The art of Shakti Adored in Second Life

Kultivate The Loft Gallery: Shakti Adored

I love to paint nature in the abstract form as I feel it. I try to capture that energy, the movement, of the natural world. My innate and incessant feeling and filtering energy is what drives me to paint the crazy way I do.

– Shakti Adored

I make no apology for covering another art exhibition connected with Kultivate Magazine and galleries just a couple of days after my coverage of the Kultivate Sensuality exhibition. While I may well be a contributing writer for Kultivate, this is not favouritism on my part; simply put, the Kultivate galleries cover an enticingly broad range of art and artists that is is entirely natural to be drawn back to shows there. This is certainly true of the May / June exhibition at Kultivate’s The Loft Gallery that opens at 13:00 SLT on Tuesday, May 26th 2020, featuring the extraordinary abstract work of Shakti Adored.

Kultivate The Loft Gallery: Shakti Adored

A 10+ year resident of Second Life, Shakti is perhaps best known to many as the curator of a range of art projects and galleries in Second Life over the years, including some exquisite exhibitions at Angel Manor. However, she is an accomplished artist in the physical world, with a lean towards abstraction, as the quote at the top of this piece notes.

However, far from being “crazy”, Shakti’s use of the abstract form is actually enticing, as can be seen within the twelve pieces she has selected for The Art of Shakti Adored. Rich in colour and tone, these may at first appear to be pure abstractions, but each carries within it a strong sense of theme and narrative that offers further depth to what are already captivating pieces.

This sense of narrative may be more obvious in some than with others: the titular character of Funny Bunny, for example, is unmistakable as his / she raises an inquisitive nose to take a sniff at a plant leaf – or is it a feather? – immediately drawing us into the picture, as it is hard not to find the bunny’s presence in the painting adorable, further adding to its appeal. Alongside of it, Fea Lights might at first appear to be more chaotic, but the two smoke-like presences quickly give it form, opening a story of sprites at play (or dancing) in an autumnal woods.

Kultivate The Loft Gallery: Shakti Adored

Meanwhile, Moving Forward offers a rich mixture: an abstracted watercolour / ink wash backdrop that almost suggests a collage, but within which the eye can discern certain things (in my case, the bent trunk of a palm tree, the suggestion of a conch shell and a pine cone, and a sense of flowing water to name but three), overlaid with more prominent elements (a rabbit once again), plus a hand holding what might be an infinity symbol). All of this combines to offer a sense of motion through both layering and motifs).

Creativity can often be a form of catharsis for the creator / artist. This is certainly true with Shakti’s work, as she notes herself. Her art, with the aid of a garden bath tub has allow her relief from the pain of fibromyalgia. At the same time, her discovery of Second Life offered her a way to escape the pain of a harmful marriage to a world that allowed her life-long love of art to bloom, first through her work in curating art galleries and projects.

Having recently returned to painting herself, Shakti now finds art as means to continue the healing process that continues on after the ending of her former marriage, that ability to overcome the discomfort of her medical condition, and a means to express the teaching of her other interests, such as Reiki, in a visual way, with Second Life offering her the means to present her work.

Kultivate The Loft Gallery: Shakti Adored

Thus, The Art of Shakti Adored is not only a expression of Shakti’s art, but very much an expression of her journey through life – physical and virtual – in which she is inviting us to share.This makes it a truly engaging exhibition that should not be missed. 

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2020 Kultivate Sensuality Exhibition in Second Life

2020 Kultivate Sensuality Art Exhibition: Barry Richez

Officially running from Friday May 22nd through Sunday May 24th inclusive (so my apologies to John and the Kultivate team for getting to it so late) is the 2020 Kultivate Sensuality Art Exhibition. As the name suggests, this is very much an exhibition of adult-themed art, so may not be everyone’s cup of tea.

Located on a sky platform, the exhibition presents the artists work in a series of individual gallery spaces offered in as a motel built around set around a central square that offers the main event space.

Kultivate Sensuality Art Exhibition: PlayfulKelly

When last writing about the exhibition – admittedly in 2018 – I noted that the individual exhibitions at that time predominantly focused on the female form, with the male a little lacking, and that themes were perhaps more entrenched in a familiar take on “sensuality”: full frontal nudity, sex, and SM / BDSM, rather than drawing from a broader interpretation of the word, adding:

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with this per se in an adult-themed art exhibition, and I’ve nothing against what is on display within this exhibition. However, sensuality is a broad canvas on which to paint, and opting from full frontal or direct nudity or “simple” themes such as BDSM at times  miss an opportunity to engage imaginations beyond just titillation.

Let’s face it, the most erotic and sensuous organ in the body is the mind: so it would perhaps be nice to see more artists recognise this, and play or toy with our imaginations rather than perhaps opting for the easier boobs’n’bums approach. Which shouldn’t be taken as a complaint against seeing this exhibition. As noted above, it’s a personal – and subjective – point-of-view, although I hope it may challenge some artists to consider the subject more broadly next time around 🙂 .

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Kultivate Sensuality Exhibition: ViktorSavior

I doubt those words have any bearing on the selection of art offered for an exhibition two years on, but I’m pleased to say that both the male figure gets more of a look-in with this exhibit, while there is that broader richness of general sensuality offered by a number of artists that clearly works to excite the imagination: views of stocking clad legs, the brush of lipstick coated lips on lipstick coated lips, the use of soft-focus and monochrome to add atmosphere and a subtle touch.

Of course, nudity, sex and BDSM are still to be found, but overall – and allowing for the fact I missed the 2019 event – the 2020 exhibition strikes me as a more rounded affair in terms of the breadth of art on display; and I admit I found a piece by Gina Brucato featuring a champagne bottle a particularly artistically cheeky piece in its message!

Kultivate Sensuality Art Exhibition: Myra Wildmist

Unfortunately, as I missed getting this piece out sooner, there are only a couple of events left in the show to report on. These are (times SLT):

Sunday, May 24, 2018

  • Sensuality Photo Challenge Winners Announced.
  • 13:00 – 14:00 Sinful Event with Erika Ordinary (L$2,000 Bosh Gift Card Giveaway – Adult Furniture).
  • 23:59 – Exhibition ends.

However, you still have time to visit the exhibition.

Kultivate Sensuality Art Gallery: SandyBlackCloud

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JudiLynn India: abstracted beauty in Second Life

Kultivate The Loft: JudiLynn India

Currently open at Kultivate’s The Loft Gallery, curated by Johannes Huntsman, is an exhibition of art by JudiLynn India.

An abstract painter in the physical world, having studied graphic at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, JuliLynn has been a part of Second Life since 2010 as both an artist and an engaged member of the broader Second Life community of users.

Kultivate The Loft: JudiLynn India

I’ve been drawing since I could hold a crayon. After the turn of the century, I decided to focus my creativity on acrylic and digital painting and have totally enjoyed the journey. My work embodies my spirit and personality. My goal is to allow you to experience the image with your own mind’s eye. My work is entirely intuitive. I get lost in the layering of texture and colour. Occasionally, I will include figurative work if my spirit is so presented with the composition.

– Juldilynn, discussing her work

For her exhibition at The Loft, Juilynn presents some 22 pieces in a larger format, with a further 10 in a slightly smaller format on a single wall (grouped into two theme of 5 pieces each).

Together, they represent a cross section of her digital acrylic and wet paint work, and all of them offer insight into her creativity as an abstract artist and her ability to offer a captivating mix of form, depth and colour. Each piece naturally calls on the eye and mind to appreciate them and call forth the forms they might suggest. These might be anything from an autumn sunset through a woodland glade to distant nebulae – or perhaps people dancing and coastal waves or distant mountains.

Kultivate The Loft: JudiLynn India

A further aspect of Judilynn’s work is the depth of emotion present within so many of her pieces: primal colours that suggest the baser responses like rage; softer colours and forms prompting calmer, more introspective responses. These are also intensely tactile pieces, calling on the observer to want to reach out and touch them, to be a part of them; this adds a further sense of connection to each piece – one that potentially flows through any purchases that might be made, making them very personal possessions.

All of the pieces in this exhibition are uploads of Judilynn’s physical world art, more of which – for those who would like a piece on their wall at home – can be purchased her on-line gallery and shop.

Kultivate The Loft: Judilynn

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2020 Kultivate Spring Arts show in Second Life

Kultivate Spring Art Show 2020

The 5th Annual Kultivate Spring Art Show opens it doors on Friday April 24th, 2020, and will run through until Saturday May 2nd.

Carrying a Parisian theme, complete with the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, and with art studios sitting with French style town houses fronted by cobblestone walks, the Spring Show also marks the re-launch of Kultivate Magazine, the April 2020 edition of which is currently available.

The event featured 2D and 3D artists, entertainment with live performers, give away events with special prizes, juried and non-juried art contests, hunts, storytelling and cabaret.

Kultivate Spring Art Show 2020

The artist participating in the event comprise: AlexAvion, Angyel Resident, Anouk Lefavre, Danielofangel, Eucalyptus Carroll, Freedom Voix, Ilyra Chardin, Jamee Sandalwood, Johannes Huntsman, Judilynn India, Juliette Rainfall, Kacey Macbeth, Kapaan, KodyMeyers Resident, Leaf Mia Lone, Michael Lysios, mth63, Myra Wildmist, Paineful, Rory Torrance, Sabine Mortenwold, SandyBlackCloud,  Sheba Blitz, Skye Joubert, softandred, softandred, Solana Python, Syphera Inaka, TaraAers, Tempest Rosca, Vanessa Jane, Veruca Tammas, ViktorSavior,  Whata Conundrum, and Zigmal.

In addition, there are special exhibition by Debauche Dance, Dirty Pretty, & The Art Loft.

Hunt information can be found on the information boards within the event grounds, close to the landing point.

The Photo Challenge

Open to all visitors to the Kultivate Spring Art Show, the Photo Challenge offers a prize pool of L$5,000 shared between the four selected winners, with the winning images published on the Kultivate website.

To enter, all you have to do is take a picture of yourself whilst visiting the show (moderate or pg/g in rating), and then upload it to the contest Flickr group. Make sure you include the SLurl of where you took the image in the Flickr description, and that your image is uploaded to the Flickr group before 23:59 SLT on Thursday, April 30th, 2020.

Full guidelines and rules can be found on the challenge page on the Kultivate website.

Kultivate Spring Art Show 2020

Event Schedule

Times, where given, are SLT. Note that there may be further give away prizes at events.

  • Friday, April 24, 2020
    • Exhibition opens.
    • Photo Contest and Art Quest begin.
    • Judging of Juried Categories Begins.
    • Entertainment:
      • 16:00-17:00: live performer Wolfie Starfire.
      • 17:00-18:00: live performer SaraMarie Philly.
  • Saturday, April 25, 2020
    • 16:00-17:00: White Party with live performer Aislen Sings
      • Photo background HUD and & Fotoscope Fotostudio give aways.
    • 17:00-18:00: White Party with live performer Melenda Baptiste
      • The Camden Photo Studio Build by Maven Homes give away.
  • Sunday, April 26, 2020
    • 13:00-14:00: Sam Quenda.
    • 14:00-15:00: live storytelling with Seanchai Library.
  • Monday, April 27, 2020
    • 16:00-17:00: Spring Art Ball with live performer Holly Giles.
      • Trompe Loeil L$1,000 gift card give away.
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  • Tuesday, April 28, 2020
    • 17:00-18:00: Audience Participation Cabaret with Whymsee.
      • L$1,000 give away.
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2020
    • 16:00-17:00: live performer Savannah Rain.
      • TEMPLAR Poses give away.
  • Thursday, April 30, 2020
    • 16:00-17:00: Kultivate Magazine relaunch party with live performer Mavenn
      • LumiPro give away.
    • Photo Contest Entries Due
    • Judges Selections Due
  • Friday, May 1, 2020
    • 16:00-17:00: live performer Max Kleene.
    • Palette Hunt and Art Quest end.
  • Saturday, May 2, 2020
    • 13:00-14:30: Closing Party.
      • Juried winners announced & awards ceremony.
      • Photo Contest winners announced.
      • Event ends.

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Kultivate The Edge: February 2020

Kultivate The Edge: Jamee Sandalwood (l) and MTH63 (r)

Kultivate’s The Edge Gallery opened its first exhibition for 2020 on February 2nd. Specialising in black and white photography, the gallery invites submissions for its monthly exhibitions – those interested can apply here – which means that exhibitions there can be an interesting mix, and such is the case here.

For this exhibition, the gallery presents selections of art by Kapaan, MTH63, Ragingbellls, Wintergeist, John Brianna, Carisa Franizzi, Anibrm Jung, Lena Kiopak, CybeleMoon, Jamee Sandalwood, and Karma Weymann. Together they offer a rich mix of avatar studies, portraits, Second Life landscapes and art studies and photos of physical world locations.

Kultivate The Edge: Carisa Franizzi

When visiting the exhibition I was particularly drawn to Carisa Franizzi’s work, located on the lower floor of the gallery and to the left of the entrance. She offers 20 pieces divided between avatar studies and landscape pieces, with several of the avatar studies being striking in their classic composition and presentation.

Another name new to me is that of Karma Weymann. Her eight avatar studies, located diagonally opposite Carisa work in the gallery, are equally as striking, offering as they do unique glimpses into their subject’s lives. These are pieces that do not appear to have been posed or framed, but stand as moments caught in time – possibly as private moments of fun or introspection.

Kultivate The Edge: Anibrm Jung

I’m going to restrict myself to highlighting these to artists – not because the others are not worth mentioning – quite the reverse, in fact – but simply because they are names new to me, and so tended to attract my attention somewhat more  whilst visiting the exhibition. But make no mistake, this is another attention-holding monochrome ensemble of art well worth taking the time to visit.

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Kultivate’s January / February exhibition and a touch of Kody

Kultivate Magazine Gallery: Ragingbellls (l) and Lena Kiopak (r)

Now open at the Kultivate Windlight Gallery is their first exhibition for 2020, featuring an ensemble gathering of artists.

Located on the ground floor of the gallery space the ensemble exhibition opened on Sunday, January 26th, and it features the artists Ragingbellls, John Brianna, Skye Joubert, Lena Kiopak, Sonatta Morales, Solana Python, Nils Urqhart and Myra Wildmist. Between them, they offer a mix of Second Life photography and physical world art that is richly varied in content and style.

Kultivate Windlight Gallery: Nils Urqhart (l) and John Brianna (r)

From stunning photographs of the French Alps by Nils (and which forms a nice companion series to his In the Clouds series I was able to review in November 2019), through unique painted portraits by Skye, to avatar studies by Sonatta, this is a selection of art to please all eyes.

However, when visiting I would emphasise the need to ensure you have Advanced Lighting Model (Preferences > Graphics) during a visit. This is because Myra’s single piece is another experiment in using lighting projectors. Entitled Snow Field, it’s a piece you should pan your camera across it to appreciate the the use of the projector in concert with the image of sunset.

Kultivate Windlight Gallery: Sonatta Morales

Take the stairs to the mezzanine, and – for a while longer at least at the time of writing, due to the fact I’m getting to it on the late side – is an exhibition of Kody Meyer’s photography. Covering multiple genres, and with a delight in experimenting, Kody always present pieces that are stunningly beautiful in execution.

There is something uniquely peaceful within Kody’s landscape images, and his love of exploring Second Life and capturing the locations he visits is clearly evident in his work. Similarly, his avatar studies offer a depth of narrative within each that draws one into them.

Kultivate Windlight Gallery: Kody Meyers

Kody notes of his approach:

Each picture depicts a story or is a reminder of an experience one can reflect upon when admiring it. As a perfectionist, I take the time necessary to capture the picture, experimenting with different angles, framings and windlights, until the perfect shot is created — the one that comes alive. Using different programs and techniques to create my pictures, the result is always a surprise. My goal is to portray the magic behind the raw image. To be able to contribute to peace and happiness in this world is an honour and an endless pleasure.

Kultivate Windlight Gallery: Kody Meyers

I’m not sure how much longer Kody’s work will be on offer at Kultivate – as noted, I got to the exhibition late myself – so do be sure to drop into the ground floor exhibition sooner rather than later to appreciate the work there, and then hop up the stairs to the mezzanine.

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