08 September 2016

Submerged (images NSFW)

"Imagine art under water, a whole gallery submerged under, and you are walking through it all," says GoodCross, curator of The White Canvas Gallery, now showing Submerged, an exhibition of photography by ElizabethNantes. Playfully bringing a new meaning to the term immersive, the entire show is presented in a swirling tank of sea water, with bubbles, jellyfish, a platypus and various fish circulating about the space. (To enter from the landing point, step in front of the image shown above.)

Consistent with the aquatic theme, the images depict bodies under water — hair swirling, torsos twisting, limbs reaching, all brilliantly lit and exquisitely posed in a greenish-blue light. (Elizabeth suggests using the Coastal Afternoon windlight setting, which is not the default at the site, with advanced lighting model turned on.) In the photos, we observe, in our upward view, the point at which the sea ends and the air begins, and it's on that very line that the images in the exhibition physically thrust above the water, adding cohesiveness to the very distinctive exhibition design (the image depicted at top being the only one above water, in both respects). Many of the images are for sale, and contributions in support of The White Canvas Gallery are accepted at the landing point.

07 September 2016

all is quiet now (images NSFW)

Now on display at the DathĂșil Gallery of Art is a contemplative exhibition of images, all is quiet now, by photographer Joslyn Benson. These elegantly composed portraits, all black-and-white with the exception of one (detail above, right), depict a mix of solo subjects and couples, some clothed and some nude, and not only capture the human form, but also impart a sense of stillness and quietude. "Silence...the absence of sound, silence the placidity of mind...silence the sense of being," says Joslyn. "Moments of stillness where all that's left is our own thoughts...and to find comfort in unspoken words." The exhibit will continue on display through September 30, and each of the works is available for purchase.

03 September 2016

The Other

Opening tomorrow, Sunday, September 4, from 12 to 2 pm slt, is the premiere exhibition at the new Gallery M, a collection of works by photographer Mich Michabo entitled The Other. The gallery, situated on Kate Bergdorf's Berg by Nordan Art sim, was created especially to showcase Mich's photos, and this first exhibit focuses on works inspired by the 1932 poem "The Other" by Sylvia Plath, a copy of which is provided on the exhibition notecard. (Wall copy associates lines of the poem with various photographs.) "She ventures in her work into areas rarely visited by other photographers," remarks the curator. "Her images are sensitive, raw and emotionally charged." There's often a fascinating voyeuristic quality to the artist's photos (not only in this exhibition, but also her oeuvre in general) in which we get glimpses of situations — for example, a figure partially visible through a window or behind a curtain, or a hand reaching for something out of the photo's frame, or shoes and part of the floor (image detail, below right), and so on, inviting us to piece together in our minds the remaining elements (the missing elements being what for other photographers might be the focal point of the image). Visitors will enjoy seeing additional installations on the sim via the teleports located in the Gallery M foyer.

02 September 2016


Break out your sunglasses and enter the blindingly bright world of Ephemeral, a creation by Boefje (Bufje) that, reflecting its title, ongoingly changes its content. "Ephemeral, such a beautiful word," says Boefje. "I find the definition matches the word itself, its meaning being: lasting a very short time, short-lived, transitory. It does give a whole new purpose to the art being created ... It allows the artist to make a link between the relationships of existence, decay and loss. It is this transition between life and death where many religious cultures, myths and rituals exist."

This "never ending work in progress" might at first seem like a personal sandbox — one senses the artist's self-exploration and inquiry — but the installation also hangs together as a whole, as if it's a world filled with hidden connections and meanings, inviting us to ponder connections, permanence and impermanence, fragility and durability. Near one of the few areas of bright color, at a bed of grass, a free avatar is available, and visitors are invited to dance and to read more about the installation. The sim's windlight settings, as well as its audio stream, are integral to the experience. Ephemeral — in whatever form it might take — will remain on display through December.

01 September 2016

Surreal Cube

Opening today, Thursday, September 1 at 1 pm slt, is Surreal Cube, a project conceived and directed by Art Blue, and curated by Juliette SurrealDreaming, featuring artistic contributions from Gem Preiz, Mistero Hifeng, Molly Bloom, Hyde Hackl, Moewe Winkler and Venus Adored (who will provide a performance at the opening event), with support from Wizardoz Chrome and Ultraviolet Alter (who will provide music for the opening). The installation will be complemented by a presence at the real life 2016 Santorini Biennale via a video created by Wizardoz, and a mirror installation in OpenSim that will live on after the Second Life installation closes.

At its most basic, the sim presents an exhibition of more than two dozen delightful works by Molly such as Back to the Garden, pictured below, housed in a gallery space designed by Hyde, which in turn resides inside a large "egg," also designed by Hyde. Under the waters surrounding the gallery is an aquatic world with waving tentacles and speaking fish (detail, lowest image) created by Moewe. All of that in turn is enclosed a huge MetaCube designed by Gem Preiz, the texture of which features frequently-changing fractals (detail above), and the cube floats over a dark sea, surrounded by a parade of sculptures by Mistero (top image). If the array of locations sounds confusing, a quick visual tour is available, provided by sitting on the "Meta Harper" chair located near the stage area, and a teleport system is available throughout the sim at each location.

Conceptually, Surreal Cube stems from an elaborate science fiction story created by Art, which begins, "Mankind loses old knowledge — finally also the knowledge of keeping art alive was lost. A billionaire could no longer see that art works which have been created before the Cleft like the ones by Molly Bloom shall get lost and burned to ashes. He handed Art Blue over a blank cheque to create a space ship so the art might be safe in a different solar system. His name: SR Hadden. The name of the space ship: SURREAL CUBE." The complete and lengthy narrative is provided in full on the exhibition notecard. After October 15, when the Santorini Biennale comes to a close, the Molly Bloom gallery, the egg and Moewe's aquatic world will disappear from LEA20 (but will remain in the OpenSim version), and Juliette will select new content that will remain on display until the sim closes at the end of December.

30 August 2016

Cool Rush

Aptly described by its creator, Kandiii Kidd, as "ethereal space themed surrealism," Cool Rush is a sci-fi world filled with brilliant saturated colors and a playful interactive landscape. "High above clear blue skies, there hangs a place accompanied by the stars, glowing luminescent wonders, each one waiting patiently to be wished upon..." she adds. This alien-looking world seems to be under exploration by little creatures in UFOs who hover over the scene (image above), and clicking on their search beams will draw you toward their spacecrafts. Poses and cuddles for couples abound throughout the fields, and a carousel spins in the tall turquoise grasses.

And more awaits overhead: via a network of teleports — there are a number here and there on the ground level — one can visit floating asteroids for t'ai chi, meditation and more cuddles. The "Just in case" teleport option sends visitors into a dense cloud of stars, a skydiving platform provides parachutes for a 500 meter drop, and "Moon" gives access to a beautiful and glowing space-station like environment with spaces to explore and beds for couples (image below).

Visitors should be sure to accept the region windlight, shown here, and Kandiii encourages the use of the atmospheric music stream. Often in the sim, she invites visitors to message her to join her group, which provides access to "mini flyers from both ships" (although I can't profess to know what those are). If you enjoy Cool Rush, please consider leaving a contribution toward its support.

29 August 2016

Impermanence Light House Art Gallery

Patrons who enjoyed Norton Lykin's exhibition at the Rose Gallery, In the Dark, (covered in this blog here two days ago) will no doubt delight in visiting his personal exhibit area, the Impermanence Light House Art Gallery on the sim FILOS. This multi-level space features beautifully executed two- and three-dimensional art, including a small handful of real life images.

Some series of images appear across multiple panels, exploring subtle changes in texture and design (top image in this post), while others explore the works of artists frequently featured in this blog such as Giovanna Cerise or Haveit Neox (image below). After winding through all the floors of the gallery, visitors might want to take a peek at the adjacent island, the entire region being described by Norton as "a mind sandbox and working art gallery." A free gift is available, and artworks throughout the gallery are available for purchase.

28 August 2016

Temple: Moon Edenbaum's Vision of Prairie Kawashima (images NSFW)

Now on display at the Gallery Room at Sacred is Temple, subtitled Moon Edenbaum's Vision of Prairie Kawashima. In these simple and elegant nude captures, photographer Moon Edenbaum's subject is Prairie Kawashima, herself well-known as a photographer of erotic self-portraits. The eleven photos on display are beautifully composed with a superb feel for color, light and shadow. Temple will remain on display through September 21.

27 August 2016

In the Dark

Now open at the Rose Gallery is In the Dark, an exhibition of photographs by Norton Lykin. Spread across two rooms are one three-dimensional and eleven two-dimensional works, simply but elegantly composed. "Reflecting on nature, love, perception and cognition, I see clearly that what we perceive as reality is a flux depending on our ideas, history and conditioning, that the present moment feeds us with all kind of possible realities," says Norton. "Throughout this there is one stable factor, love, which can take us trough everything, love of this being which in its imperfection is perfect, wholesome. We are in this journey called life given the opportunity to be open and question our ideas and the histories we tell and this is my project." Each of the art objects is available for purchase, as is an accompanying book that expresses more about the exhibition.

26 August 2016

Immaculate Perception - Immaculate Reflection

Now open at LEA22 is Immaculate Perception - Immaculate Reflection, an installation by artist Krystali Rabeni. Throughout the sim, set ankle-deep in smooth water, are various little scenes or vignettes, many with curious or playful incongruities — two women out walking hot dogs, bears with moth wings who puzzle over Scrabble pieces, sheep held aloft by what appear to be pieces of popcorn, wolves with pine trees growing out of their backs, a dandelion whose seeds are umbrellas, and so on.

"There is no truth, there is only perception...immaculate perception," says Krystali. "What you see is what you thought before you looked. The installation is an eclectic mix of surreal art and virtually real art veiled in allegory. You will perceive the installation in your own way. The immaculate perception of it is an immaculate reflection of the viewer. A very interesting abstraction proving that there is no truth, only perception."

If there is any central challenge to the otherwise provocative and enjoyable installation, it's the density of the layout, as exemplified in the top image, where one can't view one element without the intrusion of others — it's hard to focus on, say, a scene of skeletons watching televisions without seeing several other scenes in the immediate background. (If you're a photographer interested in creating images such as the subsequent three in this post, then some derendering or careful control of distance sliders might be in order.) The top image shows the sim's default deep blue environmental settings. Immaculate Perception - Immaculate Reflection will continue on display through the end of the year.