Stories at the Park 2: inspired by Slatan Dryke

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About Slatan Dryke

SlatanSlatan Dryke loves art in all its forms, and while he may well be a photographer in the physical world, he regards painting and sculpture as being closest to his heart, and he works in both mediums here in Second Life, as the pieces he has opted to show at Holly Kai Park demonstrate.

A wanderer by nature, he enjoys nothing more than exploring the grid, finding new pockets of beauty for his pictures, thanks to the creativity and imagination of fellow residents, where his physical world knowledge of photography greatly informs his framing, windlight selection, image ratio, etc., such that he rarely post-processes his work.

As a sculptor, Slatan surprisingly claims to have limited skills with in-world building. However, his works – which focus on the abstract – demonstrate a talent for colour, motion, and composition, and show a skilled level of prim manipulation.

Stories and Poems

The Unclaimed Seat – Trolley Trollop

Inspired by  Kindly Light

The artist hadn’t wanted the commission: his client was a diva given to quarrelling with suggestions that women of a certain age perhaps should eschew the stripper stilettos and bandage dresses of 20-somethings. But with two ex-wives and children to support, he acquiesced.

He would paint her out-of- doors, northern light softening her bony face, A well-padded lounge chair in the shade of tall trees would provide the viewer’s eye visual relief.

All was ready. She was late. A messenger arrived bearing an envelope. He read, “Your services are no longer required. I have met a man . . . .”

Kindly Light by Slatan Dryke, Art at the Park, May 2016
Kindly Light by Slatan Dryke – Art at the Park, May 2016

Hand Me Another – Caledonia Skytower

Inspired by Mirroring

Mirroring by Slatan Dryke, Art at the Park, May 2016
Mirroring by Slatan Dryke – Art at the Park, May 2016

The pop top makes its signature sound. A smooth gurgle of amber refreshment.

“Ahhh! That’s good!”

Mesmerizing heat dancers subtly warp and distort the sand and rocks. Whose bright idea was this anyway? Okay, yeah, so there are umbrellas and they should offer shade. But who wants to move them every 30 minutes? Who wants to move at all?

“Catch anything yet?”

“Nope. You?”

“Nah! Me neither.”

Silence, but for the sizzling heat. The fish must know. They must be smarter than we are. They found some shady rock at the bottom. There’s relief in the cooler.

“Hand me another?”

Every Dog Shall Have His Day – Trolley Trollop

Inspired by The Mob

The Mob by Slatan Dryke, Art at the Park, May 2016
The Mob by Slatan Dryke – Art at the Park, May 2016

The Rainbow Bridge is not, I think, a place of Technicolor imagery concocted in Disney’s studios. No improbable blossoms cover rolling hillsides. No manic butterflies flutter and spread their wings to catch sunbeams painted by some devotee of Cezanne. The Sounds of Music do not fill the air with relentless optimism. Rosy cheeked cherubs do not fly about and wave.

For me, the Rainbow Bridge is a place of quiet expectation, reunion and communion as those grace notes of Creation—the dogs with which we have shared our lives—wait to welcome us home. All is forgiven. We are redeemed.

Winterly Light – Kayden Oconnell

Inspired by Winterly Blue

The winter sky is fair
Not fair like the omnipresent blue of June
Not fair like that, no

The winter sky is even
There is comfort in the even grey
that drifts to a winter blue

Winterly light
Winterly Light by Slatan Dryke – Art at the Park, May 2016

The shawl of snow
that softens the cement
and the brick
and the hard pavement of human design
picks up on that winter blue
and unites all that it touches

There is no gaudy red of fall
or lazy summer green
or the false innocent pink of spring

Only winterly blue
a royal hue
nature’s due

Cool among the sleeping trees.

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