On Bettina Tizzy’s NPIRL blog yesterday is a thoughtful and important article by Larry Johnson (aka Larry Pixel) of NMC about supporting art and artists in SL. This is in the aftermath of the closing or reduction of several sims at MNC devoted to art, as well as the announcement by Rez Semple of the closing of the Angel Dorei Museum. These have arguably been among the most important venues for art in SL and it’s a good time to reflect on these issues.
Larry noted, “NMC has reduced its hosting of artists from dozens to a very small number — and none of those we currently host have control over a full sim. That is a big departure from past practice.” Larry goes on to state “The reasons are largely *not* economic,” but are rather the result of the disparate interests between land owners and artists. Gallery owners are largely interested in making money in order to pay for their land. Land is required for the prims of which all SL art is made. (Imagine a time when only land owners could provide a painter with canvas.) Artists are also interested in making money, but without prims, nobody’s going to make anything. So the prim is the basic unit of value in SL.
Art in SL is ephemeral. Sim-wide installations are horribly expensive to maintain. The demand for prims is relentless in order to make new work, adding pressure to the need to remove good work to make room for others. The prim-based economy is brutal and may be among the greatest motivators to escape the confines of SL and have a true open sim world.
Larry goes on to say, “I’d love to sit down for coffee with some of the other large landowners who support the arts in SL. I bet we’d all share similar experiences; primarily that historically there has been little benefit that accrues to a sponsor from hosting an artist.”
I’m not a large land owner. I am an artist, a sim owner, and a gallery owner. Under the astute direction of retiring curator RobertSteven Smythe, the Galerie de la Vie has presented a wonderful series of shows over the last year highlighting the biggest names in SL art. The ones you know by their first names: Alizarin, Misprint, Elros, Glyph, Sunn, Gwen, etc. But since our gallery is not dependent on traffic or sales, we are able to take more risks. As we have now established a reputation for quality, my hope for with the next curator of the Galerie is to present shows by lesser known artists who can more benefit from an important show.
The concept of Artemesia, and especially the Galerie de la Vie, is about living with art. It’s a fundamentally different business model than I have seen elsewhere and I think developments across the SL art world have vindicated it. The idea is simple. The residents of Artemisia support the space with their rent as a part of having an interesting place to live and work. The curator gets to work with creative people and to present wonderful art. The artists get a beautiful venue to show their work. Everyone wins. No money changes hands. We ask no commissions and our exhibitors are welcome to sell their work if they want. We do not get involved in that.
Similarly, the Treehouse club at Artemisia presents select live music performances three nights a week. We provide the space, send notices to groups and post events to calendars, and provide an intimate venue like no other in SL. We do not pay our performers. They keep their tips and they generally do very well with them. More importantly for the artists, they play in a unique venue managed by people who care about them. The venue also gets good tips, which are generally used to improve facilities on the island, but are not required to keep it running.
If the Galerie and Treehouse closed, Artemisia would still be here. We provide these facilities for the love of art, not to generate revenues. But in so doing, we also create a community of art loving residents willing to support these activities.
In short, we have a collaborative relationship among our residents, curator, and exhibitors, all aimed at making something wonderful. The costs are not an issue as long as we can maintain a small community of happy residents who understand what a special place it is. In short, we DO get involved with our exhibiting artists and I am certain that most are very aware of the costs and value of having a place to present their work. All of our artists have been most appreciative of the opportunity. They DO mention the hosts of their exhibitions because we engage them to understand that their presence is made possible by our residents. If Larry and NMC think their exhibitors are unappreciative, perhaps that they have not sufficiently educated the artists about their mission.
“There is a huge need in SL for artists to acknowledge the symbiotic nature of their relationships with landowners, and they need to take the time to learn and appreciate the work patrons are doing. And they need to help those people succeed. I can’t point to a single example in SL that meets that standard.” Point to Artemisia and the Galerie de la Vie.
“I think learning how to nurture support for the virtual arts is a self-education project that SL artists need to undertake for their own good.” I agree. What are you doing to help them? Do you actively engage your artists? Give them a tour of NMC? Take time to explain what you’re about? Do you ask them to put the place in their picks? Have you engaged the artists in your community, or just handed them the keys to the sim? Are you coordinating class tours with some of those universities? I hear a lot of whining and finger pointing in this article. SL is about possibilities. It only happens if you make it happen. Perhaps the finger should be pointed inward.
Exhibition: The Entertainer
Artist: White Lebed
Where: Galerie de la Vie, Artemisia
May 16 through June 14, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday May 16th from 10-11 am SL time
The residents of Artemisia and the Galerie de la Vie are proud to present the work of White Lebed. Her series of musician sculptures are the highlight of this exhibition. The opening event is on Saturday, May 16th at 10 am SL time. During this reception the audience will be captivated by a light and musical presentation of her series of sculptures called “The Entertainer.” With the assistance of Mr. DJ Eth Tedeschi and RobertSteven Smythe, curator of the Galerie de la Vie, Lebed’s sculptures will come alive with music. You will not want to miss this unique event.
White remembers why she started the series. “My good friend Kolor Fall was writing an opera to be produced and performed on his new sim. He asked me to make a few sculptures to decorate the sim and assist the viewers to understand his vision. Up to that point in my SL art career, I was making large installations and semi-abstract conceptual art. In RL I tend to let my media lead me and dictate to me what it wants to be. It is almost like the material draws life from my hands and then holds it in sculpture form. When looking at a sculpture one may not be able to explain why it makes you feel happy or sad but you clearly feel it. That X factor that one feels often in art I believed was created through the physical contact of the media. I was not sure that I could create such feeling and emotion in a semi-abstract or abstract form without touching and making physical contact with the media. To create that sensual effect not from a realistic approach but from a conceptual approach as in a semi-abstract sculpture was a difficult task. The musician figures turned out to be much more “alive” than I expected. They were, by design, semi-abstract but still carried a significant amount of emotions and feelings. People responded to the sculptures the way I had hoped, but it surprised me. After doing this series, I feel that SL prims are a more interesting art tool than I had previously thought.”
One sculpture in particular has a special place in White’s heart. “I was walking around San Francisco Marina with a couple of visiting friends. Over the usual city sounds, the street music of a beautiful sax solo dominated our attention. It was pretty good, clear and thoughtful music. Then I saw the man who was playing. He was quite old, tired looking, seemed like life had taken a part of his soul. He looked as though he was sick and poor. But he was playing so very powerful with a soulful sensual style that it made me take a second look. When I did I felt that he might be a lot happier and peaceful within himself than we might assume.” That feeling can be seen in the sculpture of the saxophone player, one of eight sculptures on display.
White Lebed’s exhibition “The Entertainer” is a must see this week on the SL art scene. Come early to get a seat to watch the opening ceremony and to be the first to see these sculptures. Opening Reception is on Saturday, May 16th at 10:00 am SL time. The residents or Artemisia want you to join them in this great exhibition through June 15, 2009. Artemisia – Living with Art.
Rebirth of the land, colorful flowers appear, birds open our wintery ears, water from the melted snow replenishes streams, and the things that were just dreams at the turn of a new year are alive and well. Join Galerie de la Vie in ringing in Spring 2009 with a celebration of color. Jazz Calhern, Goose Wycliffe, Caebrianna Champollion and Christian Sandell bring to Artemisia the awakening of Spring. Through colorful images representing life after winter and wonderful fountains bring the water of life one can see that the season for beauty, love and enchantment has arrived in Artemisia. The four artists that we have gathered for the gallery’s first Spring Extravaganza represent some of SL’s finest.
Jazz Calhern has been involved with Second Life photography and photo art for over two years. She has experimented with various types of photo art, from landscapes filled with color and movement to richly-lit portraits. She has had extensive experience as a SL freelance photographer and still accepts assignments, although infrequently. Her work appears at various SL locations, including her own gallery, Jazz By The Sea.
Goose Wycliffe is a real life artist and photographer, with a BA in fine art photography from Southern Illinois University, USA. “I love the concept of looking at an image and knowing that in a sense you’re peering into the soul of the photographer.” She has a large portfolio of Second Life work which is currently showing at her gallery in Savelli. Goose’s latest collection will be based on the concept of rebirth or renewal. This is a theme that is particularly close to her heart – as it expresses a personal journey that recently connected her first and Second Lives as intimately as anyone can.Caebrianna Champollion is a photographer/graphic Artist with over 20 years of RL experience. She has won numerous awards for her RL work, and donates her time to Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, infant bereavement photography (www.nilmdts.com), The Heart Galleries (www.adoptuskids.org), and several other charity organizations in RL. In SL she donates her time/work to Relay for life, the Heron Society, and Angel Dorei. “I love photography with all my heart, and my favorite genre will always be Children’s Portraiture.”
Christian Sandell creates and designs some of the most fascinating fountains in SL. Curator RobertSteven Smythe said that the first time he saw one of Christian’s fountains he knew that one day he would have him exhibit at a gallery. “I did not know that one day I would have my own gallery because at the time I was doing exhibitions at Bissorte Marina. Now that I am curator for Galerie de la Vie I knew that his work would be perfect for a Spring show.
Please join the residents of Artemisia and Galerie de la Vie for the first Spring Extravaganza. The opening reception was Thursday April 16 with the Eth Tedeschi our DJ for the evening. See the pictures with dancing around (and in) Christian’s fountain.
Now through April 14th
Reception April 2nd at 3:00 pm SL time
The exhibition “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. This last installment of “The Collector” displays the wonderful work of elros Tuominen and Glyph Graves, two of Second Life’s most colorful and inspiring artists.
Glyph Graves, “My art is currently focused on the interplay between structure and texture. As well as the normal digital tools of graphic and 3D modeling programs, I also freely make use of Linden Scripting Language as both my chisel and my paintbrush. I’m constantly in a state of wonder (and occasionally, despair) at the depth and the dimensionality that’s available for the art of Second Life. I am also known for my work with slow alpha textures in complex sculpts but also work with interactive sound and solid Transformational pieces.”
Graves on Tuominen’s work, “elros creates beautiful textures and animates them in new and surprising ways, exploring the sculptures physical as well as textural space. He has a romantic spirit that comes through strongly in his work, with the cubic form a major object of his affection. My personal favorites though are his work with flex.”
elros Tuominen relates, “My work is based on three basic points: light, colour and rhythm, and almost all the ideas come from own feelings and experiences, most of them, not all. I just create some music without sound, some alive watercolour, watercolours that never dry, and light, many light, giving those 3d pieces more depth and movement, it’s the main idea, movement, kinetic works, creating in a fourth dimension, a new dimension to play with and express myself, so maybe there’s some kind of futurism there too. With each work I try to create what I have envisioned after thinking about a concept, then I develop it, until I discover what I wanted to build—that’s a nice moment really…”
Tuominen on Graves work, “I love the sweet movements and dizzy transitions he builds, like flowers from a world called SL. I really like his pieces they are delicate and so smooth, like some kind of peace in this world…”
Don’t miss the last installment of “The Collector” a once in a lifetime exhibition now through April 14th. Opening reception April 2, 2009 at 3 pm SL time.. Please join the residents of Artemisia in this wonderful exhibition from Second Life’s greatest artists. Artemisia – Living with Art.
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.
Artemisia’s Galerie de la Vie proudly presents Introspective: Conscious Inner Thoughts, Desires and Sensations, a new show by Eme10 Wind and Rik Zwiers. Open 8 January 2009. Opening reception tba.
Eme10 Wind and Rik Zwiers bring thought provoking works to the new exhibition in Artemisia’s Galerie de la Vie. This introspective installation will spark the imagination and provide meaning to the experience and learning of what lies within our inner light and our dreams.
Themes of The Beacon Within is the theme for Eme10 Wind’s set of digitally produced images. They are sometimes photorealistic, other times abstract, but are all inspired by the source of light, whether a literal beacon of a lighthouse, or the more internal beacon of personal truth.
Eme10 (the “10″ part is pronounced in Spanish: diez ) grew up in Caracas, Venezuela where she became a professor or Visual Arts and Appreciation. She has taught at all levels of secondary and higher education. For this exhibition she has created imagery that will compel the onlooker to reach inside and find their own Beacon Within. Everyone has something that drives them whether it is to excel spiritually, intellectually or in their work or craft. Eme10′s work is a mix of many techniques, a mix which depicts a multifaceted reality by incorporating illustration, digital painting and graphic design. She skillfully blends them with 3D modeling, rendering and raytracing techniques. Where is your Beacon Within? Maybe you can find it while looking at Eme10 Winds digital images. Eme10 Wind explains her art and passion:
“I love to work with computer generated art, because I think it’s another way to artistic expression. To me, all of what I learned and explored in traditional arts is a familiar background to perceive and translate more of what surrounds us. Virtual worlds are amazing places in which we can expand as multiple beings, exchanging experiences and exploring ourselves. Expression in Art is multiple, and infinite, and always new. The so called ‘virtual’ field is only another dimension in which we can materialize our thoughts with less restraint and way more freedom. Art, is definitely everywhere. Whether we are aware of it or not, Art expression is like a collage of the many components of our daily lives, including ourselves.”
Rik Zwiers, from the UK, says his art “has its roots in the Celtic ‘Otherworld,’ which was a magical realm (psychic and real) said to exist alongside ours and is an interesting precursor to the multiverse concept used so frequently in modern physics and science fiction.” The theme for his imagery in this exhibit, Crossover, depicts that otherworld dimension of dreams. He refers to the series as “Dark Dreaming.” Many of the places featured in his work are, as Zwiers says, “based on real locations in the north of England and Wales where I spent most of my childhood exploring some of the most ancient and evocative landscapes in the British Isles.” Thousands of years ago there was a time when all of the Europe was Celtic and England was ruled almost entirely by Celts. Zwiers explains, “The locations in my Dark Dreaming work may be based on a real place, or just a thought or an emotion or a dream of that location. They are the Crossover between the physical places we know and love, and the semi conscious feelings they inspire in our hopes and dreams: the beacons of the mind.”
Wind and Zwiers have put together a wonderful combination of images to explore this introspective within us. You won’t want to miss this provocative exhibition at Artemisia and the Galerie de la Vie. Open to the public January 8, 2009 with an opening reception to be announced. Artemisia – Living with Art.
A new joint exhibition by
Jeanni Nishi & Misprint Thursday
Open Now through November 2008
Cirque! A World of Fun and Motion
This month’s exhibition at Galerie de la Vie is something that you will not want to miss. Misprint Thursday and Jeanni Nishi have designed an entire environment around a playful, colorful and interactive world of Cirque! The collaborative work combines fantasy and emotion that will have you remembering what it was like to be a child all over again. Come play with us, ride atoms on a string, hang and dance on ribbons suspended above the floor, be mesmerized by intricate sculptures and let your imagination be captivated by color and motion. Brought to you by the residents of Artemisia, the opening gala begins at 1 pm (SLT) on Sunday October 26th. This day will hold many surprises including a mystery treasure hunt.
Misprint Thursday is an artist in RL and SL. Her work in SL focuses on creating a unique experience through creative content that includes, photography, sculpture, sound and web based media. In SL her direction is shifting to content which is created primarily in world. She “frames” the content of her work with the photographs and machinima of the sculptural installations. Fond of physics and spontaneity, Misprint brings minor hazards to the art world and openly suggests that she brings a sense of humor to her exhibits.
Jeanni Nishi came to SL in February of 2007, and one of the first places she visited was Blekinge Sculpture Park, which is managed by Rezago Kokorin. There she came across sculptures by elros Tuominen, Cheen Pitney, Rezago, Sunn Thunders, and Sasun Steinbeck. The pieces astounded her with their beauty. “I loved how the artists utilized the special capabilities of SL”, she said. She discovered the famous Oyster Bay and spent many hours there considering the works of Dale Innis, Juria Yoshikawa, Madcow Cosmos and others. Jeanni spent many years in RL involved in commercial art as an art director and illustrator. Since that time she moved on to other vocations. According to her, “Second Life now provides an impetus to get back to creative work.”
When asked about their work together, Misprint said, “The collaboration has enhanced my Second Life art making experiences because I got to learn some new skills through Jeanni. She introduced me to Qavimator-the free pose and animation program. Through this new information I was able to create some custom poses for the interactive sculpture and this has been exciting.” Jeanni responded, “She (Misprint) and I both enjoy the play of patterns and light, and neither of us tend towards literal interpretations or realistic builds. We both enjoy incorporating scripts and movement, including avatar movement. Working togther in a collaborative project was an exciting premise. Who knew what we could do together? Misprint comes from more of a fine arts background than I do, and even talking to her about what we were doing expanded my sense of what it could mean to be an artist in SL. Her addition of sound to art has provided food for thought and I am considering exploring this in the future.”
Cirque! brings together the talents of two great SL artists. Their collective talents create an exhibition that will delight everyone, art critics, art lovers, art collectors and anyone who wants to remember what it was like to be a child all over again—the innocence of exploration, wonder and fantasy. Don’t miss Cirque! at Galerie de la Vie in Artemisia. The residents of Artemisia proudly sponsor this and all events that come to the gallery. Opening also this night is the new Artemisia Living with Art Annex. You will see works of art from past exhibitions and from Artemisia residents. This evening will prove to be an unforgettable adventure. Please join me, RobertSteven Smythe, curator of the gallery and the Residents of Artemisia in presenting Misprint Thursday and Jeanni Nishi in Cirque!.
We all had such a fine time in the Treehouse at Artemisia last Friday, we decided to do it again. And again maybe! Mic loves the intimate Treehouse venue, with lots of snuggly places and romantic dances and the secret box of chocolates.. mmmmmm.. What a fine way to wind down after a busy week.
Artemisia is about living with art. The residents of Artemisia support the galleries and recreational areas and the Treehouse club in order to live in a vital, creative place. We invite you to enjoy a great evening of fun and fine music and to explore the wonders of our island. Maybe you’ll want to live here too!
We have had some of the top performers in SL in the Treehouse Club on Artemisia. Freestar Tammas, Montian Gilruth, Harper Messmer, Matthew Perreault, and others. But the club has been pretty quiet the last few months as we have concentrated on getting the Galerie de la Vie on solid footing. I was thinking about having a regular DJ night in the Treehouse and I still might. But my friend Brigette Auer managed to hook me up with something even better!
MrMulti “Mic” Writer will grace our circle on Friday night at 7 PM SLT.
Mic is the Artist-In-Residence at Second Life’s Tranquil Cafe. His music is quintessentially smooth. No jarring mosh pits here, but rather a fine way to chill after a hectic work week. Mic plays and sings the greats — Steely Dan, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Beatles , and newer ones too, like Switchfoot, Matchbox 20, the Weepies — all play backup inspiration to Mic’s thoughtful, reflective originals with intelligent lyrics and flowing harmonies. Whether you’re feeling especially romantic or just need to get off the treadmill and discover the joy of great music, come on up to the Treehouse. Check out some of Mic’s great tunes on his MySpace site. Don’t forget to come early or stay late and explore Artemisia. We have simply scads of cool stuff to see and do!
Welcome to Artemisia, a residential community of artists in Second Life. There are lots of places to see art in SL. Lots of ways to make art. Even to be art. Our personae in SL are extensions of ourselves, creative acts just by being here and presenting ourselves in an intentional way. There is so much to see and do. But we need to stop and get a bit of depth once in a while, not just breadth.
Artemisia is the creation of Zephyre Zabelin. Her vision was to invite interesting people to come and share this wonderful space and to give them as much freedom as possible to let it inspire. What it has evolved into is a small, friendly community of fun and interesting people who appreciate the beauty of this place and who want to be a part of it. Who want to be inspired by it.
There’s a fundamental difference between looking at art and living with it. The amazing shows we present at the Galerie de la Vie are well attended and showcase the top artists in SL. We welcome visitors with much enthusiasm. We want to share our joy and wonder. But the galleries on Artemisia are really here for us. I see the shows in the Galerie every day for a month or so. I may not go in and look at every piece every day, but there’s always something new I hadn’t noticed before. I get to live with art every day and really get to know it. It makes me think and it makes me want to create. That’s what Artemisia is for. Giving people a chance to experience art deeply and to let it affect them.
It’s a real privilege to be able to live in a place like this. To contribute to the common inspiration of my colleagues. When we pay our monthly rents, we don’t just rent a parcel. We can do that anywhere. Our payments support the work of our friends and colleagues on the island and they support the wonderful opportunities for people across SL to experience the fun and inspiration of this place. We invite you to visit and, if it seems like something you want to be involved with, to consider joining us as a resident.