Art in Second Life (35) Alice (mostly) Doesn’t Live Here @ The 22 art space in Bellisseria

The 22 art space in Bellisseria, Second Life, is promoting an exhibition “Alice (mostly) Doesn’t Live Here” comprised of visual interpretations of selected Lewis Carroll poems running from April 01, 2022 through June 20, 2022.

Each artist chose one or two poems from a predefined list and created imagery based on their interpretation of the work. The works are composed by artists: Boudicca Amat, Trinity Yazimoto, Whiskey Monday, Ricco Saenz and Randy Firebrand.

Impressions of “Alice (mostly) Doesn’t Live Here” @ The 22 art space in Bellisseria – Boudicca Amat: “Miss May Forshall” and “Only try” / Trinity Yazimoto: “My Fairy” and “All in The Golden Afternoon”

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898), better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English author, illustrator, poet, mathematician, photographer, teacher, and inventor. His most notable works are Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass (1871). He was noted for his facility with word play, logic, and fantasy. His poems Jabberwocky (1871) and The Hunting of the Snark (1876) are classified in the genre of literary nonsense.

Carroll came from a family of high-church Anglicans, and developed a long relationship with Christ Church, Oxford, where he lived for most of his life as a scholar and teacher. Alice Liddell, the daughter of Christ Church’s dean Henry Liddell, is widely identified as the original inspiration for Alice in Wonderland, though Carroll always denied this. Scholars are divided about whether his relationship with children included an erotic component.

An avid puzzler, Carroll created the word ladder puzzle (which he then called “Doublets”), which were published in his weekly column for Vanity Fair magazine between 1879 and 1881. In 1982, a memorial stone to Carroll was unveiled at Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey. There are societies in many parts of the world dedicated to the enjoyment and promotion of his works. (source wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_Carroll)

Although Lewis Carroll may be best known for his Alice character in prose, in the selection of poetry for the exhibition Alice is rarely mentioned. She is hiding in plain sight in one of the images however.

The exhibition consists of 10 pictures. Each picture is dedicated to a poem/text, that you can read just below of the picture. The pictures and the poem are a unit, they fit together. The poem are mostly funny and made me smile, in particular together with the pictures, example given “Brother and Sister” which is the poem for Boudicca Amat’s “Only try”:

“SISTER, sister, go to bed!
Go and rest your weary head.”
Thus the prudent brother said.

“Do you want a battered hide,
Or scratches to your face applied?”
Thus his sister calm replied.

“Sister, do not raise my wrath.
I’d make you into mutton broth
As easily as kill a moth”

The sister raised her beaming eye
And looked on him indignantly
And sternly answered, “Only try!”

Off to the cook he quickly ran.
“Dear Cook, please lend a frying-pan
To me as quickly as you can.”

And wherefore should I lend it you?”
“The reason, Cook, is plain to view.
I wish to make an Irish stew.”

“What meat is in that stew to go?”
“My sister’ll be the contents!”
“Oh”
“You’ll lend the pan to me, Cook?”
“No!”

Moral: Never stew your sister.

Impressions of “Alice (mostly) Doesn’t Live Here” @ The 22 art space in Bellisseria – Whiskey Monday: “Rules And Regulations” / Ricco Saenz: “The Crocodile” and “My Fairy” / Randy Firebrand: “Hmm… A poem about a roast”, “Hmm… A poem about a poem” and “Hmm… a poem about a snappy dresser?”

There are 2 pictures for the poem “My Fairy” which is another example I’ll provide here:

I have a fairy by my side
Which says I must not sleep,
When once in pain I loudly cried
It said “You must not weep”
If, full of mirth, I smile and grin,
It says “You must not laugh”
When once I wished to drink some gin
It said “You must not quaff”.

When once a meal I wished to taste
It said “You must not bite”
When to the wars I went in haste
It said “You must not fight”.

“What may I do?” at length I cried,
Tired of the painful task.
The fairy quietly replied,
And said “You must not ask”.

Moral: “You mustn’t.”

I like the concept of illustrating Lewis Carroll’s poems. It shows what Boudicca Amat, Trinity Yazimoto, Whiskey Monday, Ricco Saenz and Randy Firebrand came to their mind when reading these poems. This way the spectator tries to combine the poem with the picture and reflects what the artist might have had in mind … or comes to a total different interpretation.

The 22 Art space is a gallery in Bellisseria, a continent with many Second Life prime members homes. The gallery is on one of these homes. It is owned and curated by Randy Firebrand and Ricco Saenz. The gallery’s name refers to the Modern Art Week in 1922 in Brazil, also known locally as “The 22 Week”.

Thank you Ricco Saenz and Randy Firebrand for enabling and presenting this exhibition. You guys have great ideas regarding art. I enjoyed my visit.

The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Grenouille/60/35/35

Art in Second Life 2021 (100) “Duet” by Evie and Dutch Ireman @ The 22 art space

I got an invitation for the latest exhibition at “The 22” art space in Bellisseria, that opened October, 2nd. The exhibtion is named “Duet”. It features the art of Evie (Eve Pearl) and Dutch Ireman, a duet of two photographers, couples of images and geminate ideas.

The concept behind it was born more or less by chance. At first, the gallery curators selected four pictures of each artist’s established production and suggested that Evie and Dutch completed the sets of images in a way that would make some sense to them. The results came with a positive surprise: even if each photographer didn’t know who else would join them in the exhibition, they provided the gallery with photos that could be arranged in sets of two. In other words, the concept for the exhibition just emerged from that: there were duets – both of pictures and of ways to think of those photographs.” (taken from the accompanying notecard of the exhibition)

Impressions of “Duet” by Evie and Dutch Ireman @ The 22 art space (1) – on the upper left “Dusk” by Dutch Ireman and “Cosmic girl” by Evie (lower left)

In order to underline that concept, other elements have been placed in the gallery, together with the pictures. They are some daily, common items, that people generally think of as forming duos or tend to see as halves of a certain unit. Of course, there is no intention to draw attention from the photographs to other objects, they are just a detail, a way to actually emphasize the dualism that characterizes “Duet”, the exhibition.” (taken from the accompanying notecard of the exhibition)

The objects are everyday life items, that occur as pairs like gloves, shoes, salt and pepper.

Impressions of “Duet” by Evie and Dutch Ireman @ The 22 art space (2)

Evie (Eve Pearl) and Dutch Ireman were both new artists for me and I couldn’t find our mach about them. If they didn’t know of eachother is it a nice coincidence that both joined Second Life almost at the same time almost 13 years ago – another duet. You can see more of their art on Evie (Eve Pearl)’s flickr  and Dutch Ireman’s flickr pages.

Impressions of “Duet” by Evie and Dutch Ireman @ The 22 art space (3) – on the upper left Ship to wreck” by Evie and “Shy” by Evie (lower left)

The 22 Art space is a gallery in Bellisseria, a continent with many Second Life prime members homes. The gallery is on one of these homes. It is owned and curated by Randy Firebrand and Ricco Saenz. The gallery’s name refers to the Modern Art Week in 1922 in Brazil, also known locally as “The 22 Week”.
Thank you Ricco Saenz and Randy Firebrand for enabling and presenting this exhibition. You guys have great ideas and found an outstanding concept to present Evie and Dutch’s artwork. I enjoyed my visit a lot.
“Duet” by Evie and Dutch Ireman @ The 22 art space” shall stay open until December 11th.

Landmark to The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Grenouille/60/35/35
Evie (Eve Pearl)’s flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/163063355@N08/
Dutch Ireman’s flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/dutch-ireman/

Art in Second Life 2021 (41) “Dialogues: patterns, people” @ The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria

Just recently I reported about Melusina Parkin and her exhibition “Wandering and Watching” at DixMix Gallery (read here). And now there’s another exhibition of her at The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria.

The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria features a “conversation” between the art work of Melusina Parkin and Whiskey Monday. The exhibtions consists of ten photographs of each artist divided in sets that “talk” to each other in the exhibition “Dialogues: patterns, people”.

“Dialogues: patterns, people” @ The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria

Both artists interpret the themes “patterns” and “people”. On the ground floor of The 22 Art Space is one room showcasting Melusina Parkin’s pictures showing patterns and one room showcasting Whistkey Monday’s work about patterns.
On the second floor each artist has one room on the theme “people”

“Dialogues: patterns, people @ The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria” – patterns by Melusina Parkin and by Whiskey Monday

 

In the accampanying notecard Ricco Saenz and Randy Firebrand, the owners and creators of The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria write: “The idea behind “Dialogues: patterns, people” is that the dialogue between Whiskey Monday’s and Melusina Parkin’s productions may underline some characteristics of each set of images. Also, it allows visitors to see the same subjects from very different points of view, recognizing that, though distinct, they can communicate, further enriching themselves.

And indeed it is intriguing to see the different interpretations of the same theme from two different perspectives. And in this direct comparision you see the difference between the two.

“Dialogues: patterns, people @ The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria” – people by Whiskey Monday

For me – and that is only my personal impression – Melusina focuses on minimalism. She finds the right motif within Second Life, motifs that are not disturbed by anything else. Whiskey Monday’s pictures on the other side guide the spectator to focus on the deviant spot of her picture. For example in her picture “Law of Diminishing Returns” with the many balconies and robots standing there, each one in a different pose, there is one human falling down.

The difference is even more obvious looking at the theme “people”. While Melusina takes clear and simple pictures, which seem to be unprocessed, Whiskey has a more artificial approach and presents people in in front of art backgrounds.

I have seen Whiskey Monday’s art work just once so far 2014 at a gallery named “The viewing Room” (read here). Whiskey is in Second Life since 2009. And back in 2014 Inara Pey wrote about her work “Her work is thought-provoking, intelligent, evocative, mischievous, fun, pointed, and more – and all of it is certainly some of the finest expressions of art as a medium for social and general commentary I’ve ever seen. It’s also deeply personal, much of it reflecting on Whiskey’s real life and times in a frank, honest way free from pathos while laying bare her mindset and emotions.” (see here).
Whiskey has flickr account, where you can see more of her work.

“Dialogues: patterns, people @ The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria” – people by Melusina Parkin

Melusina is in Second Life since September 2008. She has been a fashion manager, a journalist, a furniture creator, a builder, a decorator and a photographer. Her work as a photographer has been showcased in more than 50 exhibitions – from which I saw just two. Melusina has a flickr account which counts more than 13,000 (!) photographs. Extensive collections of her photos can be seen also on her blog Virtual Exhibits and on some slideshows on Youtube (links under this post). Melusina has several galleries of her own (links also under this post).

The 22 Art space is a gallery in Bellisseria, a continent with many Second Life prime members homes. The gallery is on one of these homes. It is owned and curated by Randy Firebrand and Ricco Saenz. The gallery’s name refers to the Modern Art Week in 1922 in Brazil, also known locally as “The 22 Week”.
Thank you Ricco Saenz and Randy Firebrand for enabling and presenting this great exhition. I enjoyed my visit a lot. “Dialogues: patterns, people @ The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria” shall stay open until June 26th.

The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Grenouille/60/35/35
Whiskey Monday’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/75351422@N03/
Melusina Parkin’s Flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/melusina_parkin/
Melusina Parkin’s “Second Life exhibits 2011-2019” as a book to read online
https://www.calameo.com/books/005997622f28dd58ca75d
Melusina Parkin’s Virtual Exhibit blog
http://meluphoto.blogspot.it/p/home.html
Slideshows of Melusina Parkin’s work on youtube
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVzglBiqhrOLXnAp3Qt3Zjw
Melusina Parkin’s inworld gallery “Minimum Gallery” and bookstore “Melubooks”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lunula/192/9/21
Melusina Parkin’s Photo Gallery at Time Portal
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Time%20Portal/248/101/1940
Melusina Parkin’s studio at PAC
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cherished%20Melody/38/34/2165

Art in Second Life 2020 (79) Of Bots and Blossoms by Ciottolina Xue

I got an invitation to visit “Of Bots and Blossoms” by Ciottolina Xue at “The 22 art space in Bellisseria“. The name Ciottolina rang a bell. I saw her objects in 2015 in the garden of Fallingwater, Inara Pey’s Second Life interpretation. Fallingwater or Kaufmann Residence is a house designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935 in Pennsylvania. (read my post of 2015 here). But I didn’t come across her ever since – but now.

The exhibition “Of Bots and Blossoms” by Ciottolina Xue at “The 22 art space in Bellisseria” combines two different sets of virtual sculptures by the artist: a garden in which blossoms are associated with the ideas of birth, motherhood and nurturing; and a group of robots in scenes that may be, at the same time, somewhat funny and poetic.

My visit started in the garden. For this exhibtion Ricco Saenz and Randy Firebrand have changed the house that hosts the gallery and selected a one story building. This way Ciottolina’s sculptures in the garden are more visible and the view of the visitor isn’t too much distracted by the house itself. The scuplture “Of Blossoms” show blossoms and babies that are proctected by the blossom itself and by the love of their parents.

“Of Bots and Blossoms” by Ciottolina Xue at “The 22 art space in Bellisseria (1)

The bots that are shown in the exhibition poster can be found at the back entrance of “The 22 art space in Bellisseria“. They really look funny above the porch. They seem to have fun!

Inside of the house you find more bots, yet they are more serious. Two of them seem to be reading, but actually they look at paintings, one is playing with a balloon in the shape of a fish and one is painting the walls in the house. It is surprising that the bots and the sculptures in the garden are from one and the same artist. Cittolina obvioulsy tries out different styles. And although the two themes of the exhibtion “Of Bots and Blossoms” seem to be independant from each other they do fit well together.

“Of Bots and Blossoms” by Ciottolina Xue at “The 22 art space in Bellisseria (2)

Ciottolina Xue is an Italian artist and active in Second Life for over 12 years. Roses like those in this exhibtion are one of her favourite motives. You can purchase her art either in her inworld store [C8] CREAZIONI di CioTToLiNa here or at her marketplace store. And Ciottolina has also a flickr account.

The 22 Art space is a gallery in Bellisseria, the new continent with many Second Life prime members homes. The gallery is on one of these homes. It is owned and curated by Randy Firebrand and Ricco Saenz. The gallery’s name refers to the Modern Art Week in 1922 in Brazil, also known locally as “The 22 Week”.

“Of Bots and Blossoms” by Ciottolina Xue at “The 22 art space in Bellisseria (3)

Inara Pey, in who’s garden I came across Ciottolina Xue’s art wrote also a blogpost about “Of Bots and Blossoms” (read here). The exhibition will stay open until Feb 14th, 2021.
Many thanks to Randy Firebrand and Ricco Saenz for enabling this exhibition. I enjoyed my visit.

Addendum:
After publishing this post I had a conversation with Ciottolina Xue. She told me that the robots in the house are looking at the paintings of Mario Emanuele Degni, who had an own gallery in Second Life. He was a friend of Cittolina and sadly died of an heart attack last month. Hence the exhibtion is also in remembrance of him. And Ciottolina Xue’s recent and future work will include a piece of his art.

Landmark to The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Grenouille/60/35/35
Inara Pey’s blogpost “Ciottolina’s bots and blossoms in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2020/11/13/ciottolinas-bots-and-blossoms-in-second-life/
Ciottolina Xue’s inworld store [C8] CREAZIONI di CioTToLiNa
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lighthouse%20Oasis/36/160/2772
[C8] CREAZIONI di CioTToLiNa marketplace store
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/199291
Ciottolina Xue flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/169593978@N08/
Mario Emanuele Degni’s art
https://marioemanueledegni.com/author/degnimarioemanuele/

Art in Second Life 2020 (53) “5 Times Boudicca” and “Carol Ann” at “The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria”

I got an invitation from Ricco Saenz to visit a new gallery – The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria. The 22 Art space is a new gallery in Bellisseria, the new continent with many Second Life prime members homes. The gallery is on one of these homes. It is owned and curated by Randy Firebrand and Ricco Saenz. The gallery’s name refers to the Modern Art Week in 1922 in Brazil, also known locally as “The 22 Week”. For the inauguration there’re two exhibtions at The 22 Art Space – “5 Times Boudicca” by Boudicca Amat and “Carol Ann”, an installation by Randy and Ricco.
Both exhibtions are opened until October 24th, 2020.

The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria

“5 Times Boudicca” is shown on the ground level.
It is “a retrospective of Boudicca Amat’s art, but one with a very particular intent. By concentrating on five themes – “Pretty”, “Light”, “Chairs”, “Wings” and “Broken” – that seem recurrent in Boudicca Amat’s repertoire, the exhibition allows us to observe her work along the years and explore different faces of her photography. At the same time, it underlines the artist’s consistency: with different subjects, in different years, there is a coherence in the way she treats light (which is one of the themes of the exhibition and also the foundation of the whole project) – and observing that is one of the main objectives of this selection of photos. And, as a bonus, the exhibition brings four new pictures, recently taken by Boudicca.”

Impressions of “5 Times Boudicca” at “The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria” (1)

The 5 themes are in 2 rooms on the 1st and 3 rooms on the 2nd floor of the gallery. Some of the pictures did really impress me and I selected them for this blog entry. As everybody has a different taste and as art does touch us differently and very personal, it is just my personal selection.

Boudicca is in Second Life for more than 13 years. She writes about the exhibition of her pictures at The 22 Art space:
Ricco Saenz and Randy Firebrand’s unique overview of six years of Second Life photography, their selection reveals subtleties, and recurring themes that even I had never realised were there. Their thought provoking vision and passion has propelled a collection of images into an entity richer, more vibrant, and more meaningful than I could ever have hoped for.

Impressions of “5 Times Boudicca” at “The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria” (2)

On the 1st floor of The 22 Art Space there’s also a bar and an opportunity to sit. Next to the bar you find a teleporter to a skybox. In this skybox Ricco and Randy installed “Carol Ann”:
Carol Anne is an experience of enlightenment and extinction, of distance and affection, of ambiguity. In practical terms, the installation is about static non-player characters (NPCs) and what happens to them when an avatar, controlled by an actual person, approaches.”

The installion is in one room full of NPCs. They are static …. but once you want to mingle between them or to pose next to them, they begin to glow and disappear. After a while they reappear. This is funny on one side but also gives an impulse to think. I tried to capture the moment of disappearing in my pictures. I also tried to empty the room by bumping into all of them, but when I was done, the first were reappeared already.

Impressions of “Carol Ann” at “The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria”

Ricco Saenz is from Brazil – hence the idea for the name of the gallery. He’s in Second Life for more than 13 years and partnered with Randy Firebrand. Looking at Ricco’s groups in his profile you can see easily that he loves art in Second Life. The same goes for Randy, who is in Second Life for more than 10 years. He’s from the US.

Thank you for the hint, Ricco. I enjoyed my first visit to The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria. And I enjoyed Boudicca Amat’s art as well as your and Randy’s NPC installation. I look forward to the next exhibtions.

Landmark to The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria – ground level
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Grenouille/60/35/35
Landmark to The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria – skybox
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Grenouille/60/34/2222