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 (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

The Viewing Room

Voluntary Commitment by Whiskey Monday

Voluntary Commitment by Whiskey Monday

Again I stumbled over a niece piece of art following Inara Pey’s  blog (Living in a modemworld). This time it is about the artist Whiskey Monday. According to Inara her pictures are also available in RL. Here is the link to the blog post of Inara (https://modemworld.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/calling-time-on-whiskeys-shots/). Right now Whiskey’s art can be seen in a gallery at “The Viewing Room” but this gallery might be closed soon, so hurry when you want to see the exhibition. I was impressed by the pictures as well as by the room installations where everyhting is upside down and I placed myself into it.

Dio at The Viewing Room

Dio at The Viewing Room

Happy 1st of May. Enjoy!