Eighteen artists from around both worlds have been pondering and discussing the issue of virtual identity for almost a year now, with one goal in mind: the creation of a collective art exhibit that would express these ideas in a virtual setting. After nine months of preparation, the results of that effort have been built, tweaked and critiqued and will become the premier exhibit marking the launch of the new Caerleon Museum of Identity in Second Life. I have to say I’m proud to have been a part of it, and value deeply the new friends I’ve made along the way.
Now, to the issue at hand…. Since the avatar can be both an expression of one’s personal identity as well as a separate and distinct entity, I quickly realized that any attempt to capture the elusive concept of human identity in a virtual world would be as difficult as grasping a handful of water. I then decided to approach the subject from a decidedly playful direction. I turned to the comic strips I had been creating for over a year, probing the zone in which the two worlds touch, overlap and sometimes even intertwine – not so much to unravel the mystery of it all as to marvel at it, to enjoy it – and, occasionally, to poke fun at it.
But there was an additional challenge for me as an artist: I had to find a way to bring them to life, to enable them to jump off the page, as it were, and into a 3-dimensional exhibit. What emerged from those efforts was a kind of hybrid art form, something I call ‘microcomics’: single panel works combining the elements of painting, comics art and text.I then began to merge various panels in phantom form to create visual sculptures, As a result, the work encompasses everything from entire comic strips to free-standing 3D microcomics as well as other experimental takes on the genre… including a four-panel comic strip footbridge… like walking into a funhouse; or as one friend put it, like being in Alice in Wonderland.
Looking forward to the opening event, which will be held this Saturday from noon to 2pm; entertainment provided by Mommaluv Skytower. Should be a kickass party. Hope to see you there.
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OPENING: Saturday 2 October 2010, 12:00-2:00PM, and continuing through October.
DJ Mommaluv Skytower for opening party.
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In the photo above: some of my 3-dimensional comic book art in the foreground, with an installation by RAG Randt on the right, and the new Caerleon Museum of Identity in the background. (click to enlarge)