After so many years of exploring the SL art scene, I am very thrilled when I discover someone I have not seen before. I stumbled over some pictures of Fae Varriale at the Space4Art gallery, and they made me so curious that I had to see more. It seems she is the co-runner of an art center - Branwen Arts - so I TP-ed over to have a look.
The first impression was that her pictures was beautifully done, with keen eyes for details and colors. But there where something more, and I found myselves returning several times to look more. Today, I also managed to get Jayn to join me (we meet far to seldom these days), and we spent a happy hour discussing the works.
There is a lot of symbolism and themes in the exhibit - here are bits from medeival fantasy worlds, pagan beleifs and woodoo (at least thats what Sant la Muerte made me think of). The pictures are very different, with different styles and themes, but something common at last materialized for me.
I find that it's the strength of women, or the artists vision of the strength, that flows in all the works. One see power, violence and struggle (like the character in "stealing your heart" is fighting her way through the storm), but also self-exploring and desire. "Fragments" contains no nudity, but I still found it extremly erotic.
I certainly want to buy some of her works, but my main problem is that they all seem to belong together. They tell me a story from inside the artists mind, and just one or two of the will not cover it all. In the end I think I will have to throw a dice.
I just hope she keeps them on the wall for a long time. Anyone serious of SL art should definitely visit this exhibit and learn more about the mind of Fae. At least the parts she gifts us insight in.
Yesterday I was walking the stylish floors of the Palais Orleans, and just as I was about to leave I got an IM from anibrm.jung, the owner of Art By Nature! (SLurl). I had visited the place before, and now she had a couple of new photos.
I TP'ed over, and got a nice chat with her.
ANI is doing RL nature photographs, and as you can see she has created an SL gallery that confirms with the theme:-) You are literally walking on green pastures while admiring the beautiful shots. She has a nice video on Youtube presenting her art too (Video).
What I like a lot is her attention to details in the scene; like in one shot the focus is on a nail in a fence, while the horses on the field behind is blurred. It so reminds me of one of my favorite movies: American Beauty. If anyone of you have seen it, you will remember one of the main characters walking around, videotaping odd stuff like an old bag of plastic dancing in the wind, just because he found it so beautiful:
"Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world, I feel like I can't take it,
and my heart is just going to cave in."
ANI gives me the same feeling with her best shots. Eveyone (including me, lol) can make a nice sunset picture, but it takes more of an artist to show us the hidden treasures in the nature surrounding us.
I have given some thoughts about the difference between a gallery mimicing RL (like the Palais Orleans) and more NPIRL-like places like Art by Nature! Being quite a NPIRL fan I must confess to generally liking those places best. Even so, when art itselves is clearly SL bound, it creates a nice contrast do display it in surroundings our brain holds for real.
But when it comes to displaying RL photographs, NPIRL is definitely the way to go. So pictures set up outside in the rain, and grass growing throutgh the floors of the few buildings works so well. Art by Nature! is definitely worth visiting, and if you bring someone special, you can relax together on a coach by the fire, sharing the beauty around you and in your selves.
Morgana Nagorski has an exhibit at the Palais Orleans (SLurl) you don't want to miss.
If you don't know Palais Orleans, it's a classy and classic contemporary art gallery, often housing high-quality exhibitions. And this one is one of the better I have seen here.
I have real problem summing up these pictures. As I walk around, I find myselves touched by each work, as if they spoke to me. When I look at "Battered and Exhausted" I really recognize not only a battered avatar, but an exhausted human. And combined with a wonderful lightening effect this is a true piece of art.
And then there is the screaming face of a woman clearly being abused by another avatar, titled "Don't Hurt Me" - it's just too strong for words really.
Walking further down, I find "Let's Go Get 'Em", a curious piece with a beautiful girl standing between torsos on sticks... And futher down is "Empty", depicting an empty railway station.... I think you get the impression: This is an exhibit with lots of very different pieces that has one thing in common: A lot of work and care has been put into them, and they deserve to be studied as the great art they are.
It seems like every time I tire of the lag and the crashes and conflicts with RL and funny and useless new viewers from the Lab, I stumble upon something like this: An exhibit that showes the real power of virtual worlds: Great art that just would not be possible without virtual worlds.
Thanks Morgana, for giving us your art and talent.
ReactionGrid has been my "home" in OpenSim for two years now. During that time, I have really not done much building, but it have felt good to have a foothold outside of the somewhat varying strategies from Battery Street.
OpenSimulator today is a much more stable product than it was 2 years ago. So stable, in fact, that an installation on my basement "server" really fulfulls my needs.
In addition, HyperGrid has become useful too! Today I managed to jump out of my own grid for the first time . and I could even fetch some freebees from another grid. Awsome!
It does not really feel good leaving ReactionGrid. The people running it is just plain fantastic. Even though I messed up my credit card on Paypal and got my region closed, they restored it from backup to send me an OAR. The reason I move is just that I so love having full control from the server up; it makes the grid experience more fun for a geek like me:-) But I will probably miss that someone else is keeping my region up....
On the positive side: I now have 4 regions and as many prims I care to load my server with; lots of space to expand!
My grid is accessible from the outside - but I want a period of testing and some building before I publish the URL. After that it would be great to have some hypergrid visitors!
A Second Life® avatar with alts on ReactionGrid, OSGrid and OpenLife; friendly, curious, open. Spend most of my time building, scripting, exploring and chatting with friends. Always loves to meet new people.