Second Life through La Baroque’s Eyes

Club LA and Gallery – La Baroque

Currently open on the mezzanine floor of Club LA and Gallery, curated by Fuyuko ‘冬子’ Amano (Wintergeist), is an exhibition of art based on Second Life photographs, by artist La Baroque.

Hailing from Italy, La Baroque entered Second Life in August 2007. Already keenly interested in photography, she quickly found Second Life photography as engaging as that of the physical world. However, what makes her work particularly fascinating is not only the subject matter of her images, but the manner in which she uses post-processing techniques to make her images look – and feel – as much like paintings as possible, often with an other-worldly feel.

Club LA and Gallery – La Baroque

All of this is very much in evidence in the exhibition at Club LA and Gallery. Placed within a beach-like setting, complete with sand and camp fire, are nineteen pieces from La Baroque’s portfolio, all richly diverse in subject, framing, composition and finish. Some are suggestive of watercolour landscapes and settings, others suggest they are oil paintings, rich in colour and texture to the point where it’s easy to imagine reaching out and feeling the uneven surface of the paint on canvas. At least one – Chairs – offers a suggestion of the abstract, while that feeling of other-worldliness is also to be found throughout many of the pieces on display.

In terms of subject matter, the images offer very personal takes on Second Life landscapes, some of which might be familiar to Second Life travellers, such as Orcadi Island (which you can read about here) and Sarawak (which I wrote about here). Others are composed avatar studies offering a narrative flow – such as with Nothing on the Horizon and Breathe the Scent of the Sea, two pieces I found particularly strong in story within this series of narrative images.

Club LA and Gallery – La Baroque

Another piece I found particularly evocative – although singling out pieces within this selection really isn’t fair – is Memories of a Dragon, which is perhaps the most powerfully expressive of La Baroque’s ability to create an expression of a parallel world.

As well as producing 2D art, La Baroque also produces 3D art, but notes she doesn’t do it too often as she claims she is “much too lazy” and lacks the patience to build. Given the depth of creativity and care  shown within the pieces on display at Club LA and Gallery, I beg to differ with La Baroque’s assessment; she is far from “lazy” and her patience with the creative process is abundantly clear.

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