I am the Judge of You (but not really)
Once again I have been asked to be one of the judges for the UWA 3D Open Art Challenge, which has 90 entries. And, because I am so flattered to be asked that I can't say no even when the workload is crazy, I am also one of the judges for the MachinimaUWA V Contest which has 51 entries.SLurls to all 90 3D entries and links to all 51 machinima entries can be found at the UWA blog links.
When I landed at the 3D Open Art Challenge exhibit space the first thing I saw was the piece below and it captured my imagination right away.
Artist Name: nexuno thespian
Name of Art Entry: Looking Inside Myself Teleport to this piece
I always feel slightly uncomfortable judging these contests. Who am I to judge? I have no art background. I don't know anything about art history or theory and I could not tell you the difference between a Kandinsky and a Klee. I am just a person with an opinion and that is enough.
One thing that really bugs me is when art "experts" make other people feel intimidated and unsure about their own opinions about art. It is, quite frankly, one of the reasons I am not all that fond of the LEA. I am not a fan of the art elite and saying so probably just got me uninvited from a party or two. So be it.
Art is not for special people. Particularly in the virtual world art should be accessible and appreciated by everyone. One of my great joys in Second Life is exploring 3D art that allows me to play with it and become part of the art itself. I have written about my experiences and pointed people to fun art and beautiful art and crazy lunacy that makes me laugh. I guess that is enough to make me a judge.
So if you want to find me between now and the end of July I will either be at UWA or watching Machinima. Lucky me! Its going to be great fun to see what the talented artists of Second Life have made this time around.
Please do take some time to explore the amazing art created by some of the best minds in Second Life today. I encourage you to be the Judge too! Your opinion about art matters.