Milly Sharple’s new fractal insanity

Fractal Insanity – The Art of Milly Sharple

Update, June 15th, 2018: I received the following from Milly – “I know I said I was staying put for a while but I ran out of space!” So, this being the case, she has relocated her gallery to Serena Montecito, where her art now resides in two buildings, rather than the single build described below. All SLurls in this article have been updated to reflect the new location. My thanks to Milly for letting me know.

I last wrote about Milly Sharple’s extraordinary art in October 2017. At that time, she had – as a result of a huge amount of support  / demand from friends – established a new gallery, after previously announcing she was retiring from Second Life art. A lot has happened since then; for one thing, her gallery of that time has since closed. Gone it may be, but the opportunity to experience Milly’s art as she would like it to be witnessed, has not.

“The old gallery never felt quite right to me,” Milly told me recently, “and I have re-opened a new version of Fractal Insanity – The Art of Milly Sharple at a new venue.”

Fractal Insanity – The Art of Milly Sharple

The new gallery, located in a sky sphere, showcases the rich diversity of Milly’s art. There is – obviously – her marvellously captivating fractal art, both static and animated.  The new gallery, with it predominant use of black and grey, brings these pieces sharply to life, the subdued wall panels and dark block walls bring out the rich depth of colour and contrast of these pieces.

Fractal Insanity – The Art of Milly Sharple – Woman With Cat – quite possibly my favourite of Milly’s pieces on display

Alongside of the fractal art, are pieces of Milly’s work in mixed media. These are also brought into vivid focus by the finish applied to the gallery building.

As much as I am a deep admirer of Milly’s Fractal art – I have to admit her mixed media work is as equally stunning – and quite possibly more enchanting. The use of colour, coupled with the almost etching-like finish to many of the pieces brings brings them to life in a remarkable way. Whether floral representations, animal studies or pieces with a more fantasy edge, or presenting an image such as a portrait through the use of fractals, these pieces are utterly captivating.

The gallery building offer two floors of display place – the ground floor and a mezzanine above. However, this is not all there is on offer, as Milly explains.

“I have closed the roof in to make more space and also added a sky sphere … There are teleporters in the gallery that go to the two extra levels.”

These teleport disks can be found on both of the lower levels of the building. At the time of my visit, the first of the upper levels – reached by teleporting to Rooftop 1 or Rooftop 2 – focused on Milly’s fractal work; the sphere above it, a selection of Milly’s animated etchings, which again should not be missed during a visit.

Finished with 3D art items, some by Milly herself and others modified by her, Fractal Insanity – The Art on Milly Sharple is a very welcome expansion of a public display of Milly’s art, and one which should be seen to be fully appreciated. One which, once seen, is liable to draw the discerning admirer of art back to it time and again. For those who enjoy their time visiting, kitty would appreciate a donation via his jar alongside the coffee machine.

Fractal Insanity – The Art of Milly Sharple

Congratulation to Milly on her new gallery – and my thanks to her for extending an invitation to visit.

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Lab provides “Unloop” viewer for 32-bit Windows users

On May 31st, 2018 Linden Lab updated the Love Me Render Release Candidate, viewer version to de facto release status.

Unfortunately, during the release process, there was an error defining the location of the Windows 32-bit version of the Second Life viewer download, which meant Windows users downloading the viewer when first released received the 64-bit version, regardless of which version of the operating system they are running.

While the issue has been addressed, it did leave some 32-bit Windows users found their systems stuck in a loop of trying to install the 64 bit version of the viewer. As I noted at the time, instructions were issued on how to break out of the loop. However, it appears some 32-bit users may still be encountering problems.

To this end, the Lab has released the “Unloop” Release candidate viewer, version, which as the release notes state:

…is a special release just for Windows 32 bit systems who were caught in an endless loop of 64 bit viewer updates between 5/31/2018 and 6/1/2018. Except for its incremented build number, it is in every other way, identical to the last release.

So, if you are a 32-bit Windows user and are still having issues as a result of the promotion of the Love Me Render release, you might want to try a fresh installation of the Unloop viewer.