Third Lollygagger Art Festival

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The Lollygagger Lane sim has been around for a while. It is one of those places that feels a bit like “old SL,” but in a really good way. I like this place for several reasons, one of them being that they have a small gallery, Lollygagger Art Center, where artists like Piedra Lubitsch, Kake Broek, and other talented not so main-stream artists have shown their work. There is also a strong fundraising tradition here, which I applaud, and I have covered some of the events, the latest one here. All of this is spearheaded by the seemingly never-tiring curator and organizer Chrissssy. Her latest project, the third Lollygagger Art Festival, which opened on May 21, 2016, is a fundraiser in support of Relay for Life. Works by Rob Barber, Kake Broek, Pepper Chaffe, Sparkie Cyberstar, Ziki Questi, Fae Varriale, Fanny Vermont, and Kandece Weissbrod (some of these works are for sale, some are not), are distributed all over the sim (follow yellow arrows on ground). Relay for Life donation kiosk are available for donations. Head over and take a look, this even will be open for another two months or so.  And thanks to Chrissssy for all you do! ūüôā

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

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Arachnid

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I haven’t been inworld for a few days and there is a lot of catching up to do. One of my first stops is the new installation Arachnid by Cica Ghost. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, Arachnid is defined as¬†any of a class (Arachnida) of arthropods comprising chiefly terrestrial invertebrates, including the spiders, scorpions, mites, and ticks, and having a segmented body divided into two regions of which the anterior bears four pairs of legs but no antennae. Like many of us, I am someone who will quickly jump on top of the kitchen table should I spot one of these arachnids. I felt similarly¬†as I was wandering around Cica’s installation this morning; several huge, brooding spiders lurk throughout this dark sim and I kept a safe distance. It occurred to me eventually that this installation is not really only about spiders though, but rather the threat that they represent. On this sim, placed amongst barren and knotty trees, are also several enclosed cages with metal bars, symbolizing perhaps a sense of entrapment. I found the cage with the three dolls rotating on little platforms inside it particularly magical and beautiful (see above). As always, there are many objects to click and sit on here. Also, remember to turn on the music, which I think contributes to the experience.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

The way we are

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I’ve been thinking. You know how we second life people always say that time goes so fast here? Like one or two months in second life are like one year in real life, something like that. There is a sense of distortion of time here. Could it perhaps be that this pertains to our feeling states also, that feelings like¬†love and hate are warped in some way as well? In other words, projections and fantasies that influence our sense of time here similarly¬†have an impact on our emotions.¬†If this is indeed the case that our feeling states are in some way intensified in second life, that when we love there is a sense that we love more and when we hate our hate is perceived as stronger. Interestingly then, as our feeling states are experienced as more pronounced here, there is also a great opportunity to look at more difficult behaviors, try to resolve them, learn from them and grow. Just saying. Maybe I’m just¬†thinking too much. ūüėõ

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Clawtooth Challenge

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Strawberry Singh posted on her blog a challenge in support of  hair designer Bubbles Clawtooth (Clawtooth) who is raising funds for his mother diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). ALS is progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The challenge is simple: Highlight in your blog three or more Clawtooth hairstyles. I decided to go blonde for this one and also had a lot of fun using the Rita mesh head by Genesis. The Clawtooth hair styles from top to bottom are Magnolia, Miss Horne, and Safari. Head over the Clawtooth store on the Tableau sim and get started to support this worthy cause!

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Photographs by Kate Bergdorf

Three shows this Sunday!

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I am happy to report that Second Life art galleries continue to thrive. This Sunday, May 15, 2016, we have three excellent exhibits (and there are probably more), all opening pretty much exactly at the same time…¬†The [Enlightenment] show, by Cicciuzzo Gausman, curated by Mareea Farrasco, opens at the IMAGO gallery at 12 PM SLT (read more about it here). The exhibit Postcards from the Subconsious, by Maloe Vansant and Burk Bode, curated by Dido Haas, opens at Nitroglobus Hall at 12:30PM SLT. Maloe and Burk note that [t]his exhibition is like a child. It was planned friendly and glamorous. But as always our unconsciousness send us postcards. Feelings like bubbles coming up that told us we had to make just this picture and no other.¬†So at the end our child is not what we planned it to be. It became somebody dark and nasty. Looking at us like a misbehaving child and telling us: ‘I don’t like you’. Astonished we answer: ‘but we love you and we made you!?!’¬†Our child turned out to be somebody else: dark, coz it emerged from the dark sides of our souls. Sticking out its tongue and smiling at us boldly. But we still love it …¬† It is also my pleasure to let you know here that Maloe Vansant has agreed to show her photographs at Berg by Nordan Art in 2017. Please be on the lookout for announcements.

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The show In the spirit of…., a group show featuring¬†Amona Savira,¬†Bay Addens,¬†Dr. Strangelove,¬†Isa Messioptra,¬†Jordan Giant,¬†.kiki,¬†Lyndzey Melli,¬†Paola Mills,¬†Senna Coronet and¬†Tutsy Navarathna, opens at the Broadstreet Gallery also at 12 PM SLT.¬†Senna Coronet, the curator of this exhibit, states that [m]any of us are influenced by artists in many genres. Whether consciously or not we are often guided by the work and style of others. We asked a few artists to think about those influencers and develop work that would pay homage to their influence on the work we do in Second Life.¬†It promises to be a great Sunday with fun openings and outstanding photography! Lastly, let me also mention here a new Flickr group created today by G o o d C r o s s, The Second Life Art Calendar. ¬†This is a group to help us keep track of Second Life art gallery exhibits; thanks GC, a great idea!

Photograph of Maloe Vansant’s Sweet Venus¬†currently at Nitroglobus Hall by Kate Bergdorf

Inventory Madness

Inventory Madness

My inventory is a horrible mess. I have reached the point¬†where I can no longer comfortable navigate my folders. I find myself spending an enormous amount of time trying to find the simplest thing. Truthfully, I dread opening my inventory. How did it come to this!? I am generally an organized person and I am usually on top of things like this, in fact, I would even go as far as saying I take pride in being on top of things like this! A long list of textures, mostly named Snapshot_001; a huge pile of new objects all¬†needing to be rezzed, opened, looked at and sorted into folders; enormous amounts of scattered folders of hair¬†that need to be tried on and then either kept or discarded; clothing, plants, furniture, buildings; it goes on and on and on…. A nightmare. I have decided that for once and for all this must¬†be resolved. I will set aside time and sort it out. My point here is that it is actually more stressful to frantically look for items in the inventory than it is to set aside a few hours to organize the damn thing. I can’t believe I just wrote a post about inventory organization, I could have used this time to sort the inventory! ūüėõ

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

[Enlightenment]

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The exhibit¬†[Enlightenment] by Cicciuzzo Gausman opens on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 12 PM SLT at IMAGO. There are twenty photographs on two floors of this newish and quite intriguing gallery by Mareea Farasco (who also has her own opening of the exhibit Medieval Fantasy at the Club LA gallery this Saturday at 12 PM SLT). Having returned to Second Life after an extended hiatus, Mr. Gausman continues devoting¬†time to photography, developing his own unique style of “realism.” The images on display here are indeed incredibly realistic and of a few of them I thought they must have¬†been taken in¬†real life for sure. In these photographs we see represented a successful integration of composition, light, and shadows, resulting in bold and quite elegant avatar studies. Mr. Gausman notes about this exhibit that [a]¬†series of 20 images about how sometimes finding the “perfect” avatar and just the right amount of light can be an inspiration as much as RL. Hope you can make the opening on Sunday! If not this exhibit¬†will be on display for the rest of the month, make sure not to miss it.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

+Follow Your Bliss+

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There is a very lovely place called +Follow Your Bliss+ that I finally found time to visit. Created by talented photographer and distinguished former Golden Paper Crown Queen Elizabeth FYB, this is a destination that should not be missed. Meadows, a few large trees, small houses and plenty of seating areas can be found here. But most of all this place feels like a nautical space with its cliffs and shores and many little boats. I truly enjoyed wandering around and discovering new things at each bend here; there is a mellowness and sense of peace that is hard to miss. I ended up spending quite a bit of time in a little hut at the water. It was so tranquil, I could just not leave. Head over and take a look at this beautiful sim. If you take photos, please post them in the +Follow Your Bliss+ Flickr group.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

The Living Room

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Three floors of 3D statues by Mistero Hifeng are currently on display at The Living Room. Some of these older and newer works by the talented Mr. Hifeng are already familiar to many of us who travel the grid, nonetheless, it is great to see them again, gathered in one space. His easily recognizable style, partial disintegration of the object, charged with emotion, is inspired by music and photography.  Hifeng notes in his artist statement that [t]aking a picture is like portraying a part of my inner self, I do this in my real life and in Second Life too, trying to capture moments that give me a thrill, hoping that everyone watching my works will feel the same emotions. My photos are almost always traveling in parallel with my state of mind; I may want flowers and fantastic colors, as well as a simple point in the blue if at that moment it means a lot more than a full rainbow. Head over and take a look at this exhibit before it closes by the end of the month.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Solitude

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The most recent exhibit at dathuil, Solitude, by Cicada, opened today, May 5, 2016. This is one of the most lovely shows I have seen in this gallery so far; sensitive and introspective.¬†Cicade notes in her artist statement that¬†[s]olitude is the remoteness from habitations. The sense of feeling to want to be away from everything.¬†I’d like to be able to get away for a long time, just to think, to plan and to just be.¬†A time to fix myself, fix all things broken, fix everything. The photographs depict plants, flowers and avatars, all in one way or touching upon the theme of privacy, aloneness and peace. There are seventeen photographs all in all, eight on the upper floor and nine on the ground. Part of the ground floor is covered in a yellow field of flowers, contributing to the overall sense of delicacy here. I also really like the way the ground floor images are mounted with ropes extending to the ceiling, a great addition. Head over and take a look at this exhibit, it will be open until the end of the month!

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf