from June 27, 2009
Maryva Mayo, Red Randt,
Filthy Fluno and Feathers Boa at the Aho Museum
New Media Consortium Campus
Abattoir, the Aho's curator, has again put together an exceptional
exhibition combining established and emerging artists. It is Red
Randt's first exhibition, and Filthy Fluno is the best known artist to
emerge from the virtual world of Second Life to the "real"
world, having had a six page article in The
New York Times Magazine.
by Feathers Boa
have previously seen Feathers Boa's
"reactive" artwork, but the current show is a leap ahead
and is particularly well put together. A series of images
with text is on the walls of the gallery, each showing a stage of
a woman's life. A feature of the work is that you cannot
"camera around" to view it. Each one changes as
your avatar approaches it, so if you try to observe this exhibition
by standing in one spot, you will not see it. This has been a
continually developing aspect of Feathers' works, hence the term
In this case the
proximity dissolves the woman's image, revealing the remainder of
the text. It is a thoughtful and satisfying series. The artist has
mastered the technical aspects of this medium and is applying a
maturing sense of narrative sequential art and metaphor.
We have seen
many artists use interactivity in gimmicky ways, or for its own
sake, but in this case it is integral to the work.
rinascita - La renaissance-The rebirth G
New introductions of energy
by Maryva Mayo
This is the
first time we have seen Italian artist Maryva Mayo's work,
abstract images that are in motion. They are beautiful, but
transcend the decorative with a confident sense of spatial depth
and interaction of line, form, and transformation.
The influence of
abstract expressionism and gesture painting is strong. "La
rinascita," for example, evokes Mark Tobey and Rothko.
The images on
this page are just snapshots of a moment in each of the works--you
have to stay and watch them "perform" to fully
by Maryva Mayo
also can use your camera to go inside these works and experience
them as a full screen light show, as in this internal view of
"Dream / Sogni."
< Dream / Sogni by Maryva Mayo
The 26 works by
Red Randt exhibit a wide variety of techniques, primarily
sculptural. Some are stationary, while others are active.
"The Wobbly Building" (right) is a flexi prim work that
collapses and "inflates."
Several of this
artist's works are "hommage,"--tributes to artists
including Magritte (a pipe that says "This is not a
Magritte") and this "soft" building, which is a
tribute to Claes Oldenburg
These works are
well done and fun, with a sense of pun and wordplay. The
artist's extensive notes, for example, are dispensed by clicking
on this sculpture of notes:
by Red Randt
by Red Randt
Fluno continues his exploration of Surrealism, Expressionism
and Symbolism with mixed reality works that involve images
inspired by his virtual world experiences, executed in real world
pastel or oil paint, photographed, digitally manipulated, and
imported into Second Life.
some cases the image is duplicated and flipped, creating a
bug-eyed creature from which the multilayered content emerges. The
current work reminds us of Alfonso Ossorio.
Mirrored #1/5 Aho Edition
by Filthy Fluno