Giovanna Cerise Retrospective

Retrospective Giovanna Cerise’s new exhibit, Retrospective, opens today, Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 1 PM SLT at the Gay Island Resort gallery. The show contains selected works from 2009 to 2014 and there is some wonderful art to be seen here. I bumped into Giovanna as I looked around in the gallery and we talked about how the exhibit really does display a sense of evolution in her work, from early prim use to now working with mesh. Some of her more recent black and white works remind me of diamonds or fine jewelry. I find them quite breathtaking. giovanna_004 One of my other favorites is Habanera, inspired by Carmen Bizet, which is an older piece created in 2009. It depicts a woman in a red dress surrounded by a swirling guitar and hands. I was standing from afar watching it and then realized one can actually step into the work itself and become part of the experience. The colors and the movements are stunning. A must see! giovanna_005 Photographs of Giovanna Cerise’s work by Kate Bergdorf

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Shadow Play

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The exhibit Shadow Play: Tales of Urbanization of China, located on a sim by the University of Massachusetts, is commissioned by New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. and sponsored by funding from the Jerome Foundation. The exhibit has been open to the Second Life© public for a while and one of the bloggers who did a remarkable job writing about this work is Inara Pey. After I read her blog post I took a mental note and decided to return at a later date, but did not find the time. A few days ago an artist friend then gave me two landmarks to the exhibit and I finally headed over to take a look. There are several reasons why this installation is important, one being the somewhat unusual topic itself, namely the recent urbanization of China. Another significant reason why this work is noteworthy is the type of artistic expression; the three artists Xiying Yang, Honglei Li and He Li (based in New York and Beijing) note that [t]hrough fieldwork in China, we collect the ingredients necessary for a multimedia production that combines traditional artistic expressions with emerging technologies. Weaving three interfaces, namely virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and physical reality, the new media art project visualizes the metamorphosis that results from the urbanization process.

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Last, but certainly not least, I find the rather delicate looking, ornate and colorful panels that describe the four parts, or chapters, of this installation stunningly beautiful. Head over for yourselves and take a look at this quite intriguing exhibit before it is gone.

Photographs by Kate Bergdorf

Winter 2015: Dress Inspired by Frida Kahlo

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Can I just please say here before I log off that I totally love the Frida Inspiration dress recently released by the fashion house GizzA. The dress has been photographed and posted on Flickr and blogs a lot lately and is getting quite a bit of attention. And no wonder, look at the rich colors and the exquisite design, how could anyone possibly resist this gorgeous gown? It comes with a rose headpiece too, which is stunning. I am in awe. 

STYLE CARD:

★ Dress and Headpiece: Frida Inspiration by GizzA
★ Hair: Mayumi3 (Type B, Citrine) by D!va
★ Skin: Emma (*peche*) by Essences
★ Freckles: Freckles (Chocolate Splits) by DeeTaleZ at Chapter Four
★ Look Eyes (Dark Green) by Amacci
★ Pose: Set Free by Del May

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Grungy Places

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All the grungy stuff some of us so love in Second Life© can be traced back to the work of Arcadia Asylum. As far as I know, the avatar Arcadia Asylum no longer exists in Second Life. I tried to visit the Arcadia Asylum Living Library today, but it too is gone. These days there are places in Second Life that seem to be at least partially inspired by the work of Arcadia and I like visiting them for no other reason then finding them incredibly cool.

Update February 7, 2015: I received an email from Briony Juran who provided me with the following update on why I couldn’t find the Arcadia Asylum Living Library: The old Library closed in December when the curator (Professor Grey) decided to leave Second Life. There is a new Library that just opened at the following location. It’s a mix of old and new, mostly new, but there are some of her early items on display accessible by teleporter from the landing (Mieville Pond; 152, 95, 21). Arcadia left SL in late 2008 and returned in early 2009 as Aley Arai. Among other things she built a wonderful full-sim exhibit called Privateer Space. Aley Arai also left SL after a few years but returned yet again as Aley Resident, building mostly pirate, steampunk, and underwater themes. So she has really been in SL all along. Also, there is a lovely display of her slum city build near the hobo junction in the Caletta sim. Thanks, Briony!

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The first place I visited a few days ago, a sim named SoulForge Electronica, is actually an electronic music themed sim. There are about ten different live music venues and all are enveloped in the familiar Arcadia Asylum slum-aesthetic. Not all items are made by her, in fact, most have been created by others and are just reminiscent of her work.

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The second place I revisited (I have been here many times in the past) is a place called the Missing Mile, which is a role play rural community inspired by the books of Poppy Z. Brite. All are allowed to visit as long as the rules are adhered to. There was quite a bit of lag on this sim when I was there, be prepared to move slowly and allow time for things to rezz.

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The last area I visited is my favorite and I believe it is also the newest of these sims. It is named Purple Crayons and is really only one part of a larger parcel. You can find here galleries and stores as part of the grungy little town. Some stores are occupied, some seem to be permanently closed and others appear to be available for rent. Rwah, the creator of Purple Crayons describes it as a place “[w]here coloring outside the lines is the norm. A place where nothing makes much sense, where there is little reason or rhyme as to why, it just happened.” Great place, head over and take a look.

Photographs (last three) by Kate Bergdorf

Sina Souza at Influence Art

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Sina Souza has an opening today, Sunday, January 25, 2015, at 1 PM SLT at the Influence Art Gallery. I am somewhat familiar with Sina’s work and some of the images you find at this gallery have actually been shown before, still, when viewing her powerful artworks in this exhibit I was left feeling moved by the ones I had already seen all over again. Sina started creating her images in Second Life© in November 2012. Since then she has exhibited widely, most recently at the Nitroglobus Gallery together with Sabbian Paine. I am excited that Sina has agreed to show her work at Berg by Nordan Art from October to December 2015. Check out the Fine Art America website for more of her work.

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I also really like the space, the Influence Art Gallery, where Sina’s work is on display. The quality of the two-story build (by Frasha Boa of Abiss) is exquisite and the size of it is perfect for a gallery. The brick exterior, consisting of a black-framed glass door and two black-framed large windows, wonderfully frames the artworks inside. The sparsely decorated two-level gallery interior highlights the artworks on display as well. My compliments for a beautifully put together gallery!

Photographs of Sina Souza images and of gallery by Kate Bergdorf

A Change of Scenery

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I will temporarily be closing  Winter on Nordan om Jorden starting February 1, 2015. The sim will not be accessible to the public for a month as I work on transforming it from a winter landscape into something else. I have a few ideas and I can’t wait to get started. So come on over and visit Winter if you haven’t already, the snow will be gone in a week! Thank you to those of you who visited the past months. If you take photos, please join the Nordan om Jorden Flickr group and post them there. I would love to see your impressions. The Berg by Nordan Art gallery will of course remain open as usual during the sim transformation process.

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Photographs by Kate Bergdorf

First Berg by Nordan Art Opening

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Today was the first ever Berg by Nordan Art opening, showing the exhibit ReZilience by tutsy Navarathna. The works by tutsy were beautiful and intriguing and I feel very lucky to have opportunity to show them in this gallery. It was also lovely reconnecting with old friends in the art community who I had not seen for a long time. Thank you everybody for coming! If you haven’t already, head on over and take a look at the ReZilience exhibit for yourself; it will be on display until the end of March 2015.

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Photographs by Kate Bergdorf

Berg by Nordan Art opening this Saturday

 

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I am happy to report that Tutsy Navarathna’s new exhibit ReZilience at Berg by Nordan Art will open this Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 6 AM SLT. Please be on the lookout for announcements. Tutsy’s work will be on display at the gallery until the end of March, followed by Piedra Lubitsch (April to June), Harbor Galaxy (July to September) and Sina Souza (October to December).

Image above by Tutsy Navarathna

Winter 2015: Tucked In Hair

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I adore this outfit with the tucked in hair. What a brilliant hair idea by [taketomi], now to combine with the huggable sweater by UFO at TSS! I can’t believe someone hasn’t thought of it before in Second Life©. I have long hair in Real Life and sometimes when it falls in my eyes and I don’t feel like putting it in a rubber band, I usually tuck it in a sweater, just like in the photograph above. It is sort of out the way but also not. I took this photo at Hazardous, a place I hadn’t visited for while. It hasn’t changed at all since I was there last and continues being great hang-out place with pretty decent music. A perfect place to linger and daydream for a while on a merry-go-round.

STYLE CARD:

★ Sweater: Huggable Sweater (Grey) by ::{u.f.o}:: at TSS
★ Pants: Skinny Jeans by COCO
★ Boots: Suede Ankle Boots (Grey Brown) COCO
★ Skin: Emma (*peche*) by Essences
★ Freckles: Freckles (Chocolate Splits) by DeeTaleZ at Chapter Four
★ Hair: UFO Sweater Hair (Browns) by [taketomi] at TSS
★ Look Eyes (Dark Green) by Amacci

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Winter 2015: Downhill at Lake Tahoe Ski Resort

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For some reason I am producing a lot of blog posts today. This will be the last one for today. A while ago now, I promised a friend that I would write a post on the mesh ski apparel she is producing from scratch. What better place to do this than at the Lake Tahoe Ski Resort! I headed over to the resort, purchased a pair of skis and took the lift up to the top of the slope. Almut’s ski suit is beautifully crafted, take a closer look at all the details. The hood can be worn up or down. Plenty of accessories, like gloves, goggles, and scarfs are also available in several colors. In these photographs I am wearing boots that come with the skis, but separate boots are available from the Almut Brunswick ski collection as well. Finally, I really like the way the hair with the woolen winter hat by ~Tableau Vivant~ matches this outfit. Perfect fit!

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The ski suit and accessories are not yet available in a Second Life© store or on the Second Life Marketplace, but Almut told me that interested buyers can contact her directly in-world.

STYLE CARD:

★ Ski Suit: Ski Suit (Off White) by Almut Brunswick
★ Skis and Boots: Zago Ski Girl by Lake Tahoe
★ Skin: Emma (*peche*) by Essences
★ Freckles: Freckles (Chocolate Splits) by DeeTaleZ at Chapter Four
★ Hair and Hat: Neve (Browns) by ~Tableau Vivant~ at Fameshed
★ Eyes: Look Eyes (Dark Green) by Amacci

Photographs by Kate Bergdorf