Jean-François Réveillard: ‘There is no bad art and good art’

Jean-François Réveillard is an incredible contemporary artist from Switzerland whose artworks reveal his mastery of traditional and digital mixed media. He has kindly shared with us some amazing details of his art life!

How did you get into art?

I am in since the begining of my life, always drawing, painting, writing. To be an artist is a way of life, you can’t leave without, it’s your oxygene. My parents remember that they find me during night drawing on my pillow when i was a child, making some ” art somnambulism ” crisis ^^. it’s a kind of addiction mixed with passion, you need to use all your time for it. Making my first exhibition in Paris in 1980, i never stop to create, innovate and produce in different field of Art. Pionier in digital media, founder of one of the first webtv in 1997, making the first cross reality broadcast inside virtual world ten years ago, art is my life , and using all the creative tools is my daily contemporary work, actually i am deeply involve with 3Dprinting for my artwork. I like to define myself as a ” cross media picture maker “.    http://www.yoorart.com/

What are some of your favourite art projects you have worked on?

There is many, it’s impossible to choose, since the 80’s i have the chance to see all evolutions , with and without the digital tools, video, web, socialnetworks, virtual worlds, i prefer to speak about my actual work, making ” cross media ” installation using video, drawing, 3Dprinting that i show up during Basel art week and big art fair in Zurich for example. Cross media art is actually my field, i use a lot Virtual world for testing new idea, making some project for tomorow, i love also as a consultant for famous School and European Union some new idea and concept for Art and educational aspect mixing new technolgy and pedagogical aspect, i do so much things ….. but i have stop to draw on my pillow ^^.

What are you influenced by?

I have no influence , i try to be the most authentic in my work, it’s very deeply personal and need a lot of research sometimes like in my last works about particles and origines, i prefere to speak about inspiration rather than influence, nature, music, human, sciences are the foundation of my inspiration.

Do you think there are ‘good art’ and ‘bad art’?

There is good taste and bad taste for sure ^^. More seriously Art is deeply connected with cultural aspect, education, learning, and open mind or not, i think that to be an artist, to make art, is also a question of way of life, not only a question of quality of your production, there is no bad art and good art, there is professional art, and amator art. The art that you do for living your life, and the art that you do as a hobby, maybe it’s a definition for making some difference between categories of art if there is.

What kind of reaction do you expect from people who view your artworks?

I do exhibition and specially big art fair in order to have discussion with the public, to explain my work, i love to share with public, i am happy when they understand, i am very happy when they have emotion in front, and also happy when they buy it.

What are your thoughts on the Second Life art community?

Second life is a good oportunity for amators to show up work and make a sort of roleplay to be a daily artist. The number of professional and real artist is very small, maybe because it’s time consuming, personnaly i use Second Life as a sort of laboratory, and experimental media for my artwork, also an opportunity to show what we can do with it tomorow as a media, like the Virtual contemporary art fair that i produce, or pedagogical experimentation with Ellinogermaniki greek school.

Visit Virtual Contemporary Art Fair: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/DBC%20Research/221/99/22

Visit JfR Studio – Art – Atelier – Gallery – festival – Music – , Science: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Science/120/42/22

 

Inspirational Hippy Dave

The owner of Poor Person Productions record label, Dave Tor, best known as Hippy Dave, has a motivational space in the virtual world of Second Life. I am not sure how exactly you will be influenced by it all. But I discovered this man and his jaw dropping youtube channel as I was searching for crazy places inworld. (Yeah, I have a habit of reading land owners’ profiles!)

There are certain things in our universe that just cannot be described in words. This very man’s youtube channel is one of them :  https://www.youtube.com/user/ItsmeDave

Oh watch this one:

I think his videos are uniquely original and ridiculously psychedelic. You will always learn a new or old thing or two by watching them.

Visit POOR PERSON PRODUCTIONS Record Label – Music, Film, Books & Fun, Boseong http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Boseong/13/250/115

 

A Chat With Artist Grazietta Cazenove

The Italian artist Grazietta Cazenove talks to Blog Veridical about her passion, the artists who influence her, and the future of traditional art in virtual reality. 

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Looking for sun by Grazietta Cazenove

Why did you become an artist?

Grazietta Cazenove: In RL my job is to teach Literature, History and Geography but I approached to Art in early age , playing piano for over ten years and writing poetry, with whom I participated in some competitions in RL and once in SL. The discovery of painting, get involved with brushes and canvas, for me it was and is pure relief, discovery of my inner and deeper knowledge of myself. My RL is very busy but as soon as I have some time I like to take the brushes and dip me in the colors.

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SQUARCI DI LUCE-RAYS OF LIGHT by Grazietta Cazenove

Are there any artists that inspire your work?

Grazietta Cazenove: Yes, there are many artists who inspired me from Monet to Magritte, Frida Kahlo but also the great French illustrator Rèbecca Dautremer. In all her work there is always a lot of fantasy and a pinch of magic, also present in my paintings. Infact I’m convinced that an artist never sees things as they really are and painting is synonymous of self-discovery : I paint what I am and also what I dream.

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Sunset by Grazietta Cazenove

What are some of your favourite art styles?

Grazietta Cazenove: Preferably oil painting but sometimes also watercolors and digital art.

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Stars by Grazietta Cazenove

Compared to the expenses of setting up and maintaining an art gallery inworld, approximately what monetary profit does an artist make in this real cash economy MMO (Second Life)?

Grazietta Cazenove: As far as I’m concerned, monetary profit does not matter much. During some art exhibitions it’s easier for some visitors to buy my paintings, sometimes this also happens in my gallery and anyway this profit is not enough to keep land and gallery. What I’m really interested in is sharing my work, so my experience in the metaverse and the encouragement of the people who love me convinced me to share my work in SL . When i put on paper or canvas a thought, a dream or something real, seen with my eyes or perceived by the imagination, my concern is not that the others understand but that, looking at those traits and colors, they are able to get excited and to give a personal interpretation of what catches their eye from my paintings.

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The Departure by Grazietta Cazenove

Now that Sansar is open to all, what does the future of traditional art look like to you in Sansar?

Grazietta Cazenove: I believe that traditional art has no borders and cannot be limited by anything and nobody. I just logged in Sansar, now just for curiosity, but I believe that it will be possible to share traditional art there too.

 

Visit Grazietta Cazenove’s OCEAN INSIDE ME GALLERY in Second Life: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Meridian%20Bay/40/140/21

Núria Vives: ‘SL art events are more quiet’

The Catalan painter, illustrator, and writer Núria Vives ,who also goes by the name Xirana, has quite a picturesque art gallery exhibiting her enthralling art work in Second Life. 

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Xirana/Núria Vives’ XirArt Gallery in Second Life

When did you start making art?

Xirana/ Núria Vives: I don’t remember a special moment in which I started to paint. When I was very young I painted, I used to write stories and also learned to play guitar. But I decided to concentrate in just one form of expression to try to get more skilled in it. Now with my children’s books I do combine writing and painting (illustrating). In my webpage you can see exemples of my work: http://nuriavives.com/

What/who influences you to paint?

Xirana/ Núria Vives: Creativity for me is a circular process. It gets its fuel from experiences (also SL experiences) and emotions but at the same time, when you try to draw them, the drawings, sketches, or colors you are using, open and suggest new ways to explore.


How and when did you discover the Second Life art world?

Xirana/ Núria Vives: I dicovered Second Life through Goethe Institut when looking for a German Course online. Then, after a while, I started exploring more places. Usually you find people that is happy to help you and teach you how SL works and all possibilitites you have here, also to prepare exhibits and to know what other artists do.


Have you had a memorable experience as an artist inworld that you want to talk about?

Xirana/ Núria Vives: I’ve been doing exhibits of my paintings regularly in Second Life and, as I‘ve started to write and illustrate children’s books, I’ve also done some presentations of the books here. I do participate in Art projects when I am invited. A lot of times it is a way to work on different matters than the ones I usually do. So, my Second Life experience always has been stimulating and SL is a nice world to share what I do.

Video about Xirana/ Núria Vives’ Children’s book presentation in Second Life

Not a lot of people frequent the art galleries in Second Life these days. What do think about it?

Xirana/ Núria Vives: I suppose there are a lot of reasons. Probably it all started when SL changed its rules in relation to artists and creators rights. People went to other 3D worlds, OpenSim, Craft, Metropolis…also because you can play with a lot more prims for your creations and the cost is really cheaper. I use to go to the Hypergrid Safari (https://hgsafari.blogspot.com.es/) every Wednesday and I see a lot of people coming to each event to know what other artists are creating. It is good you can also ‘travel’ to different grids with the same avatar. So, maybe in SL art events are more quiet, but anyway, 3D worlds creativity is very alive.

 

Visit Xirana/ Núria Vives’ XirArt Gallery: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cassowarry/73/154/60

Check out Xirana/ Núria Vives’ websites: 
http://nuriavives.com/
http://mynicebooks.com/
https://nuriavvives.wordpress.com/

 

Q&A with Simon Stevens

Two years ago, one evening while sim-hopping in Second Life, I discovered the renowned UK-based dysability consultant and activist Simon Stevens‘ famous disability themed nightclub called Wheelies. He was presented with the Revolutionary Award in 2008 by then UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown for creating the virtual club, the first of its kind, where disabled and non-disabled people would unite for fun! Simon Stevens also has cerebral palsy. 

Last Tuesday, he very kindly agreed to the following interview:  

After reading your blogs, I have come to understand that you prefer the word ‘dysability’ to ‘disability’. And, according to you, dysability means a “difficulty in ability” which definitely sounds positive unlike ‘disability’ that labels people with impairment as incapacitated. But, do you think that the usage of the word ‘dysability’ by people with impairments in some countries will make it even more difficult for them to get disability benefits?

Simon Stevens: Language is complex and Dysability is able the issue, people will still always define themselves in whatever way the state requires them to receive when they need

How understanding do you think most people inworld are? Have you ever come across disability discrimination in Second Life?

Simon Stevens: Yes, as a wheelchair user I have encoutered poor designed SL building with steps and no ramps and sometimes no door! Culturally, it is important to me.

Why do you think it was so difficult to get sponsors to help run the world’s first disability themed virtual nightclub called Wheelies, that you had to give up in 2016, despite all the media attention you and your club received?

Simon Stevens: I believe sl never become as mainstream as it could have been because of the intensity of being inworld, in terms of multi-tasking, and that the technology has not really caught up yet

How important are virtual abilities (like flying) to you?

Simon Stevens: I love teleporting, being able to get from one sl location or another including out of a tight spot

What are you doing in Second Life these days?

Simon Stevens: Not much as I have little time, but it would be handing about on the Dublin sl

If finance was no concern for you, what kind of projects would you work on in Second Life?

Simon Stevens: If money was no object, I would restore Wheelies to its former glory as a 24/7 nightclub

 

 

Simon Stevens’ website: http://www.simonstevens.com

Follow Simon Stevens on Twitter: @simonstevens74

Knowing Enjolie Mccullough

Artist Enjolie Mccullough is the owner of Evolve Art Gallery in Second Life. The gallery is composed of her vivid paintings that interested me to learn about the painter. 

When and how did you discover the artist in you?

Enjolie Mccullough: It was in 2015 when I began painting during Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer

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The wave by Enjolie Mccullough

What media do you mostly use?

Enjolie Mccullough: Acrylic on canvas

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Cannabis Field by Enjolie Mccullough

How do you choose a subject to paint?

Enjolie Mccullough: I just sit down with the blank canvas, and I start to think about the mood I am in and what I want to capture.

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Night fishing by Enjolie Mccullough

Is there a specific message that you want your body of work to convey?

Enjolie Mccullough: I want it to make people happy. I love using bright colors for that very reason!

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Meteor Shower by Enjolie Mccullough

How has Second Life influenced your art?

Enjolie Mccullough: It has allowed me to reach a broader audience and show it to people around the world, not just people in my town or state.

What do you think of the art market in Second Life? Is trying to sell paintings inworld profitable?

Enjolie Mccullough: It isn’t profitable in a sense that I make a ton of money, but it is rewarding to me because I get to share my talent with so many people of different cultures across the globe

Visit Evolve Art Gallery: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/1taly/253/14/22

A Singular Interview with Moya Patrick

Just a day ago, I discovered the wonderfully strange Moya Island, that has existed for 10 years in Second Life, created and owned by the internationally acclaimed Nice-based artist Moya Patrick. He has been very kind to answer my questions and send me photos and videos related to his fascinating art life for Blog Veridical!

What, according to you, should be regarded as ‘art’?

Moya Patrick: Art is the experience of media coverage. How a human being goes through different forms of media. The work is what remains of this crossing. I try to cross all possible mediums and there are more or less virtual works. When I use paintings there are still paintings and when I use second life there is almost nothing left.

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Exhibition the “Moya civilization” in Cannes. Virtual meeting with real visitors.

How did your relationship with art develop?

Moya Patrick: Very young (in the 70s) I did comics but I quickly realized that I had to become the creature rather than the creator. During my art studies I used live television for escaping the history of art and being only the character inside the work. And I posed 10 years as a nude model for schools of fine arts.

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How would you like to describe your style of art?

Moya Patrick: I try to have all styles. Style is a limit to creation. One of the last possibilities left to the artist of contemporary art is freedom. I also want to have mastery of all the possibilities offered by art so that my choices are free and not imposed by technical incapacities.

 

How did the art movement “Ecole de Nice” inspire you? What has been your role in it?

Moya Patrick: I was integrated into this “movement” for exhibitions in Japan and Korea but it is a controversial subject and not everyone agrees. There is anyway a Niçois spirit that corresponds to me with a certain lightness and an immateriality which is what I seek.

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Exhibition “Ecole de Nice” Meguro Museum Tokyo

Do you want to tell us about your alter ego, “Moya”, that is prominent on a number of your art work?

Moya Patrick: It is the character that is useful to me to live my creature role in most of the media

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Moya, Moya, Moya, Moya, Moya ….

What is the most remarkable artistic work you have done in all your years?

Moya Patrick: My virtual universe of second life that allows me to live inside the work

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Moya Land Second Life

What is your favourite experience as an artist so far?

Moya Patrick: To make guided tours of my universe in the evening to avatars of the 5 continents

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Tourist guide Moya

What are your thoughts on the Second Life art world? Does its future look bright to you?

Moya Patrick: Making art in Second Life is still an imitation of contemporary art found in museums. And even when we make works impossible to realize in reality it is an imitation of methods, processes, contemporary art. Second Life does not interest me to create works but to be finally the creature that lives inside his work. The works created in second life are like the buildings the sky or the sea. They are objects necessary to the construction of an immersive environment. We are at a turning point identical to that of the introduction of perspective and the camera obscura of Vermeer. The Italian critic Mario Gerosa summarized it very well by the title of the exhibition he organized in Florence in 2009 with artists of second life “virtual renaissance” “Rinascimento virtuale”

 

Patrick Moya’s website: http://www.moyapatrick.com/
Follow Patrick Moya on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/moya.patrick/

Drama in Second Life

“Dance, vaudeville, drama, movies – as a child I loved everything that went on in a theater.” As James Broughton once said, seems to be the perfect depiction of dramaturgy. To me, drama is the way we unsheathe ourselves of worries and hop into the shoes of our new persona to perform a play.

Drama comes in many forms, be it in real life or here in Second Life, where we all can enjoy the wonder of the tremendous effort put into creating a virtual play. Theater companies in Second Life  work hard to ensure quality shows to their audience, thus hiring the ones that are most charming, talented and passionate about putting on a great show. These people, who coalesce their ingenuity to create a vibrant and interesting play are those who know how to entertain people both in real and second life: It takes two to tango, thus the effort is multiplied by the amount of people who want to express themselves on a Second Life stage.

Moreover, it is only natural that such a time-consuming hobby would require a very organized schedule and members that take part in it. To give you a penny for your thoughts, try to imagine that Second Life, being an online game it only means that time zones are a major problem, therefore we run into our first obstacle: dedication. Those actors, who give their blood, sweat and tears to work out a show in Second Life are highly appreciated for their service, and what we receive in return is quality entertainment. Those outside of Second Life might not give it a second chance, therefore at the drop of the hat they would believe that it’s all easier than it seems and there is not much labor put behind online plays. However, those who carry this ignorance are truly not frequent clients of these shows; It’s easy to let such an opinion circulate in the actors’ minds and make them lose motivation, therefore having the show get out of hand. But those who stay until the end will only be pleased through their work, and so will their eager audience.

Even more so, drama companies in Second Life, together with the actors, aim to deliver something unseen by the eyes of those outside Second Life, which is a virtual play. They must be satisfied with their work, not only because they dedicate a lot of their time to build the scene, create the scripts and perform, but also because this brings them experience, which once earned upon themselves they can use it later, both in “SL” and “RL”. Surely, there are things to be done in order to improve the health or “popularity” if that is the term you fancy more of these virtual plays. However, that fate remains in the hands of the public and how much they want to watch “SL” plays. George Bernard Shaw said that, “Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.” Therefore, if we want to put ourselves out there and create something worth watching, we have to come together using our imagination and devotion and give our best at all times in order to keep our audience engaged with Second Life plays.

To put it in a nutshell, Second Life plays are what we want to show to the audience who come to watch the efforts of actors. If these hard-working, talented and creative people would not give their time to manufacture a wonderful show, truly, “SL” would be slightly less colorful and interesting than before. One of my favorite idioms to end this article with would most definitely be, “Elvis has left the building.” The show has come to an end. It’s all over.

 

Lee x

” My weird dreams became true “

They all laugh at me

and whisper ” she’s weird “

Dad says : Earth is our planet. The Moon is not our.

But daddy i love the moon

My daughter ! stay away from dreams that aren’t yours.

Mom is shouting :

WHY YOU STOLE YOUR SISTER’S DOLLS !!

but Mommy I love rabbits

I wish I can see them talking

My friends said you’re psycho, you’ll stay alone.

Why we see the rainbow but we can’t walk on it !

I’m asking myself : do I have to stay alone and sad !

but i found the answer

I touched the Moon with my alien friend

and with my talking rabbits friends, I walked on Rainbow

also, I took a pic with a titan pizza in the city of clouds

I’m not alone, I happy

In this wonderful world

Second Life ♥

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