Five artists – Daco Monday, Madee, Desy Magic, JudiLynn India and Nino – put up an engaging mix of exhibitions at La Maison d’Aneli, which makes it a must-visit for art lovers.
Darkness surrounded me as I entered the first of the six “boxes” at La Maison d’Aneli. What stared back at me from within the darkness was an installation that would leave anyone truly speechless. While this was not really my first encounter with Daco Monday’s work, it did not fail to amaze me. I could detect faint echoes of his previous installation De Chiricocanto, which I had viewed within Love & Love Art Gallery; however this one came with some new touches which impressed me very much.
One of the primary differences between De Chiricocanto and this installation was in the toning. While the former was set against a backdrop of beautiful sunlight, this one is set in utter and complete darkness with only a few lights to light up your way. Instead of camming around, I would highly recommend you to move around through this installation as a part of it is interactive. The eyeballs floating in the air follow your avatar around as you enter this larger-than-life installation.
Visitors may recognize some surrealist elements from De Chiricocanto, but it is the addition of a broken mirror, the figure of Batterista, the drummer, and the jumping 2D figures (created perhaps using particles) define this incredible build. Apart from being an incredible 3D artist in SL, Daco is also a self-taught RL painter and a sample of his work can be seen near the landing point.
Tapping the “Next Artist” Teleport in the corner of the box brings us to the next exhibit in this latest set of exhibitions at Aneli’s. This one is a beautiful display of primarily grayscale works by Madee (kupu2), someone relatively new to the art of photography in Second Life as she started her journey only in November last year. The latter can be a bit hard to believe considering that her portraits are easily some of the most poignant, atmospheric and evocative pieces I have come across recently. Madee makes perfect use of shadows and lighting in her imagery to create contrast and bring complex emotions to the fore. Her nudes are tastefully done and celebrate the beauty of the female form in all its glory.
After two exhibits featuring artwork in darker shades or grayscale, Desy Magic’s vibrant and colorful art in the next room comes as a welcome surprise. Desy does not consider herself as an artist, but rather as a a creative person who loves to photograph and experiment with shapes and colors, and learn new techniques. While we don’t agree with the first part at all, the second part is extremely true. Colors and shapes are perhaps the two most important things which define Desy’s work.
Using a mixture of SL photography and a fair bit of post-processing in which Desy truly works wonders, she is able to create art that ranges somewhere between photography and digital abstracts and is able to display a multitude of moods, feelings and emotions. Desy’s art explores a visual reality made up of direct mental associations that arise from the mind, thus freeing interpretation.
From SL photography, the next box at Aneli’s House (the literal translation of La Maison d’Aneli, though I vastly prefer the original French name) takes us towards the RL art of JudiLynn India. This is one of the most incredible things I find about the monthly exhibits at this gallery; they are not dedicated towards just one medium of art, but rather encompass a good mix of RL art, SL photography, 3D art installations and even RL photography from time to time.
JudiLynn’s abstracts are incredibly powerful and have the capacity to keep you engaged in them for long periods of time. One can simply keep staring at each one of her pieces and get lost in the layering of textures and colors. The beauty of the multitude of shapes which flow into each other very naturally in her pieces is what leaves a lasting impression on your mind.
As Judilynn says in her artist bio:
“Just as there is order in the chaos of the universe, the energy within me is brought into focus one canvas at a time.“
There could not be a more appropriate description of her work and it is exactly this delightful blend of order and chaos, along with the contrast it creates that makes JudiLynn’s work exciting and special.
The last box at La Maison d’Aneli is from an artist whose work I was not familiar with – Nino (nino.vichan). This was my first brush with his art and it left me thoroughly impressed. Titled “Better Angels“, the premise of this exhibition of art created in the physical world by Nino comes from a line by Charles M. Blow from A Rancher’s Romantic Revisionism, 2014.
“When the human imagination sets itself on cruelty there are no limits to its designs.“
While Nino paints angels in his work, the text along with is not an read since it deals with the forms cruelty takes, ranging from torture, human trafficking and genocide to biological warfare and the military use of children. Nino’s art portrays angels playing a host of different musical instruments and comes with a silent prayer that we turn away from this cruelty and bloodshed and hear the music of our better angels.
Each exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli is unique and thus not repetitive. I must truly congratulate Aneli Abeyante for always making sure there is a perfect blend of all art mediums in her gallery every month. Whether it is Daco’s incredible installation, Madee’s monochromatic portraits, Desy’s dash of color or the stunning RL art of Judilynn and Nino, each exhibit is sure to engross you and fill your min with a host of different feelings and emotions as art is meant to.
If you wish to experience art the way it needs to be, La Maison d’Aneli is the place you need to visit as soon as possible.
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