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Friday, April 24, 2009

In Boston Cyberarts Blog

In Boston Cyberarts Blog


Cyber-Flavor-Mashup at CounterpART Gallery

April 26 - May 9 2008
Reception Sunday, April 26 5 - 8 pm
CounterpART Gallery

128 Merrimack St. 2nd Floor, Lowell, MA 01852

A mixed reality mashup of immersive, 3D and 2D artworks created and inspired by the virtual world of Second Life for the 2009 Boston Cyberarts Festival. Featured artists, Misprint Thursday, Juria Yoshikawa, Bella Renfold, Filthy Fluno, Esch Snoats, Lily and Honglei, and Anna Shapiro will show how they are utilizing virtual worlds to create new artforms and engage new audiences. Participants at the gallery will have the opportunity to interact with both real and virtual art happenings and artworks for the festival.

Live cybersound artists and musician "Active" from Brooklyn NYC will be performing throughout the evening, as well as SL musicians via the gallery’s multimedia sound system. The island/art community of Artropolis, Boston Cyberarts Festival's inworld portal to the virtual exhibition, will also be on display throughout the evening.

Gallery website
About the exhibition in Boston Cyber Arts
Location in Second Life

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Art that Functions on Many Levels

I'm Not Here (rerezzed) - Snapshot

My virtual installation "I'm Not Here" is about to officially open at RL venue CounterpART Gallery which is a part of Boston Cyber Arts Festival starting April 24. I've taken countless images in the two light space-sculptures since I first rezzed it two years ago. This is a new shot taken in the rerez at Kennesaw State University sim located here: http://slurl.com/secondlife/VWDEV%20ITEC%20ISLE/80/216/24/ One of the ideas of this installation is that the art functions on many levels: virtual installation and space, 2D photos taken within the spaces and shown on the wall panels in SL and more recently starting in two days actual prints of the images shown in the RL gallery in Lowell, MA. If people buy some of the prints, they will be hung on their home or office walls and this will be another level. All of these are experiences in themselves and raise such questions as what is here and now, what is art, what is this experience I'm having right now?

Monday, April 13, 2009

Lucky Shot from Scratchy Night

Scratchy Night (2009)

One of my favorite shots taken inside Scratchy Night this morning. This virtual space is like a machine for making abstract expressionist images. But the piece in full motion is the best. http://slurl.com/secondlife/VWDEV%20ITEC%20ISLE/59/110/35/

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Scratchy Night Re-rezzed at Memespelunk Revival

As part of Memespelunk Revival, I've brought Scratchy Night back to life.
Scratchy Night portrays a nocturnal world alight with star-shaped scratches, all akilter. An installation inspired by Vincent Van Gogh, Elros Tuominen and my 9 y.o. son. One eared Van Gogh for his Starry Night (always worth a look.) The jolly basque Elros for his impressive "inside road to ovetum" ( a tip of the hat.) And my struggling artist kid for his invention of scratch through black and color crayon drawings (clever lad.) Also as always sounds so turn up your volume. Music was partially sampled from the band Animal Collective.

To view this large immersive space: fly up into the sphere and move around within. Be sure to have your volume turned on to enjoy the ambient sound. Collective.

Location in SL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/VWDEV%20ITEC%20ISLE/59/110/35/

Video collection now at Memespelunk

Memespelunk Revival Studio now has a selection of my SL art videos that load in a video viewer to watch by clicking "video menu". While these videos can be seen on my account of Vimeo, I thought it would be cool to let visitors of the sim see a selection of past works on video while in-world. This of course doesn't replace experiencing the actually immersive experience but gives an idea of the variety of work I have done. Also, the viewer has a collection of photos accessed by clicking the "web controls" title. There are even more videos linked to the web by clicking the purple ball at the top right. The video viewer was custom made by Beau Markova (SL name) who is currently building an interesting new art and culture sim called Humanitas Nova. He has invited me to set up a few pieces at his sim and will also be showing my videos there. Thanks to Beau, I have a richer experience on exhibit at Memespelunk in April and May. I also should thank Evo Szuyuan for doing the videography for many of these videos. She did a great job on Being Spots, Seeing Spots.

Video collection at Memespelunk

Friday, April 10, 2009

Artwork Reviewed on Rezzable.com

SL advocate and expert Thinkerer Melville just posted a really nice blog post on my work at Memespelunk Revival on the site Rezzable.com. I appreciate his comment that the work is "immersive". Thanks Thinkerer!!!


Rezzable.com blog post on my work

Thursday, April 9, 2009

First Time to Sell SL Art in RL!

Gallery Mockup - Prints for RL Gallery

Photo Grid - I'm Not Here

I'll be showing and selling my SL art in real life for the first time during the Boston Cyber Arts Festival at CounterpART Gallery. My SL installation "I'm Not Here" will be featured in Boston Cyber Arts, shown as a SL-RL link up in the gallery allowing viewers to experience it in SL. The images being sold are of the same work.

CounterpART Gallery is run by Jeff Lipsky (Filthy Fluno in SL). If you're near Boston, come check out the show April 23 to May 10.

Why not buy a print and be one of the first people to own a real life Juria Yoshikawa artwork?

Also here's a news release from Boston Cyber Arts with mention of my work.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Memespelunk Revival Studio - Poster

Memespelunk Revival Poster

Location in SL: slurl.com/secondlife/VWDEV%20ITEC%20ISLE/29/129/35/

Poster announcing my retrospective of SL art for 2007-2009. Six of the artworks featured are shown in the poster. The poster is being give out to friends to post on their own land.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Seeing Spots, Being Dots (Dance of Mayhem Plus Homogeneity)

This is a performance that took place in SL and was shown live in Berlin on Feb. 15, 2009:

Seeing Spots, Being Dots (Dance of Mayhem Plus Homogeneity)

Best quality video here.

Visual Art - Juria Yoshikawa (Lance Shields)
Sound - Nnoiz Papp (Tobias Becker)
Videography - Evo Szuyuan (Brigit Lichtenegger)

Juria Yoshikawa: Kinetic environment and participatory performance
Nnoiz Papp: Musical composition and musical performance
Olga Wunderlich: Curator in rl and sl

In SL: 02/15/2008, part of the CARP3 Show, Diabolus Art Space
In RL: 02/15/2008, a part of the Directors Lounge Festival in Berlin, Scala in Friedrichstr

Let us suppose that we’re all just a temporary mishmash of dots on a screen. All of our energy, personality and uniqueness is just a collection of bouncing color dots creating seemingly meaningful patterns we call a virtual world. Zoom in and you are a sea of dots with no form. Zoom back and you’re just a spot on the map.

In celebration of all of our dottiness and spottiness, virtual installation artist Juria Yoshikawa joined up with composer-artist Nnoiz Papp to perform “Seeing Spots, Being Dots” at Diabolus Island as part of the art show CARP3. The performance was simultaneously shown at at the Scala in Friedrichstr. 112A as a part of the Directors Lounge Festival in Berlin.

Participation welcome:
The “dance” was open to all attendees of the virtual event. People received a dot costume and large kinetic sculptures to wear to take part in this improvised performance.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Memespelunk Revival Studio

poster memespelunk revival studio

Location in SL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/VWDEV%20ITEC%20ISLE/29/129/35/

Residency/exhibit runs from April to May 2009.

Welcome to an adhoc attempt to recapture the fun and color of Memespelunk, the original studio sim of myself Juria Yoshikawa in 2007-2008. Thanks to the kindness of Kennesaw State University, I will be able to experiment with the virtual art medium and share it with the thriving SL art community. Feel free to wander around the sim exploring new and past artwork. I recommend viewing with your sun on midnight and with your sound on.