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Tim Maley is a Western Australia artist with a developmental disability. He has shown his work locally in several exhibitions, and has experimented with a variety of art forms and mediums including drawing, painting and film producing.
I was asked to create a butterfly garden above the UWA campus in SL using some crayon drawings Tim made. The project was sponsored by DADAA/stARTSPEAK, as part of their sponsorship of the UWA Freedom Project. The project was unveiled to Tim and the sponsors on July 8. You can see great pictures of the rl occasion on the UWA blog.
Tim Maley connecting with FreeWee
The drawings seem childlike at first glance, but I grew to appreciate Tim’s sense of color and design. Each drawing is unique and interesting in its own way. As I invariably discover when I have time to . . . → Read More: The Tim Maley Butterfly Garden
The MiC (Musei di Roma Capitale) in SL is a remarkable place that often has cutting edge work. There are currently two incredible installations. One is a series of remarkable dioramas by nessuno Myoo — tributes to favorite horror writers: Poe, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, R.L. Stevenson. I love nessuno’s work. It’s very expressive, and this show is appropriately dark, but has elements of humor if only because the figures are rendered somewhat abstractly in prims.
The other show is perhaps one of the best things I’ve ever seen in SL. The amazing Merlino Mayo has recreated and interpreted in grand 3D scale a series of paintings from the rl show “La Grande Astrazione Celeste” featuring work by Chinese artists at MACRO Testaccio, a contemporary art museum in Rome. Merlino has not merely duplicated the pieces, but made them into immersive environments, utterly faithful to the originals, yet somehow given even more depth. I . . . → Read More: La Grande Astrazione Celeste
I know it’s way late to be talking about the July round at UWA, but it’s taken me this long to pull it together. I hate doing post mortems on our shows, but because I’m on the judging panel, I can’t really promote these things until they’re already gone. But I feel it’s important to illustrate the need to be observant about art.
I’ve said many times before that it is a qualitatively different experience living with art than just visiting it. I spend a lot of time at UWA each month documenting and arranging things. As much time as I spend there, though, with a large show like we had in July (73 pieces by 53 artists), I know there are aspects to some of the entries I must have missed. As I photograph the work, I’m often surprised at some aspect of a piece that I had not noticed before. I hope this . . . → Read More: More stuff you probably missed
A special exhibition of non-scripted entries at the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge from the March round. April 6-14, 2011
[N.B. This is being cross-posted on the UWA blog. Apologies to those who follow both. – FreeWee ]
UPDATE: April 12. I have published an exhibition catalog for this show:
A very interesting phenomenon has been impressing both JayJay and me the last few months: We are seeing more and more really excellent submissions to UWA that are not scripted. In the beginning, the UWA Challenge included a Best Non-Scripted prize in order to acknowledge pieces that had artistic depth, but that were not animated or interactive. It was feared or assumed that scripted objects would tend to dominate the competitions, with the belief that active pieces would tend to obscure more subtle artistry from their sheer intensity. I’m not so sure that’s ever been entirely the case as there have always been . . . → Read More: When less is more
[This article is about some of the pieces in the January round of the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge. The complete photo archive of the entries in is on my Picasa site.]
I’ve never been completely comfortable with the idea of competition in the arts. The essence of art is the expression of the individual. Who’s to say one person’s expression is more valuable than any others’? Well, apparently we are…
That’s a bit of hyperbole, of course. We aren’t really talking about the value of an individual, but rather their talents in communicating ideas. But it is difficult to compare apples to asteroids. Some artists convey ideas of color and pattern, while others may have a political message. Some are abstract and others are realistic. All are valid, but there is clearly something we can point to in each piece and say “this is well done” or “this one is … not so much,” . . . → Read More: What you probably missed
My mantra in life is “all it takes is unlimited resources.” I tend to hang around idea hamsters. People are fairly exploding with great ideas, but no way to make them happen. Once in a while an opportunity comes along. The UWA Virlantis sim is closing in a few months, but meanwhile it’s paid for, so JayJay decided to line up a bunch of artists and just let each one have their way with it for a month.
I don’t often rave about an artist’s work in public. (I’m certainly known to have strong opinions (both positive and negative) in private.) Please come to see the full-sim installation by Blue Tsuki called “Vessel.”
Blue is an artist I have greatly admired for a long time, though I’ve only met him briefly a couple of times. You can always count on him to do something unique and interesting. That’s a key element for me. I’ve . . . → Read More: Get the Blues if you know what’s good for you
I’ve been collecting flowers in SL for some time. Along one side of Artemisia there is a boardwalk that has a number of interesting floral specimens with signs indicating their names and creators. Some of these are classics, going back to pre-sculptie days.