Exhibit at dathuil

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I have my own exhibit (first ever) coming up at dathuil gallery on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 1 PM SLT. Thank you so much Lucy and Max for giving me this opportunity. It has been interesting putting the exhibit together, in part perhaps because I am not used to being the one exhibiting, but usually the one organizing the shows. I know what it is like now and it is a bit nerve-wracking for sure! But I also loved the planning and taking the photographs; it forced me to tap into my creativity in a different way. The exhibit is inspired by the poem “I Like For You To Be Still,” by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (1904-1973). The poem is part of his poetry collection “Twenty Love Poems and A Song Of Despair,” published in 1924. Hope to see you there!

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Nusquam

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I am first now finding time to write a blog post about Nusquam. As so many of you, I’ve taken several photos there already; it is hard not to, the place is filled with things to photograph. I think it is safe to say that Nusquam is one of the two most popular new Second Life destinations (the other one being the newly re-designed The Trace). Each time I have visited, the sim has been almost filled to capacity. An intriguing combination of traditional, whimsy and cool, this location is a photographer’s haven for sure. Lush fields, rugged shores, grungy railway tracks with derailed trains and a few very distinctly decorated houses come together in such a way as to create a cohesive whole. Bravo and thank you Randi Lenroy for putting together such a wonderful place for us all to enjoy. If you head over to take pics don’t forget to add them to the Nusquam Flickr group!

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

April through June 2016: Igor Ballyhoo and Imani Nayar

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We have less than a week left of the current exhibits by Haveit Neox and Mich Michabo at Berg by Nordan Art. Please head over and take a look if you haven’t already. Igor Ballyhoo, with his installation MECHANISMUS, and Imani Nayar, with the exhibit Black & White Photography, are up next, from April through June 2016. The gallery will be closed on April 1 and 2 for installation of the new exhibits and the opening will then take place on Sunday, April 3 at 12 PM SLT. As usual our house DJ d-oo-b (aka Eif) will provide music!

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Thank you very much to Mich and Haveit for a fabulous three months of art and welcome to Imani and Igor for the second exhibit period of 2016. Hope to see you all at the opening on Sunday!

Mickey Chair

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New Mickey chair (part of three-piece metal junk collection) by junk. Mickey chair is 6 LI and contains 18 single animations. Also part of the set are a metal cabinet, which is 3 LI, and the bertie lamp, which is 1 LI, and turns on/off by touch. Available at Uber. House by Apple Fall Chelsea Townhouse.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Strawberryland

 

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Cica Ghost’s new installation Strawberryland opened a few days ago and I finally found time tonight to head over and take a look. This work is just as whimsical and playful as most other exhibits by the talented Cica, but, and as also is usually the case with this artist’s work, there are some surprises. Mainly this time it is the gigantic size and cheerful colors of most objects. Watching my avatar walking and flying around, I felt a bit like a miniature in Lilliput Land. The colors in Strawberryland are mostly bright green, red and white, providing a cheerful sense of change of season. And it is windy on this sim, sheets on a clothes line flutter in the wind  and the hair of most figures stand on end. It feels busy. I ended up pulling back from the crowd and the hustle and bustle and found a little wooden girl without a face standing stiffly in a patch of white flowers. Head over and take a look, as always, Cica’s work should not be missed.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Shifting

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Daze’s new solo exhibit Shifting opened at White Pines Gallery on Elysion earlier this week. This is the best show I have seen by daze so far. This collection of photographs consists of portraits, nudes, and various scenes. Next to most of the pictures one finds a little a little radio with corresponding music. This detail enriches the overall experience while viewing and is truly a wonderful idea. In her artist statement, daze notes about her exhibit that I see SL as a place of constant change and sometimes I like to slow it down, change the pace, and capture that time. I have found though, that while you can slow things down , you can’t stop the shifting, nor would you want to. Without those shifts, of light, of sand , of wind, a hand, or connections, you will never see the jewels that lie beneath. The gallery itself is owned and curated by the talented Syn Beresford. A beautiful show in a beautiful gallery. A must see.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

The Trace

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There have been so many great places opening up lately, it is hard to keep up. I recently covered here The Yorkshire Moors, Crystal Gardens and The Mill, followed by Suomi and Legacy Ridge. There are several others, one of them is the newly made-over The Trace, which I will cover in this post. Another one, Nusquam, has caught my attention as well and I will head over and blog about it soon. But back to The Trace. This is a seasonally landscaped sim by Kylie Jaxxon that I think is familiar to most of us and it has been open to the public since 2013. In 2014, Elvira Kytori, owner of White Dunes Estates, joined forces with Miss Jaxxon and the two have collaborated ever since. The most recent version of this popular destination I think is the best so far. One can tell that much thought and attention has been given to putting the sim together; things like rotating water sprinklers, yoga mats with poses and hang gliders are very nice touches (I tried hang gliding and had a blast!). The landscape itself is mostly flat with rocks and some stones, reaching into the ocean on all sides, adorned with a great variation of all kinds of fauna, grass, bushes and trees. There are plenty of buildings and areas to hang out. I predict this place will become one of the most popular destinations this Spring and Summer. Head over and take a look for yourselves and don’t forget to post your photographs in The Trace Flickr Group.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Transtriptychon

Transtriptychon

There is an important exhibit, transtriptychon, by moon Edenbaum, currently at the Kafu Ato Gallery. Most of you probably remember the photographs by moon from his last exhibit shoot the shooters, which was his first show and a great success. His current exhibit addresses transgender people in Second Life, merely three photographs in a small gallery; I found the show incredibly powerful and touching.  moon notes in his artist statement that transtriptychon is a series of three big photographs that explore the delicate balance of freedom and shame of the trans-people in sl. Transgenderism has thankfully been receiving more and more attention in real life over the past two years or so. Thank you moon for bringing attention to it in Second Life as well. The exhibit runs from March 12 to April 12, 2016, head over and take a look.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf