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DanCoyote Exhibition
August 2007 through April, 2008, originally scheduled to run August 13-18, 2007 but held over)
 a sim-size presentation occupying the entire region of NMC Arts and Letters

Above: The exhibit begins with signs that give the recommended SL viewer settings. 
If you would like to adjust your viewer before going, the information is on this web page in the column to the right. Click here for a slurl to this platform.

Click on the red cubes to ride to different parts of the exhibition.

A beautiful viewpoint, reminiscent of Futurism and the Bauhaus. Imagine Marinetti, Duchamp, Kandinsky, Klee, Feininger and Archipenko in Second Life.

Here is the complete text of DanCoyote's notecard. 

“Full Immersion Hyperformalism”
by DanCoyote!

The organizing principle behind this exhibition is to encourage guests to take advantage of Second Life's ability to "cut the tethers" that hold us in the gravity based world and gently release real life concepts like "Ground" and "Water" in favor of another, less encumbered experiential space.

Hyperformalism is formalist abstraction in hyper medium. By turning off rendering of facsimiles of real life, an eerie surreal space for viewing art is created where things no longer conform to the field of view of your avatar and where scale and context are no longer measured against the arbitrary figurative standard.

In this one-of-a-kind installation, Artist DanCoyote has created an immersive artwork that fills the entire volume of a sim. DanCoyote has exhibited work at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Jose Museum of Art (ZeroOne, ISEA), Frye Museum in Seattle (at Bumbershoots) and at the Dutch Electronic Arts Festival (DEAF07) and appears at many other venues throughout First and Second Life. More like dream space than ever before, virtual reality offers the artist a space like a gallery or museum location, but not the viewer limitations of a space fixed in physical reality. In this way virtual reality is the new art venue of the 21st century.

To see the show as intended by the artist, please take a few moments to optimize your Second Life viewer for the exhibition by using these keyboard shortcuts for PC or Mac:

• Turn on Client/Server controls:
[PC = ctrl - alt - shift - D] [Mac = cmd - option - shift - D]

• Disable Camera Constraints:
[PC = ctrl - alt - C] [Mac = cmd - option - C]

• Turn off clouds:
[PC = ctrl - alt - shift - minus] [Mac = cmd - option - shift - minus]

• Turn off SurfacePatch:
[PC = ctrl - alt - shift - 5] [Mac = cmd - option - shift - 5]

• Turn off Water:
[PC = ctrl - alt - shift - 7] [Mac = cmd - option - shift - 7]

• Turn off Ground:
[PC = ctrl - alt - shift - 8] [Mac = cmd - option - shift - 8]

• Set Draw Distance to 512

[Preferences/Graphics/Draw Distance = 512]

DanCoyote at the opening reception.

DC's Exploding Starax captures the classicism and humor of Starax Statosky.
When I asked DanCoyote about this, he added:
 "It also taps Picasso, Bernini and makes my point about a transition
from representational remediation to Hyperformalism."

The sculpture fulfills the promise of its title.


Other DanCoyote work in Uvvy

Above: The top of Dancoyote's sculpture soars 400 meters above Uvvy Island

The color of the metallic surface reflects the time of day

Read more about Hyperformalism and Mathematical Art

Read more about Dancoyote and view video

©2009 Richard Minsky