Portrait of an Artist as an Avatar
Post #1311 • March 10, 2009, 11:52 AM • 2 Comments
When yesterday I mentioned that it was too bad that How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist, which had done such a good job discussing exhibition possibilities and advocating for artists selling their own work, wasn't current enough to cover the new social media, I had something specific in mind. Last week the New York Times ran an article on Jeffrey Lipsky, an artist here in Massachusetts who uses Second Life to promote his work. I find the possibility intriguing, although I'm already experiencing Facebook fatigue and Twitter tiredness only two months after joining them. I have an old SL account from a few years ago, back when I was running a little Apple laptop that got crushed when I booted the SL client. I don't game, I find the 3D aesthetic clammy (although the latest stuff has been blowing me away), and I'm generally pretty happy in First Life, so I never pursued it. But now it sounds like both the technology and the community have developed to the point that the user experience has smoothed out quite a bit and the virtual world now has an art critic.
My curiosity piqued, I'll reactivate my account, have a look, and let you know what I find. In the meantime, anyone there already?