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“Doorpick” February 26, 2009

Filed under: collage 10x10,Gallery at the Temple of TILE (Stephen) — baker Blinker @ 7:08 pm

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“Quickly today, what’s apparently the second collage of the Jasper series has popped up, or at least a draft of this collage. Hucka D.? Ready?”

Hucka D.:

We are obviously in the Newborough Forest or Warren now, and with Jasper the Crow or Jasper the Rook or Jasper the Raven.

bb:

By this you mean the raven to the left in the collage.

Hucka D.:

Yes. Now what does Jasper continue to speak with you about?

bb:

I think it might be other responsibilities outside of the virtual reality of Second Life. The responsibilities of other, creative projects that can’t take place in SL… don’t have a gallery for those kind of exhibits.

Hucka D.:

Correct. That’s why the hatted eyeball looms so large inside the forest, in its center perhaps. But where is the door back from virtual reality? Crouching Baker here seems to be attempting to pick the door separating the two, but, foolishly perhaps, attempts to pick the doorknob instead of the actual keyhole. Standing Baker is looking *toward* this keyhole, but his direct vision is blocked by a tree. The keyhole is actually in the middle of the giant eye… it substitutes for its pupil. It is the pupil. This is a simple yet effect collage for conveying a certain meaning, baker b.

bb:

We should explain that both of the identical humans in the picture are me, baker b. Both are edited out of Edna’s photographs of a place called Korner’s Folly in Kernersville, NC.

Hucka D.:

I’ve seen them in your collages before, I believe.

bb:

Yes, they first appear in collage #10 of the Greenup series. Both what I call Crouching Baker and Standing Baker are there. They reappear, then in collages 14, 15, and 16 of that series. It seems relevant to say here that 10-11 and 15-16 are those animation collages I’m so fond of, and which reappear around every 4th collage of the overall 10×10. Dormant in the subsequent Rose Hill series, Crouching and Standing Baker make their next appearance in the Yale series, and yet again in animation related collages. This would be the 6th collage of that series.

Then both make a sort of cameo in both Newton 08 and Oblong 01, along with a lot of other images from the 10×10. They also do not appear in the Hidalgo series just completed, nor the Wheeler series.

Hucka D.:

They seems to be attached to the concept of “diamonds” in these pictures a lot. Like the present one.

bb:

When they first show up, in Greenup 10, they are physically positioned within, or symbolically within The Diamonds restaurant in Gray Summit, Missouri. The setting is not exactly this restaurant, but the association is understood in the series, since in the previous collage the actual restaurant is shown from a distance, albeit in a surreal location [top of a Lake District summit]. I’m going to log into SL, Hucka D., and take a closer look at those collages at the Otherland Gallery.

Hucka D.:

OK.

*****

bb:

Alright I’ve looked over all of those. Actually, I didn’t see either of these two Bakers in Oblong 01, so the most complex or most dense collage they appear in is Newton 08.

Hucka D.:

Time for a 10×10 Lexicon, my friend baker b.

bb:

I suppose so. But the only picture the Bakers actually appear *together* are Greenup 10 and Newton 08, and, now, Jasper 02. Of these only Greenup 10 is a so-called animation collage. [incorrect: they appear together in the animation collage Yale 06]

Hucka D.:

I noticed in looking through your eyes just a minute ago at the gallery collages, or was reminded, that the eyeball man that is later identified with a Resident first appears in Greenup 11, the animation twin of Greenup 10. What does this figure stand for?… obviously the Crouching and Standing Bakers stand for the collage artist himself… you.

bb:

Well… I think that’s the thing we can’t really talk about in a great deal of detail here, Hucka D. But it’s [delete name], obviously, to a large extent anyway.

Hucka D.:

Just saying the name makes me almost faint! So what’s he doing here in this new collage?

bb:

Well, like I said, I think he or it represents something beyond SL right now. The door referred to in the collage is the door back to reality. Trouble is, the Bakers don’t seem to know where the keyhole is… it’s the same as the pupil of the Resident. They can’t see it for some reason.

Hucka D.:

It’s the door beyond the 10×10.

bb:

Maybe.

Hucka D.:

The diamond willow stick that weaves through the trees is both a pencil filled with graphite and a diamond, like a record player needle. Groovy.

bb:

Walking stick, again, like the insect. Both found, syncily, in a search for “The Diamonds” and “Missouri.”

Hucka D.:

But Crouching Baker seems to be using the stick in a faulty way here. Or — maybe — a sneaky way. Maybe he’s actually getting the work he needs to get done *done*.

bb:

Well, I’m at least getting collages done, Hucka D.

Hucka D.:

This may be Standing and Crouching Bakers’ last appearance in the 10×10. So tied into their first appearance, and since the 10×10 goes in a giant circle anyway, closer to the Greenup series than the Newton series.

bb:

True, I guess. The Resident will soon return to his obscure beginnings. The eyeball head remains just that in Greenup 10, although it’s really The Resident.

Hucka D.:

The Bakers’ seems to be involved in collages of trickery in perspective, like this one and also Greenup 10. Can you speak to that?

bb:

I think it is the attempt to create the 4th dimension.

Hucka D.:

We better end.

bb:

Thank you.

 

“Nonsectarian… ant”(2)

“Hucka D., hopefully I can finish Jasper 01 tomorrow. Haven’t even got a name for it yet.”

Hucka D.:

Try now.

bb:

How bout… “Across The Bay”. No, that doesn’t quite hack it. Do you want to try more of an interpretation tonight?

Hucka D.:

Yes… rather quickly. You found this island, Llanddwyn, through the wikipedia article on the mineral jasper. On the currently ending sentence of the entry, Llanddwyn Island is mentioned has having examples of what is called “healed, fragmented rock” that “produces brecciated (broken) jasper”. So, bread crumb trail like, again, you were led to the island. The collage doesn’t really give a clear picture of the jasper on the island — perhaps you can rectify that in a future collage or 2, but the trail is clear enough. What now, that you’re on Llanddwyn Island, though? Well, now you head into the woods to the north and off the island, into Newborough Warren containing those densely planted Corsican pines.

bb:

Very similarly packed, in fact, to the pine forest I found on the what I though was called Corsica Island at first, but turned out to be the name for the inclusive continent. That forest is gone Hucka D., by the by.

Hucka D.:

Not surprisingly. Few forests seem to stay intact long in SL any more.

bb:

Interesting also that there was a BBC program about the *ravens* in Newborough Warren, Hucka D. Do you think our Jasper The Crow or perhaps Jasper The Rook or Raven comes from this place?

Hucka D.:

Well… let’s ask. Briefly again.

Jasper The Raven:

I am. I did. I left. I here.

bb:

Hello Jasper. You are leading us down a breadcrumb trail, no?

Jasper The Raven:

Yes. No.

bb:

Jasper The Raven/Rook/Crow, I believe that the forest represents a place beyond SL, which may be the same as Lllanddwyn Island. Beyond the mainlands and also all the little satellite estates, like Otherland and also Azure Islands. The two Edwardston Station Galleries on the mainlands…

Hucka D. (jumping in):

Again: there’s only one.

bb:

Sorry. The *split* ESG mainland gallery… anyway, the island is Sansara, but also all mainlands. Jasper?

Hucka D.:

He flew away. You were too windy for him tonight. Plus you need to get more sleep. The forest is a magical place. Go there.

bb:

Thank you.

*****

“Hucka D., in looking up links on Sansara, this one came up near the top — and mentioning my *other* Sansara landlord currently. And also the very nice creator of the Seefeld tower.

Hucka D.:

The bed is that way.

 

Otherland Hike (I’m there for ‘nother mnth., at least!)

Filed under: Otherland Island #1 — baker Blinker @ 9:09 am

This is not the first Otherland hike I made after deciding to keep the Gallery at the Temple of TILE in Stephen for at least another month, but the second. Unfortunately I botched the first batch of new Otherland photos (west to Irene, Zell, and Kapron) by accidentally leaving the “show interface in snapshot” toggle checked. I’ll try to make a hike in that direction and take more snapshots soon. In the meantime, I was able to cleanly record a shorter hike through Hain to the commercial district in Antibes, and then down the very nice, curving boardwalk that starts at the lower end of the Antibes commercial district and continues through Dulcie before ending in Anwin.

The first pic is of a well I didn’t know existed in Hain until this hike. Anyone speak Dutch? … never mind, I’ll just ask my neighbor sometime.:)

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Here’s another picture of the only commercial region in the Otherland archipelago. Shame that such a pretty group of buildings lies basically deserted — don’t really understand the situation, admittedly.

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A shot of the lighthouse in the bay fronting the district, catching the first rays of the rising sun.

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Nice, if artificial, waterfall at the southern terminus of the boardwalk in Anwin.

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From there it’s just a short hike over the ridge to Hurla Dontbee, who I don’t think has fully rezzed in when I took this snapshot.

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Chatty Chat… February 25, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — baker Blinker @ 8:52 am

“Hucka D., I think I’ve about resigned myself to the fact that I’ll keep the Otherland property.”

Hucka D.:

You won’t find a better place.

bb:

As a microcosm of SL itself, in all the positive aspects, really, it’s a fantastic living space, especially where I am.

Hucka D.:

So you’re staying… that’s great.

bb:

At least until the end of the Jasper series. No matter if no one outside the immediate family and circle of friends visits the gallery/temple.

Hucka D.:

The erasing of the treehouse, I suppose, was a sign. You took it as a sign, I mean.

bb:

Suppose so.

Hucka D.:

I did that.

bb:

Ok. I’ll accept that. So I just enjoy the landscape and that’s it.

Hucka D.:

What do you want to build now in SL?

bb:

Not a whole lot I don’t suppose. Thought of something loosely based on Arcadia Asylum’s stuff, pipes and all. But nothing well thought out.

Hucka D.:

You can temporarily delete the East Wing to make room for experiments.

bb:

I’ll think about that. Another thing I saw — this isn’t related to building specifically but the 10×10 itself — is to give more of a guided tour of the 10×10; supply more background information.

Hucka D.:

You need to have the 10×10 whole somewhere. Certainly Otherland will provide you with a good location until you can find better. But if you’re trying to downsize overall, then Otherland is as good a place as any. As long as you have a way to access it from the mainlands, you see. And you do. You need all 3 of these locations, in my opinion, for it to work. Also offer Edna’s photographs on the mainlands as well.

bb:

Edna’s photos are more site specific, perhaps, than the 10×10. They are intimately tied to the Temple of TILE.

Hucka D.:

Yet another reason to keep it around. Renting land for the Gallery at the Temple of TILE might be a problem, since it is so large.

bb:

There are others in the Stephen sim now. Two additional landowners, and both on larger plots than my own.

Hucka D.:

That might be a good thing, no?

bb:

Neither border my land, though.

Hucka D.:

More security. You *do* want Otherland to keep on going, don’t you?

bb:

Of course.

Hucka D.:

You still have the castle to chronicle.

bb:

I’m going to walk through the entire 10×10 as it stands in a moment. At the Otherland gallery.

Hucka D.:

Make a list of subjects dealt with in the 10×10. For example: Rydal. You first have this location show up in Yale 09 collage, and last in Wheeler 09 collage. Coincidence?

bb:

I think Rydal is going to play a part in the Jasper series as well, Hucka D.

Hucka D.:

It should. It can.

bb:

But right now, at the beginning of the Jasper series, we find ourselves in northern Wales (Llanddwyn Island), about 50 miles, perhaps, from the Lake District with its Rydal.

Hucka D.:

Go into the forest.

bb:

Thank you.

 

“Nonsectarian… ant” February 23, 2009

Filed under: collage 10x10,Gallery at the Temple of TILE (Stephen) — baker Blinker @ 10:00 pm

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“We’re going to make a stab at this tonight. Hucka D., are you there?”

Hucka D.:

1st of the new series. Good that you went ahead and took the leap, again.

bb:

I think this relates largely to the gallery situation I have now. I have 2 Edwardston Station Galleries…

Hucka D. (correcting):

…No, you have 1 ESG split into two parts, basically old and new. The Edwardston Station Gallery, for now, has become the same as the 10×10, throw in a tiny lounge in Healy and a tiny patio area in Seefeld.

bb:

Alright, then beyond these 2 we still have, of course, the Otherland gallery, which I call the Gallery at the Temple of TILE.

Hucka D.:

That’s the one that has to go.

bb:

I’m not sure I’m ready to take that leap, Hucka D.

Hucka D.:

I built it… remember?

bb:

Let’s turn our attention to the 1st collage of the Jasper series, or the draft for this collage (2/27: this one’s *done*), for it’s not polished up yet. To the left you have what I would consider a symbol of the Seefeld tower that one of the halves of the Edwardston Station Gallery — that better? (Hucka D. nods round head here) — lies within. This is a combination of a skyscraper but also a Christian cross, like a grave stone, once more. Hucka D., would you agree with this?

Hucka D.:

Of course.

bb:

Many picture elements found in the Wheeler series [immediately preceding the Jasper series] recur in this one. The Wilson driver, for instance. It has merged with the vertical dimension of the cross. Up and down at once.

Hucka D.:

Yes that image had to be in that particular place as well.

bb:

I’m also reminded of the cross shape of the old ESG in Rubi, in one of its incarnations. This was when the north-south subway system, a longer affair, was crossed by the shorter Arab ship on top of it. Then we have several grave crosses right next to the subway system — a tiny cemetery, in fact — just below where you could get on the spiral ramp that led up to the Temple of TILE, in those days.

Originally I saw the base photo of the collage, which we should insert here is from Landdswynn Island in Wales, as representing this “tension” we’ve mentioned between the two sides or two different spaces of the Edwardston Station Gallery, one in Healy and the newer one in Seefeld. In fact, in the wikipedia article on the subject, I find we have almost an identical photo to the one I used, incorporating the cross and the lighthouse. The lighthouse, then, on the opposite side of both of these matching photos from the gravestone cross, would then stand in for the Healy version of ESG.

Now, but this is the crucial part. *In-between* these objects and their matching hillocks are islands in the ocean, which I also identified with Otherland and the 3rd gallery I possess, or the 3rd gallery featuring my 10×10 and art, I suppose I should say [since two of the 3 are rented]. So one of my first moves in the collage was to insert a picture of the 3rd, “other” gallery here, the only one that’s actually on property that I bought and own, between the two. The main island here, with the cross and lighthouse, would represent the SL mainlands, where the 2 ESGs are. The islands offshore are “other” — Otherland, far from the mainlands and, in contrast, estate property, like Azure Islands also is estate land. The Gallery at the Temple of TILE, hovering 601 meters above the main Otherland island, is thus similarly hovering over these 3 small offshore islands, which may also stand for Otherland Islands #1, 2 and 3, as I’ve called them in this blog.

Hucka D.:

Interesting that the view of the collage is much more focused on the foreground and developing it through added imagery. This represents your heavy involvement with the mainlands again, now. The cross superimposed by the driver is closest because it is the newest…

bb:

And further west from the Healy gallery on Sansara. I think this island, Llanddwyn, also represents Sansara, the oldest SL continent that both versions of ESG are on now.

Hucka D.:

Two peaks of emphasis, then.

bb:

Right, yeah.

Hucka D.:

You also know that the walking stick insect reappearing here, once more [as it did several times in the Wheeler series] represents the Yapland gallery complex the Healy ESG is a part of. And from that curtain the insect appears to be holding, almost, emerged the daemonic head of Paul the Beatle. But now we have the Beatles returning, in the new collage, in their natural forms, one could say. Without any Residents influence. They haven’t been stolen yet for Resident purposes. Their likenesses on Meet The Beatles hasn’t been transformed to Meet The Residents. Paul remains undaemonized. He has somehow been freed, it seems, with the establishment of the Seefeld ESG. Christian influence?

bb:

The black and white Beatles below the curtain or screen — black and white like the demon Paul head emerging from the curtain in the “ESG” collage [#4 of the Wheeler series] — 1st appear rather early in the Greenup series, the first series of the 10×10. This is an old image within the 10×10, then.

Hucka D.:

Interesting that, originally in this draft, George Martin directing The Beatles here was riding on the back of the dingo that now stares forward from the path below, directly at the viewer. But one could still say the dingo provided, er, a landing for The Beatles from the curtain above them here, before moving, then, to the path.*

bb:

These Beatles are definitely a focus. I think there’s also one image remaining to be inserted into this new collage, Hucka D., and that’s…

Hucka D.:

Crow. Rook. CHRO.

bb:

Yes. (pause) Do I need all *3* galleries presently, Hucka D., in order for the 10×10 to be finished? I’m thinking the mainlands ESG represents a split, only united by the background Gallery at the Temple of TILE, which contains the *entire* 10×10, or soon will. It’s in the center between the two.

Hucka D.:

What happens now if you then destroy the Otherland gallery?

bb:

The center is removed. But this might be a good thing?

*****

bb:

Hucka D., maybe the curtain covers the uncertainty about Otherland itself. The temple is not covered. The temple can carry forward. But perhaps not on Otherland now.

Hucka D.:

You have the strangled Wilsonia beside it [to the left], also representing Otherland and islands #1, 2 3, per the “Bigfeet” collage. The Wilsonia backhousei leaf that clearly represented Otherland Island #3 in that earlier collage now touches one of the 3 background islands of the new collage. Pretty obvious that the offshore islands are then Otherland, eh?

bb:

The curtains are being closed on Otherland? Just like that?

Hucka D.:

The temple and attached gallery will live on, though.

bb:

The Sgt. Pepper head on the lighthouse hillock reinforces its assoc. with the ESG-Healy gallery, Hucka D. Yaplanders all.**

Hucka D.:

That’s only one of three energy complexes now, though.

bb:

I suppose the Council of 1 spinning in the sky represents the everpresence of [delete name] and his high gravity influence.

Hucka D.:

Watch out!

bb:

Way above and beyond SL currently.

Hucka D.:

Red Verses Blue. Rooster Teeth. Rooster Springs. Roostre.

bb:

Thank you. We may continue this analysis of Jasper 01 later on tonight or at least tomorrow.

* 3/2: The dingo/dog was subsequently removed entirely from the final draft of the collage. However, he may reappear in Jasper 03 (?)

** 3/2: head from Sgt. Pepper also removed in final draft.

 

Loose Thoughts, 2…

Filed under: Uncategorized — baker Blinker @ 6:29 am

Now have the Greenup collages all in the Healy gallery. Rearranged the pieces within to make space for ’em. Now *all* the existing collages of the 10×10 are in a commercial gallery. What this means for Otherland and its gallery I’m not sure of. Pretty sure, though, that some major reorganization there is on the docket, but I may have to wait until the Jasper series is complete. Want to *focus* on that… finish the entire art 10×10. Had to turn down an inviting offer to exhibit some work in a gallery today because of this needed focus. But I may always need such focus…

Hucka D.:

Did you follow the crow?

bb:

Thanks for showing up, Hucka D. I *pretended* to follow the crow, taking pictures along the way, and then when I got back to the Healy gallery at sunset the crow was actually there. Time was running backwards again.

Hucka D.:

13th beyond or inside the 12. It is beyond CHRO, or at the center of CHRO. Impossibly enough. It is the creating artist creating with the chromagraphic system. Something you might not be able to do artistically.

bb:

Limit of myself as a pure artist? I’m now a collagist through and through?

Hucka D.:

Kind of. The Egan glyph is gone.

bb:

I wonder if I had anything to do with it? Tipped people off to its presence?

Hucka D.:

We must stay closely bound during this Jasper period.

bb:

I agree, Hucka D. I will lean on you a lot in the coming month.

Hucka D.:

Your involvement with SL will lesssen. Is lessening. You are moving back into the real world.

bb:

I can kind of tell that. The blog certainly carries on, though.

Hucka D.:

The blog is beyond SL. Always has been.

bb:

Is it a good thing to somewhat move beyond SL?

Hucka D.:

Why don’t you just destroy the Gallery at the Temple of TILE. Rebuild it after the Jasper series. Don’t sell the property, per se. Just destroy that gallery and temple. Till we can reconstruct.

bb:

I don’t think that’s a good idea, Hucka D.

Hucka D.:

I’m telling you you need to focus. To get rid of the temple will help.

bb:

I was thinking that the temple would *help* me focus, since I’d have the 10×10 as a whole to look at while finishing it up.

Hucka D.:

No. That’s wrong. You have the entire 10×10 as it currently stands outside the temple. Why do you need the gallery/temple now? TILE?

bb:

Maybe.

Hucka D.:

You want to talk about TILE tonight, then?

bb:

There’s an Eclipse in Jasper Co., TX.

Hucka D.:

That’s right: DSotR.

bb:

Alright, I give up. What should I be talking about in TILE?

Hucka D.:

Otherland is a terrific place, true. But you already know it. Wilsonia comes from the last unknown vallery. She blocked your further explorations because it would be like the 12th and last beyond the 11 you already had. No contact with anyone. Ever. That’s not really good, although it is attactive.

bb:

I’m not ready to give up on Otherland, Hucka D. What about, for instance, *Hurla* [Dontbee]?

Hucka D.:

We can deal with her without owning property. This is Wilsonia’s deal now. Otherland belongs to Wilsonia. She lives there. You are not going to live there. That’s why we, I mean, they brought her in. She is your replacement, or, I mean, the replacement of Baker Bloch. (pause) You will *place* your Jasper series, 1 by 1, in the Healy gallery, and you will…

bb:

I can’t give the Otherland temple up. We were going…

Hucka D.:

TILE. I know. So what do you want to know? You know everything already.

bb:

I know that I really like the temple. The positioning of Edna’s photographs within.

Hucka D.:

Then keep that part. Otherland is not the final resting place for the temple, though. You thought it might be when you bought the property but it isn’t.

bb:

Where, then? Never mind. I suppose it would be the mainlands.

Hucka D.:

You *had* the perfect place there. You gave it up.

bb:

I had to. I think you also told me to give it up at the time. Rubi.

Hucka D.:

You must figure out the relationship of Baker Bloch and Wilsonia. And me, for that matter.

bb:

The next collage, the first in the Jasper series, may be about the “tension”, artificial as it is, between the two 1/2s of the Edwardston Station Gallery, Hucka D.

Hucka D.:

You will always rent on the mainlands now. You are in the same position as you were in Rubi as far as paying to SL. What do you have now? What did you have then? What’s the better situation?

bb:

Now is the better situation. I know more; how to manage space. I know more about the advantages and disadvantages of renting. There are a number of advantages. If your landlord decides to move on there’s always more rental space to procure.

Hucka D.:

Don’t give up the Healy space.

bb:

No, I know that. Not until beyond the Jasper series and the 10×10.

Hucka D.:

Beyond that, even. You must keep showing the 10×10. We must talk of CHRO now. Crow.

bb:

Well, I’m trying to remember what it said to me, because I think it did that.

Hucka D.:

It is a symbol of the 13. Your blog is moving into its 13th month now. Jasper series will dominate this month. Crow, then, is Jasper. That’s its name.

bb:

Jasper the Crow, then.

Hucka D.:

Correct.

bb:

Can we talk to it throught this blog?

Hucka D.:

Let’s try… Jasper?

Jasper the Crow:

When you’re hot…

Hucka D.:

baker b. wants to talk to you Jasper.

Jasper the Crow:

I was expecting a call. Caw!

bb:

Jasper, are you the guiding spirit of the Jasper series I am probably going to start up tomorrow even?

Jasper the Crow:

I am black within color. Free me.

bb:

Did you drop off Mr. Guru’s sign?

Jasper the Crow:

You didn’t see me today.

bb:

No. Tomorrow?

Jasper the Crow:

Yes.

bb:

What about the architectural tension between the two 1/2s of the Edwardston Station Gallery now, Jasper the Crow?

Jasper the Crow:

A cross exists.

bb:

Yes, that’s a resonance with Lllanddwyn Island.

Jasper the Crow:

Jasper.

bb:

Interesting it’s called healed rock, this broken jasper from the island.

Jasper the Crow:

There one, then the other. Two in one. Foreign One. Four, two, one.

bb:

Do you know about Monstrous Moonshine, Jasper the Crow?

Jasper the Crow:

I know of monster and moonshine. Opposite corners. Two in one.

bb:

Synchronicity?

Hucka D.:

Jasper said he would visit you another night. So now you’ve actually spoken to him.

bb:

He did not speak to me today?

Hucka D.:

Think about this and then go back to sleep.

bb:

Thank you.

*****

(2:55 EST)

bb:

Hucka D., I’ve decided I’m not going to give up the Otherland property. If something has to go, I want it to be the Seefeld rental. Cycle the collages through the Healy gallery instead. But I’ll monitor the visitor count at Seefeld anyway. Not expecting much, though.

Hucka D.:

Good you know that. Get to work on Jasper.

 

Misc. Photos; Rook (!) February 22, 2009

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Loose Thoughts…

Filed under: Uncategorized — baker Blinker @ 8:38 am

Just loose thoughts tonight… maybe some chatting with the D. We’ll see…

I now have *two* Edwardston Station Galleries on the mainland. Just like that. The Edwardston Station Gallery in Healy presently contains the complete Hidalgo, Wheeler, and also Oblong series of the 10×10, for a total of around 40 collages. It’s really quite packed. Yesterday I also rented some space in a tower in Seefeld, in the Snow Region of Sansara. It’s a building Wilsonia stumbled upon in her recent wanders in this large area, and, as it turns out, a kind of culmination of these explorations. Baker Bloch, now that he has an established center, is also set to continue the Snow Region explorations, if Wilsonia decides not to do it herself. Count on a number of further posts about that subject.

To the details of the new gallery itself, which I’m simply calling Edwardston Station Gallery – Seeland. Already I’ve fitted the space with the Rose Hill, Yale-Newton, and also the Oblong series. Of the 10×10 series, only the earliest now, or the Greenup series, is not currently being shown in a commercial gallery. I consider this one to be the least important to show, perhaps. So it’s kind of a division of older and newer collages of the 10×10 going on between Healy and Seefeld. Btw, Seefeld is names for an important skiing village in the Austrian Alps.

The current overlap between the two comes in the Oblong series, which is present in both versions of the Edwardston Station Gallery. I plan to eventually remove the Oblong series from the Healy version, and replace it with the last series of the 10×10, Jasper, which will supposedly start very, very shortly.

I’ll provide some pictures of the Seefeld gallery asap.

Which brings us to the Otherland gallery/temple complex, which has received almost no visitors up to now. This is over a month into its existence, I believe. I’ve decided to wait until after the Jasper series is completed, probably sometime toward the end of March, before fully confronting the reality of perhaps giving up the Otherland property, in an effort to further downsize my property claims in SL. Still not sure I want to do that, though.

Otherland exploration has been put on a bit of a hold. Not sure that will change during the composition of the Jasper collages, as my focus may remain on the Snow district, and perhaps the Blake Sea as well. There are now substantiated rumors that new continents will emerge around Gaeta soon; Baker Bloch wants to explore those virgin lands when they first appear as well.

“Let’s bring in Hucka D. to see if he wants to say anything tonight. Hucka D?”

Hucka D.:

There is an interesting tension happening between the two versions of the Edwardston Station Gallery, don’t you think? I believe it is helping both. Old verses new; two quite different rental spaces.

bb:

There may be the possibility of showing the entire 10×10 in Seefeld, Hucka D. But I don’t plan on doing that right now. I like the artistic community the Healy gallery plugs me into, centered on the Kelly Yap Gallery and Kelly herself, I suppose.

Hucka D.:

There’s more story to all that. Doghause.

bb:

Right, I’ll also explore that further soon.

Hucka D.:

Graham… Doghause… Resident;Ornaglyphics… walking stick of a path connecting them. You are new there, freshly emerged, without pupils, from behind a mysterious curtain that may be the Gallery at the Temple of TILE.

bb:

Ornaglyphics, for example, would be like Duck Stab, then? A more mature and blended-in version of myself and my gallery there?

Hucka D.:

Could be. You see yourself in the future, sitting on the couch or perhaps standing, talking to one of the Residents. But this is you as well. You are the Resident, the creator, as well. The face emerging from the curtain in the ESG collage would be more your gallery then, perhaps.

bb:

Interesting. New gallery on the block. More than me personally.

Hucka D.:

People understand that the gallery speaks more to the real life person than the avatar he or she chooses, most likely. especially if you are a true and involved artist. But the avatar can also be a work of art, or turn into one. What does your avatar, Baker Bloch, say about you?

bb:

That my appearance in SL means less than what the gallery represents. For sure.

Hucka D.:

Some people don’t quite feel that way.

bb:

That’s fine.

Hucka D.:

Do you want pupils? So that you can see more clearly?

bb:

I can see fine. I don’t use Baker Bloch’s eyes to see in SL.

Hucka D.:

Remember when we exchanged eyes? Before even my character became the bee it is now? This would be over a year ago now.

bb:

I don’t think that Hucka D. is the same as you, though.

Hucka D.:

Exchange… putting yourself in another’s shoes or eyes or whatever. Ruby slipper. Singular.

bb:

Can you answer anything about Otherland tonight, Hucka D.?

Hucka D.:

Nother. RL photography soon. Exploration. Jasper series, then heavy exploration. Photography. Mossmen portals explored. Endohikes resumed. Inner and outer. Rent in SL; explore. But ultimately you are not a builder in SL.

bb:

No. I construct places to house the collages and Edna’s photography now. But… the Temple of TILE.

Hucka D.:

You wish to have a series of dialogs about TILE, then. And the temple.

bb:

I think it’s probably called for.

Hucka D.:

Are you ready to talk about Dark Side of the Rainbow? I don’t think you are.

bb:

I need to do more experiments. May have to get a new computer first.

Hucka D.:

Chromagraphs are hooked into DSotR now.

bb:

They could be.

Hucka D.:

You need the crow, the 13th, in the center of the 12. Where does 12 become 13, baker b.?

bb:

In the center of Dark Side of the Rainbow, where you flip the vinyl record back over.

(to be continued?)

 

“Spirit” in the Rubi Forest February 20, 2009

Filed under: Rubi Forest — baker Blinker @ 7:50 pm

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“Ives Got It!”

Filed under: collage 10x10,Gallery at the Temple of TILE (Stephen) — baker Blinker @ 3:29 pm

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“A simpler one to end. Nice relief!”

Hucka D.:

It is done except for the polishing of the 10th. Well done!

bb:

Thanks, but you helped a lot. I have to give you a lot of credit. But we have no rest, perhaps, because the Jasper series is coming up immediately.

Hucka D.:

Very.

bb:

I’m going to pull up Wheeler Collage #10 and animate it with Wheeler Collage #1 for an interpretation. Give me just a second… (pause)* First off, we have the two truncated trees turned upside down from each other in respect to “Benwheelerworld”. This would be the willow and the palm beside Mossman in the older work.

Hucka D.:

And hiding two Mossmen as well. This hiding makes the title of the sign to the left more apt: there is only one Mossman now. Or is there?

bb:

Anyway, so this reversing of willow and palm between the two collages, #10 and #1 of the series, is obviously related to the same between collage #5 and #6 of the Wheeler series, or “Willows Diamond” and “The Secret Word Is…”. In the former you have the willow but not the palm, in the latter the reverse.

Hucka D.:

It seems that because the palm and willow are placed opposite what they are in either of these two central collages, that the current collage, “Ives Got It!”, is a resolution of some kind for the series. What does “Ives Got It!” mean, then?

bb:

Ives is present in the collage, this time as what one could call an “avatar”. This would be the snowman Ives famously voiced in the Christmas classic “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”. I believe the yellow submarine the Ives-snowman is pulling out of the field of similarly yellow or golden grass here would substitute for Rudolph in this case. And the glowing nose of the reindeer, the saver of Christmas, becomes the nose of the sub, instead.

Hucka D.:

Ives tells the story of the saving of Christmas, then. He relays events that have already happened.

bb:

Somehow the saving of Christmas also, then, causes the appearance of the single Mossman in the midst of Ives-snowman and yellow sub.

Hucka D.:

I believe this represents the appearance of the Wheeler series as a whole, starting with this collage #1. End has switched back to beginning; the snake has swallowed its own tail. Orobourus.

bb:

And then I guess — turning to the sign on the right — that “City Hunt” is also a part of this overall reversal demonstrated in “Ives Got It!”, like the reversal of the palm and willow. This is, however, reversed from its state in the collage immediately before #10, or “Words Worth Savings.”

Hucka D.:

We have a little more work to do on that one, though.

bb:

Ok, we’ll maybe get to that probably tomorrow night… maybe tonight. But Hunt City becomes City Hunt. I believe this has to do with the Mossman sign that it turns into in the switch from 10 to 1, again. I think the city hunt referred to here is the hunt for the Mossman sign, which is an actual town sign in Australia. This is then, again, a transformation of a reversal into a singular version of Mossman.

Hucka D.:

The position of the palm and willow in #10 mirror that of the Stephen gallery. We must also talk of that tonight if we can.

bb:

Well… briefly, I think I may have to give up the Otherland property and gallery. I now rent a second gallery space on the mainlands, and I’m beginning to understand that the Otherland one will never be frequently visited. Heck, even the really, really cool Verloren Castle, sitting right on the ground and in the center of everything, as far as centers in Otherland go, doesn’t get that many visitors, perhaps a couple a day — could be wrong there.

Hucka D.:

You must stay on Otherland at least another month. Then decide the next step. You have your two, cheap mainland gallery spaces now. You’ve freed up room to insert the Jasper series into the primary of the two: the Edwardston Station Gallery in Healy. You must focus on all-things-Jasper now. You are wrapping up an important, long term project. Very important.

bb:

I can’t see beyond Jasper then, or the 10×10.

Hucka D.:

You can but in a more limited way that at the end. Getting back to the collage interpretation, these two men around the sign seem to be playing golf. Has the man to the left lost his ball, perhaps?

bb:

This is the same man as in the third collage of the series, or “Bigfeet”. There his foot overlaps the foot of a red fox.

Hucka D.:

I believe this is a reference to the Cinderella story. The shoe fit in Healy, though. You found your correct fit. The ruby slipper. One, in this case.

bb:

The golf bag full of clubs is obvious reference to “Wilsonia Drivers”. The man is hunting his golf ball, perhaps, like we, as a whole, are searching for the way out of the collage series. And the hunt ends with finding the correct city or concept: Mossman. “City Hunt” turns into or is resolved by “Mossman”.

Hucka D.:

Interesting that in this draft, the word “Ives” is partially obscured. You’d probably have difficulty in making out the word if you weren’t familiar with the previous collage of the series. (pause). There’s also the possibility that Mossman is a Christ figure, since there are three posts holding up the Mossman sign…

bb:

…and that particular aspect might be transferred into the first of the Rose Hill series, just guessing by some rough drafts I’ve already concocted for the first collage of that one.

Hucka D.:

We are about ready to end and move on.

bb:

I should also point out that the obscured Mossmen or Mossman has 3 feet, just as there are 3 pictures of Lambfoot Dub tarn in “Bigfeet”, the collage that the men of this particular collage “come from”.

Hucka D.:

Could be visa versa as well, though.

bb:

Right. One of the Mossman/men feet is now obscured, in turn, by the Ives-Snowman.

Hucka D.:

That would be the correct foot. The one in the future.

bb:

Alright, we’ll just leave it at that.

Hucka D.:

Also: congratulations on the 1st birthday of the blog itself. You’ve created a lot of posts!

bb:

I don’t see it slowing down very soon either, although it has shifted away from SL a bit since the end of October. First Carrcass-1 had to be dealt with, and now Wheeler-Jasper. In-between: the Ubertemple(s).

Hucka D.:

You’re not finished with Otherland.

bb:

No.

* Once again, the reader can create this animation themselves: just toggle between this image of the newer “Ives Got It!” and the older “Benwheelerworld”.