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Please join us today at 2pm for the opening of the latest Collector’s Circle exhibit in the Avalon Town Exhibit Hall with music by DJ Walt Vieria.
September marks our SECOND year of the Avalon Collector’s Circle exhibitions, and I’m pleased to announce that this year we’ve decided to open things up beyond just our town residents. Friends of Avalon – those who are in our group and are ‘regulars’ at our exhibits and events – are also welcome to participate in this programme.
Our first friend to exhibit is the fantastic Ziki Questi, who launched her own esteemed virtual photographic career as as new artist at the Avalon Arts Initiative. Since then Ziki has had several successful shows in galleries across the grid. Ziki is also active in the arts community and is an avid collector. Here is what she has to say about her installation:
Many of us have lovely objects of art stashed away in our inventories, rarely getting the chance to see the light of day. Thanks to Rowan Derryth for giving me the opportunity to share some of mine.
In addition to what’s on display, I toyed with setting out things by AM Radio, Soror Nishi, Scottius Polke (go right next door to see his things), Glyph Graves, Bryn Oh and others, but there’s only so much space in the gallery!
Sextan Shepherd’s pieces were part of his full-sim installation called Nemo, which began construction in March 2010 and closed all too soon in October of the same year. The two pieces in this exhibition were from the underground city and were found in Captain Nemo’s workshop. The textures on the wall to the back are also Sextan’s. You can see some machinima I created of Nemo here: http://vimeo.com/user5050923/videos
Tyrehl Byk is a master of particles, and his open air performances aren’t to be missed. Click on this artwork, Aurora, to turn it on.
The glorious big black cat, created by Unreal McCoy and Light Waves of Rezzable, was part of the extraordinary full-sim installation Greenies, built in 2007. I have tremendously fond memories of that place.
Cherry Manga’s piece, Advice from a Caterpillar black and white, I believe I collected at a Mysterious Wave installation a couple years ago.
claudia222 Jewell’s piece was a gift to me a couple months ago, and was then also included as a gift to everyone at the closing of spirit at Art Screamer just a week ago (instant depreciation haha!). I had already set it out in the exhibition here, and I love its many levels of detail.
William Weaver has created a revolution in light among Second Life photographers, and I selected three images that are all quite different. The middle one is of me, taken recently at his exhibition at Art India Gallery.
Another photographer whose work I greatly admire is Gorgeous Yongho, and she provided this image expressly for this exhibition. Probably more thought of as a fashion photographer, she has a keen eye for portraiture and composition.
Moriko Inshan creates all sorts of lovely objects, and I smiled when I came across her simple but beautiful three-dimensional pieces. Of this one, she remarks: “Three-dimensional piece embellished with flexi-banners, cat silhouette and sculpted feed sacks. Post-processing of original photo, captured at Zaara sim, accomplished through hand blending, lighting and raised filter techniques.”
Ginger Lorakeet’s art invites you to become part of the art object, and this piece is among my favorite of hers. It’s simple yet delightful. (Sit on it and see what happens.)
And Rachel Breaker’s work is just plain crazy. I love things that make me laugh. I’m not sure everyone would consider this “art” — but to me everything in Second Life is art.
July’s local curator has also been amongst the most featured artists in our Collector’s Circle series: PJ Trenton. In addition to being a brilliant photographer, he is also a fantastic curator, having owned Exposure Art Gallery in Avalon (and Cetus before that) for many years.
His curatorial skill is still spot on, as he has wonderfully displayed selections from his private collection, which spans his 5 and a half years in SL.
The show includes Avalon locals and favourites Scottius Polke, Ragamuffin Kips, and Winter Nightfire, as well as older, rare pieces by artists like Fuschia Nightfire and Trill Zapatero. You’ll also see more obscure pieces by perhaps lesser known artists like Enyaw McCarey and Krissy Sinclair, alongside wonderful photographic works by Ziki Questi and Ariel Brearly, and sculptures by the likes of Haveit Neox and Typote Beck.
Some of my personal favourites are artifacts neatly displayed from exhibits by Maya Paris, Bryn Oh, Rose Borchovski, and AM Radio.
PJ has even displayed one incredibly rare item: the only sculpture on the grid made by yours truly! It isn’t brilliant – I made it for last year’s Scary Art charity auction – but do make sure to sit on it and cam on yourself for a bit of fun.
The exhibit opens today with music be Frequency Picnic. Join us at 3SLT!
This month, long-time Avalonian Samara Furse-Barzane shows selections from her extensive collection at the Avalon Town Exhibit Hall.
A resident since 2007, Samara has been an avid arts enthusiast since she first visited Cetus soon after her rezzday, where she seems to have had some bizarre adventures: ‘Ask me about the cannon and the exploding sheep. Recommendation, do not hit the sim owner with a cannon ball!’ Her Avalon show reflects her long collecting history.
She is perhaps best known as the owner and curator of Park Galleries, which she took over from the late Artistic Fimicoloud, and which she finally closed in December 2011. She has also owned and operated a translation agency [now closed] and her other virtual work includes CSR at ETD and Fleur, Store Manager for MichaMi, and Sim Manager for Copley Square. She retired from SL commerce to work on her own photomontages which are exhibited in her gallery in Avalon.
On her exhibition at the town hall, Samara says:
I am honored to have been invited to show my art collection at Avalon Town/Art District Exhibit Hall in Ars Lunga. The 31 pieces by 26 artists represent 4 1/2 years of collecting in SL, from Cetus to Avalon.
While there were several items I could not locate, this exhibit is representative of the development of my visual art tastes over that time period. It is illuminating to see what you purchased over time all together in one space.
The artists I know in SL, especially those who were part of Park Galleries at one time or another, have influenced my choices. This is primarily reflected by the number of constructions and kinetic works that take their places along side the more traditional flat paintings.
Samara has expertly arranged an exhibit featuring 31 works from 26 artists, including:
Blau Huet (Friedl Aigner)
Jofus Wrigglesworth (Joseph Perkins)
Finny Yates (2 works)
Pol Jarvinen (2)
Scottius Polke (2)
sistagrlro wei (2)
Harter Fall (2)
Please join us for the opening tomorrow (Sunday 3rd June) from 2-4 with DJ Walt Vieria – fun and dancing as usual!
COWBOYS AND SURFERS
You are invited to the opening of the new Cowboys and Surfers gallery on Ars Lunga! Cowboys and Surfers features SL and RL works of art on a rotating basis, and is named after the inhabitants of the wild Northern California Coast, where gallery owner Winter Nightfire lives in RL.
Join us at Cowboys and Surfers for the Big Wave Rodeo, a surf-inspired party celebrating the work of 6 talented artists:
Theda Tammas: Digital Art
Dulcis Taurog: Low Prim Sculpture, SL Paintings
Fuschia Nightfire: digital sculpture
Melusina Parkin: SL Photography
Erynlight: SL photography
Lagu Indigo: RL paintings
This special opening party will feature Surf Rock and Cowboy-inspired music by DJ Lynda Ultsch, and will take place on Saturday, June 2 from 12-2 pm SLT. (feel free to wear your surf trunks and bring a longboard or a lasso).
The thing is, I have always wanted to have free reign to go mad at the switch in a museum where I could set pieces (kinda like one arranges seating at a table) in order to spark great conversations. You let the genie outta that bottle when you asked me to do this exhibit. – Amber Eyre
I have a confession: I’m a nosy neighbour. But can you blame me, really, when I have a neighbour like Amber Eyre? She has variously held properties adjacent and across from my gallery RoHaus in Magna Carta (Avalon), where she keeps a private home that is more an unconventional gallery, really. I’ve often found myself camming over to spy on her private collection, which is full of unique items.
It is because of neighbours like Amber that I started this ‘Avalon Collector’s Circle’ project, because although we are perhaps best known as a community of galleries and artist residents, we are also full of people who are not artists, but patrons of the arts (perhaps most notably, Avalon owner Colleen Kesey). While we see many exhibits by a single artist, I was interested to see selections from resident’s private collections – and what it might say about their own thoughts and tastes.
And we certainly haven’t been disappointed thus far, with wonderful exhibits curated first by our own Town Manager Tricia Aferdita, then followed admirably by Aisling Sinclair (who redesigned the interior of the Town Exhibit Hall), Eva Bellambi, Ragamuffin Kips, Cardi Sommer. I even took the chance to ‘take over’ last month with a very ‘rusty’ looking collection that has now inspired a much larger scale exhibit I’m currently curating at the LEA.
But I have to confess, based on my earlier confession, I’ve been very excited to see what Amber would do! I finally get to find out as she takes over the Town Hall this month!
She has not disappointed, starting with taking out the entire interior and starting from scratch. I decided I didn’t want to see the space til she was done, and all I can say is, WOW.
Amber is pushing the curatorial limits with this show in using this overly traditional ‘box’ of a space and transforming it so it bursts with colour. She treads the line of controlled chaos perfectly, which reflects her fascinating curatorial philosophy for this exhibit. Amber was charmingly reticent in talking about her collection, as she didn’t want this to be about ‘her’, but I managed to wrangle a few thoughts:
…in pulling together a ‘collector’s exhibit’ for Rowan, I found myself questioning the whole notion of how art in any realm gets displayed. Safe contemplative exhibits put me to sleep, and all my attempts were doing the same. As I flopped around for some kind of structure, I found myself juxtaposing pieces based on apparent affinities (essence, form, titles), building illusion, as happens on stage. These clusters seem to have something to say. Of course, the implicit affinity is that I was drawn to each work; you’re seeing a little of me as glue.
While I recognise several works in the show (including examples by local favourites PJ Trenton, Scottius Polke, and Ragamuffin Kips – who I believe have been featured in every single show), Amber has included works by artists who I’ve never seen nor heard of, and also some by those no longer on the grid. One work, by Sabrinaa Nightfire, Amber has placed half inside and half outside the building, to show her presence is still with us, though she is now sadly gone.
The show includes art by:
It is also not solely her collection, but includes art owned by her creative colleagues Tesserae Swansong and BladeHopper Resident. Like me, she was surprised to learn things about their collecting habits in the process:
In sifting through my embarrassingly plump inventory of art, it dawned on me that little of it was bought for display in a virtual home. My two theater colleagues and I acquired each amazing new work because it inspired my writing or Tessa’s costumes or Blade’s set designs for real work on the “real life” stage. SL is fantastic ground for doing and also teaching Theater: no stitches to rip, no nails to whack, no models to lug from place to place, but the SL art we’ve been privileged to use has never taken center stage.
Her theatrical background is evident in the way she constantly breaks away from the wall, and displays the work so that pieces interact, creating new meanings and dialogues between them (a woman after my own heart in that!). Amber clarifies, ‘Some dialogues in it are louder than others, more impassioned than others.’ It is a fantastic approach to curating an exhibit.
Amber’s show opens tomorrow (Saturday April 7th) from 4-6pm, and Frequency Picnic will be with us as ever spinning great tunes. Please join us for a fun and lively opening – but if you can’t make it, the exhibit will be up through the end of the month. Don’t miss it!
Rowan Derryth, Avalon Town Curator
Special thanks to PJ Trenton for poster art and photographs.