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Edition 33: Get Out | Sofi | Janus Fall


Screenshot 2021-08-23 at 12.16.19Frank Atisso has made puppets of us all via his weekly Art Korner HUD. As soon as it is delivered, we strap it on and move as he directs. We worry it might make us lazy, but there's no denying he puts in good work to make it easy for us SL art enthusiasts to keep up. Thanks, Frank.

This week, one of the exhibitions we lazily put off visiting until Frank's HUD arrived was Get Out at the Kondor Art Square.

It is an RL photography show – something we'd normally never write about here. The concept is to encourage people who used to shoot street photography before the pandemic, to get back out there. 

SL photography has been our only outlet during the pandemic. Some braver friends in RL published a book of pandemic-era photos, but we have – deplorably – stayed home in a government-mandated funk.

Long lenses, social-distancing and more walking than usual would have made street photography perfectly possible. The eerie emptiness of London's streets might even have been a good theme (though for us it's always the people who make cities interesting). We just didn't do it. Perhaps we didn't want to remember our city in the state to which the pandemic (or our government's response) had reduced it.

In truth, Loviathar Hellman and Moolfryt Klang didn't do it either. Their images – exhibited here under the name Insane Focus – are from their archives. They say of their show;

GET OUT has no more pretension but exhibiting a sample of our 14 years of photography under the "street" category, and maybe spark the wish in visitors to grab a camera and get out.

If that was its objective, it's a success. It stirred a feeling we feared lost; the urge to show the world through a lens. The photographs on show are interesting enough. None moved us very much in and of themselves. The ones of London don't do our city justice. They did remind us though – as Insane Focus intended – of a lost joy. They made us want to "get out" and do better.


Le vent est tombe by Sofi_002One of our favourite artists in SL is Sofi (bachi.cheng). Her art works are distinctively quirky. Dave bought a new one called Le vent est tombé, which is now installed on the Lower Deck of the Airship Limoncello near to the others in our collection. 

Portraiture is our thing. There is nothing more intriguing than a human face. One of the best portraitists active in Second Life is Janus Fall and this week we added another of her works to our collection. 

She has an exhibition in progress at her Red Dot Gallery called Words of which she says;

I began to notice that a single word would come to mind as I worked. I would like to attribute cognition to this phenomenon but that would be a conceit. It seemed to be a reaction to something rather than a response.

Each portrait in the exhibition features the single word it brought to her mind. The one we bought is called Mask, of which Janus says;

In this world the mask is never removed, and all wear them. In fact, the awareness of the façade has long faded, and so no human connection can ever be profound or meaningful. Like a snake unable to shed a skin people go through life dragging the unseen weight of dead possibilities behind them.

That's harsh, but collecting has taught us that artists tend to be extremists. Perhaps over-statement is intrinsically more interesting than understatement? Or perhaps untroubled souls aren't as driven to self-expression? For ourselves, if we believed that no human connection can ever be profound or meaningful, we are not sure we'd want to go on living. 

Fortunately you don't have to share Janus's dark sentiment to delight in the beauty of her work. If such beliefs are what moves her to create, her suffering is at least not in vain.

You can see for yourself on the 12th Floor of the LG Tower where Mask now hangs. It doesn't drive us to existential despair. Quite the contrary. We hope that goes for you too.

Until next week, Limoncello Friends, stay arty!

Edition 32: Dave is (almost) made to look cool | Milena, Maya & Faith


We at the Limoncello News are happy to provide facilities to host the publications of our fellow-Bellisserians at the BBB Gazette and, more recently, the BBB offshoot Bellisserian Parade of Homes. The latest post on the Parade of Homes site features a fun video made by Pru and Sceneris of Pring Productions (who made most of the videos about Bellisseria you have enjoyed in the past two years, including the BBB Movie). 

This video features Bellisserians dancing outside their Hallelujah Homes and Dave, the owner of our gallery, is one of them. The Hallelujah Home in question is Dave's houseboat in Sirinial (above which, in a sky box, is our Main Gallery). We thought you might enjoy it. 


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Dave in front of Milena's artworks

Milena Carbone is an intensely political French artist who has taken with enthusiasm to Second Life®. She has her own gallery and gives art works away to those who join (as Dave did) her gallery group. We collect art for our own pleasure and education but also take pride in supporting the work of artists so Dave made a donation to the gallery in return for the three art works he chose, which are The Bather's Daydream, Krisis and Ballerina with Flowers.

All are to be found on the Third Floor of the LG Tower at our Mainland annexe in Nanga. The works are not modifiable, so clicking on them won't yield information note cards. However clicking on the wall will offer a menu of artist names and selecting Milena's will give you all the information for which you could reasonably wish.

Our next new acquisition this week is by an artist previously unknown to us. Dave discovered her from Frank Atisso's weekly Art Korner Exhibits HUD, which took him this week to the Art Music Surf Festival at Splash n Surf Beach, where her work was displayed.

Her name is Maya (unemaya) and Dave bought an artwork called Harmony together with a matching dress as a gift for Fenella. Maya has a fashion store called Boho Soul, which can be found in-world and on marketplace.

A sign at her exhibit says;

Maya started painting as a dare when a friend challenged her to funnel the deep emotional grief after the loss of a child. Being drawn into SL by her RL sister, Maya found a new passion with designing clothes. Finally Maya's newest SL friend inspired her to create wearable art. 

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Fenella with the art | click to enlarge

Fenella is seen here with her new dress - an example of that wearable art - in front of the painting, which is to be found on the Lower Deck of the Airship Limoncello at our mainland annexe. 

Finally, and also on the Lower Deck of the Airship Limoncello is a lovely piece by Faith Maxwell called In Mask. More of Faith's work can be found on her Flickr stream

Until next week, Limoncello Friends, stay arty!

Edition 31: LIDO is drained | Another teaser | Manhood on the Arty Grid | New acquisitions


We hope you all enjoyed the second pop-up gallery in the ART UNBOUND programme co-produced with Infinite Productions. Our partner Cate Infinity did a brilliant job of curating the gallery and organised one of the most fun opening parties we've ever attended! Thanks, Cate. It's always a delight to work with you!

The gallery closed on the 7th and the works we loaned to it are now back home at our gallery. 


We shouldn't have to say we think this artist is good. We have no axe to grind. Our permanent exhibit is merely an out-of-control personal collection. We bought each piece because we liked it at the time. Our special exhibits are also just works by artists we like. Nothing is for sale. We hope others enjoy it but it's no skin off our pixellated noses if they don't.

That's why – having bought one piece for our collection last year – Dave encouraged this artist to put together a show. He agreed a theme and provided one subject – his beloved Ferrari California. Apart from that, she could shoot what she wanted. We think it's turned out well. Fenella would like to promote it – that's what she does. But with an artist this reticent – no bios, no parties and "nothing to say about the art" – that's not easy. So all she can do is give you a glimpse of what's coming and hope it makes you curious enough to visit.

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The artist has posted some photos on her blog of the exhibition being set up. The show opens September 1st and will run for three months. Each panel features more than one shot. Every exhibit is a slideshow. What's it all about? No notes. No clues. It "means" whatever you feel when you see it. 

Good luck. You are on your own.


Poster Hilaire Beaumont - TOUGH MAN
Fenella visited the new exhibition at the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery and was surprised. She's been analysing her surprise ever since. That's a good thing, of course. Art that doesn't make you think is decor.

Most artists, curators and patrons in SL's art world are (or purport to be) female. Female psyches vary widely and that's reflected in their art. Dark images are more common than cutesy ones. Pictures of tough men (other perhaps than as threats) are, however, not usually on offer. Yet here is Hilaire Beaumont's exhibition Tough Man.

Curator Dido Haas says in the exhibition notes;

I have loved Hilaire's images ever since I saw them for the first time, which is a long time ago. Until now only existing Flickr works of Hilaire were shown at a few galleries. However, for Nitroglobus, Hilaire created new works, never shown before. The theme is obvious and doesn't need much explanation. Look around and enjoy tough man Hilaire ;-)

image from why not? Of all the men who make great subjects for art, some are tougher than others. These portraits show an aspect of masculinity that exists – even if the conventional wisdom writes it off as our grandfathers' notion of Manhood. Is it really true that "it doesn't need much explanation" though? The thoughts it provokes should not be so carelessly dismissed. 

The images on show are well-composed, strongly executed and grab the viewer's attention. They focus eyes and minds on Hemingwayesque subjects. So feminised is post-modern Western Culture that "male" and "bad" are often – let's be honest – confused. When did you last see the noun "masculinity" without the adjective "toxic", for example? Men like those in Hilaire's images only feature in plays, movies, art or even advertising as threats – as "bad guys". And even though they're often just like our beloved dads or brothers, we don't seem to question that much.

So maybe a surprised reaction is necessary and overdue? Don't misunderstand us. We're not saying the exhibition was meant (or that we see it) as a lecture, sermon or battle cry. Just that, perhaps, the very notion of manhood needs a fresh look?

We leave it to you to judge if this exhibition is that look, or not.


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Despite feeling slightly uncomfortable on first visiting Hilaire Beaumont's exhibition Tough Man at the Nitroglobus, Fenella (as her review above shows) came around. She bought this extraordinary image for our permanent collection. As a vision of manhood, hmm. As an SL photograph, wow. You can find it on the third floor of the LG Tower. Go see it. Tell us what you think. 

Until next week, dear Limoncello Friends, stay arty!

Edition 30: September Exhibition Teaser | Acquisitions from Aruba, Xia, Beth and Elodie | Elsewhere on the Arty Grid


Our artist hates biographies and "has nothing to say" about her art, so there's naught we can do to pique your interest except show you a picture from the setup work in progress. All else you must learn from the pictures themselves – in September.

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Dave, in work clothes, setting up the show


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Hippy Fenella, fresh from a Sixties Fair, at "L'Art d'Elo"

It is vacation time and galleries are usually quiet. Still, there are good exhibitions in progress. This week Fenella visited Covenstead Art Gallery to attend the opening of a new exhibition by Xia Chieng. We think we detect a change of mood in Xia's work. It seems less dark in its emotional tone. Whether that impression is correct or not, we loved the older work and we love this too. Don't hesitate. Use the link above and just go!

Secondly, Fenella visited the Art Korner special exhibition space (built by Frank Atisso, especially for this show) to see Immersion by Beth Bridget. This is only Beth's second exhibition in SL. In the notes to the exhibition, she says;

Through my work, I most often try to convey a mood. Whether that mood is peace, hope, tranquility or turbulence, they are all a part of the feelings I have experienced in my life. Through this exhibition of my monochromatic works, I have tried to create an immersive experience for visitors with the use of light and contrast together with the bird in flight. Eventually, I hope this contrast between dreams and reality is able to generate a subliminal message for viewers.

We worry about messages in art. In this post-religious age, they are often the pompous sermons of the New Righteous. Nor are we fans of monochrome photography, which can be great but is more often pretentious (or just an attempt to rescue failed work in colour). We cordially detest the SL photo-cliche that is the lighthouse. So it says something about the quality of Beth's work that – despite the presence of all three – Fenella so enjoyed this show!

Finally, we can always rely on La Maison d'Aneli to stage not one but several great shows. On this week's visit, Fenella was particularly struck by two of them. She enjoyed Giovanna Cerise's installation, Doll's House. It is interactive and will evolve as more visitors fulfil the artist's request to leave the word that came to mind as they experienced it. More than one visit may be required!

Fenella also loved the work of Elo Constantine (elodiecasa.dragovar) aka Elodie, in her exhibition L'Art d'Elo. She's a new artist to us. Her work is intelligent and varied both in style and subject matter. Several exhibitions could have been made from the work assembled at La Maison d'Aneli. We would not necessarily have realised they were by the same artist. Normally that would suggest the artist has not yet found a "voice" – a signature style – but here we are not so sure. This may just be a talent that can't easily be channeled. Just go and see what you think.


Aruba DeCuir has some new work on offer at her excellent gallery. Fenella bought two of the new pieces, named Cathay and Pliers and square. They are what Aruba calls digital etchings and are now to be found on the Lower Deck of the Airship Limoncello.

Also on the the Lower Deck are to be found three new paintings by Xia Chieng; making a total of seven of her works in our collections. They are The Sisters, Oasis and Ginger.

We have acquired three works by Elodie: "guerrier de l omo 2", "mere et l'enfant" and "elephant". They hang alongside Xia's work on the Lower Deck of the AS Limoncello. 

Finally in another big, budget-busting, bumper week for boosting our collection, Fenella bought passeggiata sulla luna (Walk on the Moon), by Beth Bridget (BethBridget Resident). It now hangs on the 3rd Floor of the LG Tower at our mainland annexe.

Until next week, Limoncello Friends, stay arty!