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The If Work Art Gallery : Bottomlessly Symbolic

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Saoirise reviews The If Work Art Gallery:

“Rapid onset!  Clever “glows”!

You know that art.  That artists shine.

Miss Harriet!  Trust your shoe off!

And customers ‘drink your wine’.”               Quatrain by poet and artist Earl Dinkin

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There are many ways I select the gallery I visit.  One of those ways is to view the website Art Galleries of Second Life, and checking those galleries that appear to be overlooked so far.  That is how I picked today’s gallery to review, and as seems to be my good fortune, I stumbled inadvertently into a gallery owned by an inward artist of extraordinary in world art presence, Mr. Earl Dinkin.  This gallery is predominately glass walls so view with a day time sun setting.  Images are not all set on bright texture so you need to have your setting daylight to get full impact.

First I will tell you about The If Work Art Gallery.  Your TP will land you on a walkway overlooking a sandy beach area with auditorium style chairs facing towards the walkway as well as toward the images.  Perhaps work is reviewed and discussed at this installation.  The artist definitely works his images in first life using freehand drawing.  It appears he ads color to the images using chalk or medium that appears as chalk in world.  Sometimes paint on glass can appear this way in world.  Researching the artist’s work in first life, I learned that he works with pastels.  He is also a poet writing quatrains which are randomly displayed in his gallery.   The images are then brought in world by the artist.  All of his in world art is displayed in smaller size than in this gallery.  Approximately 1 X 2 building blocks in size.[Quatrains are delightful way to express thoughts, a type of stanza, it is a total poem of four lines.]

Viewing this artist’s work we are given some of his thoughts with each images.  At the top of each, he has put a message or a thought.  I can easily say that this message he passes describes the image but does not tell me what it means to him.  I feel that many are putting things together that become comical when merged such as a Penguin and a washing machine.  Peeling away the layers of the viewing process, I see parts of the artist emerge.  There are many images of people interacting, I will discuss some of that as I describe some images in the gallery.

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On the web, he describes his work as “bottomlessly symbolic deadpan outsider art type pastels from lucid dreams”.  After viewing his body of work, this description is apt and of no surprise.  It is precisely why I enjoy his images so much, though there is a deadpan comedy in many, there is much symbolism.  His image “SLanna One artificially intelligent Mattress saying You Don’t Love Me Anymore found moved Twelve Inches” was my first favorite.  Yes the name itself gives pause for thought and consideration.  Notice which words he capitalizes versus which words he chooses not to capitalize.  It reveals the names of those interacting in the image, in many it describes the image itself.  This image is a simple single bed, in the corner of a room with no accoutrements.  The image ‘looks’ basic and reveals depth to the viewer.

Many images are seemingly simple items put together, yet I doubt anyone other than our artist would put these particular images together. ‘Tin Foil dress Penguin on top of Front Loading Laundry Machine checking Soap Drawers and Cycle Selectors before pressing Start” displays exactly what is in the title.  In the image, the penguin is on top of the washing machine, the faucets are drawn behind it with a hot water heater to one side.  The penguin’s body is marked up as if it is made of shattered ice.  “The Emergency Response Texting to Night Clouds Laser Shining Anonymously saving Everyone by Diversity” displays illegible red writing in the clouds, a dark gray city below.  All very surreal in rendering.

“Three Heads growing from Ground withholds of Visible Roots and Moon above” has those heads growing on a surface [the earth?] that is about one meter from the moon, making the moon their roof.  “Unattractive shirtless Man thinking he was Alone private dancing startled to find Woman beside him Dancing” is one of the more personal images he has created.  This is akin to the dream many of us have of being somewhere without our clothes, somewhere we would be embarrassed, and trying desperately to get home in the dream.

Imagine if you woke to paint your dreams in pastels, and wrote your thought in four lines [quatrains].  This artist works prolifically, considering I have only see his in world life I am sure that is a good description.  Earl has been in world for nine and a half years.  In this time he has amassed 10 art galleries, all owned and operated by the artist.  I have listed them below.  Using the artist’s own count, he has over 900 images displayed in world.  All images are in this pastel with a written text message.  Only at the If Gallery are their larger images that the 1 X 2 block size.

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In each gallery he has one or more objects running scripts backed with data [quatrains] that are displayed as floating text ‘randomly’.   Look  for the white pillars that are about one meter high.  In one pillar there are 34 quatrains, his images and his words are prolific indeed.  These are his galleries, all listed on Art Galleries of Second Life website.  I find the names interesting and fresh, they are definitely eye catching to me.  I have written a quick note by each one.  The If Gallery is number (1) on my count.

(2)All of these Painting Faces the Wall; currently on display are 67 images and they are on red brick walls facing you ask you walk through

(3)Everything for the Complete Space Traveler; 90 images line by the large windows in a gallery that appears as if you are in an observation deck overlooking the world.

(4) Eye Duct Works; Contains an amazing 116 images, each on a flat post in seven neat rows.  The precision reminds me Arlington Cemetery in Washington D.C.

(5) Art Gallery of the Undecided SIM; Here our artist stores his latest project so the number of images can vary.  I smiled at the mattress in the tree in the front.

(6) Deep Art Deep Gallery; 132 images are displayed similar to paper in the wind around sofas.  I think this is one of the more comfortable galleries to visit.

(7) Flooded Basement Gallery; humorously named because these 177 images are along side of the road, displayed on appropriate items such as a door.

(8) Gallery That Will Never Thrill; Indeed the gallery itself may not thrill as it is a grey and black curving hallway, yet having images displayed in this fashion is interesting; 88 images.

(9) True Gallery; 70 paintings in a building predominated windows overlooking the water.

(10) The Man Against Eternity [the name of his art tour as well as a gallery];

In a few of the galleries he has hung composites of a year of images such as 1998 or 2005.  These list his name as Epic Dewfall artist and poet from Ottawa Canada.  The posters of each year is very affordable for those who enjoy his images.  As often happens while I move around in world, I am amazed at what I have seen and I learn about our artists.  Artfully yours, Saoirse Heart

Gallery reviewed location : The if Work Art Gallery, Miffen Shade (34, 51, 25) – Moderate

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Papillon Art Gallery : Dog and Butterfly

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Saoirse reviews The Papillon Art Gallery:

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“See the dog and butterfly
Up in the air he like to fly
Dog and butterfly, below she had to try
She roll back down to the warm soft ground
With a little tear in her eye
She had to try, she had to try
Dog and butterfly, yeah”                  Written by Ann and Nancy Wilson of the band Heart

Today I visited the Papillon Art Gallery.  When I see the word “Papillon” I think butterfly from the latin word, and this does mean in butterfly in French.  Yet this is also the name of a small breed of dog the Papillon.  There I thought of the song by Heart “Dog and Butterfly”.  This gallery is a lovely jewel I found from the Art Galleries of Second Life website.

I was immediately struck by the big display room, a large rectangular room with a vaulted ceiling,  sunlight streaming in from the top and from the sides of the gallery.  I could see the sea outside of one side, and you feel an ocean breeze inside the gallery.  The atmosphere conjures imagines of the perfect summer day, strolling along in flip flops and cutoffs.  Outside of the gallery are several beds of flowers, exactly the kind of place butterflies would enjoy.  Amid these flowers is a resting place and patio over looking the sea.  The general ambience here is comforting and unhurried.

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The gallery contains black and white images, color images in paint on canvas style capturing containing female figures.  There are some with notable backgrounds and landscapes.  The first shots I see are in stark contrast to the general mood of the gallery.  Female figure, most likely the artist, in black on background with black shapes.  As I work my way through the gallery, these images follow me in my mind and they join with other black and whites to reveal a pattern.

Moving to a water paint on canvas style, I see a dark foreboding sky and background.  In the foreground is a draft horse and a female nude.  Draft horses are much larger than riding horses, female figure is vulnerable.  Next on the wall is a similar style, using water paint on canvas, sunset with female figure our view from behind.  She is topless looking out.  I enjoy images from this vantage point.  As viewers we can image ourselves looking the same direction.  Having the figure there encourages such glances.  The figure herself is also worth considering as the artist directs our attentions away.

My view then becomes juxtaposed as I see the black and white images again.  This time the message is stepped up a bit, a bit more revealing with dramatic bondage imagery.  Above this image is a color picture with women with heads and boxes and it looks like wires around her hands moving around.  It is an intense image of the same female figure in many positions, featured in an extreme bondage position.  There is no partner yet in the images of bondage in the gallery that I have seen so far.

Blink and I am back to brush on canvas style art.  Female figure walking with landscape including mountain.  A shipwreck image in one image, immediately next to it a similar shipwreck containing a superimposed female figure.  I am surprised in the next moment as I see a sky shot of a female figure with red and black wings.  I love this image, powerful and the colors are just perfectly placed.  In a few steps I am once more given the female nude black and white image.  This time she is in three positions, all seemingly violent poses.  Powerful images, thoughtful images to view with these black and whites.  An images where the female figure’s eyes are hidden by a black bandana.

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I find all of the images in this gallery exciting to view.  The placement is interesting and definitely will keep you looking at each image.  The cherry on this sundae is a real treat of an image.  Little Red Riding Hood female figure, with a white mask and a black thong.  Perhaps  she traded with the wolf for these clothes?  This Little Red Riding Hood is standing outside of the gates of somewhere mysterious all in a chalky background.

This is a diverse gallery of lovely personal images.  Regardless of the style you may prefer, there is most likely some image here you will enjoy.

Artfully Yours, Saorise Heart

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Windlight Art Gallery Opening Party – SHOWTIME MAGAZINE

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Great recap of the first hour of the formal opening for the September 2015 exhibition at Windlight Art Gallery by Showtime Magazine:

Source: Windlight Art Gallery Opening Party – SHOWTIME MAGAZINE

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Van’s Wild West Gallery ~ Ride On Over Before September 15, 2015

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Saoirse reviews Van’s Wild West Gallery:

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Located on the Monissius SIM is a large art gallery owned and operated by Van Caerndow called “Van’s Wild West Gallery”. Our artist also owns a gallery near the Hotel Chelsea [VC Now Gallery] that is much smaller than this gallery with about 12 images at any given time. His specialty? Portraits of avatars on commission. TerryLynn Melody nicknamed him “the Cowboy Van Gogh” and many in world know him from his resident name. It is exciting to review the work of someone accomplished in both worlds. I have provided his first life art information below this review.

His partner, Yanne Proudfoot and he have a lovely spot to sit and relax in the backyard of the gallery. This spot has a view of the sea and they have set out all the amenities blankets, a few chairs, and near to the artist’s rocking chair, some lovely bales of hay to sit on complete with pitchfork and a horse nearby. After I walked through the gallery, I sat here to write, drinking one of the Wahne Tahiti Beers that reminded me I was thirsty. I love the interactive quality of some food and drink in world, chatting me up.

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The artist works exclusively with first life materials. The artist uses Pebeo paint on glass creating all images in first life. All these images are then professionally scanned so he may make prints to bring in world. He has been working recently with acrylic on canvasses where he textures the canvas first then creates the image. One of the amazing aspects is that he doesn’t use any software in the creation of his portraits. The artist uses opaque and translucent paints to achieve the effect he is looking for with the image.

Arriving at the gallery, I stepped back and took a fly by overheard. The colors from the artist’s images can be seen from quite a distance. I recommend viewing the gallery images in a daytime light and midnight light. Straight away, when I entered the gallery, I was full of ideas of what I wanted to write about here today. Set up in a graduated upward moving circle, walking through the wide open hallways is pleasurable. I am struck by how these images look unique to me in a way I couldn’t have defined earlier. It is the Pebeo paint on glass effect, you can see some brush strokes here and there. It is quite a lovely effect and I can see how the artist easily made enough money to maintain this SIM for a long time.

Specializing in portraits, the artist has many images that are not of figures. On the first landing there is a smartly done image of Wrigley Field [famous American baseball field in Chicago]. The artist has detailed the area around the feet of the people awaiting entry to Wrigley Field in bright red. This detail balances the image nicely keeping the eye moving around to aspects other than the famous sign of the stadium. The sign itself is well done, not an easy feat working with paint of glass surface. Glass surface is unforgiving with no resistance to the brush strokes. All moment is carefully controlled by the artist.

I enjoy looking at the various portraits of avatars. I have not seen art with this much detail to the medium used, you can see the brush strokes he has made on each picture. This can not be taken lightly by the artist. His skill is demonstrated if you view the consistency and the direction of the strokes. You will see where the artist has moved around the canvas of glass quite literally. Take a moment and close your eyes…picture a brush filled with paint…imagine how it moves silently across the glass. If you do that, you will begin to share my wonder at this exhibition.
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Another image I focused on has a Reads & Coffee shop, female biker outside, and the season is fall. The leaves on the tree are vividly done for us. The facade of the shop let’s us look inside the shop. There is a distinct calmness in this image, the sky is the light blue of the fall season. Next to this picture, the artist placed an image with a dark blue background. The neighboring dark background allows us to see a striking variation of color that is eye pleasing. I feel the artist enjoying the paint as he works on his canvas.

There is a pumpkin to sit against on the first floor, I love a place to sit and write in the gallery. Halloween coming up it seems a shame no one will be sitting on the pumpkin at that time. His images are quite varied so this artist cannot be called simply a portrait artist, and his work is far from simple. One of his newer images is a spiderweb with colors surrounding the images. Painting a spiderweb on a glass medium takes a steady focused hand to create. This image has colors moving inward, playfully, scattered about in an orderly but not linear fashion. A spider is most commonly viewed with dark images and negative connotations. Not with this artist, the spider’s web is fun and inviting making me recall the Charlotte’s web tale by E.B.White [also author of Stuart Little].

The artist has done an image similar to a cave painting.  The background contains the roughness of cave wall, the color is lighter than a cave, more complimentary to the Bison etched on the wall.  Not a luxury enjoyed by those original cave painters as I am sure the critics of their time were like to mention.  [that is a joke folks]  HIs image made me thing of the images from the Cave of Altamira, a discovery in Spain.  This particular paleolithic cave is famous for paintings of wild mammals and human hands.  This gallery was once part of an art installation called “Studio Genre”. A collective started over six years ago, this installation included 10 artists as well as music. It was a place of creation and a place of fun for its artists. It seems fitting that Van’s Wild West Gallery be situated at the location. The artist has art displayed at many places in world currently; his exhibit in “Star Journey” installation is titled “I Am” with photos of Avis girl next to paintings of Avis, his other gallery “VC Now” near the Chelsea Hotel as well as a new exhibit coming up
Sept 16 to Oct 20 with Owl Braveheart.
Try to visit this gallery before September 15, 2015 before it leaves world.  Artfully yours, Saoirse Heart
LInk to gallery
link to VC now
link to Star Journey
link to owlbraveheart
Cave of Altamira

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Windlight Art Gallery September 2015 Exhibition To Open on September 8; Formal Event on September 12!

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September 2015 Exhibition Opening Poster



DATE: September 9, 2015


The September 2015 Exhibition at The Windlight Art Gallery will open on September 8, 2015. A formal opening reception will take place on September 12, 2015 at 2pm slt and feature live performer Caasi Ansar.

The September 2015 exhibition features the September Windlight Art Fellows: Sparkie Cyberstar, Canary Beck, Trav Solar, Saoiriseheart Resident, Serenitee Bliss, Theadreem Resident, Eeraftr Resident, Lala Lightfoot, Wintergeist Resident, Kayly Iali, Theda Tammas, and Bamboo Barnes

About the Windlight Artist Fellowship Program:
The Artist Fellowship program will provide free gallery space to both new and established artists for a period of 30 days. This program is open to both new and established artists in Second Life. The goal of the program is to provide promotional and artistic resources to artists in Second Life.

About Windlight Magazine:
Windlight Magazine is a publication about the art and photography world of Second Life. The goal of Windlight Magazine is to support artists, photographers, galleries, and related events. John nee Johannes1977 Resident is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor in Chief of Windlight Magazine and Gallery. The magazine is published on a monthly basis.

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The First Windlight Art Gallery Artist in Residence: Wicca Merlin

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Profile Pic August 2015

Windlight Art Gallery is pleased to name it’s very first Artist in Residence: Wicca Merlin! Wicca will debut her new showing at the September 2015 exhibit, which will open officially on September 8, 2015. Below is Wicca’s official bio:

Wicca Merlin came to Second Life 2007 when a friend told her she could experience music from other countries as her home country of Germany did not afford her the same exposure to music from around the globe. Presently Wicca is a designer and has her own brand, Wicca’s Wardrobe. Wicca’s Wardrobe is a team of 4 people – Veovis, Redclaw and Wicca – who design and create together and Prisilla, who is the good soul and GM.
She is a well known, experienced and respected model and blogger who enjoys mentoring others. In her blogging and photography, she always strives to be different, bringing in her love of fantasy and Avant Garde, her photography always takes on a bit of an edge. Wicca was surprised that her photography would be considered art and was flattered to be invited to create an exhibit.

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Småkager Gallery of Art [småkager = cookies]

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Saoirse reviews The Smakager Gallery of Art:

The logo for the Gallery of Art is a rainbow design.  The logo is burlesque type females and this is the only place you will see this style at the gallery’s current installation.  Miss Snape aka Cookie has created some surreal images that gave me a wonderful visual treat.  The gallery is under construction and opening soon.  There are many images to view here now.  The music track is a German station and the songs played are sung in English and German.  Lighting : Any inside venue.

There is but one self portrait, an exquisite design black and white.  Dressed in black from hat to high heel, this portrait gives me the most intimate viewing of our artist.  Neat jeweled necklace below pouty lips and dark eyes, her hair moving in the breeze.  This could easily be taken as a picture from first life.  Her moniker, Snape, perhaps after the fictional character from the Harry Potter series.  Snape is a cold, sarcastic, intelligent wizard who fumes with barely concealed contempt and resentment.  With the book series, he develops and reveals a richer layer in his interactions with the main character.  Always interested in the artist as well as the art, I consider this name choice which may be unrelated to Harry Potter or any other series.  I can tell that the artist is watching the world around her.  Watching the world and believing she has concealed her thoughts is what this portrait appears to say to me.  Lovely image to view.

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Many of the gallery images are surreal and colorful.  There is a departure from that theme as a few images of are city and of bridge scenes.  Next to her self portrait is a surreal in primary colors.  For those who have long since forgotten their box of crayons, the primary colors are Red, Blue and Yellow, secondary colors are Purple, Green and Orange.  This image has a discreet roughly paneled or city scape background.  Each primary color defines some part of this image.  The red is kisses laid over to one side.  There is a stencil in black at the center.  The blue is the city scape out a window.   Yellow is a delightfully misty fog in the left foreground.  It comes together nicely to form this image holistic and real.

I moved from the self portrait to the guest table where the exhibit begins.  I enjoy the piece ‘Everyday Struggle’ that greats me as I walk into the main gallery.  This image uses colors twisting around a center line not around an object.  The artist uses a fine circular pattern that is barely noticeable in both halves emanating from the center of the canvas.  One side is brownish red but not to the point of Sepia coloring.  The other side faces it diagonally with teal and white coloring.  Along the middle division are thick rich black strokes, as if made by a large brush, other small black lines have more flow and slight spiral.  A nice image to ponder whilst standing in the gallery.

Sometimes I see a prevailing pattern that an artist uses which shifts with emotion and with each image.  I see some similarities here in the mostly bright selection of colors as well as an interlocking chain pattern.  This pattern intrigues me moving through some of the images.  There are wonderful movements of the color in large arches and circular patterns across the canvas.  Not all the lines are curvy strokes, some are linear and rigid in contrast.  Most of the images contain a pattern or a focus with a theme running through it.  One image ‘Animal Pattern’ has round distinctive cat eyes with closely detailed feline pupils.  On these eyes the artist dusts them with upward strokes of bright red in faux lashes.  The more I study the images, the more I believe that there are also words buried in places, perhaps within the chain like object.  This ‘chain’ has a pattern that is drawn out and not obvious.  The artist takes comfort with this chain in each image as we watch her colors and her imagination dance around.

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The artist takes a futuristic approach to the city images included in the installation.  Smartly located in a room off the main gallery, the focus here is on the city scape and the bridges.  The bridge images displayed the artist has used Sepia coloring with diffuse edges.  I am curious, did the artist do city scape and bridges before and move to abstracts or is our artist moving into the city scape and bridge area of expression?  Both bridges are picturesque and angled, keep the bridge concept in mind as the gallery tour wraps up.

I loved walking around these abstracts and arriving at two images full of color, clarity and optimism.  One has a focal point of a silhouetted bridge similar to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco.  Three planets are in the sky above, one planet is a curious lovely teal.  The Mists and colors are warmly yellow, pink and red hues.  The other image is equally optimistic with teal featured as the predominate color, the frame etched in neon green.  Within this image is a bike and a woman, first life picture, arms flung behind her in joy.

As I finish spending a wonderful afternoon at the Gallery of Art I read the artist notecard.  She is Danish working with art in sl for about a year.  The artist began work in Paris sl and relocated very recently to this location.  Come and visit her gallery, enjoy the progression of her art experience.  Artfully Yours, Saoirse Heart

Gallery Location:
Cookie is an acronym for:
C Cutie
O Offering
O Overwhelming
K Kisses and
I  Intense
E Embraces
Listed on Galleries of Second Life website

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Ziki Questi’s Blog: Farewell to Molly Bloom’s Gallery

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Molly Bloom’s gallery is to close on August 26, 2015. Ziki Quest covers the closing:

Ziki Questi’s Blog: Farewell to Molly Bloom’s Gallery.

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Creating a Flickr gallery Windows application lesson 1 How to get the API

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Great article for all of you developers out there who would like to know how to create a Flickr Gallery as a Windows Application:

Originally posted on thatkindofdev:

As you start your journey in application development you will understand that you don’t have to re invent the wheel. As a developer you can utilize the information available to create your applications without having to worry about it’s content and how you are going to get it. If you have noticed some of our most popular applications have interactions with web-based services so that we can get to our information easily or present it to us in a new fresh way. How many application you are using that can let you interact with services such as twitter, Flickr and YouTube . These applications use something called APIs which stand for Application Programming Interface.

A more detailed definition of it is that APIs are a set of routines, protocols, and tools for building software applications, it expresses a software component in terms of its operations, inputs, outputs, and underlying types. An API…

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dathúil Gallery of Art ; Unique Installation Positioning new

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Saoirse reviews the Dathuil Gallery of Art:

“Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.”
– Oscar Wilde

The dathuil Gallery of Art is located in world on Floris around the corner from the formal club Sabal.  Owned by Mr. and Mrs. Lovegasm, this warehouse gallery is currently showing a media pop installation until August 30 with images  by Laura, Mrs. S and selected by Mr. S.

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If you have every been fortunate enough to visit the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C. you have witnessed some very cutting edge pop art.  Many pieces have the influences of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg and James Rosenquist.  I see these influences in the manner the images are displayed as well as the composition of the individual portraits in this gallery.  This makes this installation a real treat to spend time in for an afternoon or two.

Benches below the installation have plenty of animations so you may position yourself to view the images.  Watch carefully as the images change subtly.  The images are displayed on monitors close to the ceiling of the warehouse.  View this installation from both first and mezzanine levels.  Recommended light : begin with Midnight for focus, then move to any daylight setting.

In the images is love, loneliness or feelings of being alone, and the deep intense feelings of the artist.  One images I really enjoy is a blue and white image of a man lying on his back with his partner bending over him.  Both are clothed, and you see no faces in the image.  Using the blue gives a feeling of warmth that I would not usually feel looking at a black and white image.  The artist uses interlocking  rectangular outline silhouettes emanating outward from the center of the couple.  This is an image I would enjoying looking at in my home, no words suit it specifically, it feels comfortable, warm and home.

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There are some images a submissive woman in the role play of Bondage, Discipline, Submission, and Dominance BDSM.  Let me dispel any hype created by 50 Shades of Grey, the acronym BDSM is a conglomeration of terms for a very expansive and very diverse role play community.  I write as an outsider to it who believes in freedom of expression between any consenting adults.  My knowledge comes from interviews and an awful lot of reading.  Those who are seriously into this role play will tell you that there is indeed much reading and much research.  Practicers are as ‘normal’ as anyone else in world, it is not all whips and chains, and it doesn’t always involve sex.   Now that I have cleared that up let’s move along.

I view art, I read about art, then I review an installation.  It makes the experience very enriching for me and I recommend you try it when you  have the time to do so.  An image with a woman restrained in leather, black and white, eyes averted delivers a message of safety.  The model in the image is not distressed, rather the artist uses the shadows and angles to convey her message.  This model has trust in the artist and the image delivers the message.  She is also alone in this image.  In the images the models were a couple, a man alone and very frequently a woman alone.  The individual images show a vast range of emotions which at times relies on others which may or may not be in the same area as the model.   We cannot see what happens around the model, only surmise.  How the artist chooses to include models or to exclude them tells a story with each image.

One image of a woman sitting on a bed, with short hair, muted yellow, black and white colors looks as if she is lonely and isolated.  There is a window in the background to convey depth of the feeling.  This artist plays with light and color artfully in each image.  In many images Tattoo art and piecings are used as foreground for play of light, the artist does not use color to overpower her play of light.  On the days this artist sees the lighting in the world, she must see beauty all around her.  This artist can walk into a room, stand in the middle and see images of lighting around the room.

Husband holding restrained partner in the blue and the black.  Focus lighting is on them in the center of the picture highlighting them.  In image she is stilled in his embrace, and seemingly comforted by the contact.  He appears muscled, sure, and posed holding her firmly hand across mouth, other arm around waist.  If my writing sounds erotic it is because the installation is erotic when you spend time considering the images.  The dathuil gallery plays a sensual music track playing to compliment the art.

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A study conducted by Neuroscientists from Caletech in collaboration with scientists from the University of Groningen [Netherlands] studied the connection between touch and emotion. “Intuitively, we all believe that when we are touched by someone, we first objectively perceive the physical properties of the touch – its speed, its gentleness, the roughness of the skin. Only thereafter, in a separable second step based on who touched us, do we believe we value this touch more or less.” [3]

Consider that each one of us have the best viewer for artistic experience right inside our brains.  Each of us experiences our world differently.  I was interviewing in world artist, Johannes1977, at his installation LEA4 – Seasons of Life .  As I looked at a portion of his installationI asked him ‘what does this part mean to you’ and he responded with the best artist response by saying ‘what does it mean to you’.

Visit, spend time, enjoy and tell me ‘what does this mean to you’?  Artistically Yours, Saoirse Heart

dathuil Gallery of art   [for those interested dathúil means good-looking or handsome]
BDSM 25 Facts
[3] Sensual Caress – How Does The Brain Respond?
LEA4 – Seasons of Life

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