i4 Galleries: of abstracts and postcards

Leko Catnip - i4 Galleries
Ieko Catnip – i4 Galleries

Kayly Iali is an artist and the owner  / curator of i4 Galleries of Art. A suite of four gallery spaces within the Port Lydius region, i4 Galleries occupies the same quarter of the region’s sky space as Lusus Saule, whose work I also recently reviewed.

February saw the start of four new exhibits at i4 Galleries, three of which sit within the abstract school, while the fourth presents an delight take on the idea of vintage postcards.

I’ve encountered the work of JudiLynn India previously in SL, and have always been struck by her bold use of colour and materials. An artist working in acrylics and digital art in the physical world, JudiLynn here presents 14 striking pieces of her art which demonstrate her work to its fullest advantage.

Judilynn India - i4 Galleries
Judilynn India – i4 Galleries

The large format in which the works are presented allows the rich detail in each, including the texturing apparent within it, to be clearly seen, adding to their vibrant look and feel.  number also exhibit a rich, dynamic energy in both the use of colour and line; there is a sense of power and movement within them, while other are more restful in nature, presenting a calming influence whilst retaining a strong use of form and colour.

A former graphic artist working in advertising, Ieko Catnip switched to painting some 20 years ago, inspired by the work of Zao-Wou-Ki, Pierre Soulages, Antoni Tàpies and Hans Hartung. She specialises in lyric abstraction and has her own contemporary art gallery in SL.

The fifteen pieces displayed here are of  similar large format presentation to JudiLynn, which again allows the riches and dynamism of each item to be shown to its fullest.

Leko Catnip - i4 Galleries
Ieko Catnip – i4 Galleries

Also, as with JudiLynn’s work, there is a striking dynamism to the pieces on display, although one somewhat different in nature. The shapes within several of the pieces are far more anthropomorphic in nature, more suggestive of the human form in motion, while in others there is sense of movement and form which might suggest a ship in a storm or lily pads on the water.

Vonnie the Fox is a relative newcomer to Second Life. An artist in the physical world, the exhibition at i4 Galleries marking the first public display of her work. She sees SL as a means of exploring and experimenting with digital art and expression, listing both SL art and building as two of her interests.

Vonnie the Fox - i4 Galleries
Vonnie the Fox – i4 Galleries

Here she takes an interesting approach to abstract works, presenting a series of colour images of scenes in Second Life shot through the medium of Linden Water. This gives the pieces a rather unique sense of motion / distortion, while the use of bright colours, either within the subjects of the pieces or through the selection of windlights, leads to a set of highly individual pieces. Don’t forget to check his Flickr stream, either.

The final exhibit in this quartet steps away from abstract foundations and is, perhaps, the most interesting in both idea and format – and one which offers a unique way of showing appreciation to a friend.

David Peyton - i4 Glleries
David Peyton – i4 Galleries

David Peyton works mostly in photography and mixed media, and his exhibit at i4 combines both to present a series of vintage postcards featuring a range of sights from around Second Life

Not only is a delightful series of postcards offered for admiration and (like the works in the other three exhibits) also for sale, it is presented with a wonderful dash of humour through the Kisses on a Postcard element of the display, which feature imagined missives from the likes of Napoleon to Josephine or Georgia O’Keeffe to Alfred Stieglitz, and others. What’s more, David also offers a special service: select a postcard, pen your own message and David will supply you with a set of 20 individually numbered postcards you can send to friends in SL.

Kayly Iali - i4 Galleries Skyloft
Kayly Iali – i4 Galleries Skyloft

As an added bonus, once you’ve toured the main gallery spaces, you can also teleport to the Skyloft (ou can also reach it via the teleport board at the gallery landing point). Here you’ll find Kayly’s own work on display, a beautiful mix of abstract and still life work, presented in an ambient environment that really shows them to their best advantage, making it easy to see any of the pieces displayed on a wall in your own home.

All four exhibits in the main gallery spaces will be open through until April 2015. Given their proximity to one another (The Vonnie the Fox and David Peyton exhibitions are just around the corner to Judilynn India and Ieko Catnip), they can be enjoyed together. This is something especially worthwhile given the abstract theme carried within three of them, while David’s exhibit offers a unique and charming approach to art in SL. A trip to Kayly’s skyloft will also round-out any visit perfectly.

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Murder, mysteries, fiddles and ballads

It’s time to kick-off another week of fabulous story-telling in voice, brought to Second Life and Kitely by the staff and volunteers at the Seanchai Library.

As always, all times SLT / PDT, and unless otherwise stated, events will be held on the Seanchai Library’s home on Imagination Island, or at their Kitely Homeworld.

Sunday, February 15th

13:30: Tea-time at Baker Street – the Boscombe Valley Mystery

Watson and Homes en route by train to Boscombe Valley (Sidney Paget, The Strand Magazine, 1891)

In 1889, Holmes receives a summons from chief Inspector Lestrade, requesting he travel to Herefordshire to lean assistance in a murder investigation that is perhaps more convoluted than it may initially appear.

On the surface, it appears to be an open and shut case. Charles McCarthy, an Australian expatriate was out walking his dog when, after apparently being stalked by his son, armed with a gun, he is murdered. With two witness who saw McCarthy’s son – James – both following him and then have a heated exchange with him, it seems obvious who is responsible for McCarthy senior’s death.

However, James McCarthy insists that while he and his father did argue, their paths crossed by chance, as he was out hunting, and he certainly didn’t kill his father. The cause of their argument turns out to be Alice Turner, daughter of one John Turner, a good friend to Charles McCarthy.

As Holmes and Watson investigate and interview, so things become more involved, with requests for marriage, secret weddings, mysterious references to a rat, past crimes and secrets pasts. All of which eventually lead to blackmail and murder…

Join Caledonia Skytower, Kayden Oconnell and Corwyn Allen as they read this curious case.

18:00: A Pooh Bear Valentine’s Pajama Party!

join Caledonia Skytower for a Winnie-the-Pooh themed time at Magicland Park!

Monday February 16th

06:00: The Emerald Atlas

emerald atlasCata Charisma continues his reading of John Stephens’ The emerald Atlas, the first volume in his fantasy trilogy for young adults, The Books of Beginning.

Having been passed from pillar to post through orphanages, three siblings, Kate, Emma, and Michael, find themselves lodged at the home of one Dr. Stanislaus Pym. Kate, the eldest of the three is driven by a promise made by her mother, that if Kate protects her younger sister and brother, then their family will be one day reunited.

But in their explorations of Dr. Pym’s house the three of them find their way into the basement, where they come across a mysterious door and a equally mysterious emerald-covered booth, entirely without text. When an old photograph touches the blank pages of the book, however, the three are immediately transported to the time and place depicted in the photograph. Her they find themselves in a realm populated by witches, henchmen, giants, dwarves and more – and one Dr. Stanislaus Pym, a good deal younger than when they last saw him in his house…

19:00 The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be

Gyro Muggins concludes Fredrick Pohl’s The Age of the Pussyfoot.

(Trident 1971 hardcover)
(Trident 1971 hardcover)

First published in serial form in1966, they republished as a novel in its own right in 1969, The Age of the Pussyfoot sees us transported to the 26th century along with one Charles Forrester, who has been in a state of cryogenic sleep for some 500 years, after being killed in a fire. His time in suspended animation, together with his revival – now that technology has developed to a point where revival is possible – has been paid for through his insurance, which (presumably through the act of compound interest down the centuries, his on-going medical expenses notwithstanding) has also left him comparatively well-off.

Forrester find the 26th century a place of delight; his spectre-like computer terminal, the Joymaker, puts almost everything – including drugs – at his fingertips. He’s able to take an apartment, still enjoy the delights of 20th century food and enter into a lifestyle of parties and fun, the money from his insurance making him rather wealthy.

Then things start to go a little sideways. First, there is Adne, who appears to be out to trap him into providing for her children; there’s also the mysterious Club, who also seem to be more interested in Forrester’s wealth than him. Add to the list the man from Mars who has taken out a hunting licence allowing him and his friends to track down and even kill Forrester – so long as his revival is paid for – and the future suddenly isn’t so bright a playground. And when his money starts running out, and he’s forced to take a job, he’s also forced to reassess who he can trust and who he can’t, and just what role he is actually to play in humanity’s future…

Tuesday February 17th, 19:00: Two Nights with Neil

Continues with Caedmon Sharkfin.

Wednesday February 18th

12:15: Kitely: Explore The Great Gatsby

Explore the Great Gatsby - Gatsby's mansion:  "The one on my right was a colossal affair by any standard—it was a factual imitation of some Hôtel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side, spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool, and more than forty acres of lawn and garden."
Explore the Great Gatsby – Gatsby’s mansion: “The one on my right was a colossal affair by any standard—it was a factual imitation of some Hôtel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side, spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool, and more than forty acres of lawn and garden.”

Join a Hypergrid Safari outing to Explore The Great Gatsby Online at Kitely, and join Caledonia Skytower. See many of the locations in which this classic American story unfold: the Buchanan’s mansion, Nick caraway’s cottage, the great Gothic edifice of Jay Gatsby’s mansion and, of course, the Valley of Ashes. Discover more about the novel and the recent Tacoma Little Theatre’s production of Simon Levy’s adaptation of the novel for the stage.

All this and more at: grid.kitely.com:8002/EXPLORESeanchai.

19:00: Poetry Out Loud

With Caledonia Skytower.

Thursday February 19th

19:00: The Fiddler of Bayou Teche

Shandon Loring opens the pages of Delia Sherman’s tale of a trickster fiddler in the deep south bayou.

Cadence lives with her adoptive mother, a medicine woman and fiddler in a small loup-garou community. She raises Cadence on tales old and new, many warning her against tricksters and their ways. But after her mother passes away, Cadence finds herself in trouble and facing one of the very tricksters she was warned about. But are the tales she remembers, and the warnings they contain, enough to protect her and provide for her survival?

21:00 Seanchai Late Night

More late-night science-fiction with Finn Zeddmore.

Saturday February 21st, Seanchai Kitely, 09:00 PDT: The Ballad of Tam Lin

With Shandon Loring.

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Please check with the Seanchai Library SL’s blog for updates and for additions or changes to the week’s schedule. The featured charity for January / February is Project Children, teaching and building peace in Northern Ireland, one child at a time.

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