I have been a bit busy with life, so I had little time to add a new post. Actually I was reviving my flickr site, which kept me busy and a relation, which kept me busy too. And that next to my family, work and the holidays.
So I finally got around to posting something, which is work as part of my illustration course. We were asked to make some cards and I used Second Life for that. The connecting theme was clothes.
I like to roam through the ever changing galleries of Second Life and sometimes I hit on a work or an artist I like to promote on this blog. As little as it does for them. There are actually more than I display here, many more even, but because I sometimes have to balance other people’s works against our own works. So I don’t display them here. There are enough blogs promoting SL art. But even because of the sheer numbers alone I lag behind.
Some of the artists I like actually show adult-related depictions.I am usually not really in favor of adult depictions, not because I feel ashamed, but more because I suspect that the adult content is to make up for the lack of art. It is more about arousal than about art. I never quite understand adult related content in that way. I was once at a gallery dedicated to adult pictures and I met someone who bluntly asked me if they didn’t arouse me as it did her. And I replied kind by answering no. I can appreciate intimate pictures even to the point of feeling a longing, but for me art isn’t something that arouses me. However, to be honest, it sometimes can.Ain’t I the dubious one.
Anyway.. this rambling is done to introduce an artist named Sheldon in SL, who is not about arousal but uses what we call nudes not because they are nudes but are the poetry of the human body(sic). I was myself more interested in the materials he used than the imagery itself. And when I asked him about it, we had a conversation about nudes. That is art that shows nudes but is not about them. For me: I like the combination of materials and the use of light. And since I am a movie person light fascinates me, therefore I have him here on my blog. For it is after all about the image. Or the story that lies within.
I also like, without trying to insult, to present the work of Angelika Corral, as it is sandwiched into the works of Sheldon. I do this because while Sheldon uses real life models, she works with SL models. And there we have another fascination of mine: SL avatars. I am fascinated by them in a way.
Above is a side to side depiction of the works of Angelika en Sheldon. One is showing SL avatars(Synthesis by Angelika Corral) and the other an image inspired by real life(you see from this where I come from) called Curvature by Sheldon.
I somehow like the right one.
There is more made by the two and they can be seen at:
A small and nice exhibition about Bauhaus on Lea 2 (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA2/80/120/2007).
Had some fun with Gray Child(the neko(cat human hybrid) in the picture) and a few lyrics of Massive Attack to which I was listening. Some of which had relevance to the exhibition.
Bauhaus(1919-1933) didn’t last long as an independent art movement in Germany once the Nazis came to power(1932) as it quickly became un-German and ‘degenerate art’, not strange if you look at how some of the women dressed up and behaved(go and watch the exhibition).
Being unconventional is something no repressive society can cope with. And since women had to fit a specific mold, (blond, blue-eyed, docile and focused on motherhood) being manly(smoking, unmarried and having unruly hair, look below) was a no no.
Bauhaus did live on because it influenced and interacted with other art mostly because the artist fled from Germany to other countries of the world. In a way this was their luck as apparently the rest of the world was prepared to be influenced by them.
There is a certain irony in the statement at the top of the picture below. The picture is called Marcel Breuer mit seinem Harem= Marcel Breuer with his harem.
Mag ich flapper sein? pfft! Nein danke means something like: Can I be a flapper(but in German it actually also can be: Am I allowed to be a Flapper)? Pfft!. No thanks.
Flapper was a nickname for young women in the 1920’s who broke with conventions by wearing short skirts, bobbing their hair and listening to jazz(another degenerate art form).
There is an irony in the statement in that these women are Breuer’s group of women who were associated with him and they actually do not look like flappers to me(usually they were more elegantly looking) but neither do they look like the conventional women of the day. They were a third kind 😛 At least that is my take on it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flapper https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bauhaus
Red Flag is a movie based on an art installation called ‘threatened’ made by Asmita Duranjaya in Second Life.
I do not like to explain too much about it as i like people to make up their own stories.. to let their mind go and thing.. what is going on?
For me the movie is not a representation of the art installation.. it forms the fabric of my story and imagery that should be a story on it’s own.. At least.. that is what I intended.
And because the movie is made as is intended it is by all means.. an intentional series of depictions.
Some time ago I went to a place(sorry I forgot the name) because I felt inclined to do so and there was an exhibition of the works of various artists. The art that stuck in my mind were these sculptures made by Chuckmatrix Clip. There are not that many sculptures being made as compared to the amount of pictures(and paintings). The reason for this might have something to do with the fact that is seems more connected to real life then paintings are. It requires the ability to make something from nothing, while most paintings use avatars and other thing already available in Second life. Perhaps a statue or sculpture is more down to earth?
The sculpture that I took pictures of was made with primary objects, called Prims. Prims are basic objects in SL(and worlds like that) that come in various basic shapes like a sphere, a cube, a cylinder.. each of these basic shapes can be manipulated. This statue was made using more than twohundred prims manipulated into various forms. The limit on this is that in Second Life using prims requires an area that can hold them. To get an idea of the cost. I rent a space for eight dollars a week that supports nine hundredth prims. In other worlds, like the os grid one can rent land that support much more prims. OS grid even allows for a more refined manipulation of the prims.