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Art and a Chair

So I went to check out my friends’ Dido and Fabio’s exhibit at Gadget’s Gallery Expo. They show photos from SL – a lot of which have been shown on Dido’s blog but also some new ones. Nice exhibit – lots of sexy pictures. Make sure you go take a look (taxi).

Woe recently came out with these amazing jeans. I’ve wanted to wear them for a while but didn’t get around to them until now. They are so awesome and coupled with this great top from The Plastik and these amazingly cool and pretty Baiastice wedges, this is just an outfit I would love to have in RL too.

What I’m wearing:

  • Top: Talya (Grey) – Aikea Rieko for The Plastik
  • Jeans: Guage G2 Patched Jeans – Dick Wiesel for WoE
  • Shoes: Maxine Wedge (Silver) – Sissy Pessoa for Baiastice
  • Hair: Nancy (red) – Veronika Beningborough for Deviant Style
  • Eyes: ‘Sunrise’ Eyes (Deep blue) – Ikon Innovia for FASHISM
  • Skin: Emma (fair, 06 Slate – copper brows – freckles) – Tuli Asturias for Tuli
  • Shape: Bodyshape 1 (Avie) – Emilia Redgrave for REDGRAVE (modified by me)

Pose prop: Modelling Stool – Scarlet Chandrayaan for Magnifique Poses

Beautiful kimono art

I was lucky enough to become a part of Asa Pin (Salami)’s kimono series. He does so so awesome work and I’m feeling very lucky to be a part of this series.

I searched the grid a long time to find a kimono to wear – what I was really looking for, was some kind of de-constructed kimono dress but I didn’t find it. What I did find was this gorgeous kimono from  Sweetest Goodbye. I also decided to go with a very untraditional hair and I love how it all came together and how beautiful he made me.

What I’m wearing:

  • Kimono: Tonight (Black) – Morphine Janick for  Sweetest Goodbye
  • Hair:  Rhoda (Warm Red) – Carina Larsen for Amacci
  • Hairbase: Amacci Hairbase Tattoo (Warm Red) – Carina Larsen for Amacci
  • Makeup: Make-up Layer 08 – aida Ewing for Glam Affair
  • Tattoo (face): AITUI Tattoo Stars 02 Face Tat – female fit – boy of crows (Jesseaitui Petion) for Aitui
  • Eyes: ‘Sunrise’ Eyes (Deep blue) – Ikon Innovia for FASHISM
  • Skin: Emma (fair, 06 Slate – copper brows – freckles) – Tuli Asturias for Tuli
  • Shape: Bodyshape 1 (Avie) – Emilia Redgrave for REDGRAVE (modified by me)

You can see the entire kimono series as well as his other work here. It is well worth checking out.

Requiem for Fukushima Daiichi

The Requiem For Fukushima is of course inspired by the nuclear catastrophe in Japan in March 2011.

“Requiem for Fukushima” is a dramatic build of sinister beauty inspired by the Fukushima catastrophe in Japan. Housed inside a pyramid shell, it contains lurid plants, flames, billowing black smoke, and burning cinders. Even the rocks are glowing. Max your particle count!
(from the artist’s blog)

To enter this art piece is a quite sobering experience. It’s very beautiful but the beauty is a deadly beauty, caused by one of the worst nuclear catastrophes so while you are reveling in the beauty, you are also perfectly aware that this is a beauty that ought not to be. The experience of entering this 360 degrees landscape is haunting and thought-provoking, lovely – but cruel.

Yet, you still find yourself feeling joyful in the beauty – that even in such a devastating disaster, some kind of beauty can be found.

The Requiem for Fukushima as well as some other wonderful art pieces are all made by the artist Alizarin Goldflake, who make immersive art – I quote from the artist’s statement:

My main form is Immersive Art, so-called because the viewer is meant to enter the work either by avatar or camera.  The art is made of nested prims, digital textures, and scripts.  Many of the builds have poses and sounds in them.  The point of the art is the kaleidoscopic interaction of the textures, as well as the different  moods expressed in the pieces.  Some of the sculptures emit extra-large particles, which are actually highly-detailed digital drawings.

Before visiting the Requiem, I visited some of the other pieces of immersive art – all very interesting!

And my favorite immersive art installation – loved to dance in this one:

I apologize for the not so good quality of these images but they’re taken on the laptop, not my desktop. Darn this annoying back and bedrest thing!

Anyways, it’s definitely worth to go and see these and play around a bit as well as enter a much more somber mood when visiting the Requiem itself.

You can see more on the artist’s blog here.

Blue diamonds and purple skirts

When someone invites you to see their art and encloses a free car in the invite, well, you gotta go, right?

Unfortunately, I missed the opening of Betty Tureaud’s Expo – the big art installation Blue Diamond. And that’s a shame since I can imagine it must have been great fun racing around in this car with a lot of other people in their cars! But the installation is still worth checking out so hurry off to Pirats!

Another great thing in this week is of course The Dressing Room – and even more than usual because The Dressing Room is celebrating it’s one year anniversary! So again some great finds here!

So I’ve already have this skirt in Nude, but I love it – and I love purple so this was a given. A Must-Have! Sunglasses are also from both TDR and Fishy Strawberry – love both!

And well, Bad Monkey is having a big sale so got the fatpack of these shoes for … 200L$ I think. There are some nice shoes at that sale so go check it out!

Parts of this outfit is inspired by my friend Dido so check out her blog!

What I’m wearing:

  • Shirt: Momo Dress – Ioan Jogiches for Crazy
  • Skirt: Aragon Skirt (Lilac) – Fae Eriksen for Fishy Strawberry
  • Fishnets: Fishnet Tights (Purple) – Annyka Bekkers for Blowpop
  • Stockings: Striped socks (purple-white) – Erratic Rain for erratic
  • Shoes: Deanna Pump – Baby Monkey
  • Belt: Neko Belt Dolcessimo – nekonuko Nakamori for Cat’s Eye
  • Arm warmers: GlitchGlove (Violet-Blue) – Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya
  • Sun glasses: Vamp Glasses (Lilac) – Fae Eriksen for Fishy Strawberry
  • Bra: Leslie Lavander Bra – camilla Yosuke for Insolence
  • Hair: Minx (cranberry) – Truth Hawks for Truth Hair
  • Make-up: Make-up Layer 08 – aida Ewing for Glam Affair
  • Eyes: ‘Sunrise’ Eyes (Deep blue) – Ikon Innovia for FASHISM
  • Skin: Emma (fair, 06 Slate – copper brows – freckles)) – Tuli Asturias for Tuli
  • Shape: Bodyshape 1 (Avie) – Emilia Redgrave for REDGRAVE(modified by me)

Kind of Grungy – and art!

I bought these boots a few days ago and I just couldn’t figure out what to wear with them – I think I’ve tried them with just about everything in my inventory. Then today I saw this new skirt from Fishy Strawberry and the scarf from Pixelfashion and I thought – yes! So here goes – loving it and had fun putting it together so

What I’m wearing:

  • Skirt: Aragon Skirt (nude) – Fae Eriksen for Fishy Strawberry
  • Top: Primavera Fishnet Tanktop – nekonuko Nakamori for *Cat’s Eye* (from Summer Dress Purple outfit)
  • Shirt: Catawampus Asymmetrical – Nyte Caligari for NyteNDay
  • Scarf: Sandy Scarf Brown – Amandine Arai for :)(: PIXELFASHION
  • Glove: Seppel armwarmers (Zuccini) – Lynaja Bade for Concrete Flowers
  • Boots: Kimiko Urban High Heels – Tera Gearz for Dirty Lynx
  • Hair: Molly (Scarlet) – Kavar Cleanslate for Exile
  • Hair Base: Red Hair Base (v2) – Amesha Jewell for Heartsick (Fashion for Life Hunt)
  • Skin: Emma (fair, 06 Slate) – Tuli Asturias for Tuli
  • Shape: Emma – Tuli Asturias for Tuli
  • Eyes: ‘Sunrise’ Eyes (Deep blue) – Fashism (bought at Fashion for Life. Fashism hasn’t got a store in-world yet.)

Oh, and I wore this outfit to my friend oona’s exhibition opening tonight at Pirates – she gave out free gas masks and I couldn’t help snap this shot:

Here’s some info about the exhibition – and it’s awesome so go check it out (from oona’s notecard):

You are sleeping,………….. you do not want to believe……….you are sleeping,………you do not want to believe…… You are sleeping,………….. you do not want to believe……….you are sleeping,………you do not want to believe……You are sleeping,………….. you do not want to believe……….you are sleeping,………you do not want to believe……  . ……………………………………….There are two levels to this installation. the TP for the second level is at the end of the tunnel. Here also is your last chance to grab the free gas mask created by Fire Mavinelli ,before you enter the Toxic Zone…you have been warned!…Please set your viewer to midnight , turn off your music player and have sounds on ……full volume. if you can stand it 🙂

But beware – oona is a tricky one and it takes some skill and effort to reach the top. It’s totally worth it though. For me, this is definitely an installation I’ll come back to quite a few times in the month it stays open!

Art Hunt (part 2)

Well, finally I got around to continuing my art hunt. Now, this takes forever for me to do because I look at everything wherever I go.

In this round, I got to go to some really amazing galleries. I love this hunt because I get to visit these very different galleries that each have their own voice, their own type of art. Of the more traditional galleries, I loved Cadeling and Vespertine.

Let’s start with Cadeling Gallery since it was the first I visited. I had had trouble finding Cadeling Gallery by using the search. Luckily the hunt provided a LM because I was happy to visit. Cadeling is – at least at this time of year – a very peaceful gallery. You can sit quiet and contemplate while watching the snow falling. And I liked the art as well – especially the art by Ling Serenity. Luckily, the piece given out by this gallery was one of my favorites, a piece I would have come back and bought later. Still, I will definitely return, both to sit and relax but also to buy some more pieces.

Sighs – Vespertine Gallery… What can I say? I loved it! This is the kind of art where you stop in front of each piece and just let your mind flow, you get inspired to dream and reflect. I love art like this and I made a very long wishlist while walking around in this gallery. I definitely want to buy some of Talullah Winterwolf’s pieces because they are so inspiring to look at and be drawn into. The building itself was this bare brick style with amazing windows – kind of made you think of an old factory converted into art gallery.

I wanted to show you my favorite piece – but when I started looking at all the pictures I took, I realized that to show one piece and claim it as my favorite is impossible. So this is just one of the pieces I liked. Talullah Winterwolf works with layering because it resembles the way our memories are layered on top of each other and thereby influencing each other.

My third love was Project Z – especially Scottius Polke’s Mushroom Interactive Illustration. First of, when I just saw the poster, it made me think of one of Van Gogh’s paintings of the bedroom in the yellow house where he lived with Gaugain. And I loved Van Gogh so I was looking forward to seeing this.

Turned out, that when I got there, I forgot Van Gogh and felt completely like Alice in Wonderland. This is a really fun interactive art piece where you get to be very small in a big room. You can sit your small self in a big rocking chair, dance with amoebas, lie on (smelly) socks and more. It’s all very cool and I liked it a lot.

Finally, Trailer Trash. I really used a lot of time here. First, just admiring the installation and looking at everything and trying to grasp what the artist, oona Eiren, wanted to express. Remember to set your settings to midnight at this place (but also play a bit with the light – it looks so different when you change settings). And listen to the sounds. It’s really hard to take pictures of this but I just wanted to give you a glimpse. Secondly, looking for the hunt item. Turned out the hunt is actually over so oona had taken it down – luckily for me, she was actually there while I visited so I got to talk with her, very interesting!

I also just want to mention the art of Feathers Bay Gallery. This gallery had some great pieces which transformed as you walked towards them. I loved how it reacted to your proximity and used SL to the fullest. Not possible in real life (well, maybe it is but not quite like this, I don’t think).

For me, the Art Hunt was a really great hunt. It wasn’t very difficult which meant that you had time to really enjoy the artworks and the buildings. I also took some time to walk in several of the neighborhoods of the galleries since often the neighbors were also galleries and I got to do some great shopping as well in small boutiques around the galleries. I loved visiting the galleries and seeing all the different artist styles and I was really happy that so many different artists were together in this. I’m definitely going to visit several of the galleries again and I’m very grateful to the whole Art Hunt team. And thanks for the great art! Some really cool pieces in between!

What I’m wearing:

  • Jeans: Ripped78s (Dark Warm Blue) – by Nena Janus for *League*
  • Shirt: Lulu top concord – by Janie Marlowe for Jane
  • Tank top: Intrinsic tank (blue powder) – by Janie Marlowe for Jane (free gift)
  • Shoes: Pumps (Violet-Pink) – Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya (Group Gift Pumps)
  • Scarf: Wrap-Stripes Cool – by Nena Janus for *League*

Yes, I know I reuse a lot of the stuff I wear right now but I have a couple of reasons for that. First of, I love the stuff – my jeans for instance are just so cool and perfectly ripped. Second, I actually find it hard to find this type of laid-back and very casual clothes. Maybe I haven’t found the right stores yet but I don’t really think that’s it. I think that with all the possibilities we have in Second Life, most people don’t want to wear just a simple shirt, tank top and jeans – they want excitement and extravaganza – what most of us doesn’t have in real life. And I don’t blame them – hopefully, I will evolve together with my avatar in a way so she also can take full advantage of the very cool stuff you can get! (Just want to mention that Jane is a great place to get basic stuff like tank tops, stockings, scarves …)

Anyway, this was supposed to be a post about art so I’ll shut up about clothes. We’ll take the casual clothing discussion some other time!

Read the first post about I ❤ Art Hunt here.

(And btw, Cadeling Gallery looks nothing like when I first visited it – spring has come (but it’s still beautiful and peaceful):

This is me … and this is what I want to do!

When I began to really spend time in Second Life for about a week or so ago, I took care to cover my tracks. I wanted an avatar who in no way could be connected to me. I was a bit annoyed that I couldn’t get rid of my old username and just be Bunny Libris, but I wanted to start using SL and for some reason I couldn’t create a new avatar called Bunny Libris and that was the name I had decided on. So I logged into my 3 year old, unused, account and started exploring as Bunny Libris. I set up a blog as Bunny Libris. I set up a new email called Bunny Libris. I created an avatar who in no way resembled me. And then another one – even further from me. And a third one – also very, very far from me.

Then why did I suddenly tonight start spending time creating myself, a virtual avatar who looked like me? Why did I go shopping for Doc Martens, an Iphone and a Moleskine notebook??? Why did I spend so much time at Truth Hair to try to find my own hair when I’ve time and time again have stated that my avatar is blonde?

Well, the thing is, I want to enter Second Life. When I started writing this blog post, I wanted to create an virtual version of me,  as close to the real me as I could possibly get. So I went and looked at blogs for hair and skin, I looked at all of the Truth Hair, I tried on skin after skin… But somewhere along the way, I decided this wasn’t right. Yes, I want to be me. I want to be in SL. But not exactly me. A better me. The me I want to be – with a few stable things. I have blue eyes IRL and even though I’ve always wanted green eyes, I’m never gonna get it so I’ll just have to find the fiercest and prettiest blue eyes on the grid. Second, I have red hair. As long as I have that in RL, my virtual self will also have red hair – but with the freedom to change it! Fashion wise, there are some things that I wouldn’t wear – even though I love the look. So this virtual me will be the casual type. I don’t know why and I don’t know what I want to do on the grid. No idea … or maybe a small idea.But first – let’s meet me:

What I’m wearing (yes, SL fashion is still something I care deeply about!):

  • Shape: Emma – by Tuli Asturias for Tuli
  • Skin: Emma (fair, 03 spring) – by Tuli Asturias for Tuli
  • Eyes: Shine Covet Clarity – by Brandy Rasmussen for Exile
  • Hair: Horizon (red 09) – by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira
  • Blouse: Grandad Vest (Long LGrey Halfopen) – by Nena Janus for *League*
  • Jeans: Ripped78s (Dark Warm Blue) – by Nena Janus for *League*
  • Stockings: Opaque Yellow Amortentia Stockings – by Allegory Malaprop for Schadenfreude
  • Boots: Docs (8 hole F Black) – by by Gospel Voom for Gos
  • Scarf: Wrap-Stripes Cool – by Nena Janus for *League*

Almost all this is  bought in stores I don’t use to frequent – but there’s a difference in taste between what I used to be and what I am now. Apparently, my real self would go crazy in *League*! At least my virtual self did – and we have quite similar tastes 😉 This doesn’t mean that I won’t buy the clothes I used to – I still need them, as you will see below!

Now, what do I want to do with this new avatar? I’m not sure. I have an idea. See, a couple of days ago I posted this pic:

This is what I want to do. I want to create pictures like this. I’ve chosen the shape and skin, the eyes and hair, the dress, stockings, socks and boots, put it all together, then found the perfect location and used a pose I also chose. So I’ve combined a lot of different things to create this image – which I love. But I’ve created none of the things you see on the picture. I just put it together.

So is this art? I don’t know. I really hope it is because I want to do this. I want to combine my love of SL shopping with SL exploring and then create these types of pictures where I try to do more than just show the location or the clothes but tell a story with it. I want to create pictures like this because it makes me happy. Seeing this picture for the first time really made me happy. I loved how it all came together – at least it came together for me.

Is there anybody out there having thoughts on this? Anybody reading? I feel like I’m calling out into the void and I would really appreciate if there was somebody out there who had some comments.

“Is there anybody out there?” – Pink Floyd