art in march

dathuil

There is some great art to be seen in Second Life this month. I’ve been unusually busy in RL lately and have missed attending SL openings and also haven’t been able to blog about them in advance. But this morning then we started on a filled-to-the-brim-kinda-art-day and I am happy to share with you here what we experienced. Our first stop was Dathuil Gallery of Art, where Prairie Kawashima yesterday had the opening for her show Private Sphere, curated by Lucy Diamond and Max Butoh. It has been a bit quiet lately at dathuil and I was happy to see that exhibits are up and running again! I love the way this show is set up; there are simply a group of strategically placed screens in the middle of the room on the ground floor, some with photographs and some without. The viewer has the experience of being in maze and faces the photographs wandering thought it. The photographs themselves are subtly provocative with an erotic edge and technically really well done. Prairie notes about her exhibit that [f]or almost a decade, Second Life has been my refuge – a place of boredom, excess, love and inspiration. Some of this incredible mixture that i keep enjoying so much has turned into a river of self-shots (including occasional homages to my closest friends) that has found its way to my flickr account. Other things will forever remain private. “Private Sphere” is a selection of mostly unpublished pictures that have been between these two categories for some time. Some of them I’m still not sure if they shouldn’t have remained private. In any event, I hope you can enjoy parts of it.  This exhibit will be open until April 2. Head over and take a look if you haven’t already.

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We had heard here and there, via a few group announcements and random private notecard invitations by artists, that something was brewing at LEA10. To my knowledge, there has been no major formal announcement by Linden Endowment for the Arts themselves, other than a posting on their blog, about the exhibits that opened yesterday. It seems it was left to the artists themselves to promote the event. Luckily, resident-artist blip mumfuzz (above, left) teleported us in to her part of this sim-wide Victorian London themed group show. blip’s exhibit is dispersed amongst two floors and consists of photographs taken on her virtual world journeys. She notes that I am an improviser by nature…in life and in my art. My images are typically the result of an unplanned, spontaneous interaction with my environment. I got into image-making as a way to record my travels through SL and as a way to hold onto the memory of some of those places. Soon, however, I noticed that I started seeing differently…looking in a different way. I found that once I found saw something interesting I’d start moving the camera around. Looking over and under, behind and between. I began looking less at the things themselves…and more at visual and spatial relationships things. Do head over and check out blip’s work, the LEA10 link above will take you there; and continue wandering around outside to explore the work of other artists. There are several great photographers (I believe around 40) who have their work on display here, nestled in spaces amongst little Victorian stores; most noteworthy to us was the stellar work by Kato Salyut.

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Our third stop was a little sneak-peek preview of the exhibit Wandering World, by nekonuko Nakamori, presented by One Caress. The opening is today, March 5, 2015 at 10 AM SLT and the show will remain open until the end of the month. This is the second exhibit in a very short period of time by the talented Miss Nakamori; her other show, [I AM nekonuko] Who are you?, opened at IMAGO last month. The One Caress show, a collection of 24 photographs, is displayed in a large maze of sorts. The maze, as well as the texture used, serve as a great backdrop for these large colorful images. As we were finding our way through the winding path we lingered a while in front of photographs.

2017/03/05 08:10] k a t e (KateBergdorf Resident): i like this one
[2017/03/05 08:11] tutsy Navarathna: she has a poetic univers
[2017/03/05 08:11] k a t e (KateBergdorf Resident): she does, her own world

Head over and take a look for yourselves at this lovely exhibit. All photographs are for sale in the last little room.

untitledOther noteworthy exhibits that you don’t want to miss this month are, in no particular order, Under the Sea by Cica Ghost (see image above); Bleeding Books by Haveit Neox at Split ScreenAlpha Auer at UTSA ArtSpace; and The Art Rocket by Betty Tureaud at LEA19.

Photographs by Tutsy Navarathna and Kate Bergdorf

art in february

the-haul

In addition to the two shows currently at Berg by Nordan Art, Penumbra, by Meilo Minotaur and CapCat Ragu, and lacrimioare by Huck Hax, there is some incredible art to be seen in Second Life right now. First, we have to most recent installation, The Haul, by Haveit Neox, curated by Ux Hax and Romy Nayar, at MetaLES. We visited The Haul without any prior knowledge or information about it. And rather than attempting to interpret it here, I will share with you part of our conversation from when we visited the installation earlier today.

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[05:41] tutsy Navarathna: for me haveit is always in same time messy and poetic
[05:41] k a t e (KateBergdorf Resident): yeah, well put
[05:41] tutsy Navarathna: i like what he does
[05:41] k a t e (KateBergdorf Resident): a poetic mess
[05:41] k a t e (KateBergdorf Resident): me too
[05:42] k a t e (KateBergdorf Resident): he has his style, we know it is by him
[05:42] tutsy Navarathna: i don’t mind not to understand something
[05:42] k a t e (KateBergdorf Resident): i agree, its just a feeling
[05:42] tutsy Navarathna: we can let our imagination going on
[05:43] k a t e (KateBergdorf Resident): aww look at those figures above us
[05:43] k a t e (KateBergdorf Resident): soo beautiful
[05:43] k a t e (KateBergdorf Resident): i want to take a pic, just a sec
[05:43] k a t e (KateBergdorf Resident): the colors, the gentleness
[05:43] tutsy Navarathna: yes all details are very well done just as by a painter
[05:43] k a t e (KateBergdorf Resident): yeah does feel like a painting
[05:44] tutsy Navarathna: organic, vegetal
[05:44] tutsy Navarathna: mythologic
[05:44] k a t e (KateBergdorf Resident): he puts his soul into this
[05:45] k a t e (KateBergdorf Resident): this is really tremendously beautiful
[05:46] k a t e (KateBergdorf Resident): the longer i look at it, the more i see
[05:46] k a t e (KateBergdorf Resident): the figures that are part of this emerge
[05:46] tutsy Navarathna: yes need time to see all details and personnages

Head over and take a look at this latest work by Haveit and make sure to check out the installation Illogism by ChimKami Resident as well. Thank you Ux and Romy for all the incredible works you show at MetaLES!

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We have a Pink Floyd themed event at Orange Blue that opened this past weekend and will unfortunately close later today already. Curated by Ini Inaka, we find here sculptures by Igor Ballyhoo, animated textures by Willem Koba and walls by Ini Inaka and LeeAllison. I was lucky to bump into Ini as I was standing around putting together this post and she gave me some hints on how to experience this work; use Advanced Lighting and Midnight WL and wear the Record Thrower object provided and use mouse-look to crash walls. Following these instructions is indeed vital for an optimal experience; suddenly light is moving and flickering and walls come crashing down! Noteworthy here are of course also the older works by Igor Ballyhoo, My Lovely Wife, From Green Into Red and Red Into Green and Frozen Brain, amongst others. These sculptures so clearly have stood the test of time; I have said it before, and I will say it again, Igor’s works are Second Life classics. When I asked Ini to tell me a bit about this Pink Floyd themed event, she responded that the idea here was to let people destroy walls. And she noted, “Pink Floyd said it all:” Another Brick in the Wall. Thanks for showing me all this Ini and thanks also for refreshing my rusty mouse-look skills!

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Another remarkable show currently on display is NaniNona, by Romy Nayar. I haven’t seen work by Romy in a while and was pleasantly surprised to see this little exquisite installation. About her work, Romy states in her note card, Nani nona na ni no na nani nona na ni nona naninona na ni nona na ninona na nino na na nino. Na ni nona naninona, na ni no naninona, na, ni nona ( nanino na nani no) na ninon a, which made me smile for the entire period that I wandered throughout this enchanting show. The exhibit consists of several rooms connected by doors. In each room, there is a display of a simple scene, all scenes seem to me to be little whimsical parts of stories, all remarkable in their own way and how they are displayed. All comes together here, Romy’s colors and her genial use of magical little figures and objects. Bravo, bravo, bravo Romy!

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Finally, we have another installation, Frogs, by Cica Ghost, that opened a few days ago. I am happy to see that Cica is back on a roll again and showing installations on a more frequent basis. Frogs consists of a hilly landscape, a few trees and the ruin of what once must have been a house. Situated on the ruin, there is a girl who is drawing on a wall; the drawing is of a girl dreaming of prince. On the other side of the wall there is another girl at a table watching TV and eating a lollipop. The TV is broken and the scene depicted inside it is very similar to the one in which the girl at the table finds herself outside of it. These two girls, with their dreams and fears, are at the center of the installation. Surrounding them, are a number of large frogs, moving gently in place. This installation feels a bit more hopeful than Cica’s last one somehow, more playful. And I always love seeing her  little figures, dressed like dolls, in knitted sweaters and socks. Great detail here, head over and take a look. There is a free frog avatar available at the landing point, make sure to click the sign.

Top photograph by Tutsy Navarathna and all others by Kate Bergdorf

berg by nordan art: gallery changes

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As mentioned in a blog post a few weeks ago, there will be several changes made to Berg by Nordan Art, all effective starting April. First, I am happy to officially introduce Tutsy Navarathna as my co-manager and co-curator. Tutsy has already played an integral part in the gallery for the past years and it seems only fitting that he should now take on a more visible role. Our shared goal continues to be presenting you only with outstanding virtual art; photography, installations and machinima.  Gallery M, the permanent exhibit space for the artist Mich Michabo, will remain as is. Mich has been working on a new exhibit and I anticipate we will have the opening in a few months. The format of the Berg by Nordan Art gallery in the sky remains the same; we have four photographers per year, each showing their work for a period of three months. We will replace the current a bit dated gallery build with a new building by Abiss. L’annexe, which I have been using to exhibit my photographs, will become a space where Tutsy and I present collaborative work a few times per year. We have already started work on a new machinima. Last, but not least, I just received word that Meilo Minotaur and CapCat Ragu have graciously agreed to permanently exhibit their installations on the ground. We will see two or more new installations by them per year, the next one some time in May or June. I have been an admirer of the work by Meilo and CapCat since I first came to SL in 2009. It is a great honor for me that they accepted our offer to become resident artists. That is all for now. Please check this blog, or join the group Berg by Nordan Art inworld, for updates and announcements.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

illogism

There is a new exhibit, Illogism, by ChimKami, curated by Ux Hax and Romy Nayar, at MetaLES, that opened to the public yesterday. I could unfortunately not attend due to RL commitments, but was lucky enough to have received a sneak-peek preview a few days before. Let me tell you, if there was ever an upside-down world that made sense to me, it would be this one! First-time exhibitor Chim is off to an excellent start with this work, combining her 55 photographs as well as objects, poses and movement to produce an exhilarating whole. Visitors are encouraged to fly or use the Walker HUD for optimal experience; with it you can walk up walls and generally get a sense of being upside down and have a tilted and overall quite mesmerizing experience. I also adore the colors used in this installation; integrated with the rest, it simply leaves one smiling and feeling happy. See above for the machinima of this exhibit, put together by Tutsy Navarathna; it captures the installation so beautifully. Bravo to all for your contributions to this exhibit. It will be open until the end of February, head over before it is too late.

art in january

burning

There is lots going on as usual in our vibrant SL art world. Besides the two exhibits Penumbra, by Meilo Minotaur and CapCat Ragu, and the exhibit lacrimioare by Huck Hax at Berg by Nordan Art there are several other noteworthy shows. First, we have the new installation Burning, by Cica Ghost. It has been months since we saw work by Cica and I am really happy to see she is back. Burning is a sim consisting of burnt down buildings and fire damaged trees, surrounded by fire as well as a few dry bushes scattered throughout. There is a gloomy feeling to this place, yet also a at the same time a beautiful sense of melancholy and sweetness so recognizable in all of Cica’s work.

no-frontiers

Another installation worth visiting is the multilayered fractal work No Frontiers at LEA16 by Gem Preiz. The artist notes that [t]his exhibition of fractals consists in 16 high resolution frames and invites you to dream along a futuristic journey towards the stars. All boards are made of about 18 plates carefully stuck, and displayed in environments built specifically, the minimalist structures of which (often fractals by themselves) contrast with the complexity of the images. There are detailed instructions on how to most optimally experience this work at the landing point, including information on music and WL. It is pretty straight forward to move around, either by using vehicles or flying. Head over and take a look before the installation closes in June.

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There are two separate exhibits currently at Hills Gallery, both by Hillany Scofield (aka hill.s). The first one, You Shine Through, consists of eleven black and white new photographs, most with an erotic undertone. These pictures are sublime, bravo hill.s! I also love the space in which they are displayed. The second exhibit, Recreation, was previously shown at the Indie Tepee-Festival last summer. This is an interactive piece of work, where the visitor is asked to take a position amongst mannequins and use light and shadows; hill.s notes [r]ecreate. Either find your place or lose yourself in the grid of impressions and projection. Second life is about you and the ability to find your own fascination. Find yourself. Position yourself. Be a part of the world which your imagination can create. Take a picture ! – the lights are on you. I am pleased to see that hill.s is showing at her gallery again. 🙂

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Finally, we have several great shows by Miles Cantelou, Mistero Hifeng and William Weaver at the DixMix Gallery. Head over and take a look!

Photographs by Kate Bergdorf

aisling at dathuil

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Currently at dathuil, curated by Lucy Diamond and Max Butoh, we have a great new group exhibit, Aisling (ASH-ling; vision, dream, apparition). On display at this show are 20 images by artists who previously showed their photographs at the gallery. These photographers were asked to contribute an image consisting of their interpretation of the theme of togetherness. The contributing artists, and their work(s) for the exhibit, are Gaus (cicciuzzo.gausman): Femme d’Essence, Togetherness; Mrs S (lauralar): Minimalism, Minimalism dark; Mr S. (saka.infinity): All About You; daze landar (daisydaze): A Show of Hands, His Warmth; Yann Whoa (lottomann): Dedication, Admiration; k a t e (katebergdorf): Beside Me; Your Mother (elizabethnantes): AtHome; Ash (ashratum): Bare Witness, Triangulation; Io (io.bechir): Waiting for Dawn, In Life a Slave In Death a Warrior; Maloe Vansant: Stand up for a new future; Mi (kissmi): Winter Undergrowth, Winter dog roses; and Joslyn.Benson (jolivea.tyran): and i’ve lost, stay close. There will be no formal opening for this show, but it is open to the public as of today and will remain in place until the end of January. Head over and take a look!

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Top photograph of exhibit at dathuil by Tutsy Navarathna
Bottom photograph of Lucy and Max by Kate Bergdorf

blue orange art corner

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I just returned from a packed opening at The Blue Orange Art Corner. This vibrant art and music venue, put together by artist Ini Inaka, introduces today art by Theda Tammas, Indigoclaire, Miu Miu Miu, Eupalinos Ugajin, and Igor Ballyhoo (see his sculpture Sacrificed Angel above)  and music is provided by DJs  Gitu Aura, Khaz Rotaru and Niels Koolhoven. Ini notes about her place that [a]t first it was an idea to mix urban style with something classy and create bohemian underground music club where people could hear a lot of different music styles, starting from underground alternative, industrial, grunge, indie, noise, psychedelic, folk punk and ending with jazz, neo-folk, instrumental and classical music. Sure counting in a lot of music without labels and maybe not very popular music as well. Later came an idea to invite creative people who would be happy to share love for art, this how they understand art, how they express themselves and to show how second life as virtual place let to us share it. Photos, drawings, paintings, 3D installations and much more as SL is amazingly open and full of tools to do this. I was very happy to find and invite such music lovers or SL Djs who were glad to help to me to express and create bohemian mood in club. This is a great and welcomed addition to the SL art scene and I am very much looking forward to future events.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Tout est Allumé by Tutsy Navarathna

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For those of you who have not yet seen the exhibit Tout est Allumé, by French artist Tutsy Navarathna at MetaLES, there is still time. This spectacular work, curated by Ux Hax and Romy Nayar, with technical assistance by ChimKami and Yoon, will be open until the end of the year. What we find here are six stories of machinima art, 35 movies all in all, made up of 16 machinima and 19 short animations. It would be a mistake to think of this as simply a retrospective of Tutsy’s machinima as there are several new shorter animations to be seen as well. All films are displayed on several levels and to me they somehow feel both separate and connected. The space surrounding the machinima consists of geometric shapes, some of are moving and some static. Translucent staircases connect the different floors. Crucial to the experience of this multidimensional work are of course the animations and music, which are set in continuous loops. There are poses and props, rain, umbrellas, a grand piano and much more, all contributing to a most unique and playful immersive experience.

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This is a monumental installation and well thought out in its complexity. The visitor will want to come prepared to spend time. Tutsy has with this work integrated sound, movement and animation to create a sophisticated immersive whole and with it beautifully displays the notion of the virtual; virtual reality, augmented reality, virtual life, immersive worlds … these new words describe a part of our future. My movies in Second Life try to show how virtuality is part of our reality. The influence it has on our thoughts, our artistic creations, our friendly or romantic relationships. A phenomenon still very young, virtual life has a bright future and like all major revolutions it is worth to see more closely, trying to understand, even flying too close to the sun and burn your wings . . . Bravo Tutsy, this is truly a groundbreaking contribution not only to our SL world of art but also to the virtual community at large. Noteworthy is also that visitors to this exhibit will likely not have any technical difficulties at all. The machinima themselves are easy to play; simply place the cursor on the bar on the movie screen and press play, replay or stop. They can also be viewed on the web. It quite remarkable to me how these films can be played simultaneously inworld without the sound or the visuals of each machinima interfering with the other. Quite the technical challenge, congrats to all involved for mastering this aspect too. The recommended WL is midnight and draw-distance 200. There are illuminated lines and large arrows on the ground showing the way. Head over and take a look before this installation closes to the public in about two weeks. You will not want to miss it!

Photographs by Tutsy Navarathna