Senna Coronet at Berg by Nordan Art

Opening this Sunday, July 9, at 11 AM SLT, at Berg by Nordan Art, is the exhibit Loss, by Senna Coronet (in Second Life, Sennaspirit Coronet). I am pleased that Senna and I also found time for an interview, which is now published in my other blog, The Virtual Review. Senna has been active in SL since 2006. An avid, and one of our most outstanding, virtual world photographer, he notes that I once thought this image making thing in SL was a bit embarrassing, however, after 2 extended “holidays” away from SL I realized that I loved this part of my life and returned in both instances because I missed making images in SL. That’s the absolute truth. I missed my friends for sure, but the image making part was at the root of my return. I studied art in college and was always interested in the arts even from a young age. So, now that I’m not so young, I’m impressed that I’ve been consistently drawn to creative type endeavors and quite happy that Second Life provides a unique forum to get quench my creative thirst and do so with some really fantastic friends and creative types. No doubt, most of us creatives can relate to these words of wisdom about the virtual world and photography. I know I can.

Senna’s exhibit Loss is a deeply personal one, consisting of fourteen new images and dedicated to his friend and photographer Amona Savira, who sadly passed away earlier this year. Amona had agreed to show at Berg by Nordan Art for the period July through September 2017 and Senna graciously agreed to exhibit in her stead. About Loss Senna states that [t]his show is dedicated to my good friend Amona Savira, who left us earlier this year quite unexpectedly. Her passing was an absolute shock to me but sadly it was just one of a few losses I suffered this year. When Kate asked me to fill in this show slot that had been intended for Amona, I was happy to try and do it justice, even though other pressures didn’t seem to want me to complete it. I think what I experienced this year with all the events in my life, is that regardless of how tragic and harsh things can be, you cannot let things consume you and paralyze you. Suffering, remorse, sadness are all healthy emotions but they must not take over your life. Come join us in the gallery for the opening on Sunday. I will send out group announcements with information as we get closer to the date.

Exhibit poster by Senna Coronet

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Coming Up at Berg by Nordan Art

Time flies, it seems. We have already come to an end of the first exhibit period for photography shows in the gallery. Many thanks to Huck Hax for the exhibit lacrimioare; I have received feedback from so many visitors who adored the show. The gallery will now be closed for a week as we are setting up a new exhibit by daze LandarMYdigliani, which will be on display for the next three months. The opening is on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 10AM SLT and as usual our Nordan Art DJ Eif will provide tunes. The time has also come to bid farewell to the old gallery building, a build I put together myself a few years ago. The Berg by Nordan Art gallery will now instead be housed in space by Abiss that I think is incredibly well suited.

The installation Penumbra, by Meilo Minotaur and CapCat Ragu, will be up for another month or so and then replaced by a new installation by CapCat and Meilo. The Amona Savira Memorial, put together by Senna Coronet, and part of Penumbra, will be taken down in May as well. The same is true for Mich Michabo’s The Other , which is on display in Gallery M; a new show by Mich is in the works and will also open some time in May. The gallery retrospective book Berg by Nordan Art 2016 is close to going to press and we hope to publish within the next few weeks.

We have seen blog posts, Flickr photos, and several machinima about the gallery, as well as received much positive feedback from gallery visitors themselves. Thank you. Thank you also for rating and commenting on the gallery using the Second Life Art kiosk located at the entrance; its rewarding to read the comments you write! As a reminder to new visitors, all parts of the gallery can be accessed from the main gallery in the sky and the teleports are located at the door. Please join our group Berg by Nordan Art inworld for updates and announcements about the gallery. Please post your photos taken at the gallery in the Berg by Nordan Art Flickr group

Photographs 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

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 SaviraBay AddensDr. StrangeloveIsa MessioptraJordan Giant.kikiLyndzey MelliPaola MillsSenna 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

Amona Savira at dathuil

dathuilThe opening of Second Life photographer Amona Savira‘s show Distributed Pieces of Self is tomorrow, Friday, July 3, 2015 at 12 PM SLT at the elegant datuil gallery. The exhibit will remain open until July 31. Amona’s background in art school, a degree in art history as well as aesthetic philosophy, and experience in working in art galleries, have all had an impact on her Second Life creative work. She also notes in the card available at the gallery entrance that I am a regular reader of poetry. So I am often inspired by a text or a song lyric, like many others. My pictures are often set in an architectural context, which I find inspirational for mood, light and design. I also build photo sets. I am always a mood seeker.  The title of her exhibit was inspired by a poem entitled Over Time by Martha Collins. There are around thirty photographs to be seen in this exhibit, all exceptionally beautiful and, yes, poetic. Head over and take a look.
1Photographs by Kate Bergdorf