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PORTFOLIO REVIEW- Layachi Ihnen (Layachi Hamidouche)

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I was very happy to see an artist requesting a review from me within an hour of me posting about being up for it upon request. And indeed a great surprise- a wonderful body of work out of which I pointed out 6 of my favorites. We communicated the best we could considering I don’t speak French. But the points came across. I am thrilled to have had the first call-in review to be an extraordinary experience, though reviewing was completely transformed into ‘reading’ and ‘experiencing’ than anything else. The ones I pointed out simply ‘spoke’ to me. I did not care too much for the rest, nevertheless- it’s a must see exhibit of a great volume by a mature and skilled artist. Enjoy!

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Cienega Soon

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View the show here! (If you haven’t joined Second Life yet, you are missing out, btw.)

Cienega Soon

“Cienega has taken in the beauty of SL and all its talented artists
by taking Second Life Snapshots, but she calls them her SL photo Artistry.
Not having a background in doing post work with a computer program made it difficult to enjoy photo taking in SL as the screen snapshots are basically flat. Depth and layers were missing. Acquiring her first Photoshop program in August of this year she stumbled along experimenting with all its hidden tools. “Accidents are great when you do something exciting to a shot with a new found filter or mix of layers, but not remembering what you did to be able to do it again is very frustrating.” She says. But practice has produced other things and the accidents will happen again for sure. Cienega has her own small Castle Valeriya Artist Gallery with her second story gallery unadvertised. Although seen and received with interest, which brought her to her first showing out side her own gallery. She has just concluded her first invited month long showing at Fantazy Images.
Cienega is also a Music Journalist for The Looking Glass, A new weekly Lifestyle Magazine in SL”

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December 13, 2007 at 4:29 am

Penetrating the hole of ‘Cosmos’

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So, I have decided to spend a part of my day exploring art events in SL. I came across a pretty interesting and down to the point announcement in events; “ACT Designs presents a display of original abstract art penetrating the mysteries of the cosmos.”- by resident Adrian Cardiff.


Compelling announcement. As I teleported in, I was instantly stunned- frozen in place, lagged the hell out of that is. The TP lead right in to the middle of this little gallery, fortunately, so I did not have to to much walking to check it out. I waited a few minutes for all the ‘art’ to rez as I noticed there was nobody around. I was the only visitor. Not even the ‘artist’ himself. Then I thought to myself, truly, what is this display about? I had noticed quite a few pieces scattered on the glass wall, which resembled some sort of computer created imagery which might have represented some kind of cosmos, but which one remains a mystery. Micro? Macro? They looked like a cross-breed of chakras, spider veins and kaleidoscope gone broken.

As I stood there for a while trying to cope, I thought perhaps the artist had announced this display in events and then cleverly played out his anti-social nature by hopefully leaving some sort of a note card giver to explain his concept behind these works of “art”, but none found. I have noticed how cleverly this space was composed though; the overstretched red carpet texture forced me to look up on the walls! Very clever. I could not help to wonder, really, were the poo-brown frames which were imprisoning some of the pieces deliberately placed to take away from the vibrant colors of each piece or to reassure the viewer that those pieces had something in common? And the glass gallery walls….the final spit on aesthetics of this place- showing through the despicable advertisements from the outside which only took away what was to take away from the pieces on display. Then I saw planet Earth spinning on what resembled an inverted push-pin, and Mars and Venus mounted on a stick with a pink satin textured base, spinning harmoniously in one direction at the same speed, titled “Mars and Venus collide”. Tumble weed rolled by. Half an hour later (trust me, I spent that much time there *only* due to lag!) there was still nobody around. I took my last look at this place and disregarded the second thought of hitting the cone shaped teleporter with a hover title “TELEPORT UP TO ACT DESIGNS PENTHOUSE LAMPS, SKETCHES, AND MORE ART”. As I was teleporting out, the artist got detected in range by my wonderful Timeless Gadget. I proceeded to stop myself from verbally attacking him for this experience. I am sure he did not mean it.

The same Display was announced in Events a few hours later. Perhaps this was only a V.I.P. opening….or something..

Written by E

November 29, 2007 at 11:37 pm