December 28, 2008

Thorns in the Velvet

Mesmerizing movement, color, and sound will capture your imagination at NMC's Ars Simulacra, which is hosting Glyph Graves's "Thorns in the Velvet" art exhibit now through the end of January 2009. Innumerable kinetic sculptures fill the island with vibrance from the water to the sky. In Glyph's words, the exhibit reflects his "fascination with transformation in colour, space, and sound."

Bring a picnic basket, a blanket, and a close friend, then sit on a hillside and soak in the beautiful hues and motions of these wonderful sculptures. —Sunn Thunders

Pictured below: a digital blend of Glyph Graves's "Odd Spiral Glass" and "Cube3 Soundscape3"

December 27, 2008


"The nightbloom rewards patience with it's hidden beauty..."
—Solo Mornington, artist and creator of Nightbloom

As described by Solo, the nightbloom is a rare species of sculptural flora discovered on the desert playa of Burning Life 2008. It currently has a safe home at the Man-A-Hatta Gallery through December 31.

"The nightbloom blooms at night, and dies in the morning. It then begins growing again in the evening, with another bloom soon to come after dark. This cycle continues indefinitely into the future and past, perhaps longer than you've been around, and perhaps long after you're gone."

Observers who patiently experience the full life cycle are rewarded with a bit of the nightbloom's energy... —Sunn Thunders

October 25, 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 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 together 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.

October 17, 2008

Haiku Speedbuild, October 16, 2008

Solo Mornington - 1st place

Jeanni Nishi - 2nd place

Sunn Thunders - 3rd place

Runners up:

Apollo Reinard

Misprint Thursday

Oberon Onmura

Steff Ling

Haiku Speedbuild, October 9, 2008

Peli Dieterle - 1st place

Misprint Thursday - 2nd place

Gwen Carillon - 3rd place

Runners up:

Apollo Reinard

Jeanni Nishi

Sunn Thunders

October 6, 2008

SUNRISE SUNSET Premiere and Open Studio

Location: Huntsman (160, 18, 301)

An open studio and SL premiere for “Sunrise Sunset,” Alizarin Goldflake's latest Immersive art creation, will take place on Sunday, October 12, 1- 3 pm PDT . As the viewer dances through the meadow of wildflowers or quietly contemplates the rising and setting sun from a cushion, his or her avatar becomes the centerpiece that completes the sculpture. Singing crickets, a hooting owl, and a calling osprey augment the warmth and peace of the build with evocative natural sounds. Thistledown blows on the SL wind, and on the dark side, there are spiders hidden in the grass. Alizarin will be present during the event.

The textures in this build are adapted from an RL digital drawing done with Corel Painter and a Wacom digitizing tablet and stylus. Installed as 3-D, the effect is like sitting inside the mind of the artist. The build also incorporates particles (drawn by the artist) and sounds, scripts, and an animation (made by others and modified by the artist).

Viewers are invited to enjoy the rest of the work in the Sky Studio. A Midnight environment settings is recommended, and the work is intended to be explored from many different angles by camera or avatar. Many of the pieces have a sit or float animation activated by a right click.. The TPs (brightly-colored cubes on the walls) connect to the first floor (2-D digital art and selected sculptures), the second floor (RL digital drawings), and The Particularium on the third floor. Atelier Alizarin is always open to the public, and visitors are welcome anytime.

Alizarin has been a RL professional visual artist for a long time. She shows in several prominent RL galleries, and her work is included in many RL museum, corporate, and private collections.

October 2, 2008

Haiku Speedbuild, September 25, 2008

1st Place: Apollo Reinard

2nd Place: Peli Dieterle

Tie for 3rd Place: Oberon Onmura

Tie For 3rd Place: Corcosman Voom

Congratulations and happy building!
Visit the VAA Haiku Speedbuilds each Thursday at 6pm SLT

September 28, 2008

The VAA Burning Life Plot

My thanks to all of you who took part in creating our space here!

Burning Life (Babel) (202, 75, 24)

September 17, 2008

Haiku Speedbuild, September 11, 2008

Sunn Thunders - 1st place

Oberon Onmura - 2nd place

Peli Dieterie - 3rd place

Alizarin Goldflake

Corcosman Voom

Goose Wycliffe

Heathers Miles

Ransom Silverspar

Rikard Bashly

Rik Zwiers

September 8, 2008

Burning Life 2008, land up for grabs!

Burning Life is September 27 through October 5, 2008

Plots can be claimed during several periods this week. Check the Burning Life wiki page for details and schedule (and to find out what in the world Burning Life is).

We'll be claiming a plot for the VAA group again this year and I'll make an announcement as soon as we've laid our eager paws on it. Contact me if you're interested in taking part in the building. What will we create there? No idea yet but we will have until the 27th to complete the build.

- Rezago Kokorin

September 5, 2008

Haiku Speedbuild - September 4, 2008

The voting was close this week, with a tie for 2nd place. The builds will be on display here until shortly before the next contest at 6pm SL time on Thursday the 11th.

1st place - Peli Dieterle

2nd place - Heathers Miles

2nd place - Lorimae Undercroft

3rd place - Sunn Thunders

Runners up:

Corcosman Voom

Jeanni Nishi

Madcow Cosmos

Oberon Onmura

Rikard Bashly

August 19, 2008

Contest Winners - 24/24 Haiku Build

1st place - Misprint Thursday

2nd place - Audrey Fotherington

3rd place - Goose Wycliffe

And here are all of the other entries:

Corcosman Voom

Welcome Doobie

Cyanide Seelowe

Dale Innis

Heathers Miles

Jeanni Nishi

Juanita Deharo

Madscientist Balbozar

Peli Dieterle

Peri Afarensis

Rik Zwiers

Rose Farina

Senka Beck

Solo Mornington

Sunn Thunders