Speculum at LEA 6

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There is something hauntingly beautiful about Giovanna Cerise’s newest installation Speculum at LEA 6. Immediately upon arrival I found myself mesmerized by this large and abstract build. A myriad of wooden beams of sorts are joined together in several intricate clusters and form a long tunnel as well as a few tent-like shapes. The tunnel itself is veiled in a kind of fine partially see-through black grid. Giovanna mentions in her exhibit notecard that her work is about mirrors:  The mirror, as multiplicity and continuous playback. The mirror, where the invisible overlaps the original and the hidden appears suddenly. The mirror, as an illusion of which you can not do without. The mirror as a projection in an unreal dimension. The mirror that opens the door to …. This is without doubt one of the best large installations I have seen in Second Life© in a very long time. Bravo, Giovanna! Of note, however, not only at this exhibit but at other LEA sim exhibits as well, I find myself more and more distracted and bothered by the nearby sim installations. Igor Ballyhoo, in a Virtual Review interview, was right on mark; [t]he biggest problem with the LEA sims is that from one sim u see the other sims that are located next to it. This creates the feeling of a sandbox. You can’t enjoy going to the opera if in the room next to it there is rock concert. Speculum by Giovanna Cerise at LEA 6 will only remain open until the end of February 2015 so head over and take a look before it is too late.

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Photographs of Giovanna Cerise’s work by Kate Bergdorf

Leka

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Putting together a sim from scratch is a bit like writing a paper. One starts with an outline, writes a draft and then edits. I have about one week left to work on Leka until my deadline of March 1 and I just finished my first draft. I am pleased to be done and also happy about now being able to  just spend some time tweaking, which I actually enjoy doing the most. In terms of my initial roadblock regarding many sims in Second Life© looking similar because the creators use products from the same content creators, I think I am over it. You will find on the sim objects like trees from Happy Mood and Alex Bader and builds by Van Auster simply because they are gorgeous and my first choice.  And even though Leka probably will in some ways look like many other sims, I hope that people will experience it as something different as well. Phew, I am really glad to be done with the bulk of this and can now focus my attention on friends, the gallery, blogging and photography again! 

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Some Works by Haveit Neox

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Presently there are several places in Second Life© to view the stirringly beautiful works of Haveit Neox. I first wandered around on the sim Port of Sparquerry and found myself caught up in a whirlwind of art and builds. The sim feels like it is moving you along by itself somehow and it is really hard to stand still. I experienced each work as its own story or perhaps a fantasy. I only spent a short while as I had to log off. But there is really no way one can just briefly linger through this very dreamy place, one needs to spend much time to explore all the nooks and little hideouts. I will return.

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My second Haveit Neox stop today was at the Centaurs’ Hall on the sim Verdigris. This is the newest work by Haveit, integrated into the already existing Hungarian village built by Oriolus Oliva. The works of these two builders compliment each other it seems magically. I remember a few years ago, seeing some of the work by the talented Mr. Neox at UWA. At that time, I was both curious and impressed by his creations. Today, honestly, I feel completely blown away by his work. Both the attention to detail and the overall magnitude of his works are inspiring. I hope we will see much more of Haveit’s art in Second Life in the future. For more information about the work of Haveit Neox, please check out his blog ACC Alpha.

Photographs of Haveit Neox’s work by Kate Bergdorf

Getting There

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STYLE CARD:

★ Dress: Gillian (Floral) by Valentina E.
★ Earrings: Merriwheather Diamond Studs by Paper Couture
★ Hair: Mayumi3 (citrine) by D!va
★ Skin: Emma (*peche*) by Essences
★ Feet: Mesh Feet (Arched) by Gos
★ Freckles: Freckles (Chocolate Splits) by DeeTaleZ at Chapter Four
★ Eyes: Look Eyes (Dark Green) by Amacci
★ Pose: Hair Do by Del May
★ Location: Leka (public access March 1, 2015)

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Contrast Program by Sina Souza

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Sina Souza has an opening, Contrast Program, today Saturday, February 14, 2015, at 12 PM SLT at the Yucale Coffee Gallery. There are older works as well as new ones to be seen. As always, Sina’s work is simultaneously bold and very moving, this time in black and white. Head over and take a look. And a reminder, be on the lookout for announcements for Sina’s exhibit at Berg by Nordan Art starting October 2015.

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Photograph of Sina Souza’s work by Kate Bergdorf

Foggy Morning

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STYLE CARD:

★ Jacket: Equestrian Jacket (Blue) by COCO at Collabor88
★ Pants and boots: Riding pants and boots (two tone -B) by COCO at Collabor88
★ Hair: Sonja (Brunettes) by Rowne
★ Skin: Emma (*peche*) by Essences
★ Freckles: Freckles (Chocolate Splits) by DeeTaleZ at Chapter Four
★ Eyeliner: Cat Eyes Make Up by DAMNED
★ Eyes: Look Eyes (Dark Green) by Amacci
★ Pose: Waitress by (marukin)
★ Location: Leka (public access March 1, 2015)

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf