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
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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

SL Photography: The problem with profile photos

Kultivate contributor Myra Wildmist is back with a new tutorial! This time she discusses the problem with profile photos:

Do profile photos look stretched or compressed to you?

You’re not alone. There’s a good chance a large part of the Second Life (SL) community sees your profile photo wrong.

The problem is Firestorm (FS) – and probably some other third-party viewers – or rather the way Firestorm handles profiles.

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FS profile pic on left. Same pic as it appears in LL viewer

 

The problem: Linden Labs web profile photos use a different size and aspect ratio than the Firestorm profile photos.

Several years ago, Linden Labs (LL) revamped their profile system and went to web profiles. When they did they changed the default sizes of profile photos. Before transitioning to web profiles, profile photos were a weird size and a non-standard aspect ratio – 178×133 pixels, almost, but not quite, a 4:3 aspect ratio.

[Note: Using standard aspect ratios is super important for ease of use and ready sharing of images. You can read more about aspect ratios in this article.]

When LL went to web profiles, they changed the default size of profile photos to 300×300 pixels. 300×300 pixels has an aspect ratio of 1:1, a standard aspect ratio that lends itself easily to the SL default upload size for snapshots – 512×512 pixels, which is also a 1:1 aspect ratio.

Firestorm maintained the old, legacy profile and didn’t migrate entirely to web profiles. By default, Firestorm uses the legacy profiles which means your profile photo has to fit into the old legacy size of 178×133 if you want it to look nice on the Firestorm profile view.

The problem: Linden Labs viewer uses 300×300 pixels for its profile photos while Firestorm uses the legacy size of 178×133.

When you look at a profile pic made for LL profiles in an FS profile it will appear stretched out, but when you look at a profile pic made for FS in the Linden viewer it will appear compressed.

Why did Firestorm continue to use legacy profiles?

If this is an issue why did FS stick with the legacy profiles?

  • FS legacy profiles are faster. Web profiles take longer to load.
  • Web profiles sometimes fail to load, at all.
  • Legacy profiles are better organized and have a couple more features (e.g. online status) than web profiles.

Unfortunately, while there are good reasons to continue to use the legacy profiles, it does create this problem with the profile pictures.

It is impossible to take a profile photo that looks good on both LL and FS viewers.

Because of the difference in aspect ratios, LL profile photos will look bad in the FS viewer, and FS profile photos will look bad in the LL viewer. FS will stretch a profile photo that looks good in the LL viewer, while an image that looks good on FS will look squashed in the LL viewer.

Is there a solution?

Is there a solution to this discrepancy between the two most popular viewers?

The best solution would be for Firestorm to change the default size of the legacy profile pictures. The burden is really on Firestorm since the legacy profiles use a non-standard aspect ratio for their profile photos.

Aside from that, there’s not much you can do. You can use web profiles in FS (Avatar – Preferences – User Interface – check “Use web profiles by default”), but, as mentioned, they’re a little slower among other things.

What format should you use for your profile picture?

Should you use the Linden viewer dimensions or the Firestorm viewer dimensions for your profile photo?

This might seem like a dilemma, but it’s really not. Make your profile photos for the LL viewer.

Advantages of taking a profile photo that fits the LL viewer:

  • It’s a standard aspect ratio. You can easily use your profile photo elsewhere without it looking distorted.
  • More people use the LL viewer, so more people will see your profile photo correctly.
  • If an FS user wants to see your profile photo correctly, they can just click on it. That will bring up another window showing your photo in the 1:1 aspect ratio (This doesn’t work with your profile photo, though.).
  • You can easily use a SL snapshot without having to crop it to fit into the weird FS profile photo dimensions.

For these reasons, even if you use the FS viewer, use a 1:1 aspect ratio for your profile photos.


1:1 aspect ratios sizes. Some examples:

72×72 pixels, 300×300, 512×512, 1024×1024, 2048×2048, and so on. Just make a square.


Want to take better profile photos? Check out these other articles I wrote:

SL Photography: Taking your profile picture

SL Photography: 6 ways to take a great profile photo

 

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.

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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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Sunday @ 1pm slt-Bailywick Gallery’s July & August Exhibition Opening!

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Join us tomorrow at 1pm slt for the grand opening of the July & August Exhibition at Bailywick Gallery!

This gallery features the black and white imagery from the following artists:

Solana Python

KodyMeyers Resident

Lulyboop Resident

GlitterPrincess Destiny

The dress code is formal and live performer Melenda Mikael will provide the entertainment!

Slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bailywick/121/93/21

Windlight Art Gallery’s July & August Exhibition Opening Event!

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Join us on Saturday, July 29, 2017 for the formal opening of Windlight Art Gallery’s July & August Exhibition! The event will be from 1 pm to 2pm slt and will feature live performer Dimivan Ludwig and the following artists:

Xilion Iceberg
Ghosty Kips
Blip Mumfuzz
Coltonvond Resident
CalystiaMoonShadow
Sabine Mortenwold
Booyakashaka Resident
Kapaan
angyel Resident
Veruca Tammas
Sandi Benelli
Pam Astonia
Slatan Dryke
Byrnedarkly Cazalet
Tiszo Cioc

SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/65/132/26

**The dresscode is 100% formal**

Kultivate Anniversary Photo Challenge Winners!

Congrats to Slatan Dryke, winner of the Kultivate Anniversary Photo Challenge! Below are all of our winners:

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First Place Image by Slatan Dryke

Summer Sunset
Second Place Image by Kaijah Chrome
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Third Place Image by Duke Avelino

Thanks to everyone who entered the contest and were patient for the winners to be announced and very special thank you to our judges!

Kultivate Magazine’s Second Anniversary Issue is Now Published!

I am pleased to say that our second anniversary issue, is now published and is available for you to read! This issue features artist Bryn Oh, Anouk Lefavre, Stavaros Gracemount, Veruca Tammas, Ilyra Chardin, Inara Pey, Haveit Neox, Kiana Writer, Lanai Jarrico, Marcus Lefavre, Fnordian Link, Heidi Halberstadt, GinPhx, Beatrice Serendipity, Sandi Benelli, Hikaru, Enimo, Caledonia Skytower and over 50 images created by the talented artists of Kultivate Magazine! We hope that you enjoy this issue and we apologize to the lateness of this issue. Due to real life issues, this issue is a few days late but worth the wait!

Kultivate Magazine-July 17

Day #3: Kultivate Homes For Our Troops Art Auction & Fundraiser!

HFOT Charity Art Auction

Welcome to Day #3 of Kultivate’s Homes For Our Troops Art Auction & Fundraiser! Todays events are:

230 pm slt – Storytelling with Seanchai Library

4pm slt to 5pm slt – live performer J Lively

100% donations will go to Homes For Our Troops!  All exhibition areas and the auction are open 24/7

slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/144/138/22

Day #1 of Kultivate’s Homes For Our Troops Art Auction & Fundraiser!

HFOT Charity Art Auction

Join us for day #1 of our Homes For Our Troops Art Auction & Fundraiser! The auction area and exhibition rooms are open and we have a performance at 4pm slt today by live performer Melenda Mikael! For a complete list of artists and events: https://kultivatemagazine.com/homes-for-our-troops-art-auction-fundraiser/

Slurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Water%20Haven/144/138/22