Kimeu’s whimsy at DiXmiX Gallery in Second Life

DiXmiX Gallery: Kimeu Korg

A year after his last return to DiXmiX Gallery, Kimeu Korg currently has an exhibition there  – at least for a while longer, as it opened at the start of November.

Osmosis De Un Sueño (Osmosis of the dream”) is something of a “continuing” theme with Kimeu’s work exhibited at DiXimX, the “first part” of which appeared in June 2018 (see Colour, whimsy and monochrome in Second Life, June 2018), with the second part appearing in the aforementioned November 2018 exhibition (see: Kimeu Korg: a return to DiXmiX in Second Life).

I’ve always found Kimeu’s work to be be among the most visually expressive and often surreal art to be found in Second Life – and this is very much on display in this exhibition, which features a wonderful mix of Kimeu’s Second Life art and physical world paintings, all of which have a delightful twist of humour within them.

DiXmiX Gallery: Kimeu Korg

As I’ve previously noted in writing about Kimeu’s work, he often warns those visiting his work not to “burn your mind thinking about the meaning of this or that in my works,” before continuing, “but if you think there are symbols and hidden messages, feel free to imagine. Go any way the wind blows!”

In the case of this exhibition, the humour within the dozen pieces offered here very much speaks for itself. Take Mug of Coffee for example – who can honestly say that they haven’t felt like that first thing in the morning, or after a long day at work? However, at least one does speak to something deeper: The Border, has imagery that would appear to comment on the controversy of the United States’ southern border and the Trump administration’s  immigration policies.

DiXmiX Gallery: Kimeu Korg

This is another series of images worth taking the time to see. When viewing it, visitors might like to avail themselves to the two other exhibits currently on offer at the gallery at the time of writing this piece. By Mrs. S and Natsumi Xenga, these are altogether more adult / NSFW in nature, touching as they do on themes of sexuality, eroticism and BDSM. They can be found in the gallery’s Grey hall (with the main entrance) and the upper White Gallery.

Also, those going to The Womb,, directly below the gallery’s main halls can find Theda Tamas’ 3D piece utilising Animesh, Dancing In Between.

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In the clouds in Second Life

In the Clouds, Nils Urqhart

Currently open at his Rill’Arts Gallery is In the Clouds, a series of stunning physical world images by Nils Urqhart of the French Alps either caught within, or against the backdrop of, cloud-laden skies.

Across just shy of thirty images, Nils paints a stunning portrait of the Alps – which forms one of the world’s stunning mountain ranging – that fully captures their intensely rugged, almost romantic, looks, and does so in a completely beguiling manner.

In the Clouds, Nils Urqhart

By presenting the Alps – slopes and peaks, capped by snow or naked – Nils has created a series of images that not only suggest the mountains are almost living, breathing entities, but that they are entirely otherworldly in their nature.

In the Clouds, Nils Urqhart

For example, in some, they seem to float as islands in the sky, breakers of clouds rolling against their flanks as they seem to float on a sea of white and grey. In others we are offered small glimpses of what life among mountains like this – to look out over forest coated rocky slopes whilst also overlooked in turn by the towering, stern presence of these huge rugged faces.

One of the fascinating elements of this exhibition from my perspective is the aforementioned sense of life given to the Alps through the sometimes rolling, roiling set of the clouds around them. In numerous shots, this play of cloud caught on turbulent winds colliding against the sides of the mountains not only looks like that vast ocean breaking upon the flanks of an island, but also the longs exhales of breath from the mountains themselves.

As always with Nils’ photography, this is a marvellous collection of images that are perfectly presented. Those taken by Nils’ work can also find it available for sale in the physical world through American Fine Arts.

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Callum Writer’s Colors in Second Life

Callum Writer: Colors

Currently open at the Boston Town Hall is Colors, an exhibition by Callum Writer, an artist I’ve come to admire for the breadth and depth of her work.

Callum found her artistic inspiration through the snapshot capability in the Second Life viewer. From this, she has worked to expand her artistic ability and expression to incorporate techniques such as fractals, collage, abstract, and mixed-media approaches. In all of this, her ability to express emotion, harmony and life through the use of colour is clearly evident, as can very clearly be seen with this exhibition.

Callum Writer: Colors

Located on the ground floor of the town hall building, the exhibition feature 15 marvellous pieces of Callum’s work. Each and every one of them is stunning in form, colour and expression, starting with Portrait de Femme, to the left of the front entrance to the hall, and proceeding around the space on both the walls and free-standing easels.

The creativity seen in these images is stunning, making any selection of individual pieces meaningless to a degree – although I admit to being drawn in particular She and Dancers 14, alongside the aforementioned Portrait de Femme, because of the manner in which they meld colour, light, movement and life. However, it is impossible not to be taken by each and every piece on display.

Callum Writer: Colors

An absolutely captivating exhibition – and one highly recommended.

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A Mad Masquerade of art at Ce Soir in Second Life

Ce Soir Gallery – Cote de la Mer Galerie

Open through until November 23rd 2019 at Ce Soir Arts, curated and operated by Mireille and Ǣon Jenvieve-Woodford, is the Mad Masquerade art exhibition, another opportunity to enjoy a wealth of art among the galleries and grounds of this Full region devoted to the arts in Second Life. I admit to getting to this review a little on the late side – the accompanying season of live and spoken word events has come to an end -, but this doesn’t lessen the value in visiting Ce Soir to enjoy the art on display.

This year’s event comprises some twenty-two 2D and 3D artists displaying their work, and if that sounds a lot to take in, then worry not; the fact that the entire region is given over to displaying art means the art is neatly split up over all of the ground-level space, offering plenty of opportunities to wander, relax and come across art quite unexpectedly within the grounds as well as the gallery buildings, so there’s never a feeling of being overwhelmed by the volume of art on offer.

Ce Soir Gallery – CybeleMoon

The featured artists at the exhibition comprise:

Cote de la Mer Gallery: Isabel Hermano, JudiLynn India, Larke Longmeadow, Xirana Oximoxi and Mathilde Vhargon.

Ivy Tower Galerie: Dolph Beornssen, Carlotta Caewlin, Paula Cloudpainter, Xanthe Firehawk, Secret Rage and Michael Romani.

Misty Glen Gallery: Carlotta Caewlin, Sophie Dunn, Mireille Jenvieve, Larke Longmeadow and Liam Saxony, together with a machinina by Terra Merhyem. Click the board outside the gallery space to obtain note card with the URL to the video on Vimeo.

Ce Soir Gallery – H0n2a-Resident

In addition, the following artists can be found throughout the grounds – just follow the paths and tracks, or go where your feet lead you: CybeleMoon, TaraAers, Terra Merhyem, H0n2a-Resident, Viktor Savior, Jojo Songlark, and Skyspinner Soulstar. As well as the featured artists, works by Bryn Oh, Russell Eponym, Garvie Garzo (and possibly others I may have missed) can be found in the region’s grounds.

Given this is an exhibition held around Halloween, some of the art offered focuses on the ghostly, with touches here and there of witches, but there is also a fabulous diversity of art from Second Life, from the physical world and from digital media that is a joy to view and experience.

Ce Soir Gallery – Skyspinner Soulstar

As well as the SLurls to the main exhibition spaces above, all of which are linked via path and track, allowing for easy exploration, a good place to start when visiting Ce Soir is the main landing point, particularly who may not have visited the region previously, and offered in the primary SLurl at the end of this piece. Details of all events at the region can be found through joining the region’s group or via the Ce Soir website.

Richly diverse, located throughout the fantasy inspired Ce Soir landscape, Mad Masquerade is a wonderful mix of art.

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Men in Motion 2019 at Men in Focus

Men in Focus: Men in Motion – Slias Merlin (foreground) and Aco Wantanabe

Now open at the Men in Focus Gallery, curated by JMB Balogh is the 2019 Men in Motion exhibition, sponsored by the Men in Motion dance troupe. The exhibition is specifically in support of the Movember Foundation, and furthers the gallery’s aim to both promote and feature photography at work or play in SL by male artists.

I was offered the opportunity to preview the Gallery’s opening event in November 2018, which also featured a Men in Motion exhibition (see Previewing Men in Focus in Second Life) – and I offer both Jo and the Men in Motion team my tardiness in getting to this year’s Men in Motion exhibition a little on the late side given the 2019 Movember fund-raiser by Men in Motion officially runs from November 1st through to November 11th – although the exhibition at the gallery will, I believe, run for longer.

Men in Focus: Men in Motion – KidJoe

While the gallery’s primary focus is on 2D art, as with 2018, this year’s Men in Motion draws on artists working in both 2D and 3D art:

  • 2D artists: Migan Forder, KidJoe Resident, Aco Watanabe and Ashraf Rathmullah, along with Men In Motion members Fafnir Kiranov, Antonio Avtovio, Sebastian Bourne and Alex Avion, who have their art displayed on the upper two levels of the gallery.
  • 3D artists: Mistero Hifeng, Toysoldier Thor, Haveit Neox and Silas Merlin.
Men in Focus: Men in Motion – Migan Forder

I confess that the four invited artists are all men whose work I have not knowingly encountered before, so my visit to this exhibition was educational; and I have to say, their work is both stunning and powerful. All have the ability to tell a story with their images, and quite marvellously so.

I was immediately captivated by KidJoe’s pieces along the back wall of the gallery’s ground floor, notably In the Dark, which is both rich in its expression and narrative and – very personally, brought to mind the Priors of Stargate SG-1, despite the robes being the wrong colour. However, perhaps the most evocative image among KidJoe’s works offered here is The Terror was called jack, which is just startling in its depth and life.

Men in Focus: Men in Motion – Ashraf Rathmullah Toysoldier Thor (centre)

Aco Wantanabe and Migan Forder, both invite us to join them on their adventures through Second Life – and I was again particularly drawn to three of Migan’s pieces – Just Breath, Last Man Standing and Destiny  – due to the incredible richness of narrative all three enfold. Aco’s work, meanwhile, wonderful mixes Japanese themes and fantasy in studies of a young mane travelling through Second Life

Above them, Ashraf Rathmullah presents an enticing mix of what might be regarded as more “traditional” – but nonetheless attention grabbing – avatar studies mixed with narrative pieces to off a richly mixed display of art that both stands on its own and leads nicely into the Men in Motion displays on the floors above.

The 3D artists’ work is neatly spaced between the different floors of the gallery, allowing it to be enjoyed alongside 2D art. Some of the pieces will likely be familiar to those who particularly enjoy Mistero’s and Silas’s work (we actually have The artist in a bubble on display at home). While Toysoldier offers some quirky characters guaranteed to raise a smile, while Haveit’s is always captivating to witness.

Men in Focus: Men in Motion – Havit Neox (right) with MiM member Fafnir Kiranov

About the Movember Foundation

The Movember Foundation is a multinational charity raising awareness of, and money for, men’s health and welfare, with a focus on cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Its titular and widely known campaign is Movember, which encourages men to grow moustaches during the month of November. The foundation partners annually with the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride to also raise money for men’s health.

Founded in 2003, in Melbourne, Australia by Adam Garone, Travis Garone, Luke Slattery, and Justin Coghlan, the organisation attained registered charity status in 2006, and as of 2014, has raised over US $580m in charitable donations used to fund more than 800 programmes focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health, men’s health awareness and healthy lifestyles. It is active in 21 countries and has a global workforce of 130 people. In addition, Movember coincides with International Men’s Day (November 19th), which among its aims, shares the goal of promoting the health and well-being of men and boys.

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Melusina’s Cars in Second Life

Melusina Parkin – Cars

Now open at Melusina Parkin’s gallery space, located above her Melu Deco store, is her latest exhibition, Cars. It is a small, cosy exhibition of a dozen pieces focused – as the name suggests – on cars. Or more specifically, cars in Second Life.

In keeping with Melu’s approach to her art, these are not simple studies of motor vehicles; Melu has an eye for detail and angle, and this is much in evidence in these pieces.

Melusina Parkin – Cars

So, rather than presenting us with what might be regarded as “traditional” shots of cars – side views, three-quarter front or back views, etc., Melu presents us with images in which the framing and background is as important as the vehicle itself, or where the car is presented in unusual circumstances. Nor are these bright shiny models: Melu offers shots of vehicles that have seen better days.

The result is a collection of images where the vehicles depicted within them are more than just cars, they are characters, and the pictures containing them are studies of their nature. It’s an elegant series, each beautifully presented and with a story within it.

Melusina Parkin – Cars

As well as Cars, visitors to the exhibition space can also view a copy of Melusina’s Second Life Exhibits, a gorgeous collection of her exhibitions between 2011 and 2019. Just click on the book and follow the web link.

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