Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Special treat: images by Minie Rainbow from Holly Kai Art Park

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Special treat: images by Minie Rainbow, the Blog Intern, from Holly Kai Art Park and it's surroundings. This is an Epilogue for the blog post about Shorelines and Solitudes, as said above.

Derry McMahon and Bear Silvershade exhibit at Holly Kai Art Garden: Shorelines and Solitudes

As a gallery owner I get asked sometimes about how taking snapshots in Second Life is supposed to be same as "real photography". Well yes you can just go and take a picture of something someone else made and not do anything to it, not have any new angle to the subject matter, not have anything to say about it, and then call it yours, and that can feel a bit hollow to the viewer. But you can also produce images such as those by Derry McMahon and Bear Silvershade, who tell a story with every shot, every piece. So if you get asked this question, I recommend you send the person their way.

Derry McMahon and Bear Silvershade have a shared exhibit called "Shorelines and Solitudes" at Holly Kai Art Garden, curated by Inara Pey, until 5th of April, 2016. Side by side, their artworks are set up in two terraces of the garden, complimenting and contradicting each other, as was so well said in the gallery's blog post.

Derry McMahon took this exhibit as a chance to enjoy her favorite views by the water, in Second Life, while her real life surroundings were made uninviting by a series of bad weather events. "Down the Shore Everything’s All Right" she quotes the song Jersey Girl by Bruce Springsteen. And her images transport you with her to a world of fresh air, open skies and the wonderful feeling of freedom.

Bear Silvershade shares with us his imaginations of the difference between solitude and loneliness. Being alone does not necessarily mean you feel lonely. Sometimes some time alone is needed. You can step outside of your daily routine and let your mind work on the intricacies of the universe, and depths of your own being. While Bear quotes Jean-Paul Sartre: ‘If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company’, and Derry thinks of the song by Springsteen, I feel like they are both talking about a very similar need for some air. Fresh thoughts, fresh viewpoint. Clear you mind and your schedule. Enjoy the beauty of the world around you.

You can see their work also at their own galleries in Heron Shire, and in their Galleria Kakku booths.

Friday, 18 March 2016

Valaskala, a sound installation

Here is a Linden Endowment for the Arts exhibit I recommend you see and hear. Valaskala, a sound installation by Instincta & Stem van Helsinki, March 13th - June 30th, 2016, takes you to a distorted space and time in a unique way.

While star traveling across the constellation of Cetus and it's aquatic neighbors, you get to enjoy the symphony.

Our blog intern Minie sent in this picture

Fly, run, walk, teleport.

Make sure you have sounds and visuals on the righ way

Instincta and Stem are a Finnish artist couple you might know for their installations over the years. They own and run VALO gallery, which they started in 2013. And for Galleria Kakku visitors wishing to see their work, I have the Jatulinkivi sculpture by Instincta in the courtyard.

Thanks for the pictures to Instincta and Minie!

Artist Profile: Johannes1977

Johannes1977 is a well known artist, publisher and curator in Second Life. Combining black and white photography with sepia and a few other choice colors he has created a trademark vintage look for his artwork. See his Flickr photostream here.

Having showcased his own art in several galleries and other locations over the years, Johannes 1977 runs the Creations Art Gallery as well. Housing some big names of the virtual art world, this gallery is definitely an important one.

Creations Art Gallery
Johannes1977 at Creations Art Gallery
Past exhibits include a LEA show called Seasons of Life, which can still be found on the LEA blog. There was "The German Collection" at Holly Kai Art Park in 2015 - curated by Inara Pey, "Scenes from a War" at The Rose Art Gallery in 2015 - curated by Shakti Adored, and many others.

Johannes1977 has also had exhibits during big events, for example "Kandis' Dance" special exhibition at One Billion Rising 2016, SL12B "Life is a Dream" Exhibition, 2015 Burn 2 Primordial and Santalarity events, 2015 Raglanshire Artwalk and various photos at Art in the Park.

Johannes1977 at Virtual Chelsea
The current exhibit at Virtual Chelsea features a few pieces from the Fallscapes series and one of my (Pieni's) favorites: "The Marshes Roanoke Lighthouse".

Johannes1977 at Galleria Kakku
Make sure to check out Johannes1977's booth at Galleria Kakku.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Maymay Matova and Miss Longtail have an exhibit opening at Gallery 24

Two of our own artists Maymay Matova and Miss Longtail have an exhibit opening at Gallery 24 (curated by Kayly Iali) on 12th of March, 2-4 pm SLT. Live singer Miss Longtail and DJ Story provide the entertainment! The exhibit featuring real life drawings and paintings by both artists will run through March and April.

At the risk of getting tickles for going too early, I went to see if there was anything there I could show a picture of without giving too much of a spoiler. So I got a peek at the party spot for you.

And because tinies never wait for permission, of course I found Brandi Whittenton already there, browsing! Hehe. She promised to allow a picture, soon as she touched up her make up. She was plenty gorgeous before as well. ;)