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Tyrehl Byk – Play, Laugh, Experience

Most art is meant to be enjoyed with the eyes, but Byk’s art invites us to revel, play, laugh and experience. Each piece is touchable and interactive. Bring friends and play in a pool filled with light and sound. The more the merrier.

Byk’s exhibit is in the Grand Exhibition Hall

IN THE ARTIST’S WORDS

In most cases, the particle sculptures you will be viewing will be touch activated by means of the buttons found on the base of the sculptures. In addition, many of the pieces have a built-in shroud that can be revealed or hidden via dedicated button. In cases where no buttons are seen, simply touching the piece will start/stop the particle effects.

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Lalie Sorbet – The World in a Drop of Water

Lalie Sorbet captures the world in a drop of water. I’ve always been a fan of macro photography–that ability to capture what most simply walk by without noticing. Sorbet is a master of her craft and this is an exhibition not to be missed. I’ve seldom seen real-life photography morph into virtual art with such visiual clarity. You’ll find Sorbet in Gallery Seven.

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FROM THE ARTIST’S BIO

Lalie Sorbet lives and works in South India. She has this passion to create images .. Video, 3D, collage, painting, photography, She likes exploring all the possibilities of expression. Navigating between the world of insects, spiders, drops and humans beings she offers a sensitive eye. Those macro photographs have been taken in a little evergreen forest near the Bay of Bengal on the Coast of Coromandel.
Drops last only a brief moment and yet, I invite you to look more closely at these droplets that fertilize the earth and convey the memory of life in their wake. Nature collects them patiently on bent grass stalk and leaf’s welcoming hollow. According to the legend recorded by Homer they were Aurora’s tears, the goddess whose roseate fingers initiated the day..

Lalie Sorbet vit et travaille dans le sud de l’Inde. Elle a cette passion de créer des images. Video, 3D, collages, peinture, photographie, elle aime explorer les différentes possibilités d’expression. Entre le monde des insectes, des araignées, des gouttes de rosée et celui des humains, elle nous offre une regard sensible. Ces Macros ont été prises dans une petite forêt persistante tropicale près de la baie du Bengale sur la côte de Coromandel.
Les gouttes de rosée ne durent que l’espace d’un moment et pourtant je vous invite à regarder ces quelques gouttes de rosée qui fertilisent la terre et apportent dans leur sillage la mémoire de la vie. Au creux des feuilles telles des mains ouvertes, dans les herbes, patiemment la nature les recueille. Selon l’ancienne légende rapportée par Homère, se sont les larmes d’Aurore, la déesse aux doigts de rose qui ouvre les portes du jour..

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Ajax Ogleby – Urban Point of View

It is very rare indeed that I turn over the build of a gallery to the artist, and Ajax Ogleby wa that rare exception. He did not disappoint, creating a design that is the perfect backdrop to his urban photography.

Ajax Ogleby is located in Gallery 3 at The Rose Theatre & Art Gallery.

 

From Ogleby’s bio:

 

When I started this project, I lived in a neighborhood that brooked no fools or pretense. Very often I would hear “Hey boy, what you doin’ with that camera?!” Very patiently I would explain that my name was Walker Evans from the Farm Security Administration and I was simply here to document things. It was important I’d say. Usually, so long as I didn’t point my camera at any people or let on that the Farm Security Administration meant “guverment”, things seemed to work out.

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When I first became aware of light, it was like the world was suddenly filled with drunken people lifting up their shirts and shouting “Hoooooeeeee!” Of course, I always looked when I heard that distinctive call. Being the natural voyeur that I am, I began taking pictures of this neighborhood show. All of these photos were taken in my neighborhood within three blocks of my house. I soon learned that light, at its heart, was an exhibitionist, it wanted everyone to see its glory. But to do so it had to drape itself over things, like a shiny Chippendale dancer at a bachelorette party or that drunk lady at the bar. I also found that in so doing light revealed the neighborhood to be more than what it was. Light has many personas and affectations.

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Sometimes light can be that big dude in his underpants with a crazy look in his eye that comes out on his porch to tell you to stop teasing his dog. Or, it can be the earth mother that invites you in for tea on a wet foggy day under a street lamp. On good days, it is gelatinous and gets poured over the neighborhood leaving a viscous luminosity here and there in between buildings and stuck to fences. Light can also be skittish, like that guy in the trench coat on a hot day that hangs around the neighborhood. If you look directly at him, he disappears in a heart beat down an alley, but if you sort of face 30 degrees to the left and pretend to be fiddling with your camera and “accidentally” snap a shot you have something to show the police, er… show. Sometimes light can have a predilection for the puckish, hiding behind things, disappearing around corners, but always leaving a trace of itself like a tom cat on a wall. For me, light is always that lady that orders pizza delivery then answers the door naked and all that entails…I just cannot refuse to take that delivery, I have to go.

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The luminosity that light brings to everyday things can be dazzling and long-lasting, like glitter after a lap dance. And yes, sometimes I do get into trouble trying to take pictures of glitter on people’s pants. But my point is that at the end of the day, somehow, everything seems bigger and more important with glitter on it.    Ajax Ogleby

Charlie Namiboo

Gallery two in The Rose Theatre & Art Gallery is currently home to Charlie Namiboo.

From Charlie’s artist bio:

Charlie Namiboo started her Second Life in April 2009. Not particularly interested in SL photography during her first few years, it was her love for fashion bringing her together with people of similar interests that eventually led to the creation of a fashion blog in November 2012. Inspired by some excellent photographers among her friends, Charlie began to hone her own photographic skills. Discovering the many possibilities provided by the Firestorm Viewer and its photo tools opened up a doorway into new world when she started creating her own Windlight settings to compose unique moods in her own pictures.

all of these lines by Charlie Namiboo

all of these lines by Charlie Namiboo

Today, fashion is only one part of Charlie’s love for SL photography. Exploring Second Life, finding new regions and scenery, she immerses herself in the atmosphere of many wonderful places and wants to share those moments of discovery with others. Charlie continues to develop her own style and expand her repertoire, aiming to create ‘storybook’ pictures that reflect special moods and moments, telling her story of Second Life.

making contact by Charlie Namiboo

making contact by Charlie Namiboo

It was Ansel Adams who said, “You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”, and Charlie Namiboo wholeheartedly agrees with him.

 

Artis & Sandalwood – Affairs of the Heart

It’s a rare and wonderful story when SL loves transcends the metaverse and burrows its way into RL love. This is the case with Lilia Artis and Moeuhane Sandalwood. Earlier this year this talented couple became real life partners.

Moeuhane Sandalwood & Lilia Artis

Moeuhane Sandalwood & Lilia Artis

Galleries four and five gives us a look through rose–well, red– and green-colored glasses. Artis takes the color red by the tail and whips it into a fury, bringing a new dimension to photography.

“My RL artwork stepped into the background when I discovered the love of writing, which has become my main career. Coming into SL however, rekindled the passion for the paths of colours, light, pattern and structure. And so, I merge both interests into my virtual art. ” Lilia Artis

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Sandalwood gazes through a green lens, capturing a diametrically opposed view. Moeuhane Sandalwood is a storyteller and conceptual photographer, specializing in abstract photography and ‘staged art’ – in 2D and 3D. He often picks out a tiny detail and tries to capture the story within–to be relived by the spectator in his/her very personal way. Every piece of his work is a stage of life where the spectator is also actor and director, creating the story through his/her own eyes.

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I’ve Never Gotten Bored – by Gem Preiz

I am a french man of 51 years. I am a graduate of an engineering school and had a nice professional career. I have always been a dreamer, fond of everything related to nature and the universe, with strong interest in various other domains including art. Four years ago I decided to leave the corporate life and move to more personal activities; travelling abroad and creating.

Fractal Dyptic in Blue, by Gem Preiz (Watermarked)

Fractal Dyptic in Blue, by Gem Preiz (Watermarked)

I never formally studied art. I discovered art as many others have; reading, listening to music, looking at art catalogs and going to museums and exhibitions. I have always had the desire to create. I thought I would do that through writing and telling stories, as I am neither a musician nor a painter. However, I discovered fractal software on the internet and that digital imagery was a nice way to visualize what one’s imagination holds.

The intention is still the same as at my beginnings; to create images that talk to my imagination and to build my own personal world step by step. Each work is related to, or illustrating, some interest of mine and holds meaning about some idea or concern. I feel that with the experience of the tool I am using, the intention is more and more likely to become a fact–for me and maybe for spectators as well.

Fractal Well, by Gem Preiz (Watermarked)

Fractal Well, by Gem Preiz (Watermarked)

When I create, I feel like explorer, with an incredible feeling of freedom. I am far from having exploited all the resources of the tool I use, and all that hides in this fractal world I am wandering in. It is addicting, with frequent jumps from one style to another–a constantly renewed pleasure.

I love Earth. Not in the ecological sense, but more as a gorgeous beauty in its diversity. It is a fantastic scientific enigma and a playground for exhilaration when I am travelling. I have to wonder, is it the result of an extraordinary hazard, or simply a sample of a kind of planet that exists everywhere in the universe?

I think my work is reflection of my personality, at least unconsciously through the kind of images I am interested in rendering; and in the way I select, work, and colour them. It is a chance to explore, visualize and share my imagination.

I don’t make conscious decisions about balancing my artist work and my personal life. I don’t think about it. I have the luck to be able to organize my time without constraints. When I do not travel, I work on fractals creation almost full time. Since I am doing it, only exhaustion could stop me.

Fractal Deadly Tail, by Gem Preiz (Watermarked)

Fractal Deadly Tail, by Gem Preiz (Watermarked)

I enjoy it when the viewer interprets my work differently from my intention! I like to share what I see in my own images because art is also communication, but most of my work aims at making the spectator’s eye talk to his imagination. If it works, even not in my own direction, it is the best reward I can expect. Someone told me “You make me evade.” I have no idea what he is evading, but it comforts me in my wish to exhibit.

I enjoy the diversity of my work. So far, I never been bored by it, in spite of the considerable amount of hours, days and nights working on it in the past few years.

Gem Preiz

You can see Gem Preiz’s Ride the Universe, now at The Rose Theatre & Art Galleries.

Visit Gem’s LEA installation, Cathedral of Dreams. January, 2014.

As well as his installation at Angelwood Bay Arts Centerthrough February 10, 2014

You can also see Gem at his private gallery, Gem’s Fractal Art Gallery.

Finding a New Muse – Digital Painting, by Kylie Sabra

I’ve long been using Second Life photography as the basis for my art work, but it never quite quenched my hunger to create something from nothing. I’ve completed my first five pieces and look forward to more. All are available, without watermark, on Fine Art America as well as in Gallery 1 at The Rose Galleries.

Hothouse by Kylie Sabra - Watermarked

Hothouse by Kylie Sabra – Watermarked

 

Victoria, by Kylie Sabra - Watermarked

Victoria, by Kylie Sabra – Watermarked

 

Can an Art Broker or Art Dealer Succeed in Second Life? by Angel Kingmaker

What exactly is an art broker and/or dealer?

The terms are somewhat interchangeable. An art dealer is a person or company that buys and sells works of art, reselling them in their galleries or directly to collectors.

A broker does the same job except that they represent a buyer or a seller, specifically negotiating the purchase and resale. A brokerage can offer a service that finds art for offices and homes to enhance the image of their space; like an interior designer.

Art brokers/dealers must be conscious of the art market to maintain their sales and reputation. This involves visiting galleries shows, receptions, openings, and maintaining good relations with gallery curators and artists.

This is not much different from what a curator does. Except that the dealer may purchase art works without already having a buyer, then displaying them in a gallery or shop for sale. The price is naturally marked up, taking into consideration their time
and efforts in procuring and promoting. This brings up questions in pricing for the artist. I have noticed what seems to be a negative feeling from artists in Second Life about the resale of their work that is not directly through a gallery that they
chose to show their work at.

There are a few ways to look at this. First, is Second Life permissions. It is the common standard to sell art work with transfer permissions, thereby giving the buyer the right to gift or resell the piece. Because of the transient nature of people’s taste in art, it is a good idea to sell art with transfer permissions. The other good reason, not only for transfer permissions but the resale of art in Second Life in general, is the creation of a realistic art market. Other markets such as home furnishings could choose to look at it the same way but they are likely taking into consideration the possibilities of rezzed items getting lost or broken, so copy permissions override the transfer need.

In real life, art is resold frequently. Whether it’s through a chain of marketing, from one collector to another, or in a garage sale. That’s the reality of art resale and it’s good for the artist, even if the resale is underpriced. If your work is good and it’s under priced by a reseller, it can create more interest in the sale by multiple buyers. Consistent underpricing is highly unlikely to occur because the reseller would be loosing money–A completely illogical circumstance. Pricing your art work too low is detrimental to yourself, your art’s sales longevity and the art market.

As it applies to the relationship between artists and brokers, it limits the sales reach of your art work to impede resellers by lowering your prices more. And here is where one of the differences between a dealer and a broker come in. Everyone usually looks for a deal, but in this case the dealer even more so. A dealer is usually not representing another buyer and so may be carrying that piece for a while; not unlike a pawn shop. They look for good, underpriced or very reasonably priced art. Unless they are also a collector, as I am, and look for pieces they love and will gladly hold on to until the right person wants to pay the right price. Here is something to take note of; if someone purchases
several pieces of your art, you might want to look at their profile and see if they are a dealer, collector or broker. They might be telling you something about the price of your art work. Take this information into consideration for future pricing. And of course, if you haven’t, look around at what the other current market pricing is for art in your style.

The broker would like a deal too, but they likely have a buyer and will often pay higher prices. This is where a meeting of the minds can occur that is very good for the art market. If Second Life artists understand the art market, they will see that brokers and

Angel Kingmaker

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usually dealers are their friends. Artist would become approachable to discuss mutually profitable deals or even initiate these deals when they notice multiple sales by
the same buyer. Predetermine what type of discount you might offer for multiple sales. Maybe a free piece of a less or a lot more popular piece. One that has never sold or one that has sold enough times you might consider discontinuing. Another possibility is having a wholesale and a retail price. In real life, retail markup can be as much as 2.5 times higher than wholesale. So if you have been pricing your art work at 500L$, a reasonable wholesale price to a broker/dealer would be 250L$ for multiple pieces. But since art dealing in Second Life is “virtually” unknown, resellers are just marking up
art from retail prices. Other important factors like artists reputation, popularity and rarity of work are considered in the retail pricing by dealers. Brokers markup with a standard fee to their buyers from the purchase price typically.

When pricing consider this; did you become an artist for the money? Or did you want to share your work with as many people as you could? This is the connection that dealers/brokers offer. Establishing a relationship with brokers and dealers gives you the opportunity to create agreements about the pricing of your art. If a broker is reselling your work with a 25% markup on your wholesale price, purchasing directly from you seems more appealing to buyers. That is if they have the time and wherewithal to seek out your studio. If your price and the brokers price are the same, but you sold it to the broker at a 25% discount, you have created a beautiful partnership.

These agreements can be contingent on multiple purchases until a trusting relationship is established. There could be a slight difference here between the dealer and broker again. A dealer may have to sit with pieces longer than a broker and maybe looking for a deeper discount. This is where more important decisions need to be made about pricing and what pieces you wish to discount to a dealer. This is where market knowledge and objective savviness about your work is necessary. If you don’t have this and you feel unsure about these deals, then let curators handle these things for you.

If you try to unload works that haven’t sold because no one wants them,the dealer probably knows they won’t sell and will reject the deal. Second Life marketing is a fickle thing and what you couldn’t sell a dealer may if the deal is good. Honest dealers and brokers can offer good pricing advice, but it is always wise to temper this with your
own knowledge of the art market. Over- and underpricing are problems in Second Life. And although I don’t completely address that here, it is an important and diverse topic that deserves consideration. The concept of art dealing and brokering can only serve to help artists and the art market in Second Life, as in real life. They are important factors in the art market.

Angel Kingmaker

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Ride the Universe – Gem Preiz fills the Exhibition Hall with Universal Magic

Ride the Universe is Gem Preiz’s latest exhibition in the Exhibition Hall at The Rose Art Galleries. The exhibition is an actual ride through the kaleidoscope that is Gem’s fractal art. The build itself is a Kylie Sabra build.  

About the exhibit in the words of the artist:

A long-time contemplative walker, fascinated by our planet and dreaming about the other universes; I recently started exploring digital worlds and creating mostly abstracts and fractals. I have always been fond of mathematics, and cosmos theories. Nature is governed by physical rules that apply everywhere, regardless the size of things. On Earth, they design landscapes, repeating shapes or motions from the hugest size to the tiniest detail: dunes, waves, branches, clouds, rivers . . ..

The world of fractals is, in the same way, ruled by mathematical functions that, as physics does in nature, enable the creation of objects whose features repeat themselves at every scale. There lies my passion for fractals; creating, thanks to the power and pureness of the mathematical concept, images the complexity that can suggest naturale beings, objects or sceneries.

I hope you will enjoy the diversity of shapes and colors that fills my work as a reflection of Nature’s one.

Gem Preiz

Visit Gem’s LEA installation, Cathedral of Dreams. January, 2014.

As well as his installation at Angelwood Bay Arts Centerthrough February 10, 2014

You can also see Gem at his private gallery, Gem’s Fractal Art Gallery.

Ride the Universe - Featuring the art of Gem Preiz.  A Kylie Sabra build

Ride the Universe – Featuring the art of Gem Preiz. A Kylie Sabra build

Riding through Preiz's fractals is like curling up inside a kaleidoscope.

Riding through Preiz’s fractals is like curling up inside a kaleidoscope.

Dare to enter the mouth of the clown and plummet into darkness.

Dare to enter the mouth of the clown and plummet into darkness.

Angel Kingmaker – The Story of Lykinea

Angel Kingmaker is currently in Gallery 3 at The Rose Theatre & Art Galleries, where she tells her story of Lykinea the Wild.

On a distant planet within the darkest dead of woods, Lykinea ,warrior princess, was born when the moon was at its fullest and the stars were aligned. Within her lay a darker side of the Amazon that none ever dared to speak of.  She grew up and learned how to fight till her skills were one of best.  As time passed, she was taken within the dark of night and her village burned. Though not all remained within her memory of her past, that’s been clouded by that dark night, her skills were not to be taken.

 Rescued by Bonita Kobaleinen Karu and the rest of the Kobaleinen family she pleaded her undying allegiance to them. They brought her to the new world of Gor, where all seemed to be greener but below darkness roams and rules, and what she finds in this new world is yet still a mystery.

V-Lykinea the Wild-Fruit for the Birds by angel Kingmaker

V-Lykinea the Wild-Fruit for the Birds by Angel Kingmaker

V-Lykinea the Wild-Purple Star by angel Kingmaker

V-Lykinea the Wild-Purple Star by Angel Kingmaker

I recently had a chance to sit down with Angel Kingmaker over a cup of tea in my Japanese home away from my Angel Manor home. I think you will find her as interesting as I do.

KAS: What are your professional goals, Angel?

AK: My goals in Second Life are to continue to make Angelwood Bay Arts Center one of the best Second Life galleries. One of the ways I intend to do this is to become a charitable non-profit association. Most of what I do is for TeamFox Second Life. I am open to working with other stable charities as well. We host art raffles frequently, showcasing  Second Life musical artists during these events.

I am remodeling a building now to open the real-life Angelwood Bay Arts Center, with all the same goals of becoming a non-profit association.

In regard to my own art work, my goal, like most is to continue to improve my skills. Art has been my main life interest since I was a child. I have used all types of mediums, but mainly photography now. My natural talent, in my opinion, is pretty good, but the digital artist of today can only be as good as their computer and programs. So after doing digital art full-time over the last couple years, I need to upgrade my computer and programs. I am very excited to see  what I can do with better tools.

KAS: Is your work a reflection of your personality or a chance to explore things ?

AK:  I would say that my art work is an exploring reflection. There seems to be no end to Second Life-inspired photography. I have thought the same of real life since I made my first oatmeal box camera when I was 10, but life has a way of keeping mothers at home. If any part of my personality is shown, it’s only to show you all the ways I can see things.

KAS: What are you doing when you are not creating?

AK: What I do when I am not creating goes back to your first question. Organizing events to raise money for charities. I also visit other galleries and studios frequently. I watch the Second Life art market and I like to stay up to date with what artists are doing in Second Life. I read a lot about the ins and outs of the real life art world.

In real life, again, working on opening my gallery. The only other thing that consumes my time is my family. I have 5 kids and 6 grandkids to keep up with. And no, I am not as old as that sounds.

KAS: What would people be surprised to learn about you?

AK: People think I am outgoing and I am a pretty good writer when I want to be. When it comes to crowds, I have no problem speaking when I need to, but in general I am shy. If it’s not my event, you won’t hear me say much or participate in the chatter.

KAS:  Are there particular artists or photographers you admire—famous or otherwise?

AK: There are many artists and photographers that awe me, but the one who has had the main influence on me is Viggo Morteneson. Most people don’t know who he is by name. He was Aragorn in Lord of The Rings, of which I am a fan to geek degrees. He is an extreme abstract artists. When I first saw his work, my thought was, “What the hell is he thinking?”. But when I learned more about his artistic philosophy, it changed how I view art completely and allowed me to think outside the box. Previous to that I expected art to always show me where it was taking me. I learned an appreciation for art that lets you decide where you are going.

KAS: What are you working on at the moment?

AK:  Well, besides all the other things with the gallery in real life and Second Life, I am planning to open another gallery at Angelwood Bay in Second Life, specifically for adult art. It will still have the same class and elegance as the ground gallery but will be seperated. Also,I am starting up an art dealer/brokering service. I’m out there, I’m collecting; so I decided to offer this service to business and home owners. And the thing on the top of my to do list is make a Second Life copy of my real life book, Soul of the Soldier, which will be available to any military and PTSD groups at a discount.

KAS: What has been the most touching and amazing moment in your artistic life?

AK: About ten years ago, I had the opportunity to show my real life Lord of the Rings paintings and drawings at the Tolkien Festival in Oxford, UK, which is across the pond for me. I had the honor of showing my work alongside Ted NaSmith, who is the official Tolkien artist. Now this has nothing to do with my art work, but after his presentation on his new work for the Silmarillion, I asked to interview him, which he graciously allowed. One of the first things he said to me was that I looked just like his Luthian, which is a main Elvin character and his new painting at the time. I, of course, maintained my calm, collected composure as I always do, but was screaming like a fan inside.

It was the greatest compliment of my life to be compared to a painting, that to me, emulates the Mona Lisa.

Please visit Angelwood Bay Arts Center in Second Life. You can also see Ms. Kingmaker’s work on KoinupFlickr and her website; read more about her and her work on her blog and follower her on Facebook.

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