Art in Second Life 2021 (89) “From my bed I dream of life” by SH Tutti

Saturday, August 21st, I had some time left before lunch and decided to visit Second Life Endowment for the Arts SLEA and to see another of the current installations there “From my bed I dream of life” by SH Tutti (secondhandtutti). Her installation is in the SLEA Region 3 and will be available until end of 2021.

Impressions of “From my bed I dream of life” by SH Tutti (1) – at the landing point

You get a notecard before entering the installation. SH Tutti wrote about her installation: “The visions of mortality. The visions of an artist. The dreams of creation.
A bed that floats in the middle (arrival point) over a body of water (emotions) and surrounding it in all directions are images (predominantly 3d) of the artist dreams: The vision of a city made of clouds that leads into a child’s playground of fantastical animal sculptures that leads into a dark cave containing a hint of monsters that leads into a spring nest of revival that leads into the ocean of Summer and LIFE!

Right when you arrive at the bed there’s another text introducing the installation:
My mind is unsettled… my body is not mine, not min this spectacle… no no, not mine this fragile vine. I remember… remember, Images play across the landscape out my window… I remember. And dreams ride the back of clouds, like lightbeams set free to carry me to places beyond me, yet inside me, above me, below me, floating out in all directions… Dreams of life, of creation, emotional capitulations gushing from this body not mine, not mine this viraled thing, lost in a track of time, resolved to watching clouds and dreams and nightmares and what ifs and one days. Oh how they carry me away.

Impressions of “From my bed I dream of life” by SH Tutti (2)

From the landing you can see already quite a lot of colourful objects close by or far away. I walked around a bit and fall …. into the nightmare part. It’s not too scary, a strange faceless person is dancing there and there’s a way out. Moving along in the installation “From my bed I dream of life” is quite easy. You walk (no fly zone) and you get teleported somewhere else when you click on of the wake up signs. This way you can experience the different dream elements of SH Tutti. Alternatively you ride one of the 4 clouds right at the landing spot. Each one brings you to a different area of the installation.

Impressions of “From my bed I dream of life” by SH Tutti (3)

SH Tutti must dream very colourful (unfortunately my dreams aren’t that colourful as much as I am aware about them). Her objects are artful interpretations of places, or fragments of the dreams. There’s a street with rowhouses in different colours, there’s a magic palace with a large dancing area before it. There’s a stage and a quite large auditorium (I assume used for the grand opening on August 16th, 2021).

There’s a circle of rabbits on the top of a rock, there are figures that reminded me of the sculptures made by Niki de Saint Phalle in the physcial world. There’s a colourful board with many geometrical forms and a throne where you can sit – afterwards I saw a sign behind the throne “Get a DNA Download. Have a seat“. Eeeep, someone manipulating my DNA?

Impressions of “From my bed I dream of life” by SH Tutti (4)

There’s a nice love cloud, a big rainbow, a beach with two dancing figures. There’ simply a lot to see and discover. And everything changes permanently, moving clouds, shadows. SH Tutti plays a lot with transparent walls with textures applied to them. I hope that my pictures give an impression of what to expect when you visit – a dreamland, a fantasy, art.

Impressions of “From my bed I dream of life” by SH Tutti (5)

I have come across SH Tutti (secondhandtutti) just once so far back in 2019 when I visited Lyric Art Gallery (read here). SH Tutti (secondhandtutti) is in Second Life sinceSeptember 2017. She says about herself:
I can create things whether people like them or not, it doesn’t matter, for it comes from inside me and for those willing or open to knowing me, they will see who I am through my builds, my art. Welcome to my world!
I hope my artwork will always remain light and joyful, a reminder of the wonder of fantasy. And please do remember I have a human heart, so please be kind.

Impressions of “From my bed I dream of life” by SH Tutti (6)

SH Tutti has had quite a lot exhibtions since she joined SL. If you open the short biography of SH Tutti, that is embedded in the notecard about “From my bed I dream of life” you can get a list. SH Tutti is very active, she has her own blog, her own gallery spaces and showrooms, her own store on the marketplace  and she has a flickr account .

Thank you Tansee for your work for SLEA, thank you SH Tutti (secondhandtutti) for this installation. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to Second Life Endowment for the Arts SLEA
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SLEA7/23/26/55
Direct landmark to SLEA 3 “From my bed I dream of life” by SH Tutti
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SLEA3/128/128/46
SH Tutti (secondhandtutti)’s blog
http://www.SecondHandTutti.wordpress.com
SH Tutti Creations Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Claressa/5/88/41
SH Tutti Artist Showroom @ Carmel Art Community
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/McFarren/85/210/1526
SH Tutti’s store on marketplace
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/203467
SH Tutti’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/159126359@N08/

Art in Second Life 2021 (86) “Nero” by Lex Machine

I have covered Lex Machine (Archetype11 Nova)’s art installation already several time and just lately I saw the intallation “Numb” (read here). Lex told me that he also just had finished another installation at SLEA and gave me the direct landmark to it. The installation is called “Nero” and shall be open for the public until end of September.

Impressions of “Nero” by Lex Machine – overview / view at the landing point / theather and guitarist

Nero” is an artfully arranged installation with objects from other artists and builders. Lex’s artful way to arrange the objects, to combine them, place them into different contexts and backgrounds and to build a relation between them is his particular style (which I like a lot). As for as I found out for “Nero” Lex used art and obejcts from: Rena (guraa), Rebeca Bashly, omronAK (anthonymorfy), Brotherchic (xxalexmodelxx), Chunker Chip Cookie (Jamie Rozenberg), Tah (Tahiti Rae), Alir Flow, Ness (donotgivemyself), Gwen von Aurora (Sweetgwendoline Bailey), Ganja Brune, Bryn Oh, Nams (Nama Gearz), Jogi Schultz (yogijo), Wassa (wassaabii) and Arken Soothsayer. Wow, what a long list and I’m not sure if I got them all.

I made a bird eye’s view of “Nero” and gave most objects a name. At the central landing at SLEA you can grab a notecard about “Nero” and about Lex Machine. In this notecard Lex wrote about “Nero“:
With this arrangement I tried to tell an open ended story of 4 different perspectives: The world with evidence of it’s end standing in front of it and the reaction of being happy to just wiggle the rest of it’s sand to the bottom of the hour glass, it’s dependency upon the virtual realms of sedation and all those oh so cool different masks it lets us all wear, the dichotomy of religion….it’s nurturing nature it’s other dark sides of fear and control, and some sign of hope behind it all. At the center is something more personal…the core of what causes this brain to move in these directions. To know more of those, you will have to ask me personally. I play those truths closer to my own chest.

Remark: The hour glasses are around the guitarist who plays in front of the theater.

Impressions of “Nero” by Lex Machine (1)

Lex Machine asked to play with the environment settings for getting different impressions of “Nero“. I didn’t do that for this isntallation but you can get quite dark or quite sunny and happy pictures when you do, it’s up to you only – so try it!

In his art installations Lex tries to come to terms with his experiences as a combat soldier, with all the misery and hardship, with the violence and with the pictures that are literally burned into his memory. Art helps him (and maybe others) to express his thoughts and to rebuild his life. I personally am always touched and intrigued by his work.

Impressions of “Nero” by Lex Machine (2)

Thank you Lex Machine (Archetype11 Nova) for another great installation. Thank you to Tansee and all others involved for curating SLEA. I did enjoy my visit.

Direct landmark to “Nero” at SLEA Region 4 NE
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SLEA4/131/130/23
Landmark to Second Life Endowment for the Arts SLEA
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SLEA7/23/26/55
Lex Machine (archetype11 Nova)’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sorrythatnameisinuse/

Art in Second Life 2021 (50) Marea2007 Praga – My Surreal World Part 2

I’m more than 13 years in Second Life and although I have quite varied passions in this virtual environment art is for sure a quite big part of it. And I still come across artists I never heard about before although they are very active in Secondlife even longer than me.

For my art afternoon on Sunday, May 2nd, I decided to visit Second Life Endowment for the Arts SLEA and to see another of the current installations there “Marea2007 Praga – My Surreal World Part 2“. Her installation is in the SW corner of Region 4 and will be available until June 30th, 2021.

I got a notecard before entering and this notecard – written by Marea2007 Praga – is that detailed, that I don’t need to write anything more. This makes it a lot easier for me.

The installation My Surreal World, Part 2 (3d Sculptures and Poetry) is the continuation of a previous Project realized in Plusia (My Art Land since 2007), fruit of lived Dreams and States of Mind experienced and reworked now in a Surrealist Key. All the sensations and emotions of love in a dreamlike world expressly created for the liberation from the social conventions and represented with passionate irrationality and spontaneous impulse. The unconscious breaks free and creates a dream world that here finds full representation and reality.

Impressions of “Marea2007 Praga – My Surreal World Part 2” (1)

My love for Art has always had a special attention to Surrealism, which has always been more congenial to my moods and my nature.
This intention is further developed in my current project in Second Life: *Art & Fashion* where I apply my idea of Surrealism with 3d sculptures and a clothing line for female avatars where I combine Real Art (Watercolors, Paintings, Photos, Drawings) with Virtual Fashion.

In this Exhibit realized in SLEA with 3D Sculptures and Poetry (Remark: Poetry is in Italian) I intend to carry out the representation of the freedom of the woman (I don’t consider myself an artist but only a creative person) that leaves the thoughts free to choose which path to take… wandering in art without a destination or look for one or infinite.
It’s also the representation of human freedom more generally: the freedom that is born, evolves, but also knows how to take root and regenerate itself, according to what it feels and wants.
Genesis, constant change and metamorphosis that know accentuate the diversity and that know to shift attention … distorting the common sense, showing us a different reality, a new perspective, infinite new interpretations.

Impressions of “Marea2007 Praga – My Surreal World Part 2” (2)

Eyes, hands, cages, masks, roots, watches and many other symbols .. all images that hover soft removing obstacles, judgments, contingencies, limitations and boundaries.
Surreality, dreams and emotions that dominate and win over all and are timeless…far from any social convention .
The Charm of the Dream, all that exceeds the apparent reality, and touches, crosses and involves aspects unreal, supernatural, ethereal, linked to the subconscious and other worlds and languages.
A journey that I would like to share with those who will come to visit me because…. “the key word is not opening, but sharing”.

Marea2007 Praga

Impressions of “Marea2007 Praga – My Surreal World Part 2” (3): At the entrance you find more information / in the center of the installation is and event area with a creative DJ desk and a chessboard dance area

Marea2007 Praga is the owner and curator of Plusia, a project for the dissemination of the arts since 2007. For ten years she has organized art exhibitions offering free spaces to artists from all over the world, she hosted theater companies, dance and live music and also collaborated with Science On The Road and other cultural initiatives to bring science in Second Life in a comprehensive and simple way.
In recent years she has limited her presence in Second Life due to work and family commitments but still continued to deal with art but with less assiduity. Every year she participates in the Linden Birthday with her personal projects.
Her current projects and all the events and exhibtions she supported can be found on Marea’s website.

Impressions of “Marea2007 Praga – My Surreal World Part 2” (4): The art of Wan Laryukov

In her installation Marea also features another artist – again someone I haven’theard about before: Wan Laryukov. You can teleport or fly to the transparent sepereate platform above the installation. Wan Laryukov presents her 3D and 2D art there. Wan is in Second Life also since 2007 and from her profile I gathered that she is alo connected to Plusia. She owns a gallery named “The Eye Arts”. Another artist and another gallery that I should visit soon.

Impressions of “Marea2007 Praga – My Surreal World Part 2” (5)

I had an enjoyable Sunday afternoon enjoying art and learning about artists, I didn’t come across before. If you have a passion for art and if you like surreal art I can only recommend to visit “Marea2007 Praga – My Surreal World Part 2“. Thank you Tansee for your work for SLEA, thank you Marea for your engagement for the arts and for this installation.

Landmark to Second Life Endowment for the Arts SLEA
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SLEA7/23/26/55
Direct landmark to Marea2007 Praga – My Surreal World Part 2
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SLEA4/121/124/23
Marea2007 Praga’s website
https://plusiaars.wixsite.com/plusiasl
Landmark to Plusia:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Moonville/51/60/21
Landmark to Art&Fashion store:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Moonville/67/75/21
Art&Fashion store on Marketplace
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/83023
Landmark to Wan Laryukov’s gallery “The Eye Arts”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gigli%20Waves/36/206/3102

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

Art in Second Life 2021 (19) Ant Farm Light Gallery by Regi Yifu featuring Bachi Cheng

I visited “Ant Farm Light Gallery” by Regi Yifu at SLEA Region 4 SE.
Ant Farm Light Gallery is a feast for the eyes. As you can see in the overview picture it consists of a long winded tube, almost looking like instestines. You enter it right at where you land and you will be overwhelmed by the colours and lights.

Like the skin of a snake the tubes consists of scales, often in a flamboyant pin, always coloured, and light dances over the scales, providing every changing effects. Once you got accustomed to the lights you enter deeper into the tube. At every curve is a picture that consists of several layers and is blurred, you can just guees what it shows. Once you cet closer the picture gets clear.

The pictures are from Bachi Cheng and show adult scenes, some quite explicit.

Impressions of “Ant Farm Light Gallery by Regi Yifu featuring Bachi Cheng” (1)

Walking in the tube isn’t easy as the colours are intriguing. I aslo bumped into something and was force teleported to another point several times. I do not know if that was intended or just a mulfunction of the experience setting. With all the impressions and the picutres exploring this exhibition is fun and I did enjoy it.

Impressions of “Ant Farm Light Gallery by Regi Yifu featuring Bachi Cheng” (2)

Regi Yifu says about herself: “I am a gregarious bohemian artist from Texas! Here to have fun and meet cool people from all over the world! Love building stuff, making dance effects, and DJing! I also melt glass in my kiln and love to cook. Only boring people get bored!
He’s in SL for more than 13 years, he makes customized gestures and contumized smoke, he has an own store inworld  and on the marketplace, he has a light gallery …. and he is a dj …. and loves to play with light!

Impressions of “Ant Farm Light Gallery by Regi Yifu featuring Bachi Cheng” (3)

Sofi (Bachi Cheng) is in Second Life almost 12 years. She’s, 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.
Sofi (Bachi Cheng) has also her own gallery here.

Impressions of “Ant Farm Light Gallery by Regi Yifu featuring Bachi Cheng” (4)

I enjoyed my visit to Ant Farm Light Gallery. It was fun to walk through the tubes as well with all the effects as to see Bachi’s pictures. Thank you Regi and Sofi for this installation, thank you Tansee for all of your work getting SLEA on the start.
Ant Farm Light Gallery will be available for a visit until end of March 2021.

Landmark to Ant Farm Light Gallery by Regi Yifu featuring Bachi Cheng
at SLEA Region 4 SE
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SLEA4/122/130/23
Regi Yifu’s store Regimade Factory inworld
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/GAY%20ISLAND%20Lagoon/226/220/2001
Regi Yifu’s store Regimade Factory marketplace
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/26852
Regi Yifu’s light gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/GAY%20ISLAND%20Lagoon/37/19/3002
Sofi (Bachi Cheng)’s gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Northfarthing/111/108/602

Art in Second Life 2020 (70) Hexagonia by Amita Duranjaya

On Tuesday, October 13th, I visited “Hexagonia – A Virtual Cyber-Paradise” by Asmita Duranjaya at Hannington Arts Foundation (HAF).

Writing about “Hexagonia – A Virtual Cyber-Paradise” by Asmita Duranjaya” was made easy for me as there’s a text about the artist and a text about the installation on the great board at the entrance.

My Cyber-Paradise is a place for de-celeration, Absolute relaxation and enjoyment of colours, shapes and sounds. Basic shape is the hexagon due to the host place Hannington Endowment for The arts (Remark: nowadys Hanningtion Arts Foundation), which is itself a hexagonian gallery. The hexagon and the hexagonian fractals, the colours teal and violet are typical expressive tools in cyber art.
The conceptiual idea is a paradise in the future, where all religions and cultures are equally respected. Symbos for this background are the bridges with a quote from the basic scriptures of six different religions – whether humans will still exist or not is an open question.
The paradisiac environment is enlivened by two cyber bots and some animals, partly with animesh function, which I am not able to creat myself due to missing hard- and software – so I am giving my credits to EliteDesign, Shephard and Lance.
My thanks go to Tansee and Hannington Yeltentat for providing the space.
Enjoy the paradise, take a seat on the flying insect and do a round trip and play with the horns at the bridges, which play music by touch and can be stopped too. Musical credits go to David Schombert and his ambient composition “L’Exile Des Arbres”.
Play with your windlights, every graphic card is different. Recommendable are: [TOR] SUNRISE – Turtle Island or [TOR] MIDDAY – Precision blue or [EUPHORIA] smoky blue sky.”
(Asmita Duranjaya)

Impressions of “Hexagonia – A Virtual Cyber-Paradise” by Asmita Duranjaya (1)

I tried all recommended windlight settings and to be honest on my hardware it made no big difference which one I used. I had a relaxed visit and enjoyed the views, I flew with the insect and I had a few minutes of meditation. You can really immerse yourself into another (better?) world.

Impressions of “Hexagonia – A Virtual Cyber-Paradise” by Asmita Duranjaya (2) – Quotes on the bridges

I never came across Asmita Duranjaya before – and I’m in Second Life for more than 12 years and spend quite a lot of time inworld. This virtual world is really large and steadily changing, so there’s something new to discover every day.
Asmita Duranjaya is an avatar-artist in Second Life and OS, interested in creating landscapes and virtual environments with fractals and cyber-related forms of expression, with a colour concept and a conceptual topic.
Asmita has organized numerous collaborative shows and solo-exhibitions, was awarded in competitions for virtual art and won five times a LEA-grant (Linden Endowment For The Art). She has been co-founder of Space 4 Art, runds the art-sim interstellART with 15 artists in residence and arranges monthly changing solo-exhibtions and one huge-size collaborative project per year.
Asmita runs a webpage with inforation about the topic cyber-art – here.

Impressions of “Hexagonia – A Virtual Cyber-Paradise” by Asmita Duranjaya (3) – some close-up’s, zooming in provides artful views

Hannington Arts Foundation (HAF), the former HEA Gallery is owned by Hannington Xeltentat and was built by Tansee, who also curates the foundation. Thank you Hannington for providing the space and thank you Tansee for enabling Amita Duranjaya’s installation. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to HAF “The Hannington Arts Foundation at Xeltentat Enterprises”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xeltentat%20Enterprises/132/124/3525
Asmita’s webpage with inforation about the topic cyber-art
http://www.ethnomusicscape.de/cyber/CyberArt.htm
Landmark to art-sim interstellART
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Nice%20Atoll/160/148/20

Art in Second Life 2020 (68) “The Ghosts in My Closets – Cobwebs & Other Thoughts in the Attic” by Ilyra Chardin

On October 8th Ilyra Chardin’s installation “The Ghosts in My Closets – Cobwebs & Other Thoughts in the Attic” was opened at “The Hannington Arts Foundation at Xeltentat Enterprises” (HAF).

Ilyra chardin is an artist and designer, whose work has been featured in numerous installations and exhibits across the grid. Her art work crosses media and styles, spanning from real life and digital to SL art. First and foremost, Ilyra is a story teller. Whether in full SIM, 3D installation, sculpture, or 2D (original mixed media, hand-painted, hand-drawn, and photo) art, she includes multiple layers with depth of meaning. Her work has been the subject of numerous blogs, machinimas, and has been featured on Designing Worlds.” (taken from the accompaying notecard)

I saw Ilyra’s work at La Maison d’Aneli in May/June 2020 where she had an installtion called “The New Normal – The Date”. It showed a little Mediterrean town under the current restrictions (read here)

First Impressions of “The Ghosts in My Closets – Cobwebs & Other Thoughts in the Attic” by Ilyra Chardin

There’s a big board at the entrance of Hive 3 at HAF where Ilyra gives some background about the installion:
Enter the Hall of Giants, also known as Giant’s square. Behind each door, explore the shadows of my imagination expressed in artistic vignettes.
The area behind each door is a self contained, mini art installation. In order to maintain the illusion presented in each of the display, the doors do no open, but rather they are phanton and beckon you walk through and immerse yourself in the story.”

I entered the Giant’s square, a market hall in a medieval style. I really was a dwarf there, but luckily none of the giants was there who could have overseen me and stepped on me. The saw the above mentioned doors on the ground level as well as on the attic And started exploring the seperate installations.

To the left and to the right on the ground are two rooms. One is occupied by a medival giant magician or alchemist, the other by a giant tailor. If these two are ghosts in Ilyra’s closet, what does that tell us? Does she have a particular connection to these professions? Are her parents an alchemist and a tailor? Or did she have bad experiences as a child with them? I guess you can spin a lot of stories about it.

Impressions of “The Ghosts in My Closets – Cobwebs & Other Thoughts in the Attic” by Ilyra Chardin (1)

In the back of the giant’s court are four more rooms. One shows a rubbish dump surrounded by chimneys and plants of heavy industry, another looks like an old mine or underground industry. Both do not look really healthy. In the third room is a grave, more a mausoleum surronded by a peaceful landscape. There’s a passage to the fourth room where you see the entrance to a mine and a ferryman who brings his passengers to the other whore where the graveyard is located.
Again I can only speculate but for me it looks as if the unhealthy environment kills people and workers. Are these the ghosts in Ilyra’s closet? Who knows?

Impressions of “The Ghosts in My Closets – Cobwebs & Other Thoughts in the Attic” by Ilyra Chardin (2)

On the attic are a few more rooms and more to speculate about. THe first room I visited was quite colourful. You immerse into the digital world, between motherboards and chips, between bits and bytes and printed circuits. This isntallation as actually two rooms, one for the hackers and another for the gamers. At least from a pure artistic view, this installation a highlight.

Impressions of “The Ghosts in My Closets – Cobwebs & Other Thoughts in the Attic” by Ilyra Chardin (3)

But all rooms are connected in some way. We just don’t know how. The are pieces of memories, pieces of thoughts, pictures and scences that appear in dreams and nightmares. The last room I visited looked to me like the headquarter of a secret agency on the first glance. Furnished with just the basics for a headquarter: beds, desks, chairs, computers, one toilet and gasmasks. If you cross the room you can walk through another door and come to a desert, very hot with charred trees and one road leading to nowhere and an old van. The scene is quite scary (at least for me)

Impressions of “The Ghosts in My Closets – Cobwebs & Other Thoughts in the Attic” by Ilyra Chardin (4)

Ilyra is a story teller as stated in the accompanying notecard. I outlined my thoughts, the relation to youth and former days, heavy industry and an unhealthy environment on the ground level. The attic is more related to future, to a world dominated by gamers and hackers in a more and more virtual environment while the real environment is almost uninhabitable and humans live in bunkers … or is the headquarter of a secret agency what was my first thought?

Anyway, you have to make up your own story visiting Ilyra Chardin’s installation “The Ghosts in My Closets – Cobwebs & Other Thoughts in the Attic” at Hannington Arts Foundation. It shall be open until the end of this year.

Hannington Arts Foundation (HAF), the former HEA Gallery is owned by Hannington Xeltentat and was built by Tansee, who also curates the foundation. Thank you Hannington for providing the space and thank you Tansee for enabling Ilyra Chardin’s installation. I enjoyed my visit again.

Landmark to HAF “The Hannington Arts Foundation at Xeltentat Enterprises”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xeltentat%20Enterprises/132/124/3525

Art in Second Life 2020 (60) The Crystal Dragon by Cat Boucher

On Saturday, August 29th, I had some time at night unexpectedly. I usually don’t go to live performances at night as I’m busy with my SL family. I went to visit HEA-Gallery. Cat Boucher had an installation there at the HEA Performance Platform, which could be reached by a teleporter.

The Crystal Dragon by Cat Boucher – program / I attended Ryo Sogame

At the platform Hannington endowment for the arts & cool cat’s art music circus presented live performances of music artists. And the platform, the event space was designed by Cat Boucher.

Cat arranged a colourful ensemble of objects around the stage, big light objects looking a bit like mushrooms, glowing flower beds, giant ice menhirs and crystals … all in different colours, yet the main colours were greens and blues.
The platform was huge and the event was visited well, there were around 30 people and I knew at least 10 people, artists who’s work artists I had seen before.

Impressions of The Crystal Dragon by Cat Boucher from Saturday, August 29th (1) – upper right is SoJuKaNoU (Ryo Maynard), lower right is Cat Boucher

Cat Boucher is in SL since 2007. Like myself she was immediately fascinated by the creativity I saw here. Cat started to support live musicians and other artists and built a music circus to hold my events/concerts, a circus without animals but with clowns. She learned to build and to create objects in SL.

Impressions of The Crystal Dragon by Cat Boucher from Saturday, August 29th (2)

The event on that Saturday night was to the music of SoJuKaNoU (Ryo Maynard), a mixture of psycadelic and chill out music with some vocals. SoJuKaNoU (Ryo Maynard) is from Japan and a music geek. Listening to the music you can feel his passion.
The whole stage was flooded with different particles, fitting to the music. I took a lot of pictures. These events are noot static and everybody gets different views – and it is gone again. The whole installation is gone again. What remains are memories and the picture and the good feeling watching art provides.

Impressions of The Crystal Dragon by Cat Boucher from Saturday, August 29th (3)

As the event is over and can’t be reproduced, there’s no landmark, where you could go to see the event yourself. There’s just the hint to watch out for events like this for example at HEA-Gallery.

HEA Gallery is owned by Hannington Xeltentat and was built by Tansee, who also runs the gallery. Thank you Hannington for providing the space and thank you Tansee for enabling the live performances on Cat Boucher stage “The Crytal Dragon”. I enjoyed the show.

Hannington Endowment for The ARTS
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xeltentat%20Enterprises/129/128/3503

Art in Second Life 2020 (55) little boxes by Etamae

The Hannington Endowment for The ARTS (HEA-Gallery) features a new art work of Etamae called little boxes. I have seen a lot of Etamae’s work since I came across her first in 2019 when I visited the Elevat Femdom Lounge & Spa (read here). This year I saw her art at La Maison d’Aneli (read here), I saw Eta’s Feed Your Fetish Gallery (read here), I visited her Extempore Gallery and Lounge (read here) and just lately I saw her pictures at the Plaza Art Gallery (read here). Of course I had also to see her newest work.

“little boxes” is not what I would have expected from Etamae. It is based on a song of Malvina Reynolds (August 23, 1900 – March 17, 1978), who was an American folk/blues singer-songwriter and political activist, best known for her songwriting, particularly the songs “Little Boxes” and “What Have They Done to the Rain.” (source wikipedia)
You can hear the song “Little Boxes” on youtube here.

Impressions of Etamae’s installation “little boxes” at HEA-Gallery, Hive 2 (1)

The installation visualizes the song, the text is written on walls and when you click there you listen to the according stanza. The world of little boxes is colourful just as the little boxes in the song: pink, green, blue and yellow. Every part of the song has its visualisation at the installation. It is funny, almost a bit childish and full of irony. Everything is neat and perfect. That combined with the thoughts that Etamae gives us at the entrance makes “little boxes” a particular experience, something to think about:

Impressions of Etamae’s installation “little boxes” at HEA-Gallery, Hive 2 (2)

As a clear opposition to conformity the “little boxes” song frowns uopn the idea of suburbia, talking about more than just the houses but also about the way a great many people lige their lifes.
Conform, own the ideal house, have the right amount of beautiful children, in.fact, embrace the middle class attitudes fully and strive to he just like your neighbours, but remember, the boxes might be different colour, but inside? Well, they are all just the same.
All around us are institutions that frown upon the creators, the free thinkers, all through the ages it has been easier to conform than not, we put ourselves in boxes as good as any respected system and although “little boxes” challenged convention and conformity of the era that it was composed in that does not mean that it has no established meaning today.

Impressions of Etamae’s installation “little boxes” at HEA-Gallery, Hive 2 (3)

Etamae is from the UK and began transforming her pictures from the things she has seen and loved in Second Life into something else, in digital art in 2018. Etamae is not defined by just one style or area of art, she plays with different patterns and tries herself out in a broader spectrum of art. The current exhibtion at HEA-Gallery proves her attitude to try out different forms of art. She got help from friends to get the necessary building and scripting knowledge – and created something new. Thank you Etamae!

Impressions of Etamae’s installation “little boxes” at HEA-Gallery, Hive 2 (4)

Don’t forget to grab a notecard with more information about the installation “little boxes” and about Etamae at the entrance of the exhibition. The exhibtion shall be open until October 15th, 2020.

HEA Gallery is owned by Hannington Xeltentat and was built by Tansee, who also runs the gallery. Thank you Hannington for providing the space and thank you Tansee from enabling the Etamae’s “little boxes“. I truely enjoyed – and it made me think.

Landmark to little boxes by Etame
at Hannington Endowment for The ARTS
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xeltentat%20Enterprises/129/128/3503
Etamae’s FLickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/157802675@N08/?
Malvina Reynolds “Little Boxes” on youtube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_2lGkEU4Xs

Art in Second Life 2020 (47) FionaFei – “I Had a Dream, and You Were There”

FionaFei is one of the artists that I have featured in this blog quite often already this year: I visited her Shui Mo Gallery (read here), I saw her installation at La Maison d’Aneli (read here), I saw “Impostor” at Sim Quarterly (read here) and I saw her exhibit “Chuanghu (Windows)” at GBTH Project (read here).
When I scrolled through scoop.it SL Destination, I came across her latest installation at Hive 4 at “Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises” (HEA). It is called “I Had a Dream, and You Were There”

Right when you enter the installation you FionaFei gives an explanation for the title and it provides the right mindset for your visit (at least form my visit):
This is and installation about losing someone and missing them. It is a creative manifestation of thinking about someone and wishing that they were here. It dwells on a moment in our greams and wanderings when we feel like someone we lost is with us again.
The artwork is not about any specific person in a physical form depctied in the installation. Instead, personal items are left to be discovered around the exhibit, such as a book or a piece of clothing. After all, we do not always have to see someone to feel them.
I Had a Dream, and You Were There

Impressions of FionaFei’s “I Had a Dream, and You Were There” at HEA (1)

Fiona is Chinese by decent but spent the majority of her life in the West:
I have a fascination with Chinese history and culture, but I often feel like I’m viewing my ancestry through a filter of Americanized information and experiences. Furthermore, my artistic background has been in charcoal and oil painting mediums, and I’ve had very little experience in actual ink-brush painting. Much of my early years were spent painting landscapes and portraits using oil paint on canvas. However, I developed a love for non-photorealism over the years as an artist. In continuation with my love of non-photorealism, I now produce Chinese ink-brush art in Second Life and exhibit my work around the grid.
For more information look up FionaFei’s own website.

Impressions of FionaFei’s “I Had a Dream, and You Were There” at HEA (2)

If you have been to any of FionaFei’s installations before, you’ll recognise her specific style of art immediatiately. You enter an ink brush painting and become a part of it. This time it is a forest. Once you have entered it you can easily get lost in it as the background is melting into the forest. You get lost like you can get lost in your memories.

While you walk around you will notice red spots and getting closer you can see the single items FionaFei has written about: a piece of clothes, a mirror, a bird cage, a book, a bow or a hat. They are placed more or less randomly, just like your memories pop out uncontrolled anywhere. You will also find a bench to sit and to let your mind wander while you become a colourful part of FionaFei’s ink-brush world.

Impressions of FionaFei’s “I Had a Dream, and You Were There” at HEA (3)

Who you will think of and what thoughts will the items and the environment initate in you? You have to find out yourself.
Thank you Fiona, I enjoyed visiting your installation “I Had a Dream, and You Were There”

Diomita at FionaFei’s “I Had a Dream, and You Were There” at HEA

Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises” – despite ist name “Xeltentat Enterprises” is not a commercial sim in any way. It is a peaceful and private area for contemplation and relaxation, and is proud to host artists at The Hive!”
It is owned by Hannington Xeltentat. “Hanningtom Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises” – or short HEA, was built by Tansee, who also runs the gallery.  Thank you Hannington for providing the space and thank you Tansee from enabling the FionaFei’s installation “I Had a Dream, and You Were There”

FionaFei’s “I Had a Dream, and You Were There” at HEA will be open until October 31, 2020

Landmark to Hannington Endowment for the Arts at Xeltentat Enterprises
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xeltentat%20Enterprises/129/128/3503
FionaFei’s Shui Mo Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dreams/149/42/2554
FionaFei’s own website
https://fionafei.portfoliobox.net/
FionaDei’s Flickr:
https://flickr.com/photos/fionafei/

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