Finny Yates checked out the Madcow Cosmos exhibit

…and, in the process, further proved Vig’s Theory of SL Sculpture: The “coolness” of an SL sculpture correlates with its ability to be sat upon.

Finny Yates at Madcow Cosmos’ show

Thanks, Finny!

Don’t forget to check out this fantastic show on your own, readers!

Finny’s Back!


After a long drought, I reconnected with Finny Yates – SL’s great avatar morph artist (not to mention excellent RL artist…). She says that she’s working on 3D morphs – which I can’t wait to see! Great to see you again, Finny!
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“TAGGED!” – 8 random facts about me

Having been tagged by Cheen Pitney, Bettina Tizzy and Cyanide Seelowe, I guess I can’t hide from the blog trend of saying 8 random facts about yourself. So here we go…but I’m going to stick with Second Life as opposed to talking about my “Real Life.” In all honesty, my Second Life is much more interesting!

  1. I have 3 “alts.” One is a purple furry…he’s my accountant. One is my work alt (yeah, I have a little RL vocational bleedover…but not as much as I’d like). The other is my “peace and quiet” alt. Why 3? Because I don’t have 4…
  2. I blew off Orientation Island when I rezzed inworld over a year ago. And I don’t regret it.
  3. I won’t even acknowledge unsolicited teleport requests with a reply. In my opinion, that’s the height of SL rudeness.
  4. Perhaps my favorite HUD is the EmoterHUD. It’s a freebie, but it can make for entire minutes of fun as the user makes his/her avatar actually have something resembling human expressions. Case in point:
  5. I feel inferior to nearly all of the SL sculpture artists, photographers and machinimists with whom I interact, making my role as a “gallery” owner kinda interesting. I mean, the artisans are the creative ones. I just own land.
  6. I read SL men’s style blogs. A lot. Like embarassingly so.
  7. Speaking of blogs, I use NetVibes to track 86 SL-related blogs at last count. And that number grows by one or two every week. Yow!
  8. I use Skype and Google Talk to talk with close friends quite a bit while I’m inworld, but I rarely use SL voice.

Whew! Made it! Now I have to choose 8 people to “tag,” so they have to offer their 8 random facts. That means you’re up, Charlot Dickins, elros Tuominen, MoShang Zhao, Daedalus Young, Sasun Steinbeck, Joeru Pugilist, PleaseWakeMeUp Idler and Finny Yates. If any of you 8 want to offer your 8 random facts on my blog, please feel free to post them as comments for this blog entry and I’ll point them out with direct links. Heck, enough people have been tagged that I’ll be happy to host anyone who needs a place to post their 8 random facts.

If you’re interested in the 8 random facts of some other friends of Oyster Bay, check out: Isolde Flamand, Sunn Thunders and Spaceman Opus. Don’t forget Bettina Tizzy and Cyanide Seelowe at the top.

August DeepSexyCool CultureBeats recap

What a fun evening….SL’s best DJ in Doubledown Tandino and 3 fantastic Oyster Bay artists in Cheen Pitney, Jazz Calhern and Finny Yates!  Thanks to the folks at Playboy for doing it right and supporting the arts in Second Life.  Here are a few snaps from the event, which was a collaboration by Doubledown’s Ravelong and Oyster Bay:

Doubledown deftly manning the beats, overlooked by Cheen’s Atlas

It was a REALLY good crowd throughout the evening:

 

Finny wore the unicorn avatar that she used in her avatar morph display:

Oyster Bay artisan/merchant Jordan Morgenrote of Jordan’s jewelry lived it up too!

A few more snaps after the fold…

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Culturebeats on Tuesday!

Culturebeats ad August 2007

DJ Doubledown Tandino enjoyed the first DeepSexyCool CultureBeats show so much that he is gonna do it again!

Tomorrow (Tuesday) from 6-10PM SLT at the Playboy sim, visitors can groove with Second Life’s finest DJ and admire the works of the following SL artisans: Cheen Pitney, Finny Yates and Jazz Calhern. Amazing sculpture, photography and art to be seen on the beaches of the Playboy sim!

Plan on joining in the fun! Doubledown always makes DeepSexyCool a great time.

[UPDATE: I just learned that Brian Nicholas of The Dogglounge will be a guest DJ! If you haven’t heard the music coming from the Dogglounge, you’re in for a treat. Doubledown AND Brian Nicolas….wow. Too cool.  ]

Three incredible gallery RE-openings this week

Second Life art fans need to check out these 3 art gallery launches following their remodelings, the Artisan Galleria Skyline Art Experience, JazzWorks and The Gallery at Shengri La. Each is a reflection of the creative vision of their owner and is DEFINITELY worth a visit.

Artisan Galleria Skyline Art Experience

Jordan Morgenrote (owner and designer of Jordan’s jewelry at Oyster Bay…where does she find the time?) surveyed the SL art landscape over the late spring and early summer, deftly picking up on a couple things:

  1. The art viewing public really liked the concept of the the fully immersive art experience pioneered by Sabine Stonebender at Zero Point and further popularized by Juria Yoshikawa, who offers must-see, limited-run shows all over the grid. As in, REALLY likes them.
  2. The 2D “wall art” gallery world is quickly becoming glutted. But that’s nothing we didn’t know. I won’t make any judgements on the new entrants here, but one major result is that it is increasingly harder to make your gallery, no matter how strong you are, heard above the din.

Jordan bravely looked her two Artisan Galleria towers in Bellatrix in the face and decided that there had to be a better way. Fine galleries and gallery spaces, they were probably best of the breed. Problem is, that breed is quickly getting tired in Second Life.

She started the transformation of her place with a new sculpture garden (launched at a very successful opening gala that benefitted the Muscular Dystrophy Association). Laid out by Rezago Kokorin and featuring high-quality, low-prim pieces, this place was designed to be a romantic sanctuary – a place to admire art or spend a tender moment. On both fronts, mission accomplished.

Next, she pulled the towers. As in, deleted them. A gutsy move, but a necessary one. The towers were fine structures, but they were plain. They were “old school.” To transform, one needs to shed themselves of old trappings and embrace the new. Boy did she ever!

With the new land, the sculpture garden expanded. Jordan also installed a “teleport station” in the more modern style befitting the Bellatrix sim to bring people to the Skyline Art Experience.

To see a preview of the incredible Skyline Art Experience, as well as read about the two other galleries, look below the fold!

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Stepping out(side Oyster Bay) this week

It promises to be an interesting week for yours truly as two public appearances will raise the profile for Oyster Bay within the Metaverse and, perhaps, within Real Life.

Monday night (7-8PM SLT), Cypress Rosewood will host me on “When Worlds Collide,” a weekly live avatar interview that broadcasts live over the air into Nashville, Tennessee and from their inworld studio in Jarang. Notable notable past guests include a couple friends of Oyster Bay, sculptor Cheen Pitney (podcast) and musician AldoManutio Abruzzo (podcast). This is a rescheduled appearance, and while I’m grateful that Cypress was able to squeeze me back in after my Real Life went sour for a patch….I really have to wonder why he wouldn’t take advantage of the opportunity and bump me from the schedule altogether! Seriously, I’m looking forward to it and will do my darndest to make the hour interesting.

Right on the heels of Cypress’ show is a really interesting bit of exposure for the Second Life art scene – a 4-hour art show at the Playboy sim during DJ Doubledown Tandino‘s weekly “DeepSexyCool” show. On Tuesday from 6-10PM SLT, the partiers will get to check out a fantastic array of 2D (read: wall-hangable) art and 3D (read: sculpture) pieces. This is an INCREDIBLE opportunity to expose SL residents to the incredible art resources at its disposal; Doubledown’s shows are popular, and the overlap between the traditional Oyster Bay visitor and the DeepSexyCool partier is quite small…so we can expect a lot of fresh eyes for this show.

I’ve spent about a month acclimating myself to the 2D scene, adding some fresh faces (at least to me) to known artisans like Finny Yates and Isolde Flamand. In fact, I believe one artist is making their SL debut at the show!

On the 3D front, plan on seeing some familiar names, like Sabine Stonebender, Sasun Steinbeck, Breeze Winnfield, Zero Ball, Syler Piccard (and me) – but augmenting pieces that have seen the light of Oyster Bay with other pieces from the artists’ inventory. Plus, as I set the show up, I expect to dig a little into my private collection of sculpture aquisitions. It’s somewhat exciting to have 8,000 prims at my disposal…not that I’ll come close to using them all!

Cool art, GREAT music from SL’s best DJ and a really nice beach party atmosphere…this should be a GREAT time. (And for the squeamish among you, please know my instructions on this show were to keep nudity to a bare minimum and refrain from offering erotica.)  Hats off to Doubledown for making art a cornerstone of this great SL show!

On the home front: Hidden Starax! continues at Oyster Bay, with a new piece on the “featured” platform tonight, and new pieces on both the featured platform and a new FREE, copiable Starax sculpture both rezzing on Wednesday night. Talk about exciting!