I was invited as part of the press to get a sneak preview of the Opening of Originalia, a sim owned and envisioned by Amase Levasseur who is dedicating it to art in SL. The grand opening will be Sunday Feb. 27th at 3pmslt and this is one you don’t want to miss.
She has given a 1/4 sim to each artist with ample prims to let their imaginations flow and flow they did.
I landed in the gallery and cammed up and around to see a perfect structure for showing art. Elegant, open,simple angles, with lighting that invited rather than overpowered the art and the viewer.
Rag Randt’s latest show entitled “Doggie Dreams” was displayed on both the main and upper level of the gallery. If you are a dog lover and have ever mused what goes on inside those doggy heads (I have), this clever series will let you know, while delighting you. His original drawings have been deconstructed and transformed into 3D versions.
Some of these Diorama-like boxes have particles and are scripted and I smiled box after box. My favorite “Quenched Thirst” appears here below, and was probably the first “bathroom fantasy” to make me laugh.
Following the path over the stones and turning my settings to midnight I came to the dreamy tropical gardens featuring
Em Larsson’s “Temporal Dreams” I walked along a moon-lit path of sensual plant-life, with these beautiful images popping out, becoming more visible as I got closer to them. This technique she uses of varying opacity, captures the mood she was trying to create and echos the title of her show, for as you walk away, they too fade, as the next one ahead begins to appear.
I loved her use of time pieces in every one of them, from antique clocks to digital…Time is part of all her dream visions, perhaps reminding us how we never have enough of it, and even when we sleep and dream it goes on ticking. I walked away wanting to stay more, and the feeling that I must return, lingered inside my own temporal wishes.
Following the stones over the bridge the lighting began to glow in beautiful shades of indigo and dark royal blues (my most favorite colors) and I was on a foggy path of swamp sounds and fireflies that led up to Scottius Polke’s “The Docks”, his latest, and for me, most emotionally beautiful installation. I am an admirer of Scottius for many years now and his sculptures and art works grace my own sim Misty Shores Linc Island. For me personally, this is his most brilliant offering from the depths of his super-charged subconscious. As I said to him in IM,” I bounced on beds in mushROOM and rode stingrays through Lunamaruna but sitting on The Docks, I was mesmerized, hypnotized, and forced to write a poem.” The Docks is nothing less than “magical and musing art” or as my fellow reporter Camille Topaz said to me, “This is Second Life at its best” I agree, and let my poem speak the final words on how it moved me. Please read it here and put on the music to capture the whole mood. https://karimahoisan.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/the-docks-poem-for-scottius-polke/
I followed the path past the lobster traps and shack, and pushed through the veil until I came to a stairway that led into the final art offering of this wonderful eclectic mix of dreams on Originalia I was asked to allow windlight to change my settings which added a glow hiding artistically to what was waiting at the end of the path
“Aria” by Eliza Wierwight pulls the viewer into the passageway that begins very dark, yet sensual, with glowing pieces of art on both sides, a compelling tunnel-like path leading and winding to an open area which is essentially the climax of the piece.
There is a spot where a shaft of light shines down through a beveled glass window into a pottery that is both evocative of the Old World Masters and cleansing with its light. I passed, hanging glowing imagery against the black walls, sculptures and then… The low arched ceiling opened to a stairway, the higher level lit by candles in glass globes..so elegant with the music of an Aria singing through the corridors surrounding everything. I felt the sensation that the musical aria birthed this artful build, instead of being added on as an afterthought . The climax is on an open dark deck of elegant wood..reminiscent of
Bayron Grayson’s Templum ex Obscurum, or
Ameron Oldrich’s Eilean Donan of Eigg. However the voice that sings and weaves her spell is distinctly female. Beautiful all- immersive piece, the stage is set, combining the visual and the musical in majestic specter- elegance and hinted longing.
This is one Art / Sim opening not to be missed. Feb. 27th at 3pmslt.. (Closed to the public until then)