Prim Perfect Jigsaw: All About the Art

Installation by Rod Mandel
Installation by Rod Mandel

Today’s first jigsaw comes from a picture by Honour MacMillan and is taken from her awesome blog – Honour’s Post Menopausal View (of Second Life). This image comes from an exhibition at the LEA (Linden Endowment for the Arts) by Rod Mandel, and Honour writes about it here.

It should make for a fiendishly difficult jigsaw and so, to be nice, I have a couple more to share with you as well …

But let’s tackle this one first.

Installation by Rod Mandel
Installation by Rod Mandel, photographed by Honour MacMillan

I can’t help but feel that the LEA is an under-used and un-visited resource, outside the Arts Community.  Or perhaps they could give me statistics that show that it’s amazingly popular, and just relatively un-visited by me.  But even the LEA blog doesn’t always give clear details of which exhibits are on, opening or about to close. And if you visit the web-site, the news that seems nearly the most prominent is about what to do if you feel you have been unfairly banned.  I’m sure that’s important information … but it is a little off-putting for the casual visitor, I feel.

Dreaming Machine #1 by Yooma Mayo.
Dreaming Machine #1 by Yooma Mayo.

And if you don’t go, you are missing some amazing work – like the Dreaming Machine by which Rowan Derryth wrote about here.

When we were organising SL9B, there was one web post by a prominent member of the Arts Community that I did find saddening.  They stated that they were planning to ignore SL9B (the Second Life birthday celebration) this year, but they were asked if they wanted a site, “so I figured it wouldn’t be too hard to put one together.”

OK, several people had that initial response to SL9B – and then came along and revelled in the community atmosphere.  But in this case, the person came, built, then name-checked artists: “The total number of art sites I counted is 35 and I’ve added a few already from others. I’m pretty sure there is no other segment at SL9B that is even close to that number and I think this has been typical in both the SLBs and Burning Life/Burn2 festivals.”

Dreaming Machine #1 by Yooma Mayo
Dreaming Machine #1 by Yooma Mayo

Finding your friends was a lovely part of SL9B. But so too was finding the wonderful crazy ecclecticness that it was all part of. Walking around and checking only one kind of build is a little … insular, it seems to me.  I’m reminded (not for the first time) of the Boston Brahmin:

“And this is good old Boston,
The home of the bean and the cod,
Where the Lowells talk only to Cabots,
And the Cabots talk only to God.”

Pico Pico Life by Mikati Slade
Pico Pico Life by Mikati Slade

Talking of SL9B, Mikati Slade, the creator of the amazing Cake Stage there, also has an installation at the LEA at the moment.

The LEA has the potential to be a wonderful community resource.

How about we all make an effort to promote it collectively rather than in the ad hoc way it’s covered now? How about a group of bloggers get together and decide that we will write about one exhibit each week?  The same exhibit – and then link our posts so that other people can see if we loved or hated an exhibition, if we found it moving, exciting, immersive, pretentious, boring, a hopeless mishmash or a fantastic collaboration? Fashion bloggers could join in, and use the installation / exhibition in one of their posts too – it could become a real opportunity to open up Virtual Art to a much wider audience.

After all. no matter who the Cabots and Lowells talk to among themselves, there’s an awful lot of interesting Bostonians out there.

Let’s do a final jigsaw!

Pico Pico Life by Mikati Slade
Pico Pico Life by Mikati Slade

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