SLB11 Sneak Peek Preview: Slave by Igor Ballyhoo

slave_003The Second Life© 11th Birthday community celebration is around the corner and all kinds of preparations are going on. The event will open on June 22, 2014 and close one week later. Art exhibits, live music, debates and other events can be enjoyed on 11 sims, all inspired by the words of Winston Churchill: The empires of the future are the empires of the mind. To find out more, check out the SL Community Celebration blog.

One of the exhibitors at this year’s SLB event is the artist Igor Ballyhoo. He has created a statue entitled Slave, which he completed the other day. The statue is large and black, its extremities held together with a disjointed spine that extends as a holding mechanism of sorts for a TV. The head of the figure consists of one large white eye only and the TV has a snowy appearing screen. This work of art depicts a common state of man in our modern society, namely, man addicted to the screen. As so often noticeable in his other creations, Igor also in this work masterfully ties in aspects of the surreal. The result is a quite powerful work rich in symbolism.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

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