Needless to say, I was delighted when my good friend Harper Beresford contacted me to let me know that Xander Ruttan was interested in meeting with us to discuss my digital art and a possible exhibition at Ruttan Gallery, the premier space in the Cetus Gallery District. Digital art? How interesting. I had almost forgotten I was an artist.
Up until a couple of years ago, I had been cranking out large works of art at a pretty good clip, kind of a one-man digital Warhol factory (Andy would have loved it); printing many of them on canvas or archival rag paper, a select few chosen to exhibit in my local neighborhood, Southern California. Then it all ground to a halt.. no, actually, I should say that it was more like I jumped from one moving train to another, before the first one had a chance to grind to a halt. I became a writer.
Xander, a well-known artist, critic and gallery owner himself in RL (California, no less), was also the driving force behind the creation of the Cetus sim, now the locus of a number of galleries, home to a growing arts community and host to many other arts and media events. He proved to be a more than gracious host by welcoming us into his brand-new, mid-century modernist home, and then led us into town to check out the gallery space, where we discussed more of the details of the show and experimented with size and setup arrangements. What fun.
The first show will be sometime in December, drawing from my current body of work; to be followed later in 2009 with a show of entirely new….. well, exactly what that work will be after having spent the last few years writing and wandering virtual worlds may prove to be as great a surprise to me as it will to the patrons of Ruttan Gallery. I honestly can’t wait to see it myself.
Cetus Gallery District – Chosen , Cetus (216, 5, 37), Second Life
Photo: Chrome, standing in front of his digital painting, Origami.