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Switch on the Lights at DixMix in Second Life

DixMix Gallery: Switch on the Lights

Now open at DixMix Gallery is an ensemble presentation of art entitled Switch on the Lights, which appears to be wither sponsored by, or a co-presentation with, LUMIPro, the commercial photography  lighting system, and the first to use projection prim capabilities.

So far as I can tell, the participating artists are  Jr Feiri, Reneesme Portland, xxstanislasxx resident, Kimma, Cyrece Delicioso, Angi Manners, DixMix Source,  Trixie Pinelli, Toxic Valentine, Sedona Silverpath, Peep Sideshow Darkward, Tazara Bailey, Kira Ragged, Scarlett Rhea, Ornella Batriani, Space Hurricane, Ilke Huygens, Freekency Banx, Wiwi Swot, Marleine Magic, Kevin De’Cypher,  Bettina, Ember Wulluf, Calypso Keng, Fleur Imagines SL, U.Sabra, Sedona Silverpath and Abi Latzo.

DixMix Gallery: Switch on the Lights

As one might expect with LUMIPro’s involvement, the majority of the pieces in the exhibition are avatar studies. However, if I sound a little uncertain about this display, it’s because the information relating to it is less than forthcoming. The invitation I received contained only the Gallery’s landmark and a note card advertising LUMIPro. There is a similar dearth of information actually at the gallery as well. Thus I had to resort to editing each image to grab the artist’s name. Not ideal when reviewing.

There are other minor annoyances as well. The exhibition is referred to as “selected photographies” – but how were they selected and what role did LUMIPro play in it? Given some artists appear to have only one piece submitted, others 2 or 3, what criteria were employed in the selection process? Did some artists only submit the one piece, and other several? Were submissions adjudicated? If so, how? And so on.

DixMix Gallery: Switch on the Lights

These may sound like minor niggles, but having this information to hand can add depth to an exhibit, whether or not you are reviewing it; and it’s not as if providing background notes is a particularly difficult task. As it is, the lack of available information does diminish the exhibition somewhat.

Which is a shame, as this is a striking exhibition. I was particularly drawn to the wall-sized format images, such as Crisis by U Sabra, and Marita Karu pileup by Jr Feiri (above) – which I found utterly mesmerizing. The range of styles and subject presented (colour, monochrome, individual, couples; indoor, outdoor, nude, dressed, etc), is equally eye-catching, drawing one into the exhibition. Given this, it is possible to look past the niggles and appreciate the exhibition as very much worth viewing.

DixMix Gallery: Switch on the Lights

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Angi Manners at DixMix Gallery in Second Life

DiXmiX Gallery: Angi Manners

DiXmiX Gallery: Angi Manners

In Lust We Trust is the title of an exhibition of 15 images by Angi Manners (Anj4) which opened on Saturday, February 4th at DiXmiX Gallery, curated by Dixmix Source.

A creator of avatar skins and co-owner of the Polar Bear brand of erotic poses designs for photographers, Angi regards photography as her passion. For In Lust We Trust – and as the title might imply – she presents a series of erotically charged pictures, together with three or four which veer more towards the sensual end of the scale than the erotic, but all of which might be considered NSFW.

DiXmiX Gallery: Angi Manners

DiXmiX Gallery: Angi Manners

There is no doubting the artistry involved in all of the images: the composition, framing, lighting, posing, is all exquisite; yet I initially found myself drawn more towards those I regarded as being more sensual than outright erotic – such as Let Me Think About It, The Body Applier (both of which are seen at the top of this article), That’s Not So Funny (directly above) and Pole Dancing.

It’s a reaction I found interesting: I consider myself broad-minded; in both the physical world and in Second Life I’ve been involved in many “adult” activities, yet I’ve always regarded sexual engagement between two people as a deeply personal thing, and can suffer so degree of inner discomfiture when seeing sexual acts openly performed / displayed.

DiXmiX Gallery: Angi Manners

DiXmiX Gallery: Angi Manners

This is not in any way a negative reflection of Angi’s work. Far from it; rather, it speaks to the power of her images as I found myself pondering my reaction to those which are more explicit and erotic, questioning what actually triggers that inner sense of discomfort I can feel around overt public eroticism. Thus, In Lust We Trust  – for me at least – offered a fascinating play on emotions and reactions which, quite conversely, drew me back to the more erotic series of images to study them further, adding a further subtle twist to the title of the exhibit.

In Lust We Trust in located in the gallery’s Black Gallery exhibition space, occupying both the lower and upper floors, and will remain open through until March 4th.

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Mistero and William: dimensions in art in Second Life

DiXmiX Gallery: Mistero Hifeng

DiXmiX Gallery: Mistero Hifeng

One display at DiXmiX Gallery for approximately a month, are two new exhibitions of art, one by Mistero Hifeng, and the second by William “Paperwork” Weaver.

Perhaps best known for his evocative 3D sculptures, which have become very much a feature of many regions across Second Life over the last few years, Mistero is no stranger to the gallery. Since it opened in September 2016, pieces from Megan Prumier’s personal collection of his work have been integrated into the overall design of the gallery as conceived by Megan, and Mistero has used her approach as the launchpad for his exhibition.

DiXmiX Gallery: Mistero Hifeng

DiXmiX Gallery: Mistero Hifeng

Located on the ground and mezzanine floors of the Grey Gallery at DiXmiX is a selection of some of Mistero’s more recent pieces mixed with some with which those familiar with his work may be familiar. But in addition to these is a display of his photography (which was his original reason for creating his first sculptures), offered in a large format, presenting visitors with a unique opportunity to see and appreciate Mistero’s artistry in both 2D and 3D.

Building on Megan’s idea of integrating his sculptures with the gallery structure, Mistero has a couple of pieces appearing to extrude themselves from pillar and ceiling, whilst throughout the hall, many of the other pieces make their presence felt almost peripherally. Rather than occupying the central floor spaces, they stand close to pillars, against guard rails. Thus, the visitor is made aware of their presence in the most subtle of ways as they allow Mistero’s 2D are to dominate the display spaces, naturally drawing attention to them before it naturally turns to the sculptures. Thus we are encouraged to appreciate both in turn, rather having 3D and 2D art vie for attention.

DiXmiX Gallery: William Weaver's The Paperwork Shows

DiXmiX Gallery: William Weaver’s The Paperwork Shows

Ensconced in the White Gallery at DiXmiX, which has been given something of a make-over for the event, is The Paperwork Shows, William Weaver’s exhibition, which officially opened on Saturday, January 14th, 2017.

An accomplished Second Life and physical world photographer, William is also responsible for the original Phototools for the Firestorm viewer, which expose the many and various photography and machinima related capabilities within the viewer, bringing them together within a neatly tabulated floater. Originally provided by William as a set of optional XML additions to Firestorm, were originally offered as a bolt-on option, Phototools were later fully integrated into Firestorm.

DiXmiX Gallery: William Weaver's The Paperwork Shows

DiXmiX Gallery: William Weaver’s The Paperwork Shows

With The Paperwork Shows, William offers a section of his 2D Second Life Art (some of which should be considered NSFW), and some of his 3D pieces. All of these are exhibited alongside two interactive elements; William’s own Photo Ring, and another featuring  a sculpture by Dolores Olivieri, both of which visitors to the exhibition can use to pose themselves and take their own photos.

The majority of the 2D art is offered at slideshows in the central display area of the White Gallery, although there are some individual pieces also on display, while one of the 3D elements is a model William built expressly for the purpose of photographing. He also provides a number of models to photographers  – some of which are in turn based on paintings or photographs – free of charge via the SL Marketplace.

DiXmiX Gallery: Mistero Hifeng

DiXmiX Gallery: Mistero Hifeng

Taken individually or together, there are two fascinating exhibitions, and both should be open for around a month. When visiting the gallery, do please consider a donation towards its continued upkeep, and be sure to catch Miles Cantelou’s exhibit which you can read about here) and Megan’s delightful aviation-themed gallery lounge.

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Lucid Dreams with Miles Cantelou in Second Life

DiXmiX Gallery: Lucid Dreams

DiXmiX Gallery: Lucid Dreams

Now open at the Black Gallery wing of DiXmiX Gallery is an exhibition by Mile Cantelou entitled Lucid Dreams. As an admirer of Miles’ work, the opening of this exhibit was one of two I very much wanted to attend – my problem being, they were both taking place at the same time, and in the end, events within SL conspired to keep me from making both of them.

Those familiar with Miles’ work will know that his pieces tend to be boldy stated and processed, resulting in a very unique look and feel to the extent that Lucid Dreams is very much an apt title: observing his work is very much akin to entering – or recalling – a dream; one lucid enough for us to give it shape and form, yet elusive enough to encourage us to look deeper and harder, to understand what we are seemingly being told.

DiXmiX Gallery: Lucid Dreams

DiXmiX Gallery: Lucid Dreams

Within the fourteen pieces displayed at DiXmiX is ample demonstration of Miles’ ability to compose not only an image, but an entire story within a frame, his use of colour, monochrome and layered effects each becoming a singular voice within each tale displayed.

Quite where this stories might take us is a further beauty held within Miles’ art; boldly textured, they often offer us a glimpse of a place we’ve visited or be focused on something we’re familiar with, thus our thoughts are prodded in one direction, but at the same time, we are pulled in another as well take in the complete image, not only its look, but its feel as well.  Thus again, as with a sense of conscious dreaming, we see not necessarily what is there, but what is suggested by the artist’s touch and words.

DiXmiX Gallery: Lucid Dreams

DiXmiX Gallery: Lucid Dreams

Lucid Dreams is an excellent exhibition by a master visual storytellers, and will remain open through until the end of January 2017.

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