Join us at the Windlight Art Gallery for the March & April 17 Exhibition Opening! The formal opening will take place from 1pm to 2pm slt and will feature live performer AM Forte and the following artists, who are also Windlight Gallery Fellows:
Today’s Windlight Art Gallery Fellows spotlights are on Catalina Staheli & Keegan Kavanagh:
Catalina Staheli has been a Second Life Resident since May 18, 2007, and an avid photographer for the past several years. Always pushing herself to learn and grow, she’s enjoyed every second of her journey as a budding photographer and it has paved the way for her interests in modeling and designing, though photography remains her happiest joy.
Catalina is the designer behind the brand [ Aleutia ], an explorer of role play sims when there’s time, and a long time supporter of Relay For Life. In her first life, Cata can be found living above the Arctic Circle in remote northern Alaska, where she works as a Special Education teacher in a native Iñupiat village. She is also pursuing her PhD in Curriculum & Instruction.
I’ve been in SecondLife since 2009. I’ve tried everything from DJing, modeling, video & media rentals and tech support and club owning. I tinkered with photography on and off throughout the years.
It wasn’t until I began making my own poses, that I really threw myself into the art. I found myself quickly becoming addicted to my work and I fell in love with it. I find myself telling stories through my poses and photography and I’m excited to be able to share some of that with you.
I make many of the poses for my pictures. Please see a link below to my marketplace listings as well as my Flickr.
We would like to highlight some of our awesome artists at the Windlight Art Gallery! Today’s spotlights are on Kacey Macbeth & SuperVac (Dante) Parabola:
Kacey Macbeth, a native from Wisconsin, is a self taught, multidisciplinary artist who’s work is influenced by the wilds of Wyoming, the north woods of Wisconsin and the majestic pines of South Carolina.
Her connection to the pristine and raw beauty of nature has greatly influenced her style and vision which tell the stories of love, happiness, peace and even sorrow.
Kacey’s work has previously premiered in galleries at Art in the Park and La Galerie.
She is influenced by impressionists artist Monet, Cezanne and Renoir,
I am not an artist by trade. My education is primarily in theoretical physics (quantum cosmology) and higher education. However, while pursuing dual PhDs, I learned to enjoy and appreciate the communicative nature of cinematography and photography. While studying digital media at University, I pursued various interests including:
–Photographic manipulation and editing (digital and film)
–Three-dimensional modelling using Blender and similar software
–Photographic and virtual composition
–DSLR and full frame photography
Throughout all my experiences, I found contemporary art echoed Dr. Snout’s realisation about humanity:
“We don’t want to conquer space at all… We don’t want other worlds; we want a mirror. We seek contact and will never achieve it. We are in the foolish position of a man striving for a goal he fears and doesn’t want. Man needs man!” (Lem, 1961)
Recently, digital photography has fallen to the selfie, movies have abandoned stories and oral tradition as to opt for degenerate character driven pseudostorylines, and cheap cinematography fitting a lethargic industry. Film has eroded into entertainment for the masses; all for the sake of profit and prestige. And worse yet, it all focuses on appeasing the Self with little more than a recasting or distorted reflection of the Self; offering the audience little more than the comfort of what they already know.
Thus, this leads to my philosophy regarding art and the future struggle it faces. Art can offer an intersubjective gift allowing the embodiment of alien and foreign concepts and experiences. However, contemporary artists seem fascinated with the re-representation of the human form and the Self. The next step in the arts is to overcome such self-obsession. Of all the arts, I believe photography has the greatest chance of success while leading to new explorations and understandings disallowed by remaining trapped within the Self.
This is why you rarely (if ever) see people in my work. Although most composition classes emphasise the role of the person in telling a story, such a practice is little more than Dr. Snout’s warning. I do not wish for my art to imprison me in a reflective mirror—forever condemning me to examine myself as the means of understanding. My attempts at art represent the trials to free myself from Snout’s Mirror.
Although my perspective may seem cynical, it grew from an appreciation of Kubrick’s and Tarkovsky’s works offering humanity a glimpse into distant understandings of existence and efforts at communication. Their works tried to teach an audience how to bridge the infinite distance between the Self and something utterly foreign/alien to the Self. Such an objective is the hallmark of brilliant cinematography and utter genius which has been recently forgotten. I can only hope to offer a fraction of what they have, in some form.
Join us this Saturday at 1pm slt for the grand opening of the January & February Exhibition at Windlight Art Gallery! Live performer Parker Static will provide the entertainment and the dress code is formal. This exhibition will feature the following artists who are the Windlight Art Fellows for the month:
Sandi Benelli, Windlight Artist in Residence
Pam Astonia, Windlight Artist in Residence
Bryndarkley Cazalet, Artist in Residence
Warm Clarity, Artist in Residence
The November & December Exhibition at Windlight Art Gallery closes in a few days. We are featuring the artists who are exhibiting at the gallery! Today’s features are on Ninaporras Resident & Bentleyclaire Resident:
SL NAME: NinaPorras
I am in CGI-art since 10 years, because – don’t laugh – I cannot draw. I am using Poser and Photoshop. Before I tripped over Poser, I wrote erotic stories. But for one story I need months, many months (me, a perfectionist German!), while for a picture I need a day or two. So it was a great discovery for myself and a challenge, this software, with which I could give my fantasy pictures: Poser.
I like erotic art, showing the best of human, the nude body – even in men. My pictures are like water; those of the great geniuses are wine. (Fortunately) everybody drinks water. Everybody except the morons, likes erotic art. If you want see more not G-rated art, visit my gallery on SL.
In 2012 I suffered an accident and lost my left leg. I began picturing handicapped people, part of my self-therapy to overcome my loss. But showing erotic pictures of disabled people is not always welcome in the world of “abled” and two-leggers. Not understood well that even handicapped are sexual beings, with the same desires, wishes and carving for lust and love as the so-called “abled”. By the way, I don’t know any abled without a disability.
When I started on Renderosity with my first picture of a one-legged woman, I just got flamed by its bigot censors, not getting the beauty of imperfectness and refusing human rights for disabled persons. They have not the faintest idea about disability and are in lack of any tolerance. They took disability like something obscene, bothering “healthy people” like bare breasts or genitals. They don’t like get pestered by the view of an imperfect body, which could remind them to their own vulnerability and mortality.
These poor people never will get that true beauty lies in imperfectness and in a strange way a missing limb can make an advancement. Therefore I left some places of internet, when I got stupid comments, pointing me crazy or mad.
Finally I found the right place for my art: It is HERE, on Second Life Here I am among friends, who appreciate my art. Visit my gallery on Crystal Haven, where I exchange the pictures regularly.
Let me close with Mark Twain: “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” Promised, I’ll try with my art.
Of course, feedback is always welcome, it makes my creativity speeding up.
I have always had a passion for pretty things and captivating photos. I came to Second Life and was instantly wowed by the the graphical beauty of it. The possibilities are seemingly endless. There is so much beauty to be found in SL. I try to capture as much of it as I can. I find my style improves and changes with every photo I take. It’s easy to find beauty in every place and situation. My goal is to share that beauty with as many people as I can. I spend my time in SL taking photos and spending time with my family and friends. Building and maintaining those relationships are very important to me.
The July and August Exhibition at Windlight Art will close on Saturday, August 27, 2016 with a special event featuring live performer Mimi Carpenter at 1pm slt! Below are two artists whose work you can view at the gallery:
Adi is an island girl from the beautiful tropical island of Guam. Her love and passion for her island and culture motivated her to capture the different sceneries from the island and combine them to create beautiful works of Art. Join her as she celebrates the Chamorro Culture through her perception of Guam.
I love pictures, and love hows sl give people the chance to create stuff they cannot do in real life and the windlights there so many ways you can mix them it is great
about me i love to explore do pictures i am a model in sl but i love doing pictures and have friends and meet people
EUCALYPTUS CARROLL: I have been in Second Life for 10 years, and have enjoyed seeing the progression of things in this virtual world. I enjoy exploring the many wonderful sims and taking photographs. I am also a Dream’s Builder and enter building contests whenever I can. I have learned a lot about photography and building from my many friends who have always been there to support me.
I have entered a few of my photographs in competitions at Dreams, and was lucky enough to win 1st Place Judged for one of my photos.
My thanks to Margo Hollak and Veruca Tammas for encouraging me to take part in a Windlight Art Exhibit.
KODYMEYERS RESIDENT: Capturing the wonderful ambiance and environments created by so many talented landscapers in Second Life is my way to relax and explore my imagination.
Each picture depicts a story or is a reminder of an experience one can reflect upon when admiring it. As a perfectionist, I take the time necessary to capture the picture, experimenting with different angles, framings and windlights, until the perfect shot is created — the one that comes alive.
Using different programs and techniques to create my pictures, the result is always a surprise. My goal is to portray the magic behind the raw image. To be able to contribute to peace and happiness in this world is an honor and an endless pleasure.
From April 3-June 14, 2016, my work was displayed at Brook Hill Gallery.
Today’s Windlight Art Fellows Spotlight is on Margo Hollak and Solde Rothmanay:
BIOGRAPHY: In Second Life I am Margo Hollak and alt, Jolie Carter (poet), and in real life I am P. de Haan. Much of my life has been spent working in the arts as an art teacher, an art gallery director and an art therapist. I attended Pratt Institute for my BFA and Wayne State University for my masters degree in art therapy.
I have experimented with various styles and media, so my body of work is eclectic. I hope that you will find some that you enjoy.
I have a gallery in the Virtual Chelsea Hotel neighborhood . Some of my other pieces are on display at the Art Gallery at JBS Estates, Otherwhen.
“Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale ’til its appropriate liberator comes to set it free.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
BIOGRAPHY: I began my SL originally in 2007 and since I began I discovered that I loved SL photography. In 2014, I attended Visionaire’s School for Photography here in SL.
While attending Visionaire I expressed my own style and began truly developing into my own. My love of landscapes has always held true though. Landscapes speak to me and I am more inspired.
While in SL, I enjoy being the Vice President of the Gators Motorcycle Club, as well as playing cards and games with my family and friends. I have three SL daughters, Audri, Olivia and Rosalyn, one son, Gage, as well as many members of extended family.
Google’s Cultural Institute, the company’s initiative to preserve the world’s culture and history by bringing it online, has this morning unveiled a new project aimed at allowing web users the ability to view art up close – down to the very brushstrokes. Google had invented a new camera it’s dubbing the “Art Camera,” which is a custom-built, robotic camera capable of capturing gigapixel images quickly.
This camera is steered by a robotic system across the painting in question, taking hundreds or even thousands of high-resolution close-ups. To focus precisely, it uses both a laser and sonar system. The latter uses high-frequency sound to measure the distance of the artwork to better position itself. Yes, the camera hears like a bat does, Google points out.
Of course, capturing these images is only one feat – they then have to be assembled coherently. Google’s software is capable of stitching the images together to create a single image, it says.These images are being shared online, so people can get as close to experiencing the art as possible, apart from viewing it in real life.
Many of the details found in paintings, after all, are those that you only see when you view the art in person by walking up to the canvas. There, you can see things like the way Impressionists combine dabs and dashes of paint to form an image that becomes clearer as you step back, or uncover hidden items like a hidden signature….
Today’s Windlight Art Fellows Spotlight is on Rey Vlodovic and Ramsa Luv:
BIOGRAPHY: Rey Vlodovic is a Second Life and Real Life artist who explores both worlds, capturing experience with a penetrating eye and a special sense of place.
Her photography takes you on her personal journey of discovery to various second life sims exploring some of their beautiful surroundings, and offering her own “first moments”
“Imagine going somewhere for the first time and seeing a picturesque scene or an amazing building that simply takes your breath away. The beautiful simplicity of that first moment of experience is what I try to capture.
“I enjoy many styles of photography, but the one I am drawn to most is landscapes. Through it I hope to show bit of realism and evoke and share some emotion in our virtual world.”
BIOGRAPHY: Hi all. I am Secondlife artist Ramsa Luv and i comes from RL Finland, I have done one time before Show with Windlight Magazine and Edge Stylist role. It was Windlight Spring Art Show 2016. I enjoy my Secondlife party, taking photos, relax music and real life i hobby music and movies.
Today’s Windlight Art Fellows’ Spotlight is on Syphera Inaka and Veruca Tammas:
Biography: I have been doing SL photography for about 3 years but didnt get really serious about doing it until about a year and a half ago. Most of my art is landscape but I do have some profile photography under my belt. Second Life photography allows me to bring out my inner artist, it also is a way of relaxation for me.
Biography: I’ve been in SL for almost 9 years (time flies when you’re having fun). My photos are usually only seen on the pages of Windlight Magazine in my Voyages with Vee column. I love exploring SL with all it’s beauty and wonderful creations. I build a little, write a little, DJ a little, and dance a lot. Librarian in RL and RP as a Gypsy in SL. I cherish my friends and loved ones in both worlds.
Todays Windlight Art Fellows spotlight is on Trinity Yazimoto and Ronin1 Shippe:
BIOGRAPHY: Im not a photographer per se, but more an photoshopper. If my work always start with a photograph, then its taken in several software like Photoshop where i twist the original image in order to create something new expressing my own view about sl and more generally about life. I also add a lot of coded fragments of myself, who i am, how i feel, etc in each of my pieces. But as soon as they are given to the ppl’s look, they no longer belong to me and everyone is entitled to interpret them as they wish. I would define the style of most of my pieces as fancy, twisted with a touch of bizarre. Some are more conventional, some more abstract but there is always much to read between the pixels.
Brief Bio, Ronin1 Shippe: Ronin1 Shippe is an SL and RL artist, whose mediums include wood, clay, steel, and “painting” on the computer’s virtual canvass.
Ronin began his career as an SL artist while doing volunteer public relations work for an SL organization which assists people with disabilities who wish to explore SL. Ronin, who suffers from some hearing loss, felt that art exhibits might be a vehicle to help raise awareness and acceptance of people with disabilities in SL.
His paintings and art exhibits have since reached some 34 different countries worldwide, and have been very well received in the SL art community, where he is now counted among the better-known SL artists.
His paintings are studies in minimalism – Zen Impressionist works which strive to capture a mood, a moment, or a feeling – often whimsy – with only a minimal number of lines.
If you have any problems with your purchase, I can help. Please feel free to contact me via IM – Ronin1 Shippe. I will get in touch with you promptly and we’ll find a solution.
P.S. Please IM me for other current Ronin1 Shippe art show landmarks. 🙂 Thanks for your interest!
On May 15, 2016, the May-June Exhibition at Windlight Art Gallery will officially open! For this week we are highlighting the art fellows who are taking part in the exhibition! Today’s spotlight is on Lanne Wise and Tessagrace51 Resident:
BIOGRAPHY: Lanne Wise has spent the last nine years in SL exploring, admiring, making art, dancing, learning and meeting people. She still has a good time.
BIOGRAPHY: Hello, My name is Tessa and I have enjoyed photography in Second Life for the past four years. I first began my journey as a blogger looking for a creative outlet. I soon found that my favorite part of blogging ended up being the creation of the photograph itself. My blogging has since evolved to be more photography based. I enjoy shooting landscape and portrait images the most.
My photography is often inspired by the creations of others. I enjoy exploring the many locations offered around Second Life. Each place that I visit sparks a vision for a future project.
I would love for you to spend a little time and check out my works at the following links:
The March and April Windlight Artist Fellows can be found at the Windlight Art Gallery! Each day for the next few days, we will highlight these artists. Today’s spotlights are on Vivienne Darcy, Barret Darkfold, and Antartica Slade: