Tonight I return to the DixMix Art Gallery after several days of absence. The three artistic rooms now host the following artists:
Grey Gallery: A DeLAUREN
Black Gallery: Lalbu
White Gallery: Moon Edenbaum
They are three different artists in style, subjects depicted, color choice and overall “mood.” Geometric shapes and color on the nude woman body is the style of A DeLAUREN who explores this combination of elements during the April exhibition at the gallery of DiXmiX Source (owner and artistic curator). The geometric shapes and light and shadow effects serve to highlight the female body, making sure that the viewer’s gaze goes wherever the artist wishes. Looking at the images as a whole, a bit from a distance, I have the impression that DeLAUREN wanted to end her pictures with a 3D filter, or something similar. It is an effect that, unlike the techniques mentioned above, obtains the opposite effect, or fades, does not define the contours, but doubles by placing them in different positions on the canvas that serves as a background. For this April exhibition, Lalbu proposes some images that remember the desert as the main setting. These women and men used to live in contact with the problematic climate typical of Saharan areas, an aspect that the DixMix Gallery wants to emphasize by simulating the desert on the floor that hosts the works of Lalbu. Upstairs is Moon Edenbaum, with her black and white woman portraits. I suppose they are shots the artist has captured wandering around the metaverse. Woman faces whose the artist wanted to give prominence through an elegant black and white cared for in the brightness and shadow effects.
The Vibes Gallery, owned by Eviana Robbiani and Lunhea Resident, exhibits some interesting artists artworks during April. In this post, I would like to briefly illustrate some of them and inform the readers of Narcotic, the music club connected to the gallery. It is an elegant place, with an urban-grunge style, suggestive both for the furniture and for the musical choices usually made by the DJs hosting the events.
The Vibes Art Gallery
The Vibes Gallery consists of a small room carefully furnished by Lunhea, the local architect. The artistic curator is instead Eviana Robbiani and, for April offers us the following artists:
They are photographers who present different styles: some minimalists, others sophisticated, some prefer black and white, others bright color, for some the plays of light are essential, for others are not the dominant aspect in the artistic context. Among the various artists proposed, “Disillusioned” by Legolas Baxton and “My Mind” by Kimmy LittleBoots capture my attention more. Moki Yuitza‘s “Stay” is also delightful, especially for the play of light and shadow that the artist has managed to create.
The Narcotic Club
The Narcotic is a refined club, where artists and guests meet after the opening for a musical evening in the company. I confess that I went to one of these events only once, but there is no wonder, given my now known refractoriness to events. I usually prefer to visit places by myself, indeed. However, I like Narcotic in a particular way, perhaps for the urban-grunge style, maybe for the elegance and taste in the furniture, maybe for the setting that Lunhea has managed to create or, perhaps just, because it conveys incredible sensations as soon as you enter the room. The structure is by Marcus Inkpen (UUID: 494cd7b8-29c4-4518-8eb2-740be85929f7) who sells his works both on Inworld and on the Marketplace (The Looking Glass Store).
I arrived at the Maison d’Aneli landing point which I knew was presenting outstanding artists during April. At first, I think I had the wrong landmark, as I find myself in a garage motor show by Willem Koba. However, I soon realize that I was in the right place when I saw the teleports section in front of me towards the art exhibition.
Artists showcase @Maison D’Aneli
The teleport leads as usual to the gallery upper floor which hosts three artists: Calypso Applewhite, Bachi Cheng, and the same Maison’s owner and art curator, Aneli Abeyante. The gallery’s lower part presents Magda Schmidtzau, RazorZ, Theda Thammas, and Iono Allen instead. Arriving at the top of the gallery, the first artist I dwell on is Calypso Applewhite, which I had already known and appreciated in the past visiting the VOIR Gallery, which of she is co-owner along with her partner Frenchy. I talked about them and my impressions of their art in the following post:
In her exhibition at the Maison d’Aneli, Capypso Applewhite offers her avatar images essentially and elaborately at the same time. Essential, as she does not use sophisticated photographic compositions or graphic montages, elaborated since the few elements added to the avatar are chosen with high accuracy and enhance the woman making use of a robust communicative impact. Applewhite prefers black and white, and when she uses color, she picks red as the predominant in the art scene. The artist’s pictures are of considerable visual impact; they immediately capture the attention of the visitor who remains intrigued and involved. On the upper floor, there is also Bachi Cheng which presents a series of her works made in RL and which of she has imported textures in Second Life for exhibition purposes. Her designs capture and display the emotions of a moment, moments of life that she loves to catch and rework according to her taste and feel. These are brightly colored designs, full of passion and emotional transport and that makes you think of a fully lived life.
Also on the top floor is the art of Aneli Abeyante, owner and art curator at the Maison d’Aneli. The art of Aneli is predominantly fractal, that is by moving geometric shapes. She presents herself with soft and gentle colors and movements that have a calming effect on the observer. Downstairs are Magda Schmidtzau’s images those I am familiar with as I have been following Maddy for years now. Her style is unmistakable; she mixes the feminine form with the geometric one to create a union of emotion and reason. During the years Maddy wanted and knew how to explore different styles, giving the observer new feelings. For the first time, I explore the art by RazorZ, which I had never had the pleasure of knowing before now. His artistic show is by geometric shapes, colors and movement, all carefully elaborated both in 2D and in 3D. Undeniably an intriguing and engaging style. Finally, the largest room on the lower floor is for Theda Thammas and Iono Allen, two authorities in the artistic field. The Thammas and Allen present “Samurai” which I share with pleasure to entice the reader to see it. The film is shot by Iono who values Theda’s art in a stunning Japanese-style machinima.
Paola Mills, an expert photographer in the virtual world, is exhibiting a series of captivating images at the Nitroglobus Roof Art Gallery, owned and curated by Dido Haas. The photographic composition is titled “Nudes” and is a tribute to Helmut Newton.
For those not familiar, Helmut Newton is one of the most controversial figures in the photography world. He began to devote himself to fashion photography thanks to Elsie Neulander Simon; a Berlin photographer specialized in fashion, portraits, and nudes.
Who Helmut Newton is
Newton was forced to emigrate to Australia because of the fascist regime, and he also lived in Paris, Monte Carlo and Los Angeles. The English version of Vogue in the 1950s allowed him to win his first successes after that Newton became one of the most exciting fashion photographers of all time.
The apex of his career took place in the 60s and 70s when he became a real celebrity.
Newton is famous both for his fashion photography and for his portraits of the great characters of the ‘900. He has published dozens of books, and his works have been spread all over the world.
The opinions on Helmut Newton are the most different. For some, he is a genius, who has elevated fashion photography to art, for others a misogynist, who has crossed the line of acceptability. Newton was aware of the adverse reactions he aroused in the audience and built his character around the reputation of “bad boy.” One of his most famous phrases was: “You always have to live up to your bad reputation.”
I had already anticipated that Newton became famous in the 1960s when he began to introduce elements of sadomasochism, voyeurism, and homosexuality in fashion photography. He shows women in all their erotic charge; in some images, they on a sofa full of post-coital satisfaction.
Newton’s career accompanied by the taste of provocation. In 1974 he released his first book “White Women” which was a huge success. However, some accused Newton of racism because of the title of the book. He responded to the accusations by saying that the reasons for this scandal were not understood, given that in the book there was no image of any black woman.
Newton’s models are tall, strong and muscular, or the prototype of the 80s woman. The scenarios he represents are the manifestation of his repressed fantasies, and it is understandable that for some his work was degrading to the image of women.
Nowadays, Newton’s images don’t even seem so provocative anymore, because what was politically incorrect today is porn-chic.
Helmut Newton had well understood that the more his works were ambiguous, the more they disoriented the observer and the more they would remain indelible in memory.
Although the contents have always had more attention than the photography technique, Newton’s lights and compositions are impeccable.
The tribute to Newton by Paola Mills
Paola Mills wants to donate a tribute to the artist Newton: it is a way to remember him, to entice people who visit the exhibition to read up on him, his technical ability and his ability to go against conventions and to challenge, with style and elegance, the observer’s gaze.
Paola’s images are inspired by Newton’s “Nudes” collection which takes their name in the current exhibition. They are, undoubtedly, very sensual and provocative, although Mills emphasizes that she does not intend to provoke the minds of visitors, but to remember and evoke the intentions of breaking with Newton’s typical social conventions.
Paola Mills presents us with a female avatar that exudes sensuality, despite its virtuality, succeeding in its intent, therefore.
The exhibition of Mills will remain open during the months of April-May at the Nitroglobus Roof Art Gallery.
I start the Friday column with Ines, proposing her like Flickr artist who has excited me for her style, her technique, and her powerful ability. Ines is a photographer in Second Life and prefers black and white as style and mode of communication. Black and white is an artistic technique that is both effective and complex: black and white photography is essential and minimalist, and it also highlights technique and expressive ability. Ines’ photographs contain precisely this communicative ability, preferring to focus attention on a particular, on a glance, on a sensation, or a lived situation. For this first Friday column, I propose three images that I consider valid and noteworthy.
Con Ines, inizio la rubrica del venerdì, in cui propongo un artista su Flickr che mi ha entusiasmata per il suo stile, la sua tecnica e la capacità espressiva.
Ines si dedica alla fotografia in Second Life e predilige il bianco e nero come stile e modalità di comunicazione. Il bianco e nero rappresenta una tecnica espressiva efficace e complessa al tempo stesso: se da un lato, infatti, una fotografia in bianco e nero è essenziale e minimalista, dall’altra essa sottolinea la tecnica e l’abilità espressiva.
Le fotografie di Ines racchiudono proprio questa abilità comunicativa, prediligendo focalizzare l’attenzione su un particolare, su uno sguardo, su una sensazione, o una situazione vissuta.
Per questa prima rubrica del venerdì, propongo tre immagini che io ritengo valide e degne di nota.
Starting from March 1 is open to the public the exhibition “Metalux” by Sergio Jiadom and Shi Bumi, hosted by the Vibes Gallery. For those who do not know it, the Vibes Gallery is a charming and grunge structure organized in the sky at the Wanderers Retreat Region. The artistic curator of Vibes is Eviana Robbiani, while Luhnea Resident took care of the architectural aspect of the building, furnished with care and attention to detail. Sergio Jiadom‘s works are close-ups of women in black and white or in some cases sepia. A single source of light illuminates the faces. It creates synoptic forms of shadow: they give the expressions captured in those artistic shots an aura of mystery, of the dream. Sergio Jiadom titled all his works with “shadow nr…” by changing only the number in the title. This particular is a characteristic that allows us to understand the importance that the artist gives to the shadow in his works. What happens if art is composed of shadow? To better understand, it is necessary to overturn the original point of view that we all know, that is, the light projecting itself, generates beams of shadow. Let’s imagine instead that light is manipulated to give shape to shadows. What we have before us will be works made of darkness, of absence, but no less concrete and evocative than those made of bodies and colors. The idea of shadow that has become a work of art is the result of contemporaneity.
There is a phrase by Junichiro Tanizaki mentioned in his “Book of Shadows” that effectively describes Sergio Jiadom‘s images: “In truth, there are neither secrets nor mysteries: everything is the magic of shadow.” Shadow has its charm, an ability to stratify and become matter. A dark beauty that is no longer hell, sin, damnation but the dream and at the same time truth. In the history of art, the shadow has had different roles: in some cases, it has been used to give depth and consistency to the props, in other cases it was only a small spot stretched under the feet and, in Byzantine art, it disappeared altogether. Shi Bumi‘s works are also in black and white, with close-ups and half-busts. In some images, the reference to BDSM is quite evident, in a sequence of details that leave room for the imagination. Among the photos on display, I was particularly struck by “Save a prayer,” a half-length bust of a beautiful naked woman who seems to pray. The light deludes the sad face and the bowed head, while everything else is in the shade, leaving room for the game of “I see, I don’t see.” The close-up male entitled “Yugen” has also a great impact. It amazes the visitor for the particular expressiveness of the face. An important feature if you think that we are talking about the portrait of an avatar. Unfortunately, the artists have not left a biography of their own to draw on for more information. Speaking with Eviana Robbiani and Luna Resident, I learned that Sergio Jiadom and Shi Bumi are two “new entries” in the Esselian art sector. I will follow these artists in the future because I think they deserve attention in the artistic world of SL®.
Dal 1 marzo è aperta al pubblico l’esibizione “Metalux” di Sergio Jiadom e Shi Bumi, ospitata dalla Vibes Gallery. Per coloro che non la conoscessero, la Vibes Gallery è una struttura suggestiva e grunge ospitata in cielo presso la Wanderers Retreat Regione.
Curatore artistico della Vibes è Eviana Robbiani, mentre Luhnea Resident si è occupata dell’aspetto architettonico dell’edificio, arredato con cura e curato nei minimi dettagli.
I lavori di Sergio Jiadom sono primi piani di donna in bianco e nero o in alcuni casi color seppia. I volti sono illuminati da un’unica sorgente di luce che crea delle sinouse forme di ombra: esse regalano alle espressioni colte in quegli scatti artistici un alone di mistero, di sogno. Sergio Jiadom intitola tutti i suoi lavori con “ombra nr…” , modificando solo il numero nel titolo. Si tratta di una caratteristica che permette di comprendere l’importanza che l’artista dà all’ombra nei suoi lavori. Cosa accade se l’arte è fatta di ombra? Per comprenderlo è necessario ribaltare il punto di vista originario che tutti conosciamo, ovvero la luce proiettando se stessa, genera fasci di ombra. Immaginiamo invece che la luce venga manipolata per dare forma alle ombre. Quello che avremo davanti saranno opere fatte di oscurità, di assenza, ma non per questo meno concrete e suggestive di quelle fatte di corpi e di colori.
L’idea di ombra che diventata opera d’arte è frutto della contemporaneità.
C’è una frase di Junichiro Tanizaki menzionata nel suo “Libro d’ombra” che descrive in modo efficace le immagini di Sergio Jiadom: “In verità, non esistono né segreti, né misteri: tutto è magia dell’ombra”. L’ombra ha un fascino suo, una capacità di stratificarsi e divenire materia.
Una bellezza oscura che non è più inferno, peccato, perdizione ma sogno e al contempo verità.
L’ombra, nella storia dell’arte, ha avuto ruoli diversi: in alcuni casi essa è stata usata per conferire profondità e consistenza agli oggetti di scena, in altri casi essa era solo una piccola macchia allungata sotto i piedi e, nell’arte bizantina essa spariva del tutto.
Anche i lavori di Shi Bumi sono in bianco e nero, primi piani e mezzi busti. In alcune immagini il richiamo al BDSM è piuttosto evidente, in una sequenza di particolari che lasciano spazio alla immaginazione. Tra le immagini esposte mi ha colpita in particolare “Save a prayer”, un mezzo busto di una bellissima donna nuda che sembra pregare. La luce illuma il volto triste e il capo chino, mentre tutto il resto è in ombra, lasciando spazio al gioco del “vedo, non vedo”.
Di notevole impatto è anche il primo piano maschile intitolato “Yugen” che stupisce il visitatore per la particolare espressività del volto: una caratteristica importante se si pensa che stiamo parlando del ritratto di un avatar.
Purtroppo gli artisti non hanno lasciato una loro biografia a cui attingere per avere maggiori informazioni.
Parlando con Eviana Robbiani e Lunhea Resident, ho appreso che Sergio Jiadom e Shi Bumi due “new entry” nel settore artistico esseliano.
Seguirò questi artisti in futuro perchè credo che meritino attenzione nel mondo artistico di SL®.
Do you remember the film “Waterworld” directed by Kevin Reynolds, produced and starred by Kevin Kostner and released in 1995? For those who don’t know it, it’s a story set in a post-apocalyptic future and about the adventures of a mutant in search of the last strips of land in a world submerged by water. Kevin Kostner’s film was not, in fact, particularly successful. Only recently, the addition of half an hour of content that illustrates the plot has allowed the public to understand the narrative better and appreciate nuances previously misunderstood. Despite the lack of film success, Antartica Ferraris decided to stage a musical in Second Life® inspired by “Waterworld.” In my opinion, this is a courageous choice, but not irresponsible. The premiere of the show was in the land of “Ignorant Fairies” owned by Esther Prynne and Hori TheHorizon. I had the pleasure to create a special event for this show on my Facebook group dedicated to art, “Art and culture in virtual worlds” that, seen by James Wagner, has brought an excellent media response thanks to his article in New World Notes. James expresses, in the post, the astonishment for the choice of “Waterworld,” especially because it comes from a group of Italians. His perplexity is mainly why to the substantial cinematic flop of Kevin Kostner’s film. Although I understand James’ arguments, I must say that the musical set in SL® was, unlike the film, a success.
Regardless of the film,the show created by Antartica Ferraris and directed by Van Loopen lived up to expectations. The original and numerous animations explicitly designed for the show by Antartica Ferraris thrilled both the audience and the actors themselves. In so many years of SL®, this is the first time I have seen a team effort. Collaboration is never “cheap,” especially when it involves people who interact with each other through a PC. Besides, staging a show in which several people are required, and many animations inevitably generate a considerable lag. However, I saw the performers passionate about storytelling and scenography, overcoming the technical difficulties that necessarily had to be faced and resolved. The show cost commitment and stress, but also great satisfaction and joy. Satisfaction for having created a unique show of its kind. Joy for having been part of a joint project that rewarded friendship.
Leggi in Italiano → “Waterworld”, show musicale in Second Life®
Ricordate il film “Waterworld” diretto da Kevin Reynolds, prodotto e recitato da Kevin Kostner e uscito nel 1995? Per chi non lo conoscesse, si tratta di una storia ambientata in un futuro post-apocalittico e tratta delle avventure di un mutante alla ricerca degli ultimi lembi di terra in un mondo sommerso dalle acque.
Il film di Kevin Kostner non ha avuto, per la verità, particolare successo. Solo di recente, l’aggiunta di mezz’ora di contenuti che ne illustrano la trama, ha permesso al pubblico di comprendere meglio la narrazione e apprezzarne sfumature prima incomprese.
Eppure, nonostante lo scarso successo cinematografico, Antartica Ferraris ha deciso di mettere in scena un musical in Second Life® ispirato proprio a “Waterworld”. Si tratta, a mio avviso, di una scelta coraggiosa, ma non irresponsabile.
La prima dello show è andata in scena presso la land delle “Fate Ignoranti” di proprietà di Esther Prynne eHori TheHorizon. Ho avuto il piacere di creare un evento apposito per questo show sul mio gruppo di Facebook dedicato all’arte, “Art and culture in virtual worlds” che, visto da James Wagner, ha portato un ottimo riscontro mediatico grazie al suo articolo su New World Notes. James esprime, nel post, lo stupore per la scelta di “Waterworld”, soprattutto perché proviene da un gruppo di italiani. La sua perplessità è soprattutto legata al sostanziale flop cinematografico del film di Kevin Kostner. Pur comprendendo le argomentazioni di James, devo dire che il musical ambientato in SL® è stato, a differenza del film, un successo.
In effetti, a prescindere dal film da cui è tratto, lo show ideato da Antartica Ferraris e diretto da Van Loopen è stato all’altezza delle aspettative. Le originali e numerose animazioni create appositamente per lo spettacolo da Antartica Ferraris hanno entusiasmato sia il pubblico che gli stessi attori.
In tanti anni di SL®, è la prima volta che assisto a un lavoro di squadra. La collaborazione non è mai “cosa da poco” soprattutto quando interessa persone che interagiscono tra loro attraverso un pc. Inoltre mettere in scena uno spettacolo in cui sono coinvolte diverse persone e numerosissime animazioni genera, per forza di cose, un notevole lag. Tuttavia ho visto i performers appassionarsi alla narrazione e alla scenografia, superando le difficoltà tecniche che inevitabilmente si sono dovute affrontare e risolvere.
Lo spettacolo è costato impegno e stress, ma anche grande soddisfazione e gioia. Soddisfazione per avere dato vita a uno show unico nel suo genere, gioia per essere stati partecipi di un progetto comune che ha premiato l’amicizia.