The region of Seiiki has a new addition – an art gallery currently showing the avatar-centric work of Gianmario Masala, an artist whose multi-layered artwork is nothing short of incredible.
Valium Lavender, whose photogenic regions under the brand of ValiumSL are well-known in the virtual world of Second Life, has decided to venture into the world of art in Second Life. While the current photogenic region of Seiiki has been loved and visited by a large number of people, the latest addition to Seiiki in the form of the Art Street Galleries is a lesser-known gem hidden on a platform above the region.
The Art Street Galleries can be visited directly using a landmark or also through a Teleport available at the landing point of the Seiiki region. The build here consists of a gallery building (known as the Art Street Main Gallery) together with an urban street stretching out before it. The street contains a few smaller galleries by artists other than the one exhibiting in the main gallery building.
Currently displaying in the Art Street Main Gallery is a fascinating exhibition by Gianmario Masala, an artist whose work is completely new to me – a fact that is surprising since he has been exhibiting in the Second Life metaverse for more than a decade. While the work he exhibits here is largely digital art which uses Second Life as the base, Gianmario has obtained a Master of Arts in Architecture in Milan, Italy and has some relevant experience in motion pictures and design.
Titled “The Eternal Leave“, Gianmario’s work is spread across three levels of the gallery, namely the Ground, Upper and Mezzanine levels. Most of his pieces are evocative, intense avatar studies, which are sure to pull you in and keep you engaged for a long time. Almost all his subjects are beautiful women, clad in long, flowing dresses which is usually a pleasant sight; however, Gianmario brings in a sense of uneasiness in the images by layering it with fragmented textures that somehow are also a reflection of the internal state of mind.
In a large number of his works, Gianmario has emulated a technique from land exposure photography in the physical world, known as the creative blur. Long exposure photography is often not easily possible in the virtual world because of viewer restrictions on snapshots, and hence making use of such techniques is something that really stretches the boundaries of virtual art.
There is also variety in Gianmario’s images, such that they don’t feel repetitive. In some, he makes use of the creative blur, while in others he uses textures which appear as embers of a burning fire to enhance the turbulent atmosphere each image creates. Some of his works use nothing but the numerous shades of grey to communicate with the viewer, while at other times, he prefers using a wider color palette to create striking, vibrant visuals which are able to capture the viewer’s gaze.
In the street outside the gallery, one can find two smaller galleries, each displaying exhibits by other artists. Pedro displays a series showing the beauty of the Seiiki region in black and white, whereas Hillany Scoffield’s avatar portraits, also in the greyscale, are easily some of the most well-composed pieces, rich in narrative that you will come across.
The Art Street Galleries at Seiiki are a new, promising addition to the art scene of the virtual world and we expect to see many more fascinating artists exhibit there in the near future.
TELEPORT TO EXHIBITION
- Art Street Main Gallery – Seiiki