All three are Second life photographers who between them present images that mix avatar studies and landscapes, with the latter in particular the focus of Mareena’s work, which occupies the ground floor of the gallery building. Located on the upper floor, Lylah and Foxi present pieces that lean more toward avatar studies.
The images by Mareena present a marvellous feeling of being watercolours. Taken within popular public locations in Second Life, each presents an evocative view, some of which do have an avatar focus to them, but which nevertheless offer a vista that naturally has one trying to identify the location in which it was set – if that’s not immediately apparent.
However, what makes these pieces especially evocative is the richness of narrative within each of them – with the starting point for their stories contained within their title. This narrative element is enhanced by the simplicity of the setting used for each piece. Take NorderNey Beach, for example: a view of a breakwater, an incoming tide and boat moored offshore against a haze-filled sky, and the imagination has enough to take flight.
Upstairs, Lylah continues the painting theme with some of her images, which are displayed alongside what might be considered more “traditional” photographic finishes. It is this richness of tone and style – paintings and photographs, colour and monochrome – that makes her pieces so attractive. There are many aspects of these pictures that make draw the eye to all of them, but I confess to being particularly attracted to the three alongside the stairwell: A New Day Dawns, Every Butterfly I Get Belongs to You and the piece to its right (which appear to have been mistakenly given the wrong title). These three, to me, are simply captivating.
Foxi’s images are very much focused on avatars studies presented as photographs rather than paintings. As with the other pieces offered here, each has a story to tell. In this, there are two themes strongly apparent: contemplation / reflection and togetherness, with the fact that all of the images are untitled further adding to their depth of narrative.
Contrasting and complimentary, these are three exhibitions that are captivating and deserving not to be missed.