The I Don’t Know Who I Am Gallery, Metis

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the-i-dont-know-who-i-am-gallery_007Earl Dinkin, prolific artist and writer of quatrains, has an eleventh gallery in Metis, The I Don’t Know Who I Am Gallery. It appears to be the most recent, about three months old.  Anyone who travels the mainland widely and often, has likely seen one of the galleries, all unique but with his recognizable work. the-i-dont-know-who-i-am-gallery_001The galleries are usually spacious, running out of land impact availability before room to display art. I’ve never seen Earl Dinkin on my map yet he apparently maintains his spaces well. I wouldn’t even dream of trying to interview him; his Second Life RL bio and his website both state that he doesn’t like to talk. the-i-dont-know-who-i-am-gallery_003The land description states that he’ll have about 90 paintings at this location eventually, adding them as he makes them.  This Canadian poet/artist’s work can easily be found online by searching the name Epic Dewfall.the-i-dont-know-who-i-am-gallery_004A few of the pieces in this gallery are framed and large; much of the art here and in his other galleries are displayed in smaller form as shown two photos above.

I’ve looked at many of them and collected a couple, one for the image and one for the words.the-i-dont-know-who-i-am-gallery_005Most of the work comes from lucid dreaming. I’ve gathered that the dreams have ceased for quite a while, yet he continues to work.the-i-dont-know-who-i-am-gallery_006There are what appears to be catalog pages of stamp sized pieces here and in some of the other galleries. At first they look to be numbered by years; the numbers go to 2034. the-i-dont-know-who-i-am-gallery_001Art is displayed on trees at this location but they can more easily be seen elsewhere.the-i-dont-know-who-i-am-gallery_008Many of the galleries, including this one, are near water. I intend to post about more of them in the weeks and months ahead. The white pillars seen above have changing quatrains floating above them.

In the upper right of the above photo is the POST/Skyline Drive – Retro Cantilever House by Van Auster, one of the few times I’ve seen it in use in the places accessible to me. Here, it’s part of the gallery and open to the public.the-i-dont-know-who-i-am-gallery_010It’s been made into a flat for the ghost of Emily Dickinson to live in.the-i-dont-know-who-i-am-gallery_011The LM for the gallery, as shared in Mr Dinkin’s profile feed, will have you arriving here in the flat. It’s a pleasant place to sit and do some work, such as blogging.  the-i-dont-know-who-i-am-gallery_009

Venta Silurum

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vs-2I’d intended to have a quick look around Venta Silurum and instead found myself lingering, looking at the variety of areas.

“Venta Silurum was a town in the Roman province of Britannia or Britain. Today it consists of remains in the village of Caerwent in South east Wales.”vs-1There were several info boards at the landing, a couple appeared to be links to a store or event; the third was in regard to a photo contest with linden prizes, ending the 30th of September. Signposts offer the group joiner and the guidelines to the sim.

I was encouraged to move along by the boisterous sounds of farm animals.vs-3Given a choice of directions to explore, I went to the beach first and then climbed up to the ruins. I kept the region light setting but lightened the exposure on these photos. There are no teleport helpers to the various areas because the sim creators want avatars to wander on foot. Fortunately flying is allowed which I often find necessary for photography. vs-5After enjoying the ruins, I walked through the cave shown in the first photo here. There are indeed a variety of areas to explore and with the high traffic the sim is experiencing it didn’t feel crowded at all. The guidelines state there are estate managers to assist with any problems and they were in attendance the several times I’ve visited.

Past the traveler caravans I arrived at another area of ruins which looked lovely in this setting. vs-6This is the sort of landscape my physical alt enjoys being in, in her world.

The flying helped again when I got stuck under some rocks attempting to navigate the steps above the statue in the waterfall.vs-7 I found a camping area amidst the remains of an old, downed plane.   

“Venta Silurum, is an open sim created for adventure and photography. We hope you enjoy your time here.”

There is a Flickr group and there may be events held from time to time to help fund any slight alterations to the landscape or adventures the sim creators would like to make.

Unwriting 1: The Twig Oracle

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the-twig-oracle_001The Twig Oracle, by Klaus Bereznyak, is currently on exhibition at Wanderlust Cafe in Quentin.  From the notecard obtained by clicking on the white info piece:

The series currently holds 8 naturally-occurring glyphs, taken from the forest floor and scanned on a flatbed scanner to create the image.

1. Divided Way
2. The Bow
3. The Sickle
4. The Third Way
5. Tau
6. Fe
7. Waw
8. Dancing Figure

Clicking on each photo delivers a notecarded oracle. My personal favorite is The Sickle. One approach could be to first select the image most compelling and then to read the others for their added wisdom.

The images are available for a modest price that makes collecting the set very affordable.the-twig-oracle_002“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not teach learning and precepts, they teach, undeterred by precepts, the ancient laws of life.” ~ Herman Hesse

 

Art in Virtual Worlds Exhibit ~ Metaphor Reflections

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cvl_001 The Community Virtual Library in Second Life presents an exhibit of art work in virtual worlds during the fall of 2016.

The Grand Opening of the exhibit is Monday, September 12th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. SLT, when some of the artists will share about virtual world art in either text or voice. It will be held at the CVL Exhibit Space, Bradley University.

The photo above shows art by Eleseren Brianna.cvl_002

Some photographs by Alex Avion are show above with an animated piece by Elle Thorkveld to the right.

On Saturday, October 8th at 9:00 a.m. SLT a second presentation by some of the participants will be given.  The exhibit runs from September 12th through November 15th.cvl_003There are two levels of the exhibit space with navigation between the levels via rope climbing.

Wearable Art Celebration Party
Wednesday October 12th 6pm SLT
“Wear something artistic and join us for a celebration of virtual world art. Network with other artists, educators, librarians, and friends to connect and share art with virtual world communities.”cvl_004

Art by Indea Vaher shown above.

Participants include: Eleseren Brianna, Alex Avion, Derry McMahon, Lucia Tophat, Sheba Blitz, Camellia (captainofmysoul), Aradia Aridian, Capcat Ragu, Bryn Oh, Uleria Caramel, JolieElle, Johannes1977, Sparky Mandelbrot, ZeniaBastet, Ceakay Ballyhoo, Hana Hoo, Marly Milena, Pearl Grey, Indea Vaher, Asmita Duran Jaya, Professor Bimbogami and Dancoyote Antonellie.

There are links to galleries, websites, LEA installations, Flickr accounts and other trails to follow.

Valibrarian Gregg is the President of Community Virtual Library.

Arranmore

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arranmore_027Recently I made a second, more thorough visit to Arranmore. At the entrance landing I was offered a rules and info notecard and an Arranmore flashlight. There were the usual avatars standing in place and some running around but it wasn’t as crowded as my first visit. arranmore_003After first noticing it’s a kind of sim I like to explore and photograph, I noted that I experienced less lag than I usually do on mesh-heavy designer sims. Some things in the house did become blurry and distorted but came back into focus when I moved around.arranmore_005The info notecard gives some tips for settings on the Lab viewer and Firestorm and also for use of the flashlight. The flashlight is one of the best this avatar has received in a while.

There is a group that can be joined for a reasonable fee to temporarily rez objects and also a Flickr group to share photos of the sim. It’s recommended to turn the sound up, which I did, and that adds greatly to the experience, especially the sounds of someone running rapidly up behind me.arranmore_007Newbies are finding their way here and look quite effective in the new fantasy starter avatars. I got a little startle when some of them moved or started running after seeing some of the rezzed characters such as the man by the carriage in one of the above photos.arranmore_009There’s a great backstory included on the info card. This is a place which sparks the imagination to create one’s own story. There are sheep and several fires on the island showing evidence of life.

From the land description: “Photogenic coastal island, Lovecraft, creepy, vintage horror, haunted house, halloween, Silent Hill, Fallout ,urban decay, abandoned, carnival, kids, neko, romantic public hangout, popular, photography, photos, roleplay”. 

I’m going to guess that machinima is allowed, although according to the ToS it isn’t automatically allowed everywhere as is photography.arranmore_014There are several buildings outlying the mansion to explore. I climbed the stairs of the lighthouse to enjoy the view and it’s a great photo set for the selfie takers.arranmore_018The sim creator is Lauren Bentham, who also created Baja Norte, Everwinter and Netherwood.arranmore_026Some of my favorite touches were the flashes of lightening and the sounds of an impending storm outdoors and the old phone ringing in the mansion.arranmore_028

Alchemy Inspiration Exhibition by Elle Thorkveld

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Cordial invitation to visit the exhibition of artist Elle Thorkveld titled “Alchemy Inspiration” featuring generative and glitch art derived from sketches created using Alchemy software.

Informal artist chat Sunday September 4th @ 1 pm SLT. All welcome!

Exhibit open September/October 2016 at Montara Bridgeworks Gallery.

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“‘Alchemy Inspiration’ is an exhibit of generative and glitch art derived from sketches created using the Alchemy open drawing project software. Generative art is a form of creative coding, using software to develop art. I use the Processing language in my work. Randomness plays a large part in my arts development, as I enjoy the play of unexpected shape and color.” ~ Elle Thorkveld

Michael Wright Fine Art Museum, Scamp

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MW Fine Art_002During the last three years I’ve repeatedly visited the Michael Wright Fine Art Museum. At first I didn’t keep the landmark; it was near something else I would teleport to before wandering down the road.  It’s on Route 12 in Nautilus, very close to the Odie Petrol Station which I blogged about on the 18th of this month.  You can take a right, leaving each of these places and soon arrive at the other.MW Fine Art_012The land description reads: “A Fine Art Gallery representing the work of digital pioneer Michael Wright.” When I first began visiting here, I knew way less about the mainland and hadn’t developed my interest in galleries and art in Second Life. I hadn’t heard of Michael Wright; I just enjoyed the calming experience of visiting here and felt no pressure to study the work.MW Fine Art_006I liked the architecture. It’s spacious, the ceilings are high, the stairs wide and there are invisiprims on the sides of the stairs and on the landing to keep one from lagging off, which is appreciated when I’m tired and not feeling well.

The building appears to have been created for this museum by Juanita Gemma. The land was claimed May 1, 2007.MW Fine Art_007Most of the works are portraits. None are for sale but there are some 3D sculptures on the roof one can purchase. I used to go up to the roof to watch the sun change back before I had any sort of collection of mainland places.

I look at two or three of the art pieces each time I visit and have only recently began to mention this location to others.MW Fine Art_005There are some avatar portraits included in the museum. On the second floor, clicking on some of the pieces will deliver a notecard with some info about the artist, an artist statement and LMs to about four other locations inworld where his work can be seen, none of which I’ve visited yet. MW Fine Art_011

This is a view from the balcony towards the front of the building. These photos don’t do justice to the calmness and immersion I experience here.  Here is part of the artist statement from the notecard:

” I don’t seek, I find. It’s really a question of perception in the sense that all visual art starts with the eye. A visual Artist spends their life developing their unique visual eye/view of the world. The computer is the perfect post modern tool/medium, allowing one to explore/ create images, that are soft deconstructed information, layered, appropriated, multi dimensional almost as fast as one thinks. The changes in the image over time are represented as artifacts. The most challenging aspect of creating digital images is making sure that the art will transcend the hardware and software. I would like people to respond to the image not how it was created.”MW Fine Art_009On an upper floor are nature scenes, almost all of them seascapes. MW Fine Art_003

Above is a photo of the artist bio on the wall. If you click on it, it will become larger and readable.

 

Wanderlust Bench Art Park ~ July and August

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wbap julu_august_014Summer is flying by fast. We changed our monthly turnaround of art to encompass both July and August and there’s about a week left to see the current exhibit.wbap julu_august_010

Shown above are images by Muse Beck, RMarie Beedit (for Mainland Modernists group) and Baker Bloch.

Most of the participants have been invited but we are welcoming to more, whether you are new or are experienced and simply too busy to do more work intensive shows right now.  wbap julu_august_008

Shown above is art by Quinn, SAULGOODIE, Mango Lassi, Elle Thorkveld, Seraphim Placebo and Isadora Alaya.

Here is a vimeo, a little over four minutes, that shows the park during July and August in more detail.

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While we don’t have a theme, we’ve had a philosophical quote each round which can be accessed by clicking on an image. The piece on the left by Klaus Bereznyak holds the quote for July/August.  The travel picture on the right is by Kimika Ying.

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Some of the destination locations no long exist. There are more being created right now; check back soon.wbap julu_august_011There’s a suggestion box on the counter of the cafe next door. Writers and performance artists are welcome too; there are flexible ways to participate here.wbap julu_august_013Several new homes have rezzed in the area near the cafe side in the last month or so, not shown here because I keep my draw distance down.wbap julu_august_001

The poster area has info of events, exhibitions, a cocktails and talk group and galleries.wbap julu_august_002

The cafe side is also exhibiting some sculpture by Elle Thorkveld.

Wanderlust Bench Art Park and Wanderlust Cafe are located in Quentin on the continent of Sansara.  

Odie Petrol Station, Route 12 Nautilus

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Odie Petrol Station 1On Route 12 in Nautilus, you can stop for gas and coffee in Odie. The Odie Petrol Station is on a 512 parcel next to a public rez zone.Odie Petrol Station 2The station and cafe are owned by Abinoam Norgaard. It’s a great place to start a road trip.Odie Petrol Station 3It’s happens to be near a place I’ve enjoyed visiting for several years.Odie Petrol Station 4There’s outdoor seating and I recently caught up with a good friend there.  Odie Petrol Station 5

The land description simply says “A place where you can fill your tank and have a cup of coffee.”Odie Petrol Station 6It’s another great example of what can be done with a 512 roadside piece of land. 

Dorodo Museum, Zxio

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Dorodo Museum_005The Dorodo Museum on Corsica introduces some real life artists from Japan. There are a variety of artists represented with information for further exploration.Dorodo Museum_004The art can be purchased at a very reasonable price. It is Mod/Transfer and most of it looks great in a virtual world. The pieces I bought had resizer scripts.Dorodo Museum_003There are posters from some of the real life exhibits. Thanks to Zoe Foodiboo for sending me the landmark to this museum.Dorodo Museum_002There is a two part post about the Dorodo Museum on the [Second Life] Information blog – mostly photos – part one here.   The blog is an excellent resource for finding places on all the mainland continents. Small shops are included in with the all the other destinations and there have been several posts each day with lots of photos.Dorodo Museum_001By the way, if you visit the new area next to the museum, to the right of the picture here and to the entrance of the building inworld, you will be teleported home with no warning. 

I tried to click on the land description when I returned so I could take notes on the owner’s profile (one of several strategies I’m using to help discern among all the requests for support and solicitations which have increased dramatically during the last few months) and found I was now banned and couldn’t get the information. This is my first ban in my almost five years in Second Life.