Some Current Art Exhibits in Second Life

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Early last week I viewed several current gallery exhibits which I’m going to share the landmarks to so you can enjoy them as well. At Gallery 23 at Virtual Chelsea Hotel six artists are showing work through August. On the left in the photo above is shown work by Pepper Chaffe. On the right are Decayed Maps by Klaus. Other exhibitors are Jim Garand, Gjo Bing, Pi and John B.

At La Maison d’Aneli in Virtual Holland through August are works by Kicca Igaly, Red Bikcin, Vonniethefox, Terra Merhyem and Rage Darkstone. The photo above shows art by Vonniethefox with a glimpse of Kicca Igaly’s in the background to the right.

The colorful pieces by Vonniethefox are animated and I find them delightful.

‘Absences’, a photo exhibit by Melusina Parkin is at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery. The sculptures are by Nitro Fireguard.

You can pick up an intro notecard written by Melusina which begins in part: “Absence is a negative concept: it means that something should be there and it doesn’t. So, when we look at an empty place – a room, a seashore, a road or even a chair – we can’t avoid thinking of something or somebody who has been or will be there. That’s even more true when a world, including nature and landscape, is entirely made by humans, like Second Life does.”

At the AiR Gallery of InterstellART is Pieces of a Whole by Wintergeist. There are colorful pieces exhibiting too, not shown in my photo above.

Last but not least in my mind, are six of my works (plus blackboard texture) at Montara Bridge Works Gallery. Expressing different moods and strategies of my First and Second Lives during this summer, the exhibit is titled ‘Subtle Maneuvers’ inspired by a line in a letter Franz Kafka wrote in 1912: “Time is short, my strength is limited, the office is a horror, the apartment is noisy and if a pleasant, straightforward life is not possible then one must try to wiggle through by subtle maneuvers.”

Wanderlust Art Park and Cafe ~ May and June

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There’s a little over a week left to visit the art park and cafe in Quentin if you haven’t been there in May and June.

The photo above shows work, from left to right, by Mr Kaplan, (Art Park owner), Klaus Bereznyak, Wheedle, Melusina Parkin and Arden Grendel. The retro television in front is by Kimika Ying.

There are sculptures from my Silas Merlin collection scattered about and I got some new seating from Hearth and Home, a shop on the mainland I saw during the Steam Hunt.

Art from left to right is by Mango Lassi, SAUL GOODIE, Lynette Trinity, Elle Thorkveld and Kate Silver.

Every exhibit series has had a timely literary quote on a notecard placed in an image. I did the first few and Klaus has done very well since. The collection is on the back fence at Sojourners Ground. The work on the right is by Cake and a couple of my pieces are on the far left.

Our Second Life locations are transitory. The first set of destination posters we offered was valid for a good while. Recently a new set was created. Click the posters for landmarks; you can also take copies of individual posters plus there is a free box of 18 posters in a folder on the nearby bench.

The photo on the right is by ChrysTeRox.

A new sign reminding people of more art in the birdhouse.

There’s more seating in the birdhouse; all species welcome.

The large pot in the foreground is by Lynette Trinity. There are exhibit posters plus art by Saul, four on the left and a collage by baker Bloch. This is on the Wanderlust Cafe and Art Park Extension side as it WAS about a week ago.

Not to be missed is a 3D piece by Art Oluja, a mini Glass Jars, (like her LEA 11 grant sim, open until the end of June) which can be peeked into. There’s also a 2D piece by Savage Taurus, part of which can be seen in the upper left here.

Planning the new construction above.

More people have been moving into the Quentin area lately; the view is changing. Last week SAUL GOODIE changed the Cafe side and I love it. The timing is right.

Chandra House, Samia

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Very recently I found a new-to-me parcel called Chandra House, just off Sandgrass Road on the Atoll. I would have passed it by as a private place but for the large welcome sign near the road. There were vehicle rezzers near the entrance; I saw a bike rezzer and near the large home is a dandelion to fly with.

There are numerous areas to hang out all over the parcel which turned out to be much larger than it first appeared. The SLurl reads: “Welcome to Chandra House & Beach 18+ – Naturists welcome, Samia. Moderate”.

The doors of the large house opened as I walked by but I chose to explore the outdoors instead.

I really liked the nature sounds which were different in each area. You can hear the wind in the field where the horses are. The standing ones can be ridden.  I have my own horse I enjoy riding and these were new to me, “R^ Vehicle Wandering Riding Hourse- Bronze”, so I set out to explore further on horseback.

I hadn’t planned on exploring. While sitting at Neumoegen looking at land sales on the map I accidentally teleported into an abandoned field, walked to the road which I idly strolled down while in IMs.

Some of the descriptions change for the different areas, such as:”Welcome – Mature Area 18+ – Nudity Welcome
Respect a Must
Marina Club, Horse Riding, Beaches, & More”.

There are rezzers for sailboats, jet skis and bumper boats.

Taking snapshots from horseback wasn’t easy enough so I dismounted in a grove of falling coconuts. It was still in this area when I was ready to log so I rode it back to the stables.

There are some underwater places.

There’s a large party place.  “Welcome to Club Samia Marina- Adult 18 + Nudity Optional”.

There’s some Private Land, a Wiccan area, which is well marked near this part of the beach.

The Meditation Station is on a separate 480 sq m above the beach. When you press the piece above the portraits, near the top, chants of “Om Namah Siviaya” begin.  Or there’s a radio for Trance/Chill/Ambient music.

The land description here reads: “Through the portals of silence the healing sun of wisdom and peace will shine upon you.”

Whimberly

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One of the destinations I’ve enjoyed visiting during the last month is Whimberly. Most of those visits were during the last “under construction” phase. It looked to be an orderly process; subsequent visits showed some changes in select places and there were always pleasant places to sit.

There are two reasons I chose this location to blog about. I liked the photos I snapped; these aren’t processed except for cropping.

Also machinima is allowed, a permission that isn’t necessarily granted like photography in SL.

“Come and explore the spring themed location called ‘Whimberly’.
Enjoy your stay, take lots of pictures, meet friends an above all have fun!
And to all the amazing Vloggers out there: you are allowed to take videos! II would love to see your work ♥”

There are several buildings on the sim, including a bakery in a windmill.

Whimberly is Adult rated.

A friend and I rode our horses around the sim.

I can understand why flying isn’t allowed. Flying to snap pics is easier than manipulating the camera controls for me but there are plenty of great views.

It’s a beautiful destination. Even with the high traffic, my visits were always peaceful.

 

 

 

Keepsakes Contest and Travelling Art Truck

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There are two time sensitive things you have the opportunity to enjoy during the week ahead. One is the Wanderlust Art Truck parked in Maryport through the 28th and the other is a Keepsakes Contest with a deadline of June 1st.

The truck is parked at A Little Piece of Art. On the grounds are a cafe, The Pixel Gallery and a club called A Heart Shaped Box.

The Glass Jars Keepsakes Contest is offered by Art Oluja:

“My vision is to keep this *Easy, Fun, and Inspiring* so here are the guidelines:

1. The theme of the contest DOESN’T NEED to reflect the LEA11 Glass Jars exhibit specifically,
but more importantly, its about how you relate to the concepts of DREAMS, MEMORIES, TIME. Be creative, be authentic, have fun. 🙂

2. Your choice of expression, whether its a poem, story, snapshot, scanned artwork, 3d piece (not too big or li heavy please), or other forms of creativity are good!

3. No fb/flickr/whatevs needed. You’re of course welcome to share wherever you like, but the contest will be a non-voting one, focused on inworld appreciation of creative expression.

4. Winning Pieces will be selected by Art Oluja, based on a range of criteria, with just one being the overall technical skill/quality of the finished piece. However, authenticity and reflective perspectives, openly expressive pieces will go far in the “judging” process.

5. Please send a copy of your work to Artistik Oluja, the object must start with the title GJ KEEPSAKES, so that it doesnt get lost. DEADLINE IS JUNE 1st! The pieces and works will be displayed at LEA 11, Glass Jars until the end of the lea round (June 30)

and Finally! Several cash prizes to go out to the winners,
1000L to favourite piece, and 500L to five more winners for surprise categories.
Think of this contest not as one to win over the votes, but as a prompt to create something you would personally want to take away from the experience.. as a keepsake!”

While you’re checking out the Art Truck and exploring the parcel, you can click on one (or more) of the squares on the profile pic display board in the club.

The Wanderlust Art Truck is an enjoyable project by myself and Klaus Bereznyak. We show art from contributors and from our collections of ourselves and those of our hosts; it’s different each time. Sometimes there’s an opening party, sometimes not.

I have documented  the Truck at each location and uploaded them to vimeo. They aren’t organized in a collection but here is the machinima from the last location at Jiminy.

A good portion of the fun for us is the filming of the travelling scenes by road, water and air. Above is shown a photo from our journey to Toshimora Observatory.

We began the project in February at my home in Rosieri (where I accidentally returned everything that was rezzed) and the truck has visited Sojourners Grove, Elle’s Art Lot, Trilby’s Moors, Toshimora Observatory and Cricket’s Comfort. The Truck, or sometimes just the container of art, is usually at a location for about two weeks.

Notecards for the Glass Jars Keepsakes Contest can be picked up inworld from the posters at A Little Piece of Art and Glass Jars, LEA 11.

 

 

 

*Energy* LEA 9

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Energy by Asmita Duranjaya opened officially a week ago at LEA 9. Near the landing are info cards about the installation which is open through the end of June. You’ll find yourself standing on a teleporter used to reach the other layers from the Transformation layer.

“The basic layer shows some possibilities of transformation, which the mankind has used
during the history to produce physical energy.
The utility poles refer to the electrical energy, which is won by transforming water, wind, sun or terrestrial heat.
The base-texture shows the center of a nuclear fusion-reactor, which might be used to transform energy for a future generation. ”

“My sim-wide installation ENERGY is a piece of conceptual techno-organic art.
I try to visualize the term in five layers, from the simple physical aspect to the philosophical aspect of looking beyond the physical boundaries.
The conceptual strategy allows me to enhance my own installation with art-pieces of colleagues in Second Life. Some pieces are from my art collection and some are contributed by invited artist-friends in concern of the topic.” ~ Asmita Duranjaya

My favorite layer is the Movement layer. I especially enjoyed looking at the art pieces on the walkway.

“Second Life has a lot of options for movement, be it in dance-animations or by using scripts to let textures move.
Vehicles and even bot-avatars can be setup to move repeatedly on a certain trace or to roam free and according to the control of a person behind the screen.
The layer MOVEMENT shows some of those possibilities and how they can be used to produce especially animated art pieces.”

Above movement is the Energy=Interaction layer.

“The layer INTERACTION provides opportunities for the visitor to trigger visual events by collision or by touch. In the corners he can create his own fracticle-show (fracticle=fractals as particles) by touching the round buttons.
In long black tubes collisions trigger not only visual but also sonic events.”

Shown above is the Energy=Love layer.

Contributing artists are: Jaime Poutine, Merit Coba, Kolor Fall, Scottius Polke, Finny Yates, LouEct, lalie Sorbet, Aloisio Congrejo, bachi Cheng, Frantz Catteneo, Louly Loon, Sylver Piccard, Elle Thorkveld, Kyoko, Vonnie Fox, Wintergeist, OHE54, Natsha Lemton, and Nish Mip.

“The layer TRANSCENDENCE leads the visitor into another dimension beyond reality and virtuality. The mind can become unified with the eternity …

Take a seat in one of the capsules and let you elevate to the transcendence-sphere;
sit on one of the yellow moving objects and take a bath in color, shape and sound …”

Placebo Gallery

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Seraphim Placebo, curator

Recently I returned to one of my favorite galleries in Second Life, the Placebo Gallery in Jormundgandr. The curator was on the premises, having just acquired two more pieces.

The gallery has always held an excellently curated personal collection of art for as long as I’ve known of it. Located close to Circuit La Corse, it has been expanded and updated during the last six months or so.

To the right of the landing, in an enclosed courtyard, are the welcoming home and gardens of the curator. There are many amenities which are also a wonderful collection of pixel creativity. Digital pieces by the human behind the avatar are displayed in this area.

The great eye for design is evident everywhere. I wanted to linger even longer but also intended to do this blog post in a timely manner.

More art is displayed inside the home along with quirky, wonderful objects.

In the first display room of the gallery is a photographic exhibition by ReadMeri.  Her photographs, usually seen online, look great on gallery walls.

I kept meaning to count the number of floors, maybe seven, but kept getting distracted.

I like there to be plenty of seating in galleries, especially one this huge, for when my avatar has to park for a few minutes.

It’s interesting how the floors and rooms are configured. There are works from years past plus very recent pieces I’ve seen around our world.  And I always like to see an avatar supporting the arts in SL and taking an interest in what others do.

For an interesting and well-documented history of the gallery, see this post.

I looked out one of the windows on an upper floor and could see one of the huge buildings nearby.  In years past, after visiting the gallery I would hop on a pod and tour the area, looking at changes. It has been more populated of late and seems to attract vampire clans although I haven’t had time to explore more closely.

And up on the rooftop—more stuff to look at.

Drawbridge Garage, Drawbridge

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“Public rezzing area, 5 minute auto-return.
No gas. If you have to stop here you should have planned better.”

Drawbridge Garage is a 240 square meter parcel just off the road in Drawbridge, Sansara.

The calendar page in the garage is from February 1950. The place is clean and there hasn’t been a lot of vandalism. It looks cared for.

There’s a path leading down to the next parcel, Stony Cape. “Gateway to the Sea of Fables.”

But that’s a post for another day and for you to explore in the meantime.

 

Catching up with [Draftsman]

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Earlier this year I looked forward to the Draftsman event; I had been anticipating the one that was to be Victorian themed. That was back in January, I believe. Recently I made time to check it out again.

I learned it is now a monthly event, opening on the 20th of each month and closing on the 15th of the following one.  And instead of being called An Architectural Event, I see Home Decor, Garden & Architecture in the SLurl.

Shown above is a glimpse of the inside of the Palace Movie Theater by Kraftwerk. I’d first seen a copy of this building near the landing of The Last Forever.

This round, I found it easier to get around. At the landing you can choose to walk past some buildings, etc to the center area which holds the decor and garden vendors or you can teleport to the center.

There are fewer buildings. Some are alongside the walk to the center; the others are on a demo platform in the sky. Shown above is the inside of Unit 254A skybox by Thistle Homes.

On the demo platform is the Steampunk Floating House by Pillows. The top photo of this post shows a detail on the roof of the tiny build.

Draftsman is connected to the Builders Box quarterly subscription.  I first heard about Builders Box in my Schultz Brothers group; I appreciate the masterful work of Jogi Schultz.

My Second Life is full of diverse interests; it’s mostly a consciousness lab for me. Shopping and events are only a small fraction of it. But I subscribed to Builders Box soon after reading about it and after seeing only two teasers. There were ten builds in the box which was delivered on May 5th and I am delighted and impressed by the value. There were only two that I consider just OK and about six of them I really like.

This is a personal blog, not a sponsored shopping blog, so more detailed info will have to be researched elsewhere.  Not much has been on my radar about this at all.

I own several different mainland parcels, none larger than 1024 sq m.  Some of the buildings are a bit large and high Li for those but often I fill spaces with just art and minimal decor.  I am very much looking forward to using most of these buildings and the whole experience has been enjoyable for me.  I consider it very well worth the lindens.

Fade Away

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Opening today at Noula, Fade Away is a monochrome installation by Cica Ghost.

Some of the figures, do indeed, appear and then fade away.

The ticking of clocks can be heard as you explore the installation.

”Some people seem to fade away but then when they are truly gone, it’s like they didn’t fade away at all.”

Bob Dylan

I enjoyed my initial visit and will return.

The photos here are cropped and otherwise raw. I don’t derender and considering all the avatars on the sim, I’m pleased with getting some photos I like.