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If avatars are works of art, then what is a self portrait of an avatar?
This is not the run-of-the-mill glamour photography we are used to seeing in avatar portraits.
Each artist in this exhibition has brought their methodology and aesthetic to present a work which expresses not just an image of their avatar, but also represents what their avatar is about as an artist. A few of the works I saw are static sculptures, but there were no one-prim images. Many of the works are in motion or are interactive.The photo above of !!Jeanni Kaleidoscope by Jeanni Nishi is a 3-D object in constant motion, so what is shown here just captures a moment in the cycle.
Selavy Oh's conceptual sculpture is a rectangular object the size of the artist's avatar that moves when the artist does, whether present or not.
An abstract form with two spheres that look like eyes is also in perpetual motion. Titled Monarch 1 0f 3 (above), it represents Misprint Thursday. A nude by PleaseWakeMeUp Idler is broken into a group of semi-transparent prims that are in motion, and depending on your position the image fragments and recreates itself cyclically (below):
Man-a-hatta Gallery owner Oberon Onmura is an artist as well, and includes his own self-portraits in this show. Oberon Self-portrait 3 v.22 is a set of nine waving flexi-prims with fragments of images that keep wiggling.