The Beckridge Gallery

I visited ‘The Beckridge Gallery‘ for the first time, last night. This is another gallery in a Linden suburb!…

… I went to see the exhibition ‘Punkins: Digital Magic’. This is a display of gorgeous pumpkins of all shape and size, by many different creators. As far as I could tell, they were all gacha items…

… they ranged from the very small, to quite big…

… many of them quite exquisite works of art in their own right…

… it’s a really sweet show that left me feeling quite happy and smiley…

… there are more ‘punkins’ out the back, in the very neat suburban yard. Like ‘The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria‘, this is wonderful use of otherwise quite bland suburban, SL homes, in their pretty, but repetitive enclaves.

Everwinter

It’s been a while since I’ve visited an apocalyptic sim. Currently, however, the choice of new builds to visit is Halloween themed, or… Halloween themed, so when there was the choice of a Halloween themed apocalyptic sim, that’s where I went, to Everwinter

… I was quite impressed. I stopped going to apocalyptic builds because they all became such cookie-cutter, cut-and-paste affairs, with the same rusty playgrounds, burning vehicles, all that stuff. While Everwinter is actually, pretty much, composed from the same items, that composition is quite nicely balanced. The lighting is gorgeous, which is always a major draw, for me…

… the place is very cluttered, but with just the right amount of clutter…

… there is some nice, ironic, whimsical humour, here…

… and some wonderful 1920’s music…

… to counterpoint that 1950’s design collateral that is the go-to skin for ‘post-apocalyptic’, post-Fallout…

… there are nods to many themes, here, from ‘War of the Worlds’…

… to ‘Fallout’, which is not only blatantly referenced, somewhere in the sim, but subtly referenced everywhere… this scene under an overpass, is straight out of Fallout, including the lighting…

… so, even though it is all fairly cliched…

… Everwinter is still very photogenic, and well worth a visit.

The 22 Art Space and Suburban SL

This morning I visited ‘The 22 Art Space in Bellisseria‘, to check out the new exhibition ‘Duet’. I won’t offer an opinion about this exhibition, I’ll let you decide for yourself, should you choose to come and see it. My artistic tastes are predicated on those of my human, of course… my human has a degree in Computer Graphic Design. Like many people trained in design, the human’s taste in art is lowbrow/populist/illustrative, not highbrow/elitist… I feel this exhibition is aimed at the highbrow, capital ‘A’, art elite, and therefore I am not a suitable judge of the work or its meaning. I’m sure Ricco won’t be offended by my saying this, and will continue to send me exhibition updates! While I was there, however, I also checked out, as I always do, the amazingly uniform, stunningly well presented neighbourhood the gallery is in…

… forgive my naïveté, but this place has always intrigued me with it’s glorious, wealthy, suburban charm. I often speculated on how it was so uniform, supposing there must be some kind of building covenant, or constraints… you see, although I have always been a ‘premium’ member, I have also always only ever lived in the unregulated wilds of ‘Mainland’, and never felt the need to deplete my land usage ability by getting a Linden Home…

… it wasn’t till I visited ‘Mirror Pond‘, a few days ago, after reading this article, by Daniel Voyager, that a seed was sown for a revelation about the suburban paradise around the 22 Art Space. When I first landed in Mirror Pond (literally… you land IN the pond), I thought ‘Wow, what a pretty sim, so uniform and well set out’…

… but, as I wandered around it, miles and miles of it, all exactly the same, it started looking less amazing, and, actually, well… bland and repetitive, though still pretty…

… back in Bellisseria, which is slightly less repetitive, I suddenly realised ‘This is all Linden Homes, too!’… I clicked on a house and, sure enough, it was a Linden Home, they all were. And, like ‘Mirror Pond’, and all it’s neighbouring sims, this place just goes on and on, all lovely and tidy and well-manicured… all, really, the same. There is hardly any sign of individual expression, here… the odd flag on a building, but almost nothing else…

… mile after mile of pretty, perfect homes and sections on perfect, empty streets of lovely pavers…

… as I said, forgive my ignorance if all this was perfectly obvious to you from the start, but I am a child of the SL wilds, where the beautiful and the ugly and tasteless, as well as just miles of abandoned land, side by side, is the norm. I hadn’t realised it, but I far prefer the expressions of individuality I’ve always seen there, to this candy-coated, safe, suburban blandness.

Return to Missing Melody

I returned, after several months, to Missing Melody, last evening…

… the place was even more beautiful, but darkly so, now…

… but dark in a hauntingly lovely way. There are lots of animals here, and several gorgeous little tableau, like a baby fox cautiously sniffing at a sleeping bambi, a bambi cautiously looking at a sleeping fox, this one of an adult deer nuzzling a fawn, and several others, they are all delightful, and make the leaning toward darkness a cosy leaning, rather than a melancholy one…

… the autumn colours are glorious…

… here, a mother bear has caught a fish for her cub…

… there are areas where it is constantly raining and lightning flashes…

… like I said, kinda dark, but not maudlin…

… above everything is this wonderfully brooding sky.