Sunday, December 9, 2012

Inspiration cooperative

Branwen Arts Cooperative is "looking for visual artists or performers who want their work to be seen and appreciated. Writers, storytellers, dramatists, visual artists, dancers, musicians - if you have an idea and would like to see it we are interested in hearing from you." Listed as people to contact are Fae Varriale and Dubhna Rhiadra.

Anrod Meads creates digital art full of light, energy and detail. His works at Branwen have mathematics at their core, as they are generated by fractal programs. Using different image editing softwares and hand editing the final work, Anrod manages to make mathematical and digital look ethereal, natural. 

Anrod Meads
Rhea Vintner's (website) (Flickr) paintings are simply beautiful. She has been inspired by the creativity in SL since 2011, and is showcasing in several galleries around the grid. To me, her art is what is inspiring.

Rhea Vintner
EOE522 Akina
ArtWolf Eternal is a member of the Blind peoples Association. She  recently got contact lenses she can use to see more of the world she lives in, but most of her life she has not had the same three dimensional view those of us with full eyesight take for granted. She has a long history of several art forms in real life. Now that she has found the virtual worlds, she says that she feels like she has finally found a world where things are as she sees them. To be unsure of how the floor under you is going to behave, if there is a fall, how far from you a car is, the shape of things around you, maybe the virtual landscape teaches the rest of us something about the experiences of those living with visual impairements. Her art is rich in colors and shapes. To me her works look like she is not just seeing things but touching them. She is using visual art as a means to explore the world around her, to taste, smell and feel it and then share it with us. Art is not just a way to learn for her, she clearly has a talent for it and a lot to say through it.

ArtWolf Eternal
Safi Farspire has painted since she was 2 years old. She says she learned a lot in art college but it also made her lose her own way. Since then she has been looking for her muse and felt that she found it just before joining SL and starting as an artist here. Strongly influenced by symbolism and a lover of patterns, Safi paints powerful, meaningful images. Her work has elements from islamic art and world folk art. It should not come as a surprise that her recent work has been inspired by her dreams and symbols meaningful to her. Having collaborated with artists of different mediums, this artist is a unique voice able to find strenght and meaning from the world and people around her.

Safi Farspire
Fae Varriale is a multitalented artist who fully embraces the opportunities the virtual worlds offer in ways of visual expression and techniques. Dreamworlds of myth, folklore and fantasy, her artwork is based on photography she takes inworld. In addition to digital paintings, she does stage design, 3d art and immersive installations. Collaborating with others in creating mixed media installations incorporating live performances, music, storytelling and dance, Fae has become a known entity in SL art world. She builds for Madpea, and is a choreographer for DiversionzDance, as well as a co owner and co manager of Branwen Arts Centre.

Fae Varriale
In the second floor foyer, there are some art works by artists exhibiting downstairs. Mandala paintings and Unfurl 2 statue by Fae Varriale, and EOE's "Keeper of the Threshold statue.

Fae Varriale and EOE
The exhibit called Abstract Dimensions by Nino Vichan is an experience in itself. The dark room full of colorful, gorgeous paintings, is inspiring to anyone with artistic aspirations.

Nino Vichan
Abstract dimensions explained
The 3rd floor has a nice space for live performances.
I really enjoyed exploring this gallery. I recommend it to anyone interested in art. It also works as a great example for anyone, who is, like me, planning a gallery. I can not wait to be making some art again myself, these works were so inspiring!

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