American Icons and World of Details Exhibits by Melusina Parkin

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Melusina Parkin has two current photo exhibits. Recently opening, American Icons displays 29 images of close-ups of Americana symbols in Second Life. The exhibit is located in the Marfa Contemporary gallery shown on the right in the above photo. The landing point for The Last Forever sim is across the street, shown in the right of the photo.

The Last Forever is a new sim/full region inspired by Marfa, TX. It’s an excellent location for Melusina’s photos.Information about the exhibit and the artist bio is available near the entrance.World of Details opened about three weeks ago at Delmonico’s Art Space in Time Portal. The photos are representative of the era.Delmonico’s is described as “New York’s finest restaurant, in its golden age; the 1930s.
Come over for a drink, dance, chat and the best steak in SL.
Wonderful music.”

 

 

 

The Enginehouse, Pavonia

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High on a hillside on the Atoll stands an old enginehouse close to the sim border between Sabre and Pavonia.  The Route 6 Rez Zone in Sabre is here for vehicle rezzing.

I don’t recall seeing vehicles on the High Mountain Road; I like it for riding on horseback or walking. It is reasonably easy-going until a covered wall which has some holes I’ve needed to teleport out of.

Near the Enginehouse is a rusted, old vehicle which with the magic of pixels continues to produce steam.

A peek inside the Enginehouse.

There are a couple of privately owned cabins in the immediate area which appear welcoming to travelers.

On the other side of the Enginehouse is Pavonia station where you won’t have to wait too long for a train.

Or you can sit for a while if that is enjoyable in your Second Life.

Slumberland Sculptures by Silas Merlin

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Slumberland is a set of fourteen sculptures from The Silas Gallery. They are currently available from a Gacha at The Chapter Four through April 20th. Shown above is Dreamer.

Hare (03)

The Slumberland Gacha at The Chapter Four is located in the room on the left; the machine is the fourth one on the left. Some time after the 20th, the Slumberland set will be available at The Silas Gallery.

Pastel Monster and Mutant Stool

The cute Pastel Monster is holding a dagger behind its back.

The sculptures in the photos above can be seen on the ground level of Elle’s Art Lot through the end of this month. (Reached via teleporter from the TV Room.)

Cowboy

For a fascinating glimpse into the process using 3D modeling software, Silas Merlin filmed Grow Work in Progress.  The eight and a half minute machinima was edited by Glasz DeCuir.

Karablik

This digital sculpture is based on a painting by artist Alexandr Chernitsky. The original painting can be seen here.

The Adventurer

One of the rare pieces in the set is a large cave.

The Minion

The photo above was taken at La Maison d’ Aneli where Silas Merlin is exhibiting along with four other artists.

The Mentor

 

 

Wanderlust Bench Art Park; March–April

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There’s still almost a couple of weeks left to see the work by a variety of artists at Wanderlust Bench Art Park and Cafe.

Today also marks the one year anniversary for the park side of Wanderlust.

The sculpture in the foreground is by RMarie Beedit.

Melusina Parkin was gracious in sending me some things when I requested to exhibit some of her work.

Work by Kate Silver, Wheedle and ChrysTeRox shown above.

Kimika Ying contributed the piece on the left. The photo in the middle is by Klaus Bereznyak and contains a quote, one in a series.

Myra Wildmist is exhibiting one of her works using projectors.

From left to right, work by Saul Goodie, Lynette Trinity, Elle Thorkveld and Mango Lassi. Sculpture by Silas Merlin from my collection. 

Photo by Art Oluja (next to the tree) and a black and white photo by Mr Kaplan, the park owner who started this whole thing.

Posters for destinations and exhibits are encouraged and kept up to date. Arden Grendel did the work on the right; her first piece shown at Wanderlust.

A copy of work by Savage Taurus is shown on the Wanderlust Cafe side.

I really like the sculptures by Silas Merlin and have been including more from my collection the last few rounds.

There are vintage prints for Quelques Choses on two levels inside the large birdhouse.

Saul Goodie exhibits some of his graphic designs on the fence.

The Saul Was Here exhibit is in the sky above, March through April, which I posted about here.

A vase by Lynette Trinity sits near the teleport door the the sky exhibit.

The collage in the center is by baker Bloch.

A documentary machinima of the March-April has been uploaded to Vimeo.

I don’t know if we’ll still be here next year but we’ll likely have new work shown for May and June.

Silver Islands

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My last ten posts have been about exhibitions; it’s true, art is a very important part of my Second Life.  I still enjoy exploring the mainland and destination sims even though I haven’t had time to blog about them.

For the past couple of weeks or so, a fellow explorer and I have been spending time at Silver Islands. There’s much to see and do on this six sim region by Lola Lionheart.  It’s a sort of wandering break for me. The Old Town, shown above, is my favorite area.

From the land description at The Old Town: “A near forgotten village hidden in the mountains of Silver Island.
Old world, music, entertainment, rentals, community, family, land, vacation, resort, hotel, camping, explore, mermaid, market, scuba, underwater, villa, home, parcel, tier, rent, buy, own.”

There are obviously secure rentals but also plenty of places for visitors to explore.

There’s much to explore underwater too.  There is a website for Silver Islands with detailed information.

Another favorite place is the Palace and Resort. From the land description:

“Silver Islands very own palace made into a resort for vacations and travel.

holiday, sirens, mermaids, scuba, romance, hotel, rooms, rental, villa, full region, live music, restaurant, dining, family.”

The Imports Wine Bar has live music. Information can be found on Silver Islands Facebook.

Group vacations are available too. Again, it is a great place for visitors as well as being residential.

It really gives me a sense of getting away from it all.

Many of the places are open.

Of interest to me is what appears to be a film set, complete with dressing room trailers on the Tonal sim of Silver Islands. It was still under construction when I visited.

The above photo was taken near the Country Club.  Avatars need to sit and chill too.

Glass Jars by Art Oluja

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Glass Jars photo by Art Oluja

Glass Jars, an installation by Art Oluja opens Thursday April 6th, 9AM SLT.  The location is LEA 11.

Glass Jars is an experimental narrative, where space contains emotions and memories in a fluid mindscape. Where fragments of nostalgia nest into vessels, drifting between glimpses of clarity and obscure dreams.

Much of the inspiration for Glass Jars comes from G. Bachelard’s “The Poetics of Space,” R. Grudin’s Time and The Art of Living,” and a short animation film called “The House of Small Cubes.

I have enjoyed watching the animation film several times and highly recommend it. A copy of “The Poetics of Space” sits on my bookshelf waiting to be enjoyed.

The installation incorporates some interactive elements that react as you explore and click things. Region windlight is also recommended.

Sound is an important aspect of Glass Jars, so please turn viewer “sounds” on (and up). All of the narration, soundscaping and music you hear around the region are designed from scratch, specifically for this project, and are the result of a collaborative experiment with intuitively talented Klaus Bereznyak, who uses percussion and woodwind to creatively reflect the vision and concept of Glass Jars.

More details about Glass Jars, the soundscaping collaboration, and Klaus’s own perspective are in the welcome poster.

“We comfort ourselves by reliving memories of protection. Something closed must retain our memories, while leaving them their original value as images. Memories of the outside world will never have the same tonality as those of home and, by recalling these memories, we add to our store of dreams; we are never real historians, but always near poets, and our emotion is perhaps nothing but an expression of a poetry that was lost.”
― Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

Glass Jars is a wonderful installation and I’m looking forward to adding additional background info and insights from Art in future posts before this LEA round is over the end of June.

Kultivate Spring 17 Art Show

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The second annual Spring Art Show by Kultivate Magazine opens on Monday April third and runs through Sunday April ninth.  The show features a celebration of 2D and 3D artists with over 50 of them participating. The photo above shows a view from Bryn Oh’s installation, which is to the right after crossing the bridge from the landing.

To the left after the landing, is the beautiful Blue Garden by Alpha Auer; the photo was taken inside it.

The event will feature both a juried and non juried component. Juried participants are competing to win a shared prize pot, gift cards, and more.

There is a Palette Hunt during the week long celebration offering gifts from many of the artists. The palettes can be found in some of the galleries as well as scattered around the area. Shown above is a glimpse inside the 2D Art Exhibition Gallery.

There is also an Art Quest Part 2 Hunt; obtain a HUD, follow clues and win prizes.

The Spring Into Art Photo Contest begins Monday as well. For more information and schedules for the variety of live performers, tribute bands, DJ parties and the two special hunts, check the Kultivate Magazine website.

Shown above is a glimpse of the 2D RL exhibit which includes digital art.

Several of the 3D installations are best viewed on Night and ALM settings.

This year’s event will also feature a new series, “Art Talks,” with informational sessions on a variety of topics including Second Life Photography Tips, Copyright and Creative Commons and Beginner and Intermediate Photography Class.

The last two photos shown in this post were taken in the non juried 2D Exhibition Gallery.

Throughout the Spring 17 Art show, you’ll find much of the art available for purchase.

The SLurls in this post are for the Kultivate Spring 17 Art Show landing point. For specific SLurls for the exhibition galleries and classroom see the Kultivate Magazine website. 

Lists of the participating artists and of sponsors are also on the website.

Bleeding Books

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At Split Screen Installation Space through the end of April is Bleeding Books by Haveit Neox.

“‘Bleeding Books’ begins in the sky, and drops to the large fortress at ground level. It is a story in my ongoing series on abuse as seen through the lens of language.”

“What happens when knowledge is so disrespected that it is freely contaminated with doses of falsehood?”

“There are avenues to properly sort facts in this information age, yet we easily turn a blind eye to certain evidence if it goes counter to our beliefs – even when our choices may cause immeasurable harm.”

“In the exhibit, the texts of books bleed falling letters of the alphabet, for they can no longer contain any structure of value.” — Haveit Neox

Bleeding Books opened on March 4th.

 

Dystopian Daydreams Exhibit

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The first public exhibit of Cafe Sophistry artworks will be available for viewing through Sunday, April 2nd.

Dystopian Daydreams explores this theme: “The mind always tells itself stories, even in the darkest situations. VR audiences flock to dystopian worlds;  is occupying apocalyptic aftermaths an act of coping, or cleansing and innocence? Do creators enjoy “exploiting decay” for its dynamic beauty?”

On February 12, a workshop was led by Lex Perdide with the assistance of RMarie Beedit during which a discussion took place at The Monkey Temple followed by field trips. You can read about it here. Resource links are provided in the transcript.

A month later, on March 12, the group met again to share and discuss creations inspired by the workshop. The log, links to resources and more in-depth views of the creations can be found here.

Cafe Sophistry began approximately two years ago and workshops have been held several times a year. Art pieces and builds are encouraged but not required for attendance. More information is available on the About page at the Cafe Sophistry blog maintained by Lex Perdide. Lex and RMarie Beedit are contact avatars.

Again, the exhibit is open to the public through April 2nd.

 

Le Petite Cirque

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Pierrot (9)

Le Petite Cirque is a collection of sculptures by the artist knows as Silas Merlin in Second Life. There are 12 pieces, 10 of them shown here.

Elephant (10)

They are available from a gacha at The Chapter Four until March 21. After that, they will be available at The Silas Gallery.

Avaleur de sabre (2)

The gacha for these at The Chapter Four is in the door to the left after you land and walk towards the event. Once inside, the vendor will be the second one to your right.

Roulotte (12

The sculptures can be modified for size.

Saltimbanque (8) and Lune (6)

Some of these can be seen inworld at Wanderlust Bench Art Park until the end of April and a few more are rezzed at Elle’s Art Lot for a few weeks.

Clown (7)

The sculptures exhibit the usual beautiful attention to detail.

Equilibriste (11)

Tambour (1)

Unicycle (3)