The opening of the exhibit Faces of Longing and Grief by Maloe Vansant at the dathúil Gallery of Art took place on September 2 at 1 PM SLT. Unfortunately, I could not attend due to real life commitments, but visited today instead. I’ve said it before, but it is worth repeating; thanks to the consistently excellent choice of exhibiting photographers, and also in large thanks to the curating skills of Lucy Diamond, this gallery has become one of Second Life’s best. The show by Maloe is no exception. She reflects on the meaning of the show in an exhibit notecard; [n]ow something so sad has hold of us that the breath leaves and we can’t even cry, by American poet and author Charles Bukowski (You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense, 1986), adding “[t]hats what I try to express with my pictures.” Her images certainly capture this sentiment. And the intriguing mixture of black and white portraits with a few colorful ones only add to this effect.
I also really like the general layout of this show, it just feels well thought-out. There are not many props here, but they are carefully selected and provide a playful addition to the images themselves. I know some people don’t really care about picture frames, but I am a sucker for detail and I do and I am completely in love with the frames surrounding the photographs, they are so very beautiful and well-crafted! This show will be open to the end of September, make sure not to miss it.
Photographs by Kate Bergdorf