartoonist for a well known satire magazine. She lived and worked in the Unites States, Australia, Rome and Monaco.” (taken from the notecard I got at the Extempore Gallery and Lounge)

Political Caricatures is a quite small exhibtion with 6 double caricatures, all similar in style. They show:
Johannes Adam Ferdinand Alois Josef Maria Marco d’Aviano Pius Fürst von und zu Liechtenstein, Silvio Berlusconi, Angela Merkel, Gaddafi, Barak Obama and Queen Elisabeth II.

A handful of people make the decisions. The vast majority have virtually no control. This is questionable from a democratic perspective, from a pragmatic point of view rather a fortune.

I won’t show all 6 caricatures here in this blog, as it would spoil the fun going there yourself. Hence just one teaser – Silvio Berlusconi

Thank you, Sophie. That’s a nice, small exhibition showing another side of your work, that I didn’t know about before.

Landmark to SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ocean%20Island/136/128/1003

Art in Second Life 2020 (51) Terra Australis by Sophie Marie Sinclair

I got an invitation to see Sophie Marie Sinclair (perpetua1010)’s new exhibition “Terra Australis“. The exhibtion is inside of a cave rezzed in the skies above Sophie’s own gallery space, the SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre. The provided landmark leads you directly into the cave.

Terra Australis by Sophie Marie Sinclair – Exhibition poster and cave from in- and outside

Sophie Marie Sinclair is a RL painter and book author. She mainly paints nude from models and abstract art. She loves to experiment with different kind of paint and lithography. She has made several book illustrations and was for many years political cartoonist for a well known satire magazine. She lived and worked in the Unites States, Australia, Rome and Monaco.
(taken from the notecard I got at the Extempore Gallery and Lounge)

Impressions of Terra Australis by Sophie Marie Sinclair (1)

The showcased pictures of Terra Australis do fit perfectly into the cave. They are kept in earth and sand colours as is the cave. Actually the cave seeded the idea to make this exhibition, as it reminded Sophie of her time in Australia where she could watch the Aboriginals painting. The pictures were created at Sophie’s home though and not in Australia. As Sophie told me, they all are quite large in reality. Sophie has a strongconnection to Australia. In the accompanying notecard of the exhibtion she writes herself:
Since I am a little girl I am fascinated by Australia. While my friends had posters of rock stars and actors above their beds, posters of the Ayers Rock and of Coala bears were found above my bed. Inspired by the wonderful colours of Australia and the magic of Dreamtime I created the paintings shown at my exhibition

The technique is also inspired by how the Aboriginals paint using sand, plaster, natural glue, pigments, terracotta, bones, pulverized charcoal and other natural colours. The motifs sprang from Sophie’s imagination, many of them reminded me of fossils. Just one motif, the lizard that is also on the exhibition poster, is something the Aboriginal would have as a motif too – the tend to paint things seen from above.

Impressions of Terra Australis by Sophie Marie Sinclair (2) – Sophie herself is in the lower right picture

The pictures and the presentation are quite impressive and I enjoyed my short visit and the conversation about the pictures with Sophie herself. Thank you for your art, Sophie!

Landmark directly to the exhibition “Terra Australis”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ocean%20Island/100/131/2504
SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ocean%20Island/136/128/1002

Diary 2020 (75) May 22nd/23rd News from Puddle Whore

Friday, May 22nd, Mistress Jenny was not inworld during the day due to her RL. I went on a simploring tour around lunch time and I was inworld in the later afternoon. Just Zia (Ziahon82) was present and I took her to Heavy Bondage Club. We chatted while watching the crowd and I learned more about her. At some time the conversation was about bondage and her like which gave reason to take off her cuffs and to replace them with an armbinder. And to make it complete I gagged her with some worn panties (Remark: That is why you should always have some worn panties in your bag or pocket *winks*).

May 22nd: Diomita and Zia (Ziahon82) at Heavy Bondage Club / Zia’s basket at home

I had allowed Zia to rezz her basket in our home and she gave me a picture of herself in the basket.

At night we had our regular party again. When Mistress Jenny came inworld I caught up with her quickly and we also talked about a theme for the night. Mistress agreed with my proposal “Pink like the sunset or blue like the ocean – it’s your choice”. This way Zia was already dressed for the party in her pink catsuit. We had fun like always and I chatted a lot while we danced.

May 22nd – Friday night party: Mistress Jenny, Diomita, slave Flo, Angelique, slave BB (Ebony Massey), Zia (Ziahon82), Claven Albatros, Baroness Capelo, Virgo Babii (upper row), Diable (Orson Neutron), Della Randt, Starbright Wingtips, Hotaru Takedo, Claire (maddh4tt3r), Jopy Weber, illa Quan (lower row)

Quite a few days had gone by since I reported about Puddle Whore (formerly known as Kitty Maurer) and her new life. Puddle Whore had sent us a report a few days ago:
Hello Mistress Jenny and Mistress Diomita,
just a quick note to you as somehow the restrictions just changed and Puddle Whore has unexpected access to inventory.
All is well with Puddle Whore. Mistress Amy is restricting Puddle Whore a lot these days. Mistress Alice has also started to get involved in Puddle Whore’s training.  Puddle Whore is displayed in the doll case at Psi’s since two nights ago. Interestingly enough, only Karina, Grace and Jill Ormstein took notice but didn’t say much at all. A few days ago, Ramana recognized PuddleWhore by the hairstyle and made a few comments. She’s also sending you her regards. Aside from that, it seems that Puddle Whore must be invisible or forgotten. After all these years of kicking up dust and making this sim lively, there isn’t even so much as a shrug just because the name changed? Mistress Amy is getting a lot of leverage out of this and Puddle Whore is feeling increasingly helpless.
With love, xox PW

May 23rd: Diomita meeting with Amy (chastitycontroled) and Puddle Whore at Black Widow Academy (1)

Saturday morning, May 23rd, I met with Amy (chastitycontroled) and Puddle Whore at the Black Widow Academy. Amy was just training with Puddle Whore making her more open with a vibe and a butt plug. Puddle Whore tried to say hello to me through her gag and as she hadn’t asked for permission to talk that gave reason for Amy to make her play more nasty. While Amy was playing with the remote for the vib and the plub we sat down and I could inspect Puddle Whore. I admit she made quite some progresses and her body seems well shaped through all the training lessons (actually she got a Maitreya Mesh body).

I had fun watching Puddle Whore’s training. Amy is strict and I could see her fun forming ann educating the Puddle Whore into the kind of toy she desires to have. I stayed for an hour and it ran by quickly. In the end I spanked Puddle Whore myself before Amy brought her back into the vault, “her” vault.

May 23rd: Diomita meeting with Amy (chastitycontroled) and Puddle Whore at Black Widow Academy (2)

I went visiting a gallery in the early afternoon and I was inworld again in the late afternoon. I had a reply from Sophie Marie Sinclair (perpetua1010) to the blogpost about the SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre, that was published that Sunday (read here). Sophie liked the post and invited me over to her gallery and offered my one of her pictures – free choice for me. I picked one, that wasn’t there at the time of my first visit to the gallery: “Dicke Dame am Strand (Fat woman at the beach)”. I had a nice chat with Sophie, then returned home and selected a place for the art. Of course the fat woman had to placed at the beach and I put it up at the wall of Flo’s Heaven.

At night Luci and Zia were inworld and I sat down to talk with them. One after the other dropped in and finally we had a full house again with Mistress Jenny, Angelique, slave Flo, slave Luci, Zia, Seu, Scarlett (mswhiplash) and myself. After some chatting we went to Mesmerize Dungeon. While we were there I filled in Mistress about my day and about the news from Puddle Whore. I tied and locked Scarlett as her outfit almost screamed for being tied and locked (at least to me *winks). Mistress Jenny and I tried to talk with everybody in our group and our hour at Mesmerize Dungeon went over very quickly. We returned home at flotime and said good night to everybody.

May 23rd: Diomita with “Dicke Dame am Strand (Fat woman at the beach)” by Sophie Marie Sinclair (perpetua1010) / Mistress Jenny, Diomita, Angelique, slave Flo, slave Luci, Zia, Seu, Scarlett (mswhiplash) at home and at Mesmerize Dungeon

Mistress Jenny and I did not go to bed immediately. We had a short continuation of our (still secret) roleplay and kept the ball rolling so that it doesn’t cool down. And that’s it about Friday and Saturday.

Art in Second Life 2020 (29) SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre

Following my visit at Eta’s Extempore Gallery and Lounge (read here) where I saw Sophie Marie Sinclair (perpetua1010)’s exhibition “Inspiration in Red”, I visited the SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre, which is Spohie’s own gallery.

SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre consists of several buildings that are arranged around a broad and wide court in the center: The Main Gallery and Multimedia Centre, 3 gallery buildings and a party and event building (cube). In the center is a meeting point and across that is an inforamtion centre under a tent where you can also get a freebie (for joining the group)

The whole setting is ultra modern and the buildings have a modern architecture with a lot of glass for natural light. You find enough areas to party, to meet or for celebrations. I started my visit at the information centre which offers the above mentioned freebie (a handbag with a Lagerfeld likeness) and information about what is shown in the different buildings.

SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre – Information Centre

“Sophie Marie Sinclair is a RL painter and book author. She mainly paints nude from models and abstract art. She loves to experiment with different kind of paint and lithography. She has made several book illustrations and was for many years political cartoonist for a well known satire magazine. She lived and worked in the Unites States, Australia, Rome and Monaco.”
(taken from the notcard I got at the Extempore Gallery and Lounge)

Gallery 1 showns Sophie Marie Sinclair’s art with the title “Emotions in Black and White”. Sophie’s art is not explicit, you always need to look longer and more detailed at them to get the gist, to see the emotion and thus her art has a particular effect on the viewer.

SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre – Gallery 1: “Emotions in Black and White”

Gallery 2 shows Sophie Marie Sinclair’s art with the title “Red Expressions”, which I saw at Eta’s Extempore Gallery and Lounge under the title “Inspiration in Red”, powerful paintings in red with a fantastic 3D-effect.

SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre – Gallery 2: “Red Expressions”

Gallery 3 is was not occupied with an exhibtion on the time of my visit (May 2nd).

The cube is a great place to party and celebrate. Again the space has an ultramodern setting. I had fun looking at the details and in these times the flamingo sign “corona” conjured a smile in my face.

SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre – Cube

I ended my visit at the Main Gallery and Multimedia Centre. In front of it are two sculptures: “Sisters” by Cherry Manga and “Apple Fall ‘Strength’ Fragment” by Apple Pancake. Both sculptures can develop their expressional strength standing alone with the modern environment as backround.

SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre – Main Building with sculptures in front of it, lower right shows “granite art” exhibited around the staircase

Inside of the building is a presentation hall where you can watch movies or other performance art. At the time of my visit, I could watch a video about the “SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre“.

In the Main Gallery and Mulitmedia Centre you find more of Sophie’s art. On the ground floor the exhibtion titled “Yellow Nude Expressions”, which picks up the theme of “Emotions in Black and White”, just in yellow. Again you have to look twice to see persons and emotions, the pictures are a bit more explicit though.

SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre – Main Gallery: “Yellow Nude Expressions”

Around the staircase to the 2nd floor of the Main Gallery and Mulitmedia Centre you find some picture that look like granite, like patterns engraved in granite. On the 2nd floor is again a large corner for events or celebrations in front of a picture titled “Akt Blau liegend” and another exhibition of Spohie’s art with quite erotic, colourful and expressive bodies and faces. I found no title for this part.

SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre – Main Gallery: art on the 2nd floor

SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre is worth a visit and if it is just for the architecture. Sophie Marie Sinclair (perpetua1010)’s art covers several styles yet most of her pictures do express strong emotions and they develop their effect on the viewer who takes a second and third look at them. This effect is also expressed in the name of the gallery centre: subcutan – because the art gets under your skin.

It might have not been my last vist. Thank you Sophie for your art and for creating the SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre. I look forward to seeing more exhibtions.

Landmark to SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ocean%20Island/136/128/1002
video about SUBCUTAN Art Gallery and Multimedia Centre
https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZXT4jc-b6MI