Archive for February, 2009
Galerie de la Vie, Artemisia
February 12th through March 26
Opening Night Reception: February 12 from 4:30-6:00 pm SL time
DJ Eth Tedeschi spinning tunes
Exhibition: The Collector
Starax, Pitney, Fairymeadow, Saarinen, elros, and Tripsa are just a few of the artists whose sculptures will be on display at Galerie de la Vie in Artemisia February 12th through March 26th. This exhibition named “The Collector” is focused around the art collection of Sichel Seifert an art enthusiast who has been collecting and commissioning some of the finest artists in Second Life since early 2005. You will see as never before from the eyes of a collector and connoisseur of Second Life art. Selections from his vast collection will be shown in two consecutive three-week exhibitions. The artists’ works have never before been shown together as one exhibition. This amazing collection represents a historical time line of sculptural work in Second Life. You will not want to miss this once in a lifetime exhibition.
When asked by RobertSteven Smythe, curator at Galerie de la Vie, why he has been such a prolific collector Sichel responded, “Ask yourself: What surrounds you in SL? Just the two: personal relationships, personal creations, and really nothing else (even if someone says SL has is own ‘spirit’ as well). Since I was rezzed there, I searched for the best of both. Got good friends, got beautiful creations. And I keep searching.”
Collecting is a very personal endeavor and collectors must educate themselves on the subject of their passion. The best collectors contend that collecting should not begin as an investment, but that a collector should enjoy and purchase only items that appeal to them. Sculptures in Second Life have an appeal to Sichel that has continued from his first day in SL.
Following are some of his thoughts on the artists and their work, taken from his blog, Second Life Masterpieces (sichelseifert.wordpress.com):
“Starax Statosky is one of the most famous SL sculptor. Because of the high quality of his works, their rarity….he has become a sort of mythological figure. It must be recognized that he was a precursor of the whole SL artistic production….he remains the ‘SL Giotto,’ the ‘first’.”
“Meleni Fairymeadow is a true Second Life sculptress. She works with prims like they were marble or stones. Mostly, she does not use colours. Shadowing, is rare in her works. Simplicity, sometimes a youthful approach, is a feature of her sculptures. She likes allegorical subjects. Also classical and medieval topics appeal her.”
From an interview with elros Tuominen:
ss: Tell me about your first experience in Second Life.
eT: I only came here to feel somehow like floating flying, trying something different, but I was so amazed about everything and too worried about trying to dress myself LOL…. I thought some day, when I saw a gallery around, I would love to see my watercolours here RL ones…. and I opened a little gallery ) only paintings, but I discovered soon 3d ….
Quote taken from Digging in SL by Zulqadi Saarinen, “There are three things that I wanna do: create, create and create. We all will die and fade out one day, rich and poor alike. What would remain is what we contributed to make life more beautiful for others. Whoever you are, I love you.”
Don’t miss this rare exhibition to be shown in two parts. The show opens February 12, the second on March 6. Please join the residents of Artemisia and the Galerie de la Vie as we present this spectacular gathering of sculptures from Second Life’s greatest artists. Artemisia – Living with Art.
Complete List of artists:
Alizarin Goldflake, Meleni Fairymeadow, Kicca Igaly, Rezago Kokorin, Feathers Boa, Wolf Hartnell, Queen Edman, Steve Kilby, Stella Costello, Sabine Stonebender, Zulqadi Saarinen, elros Tuominen, Cheen Pitney, Colt Parx, Charlot Dickins, Pumpkin Tripsa, Starax Statosky, Light Waves, Eme10 Wind, Masterful Escape, PleaseWakeMeUp Idler and Glyph Graves.