I love to immerse myself in new pursuits of knowledge. I attended college late in life at the University of California and studied Interactive Media Design – I will forever be thankful for that education – but what it did NOT give me was an education in ART. Now that I am retired I find myself researching, educating and immersing myself in art, art history, and the lives of artists more and more.
As you know I operate a virtual business where I build and sell various virtual goods.
It’s a great hobby and outlet for both my creativity and social life – it offers me a way to express myself on a totally different level. But I have remained frustrated that it does not carry-over into my Real Life other than photos I capture, like those above, and share on social media or here. So I am exerting all this creative energy for something that is ephemeral and it is not benefiting me as artistic exposure or income other than what small audience I garner in this virtual world.
I have struggled with this issue for the last few years. I am still struggling with it. And now something new is working its way through my psyche – and that is my growing hunger for more and more art over commerce. Perhaps it is a natural shift based on the fact that I am, at my core, an artist.
Part of my continuing self-education in art history led me to learn about the Bauhaus School of art.
The Staatliches Bauhaus (German: [ˈʃtaːtlɪçəs ˈbaʊˌhaʊs] (listen)), commonly known as the Bauhaus, was a German art school operational from 1919 to 1933 that combined crafts and the fine arts, and was famous for the approach to design that it publicized and taught. (Wikipedia)
I became fascinated with the topic and this was where the idea for DesignHaus came from. Initially, it was to be outlet for curated textures other 3D builders could purchase to use in their own creations – but on top of that – a portal to my Real Life art business. However as time has passed that idea has faded and is being replaced with the idea of art – objects of art, an art gallery or museum.
My Girlfriend and I visited a virtual Art Museum last night and the experience really had an impact on me. Prior to this I had visited another museum that had the same affect on me – these spaces are speaking to a part of my awareness that just seems to be awakening – resonating with a deep desire heretofore overlooked within my psyche.
At the Lund Museum in Second Life
So, what DesignHaus *is* remains unanswered in my mind. But I do know what it is not, thus, I am getting closer to a definitive answer.
Until next time …