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Nordan Art pieces January 2, 2012

Filed under: Nordan Art gallery — baker Blinker @ 11:24 pm

Very nice review of the Edwardston Station Gallery by my old art pal Flora Nordenskiold, now a powerful and influential Second Life gallery owner. Well done Flora on developing your Nordan Art gallery and accompanying blog!

As the post says, I will have some collage pieces showing at her gallery beginning in February. Here’s a link to the post I created at the time of my first opening at Flora’s then fledgling gallery, later renamed:

I don’t believe I’ve been in a suit since then. Must – get – out – more. 🙂


*Year* in Review

Filed under: Uncategorized — baker Blinker @ 3:21 pm

Been another good year. The dominant SL theme has been Pietmond, continued over from the second half of 2010. Right now the community energy seems to be peaking, once more, but still I’m not sure it will be around in the Spring. Each month before the tier payment comes due I evaluate its worth and make a judgment call.

Also big blog news this year is the surge of Real Life hiking posts and related theories/stories, specifically focusing on the protected lands of adjacent Frank and Herman Parks. Outside of Pietmond, my ties with the rest of Second Life have gradually faded, including the exploration of Jeogeot and other continents. The effect seems to be reciprocal to real life explorations, where new focal areas include Wealthy Mountain (Green Oz Creek, Michael Too, Quartz Brook), Norris Stream, and, most recently, Cache Creek.

Outside of the blog, another newsworthy item is increased activity in the direction of carcasses, which I will go ahead and state are really what I call audiovisual synchronicities. Two new, larger ones have been found in the summer and fall, or Carcass-5 and Carcass-6. This whole process still clearly came to a climax around the end of 2006/beginning of 2007, but the new work is a kind of second wind for me nonetheless. We’ll see if I can carry that momentum forward into 2012.

No collages created this year, excluding the carcasses. Blog writing continued at a steady pace of about 1 post per month on the average, down in the summer when I temporarily got rid of my Pietmond holdings, but now up again. I’ve also been re-reading my blog as a whole in the last several months.

Will miss Pietmond. Where is it all heading? Frank and Herman Parks and attached mythologies will continue to be strengthened and reinforced. Baker Bloch may even make a return trip to England. 🙂


Pietmond Review, 02

Filed under: Otaki Gorge,Pietmond — baker Blinker @ 4:09 am

Just outside the door on the second floor of the Home o’ Fibs holding part of the Kollage Kid exhibit is found more collages from Julie Sadler, who I befriended several years ago. This would be within the Norum Gallery, set up last year in Pietmond. I must study her influential Collage Clearinghouse Blog more for certain. We have moved up a step in complexity… the humor has largely drained away, leaving us less obvious meanings. A sentimental past peeks through each piece; one must contemplate longer and deeper. You be the judge.

“Gates and Fences”

“Females in Keyland”

In the “Baker Bloch in England” exhibit next door at the TILE Towers, humor has returned, often of a quite silly variety, like Baker Bloch feeling for rain in a huge hole in a chosen English “home” for his Second Life family of avatars. For Baker Bloch truly visited England in Spring 2010, staying in a total of at least three different locations in Wiltshire County over a month’s period. Mouse over the exhibit pictures in succession to glean more of the story.

We have also returned to the land of simple collages, mainly of a one image atop another, dissimilar or heterogeneous image variety. This is how the “visit” actually occurred: a collage of Second Life and Real Life images together to make a new whole, hopefully. I like the exhibit quite a lot; it’s a little different from anything else in Pietmond.

Moving on up the row of structures on this side of Pietmond, we next have the still uncompleted Blue Feather Gallery. At this point, I’m thinking about scraping the latest incarnation of the “Jeogeot through Art and Word” within (another, “different” exhibit) and inserting something else here. Perhaps a guest artist known in Second Life itself?

Part of the latest wave of seeming Jeogeot degeneration: the closing of the long established Park Galleries.

Pietmond Heights gives the appearance of a potential, separate tiny community within Pietmond itself, and in the second iteration of Pietmond, it represents its oldest part. Besides the “old” town hall (perhaps originally just the town hall of Pietmond Heights), structures within now include “Yippie TILE One On,” with Edna Million photos within…

… and “Cherry And/Or Berry”, containing collage images of Kenneth Rougeau also first seen in classic 2010-2011 Pietmond. Kenneth is still a developing artist, and I don’t think we’ve seen the best from him yet. The Alice series is a classic for sure, but it’s an early inspiration. In contrast to Julie Sadler and probably Kollage Kid, I’d put Mr. Rougeau in my class of artist, one either still developing (him) or one that understands the limits of his development (me).

So with that let’s move through one last picture of Pietmond Heights and its mysterious 1 prim rocketship…

… to the 75 meter high Big Boy Tower, one of Pietmond’s several empty structures or “eyecandy” constructs…

… to an overhead picture of what I’m calling Syncher’s Row, We’re now on the southwest side of Pietmond opposite the Norum Gallery/TILE Towers/Blue Feather Gallery complex in terms of the overall community. 3 galleries are found on this Row: SoSo West, SoSo East, and the Gallery in the Rocks, all exhibiting works by so-called Golden Age syncers, of which I am one along with Mike Casey and Stegokitty. Dr. Casey specializes in abstract digital art and not necessarily collage; Stegokitty is another very promising artist who doesn’t really have the time to focus on it as much as he would like. His primary emphasis is currently photography, but he’d like to create more collages. Which leaves SoSo East and my own works, all of a collage nature and from one collection of 100 collages called the Art 10×10 or just the 10×10. How do these works relate to other Pietmond art?

Well, first off I do not consider myself a dye in the wool traditional artist. I do not labor each day at a worktable attempting to find the right image cut out from a magazine or other source to put atop other, similarly found images. The Art 10×10 draws more, in many ways, from another, “writing” 10×10 that immediately preceded it (and of less success, I believe). I do not worry as much as most other artists about legality of images, and this stems from my synchronicity background and the necessity to cut across or intrude upon boundaries for the seeming sake of a greater, more wholistic good.

Syncher’s Row is composed of synchronicity artists who are most related to me…

… which seems to bring us back to the Big E, here seen from a high window in the Big Boy tower.


Pietmond Review, 01

Filed under: Otaki Gorge,Pietmond — baker Blinker @ 4:04 am

Big E has already moved to a newly bought 512 parcel now making up part of north Pietmond. A Big E Park has been established. Still studying the object for new angles of insights.

The below shot shows Baker Bloch in west Pietmond beside an as yet unnamed pool of water, with a recently purchased Fatima Ur created cottage next to it. Who lived in the cottage? Is it called Pond Cottage after the body of water it sits next to? Baker Bloch is perhaps thinking over these same questions while sitting at the spool table beside them. Hafta ask Hucka D. about all this asap.

Also behind Baker Bloch here is another new structure in Pietmond, a house of Tudor design but with nothing within as yet. It’s on the only rental land I have in the community, another 512 affair. I’ve been attempting to slyly expand Pietmond in various directions just to see what’s “out there” in a traceable manner.

A Pietmond visitor seeming to admire the spectre of Big Boy (tower) looming over him. Or maybe he is a Peter’s Grave worshipper like this woman avatar from late October.

Newly positioned Big E again photographed between the Temple of TILE (right) and House of Truth (left).

norris Gallery — still not complete. Do I have enough pictures or ideas or concepts, even, to finish it off? At any rate, I’ll post more about the rocks composing the Big Temple of Dongoba very soon, a kind of psychic double, as I’m sensing it, to the norris Gallery structure itself.

But the obvious center of Pietmond remains the Temple of TILE. Baker sits in the never finished Pod Pad, loosely planned originally as a music venue of some sort. Hasn’t panned out that way.

Baker Bloch seems to confer with Carcassonne about this lack. “*I* am the center,” it would probably say to this line of inquiry. Or *she* would, for Hucka D. indicates that Carcassonne is an alien of female persuasion, and possible from the Charon moon of Pluto. There is confusion still about the relationship between the province Sharon of Mythos’ Wazob and Charon the Plutonian moon (sometimes pronounced like “Sharon”). Are they, underneath it all, one and the same? Is Carcassonne an Ancient in Baker Blinker Blog terminology? Is she a glop being (Glop People reportedly lived in Sharon, Wazob in its own ancient times)? Ladyslipper or Slipperman/woman? Did she or her people create the Sharon province time/space loop I fell into as a teenage Wazobian/Sharonian explorer?

A nice complement to the unplumbed mysteries of the Pod Pad on the floor above is the Kollage Kid exhibit on the second floor of the temple. making up the majority of the Something To CHRO About Gallery which also spills over into the ajoined second floor of the Home o’ Fibs. Quintessential collaging, as I’ve promoted it; everything builds up from these simple, comic juxtapositions, often with a corresponding loss of innocence and also artistic quality in my opinion. More complex imagery often doesn’t equate with better artwork. Kollage Kid’s efforts act as a barometer for all other collage art in Pietmond, and perhaps all art period in Pietmond, including that of yours truly.

“I Remember the Incident at the Canal”

“Space Laundry”

Then also in the Temple of TILE, on the lowest floor still, is the labyrinth, another central object of Pietmond for certain. Does the Pietmond Labyrinth hold further clues into the nature of the Pod Pad directly above it? Probably.