“The Real Me” exhibit at Man-a-hatta Gallery

I just visited this show today – great concept with some outstanding works.  Here’s a slideshow that doesn’t do it justice…many kinetic pieces, some interactive.  3D imagery abounds.  Worth the trip!

Here’s the promotional notecard I received…

The Real Me!
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An exhibition of 13 SL artists’ self-portraits
June 15-27, 2008
Man-a-hatta Gallery
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What happens when 13 artists are presented with the same problem: “Create a self-portrait using the materials and forces unique to this world. It can’t be a simple picture! ”

The artists’ responses to this “problem” is what this show is about. The responses range from the “simple” to the “complex;” from one prim to 109 prims; from multiply-scripted to no scripts at all; from using a manipulated a picture to using completely abstract forms. And you can bet if we included 25 artists or 100 artists, we would get 25 or 100 different and equally interesting “solutions” to the “problem.”

Because … that’s what artists do, isn’t it?

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(Participating artist info after the fold)

LAWNDART CURTISS uses the SL user interface as the visual context of his self-portrait. His image is in ‘edit’ mode, reflecting our amazing ability to redesign ourselves at will.

PELI DIETERLE’s interactive work offers the viewer a chance to participate in the creation of his self-portrait. Sit on the pose ball …

WEE DOD chose to reflect her awareness of self as part of the diverse international mix in SL. The peace sign she displays is a clear indication of the important ‘message’ inherent in her work.

PLEASEWAKEMEUP IDLER creates the only classical nude in the show, fragmented into an ever-changing 3D grid of translucent image pieces.

REZAGO KOKORIN’s tall open-topped hat contains a secret world inside, existing above a glowing light bulb reminiscent of the notion of the “eureka moment.” Use your alt key to zoom into the top of the hat.

JEANNI NISHI’s spinning translucent image fragments seem to invite us to zoom in very closely for an insider’s view of her complex SL consciousness.

BRYN OH’s steampunk-inspired sculptural image contains multiple levels of hidden messages. Click on the square on the pedestal to begin. There is also a secret way into her head, if you can find it.

SELAVY OH created what is perhaps the most conceptual of the show’s self-portraits with her (seemingly) simple blue pedestal. The object is semi-transparent when she is off-line, and solid when she in in-world. It dynamically tracks her every movement, anywhere on the SL grid. So if you see the object turning left, the artist herself has just turned left, etc.

OBERON ONMURA portrays the soft-headed part of his personality with a playfully dancing, bouncing grid of flexi cubes each displaying a portion of his face. Or one of his faces! (Vig’s note: This one might be my favorite.  It conjures up images of what Andy Warhol would have done had he used Second Life as an art tool.)

APOLLO REINHARD combines several SL elements into a cohesive whole; each element represents an aspect of significant personal importance. As you approach the piece, an additional element will appear displaying even more deeply personal information about the artist.

MISPRINT THURSDAY’s elegant abstraction offers viewers a chance to “become one with the artist” by clicking on one of the pose balls (‘sit’) in the elevated piece. Going into mouseview is an interesting experience, too.

CORCOSMAN VOOM also creates an abstracted representation of his face and head, using subtly-shifting prims and textures to create varying ‘moods’ and ‘expressions’.

KAY WORBRIDGE creates what is perhaps closest to what we would usually consider a “self-portrait.” But the subtle multi-dimensionality of the work hints at the artist’s greater depth and involvement in SL’s alternate realities.

One Response

  1. I’m glad you saw the exhibit and enjoyed it. Oberon is a great guy for suggesting the idea for the show and providing the space. He’s usually got something interesting on exhibit or in progress at his gallery.

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