You’d think that being 125m tall, and armoured, would make you impervious to the stress and strain of everyday life. Surely you should be able to ignore the tiny voices demanding your attention and remain stalwart in the face of minor obstacles. I think this beautiful creature is subject to the same forces as the rest of us.
Ziki Questi↑ led me to the newest exhibit at Per4mance Metales↑; Sleepy Snail↑ by Rebeca Bashly↑. Our heroine is gorgeous, and huge, and hollow. I am none of those things, but I felt a strong kinship with her.
I too seem to be moving very slowly (I won’t say who I blame *cough* Saffia) and, even though I point out I have a great deal of work to do, my 4 legged children and other real life inhabitants are not sympathetic. I’m very short on sleep as well. Playing with my toes at 2:00 am is NOT cute.
So, although there’s no backstory for this installation – I’m convinced I know what’s going on in her head. I had a chat with one of the Sleepy Mollusc’s children and suggested they give her a break. I did not get a positive response – which is pretty much like real life. I did find a place I could hide though – even if they keep nagging, at least I’ll have a great view. :)
Posted by honourmcmillan on December 11, 2013
If you have followed my adventures for a time then you know that one of my favourite inworld locations for art is the MIC Imaginarium↑. One of the reasons for this is that the curator, Mexi Lane, is extraordinary. She invites and nudges and attracts fabulous artists whose installations have blown me away on a consistent basis.
Another reason I appreciate this venue is its genesis – the MIC (Musee in Comune↑) is an association of museums and galleries in Rome. They have combined forces to share their stories and publicize their work in a city where there are dozens and dozens of world class institutions.
From 2008 the MIC has had a presence↑ in Second Life as well. On many occasions the inworld exhibition has been suggested by, and in some cases linked to, a member institution’s installation in the real world. The grid presence is often treated as another full-fledged member of the Association.
I’m telling you all of this because a new exhibit opens this afternoon, called Red Shoes↑, and it is linked to an opening on December 8 at the Il Margutta Art Gallery, called Women in Rock and Red Shoes, where a video of the inworld art works will be shown.
The inspiration for the exhibit comes from a 2009 installation in Mexico by the artist Elina Chauvet↑. Entitled Zapatos Rojos (Red Shoes) it was the symbol she chose to voice opposition to violence against women. It has been adopted by groups and artists around the world↑.
A call for artists was sent out by the MIC Imaginarium for their exhibit. Each would be given an identical pair of red mesh shoes and asked to create a 3D work on the subject. I counted 27 names on the poster of those who have accepted the challenge.
I obviously can’t show you all of the works in this post – in part because it would go on for pages, in part because some of the works would be “trigger images”, and in part because some of them just don’t translate well to a flat photograph (at least when the camera is in my hands). I saw works that used the shoes in memoriam, as cages, as weapons of defiance. The differing creative visions are impressive and powerful.
I was enthused and impressed by all of the pieces. There are artists I know and love, and others who are new to me (and now love). The subject is important to this blogger and so is inworld art. This latest exhibit at MIC Imaginarium↑ continues their tradition of glorious installations. I think you should check it out. :)
Posted by honourmcmillan on December 2, 2013
Today’s post is about some wonderful art, extraordinary texture work, and my imperfect attempts to do justice to an artist’s intent. La Citta Perduta↑ has hosted some amazing exhibits over the years. The fun of walking these streets to follow a story, or encounter very special works, is always worth much more time than I seem to have.
Ziki Questi↑ informed me of a new installation by Rebeca Bashly called Invisible People↑ which uses “camouflage art”. What this means is that, if you align your camera correctly, the character seems to vanish into the background. The amazingly detailed work on textures has to be seen – it’s, phenomenal.
For the photographer as inept as I, it’s a fun exercise but one I failed more often than not.
When you’re not trying to align them, the people Rebeca has created are intriguing and fit naturally into the scene. Being precise in the angle of your camera will enable the invisibility – but, lighting is important as well.
I consider all of my attempts to be failures. This last one isn’t too bad although it’s still not perfect.
Go see Invisible People↑ – and yes, I know that seems like a contradiction. If you’re a photographer I’m sure, like Ziki↑, you’ll have more success. I had a lot of fun trying though.
Posted by honourmcmillan on November 17, 2013