Rowan Derryth's Virtual Adventures
This has been a very strange few weeks for me, in terms of SL Art. I have experienced both my greatest triumph, and possibly my greatest failure, in virtual existence.
Bad news first: last night I resigned from the LEA. I had been an advisor since about February, and was voted onto the Board about a month ago. I’d like to say my resignation was a difficult decision, but it wasn’t. I had questioned from the start whether it was a good fit for me – even hesitating to accept the Board nomination – and recent events make it clear that it was not a good fit. I had hoped I could help that group, but I cannot. That is all I have to say about that for the moment, except that I am extremely relieved and pleased to be able to return my focus to what I think I do best – writing about art. And I am happy to have the chance to work with some of those members I’ve called friends, and make a couple new friends too, and look forward to supporting their efforts from the outside, where I feel much more comfortable.
Now, the good news. A Rusted Development is a huge success! I have had the kindest compliments from friends and strangers, but I must say that this isn’t down to me, but the artists. As I said in my earlier post, Haveit took my idea and ran with it in ways I never could, and everyone else came on board with vision and generosity of spirit that made the whole work a complete success.
We opened on Saturday with my friend Walt Vieria DJing to a full house. It was fantastic to see so many people, and I especially loved seeing avis gathered on Scottius Polke’s ‘Eden Oxide’ island, riding the elephants and dancing about.
There was also the most amazing selection of avatars and avatar fashion there. I was particularly taken with Eupalinos Ugajin’s ensemble, which had an Alexander McQueen carnivalesque about it. But the one that really lept out at me – literally – was this fantastic ‘micro’ gecko, made and modelled by Thrice Skyward (yes, there were car insurance jokes):
On Sunday, we were treated to the styling of Skye Galaxy, for whom we built a centre sim stage. He always seems to read my mind with what I want to hear, and this set was no exception.
It was a lovely weekend. Thank you to everyone who has given kind words and so much support. I feel incredibly fortunate to be part of such a wonderful community.
Please see more pictures of the exhibit and the events at PJ Trenton’s flickr stream.