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Edition 29: A new way into SL Art | Hermes Kondor | Milena Carbone

FENELLA'S PARTY

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Image © Elly Boccara features Fenella (verre de vin in hand) dancing with fellow-Belli gallerist Vandeverre


This is not strictly gallery business, but our editor Fenella wants to thank all of the Limoncello Friends who came to her Rez Day Party. She had a wonderful time and hopes you did too.


ELSEWHERE ON THE ARTY GRID / ARTIST IN FOCUS

This week, we feature three galleries and one portrait studio – all in the same region and owned by the same artist; Anja (neobookie). Anja is one of "our" artists so this qualifies as one of our occasional ARTIST IN FOCUS segments too. Her works in our collection are to be found on Floor 5 and Floor 9 of the LG Tower.

She has had her own gallery for a while but has worked hard to rebuild it as four separate venues. They are the No Walls Art Gallery, Xplore, FoYer, and her Portrait Studio. All are connected by teleports so it's easy to see them all on one visit. Fenella  interviewed Anja as she showed her around. 

F: Can you talk our readers through the four concepts please Anja?

Foyer notecardA: Yes, of course. Firstly, FoYer. A foyer is an entrance hall to a building. My idea is for this gallery to be an entrance into the world of SL art. A starting artist can show seven pieces of work there for free.

F: So it's a kind of incubator gallery for new artists; like we had at the Limoncello Gallery in our early days?

A: Yes, though a more well-known artist could also use it as a try out space for a new concept or direction. I was given a lot of support from an established artist when I began my art career in SL. I would like to "pay it forward". 

F: That's great. Who is your first FoYer artist and when is the opening party?

A: The first exhibition will be of works by Smilla. She's been in SL since 2007. She has spent much of her real life landscaping, sculpting and stone cutting. She's also a photographer and musician so it's not surprising she felt the need to express herself here as well. I think people will enjoy her work. We don't plan to have official opening parties for FoYer exhibitions, though the artists can invite whomever they like.

F: That's a shame – I love an opening party. Well actually I just love a party! So how does an artist get into FoYer? Will you approach them or can they apply?

A: If I spot some talent, I will suggest it myself - as I did with Smilla. If people want to send me links to their work, I am also happy to hear from them. It's a small space and I don't want this to become a job, so I hope they'll be patient and accept that I won't always be able to help. 

F: That's understood – and what about your other spaces?

XploreA: Xplore is for a series of exhibitions of my SL travel photography. Each one will feature six photographs from a single region. I will change the exhibitions every eight weeks or so. The first features Ruegen, which the owner calls "an attempt to depict the landscape of the beautiful Baltic Sea island of Rügen".

F: It looks very beautiful in the photographs. I can't wait to visit it. I had the chance to speak to the owner, Andre, and he told me that:

Anja is really an artist. I like the warmth of the colors in the pictures. I like it better than on the sim!

F: And I agree with him. The world looks better through your eyes, Anja!

NO_WALLS art bordA: I thank both of you for those kind words! The third gallery is of my own original SL artw0rks and is called the No Walls Art Gallery.

F: Most of our readers are familiar with your work, Anja. Especially since the success of your exhibition Anja's Surrealism at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery, which we reviewed here. What about the fourth gallery?

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Elf selfie (S-Elfie?), by Anja

A: The fourth space is not really a gallery but a working studio for my photographic portrait work. I love to take portraits and people like photographs of themselves for their SL homes or profile pictures. 

F: Thanks, Anja. I have some of your portrait work at home and I love it!

We strongly recommend you take a look at all four locations and we applaud Anja's generosity in trying to help other artists make a start. All the SLURLs you need are in the various links above. We are grateful to Anja, who has two busy lives, for giving us so much of her valuable time. 


UPDATES TO OUR DIRECTORY OF ART GALLERIES IN BELLISSERIA

There are two additions this week. Please take a look. If you know of other galleries in Bellisseria that are not yet listed, or if you are opening a new gallery, please advise us by IM or NC to Fenella Allen in-world, or by clicking on the email the editor link under Contact Us in the sidebar.

Please note that we will only list non-commercial galleries. Any attempt to sell art in Bellisseria or to solicit donations (whether for personal profit or otherwise) is in breach of the covenant. It's not our job to enforce it and we won't be filing any Abuse Reports ourselves, but we won't send people to a place where they might feel obliged to do so. 


NEW ACQUISITIONS

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Fen admires one of the new acquisitions (click to enlarge)

We have five beautiful new photographs by Hermes Kondor on display on the Lower Deck of the Airship Limoncello. They were a personal gift by the artist to curator, Fenella Allen, for her 14th Rez Day. She wanted to share them with our visitors and Hermes kindly consented. The photographs are called A Road To Nowhere, Faces, Her Hidden Side, Hidden Face and Memories.

Fenella received other gifts of art but they are no copy items and she is going to hang them in her own home. Maybe we can persuade her to lend them in future. In the meantime, she loves to entertain so feel free to invite yourself for coffee if you see her online!

We bought three works by Milena Carbone this week from her current exhibition at her own gallery called The Scale of Love. The exhibition explores visually the Ancient Greeks' categories of love. The works we bought were  "Nine Levels of Love - Pothos", "Nine Levels of Love - Eros" and "Nine Levels of Love - Agape". They now hang on the Third Floor of the LG Tower.  The exhibition was reviewed by Inara Pey here

We also bought Egg on my face by Edie Horngold this week and hung it on the Lower Deck of the Airship Limoncello. It's at the front of the ship, near to the control gondola.

Not that she flies around much these days – she's permanently moored above the LG Tower – but that was where the captain and crew used to work in the days when airships like this connected Europe to South America in real life. They are mainly remembered now for the catastrophe that (together with the advent of the airliner) brought millions of safe air miles covered by such vessels to an end. 

We at the gallery remember what fun we had trying to fly the AS Limoncello in SL. The last flight was a stately descent to the ground this year to be de-rezzed before being rebuilt in mesh. In her old form of 745 prims she was – at 124 metres long – the largest moving vehicle on the grid when our founder Tom bought her in 2007.

It was impossible back then to link so many prims so the controls moved an invisible model to which various prim-sets were linked. They followed the model, clumsily and often in stages. The effect was more comic than convincing, but one had to admire the maker's creativity in thwarting SL's limitations! At that size, the sim-crossings (sorry Patch, region-crossings) came thick and fast. They  usually ended in disaster, one way or another. Only the contents for which Tom had mod rights could be linked to the ship. Even a successful voyage had a tricky conclusion as he manoeuvred her back into a position where the art-works hung correctly!

Her present life is a calm and peaceful one. Most visitors don't even think of her as a craft, we suspect. But she carries as ghostly passengers many of our SL memories.


Until next week, Limoncello Friends, stay arty!


Edition 28: Art Unbound in progress | Bellisserian Art Galleries | Time Lord visitors?

Lido Party by EllyPhoto © Elly Boccara on Flickr

The opening party last Saturday for Lido — a pop-up gallery co-produced by Infinite Productions and the Limoncello Art Gallery — went swimmingly. This is the second pop-up in the ART UNBOUND series; this time in a fishing shack on a beautiful sandy beach.

The event was well-attended, people loved the exhibition, DJs Poppy and Vivienne did a superb job and we all had fun in each other’s company.

Your editor Finella presided, tailed and scaled, from a clamshell throne — waving her fins to the music while greeting and chatting to guests. Cate Infinity of our event partners Infinite Productions and the Infinite Art Gallery danced happily in her bikini, while fielding questions about the art works and directing people through the portal to the delightful sculpture beach.

It was so obvious that were having fun that Bellisserians who just happened by to collect the special edition stamp for their passport stayed to party!

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Slendie in the house

Speaking of Bellisseria, despite the fact the party wasn’t there, the Bellisseria Slenderman made a surprise appearance — presumably because  the Limoncello Art Gallery is a Bellisserian institution. We’d say that was kind of him but he has an evil reputation to sustain — kindness is not really Slendie’s thing! 

There are more pictures to be seen in the ART UNBOUND Flickr Group

Frank Atisso wrote a great review for his Art Korner blog, which captured the essence of what we are trying to achieve in taking art out of its “temples” onto the SL road. Frank made an appearance at the party so we had the chance to thank him in person 

The exhibition now continues until August 7th. If you haven't seen it yet, please head over there and bring your friends.


ELSEWHERE ON THE ARTY GRID

Bellisseria Gallery The 22_002Rather than go to one of the blockbuster SL art galleries this week, we set out on a project dear to our hearts. Linden Homes in Bellisseria are designed to be just that - homes. They are domestic in scale and mostly rather suburban (although the new Fantasy Theme will bring a new dimension). Yet the ethos of Second Life®  – always a world made by its residents – leads some to dedicate their homes to other purposes.

If you check out the new Bellisseria Parade of Homes Review blog, you'll find show homes occupied as intended in all of the available styles. However you'll also find Resident-owned Places of Interest. These are buildings open to the public – not to show off the owner's classy taste in interior design or landscaping – but as public resources. 

The Bellisserian Citizens Group HQ and the offices of the Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy are good examples, but the Limoncello's Main Gallery in Sirinial on the Squishy Pickle sandbanks is not the only art gallery on the Linden Continent. We decided to tour all of them and provide you with SLURLs so you can support these public-spirited Bellisserians in their artistic endeavours. We've collected the information on a directory page for Bellisserian Art Galleries to serve as a permanent resource.

There will be work involved in maintaining and updating this resource. We hope that you will help us by visiting the featured galleries and letting us know about any errors or omissions in the listings. It is perfectly possible that there are more galleries out there in Bellisseria. If they are open to the public, please let us know!

These resident gallerists are philanthropists and we'd like to support what they do. The directory page is now in the sidebar and we are happy for other SL art galleries, websites and blogs to link to it as they please. 


TIME LORDS OF SL

We are fans of the longest-running sci-fi show in the world, Doctor Who. It first appeared on TV screens in 1963. Its eponymous hero is "the Doctor" – a renegade Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey, who roams all time and space in a stolen time ship called the Tardis. This ship (the name stands for Time And Relative Dimensions in Space) is one of the cleverest constructs in all science fiction. It has a chameleon circuit so it can for example disguise itself as a pillar on landing in Ancient Rome. Even more impressively it is "dimensionally transcendent", which means it's bigger on the inside than the outside.

In SL Tardis owners rez an "interior" somewhere on their land (or temporarily in a sandbox) and then land the "exteriors" in various forms wherever they have the rights. Exterior rezzers can be set to public use so every SL Tardis can land there.

Why mention this here? Though one of our favourite episodes involved the Doctor meeting Vincent van Gogh, the art connection is not obvious. Every location of our gallery welcomes visits by Tardis. We think SL's Time Lords would appreciate being able to visit other art galleries by Tardis too. If you own a gallery and would like to make this possible, just contact Dave or Fen. Lend them a tag to rez on your land, tell them what name you would like to appear in Tardis navigation systems and they will place the necessary rezzer! Don't just get visitors from more places, get them from more times!


NEW ACQUISITIONS

Fenella had the pleasure of meting Cica Ghost this week, having been introduced by a mutual friend. We had resisted the temptation to buy her amazing horse sculptures currently on exhibition because they were so primmy. However Cica explained the ones on display at her region are enormous. At normal size they are only 4LI each. So we are delighted to say that now  "Cica's Horse 8" and "Cica's Horse 10" are on display in the grounds of the LG Tower.


Until next week, Limoncello Friends, stay arty!


Edition 27: Lido is ready to launch

LIDO - AN ART UNBOUND POP UP GALLERY IS READY TO OPEN

Lido Bathyscape_001The stage is set for our opening party and a space has been prepared for arty Time Lords to land their Tardises. Fenella is pictured with her Tardis – landed in a suitably maritime form! The Bellisserian Bureau of Bureaucracy terminal to issue a special commemorative stamp for your Bellisseria Passport is already in position and working.

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The art is also in place, both in the beach shack on the ground and in a sky box accessible through a door inside. We hope to see as many of you as possible at the opening party at 7pm SLT on July 17th. An invitation has been sent out to the Limoncello Gallery mailing list, the Infinite Gallery Group and other selected art groups in-world. If you haven't received one please IM Fenella Allen or Cate Infinity in-world. Dress code is beachwear or mer. In the meantime the exhibition is open for previews.


OUR EDITOR'S REZ DAY CELEBRATION

Our editor, Fenella, is 14 next week and is combining a rez day party with a house-warming for her new dacha near the Limoncello News offices in Campbell Coast. All our readers are welcome. The party starts at 1pm SLT on the 21st July  and an invitation was included with this week's notices of publication. 

It's a garden party. Dress code is smart casual. Music will be provided by DJ Female. See you there! Please RSVP directly to Fenella Allen in-world.


ELSEWHERE ON THE ARTY GRID

Poster miu miu miu's Stamp - July 2021 NitroglobusTo the extent that we at the Limoncello Gallery have any artistic ability ourselves, it's as photographic portraitists. We agree with the poet that "the proper study of Mankind is Man" and particularly enjoy portraits – not least the challenging kind made in Second Life® of avatars that (even when actually in human form) lack the natural expressions of real humans. There's a very specific art to making them live in an image.

Therefore (at the risk of returning too often here to one of our favourite other galleries in SL) we particularly enjoyed Miu Miu Miu's Stamp at Dido's part of the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery.

Miu Miu Miu, whose Flickr feed is also worth your time to check out, casually observes in the exhibition notecard that

I found some images in an old folder, which I had not posted or exhibited on any platform. When Dido offered me an opportunity to display these images on the walls of Nitroglobus, I was only glad to accept! Thank you, Dido! <3

If there was work of this quality lying in our inventory, we think we would have exhibited it. That it was lying forgotten in Miu Miu Miu's says something about her effortless talent! We recommend you visit the exhibition and check it out yourself. 

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Our other recommendation this week is the Carmel Summer Art Fair, now in full swing at the SL representation of the city in California famous for its connection to the arts. The fair opened on 5th July and runs to the 25th. Drop by our office in Carmel and you'll find all the the art on the streets outside.


GROUP SHOT

Fenella was part of a photoshoot at the Bellisseria Bureau of Bureaucracy (where she has a side gig as editor of the BBB Gazette) to get a group shot of the entire team. It was fun and so she decided to shoot one of the Limoncello Gallery team. So here are (L-R) Dave, Fenella and Tom. Dave owns the gallery, Fenella is co-curator and the Editor of Limoncello News and Tom (now only slightly active in SL) is the founder whose art collection began the whole project way back in 2007.

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NEW ACQUISITIONS

Our new artworks in the collection this week include Pistachio, by miu miu miu (miumiumiusecond), which Dave bought when he visited her exhibition reviewed above in Elsewhere on the Arty Grid. It now hangs on the Lower Deck of the Airship Limoncello as do two new works by Moni (monique.beebe). They are 3 women and Plastic People. Plastic People gives its name to Moni's half of a current joint exhibition with one of our favourite artists in SL, Traci Ultsch. The exhibition is at Kondor Art Square and is called Dead Cities & Plastic People. While Dave was visiting, blogger Inara Pay was standing silently there, plainly AFK. As he was hanging his purchases, she settled his curiosity as to what she was up to, by sending a notification of her review of the exhibition.

By the way, if you are interested in collecting SL art yourself, this exhibition would be a very economical place to start. Moni and Traci both have their works on sale there very cheaply. Moni says of hers:

If you want a copy of one of the pics please be welcome and get one. I had to set a price and put it on L$1. There is no way I have to earn on my work. it is already an honour if you take a copy of it.

There is no reason for your home in SL to be bereft of good art. Traci and Moni are fine artists and their generosity here should neither be underestimated nor missed out on!


Until next week, Limoncello Friends, be arty!


Edition 26: LIDO, Amona Savira, Baptism of Fire

LIDO POSTER
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Work continues on our new pop up exhibition LIDO – co-produced with INFINITE PRODUCTIONS and due to open on 17th July. There will be new work by Cate Infinity and Esta Republic. There will also be works by Milly Sharple, Jaelle Faerye, Tani Thor, Aquarius Lowtide, Ohsoleomio, Vanessa Jane and Gitu Aura on loan from the Limoncello Art Gallery's permanent collection. There will be a special stamp available for your Bellisseria Passport.

The opening party is at 7pm SLT on July 17th. Music will be provided by the ever-original Manx Wharton and DJ Vivienne Dufaux so get ready to dance on the beach amongst the art. The dress code is beachwear or mer!


Speaking of Cate Infinity, the opening party for her new gallery was last weekend. Sadly Fenella was away in RL and could not be there, but the event was a stunning success. Cate reports;

Art patrons showed up from all over the grid. It featured musical and eccentric acts from Manx Wharton and Poppy Morris. Manx Wharton's remix of Depeche Mode and Death Cab for Cutie was brilliant and entertaining. Poppy Morris performed industrial noise using her vocals and loom and it was transcendental.

Infinite Art Gallery reveals its artists undying commitment to art as a universal language and catalyst for unity. It seeks to foster inner creativity and talent towards an optimal SL experience. Cate Infinity displayed 2 limited edition artworks at the opening entitled Explosions of Fear and Explosions of Consciousness.


NEW SPECIAL EXHIBITION IN THE JISHNU ROOM

Amona Savira Poster

Our Molly Bloom show has come to an end, so it's time for our next special exhibition. Amona Savira was a Norwegian artist who, despite modestly denying that she practised "art with a big A" in SL, built up a considerable following. Sadly she is no longer with us, having died in February of 2017.

Amona went to art school in RL and had a degree in art history. She started her Flickr account in 2010 and traveled all over SL taking pictures. She moved on from landscapes documenting those travels to what she considered "more artistic projects" – including avatar portraits. She often served as her own model.

Such was her reputation in the SL art community, that her memory was honoured in the year of her passing with a retrospective exhibition at the prestigious DixMix Gallery. We think it's time to remember her contribution once again. Thanks to our friend Jo (JMB Balogh) who has a good selection of Amona's work in her inventory, we are now able to stage our own retrospective in the Jishnu Room for Special Exhibitions at our home gallery in Bellisseria. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

JMB Balogh
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Our thanks to Jo for lending us these special works of art for all to enjoy. This is the third consecutive special exhibition drawn from the Aladdin's Cave of her inventory. She also loans us the works in the Balogh Collection at the LG Tower

You might like to check out Jo's own SL work at her Seaside Gallery in Nestor. For a long time she's been doing beautiful work in her own right. Her Flickr page is here. Take a look!


ELSEWHERE ON THE ARTY GRID

Baptism of Fire - Mihailsk - poster
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Fenella was lucky enough to be invited by Dido Haas to preview the July exhibition at her Nitroglobus Roof Gallery. It's called Baptism of Fire and is the Second Life® artistic debut of Mihailsk, a Greek photographer with a distinctive style.

The images on display are all monochrome and feature the artist himself as model. They are simple, almost stark, and yet both dramatic and painterly in style. Challenged by Dido, who first found his work on Flickr, to travel inside himself  to make works for this exhibition, Mihailsk says;

I accepted that challenge and tried to express thoughts and emotions, using only my body and the presence or absence of light. I dared to make myself the main subject of my frame, something I usually don't do. Without colors, mostly without unnecessary objects, the more I traveled the more discoveries I made.

Dido – as always – has a great eye for new talent and Baptism of Fire is an impressive debut. We recommend it to you. You can see more of Mihailsk's work on his Flickr photo stream


NEW ACQUISITIONS

Remission by Mihailsk
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Given our favourable review (above) you won't be surprised that we bought a photograph from Mihailsk's Baptism of Fire show. It's called Remission and now hangs on the 12th Floor of the LG Tower. 

 

 

 


Until next week, Limoncello Friends, stay arty!