a critical review of virtual culture
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Designed by architect CJ Holden (aka CJ Carnot), the virtual building and its environs provide a superior venue for the exhibition of artworks created within the Second Life® virtual world. The building itself is an interactive artwork that changes in response to the environment.
The works by Gwen Carillon in the Aho Museum Sculpture Garden glow and fade, twist and turn. The notecard dispensed from the signage describes the exhibition as "eye candy," and the piece at the right edge above is titled Dime Store Candy. The work is not as superficial as that nomenclature suggests, and it bears a similar relationship to candy that Wayne Thiebaud's work does to pastry. When you view Echoes, be sure to get the notecard it dispenses, with the artist's associated poem.
Although most of the works in the current Aho Museum exhibition were created within the virtual world, these works by Artropolis resident Gracie Kendal (Kristine Schomaker) were painted in the real world with traditional media and the images imported. The relative size was adjusted to create the illusion of a large-scale installation. Several of the images appear to be maps of the imagination, or pictures of a new planet from outer space, with amorphous boundaries of land and water suggested by the blue and green areas, with red, blue or purple clouds.
Many other Artists
Above is an early work by Starax Statosky, one of the first to explore the possibilities of sculpture creation using the building tools of the Second Life® virtual world. The flesh-colored sculpture, titled Fetus Tree , has branches terminating in umbilical cords to nourish its growing fetuses, appropriate to a world inhabited by virtual lifeforms. LittleToe Bartlett works with a similar metaphor in marionette 1.07, a sculpture that reminds viewers that the avatar they identify with in this world, observing this artwork, is itself a form of marionette they are manipulating.
©2009 Richard Minsky