two installations

There are two excellent installations to be seen in SL presently; Duality, by Igor Ballyhoo, at Blue Orange, and Empty Minds, by Romy Nayar, on MetaLES. The former just recently opened, the latter has been up for a few weeks already. Let me just comment briefly here on the art venues as well. MetaLES, an old-timer by now in the SL art world, continues to consistently present us with excellent art. Spearheaded by Ux Hax and Romy Nayar, this virtual art space has become a SL classic. I always find myself looking forward what they will show next. Blue Orange, the newish kid on the block, has succeeded to set and maintain high standards for their exhibits as well. I wandered through the gallery today and was impressed by the variety and quality of the art of the current exhibitors Theda Tammas, Igor Ballyhoo, Cica Ghost, Rebeca Bashly, Jarla Capalini, Gitu Aura, NicoleX Moonwall, and Ini Inaka. Bravo to the talented Blue Orange curator Ini Inaka for an art space so beautifully and creatively put together.

Igor invited me to stop by yesterday to check out Duality. A glass stair way leads up to a large build of hollowed-out cement cubes connected by metal pipes.  Contained in this construct is a pair of avatar-sized figures. Surrounding all this is a flow of moving neon text. Igor is a stellar builder, self-taught as many of us in the virtual world, who at this point has reached level of mastery that is hard to surpass. He uses his building skills to express symbolically thoughts about things, often controversial in nature, but not always. The build Duality expresses our conflicting experiences with the virtual and the real. Here is an excerpt from our conversation:

[2017/04/26 12:18] Igor Ballyhoo: it is contemplation of our two existances
[2017/04/26 12:18] Igor Ballyhoo: RL and SL
[2017/04/26 12:19] Igor Ballyhoo: we are one being in our minds
[2017/04/26 12:19] Igor Ballyhoo: yet our common sense make us keep this two worlds separated
[2017/04/26 12:19] Kate Bergdorf (KateBergdorf Resident): yeah
[2017/04/26 12:19] Kate Bergdorf (KateBergdorf Resident): so it is about the virtual and the real
[2017/04/26 12:19] Kate Bergdorf (KateBergdorf Resident): and the two and the one
[2017/04/26 12:20] Igor Ballyhoo: so we are struggling to get out and keep reality
[2017/04/26 12:20] Igor Ballyhoo: yes, it is duality
[2017/04/26 12:20] Kate Bergdorf (KateBergdorf Resident): it is and it isn’t though
[2017/04/26 12:20] Kate Bergdorf (KateBergdorf Resident): that is why we are so preoccupied with it, no?
[2017/04/26 12:20] Igor Ballyhoo: what do you mean
[2017/04/26 12:21] Kate Bergdorf (KateBergdorf Resident): i often find myself thinking both
[2017/04/26 12:21] Igor Ballyhoo: we are struggling to keep two realities separated
[2017/04/26 12:21] Kate Bergdorf (KateBergdorf Resident): that the virtual and real world lives are separate
[2017/04/26 12:21] Kate Bergdorf (KateBergdorf Resident): but also the same
[2017/04/26 12:21] Kate Bergdorf (KateBergdorf Resident): i think we might be talking about the same thing lol
[2017/04/26 12:22] Igor Ballyhoo: yes, work is pretty obvious I think

Head over and check out Igor’s and the other artist’s work at Blue Orange (make sure to set to Midnight and Ultra when viewing Duality). All these exhibits are a feast for the eye.

I revisited Empty Minds today. I had been already when it first opened, but didn’t have time to blog about it then. This is another gorgeous work by Romy; I recognize the set-up, the little scenes with stories, from her previous works. Throughout the hilly, sim-sized layout we find here figures in groups, sometimes by themselves, with large empty bubble heads. They are involved in all kinds of activities, some carry with them lanterns, perhaps to shed light on which path to take next. Romy notes about her work that [i]t is made known that if an idea is born in your empty mind, you must come to disregard it. Nobody knows why. The origin of that idea was lost. Maybe you’ll be the first to have the idea to not to discard your ideas.  This is once again a sublime installation by this talented artist. Head over and take a look and make sure to grab one of the free avatars before you leave.

Photographs by Kate Bergdorf

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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.

the-haul

[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!

naninona

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

two august installations

cica

There are two very different and very great installations that should not be missed this month; Cica Ghost’s Them and Giovanna Cerise’s Variations on the Magic Flute on LEA 21. Cica’s work consists of an enormous group of figures gathered in the middle of a sim and hovering above them, a space ship. There is some brown grass too and terraforming of the ruggedly brown colored textured ground. That’s it. This sparsity of surrounding objects somehow contributes to the sense of primitiveness of the figures and standing amongst them one feels like part of the group. There is a sense of waiting here, of foreboding, an expecting of something to occur.

giovanna

The second installation, Variations on the Magic Flute, by Giovanna is the first in a series called Soul of Colors. This multi-level interactive fractal installation explores various facets of Mozart’s Magic Flute and was on display once before in 2012. There is a gentleness and fragility to Giovanna’s work that gets to me again and again. This work is no different and a continuation of the musical theme that this artist used once before (see Tristan und Isolde). In a notecard available at the landing point are guidelines on how to best navigate the space and we learn that [t]he installation unfolds in a series of environments full of references, allusions and allegories, in an infinite game of layers that overlap and intersect. 1. It is best to explore the installation simply walking through, but you get a good effect also flying between locations and by inserting the mouse look. 2. You can listen some the citations of the work by clicking on musical notes, located in strategic points and allow to activate the music in World . 3. The immersion is also stimulated by the use of poses that encourage interactivity with the work.

Photographs by Kate Bergdorf

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

Gallery Updates

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I would like to share with you here some updates about Berg by Nordan Art. First, we are about one-third through the second round of exhibits for this year. I’ve received a lot of positive feedback for the beautiful black and white photographs by Imani Nayar and the intriguing surrealist-inspired installation by Igor Ballyhoo. I am also happy to let you know that the gallery once again made the Featured Events section of the Second Life Destination Guide. Come over and check out these works if you haven’t already; the teleport to the installation on the ground is next to the door in the gallery. If you take photographs, please add them to the Berg by Nordan Art Flickr group, would love to see them! Second, we have made changes to the third round of exhibits (July throughout September 2016). Due to unforeseen circumstances Kyhiro (photography) and Cica Ghost (installation) will unfortunately not be able show their work; hoping to show their work in the gallery at some future time. The artists showing their work for that time will be announced at a later time. Finally, The Paper Crown Pass Ceremony, a challenge started by Mich Michabo, has now become kind a kind of tradition in our gallery. The current Queen Elizabeth is doing an extraordinarily fine job carrying the crown! She is about half-way through and will in a few weeks select a new King or Queen, at which time we meet again for our ceremony. Please look for the poster next to the door if you are interested in joining these events. Thats all for now folks, hope to see you in the gallery soon!

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Moonlight

Moonlight

The new installation Moonlight by Cica Ghost opened a few days ago. As always, the style of the work is easily recognizable as Cica’s. Whimsical knitted socks and sweaters on a clothes line, little houses, swaying grass, different textured stone walls, all surrounded by the blue, blue ocean. But there is also something magical about this exhibit that we haven’t really seen before; flying carts, twinkling stars and a large moon. A few figures linger in their sleepwear, standing on mountain tops, longingly staring at the moon above. This is a very dreamy work by Cica that you do not want to miss. Head over and take a look.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Strawberryland

 

Steawberryland

Cica Ghost’s new installation Strawberryland opened a few days ago and I finally found time tonight to head over and take a look. This work is just as whimsical and playful as most other exhibits by the talented Cica, but, and as also is usually the case with this artist’s work, there are some surprises. Mainly this time it is the gigantic size and cheerful colors of most objects. Watching my avatar walking and flying around, I felt a bit like a miniature in Lilliput Land. The colors in Strawberryland are mostly bright green, red and white, providing a cheerful sense of change of season. And it is windy on this sim, sheets on a clothes line flutter in the wind  and the hair of most figures stand on end. It feels busy. I ended up pulling back from the crowd and the hustle and bustle and found a little wooden girl without a face standing stiffly in a patch of white flowers. Head over and take a look, as always, Cica’s work should not be missed.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Beginners

Beginners

There is always excitement in the air when there is a new exhibit by Cica Ghost. Her installation Beginners opened today and as expected people arrived from near and far to take a look. This work has quite a minimal feel to it as there are only a few very rustic objects, like a caravan of small houses led by a moving snail, carefully placed on the sim; disbursed amongst them are a handful of old grumpy figures. I fell in love with the moving snail, so large, slow and gentle, but intriguing with a little house on its back. The grumps are incredible too,  archaic in appearance, each with a seemingly different personality. As we have become accustomed to with Cica’s work, there are also beautiful swaying vegetation throughout, placed on winding hills. Don’t forget to turn on the stream when visiting, gentle meditative sounds complete the experience. Also, as I’ve mentioned before, Cica will show her work at Berg by Nordan Art July through September 2016, please be on the lookout for announcements.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Roots

Roots

The new installation Roots by the immensely productive Cica Ghost opened today, Sunday, December 27, 2015. This is a place filled with magic and fantasy like all of the other places by Cica that we have been so fortunate to be exposed to in the past. Delicate flowers swaying in the wind and trees with branches extend down little mounds to the ground surrounding clusters of what looks like small rather primitive clay huts. This is an abandoned place it seems, overgrown and left to decay. But contrary perhaps to ones initial impression, there is much to discover. A few whimsical-looking balloons were in high demand when I arrived for the second time earlier today; I had to wait for a while before I could finally quickly hop into one and sit and it then slowly started swaying above ground. Below me the dirty-brown-greyish-rusty red landscape stretched to meet the surrounding water. Things were moving around down there; platforms up and down and a lazy looking snail with a tiny clay hut on his back shuffled in and out of a cave. I discovered a girl in pig-tails peeking out of a window. There is lots of stuff to see here and to click and become interactive with. Also, turn on the music it works really well with this installation. Head over and take a look, this should not be missed. Also, a reminder again, Cica will show at Berg by Nordan Art from July through September 2016. Please be on the lookout for announcements.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Berg by Nordan Art 2016

Berg by Nordan Art 2016

We now have a complete list of artists exhibiting at Berg by Nordan Art in 2016. Most of you are already aware of that as of October 2015 the gallery consists of two parts, one is the original small gallery-build in the sky and the other the sim-wide installation space on the ground. There are eight artists in total showing their work in 2016, two for each time period of three months.

January through March: Haveit Neox (installation) and Mich Michabo (photography)
April through June: Igor Ballyhoo (installation) and Imani Nayar (photography)
July through September: Cica Ghost (installation) and Kyhiro (photography)
October through December: Livio Korobase (installation) and ◦⊱ Mi ⊰◦ (photography)

I am hoping that Tutsy Navarathna, who has become an integral consultant and co-organizer in the gallery at this point, will film at exhibit openings and put together more of the Berg by Nordan Art opening machinima that we have come to treasure so much. We will publish again a Berg by Nordan Art book, most likely in October 2016. Please do join the Berg by Nordan Art group inworld for ongoing updates and announcements.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf