Looking back with Juria Yoshikawa

Juria Yoshikawa assembled a slideshow retrospective on his works over 2007 and 2008. Not only was Juria quite prolific over that period but the works themselves were really spectacular. Enjoy!

Juria Yoshikawa’s participatory art show

Juria’s at it again, now lighting it up in both the Metaverse and in real life!  This was a collaboration with composer-artist Nnoiz Papp.

Here’s Juria’s description of the show…too cool!

In SL: 02/15, 09:15 slt, part of the CARP3 Show, Diabolus Art Space
In RL: 02/15, 18:15 berlin, a part of the Directors Lounge Festival in Berlin, Scala in Friedrichstr. 112A Berlin-Mitte

Let us suppose that we’re all just a temporary mishmash of dots on a screen. All of our energy, personality and uniqueness is just a collection of bouncing color dots creating seemingly meaningful patterns we call a virtual world. Zoom in and you are a sea of dots with no form. Zoom back and you’re just a spot on the map.

In celebration of all of our dottiness and spottiness, virtual installation artist Juria Yoshikawa will join up with composer-artist Nnoiz Papp to perform “Seeing Spots, Being Dots” at Diabolus Island as part of the current art show CARP3. The performance will be simultaneously shown in real life Berlin at the Scala Theatre as a part of the Directors Lounge Festival.

Best of SL Art 2007

Per Enniv Zarf’s collaborative effort with Cyanide Seelowe, published at Krystal Epic:

Best of SL Art - Cover

Winners after the fold…

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Whither the sculpture snapshots?

It’s a lazy Labor Day (USA) morning, and I’m looking forward to either a) a day at the RL beach with family or b) a day building the HIDDEN STARAX! finale. But I haven’t started either, so I thought it would be fun to survey the SL sculpture landscape via the fantastic Snapzilla service, which serves as a free repository for SL resident snapshots. (For more info, here are the links to “What is Snapzilla” and “Register for Snapzilla“)

So I went to Snapzilla and searched for snaps with the word “art” in them. Over 9,000 snapshots filtered through, because it’s not just “art” but any word with the three letter combination of a-r-t in it. Lots of pics with no art in them. So I needed to be more choosy, trying a search with the term “sculpture”.

Outside of Oyster Bay snapshots, I found next to nothing. (And those 2 or 3 pieces were not the best representations of SL art, in my humble opinion….)

Now, I know that there are some incredible SL sculpture art pieces out there. And there are talented photographers who can take photos of sculptures and, in the process, use light, perspective and setting to create fascinating moods and impressions.

So here’s my challenge: Register for Snapzilla. Take GREAT snapshots of GREAT SL sculpture works. Make sure you use the word “sculpture” somewhere in the “text” of the snapshot’s email. I’ll search Snapzilla on occasion and, if your snapshot stands out, I’ll post them on Second Arts. All in fun – and promoting a greater appreciation for Second Life sculpture arts.

At a loss for where to start? Then consider this example of the artistic potential of SL photography and SL sculpture/immersive art, taken by Bettina Tizzy at a Juria Yoshikawa installation:

You folks can do it. There’s a whole Metaverse at your disposal!

New YouTube group: Second Life Art Video

Juria Yoshikawa set up a group on YouTube for SL artists and the videos they make inworld. Within 24 hours, there are already 10 videos and 13 members. Not bad! As part of that 10, I tagged Kronos Kirkorian’s “Spring 2007 @ Oyster Bay” to this group. You can watch it right here, too:

There are some other impressive videos here as well. Juria’s videos alone make this worth the look as his incredible installations only last for such short durations. Machinima of ALL of these artistic efforts, and blogs like Second Arts, add to the historical registry of this wonderful moment in the history of digital artwork.

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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Black Tie and Blues: Our machinima release event

Black Tie and Blues


Celebrating the premiere of the new Oyster Bay machinima by Kronos Kirkorian


Oyster Bay Sculpture Garden and Aquarium, Oyster (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Oyster/41/169/82)

Overflow teleport location: Oyster Bay Market (adjacent property), Shepherd (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Shepherd/246/131/93)

Thursday, 21 June 2007

6:30PM SLT – Introduction to “Spring 2007 @ Oyster Bay” by Kronos Kirkorian and in-world, streamed premiere

7:00PM SLT – Komuso Tokugawa concert – An hour of boogie blues live from Tokyo, Japan


SECOND LIFE – Oyster Bay (a unique sculpture garden, aquarium and cultural market center with a footprint covering nearly one-half of a sim in Second Life) will roll out the red carpetfor the forthcoming premiere of a brand-new machinima by noted Second Life machinima artist Kronos Kirkorian. This short film (running time 4:30), “Spring 2007 @ Oyster Bay,” focusses Kronos’ professional cinematic eye on over 20 of the unique Second Life sculpture pieces that are part of the Oyster Bay spring show.

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