Getting back into Second Life

Getting back into Second Life and enjoying art from a new perspective has been fun! I get to tour all the galleries that as a museum and art gallery owner, you don’t have time to see!

It’s also fun discovering new things on the Second Life art scene. One of the biggest discoveries is that Linden Labs has endowed the SL arts, “Linden Endowment for the Arts (LEA). They offer “land” free of rental fees to up and coming artists in Second Life. The committee, formed of famous and respected Second Life artists make up this committee, has an art gallery sandbox and new artists seeking funding can display their work here.

Once a month, the committee members meet at the sandbox and vote on the best art based on pre-agreed upon criteria. Then the artist who won the votes gets of have land for their art for three months. Touring the LEA lands is fun and inspiring. Some great examples is LEA6, which features, Dante’s Nine Levels of Hell and Catharsis, which is a 24-minutes of machinima magic!

Another new artistic discovery is 3D and kaleidoscope artwork. The 3D art is just that 3D and can be any subject matter. The kaleidoscope art is very popular and it’s just like looking through your kaleidoscope when you were a kid and seeing all the lovely colors. The art moves and rotates just like a kaleidoscope.

The jump in good scripted artwork is amazing! This type of art is also called interactive art (with your Avatar). Sometimes you touch the picture and blocks come out of the picture or you stand and the artwork “does” something with you!

The new sculptors in Second Life are introducing new styles and designs such as the artistic spheres, where you have an environment that is not dependent on the Second Life viewer allowing the artist more control over the sky and ground.

However, the most popular artwork in the galleries that I have toured is Second Life photography. Some artists touch up their artwork in Photoshop; others brag that their work is untouched!

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