art in october

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There are several exciting art installations and photography exhibits to be seen in SL for the remainder of October, some of them extending into November and December. I spent the morning teleporting around these places and taking some pics. Below is, in no particular order, some of the shows I found noteworthy. There are of course many more exhibits on the grid, there was just not time enough to post them all here.

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Monochrome by Giovanna Cerise at LEA 21 opened a few days ago and will remain open until the end of December. This is a large-scale installation that integrates the colors black, red, and white on three levels. Giovanna notes that [t]he choice of black, white and red was dictated by my passion for these colors that evoke a multitude of contrasting references, in agreement or in continuation with each other. The invitation, then, is to experience the different possibilities of light and ambience offering the virtual world. Single color it takes on different aspects and nuances almost endless and the effects increase and multiply, creating a restless disorientation.  For more information about Giovanna, check out her blog.

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There is an exquisite little exhibit, A Travel Between Feelings, by Joslyn Benson at KaFu Ato gallery at Hafenviertel that will be open until Christmas. This is a collection of seven mostly black and white photographs by Joslyn. I don’t believe these images are new for this show, but it doesn’t really matter. It is always such a feast for the eye to explore the delicate works by this talented artist. Let me also add here that I have really come to like this little gallery. Situated in an odd little grungy area with brothels and all kinds of sex shops, it succeeds in providing an intimate space for art.

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MetaLES, by Ux Hax and Romy Nayar, is split into two parts; one space is in the air, showing photographs and the ground space remains for large installations. In the gallery in the sky, we find the exhibit 5Y SMOKING, by the talented Lan, her first exhibit. And it is a great one where she shows a collection of photographs, all with the theme smoking. Her exhibit will be open until the end of the month. On the ground we find the installation Tumor, by Igor Ballyhoo, which will be open to the end of this month also (see top photograph). It is no secret to my readers that I am a great fan of the work by Igor. I find this installation reminiscent of one of his earlier works, Metamorphosis; a large space filled with parts coming together to create a mysterious whole. Surrealist inspired blood-shot eye-balls and twirling drill-heads are positioned between greenish towers and metal structures. Igor notes about his exhibit that [t]his work is my acknowledgment of greed for material things of human kind which is so powerful that it is going to cost us our own existence. This is not effort to fight it, it is not made in least hope to change anything, it is just a recording of my observation of human society at this pointI dedicate this work to person who unknowingly inspired it, one of the richest people alive, woman who made her fortune on coal digging, Gina Rinehart. Make sure to see these installations before they close in a few days.

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Last, but not least, another first exhibit, Out of Shadows, by Jason phitphanatic, can be seen at the Black Lux Gallery. This is a collection of twelve photographs, all in one way or another expressing the interplay of shadows and light. This is a wonderful first show with well-thought out and finely constructed images, make sure not to miss it before it closes by the end of the month.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

fall trace

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There is always great excitement amongst us grid travelers when the sim The Trace changes for the season. I usually head over and blog about it (here and here and here) and  of course I did today again. The Trace sim has been in SL since 2013, originally put together by Kylie Jaxxon, who then in 2014 started designing the sim in collaboration with Elvira Kytori. Most recently, Elvira and Kylie are implementing a new idea and note that; [t]he new concept was to have 3 seasonal Sim’s where each will stay for a whole year for all to enjoy, before changing for a new season, and design. This years Fall Trace has been primarily designed by Elvira Kytori. The Winter Trace will be mainly designed by Kylie Jaxxon and will open in early December. Fall Trace opened to the public a few days ago and in keeping with past tradition does not disappoint. A swamp-like landscape, filled with an incredible amount of different trees, flowers, and grass provides a great backdrop for photography. An abundance of little houses, including one of my favorites, Soy‘s Old Chanty Boat, are placed throughout the landscape offering seating with poses. Head over and take a look, enjoy and make sure to post your pics in The Trace Flickr group.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

corridor of curiosities

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Gabriel, owner and creator of Corruption, has put together a small gallery space, Corridor of Curiosities. Open to non-members from October 4 to November 5, this show offers ten scenes in box-frames created by Gabriel himself. Each little box depicts a very different scene, great in detail and quite beautiful. Visitors are encouraged to participate; Come. Be Curious. What will you imagine? More information on how to part-take can be obtained by clicking the box on the wall at the landing point. Head over and give it a try!

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

leila outfit and mia necklace

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New Leila Outfit (bra and pants) in colors Aqua, Army, Burgundy, Champagne, Girlie, Ivory, Midnight and Onyx for Kustom 9. Maitreya body compatible and fit mesh. New Mia Necklace (gold or silver) K9 Anniversary Gift in colors Army, Black, Creme, Moss, Navy, Oxblood, Powder, Pumpkin, Purple, Sun and White. Cafe Chair by Apple Fall.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Livio Korobase and ◦⊱Mi⊰◦ at Berg by Nordan Art

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We have two new exhibits coming up at Berg by Nordan Art, The Joy Formidable, by Livio Korobase, and L’avion en Papier, by ◦⊱Mi⊰◦, lasting from October through December 2016. The opening is this Sunday, October 16 at 10 AM SLT and our Nordan Art house DJ, Eif, aka d-oo-b, will spin tunes as usual. It is such an honor for me to host these two artists as they are both close to my heart. Livio Korobase’s installation is inspired by the music by the group The Joy Formidable, specifically by the song This Ladder is Ours. Livio suggests that another clue about his work is “the trick is to go the cats circle near the big Luna cat, and look at the blue girl… .”  ◦⊱Mi⊰◦ notes that this exhibit has given me the opportunity to work with the paper airplane. To me, the paper airplane symbolizes poetry and freedom. Most importantly, it is ephemeral; it takes off and flies. It is a gesture, a moment, a magical plane that eventually smoothly falls, but does not break and can fly again. A moment of dream and grace. The paper airplane can be created by anyone, anywhere; both children and adults alike recognize the transient poetry of this simple object. In my photographs, the paper plane is used as a paper airplane, but also as a sail, a wing, a hat, a boat hull, a safe keeper and it does not leave the woman as it is part of her. The Nordan om Jorden sim will open to the public again on the day of the opening. Please be on the lookout for group announcements. And look forward to seeing you all this weekend!

mia jumpsuit

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New Mia Jumpsuit in colors Army, Coal, Creme, Ivory, Midnight, Onyx, Ox, Princess, Purple, Herringbone/Black, Herringbone/Blue, Herringbone/Brown, Herringbone/Grey, and Herringbone/Rose by Clef de Peau for The Seasons Story. Maitreya body compatible and fit mesh. Pose by Le Poppycock.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf