Forest of Scissors

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Open to the public only for a limited period of time, Igor Ballyhoo’s Forest of Scissors can now be seen at LEA 7. This is without doubt one of the finest art installations I have laid my eyes on in the virtual world to date and I am so pleased to see it on display again. Upon arrival on this site, one finds oneself amongst a gigantic field of scissors. There is a surreal sense of feeling lost or perhaps of being haunted here, an immersive experience that could only have been put together by a visionary creator like the talented Mr. Ballyhoo. I talked to Igor about this work for our interview for The Virtual Review a few years back and he noted [t]hat was one weird dream that I had. I dreamed I was walking through the desert and all around me were these huge scissors that were falling from the sky. One of things that was the most impressive in the dream was the sound of the wind that went over the sharp scissor edges. I was not able to reproduce that sound in any way, so for me Forest of Scissors was never completed. Head over and take a look and bring your camera!

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

small town living

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I revisited Crestwick today. This is one of those places that one can count on never changing and I think it is exactly this sense of consistence which brings people back. A small working class town, with a downtown center (including The Pretentious Gallery), residential district, municipal district, a lagoon, and most recently added beach and public pool, this place is true to style. Upon arrival one stands in front of the Municipality of Crestwick Visitor Center, basically a map with teleports. This provides a great overview of Crestwick, use it! I spent most of my morning exploring this place all over again and I enjoyed it just as much this time as I had the first time I blogged about it. The careful attention to detail and the effort that has been put into maintaining a sense of authenticity here are impressive. When you visit and take photos, make sure to include them in the Crestwick Flickr group.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Art Highlights in July

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The arts are alive and kicking in Second Life. There are several installations and exhibits on display at the moment and I figured I’d compile some of them here. This is by no means a complete list, but merely a few suggestions. Most of these events have already been posted by myself and other bloggers and I provide links when this is the case. So here are some of the SL July art highlights, listed in no particular order at all.

Gallery: MetaLES
Exhibit: Bury your fears – Bury your dreams
Curator(s): Ux Hax and Romy Nayar
About: See Ziki Questi’s Blog
Artist(s): Selavy Oh
Time: Last day is August 8, 2016

Gallery: Berg by Nordan Art
Exhibit: Yesterday: Retrospective and Close Ups of a Doll
Curator(s): Kate Bergdorf
About: See The Bergdorf Reports
Artist(s): Maloe Vansant
Time: July through September 2016

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Gallery: The Pretentious Gallery (former Broadstreet Gallery)
Exhibit: MEN
Curator(s): Isa Messioptra
About: Men. Some are strong, some are sweet. Some are slobs with smelly feet. Men come in all varieties, handsome, sexy, dashing, sensitive, brilliant, brave, pompous, bastards, pigs, assholes etc. For this months exhibit Isa Messioptra asked ten women to submit an image depicting men through their own experiences.
Artist(s): .kiki, Jammeh, Amona Savira, imani Nayer, Tatiana Easterwood, Maloe Vansant, Kate Bergdorf, Isa Messioptra, Jordan Giant, Oakley Foxtrot
Time: Opens Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 12 PM SLT (open for about a month)

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Gallery: dathuil Gallery of Art
Exhibit: Inked
Curator(s): Lucy Diamond and Max Butoh
About: See The Bergdorf Reports
Artist(s): ElizabethNantes
Time: Open for the month of July 2016

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Gallery: Furillen Gallery
ExhibitWorks by Ini Inaka
Curator(s): Serene Footman
About: Photography by Ini Inaka
Artist(s): Ini Inaka
Time: Closes sometime in August 2016

Gallery: LEA13
Exhibit: Snarl
Curator(s): Mac Kanashimi
About: See The Bergdorf Reports
Artist(s): Mac Kanashimi
Time: Open until the end of the year 2016

Gallery: The Good Days Gallery
Exhibit: [in the dark]
Curator(s): G o o d C r o s s
About: Photographs by Mr. Gausman
Artist(s): Cicciuzzo Gausman
Time: Ends early August 2016

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Gallery: Nitroglubus Hall
Exhibit: All_Most Real
Curator(s): Dido Haas
About: See The Bergdorf Reports
Artist(s): MM (Mysterr)
Time: July and August 2016

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Gallery: UTSA ArtSpace
Exhibit: Reopening of UTSA
Curator(s): constructivIST Solo
About: See The Bergdorf Reports
Artist(s): Rebeca Bashly, Igor Ballyhoo,Eupalinos Ugajin, Ini Inaka, and Bryn Oh
Time: Closes last day of July 2016

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Gallery: Dixmix Gallery
Exhibit: The Bearable Lazyness of Being
Curator(s): dixmix Source
About: Photographs by Maloe Vansant and Burk Bode
Artist(s): Maloe Vansant and Burk Bode
Time: Unknown

Top photograph of MetaLES exhibit by Kate Bergdorf

Maloe Vansant at Berg by Nordan Art

Maloe Vansant at Berg by Nordan Art

We have a Maloe Vansant two-exhibit extravaganza coming up at Berg by Nordan Art. The opening is this Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 12 PM SLT and the exhibit will be open to the public through September.  One artist showing her work both in the small gallery and on the ground is a first for Berg by Nordan Art. I can’t think of anybody who could possibly pull this off better than the talented Maloe with her two exhibits Yesterday: Retrospective and Close Ups of a Doll. In the first space, the gallery in the sky, we find a retrospective, a fine collection of photography never before seen by the public. Maloe choses the words in Emily Dickinson’s poem Yesterday is History to capture this exhibit.

Yesterday is History,
‘Tis so far away –
Yesterday is Poetry –
‘Tis Philosophy –

Yesterday is mystery –
Where it is Today
While we shrewdly speculate
Flutter both away

In the second exhibit space on the ground, usually reserved for large installations, we find Maloe’s second collection of photographs Close Ups of a Doll. These are all new photographs depicting close-ups of avatars, inspired by our perception of the avatar as a doll. The images so very beautifully capture the spirit of the work of Maloe and in every single one we recognize her uniquely sophisticated style. Come join us tomorrow for opening, our Nordan Art House DJ Eif, aka d-oo-b, will spin his masterfully put together tunes. Finally, many thanks here also to Burk Bode for his invaluable assistance putting this exhibit together.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

All_Most Real

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There is a tremendously beautiful exhibit, All_Most Real, by the talented MM (Mysterr), currently at Nitroglobus Hall. Eighteen large black and white photographs, depicting both real and virtual life nude subjects, adorn the walls of the vast gallery space (which, by the way, is so very suitable for this kind of photography). It is not readily apparent which pictures display real life or virtual life and perhaps this is in fact intended since our virtual and real life experiences so often overlap. The artist notes that [t]he exhibition ALL_MOST REAL is a quest on reality and perception, and how they influence our emotions. We know perceptions win over facts and reality so many times, conditioning our lives. In MM’s search for realism, could it be that the doll finally (like pinocchio) transforms pixels into flesh? Or will she be a doll forever, keeping alive the hope and flame of the search? These works are meant to challenge you to look deeper, not only with your eyes, but also with your heart. Just let yourself go: will you be able to tell what’s real and what’s not? Maybe nothing is real, or all is, or just a part… It does not really matter that you solve the puzzle. Believe in what you want to believe… Change your beliefs along the path. “Life is a journey, not a destination”… The only way possible should be a free one. Congratulations both to MM for these exquisite photographs and to Dido Haas for curating. The show will be up until the end of August.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Snarl

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There is presently a new exhibit, Snarl by Mac Kanashimi, to be seen on LEA 13. It looks like a huge (4060 meters high) tangle of colorful circular snippets carelessly tossed together in a large bunch. The artist notes that snarl looks like a messed up thread, fiber, vine, etc., curls at random in every direction, uses about 5000 objects, 3 prims per object, is four kilometers high, has unique prim colors, lightness has the slowest cycle making Snarl go from light at its tail to dark at its head, saturation has a faster cycle than lightness, hue has a faster cycle than saturation, breaks down at least once a day from tail to head and rebuilds and uses HSL to RGB conversion. We found that flying to the highest point and then free-falling to the ground made for an amazing experience. This installation will be open until the end of the year, head over and take a look.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Inked

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I was to my dismay unable to attend the much-anticipated opening of Elizabeth Nantes’ exhibit Inked today Saturday, July 2, at 12 PM SLT, at the dathuil Gallery of Art. This is a fine collection of photographs mostly of tattooed nudes and a vast majority of the 23 images that adorn the two floors of the gallery are simply stunning. Elizabeth has done a marvelous job putting this show together and notes in her artist statement that Inked, a celebration of second life tattoo art, inspired by not only the tattoo designers, but the people wearing them. I bumped into a fellow night-owl, Doc, as I was writing this post and he graciously agreed to be part of my photo. Head over and take a look at this intriguing exhibit before it closes in a month or so!

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf