Haveit Neox did it again. We snuck in and took a look at his City Inside Out at LEA 20, which I believe opens Thursday next week, and were completely overcome by this majestic work. The layers and the details of the installation are brilliant. Wood, stone, string, net and other textures are combined in a way that has not been seen in Second Life© before. Both the craft and the thought behind this important work are intelligent and poetic. Haveit notes about the exhibit layout itself that [b]uilt on three levels, the eroding exteriors infuse themselves into the air space of the sky, onto the land of the perpetual traffic, and below the land, completing the dominance of the harsh realities into every possible corner. The unbelievable stories to be told are hung out to dry in the wind.
The exhibit explores with great symbolism and metaphors homelessness and the resulting lack of privacy and sense of home. Haveit notes about his City Inside Out work that [t]o someone without a home living on the streets, the bustling city becomes one united exterior. “City Inside Out” explores a world that lacks interiors. Small coins fall into the beggars’ hats, large insults to their faces. Joggers, dog walkers, groups of boisterous friends, clean people in new clothes, romantic couples, cell phone conversations, shiny traffic, wash their daily ties of heath and prosperity past the homeless. Late each night, other crowds emerge, dangerous as the sharp knife and gun, prickly as lice and poisonous insect infested clothing, blurry as sight without glasses, ringing ears without imaginary voices, and resignation to untreated illness. The survival test is administered without consideration for those who will see the next day. As with most of Haveit’s work one needs much time to fully appreciate it. There are layers of meaning infused into each detail of this build and I think it best explored flying around or walking otherwise parts may be missed. What I also really like about the installation is the background; not only does it envelop the work itself beautifully and provides a backdrop, it also cleverly prevents views of the other neighboring LEA art sims that usually interfere with ones overall LEA art sim viewing experience. Last, but not least, I am happy to report that I am planning to open an outside installation space as part of Berg by Nordan Art and that Haveit has agreed to show a new installation there in the future. Please be on the lookout for announcements.
Photographs by Kate Bergdorf