Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Digital Tile Painting

I'm imagining something like these for one of my exhibits created in Second Life, which stems from my interest in digital tile paintings. I'm thinking BIG, like only we can do in SL.
Mark Lawrence has created an original style of painting shown in the images on his website. http://www.flickr.com/photos/marketseq/2339550800/in/photostream/
I like the work and am inspired by it. He bases his work on verses in the bible. He thinks he has been called by his god to spread the word of the bible through his art. I still like his work despite his beliefs.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

December Art Exhibits

Twilight's Peace Gallery is featuring my work for their grand reopening coming soon. Two new series are featured - Budding and Crepe. The sculpture for Budding won an honorable mention at the December UWA 3D Competition as a "Simple Beauty". It is displayed in the gallery as a mini sculpture with some selected pictures. Additional pictures will be shown at PiRats in January with the full-size sculpture.
The Crepe series uses the colors of red and green with a veil of black. Very Christmassy.
Also featured is the Fauve series, which was debuted at PiRats and also featured at the Hopper House in September. It combines organic and geometric shapes. I just realized why I named it Fauve (wild beast) and subsequently created the sculpture to fit the name -- I assure you it was all subconsciously arranged. The geometric or box tends to "cage" the wild torus. The texture I made with pastels....writing crudely the word "Beast".
I am pleased with the way my work looks in the gallery and hope the response is positive.

Monday, December 14, 2009

SMI2LE Awhile

Space migration, intelligence increase, and life extension (SMI2LE). ...

Monday, November 30, 2009

World AIDS Day 2009

Featured in the picture above is the 130 meter tall sound scripted sculpture called "I AM HERE".

Monday, November 9, 2009

Pushing the Envelope on Cliches

I have no doubts whatsoever about the motives of many Second Life artists — making stuff to please competition judges or to increase sales or appeal to the masses. It is work that conforms to a set of well-known predetermined rules that are continuously reiterated by the public. Photographers have the greatest challenge over the cliche image, since most anyone with a camera can take a good picture of a sunset. Self-introspection aside, when it comes to making art, its the struggle that produces the best results, if only for yourself. Cliché Art Hall of Fame - Threadless T-shirts, Nude No More STAY FRESH!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Latest Series - Budding

I've taken loads of shots of this sculpture. Very difficult to get the light and drama that I normally achieve due to the amount of transparency. I want the sculpture to be alive and want the pictures to capture it. I'm thinking that texture changing images will convey the essence of life in a microscopic world. This means my pictures won't be static like paintings but contain scripts like a short framed video.
Update: No time to work on animation but I think I've found a source for the script. For now, the still life pictures resonate. Latest news: I've submitted the full size sculpture of Budding to the UWA Design Competition. Its in the non-scripted category. Its an unusual piece (as most of my stuff is) and from what I can tell, previous winning works are representational, surreal, or deal with fantasy. It might stand out because it is unusual or be dismissed because of it.
Alot of what I see in Second life is cliche art . When the message becomes blatantly obvious, it turns into caricature and social comment. This isn't all bad. They win competitions and make sales. Cliches become cliches because they work. Its what the artist does with them that matters.
From Wikipedia:
"The term cliché is a phrase, expression, or idea that has been overused to the point of losing its intended force or novelty, especially when at some time it was considered distinctively forceful or novel. It is generally used in a negative context."

Monday, October 26, 2009


Budding is the early stage of development or reproduction...like budding plants and in this case, virons, shown in the pictures. Asexual reproduction is called budding, wherein an offspring grows out of the body of the parent. Budding* - outgrowths detach = new organism (unequal split)
Some of these living things are microscopic or very small --- something like it can be created at a large scale in Second Life that we can inspect closely with our own avatar eyes. These are my inspiration for the moment for a couple of new series of primagery called Budding. My goal will be to imbue the sculpture with life and capture the beauty with the SL camera.
Why has not man a microscopic eye? For the plain reason man is not a fly.’ The early 18th century poet Alexander Pope’s wrote.
Art is the microscope of the mind, which sharpens the wit as the other does the sight; and converts every object into a little universe in itself. Art may be said to draw aside the veil from nature. To those who are perfectly unskilled in the practice, unimbued with the principles of art, most objects present only a confused mass", a quote by William Hazlitt , English critic and author(1778 - 1830)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Pond on Fire - Cambrian Explosion in Burning Life

The place is heating up. Over 380 visitors so far. Note 10/23/09 : I'm thinking thats alot of visitors and then went to Zero Mile...they get that many visitors in ONE DAY!!! Next year...THEME Park....

Monday, October 19, 2009


This weekend Physeter Nichols (conducting a tour of SL installations) stated more than once that my artwork was indicative of very different thinking - a non linear or lateral approach. I felt sort of compelled to sort this statement out because it almost seemed like a concern...as if there was something a little "tetched" about my brain.
"Every act of creation is first an act of destruction,”my favorite artist of all time said (Pictured above) He didn't spend time analyzing his next move, he moved on impulse to break down the normal restrictions and impediments to new discovery. Picasso was a lateral thinker. I'm going to imagine that I'm brainstorming with Picasso on my next piece of art.
So what is entelechy? It is the vital force that pushes you to make the most of your potential and work towards a specific goal. Chaos is a good thing for lateral or non-linear thinkers.

Burning Man 2009 - Get in the Spirit!!


Friday, October 16, 2009

Queen Magazine Aug 09 - Anandra Exhibit

I didn't know they had an online magazine. This is awesome. The feature is on the last page. The article is in regard to the anandra exhibit which is no longer. A very complimentary article about my work. I finally got some time at work to look up a few things and have been pleasantly surprised. :) http://www.queenmagazinesl.com/webpublish/queenmag_aug09.swf

Role Magazine July 09 - Aho Museum Exhibit

The Aho Museum is exhibiting a collection of Primagery from work I created this year, with the majority of the work - six series, in fact - created in December 2008. This work is on permanent display on the second floor. I was pleased to just discover this recent article about it.
I am proud to have found a means to produce work in Second Life that is authentic and true to its origins. I am equally proud to hear the praise that this effort has produced. I haven't done a primagery series for about a month. I have to get back to my roots. I hope you enjoy the journey with me.

Burning Life Opens the Gates Today

Get ready to RUMBLE! Get a gift and LM to some wonderful installations at the Art Exhibit tent. See the artsy Porta Potties, even one by me. http://burninglife.secondlife.com/whatisBL
Drop by and visit my art parcel, called the Cambrian Explosion. Use the zero gravity sky balls or fly inside yourself. Try walking to the water and see what happens. Inside you will experience some music and visuals that capture my abstract idea of 30 million years of evolution from plankton to vertibrates such as the now extinct trilobites, micromitra, and hurdia victorias. Based on my block prims from the Rebuild series and inspired by the work of the now deceased Vanfarel Kupfer and my admiration of the use of subtle gauze textures by Glyph Graves, I sought to create an exciting and beautiful literal explosion of colors and shapes that springs from a pond in a fossil bed.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

White Velvet Gallery - PiRats through November 1 2009

White Velvet Gallery - PiRats through November 1, 2009 will be showing a selection of Primagery including my most recent experiments with a sculpture called "Rebuild" using a texture I created over a year ago. Here are two examples of the range of images that I was able to extract from the sculpture under different lighting and views.
The show opens today at 1 pm. It features 4 other artists of great interest.
Remember: All proceeds go to the artist directly.

Friday, October 2, 2009

German Second Life Page with Primagery

Leute treffen - third picture in the slideshow http://secondlife.com/whatis/?lang=de-DE#Meet_People Hey...is that cool, or what? Vas?

Liz Larner

"2001" one by Liz Larner may be on permanent display at UCSF Mission Bay in the Genetics, Development and Behavioral Sciences building but in 2007 it was in NYC Central Park. She takes the sphere and the cube and puts it together in a twelve feet high and twelve foot deep stainless steel, and fiberglass piece painted in green and purple iridescent urethane. Its contour and color change with the viewer's angle and the overall light conditions so that it seems to be both at rest and undergoing metamorphosis. Made using a computer animation program and constructed of industrial materials, it really is an eye-catcher. http://www.flickr.com/search/?s=int&w=all&q=liz+larner&m=text http://www.bombsite.com/issues/96/articles/2822

George Hart - Geometric Sculptures

This piece is called "Tumbleweed" and I might try to do something like it in SL but with alphas. On the otherhand..I might even try the metal look. I need to put a little tumbleweed on the desert plot in Burning Life. Most all geometric sculpture is symmetrical and precise--something that I find nice to look at but overwhelmingly restrictive to my way of working. George W. Hart makes some beautiful sculptures. There are actually many out there just like him but I stumbled across his work when I googled tumbleweed. Vladimir Bulatov and Bathsheba Grossman have similar backgrounds and approaches.

In Second Life Bathsheba Grossman is know as Wizard Gynoid. Then there is always Seifert Surface (mathemetician Henry Segerman in RL)...and probably others that use mathematics and scientific principles on purpose to create art in Second Life.



More about George Hart and geometric sculptures:


He writes about geometric sculptures:


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Forever Series Scripted Sculpture

A new series of scripted sculptures called "Forever" where I use a twisted prim and alpha textures intertwined, rotating and evolving in no certain pattern but always returning to the original shape. These sculptures may be resized by the click of a menu. The blue one is "Forever Blue" and the other one is color-changing..."Forever Ribbons". These are currently on display with many other fine sculptures at Tani Thor's outdoor sculpture gallery for 20 days.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Richard Dawkins - What If You're Wrong?


The Cambrian Explosion

Workin on the Cambrian Explosion for Burning Life. Is like nothing I've ever done before. On such a large scale...
Opening on October 17 - 25th, the Burning Life 2009 experience is absorbing much of my time lately. This work mixes realism and abstraction in a fun and exciting way. I'm experimenting with different effects of light, sounds, and other scripts. I've reached 270 prims already, even after removing the flatbed.
Cienega Soon visited and took a picture - posted on Flickr.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Bistro Olive Exhibit

This show was a challenge to say the least but the people were so receptive and the results quite satisfying.

A collection of works inside and outside on the grounds represent an addition to what I'm currently displaying at the Hopper House Gallery and other places around the grid.

Go visit and enjoy some music and dance!


Sledge Roffo's Small Art Parcel - 576 sq M - 300 Prims

So here is what the camp looked like after one day.
The flatbed and the old pick-up are full of materials and a few days of supplies.
There isn't a convenience store nearby and as you can see its in the middle of the desert. Not even a tree for shade. This dry parched campsite will be transformed into an oasis. The lightweight balsa wood blocks will rise from the fossil pond into an explosion of color and sound. Clouds of mist and the churning of time and devolving matter will represent "The Cambrian Explosion".
Excert from Burning Life 2009 Guidelines: Just pretend that you're bringing everything you need with you in your car or truck and you're going camping. Extreme Camping. Really Extreme Camping.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Day 1 - Burning Life Camp

First Day in the desert, towards evening. Found the dry parched campsite and a mound of sand. Pulled the flatbed truck close by and took out the pick and the shovel and began digging. Uncovered some interesting rocks with fossils embedded. After several hours of digging, a pool of water bubbled up to the surface. It was here that I was inspired to create a piece called "The Cambrian Explosion"as part of the theme of this year's Burning Life. The Cambrian explosion was the seemingly rapid appearance of most major groups of complex animals around 530 million years ago, as evidenced by the fossil records. The exhibition begins October 17. I have plenty of time to learn what it is that I want to do with this experiment.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Patrick Dougherty - Incredible Sculpture

Amazing nests of unraveled textures ....reminiscent of hair and fibers that have been lifted from some natural form but totally out of this world.
Check out this website to see more photos.

Alan Binstock Sculpture - Rebuilding

An architect and construction project manager, he turned to sculpture as a way of self-expression using the materials he found most readily available and visually appealing. He considers his works sculptures in light. The first work on the left represents the two towers, called "A Touch of Shakti" (Glass16x12x4) and the one on the right is "A Time for Re-Building" (Glass, Steel68X12X12)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

John Chamberlaiin

John Chamberlain accomplishes with crushed auto parts what the Abstract Expressionists accomplished with paint. He creats vast, swirling compositions of colored metal scraps from automobiles that earned him international fame. In his prints, Chamberlain transposes dynamic color abstractions from his sculptures to two-dimensional surfaces. Since the 1950s, Chamberlain has worked with steel ribbons to create his sculptures.

Ernest Trova

Like all artists, to do series work is extremely satisfying. Ernest Trova, an artist who died this year began as a painter and then a sculptor.

He created multiple versions of "Falling Man" and reduced the form further and further, both in painting and sculpture. He even started his own sculpture park.


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Couleur De La Musique

August 22 - October 4, 2009. Come see my exhibit of 8 colorful Primagery series, including my most recent - Poseidon and Fauve. This is a beautiful gallery on an equally beautiful sim called Symphony. The curator, Morgana Nagorski, a top-notch SL photographer, was kind enough to ask me to exhibit in this new gallery - the Hopper House. A variety of photographs are shown in each series which illustrates the vast and plentiful images contained in one sculpture. A few images have never been shown before and some prices have been reduced on others. The works were carefully selected from my portfolio and represent some of my best work. On the grounds are also two chandeliers - scripted sculptures that mesmorize and tantilize. They look nice in a natural setting. Some images from the show by an admirer: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zebrathursday/3871864130/in/photostream/ A tee-shirt with one of my images is provided free to guests courtesy of my friend Lexie Cash. http://www.flickr.com/photos/morgana_nagorski/3864950995/in/photostream/ slurl.com/secondlife/Symphony/197/100/53 Nazz Lane's blogpost : http://secondarts.wordpress.com/2009/08/28/couleur-de-la-musique-exhibit/

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


I know there is more of his artwork out there..but was happy to see this exhibit and have a chance to purchase one or two things. Sorry I never had a chance to meet him when he was alive, but his work lives on.
Inpsired to use more alphas and make the shapes transform as the script rotates.
August has been busy...summer weather keeps me away from the computer. Looking forward to creating great things in the months to come.

Friday, July 31, 2009

New Series - Fauve

Governor's Palace exhibit July 28 - August 23 2009, featuring the art of Maryva Mayo - Sledge Roffo - Layachi Ihnen - Ragamuffin Kips.
This series sculpture uses a texture I made with pastels and then uploaded. The combined use of geometric and organic shapes provided some new looking images and colors that are subtle, rather than bold.
Also included in the exhibit is the series, "Lexicon".
Cat Shilova was there to help with some French translating.