Identity: American Gothic 2015

I am working on a series of images that play around with identity. Next to the Fatherland and With A Pearl I made American Gothic 2015. It is Inspired by the famous painting by Grant Wood. It is not just a parody as it is meant to be more than a funny change of the original. It is meant to be explored.

The essence of the picture is the two avatars. They are both male avatars with male hair and such. The only female part is their skin and, of course, the way they dress and your thinking. For it is your mind that tags gender on them.

Below is a link to the original.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Gothic

Going Cyber.

This is a movie that shows the art of various artist who exhibited at the Space 4 Art virtual place owned by Asmita Duranjaya.
I was visiting and I the music I played matched with the various art objects displayed. So I made this movie.
The movie is set up as a kind of exploration in which each object points to the next. To make the connection more obvious Tau takes you along the exhibitions.
The music and movie is set up to stay in synch and to create a strange feel.

I like to use neko avatars for my movies, especially the ones about these kind of art explorations as they have a kind of open minded curiosity about them.
These are the artists involved:
Harter Fall, Natsha Lemton, Celestine Ghiardie, Lusus Saule, Scottius Polke and Ohe53 (Nelun Harasgama).

Music is by “Like Spinning Plates” by Radiohead.

Fear of Flying: Covering a controversial book.

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I never read Fear of Flying, a book written by Eric Jong and published in 1973. It was a controversial book at the time as it was about sexual fantasies held by a woman who actually gives in to them. Women freely indulging in sexual fantasies was something of a shocking novelty especially when openly written about in a book.

Nowadays we have books with erotic subjects aplenty and with Fifty Shades of Grey making bondage mainstream, Fear of Flying is reduced to that status of a precursor in at least one advertisement. It is probably meant to boost sales by hitching Fear of Flying to the bandwagon of Fifty Shades but it seems to me that these books do not belong together. The one is about liberation of women, the other about a woman subjugating herself to a man. Of course some people claim that subjugating is actually liberation(mostly people who actually practice bondage). I wonder if Erica Jong or feminists would agree.

But I never read any of these books and I do not intent too, but I was involved with Fear of Flying because it was used to inspire the name of a place in Second Life. Since the book is now over forty years old and has sold over twenty million copies throughout it’s history there were a lot of covers available on the internet. Since these covers a peculiar to their time I collected what is out there and placed them together.

What follows is a sample of book covers that I collected from the internet. The quality varies and I cannot tell you from which year they are, but it is interesting how varied covers can be. Perhaps you can guess from which year  or decade a cover is. Have fun browsing.

Due to the fact that this book has an erotic subject some covers are adult by nature.  Since I do not want to make my blog an adult one just because of one post I have put them below.

A slight note: in Dutch the title is not translated from Fear of Flying but it is Het Ritsloze Nummer, which translates as the Zipless F**. This concept is put forward in the book. What it means you can find in the wikipedia of this book.

Below are pictures of a more adult nature. If you do not like such please do not proceed. I also added two of my own making as I wanted to see if it was possible to make something using second life avatars.

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Two nekos : Credits for other people’s merits : The Garden of Abandoned Stories by Talullah Winterwolf

” A mysterious overgrown & abandoned garden, filled with weeds, rust, reverie and birdsong Come explore where forgotten stories have come to life…” – Talullah Winterwolf.

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Art by Talullah Winterwolf. The background and free growing plants make for an interesting atmosphere combined with the pictures. It is a place left to itself.

IT took me a while to get around to this post because I understand that Talullah Winterwolf is pretty well known in some art circles.. It is not that I am against showing work of known people, but I am heistant to do so because such people will already have enough exposure while obscure artists or new artist or fringe artists probably benefit more from a post by an obscure blogger.. In addition I am not inclined to show work as is nowadays but rather make pictures of the works of others that give an impression or capture the essence, mostly to protect these artist against  theft. As suck the pictures get changed and this might not always be in agreement with the artist. If you get my drift.

In the case of Talullah Winterwolf  however I was also intrigued by the place where this work was shown, which created an interesting atmosphere grungy atmosphere and  I therefore decided to make a post about her exhibition at eleventh birthday of second life exhibition.  I want to make a note that this post shows an impression of her work and it is my impression. What you see is not always what you get.

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A bench was in the middle of the exhibition. This Tau in one of the many forms we gathered overtime. Art work of Talullah Winterwolf is in the background 😛 The Garden of Abandoned Stories

The exhibition look a bit like an unattended garden like you sometimes encounter by houses that have been abandoned.  I like the art because it has a kind of disturb beauty in it.

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More Talullah Winterwolf:

https://www.facebook.com/talullah.winterwolf

 

 

 

SL11B: Monkey Mind: a movie.

A movie about the Emphatic Eccentrica build as the Eleventh birthday of second life. The EE team consisted of Almut Brunswick, Ohmy Shalala, Veleda Lorakeet, Laughton McCry, Merit Coba and Tau.

 

 

 

 

SL11B: Monkey Mind : Laughton McCry

 

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New Gil by Laughton McCry

I think this one is the last post on the monkey mind build and it is about the last participant Laughton McCry. Originally he was not a participant, but because Almut saved is a lot of prims(primary objects) so we were able to make room for one of his statues.  Which is shown below.  Also he put up some of his paintings/drawings which are marvelous. Below you will see the picture of a mesh statue he made. I also added a picture of mine in which i used it in the background because it invoked a mood of mystery and reference.. a kind like the statues you see on Easter Island.

I don’t have much to add to these pictures otherwise that too me there is a unique style to them. But maybe I am wrong so Judge for yourself.

More McCry:

http://laughtonmccry.daportfolio.com/

http://laughtonmccry.deviantart.com/

 

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City by Laughton McCry

 

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Old balloon with grumpy tower Laughton McCry.
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Statue by Laughton McCry.
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SL11B: The box

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The box

 

 

The box was an art installation we (that is Taubie and me) made for the anniversary of Emphatic Eccentricia. A slightly altered version was made for the eleventh birthday of second life. That is the one these pictures are from. The box started when Veleda Lorakeet made a frame in Osgrid from prims. She is currently making this frame in real life. The frame made me think of self contained worlds within a larger world. So after some fabrication I came up with an installation based on a thought experiment by Schroedinger know as Schroedinger’s cat. The experiment can be found here.
So here are picture of The box,  the metaverse containing the universes for these mouse-like creatures.

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Mouse?

 

 

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The box installation

The box works like this. When you press the red box you see floating in the above picture, the box will open and show a random set of universes brought to live.

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A happy dance.

 

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Worship

 

 

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The one that got away and the one that fell off.

Two nekos: credits for other people’s merits -1

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Two Nekos: Krisp

Time to do some exploring again and what better place to be at the moment than SL11B: the eleventh  birthday, a representation of Second Life spread out over six simulators., Jenney says

Wasn’t there some fashion event someplace,? Krisp asks.

Aren’t there always fashion event someplace?

Oh, there might be. Just saying..

We can always look at those later can’t we? The birthday is just once a year.

Yessa.

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Two Nekos: Jenney

 

 

So Jenney, why credits for other people’s merits?

Cause  we are sort of using other people’s work to fill our blog with and thus taking credit in a way for other people’s work aren’t we? They make the stuff, we make the pictures..

Oh, right.

Or rather Taubie does. We just have to be in them.

Hard work!

Then we have some icecream.

Yus.

While Taubie edits them pictures.

And have some pineapple juice.

While  Taubie uploads them pictures.

And then you type some words.

And we are done.

Need lot’s of clothing for them though. To look right in the pictures. Don’t want to look like we never have a change of clothes!

Let’s have a look at the first pictures..

Gotz us in them.^^

 

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Notice: the imagery you see in these posts are my interpretations and do not necessarily represent the imagery as intended by the makers involved.  In addition my nekos will often be in the pictures because I want to prevent these pictures from being taken from our website and used without  the  original creators permission.