Scare Me Silly Photo Challenge!

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Back for a 3rd straight year is the Scare Me Silly Photo Challenge! This event has a combined 5,000Ls prize total and is only for one week! Continue reading for guidelines and entry requirements:

Prizes (Winners will be announced on October 30, 2017 via Flickr messaging and in SL):
1st Place: 2,000L’s & image published on website and in Kultivate Magazine
2nd Place:  1,500L’s & image published on website
3rd Place: 1,000L’s & image published on website
4th Place: 500L’s & image published on website

Entry &  Contest Guidelines:
1. Entry is 100% free
2. To enter, teleport to the Scare Me Silly event (slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/149/136/23)
3. Take a photo of you at the event. Use your imagination (get in costume, show yourself scared silly, or scaring someone else!)
4. Upload your photo to our contest group: https://www.flickr.com/groups/kultivatephotochallenges
5. You are allowed to upload exactly ONE image to the group, so choose your best one
6. Images are reviewed before they show up in the photo pool, so please be patient
7. All images must be moderate or pg/g in rating, no adult images
8. All images must be 100% your intellectual property and taken by you
9. Editing in Photoshop or GIMP is fine
10. You must include the slurl of where you took the image in the Flickr description
11. You have until 1159 pm Flickr time on Friday, October 27, 2017 to enter your image. We will use the time stamps that are provided on Flickr.
12. By submitting an image to our Flickr group, you give us rights to publish the image if you win the contest.
Images that do not meet these guidelines will be deleted from the group.

Judging Criteria:
Your image will be judged on the quality, incorporation of the location, and creativity of the image.

 

Kultivate Images of the Day: 10/5/17

Below are the images of the day. Join our Flickr group to have an image considered for our image of the day: https://goo.gl/4kmn77:

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Image by Ali lavarock
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Image by Twain Orfan
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Image by Ornella Batriani
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Image by Holly Portland
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Image by Lunaneska Blackheart

Kultivate Magazine’s October 2017 Issue is Now Available!

Welcome to the October 2017 edition of Kultivate Magazine! This issue will feature fractal artist Gem Preiz, the Max and Lyric fundraiser, the Universe Sim, the Rock Your Rack Charity Art Show, La Maison d’Aneli, Virtual Holland Art Gallery, and photo essays by Illyra Chardin (Monochrome Art), Wicca Merlin (wicked October inspired fashion), and The Edge Stylists present their looks for October. Click on the cover below to view the issue:

Kultivate Magazine-October 17

Kultivate Images of the Day-10/3/17

Today’s images of the day are:

{Riverdale Series} Josie McCoy
Image by Ric Applewhyte
Life is about moments. Create them. Don't wait for them.
Image by Brian Werefox
War Teen Territory.
Image by Freekency Banx

 

La Rivera
Image by Gossamerstar

Where HaveYou Been
Image by Lanna Greenhoo

Join our Flickr group to have an image considered for our image of the day: https://goo.gl/4kmn77

Kultivate Images of the Day-10/2/17

Below are the images of the day for 10/2/17:

Summers Wind_003
Image by Jeff Goodnight
Image by Carisa Franizzi
Lay me down...
Image by Clary Congrejo
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Image by Ramsa Luv

The Brilliance of a fall time sunset ...
Image by Tori Resident

Join our Flickr group to have an image considered for our image of the day: https://goo.gl/4kmn77

Rock Your Rack Charity Art Show is Now Open!

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The Rock Your Rack Charity Art Show is now open! There are over 30 artists participating and over 70 pieces of art for sale, which benefit the charity (The National Breast Cancer Foundation). The show officially kicks off at 4pm slt today with the Pink Art Ball, featuring live performer Sarah Marie Philly! For a complete list of artists: https://goo.gl/WHqMtV

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Official Rock Your Rack Charity Art Show & Auction Press Release!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Kultivate Magazine & Rock Your Rack’s Charity Art Show & Auction

Dates: September 30, 2017 to October 14, 2017

Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Aftershock/68/129/23

Website: https://rockyourrack.wordpress.com/about/art-show-and-auction-by-kultivate-magazine/

Kultivate Magazine is pleased to have partnered with Rock Your Rack to create a special charity art show and auction! Rock Your Rack is the signature charity of the in world group, Model’s Giving Back. Rock Your Rack benefits The National Breast Cancer Foundation, which sponsors mammograms and breast cancer screenings for women and men.

Continue reading “Official Rock Your Rack Charity Art Show & Auction Press Release!”

Sunday @ 1pms lt-Kultivate Select Gallery’s September Exhibition Opening Event & Gallery Reopening!

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Join us this Sunday, September 24, 2017, from 1pm to 2pm slt for the September Exhibition Opening event and gallery reopening of Kultivate Select Gallery! The gallery has received a complete makeover and is now an outdoor gallery and venue! Kultivate Select is a themed gallery and this month’s theme is Fall has returned! Live performer Nina Bing will provide 1 hour of entertainment and the following artists are exhibiting:

Eucalyptus Carroll
emberdearheart Resident
Bri Graycloud
Veruca Tammas
Gwen Enchanted
ilyra chardin
retroye resident
CalystiaMoonShadow
John Brianna

slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/18/39/26

**The dresscode for this event is casual**

Saturday @ 1pm slt-Windlight Art Gallery’s September & October Exhibition Opening!

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Join us this Saturday at the Windlight Art Gallery for the September & October Exhibition Opening event! The opening will take place from 1pm to 2pm slt. This event will feature the following artists:

Dakota Lavarock
Calystiamoonshadow Resident
Twain Orfan
Kodymeyers Resident
ChristianAyden Resident
Kamika81 Resident
Kit Boyd
Fafnir Kiranov
Sandi Benelli
Pam Astonia
BryneDarkley Cazalet
Slatan Dryke
Tiszo Cioc

The event will feature live music by Parker Static and the dress code is formal. Here is the slurl to the event: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/59/133/26

Kultivate Magazine-September 17 Issue is Now Available!

The September 17 issue of Kultivate Magazine is now available! This issue features Avilion, one of Second Life’s longest roleplaying communities. We also have a virtual reality and Sansar update for you, a review of the Deciduous photography sim, coverage of the Art by Nature gallery, a glimpse of how you can have Savile Row male inspired fashions in Second Life, an end of summer photo essay, and coverage of the return of Team Diabetes of Second Life! Click the image below to view the issue.

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Last Day of The Black & White Exhibition!

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Today is the last day of the Black and White Exhibition! Over 40 2D and 3D combined artists have created a variety of black and white art work! Today at 1pm slt we have live performer Melenda Mikael for a special 1 hour performance! Dresscode is casual!

slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/137/140/23

Complete listing of artists:  https://kultivatemagazine.com/black-white-exhibition/

Day #7 @ The Black & White Exhibition!

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Today is day #7 of the Black and White Exhibition! Over 40 2D and 3D combined artists have created a variety of black and white art work! Today at 1pm slt we have live performer Loreen Legion for a special 1 hour performance! Dresscode is casual!

slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/137/140/23

Complete listing of artists and performers: https://kultivatemagazine.com/black-white-exhibition/

Day #6 @ The Black & White Exhibition

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Today is day #6 of the Black and White Exhibition! Over 40 2D and 3D combined artists have created a variety of black and white art work! Today at 4pm slt we have live performer J Lively for a special 1 hour performance! Dresscode is casual!

slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/137/140/23

Complete listing of artists and performers: https://kultivatemagazine.com/black-white-exhibition/

Day #5 At the Black & White Exhibition!

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Today is day #5 of the Black and White Exhibition! Over 40 2D and 3D combined artists have created a variety of black and white art work! Today at 4pm slt we have live performer AM Forte for a special 1 hour performance! Dresscode is casual!

slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/137/140/23

Complete listing of artists and performers: https://kultivatemagazine.com/black-white-exhibition/

Day #4 @ the Black & White Exhibition!

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Today is day #4 of the Black and White Exhibition! Over 40 2D and 3D combined artists have created a variety of black and white art work! Today at 4pm slt we have live performer Dimivan Ludwig for a special 1 hour performance! Dresscode is casual!

slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/137/140/23

Complete listing of artists and performers: https://kultivatemagazine.com/black-white-exhibition/

Black & White Exhibition- Day #3!

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Today is day #3 of the Black and White Exhibition! Over 40 2D and 3D combined artists have created a variety of black and white art work! Today at 4pm slt we have live performer Lark Bowen for a special 1 hour performance! Dresscode is casual!

slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/137/140/23

Complete listing of artists and performers: https://kultivatemagazine.com/black-white-exhibition/

Kultivate Magazine September 2017 Issue Preview!

On September 1, 2017 the next issue of Kultivate Magazine will be published! This issue will feature Avilion, one of Second Life’s longest roleplaying communities. We also have a virtual reality and Sansar update for you, a review of the Deciduous photography sim, coverage of the Art by Nature gallery, a glimpse of how you can have Savile Row male inspired fashions in Second Life, an end of summer photo essay, and coverage of the return of Team Diabetes of Second Life! Very special thank you to Veruca Tammas for the cover image below:

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Black & White Exhibition-Day #1

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Today is the first day of the Black and White Exhibition! Over 40 2D and 3D combined artists have created a variety of black and white art work! Todays day will kick off at 4pm slt with a special performance by Parker Static! Dresscode is casual!

slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/137/140/23

Complete listing of artists and performers: https://kultivatemagazine.com/black-white-exhibition/

 

Kultivate Images of the Day: 8/25/17

After a long hiatus, the Kultivate Images of the day have returned! Check out these 5 images:

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Image by Wicca Merlin
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Image by Twain Orfan
Ammos Home 2
Image by Cate Vogel
If I do not stick a sword I can not protect you. If I put a sword I can not hug you
Image by Wanted By Your Style
Reaching out
Image by Kit Boyd

Join our Flickr group to have an image considered as our image of the day: http://goo.gl/c5HfuX

Are your Flickr images art?

Can one make works which are not works of ‘art’? – Marcel Duchamp

If everyone isn’t beautiful, then no one is. – Andy Warhol

 

Are your Flickr images art? Are your social media photos and images art?

Recently, I asked a friend of mine to submit some of her Flickr images to an art exhibition in Second Life. To my surprise, she declined because she didn’t think her work was good enough, that it wasn’t art.

Her perspective is not an uncommon. Posting on Flickr, Facebook, Instagram or wherever is one thing, but declaring your work as art… Well, that’s quite another. Whether it’s insecurity, modesty, or you have a too high opinion of what art is, something stops you from declaring your work as art.

This isn’t a phenomena exclusive to the many photographers or graphic artists on the Web. It’s just as much an issue with anyone who hasn’t had their work formally anointed as art, and in some cases, even established artists.

Norman Rockwell throughout his life insisted, “I’m not a fine arts man, I’m an illustrator.” Just as with my friend’s work, some people disagree with Rockwell’s assessment.

So what makes something art? Does it have to be anointed by the amorphous art community? Does it have to be exhibited in a gallery? Do academics have to give it their snooty seal of art quality approval?

If you say it’s art, is it art? If I say it’s art, is it art?

Yes. (Don’t you love short answers? Article’s finished. See ya. Kidding.)

If you say it’s art, it’s art.

From the most mundane snapshot of your cat to the crassest closeup of your genitals, if you proclaim it’s art, it’s art. Who am I to argue?

Art history is filled with examples of artists who insisted their work was art before anyone was ready to accept it as art. It is not our place – no matter what we might think of your work – to tell you whether your work is not art.

Marcel Duchamp was trying to make exactly this point with The Fountain. In 1917, Duchamp anonymously submitted an upside down urinal entitled, The Fountain, as a work of art to the Society of Independent Artists, a society which Duchamp helped found.

[Image: fountain.png, Caption: Replica of the Fountain by Marcel Duchamp]

Duchamp did not reveal he was the creator and the urinal was presented to the board as being from new artist, R. Mutt. The urinal was rejected as art and never formally displayed. The only surviving photograph of it was taken by Alfred Stieglitz.

The Fountain would later be accepted as art and seen as one of the seminal pieces of 20th century art. Hurray for Duchamp.

There are two important things to take away from this story:

  1. The Fountain was rejected and never exhibited.
  2. It was submitted anonymously.

The original Fountain was lost and never exhibited. It never saw the formally saw the inside of an exhibit room of a gallery or museum (It might have been photographed by Stieglitz in his gallery, but it was never exhibited.).

Context does matter. Formally displaying a work in a gallery or museum does have an almost magical transmogrifying effect – what was once a simple painting of a soup can takes on a whole new meaning once it’s hanging in a prominent New York gallery.

If special people say it’s art, it must be art, right?

But this never happened with The Fountain. It never got a gallery show. Except for a few friends of Duchamp’s, who were probably in the know, it was rejected and relegated to the store room.

Duchamp was, of course, challenging the notion of what art is. In particular, by submitting The Fountain anonymously, he was avoiding having the work accepted simply because he had done it. He wanted the work, as challenging as it was, to be accepted as art not because the approval committee said it was art, but because the artist had said it was art.

So if you say it’s art, it’s art.

Duchamp would agree with you.

Note: If you want to learn more about The Fountain, read the Tate Museum article referenced below. The Wikipedia entry is a bit of a hash.

If I say it’s art, it’s art

But what if you don’t think your work is art?

Too bad. If I say it’s art, it’s art.

If I’m a gallery  owner or a museum curator or an art critic, you might be more likely to accept my word on it. A knowledgeable opinion is a little more likely to sway yours. At the least, you’re probably more receptive to them.

But what if I’m nobody with no art background, but your work “feels” like art to me?

Maybe I just like the pretty colors in your photo or something about your work really connects with me. Maybe I think what you’ve presented as a casual snapshot of your dog sleeping has a deeper meaning.

Is my response and opinion valid?

Of course it is. And there’s more proof from art history.

In 1953, Robert Rauschenberg exhibited a series of canvases called the White Paintings. (Follow the link to see the white paintings.) The White Paintings are plain canvases painted entirely white. Rauschenberg intentionally wanted them to look as plain as possible.

Why?

Because he was making one of the most revolutionary points in art history: Every one of us brings our own experiences with us when we view a work, imbuing what we’re seeing with a meaning special to us. Whether its Michelangelo’s David or Rauschenberg’s blank, white paintings, that meaning is personal.

Every one of us, sees a work differently because we are all different.

If I see art in a plain, white canvas or in what you think is just another snapshot of your sleeping dog, then it’s art.

Duchamp once asked, “Can one make works which are not works of ‘art’?” I think he meant the question rhetorically.

Our lives are art. How you document that art is up to you, but what you post to social media and the work you post on Flickr is very much art.

 

Sources:

Norman Rockwell: Artist or Illustrator?,  Abigail Rockwell, American Illustration, http://americanillustration.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/15.08.25_AbigailRockwell.pdf

Fountain, Marcel Duchamp, Tate, http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/duchamp-fountain-t07573

Marcel Duchamp: The Readymade As Reproduction, https://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2010/originalcopy/intro05.html

Alfred Stieglitz (1864–1946) and American Photography, Lisa Hostetler, http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/stgp/hd_stgp.htm

White Painting [3 panel], Sarah Roberts, SFMOMA, https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/98.308.A-C/essay/white-painting-three-panel/

 

 

 

 

Kultivate Magazine-August 2017 Issue Is Now Available!

The August 2017 Issue of Kultivate Magazine is now published!  This issue will feature Sansar via an excellent article by Inara Pey, three photo essays by Illyra Chardin, Sandi Benelli, and Wicca Merlin, a great article by Myra Wildmist on who is an artist, and commentary on the behavior of models in the Second Life fashion industry by Stav Gracemount. This issue also features an exhibition on Bryn Oh at the Serena Arts Center and a visit to the Marfa sim by Veruca Tammas. To round off things we have The Edge stylists who have presented a variety of Summer and fun fashions for you. Click on the cover below to view the issue:

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