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There are two excellent exhibits on the grid, both opening later today. The first one at dathuil, me_you, by moon Edenbaum with Hillany Scofield, curated by Lucy Butoh and Max Butoh (and a little bit by me), takes place at 12 PM SLT. We find here thirteen large photographs in color depicting subjects in various scenes that offer a glimpse into the lives of three characters in a story. moon notes about the exhibit that [a] woman and a man meet. they get closer, eventually they become lovers, but soon their inability to communicate leads to their split. The exhibit is a collaboration between hill.s and moon and next month we will see hill.s’ perspective at dathuil as well. This is a great, fresh concept; the images pull the viewers in and leave us wanting more. The photographs are gorgeous and in the typical, and at this point so recognizable, Edenbaum-style; realism at its best. Come join the opening today, and if not possible makes sure to visit before the exhibit closes at the end of the month.

The second outstanding exhibit opening today is at the Itakos Gallery, Subtle Scents of Solitute, by Imani Nayar and curated by Akim Alonzo. It opens at 1:30PM SLT. Let me just mention here again how much I enjoy the layout of this gallery; the austere and non-intrusive space is incredibly suitable for the display of photography (read more here). The exhibit itself consists of thirteen color as well as black and white photographs depicting single subjects. The talented Imani succeeds in combining composition, avatar posing, hues of color and shades, as well as blur, to create a tangible sense of loneliness and/or of solitude in every single image here. Describing her exhibit, she quotes the author Kent Nerburnloneliness is like sitting in an empty room and being aware of the space around you. it is a condition of separateness. solitude is becoming one with the space around you. it is a condition of union. loneliness is small, solitude is large. loneliness closes in around you, solitude expands toward the infinite. loneliness has its root in words, in an internal conversation nobody answers. solitude has its roots in the great silence of eternity. I don’t think I am alone feeling touched by Imani’s work. Her photographs just feels so acutely real.

Photographs by Kate Bergdorf

Art in April

In addition to our own exhibits at Berg by Nordan Art, Penumbra, by CapCat Ragu and Meilo Minotaur; MYdigliani by daze Landar and The Other, by Mich Michabo, we have lots of stuff going on as usual in our virtual art world this month. But I will start of with work created outside Second Life in this post, namely the fine art by talented painter and photographer Indigo Claire. I usually don’t blog about non-virtual art here, but I am making an exception because I fell in love with Claire’s pictures. I am so glad she decided to open her own little gallery, .indigo box, in Second Life. Its a very dreamy two-floor exhibit space in a white box, showing 20 images, containing in the center a few clouds with rain, seating, a few poses and some Queen Ann’s lace bunches of flowers. Congratulations Claire, really well done, everybody should head over and visit!

We have a great new group exhibit, The Endless, at Daphne Arts, curated by Angelika Corall and Sheldon BeRgman, that opened on April 8, 2017. Angelika notes about the theme of the show that The Endless are a group of fictional beings appearing in the comic book series The Sandman, by Neil Gaiman, and published by DC Comics. The characters (Destiny, Death, Dream, Destruction, Desire, Despair and Delirium) embody powerful forces or aspects of the universe. The outstanding group of artists contributing to this show are Ariel Brearly, Awesome Fallen, kiki, Maloe Vansant, Nevereux, Paola Mills, and Whiskey Monday. Let me also say here that the gallery space itself gets better and better. I just love the way this pair of curators continuously evolve in the way they consider art display. Great work.

Then we have once again a stellar exhibit at dathuil, this time by Lulu Jameson, as usual curated by Lucy Diamond and Max Butoh, that opened on April 9. I love everything about this show, the images, as well as the set-up. We find here 30 photographs by the talented Lulu, a mix of color and black and white, a selection of studies of avatars and portraits. Lulu provides a quote by Roald Dahl that captures the dreamy quality of his exhibit; And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. The images in this show are carefully displayed, they come in various sizes, all beautifully framed with the title of the photograph noted separately below. Great ambience here, really well done. Head over and take a look before the show closes on May 5.

Last, but certainly not least, we have a new installation, Glass Jars, by Art Oluja, displayed on LEA11. This is a large underwater installation, filled with places to explore. Art describes this work as follows: This is an experiment in containing thoughts, emotions, and memories into visual and aural landscapes for you to explore. I hope you enjoy the experience as much as I have creating it. Much of the inspiration for Glass Jars comes from G. Bachelard’s “The Poetics of Space,” R. Grudin’s Time and The Art of Living,” and a short animation film called “The House of Small Cubes.” Sound is an important aspect at Glass Jars, so please turn your sounds on (and up). All of the soundscaping and musical effects you hear around the region are the result of a collaborative experiment with Klaus Bereznyak, who uses percussion and woodwind to creatively reflect the vision and concept of Glass Jars. We used Audacity, a free open source digital audio editor, to manipulate the sounds before uploading them inworld. They are layered across the landscape in a way that the experience becomes uniquely different to each person, depending on how you explore the installation. These organic expressions literally echo the metaphors and emotions of the work. The rain washes over you, tapping away your thoughts, the wind inhales your uncertainties. Take a deep breath, dip into the water. and drift away under the tides. Head over and take a look and be prepared to spend some time exploring this underwater space. Region windlight is suggested for optimal experience.

Photographs by Kate Bergdorf

art in march

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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

all is quiet now

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I managed to catch the very tail-end of the opening of the new exhibit all is quiet now by photographer Joslyn Benson, showing from September 7 until the end of the month at dathuil. I was lucky enough to bump into the artist herself, who was lingering on one of the red velvet sofas in the main gallery exhibit hall, catching her breath with a group of friends. We got into talking about the exhibit a bit, about how putting together something like this is an arduous, yet satisfying process that for an extended period of time requires ones attention both inside and outside of Second Life. The theme of this very beautiful dathuil exhibit, consisting of seventeen black and white photographs and in one color, is a reflective one, touching upon contemplative conditions such as solitude and stillness. Each image depicts single or multiple subjects, clothed or nude, touchingly capturing the essence of silence and quiet states. Joslyn notes that [s]ilence…the absence of sound, silence the placidity of mind… silence the sense of being. Moments of stillness where all that’s left is our own thoughts… and to find comfort in unspoken words. Head over and take a look at this thoughtfully put together collection of photographs, curated by Lucy Diamond and Max Butoh. You will not want to miss it.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

the daze interview

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daze Landar has a new exhibit, Behind the Curtain, curated by Lucy Diamond and Max Butoh, at the dathuil Gallery of Art. The opening is this Sunday, August 7, at 12 PM SLT. It has  become a bit of a tradition that I blog about the monthly dathuil exhibits and it is something I look forward to doing. I thought this time I would put a different spin on my monthly dathuil blog post. Below please find my interview with daze.

Kate Bergdorf: First, thank you very much for agreeing to do this little interview on such short notice. I know you are busy, especially at this time putting finishing touches on the dathuil exhibit, which opens on Sunday. I suspect part of the reason it takes time to put your exhibits together is because of your attention to detail, both in terms of technical aspects of each of the photographs themselves, but also in terms of the storytelling that holds the whole exhibit together so to speak. Share with us please how you go about putting an exhibit together?

daze Landar: The truth is I’ve never done anything quite like this where I wanted to carry a theme through the entire collection. Really I tend to just shoot what catches my eye, or strikes me emotionally in some way. But for this I wanted to tell a story. I set about it by writing down the characters and little ideas about who they would be and then created a list of the different images i knew i wanted to shoot. This time around it was pretty methodical.. and full of lists!

Kate Bergdorf: I have known you for a while now and when you and I met your photographs had already reached a level of sophistication that left me in awe. Tell us about how your fascination with virtual world photography began and what have inspired you to refine your style since you started?

daze Landar: I actually came into SL to learn how to use SL as a medium for illustration. Originally, years ago, I came in briefly to visit a friend but after seeing images on Flickr, I was amazed at the potential and came in to experiment. I come from a bit of an art background and have been working for a while now trying to learn the tools available. When I started I knew SO little I didn’t even know what questions to ask to get me where I wanted to go, but I was determined and so I’ve asked a lot of wonderful people a LOT of questions. I’ve found the SL art community pretty good about sharing and soak in everything I can. Recently, I feel like im hitting closer to where I want to go which is a more painterly illustrative style.. more how I would draw and paint in RL, but im not there yet.. I still have so much to learn!

Kate Bergdorf: I have to ask you about Flickr! People have such interesting and very different experiences with this remarkable photo-sharing platform. While some of us are more caught up in it than others, I think we all treasure the sense of community, inspiration and feed-back opportunity it provides. What are your thoughts on Flickr, specifically as it pertains to the Second Life community?

daze Landar: Flickr is interesting and has pros and cons like most things in life. Of course it brought me back to SL so that’s a good thing! For me, early on, I think it had some serious trappings. Like many creative people, I can be insecure about my work and I found myself judging my images based on how many “likes” they got. For a lot of people it can be really damaging and in some ways Flickr becomes a game in itself … that part I don’t like. But if you use it to share what you’ve done, learn from it (via constructive comments), take part in it as a community, make connections, have fun, then it can be a really powerful and positive forum. I love looking through people’s streams, finding new artists to follow, and goofing around with friends. I still like it when my work gets “likes” (let’s be honest here.. everyone enjoys that!) but I don’t count any more and it’s much healthier!

Kate Bergdorf: Let’s talk about the upcoming exhibit Behind the Curtain. I know you have a strong concept here that you have developed in great detail. Please tell us about this exhibit.

daze Landar: Well, it started out a little differently than it’s ended up. I’ve thought for a while about that we show ourselves in three pretty distinct ways… one who we are in public, one who we are with our closer circle and lastly who we are at our base self. I realized about half way through shooting that I wouldn’t have the opportunity to dive into this idea as closely as I would have liked, so I’m looking at this exhibit as more of an introduction to the characters and hope to build on it as time allows. The circus is a wonderful metaphor for life … especially as we like to be seen… colorful, full of life and energy, masked… perfect. Behind the Curtain is now the start of an SL soap opera and i hope everyone will enjoy it!

Kate Bergdorf: Thanks again so much my friend for taking the time for this! Can’t wait for the opening on Sunday, really looking forward to it.

daze Landar: Kate, you’re so welcome and thank you for not only taking the time to talk with me, but for your time given for the exhibit and for your friendship. Working on the images over the last month has allowed me time with you and other friends and that means the world to me! If i may, I’d also like to thank a few other people who have been instrumental. Of course Max Butoh and Lucy Diamond who invited me to show. Wendy Xeno and Syn Beresford for letting me take over their sims for periods of time, you, Lucy Diamond, Elizabeth Nantes, Keane Addison, and my partner, Owen Landar, for all the words encouragement, letting me vent, lending me stuffs, and for modeling.

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Photograph by Kate Bergdorf and poster by daze Landar

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

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

Landscape Anatomy

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The exhibit Landscape Anatomy, by Cicciuzzo Gausman, opens at dathuil on Sunday, June 5 at 12 PM SLT. This wonderful show consists of black and white as well as color images depicting landscapes, scenes and nudes, some are new and some have been seen before. Mr. Gausman notes that this is [a] journey through 40 images exploring landscape photography, ranging from its natural scenery form to the shape of a body. Lingering for a while in the gallery today I truly enjoyed taking in these works. The space feels just crowded enough and in a really good way. Photographs can be found on the ground and second floors. Make sure you have plenty of time when visiting this exhibit! The show will be open for a month.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Solitude

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The most recent exhibit at dathuil, Solitude, by Cicada, opened today, May 5, 2016. This is one of the most lovely shows I have seen in this gallery so far; sensitive and introspective. Cicade notes in her artist statement that [s]olitude is the remoteness from habitations. The sense of feeling to want to be away from everything. I’d like to be able to get away for a long time, just to think, to plan and to just be. A time to fix myself, fix all things broken, fix everything. The photographs depict plants, flowers and avatars, all in one way or touching upon the theme of privacy, aloneness and peace. There are seventeen photographs all in all, eight on the upper floor and nine on the ground. Part of the ground floor is covered in a yellow field of flowers, contributing to the overall sense of delicacy here. I also really like the way the ground floor images are mounted with ropes extending to the ceiling, a great addition. Head over and take a look at this exhibit, it will be open until the end of the month!

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Exhibit at dathuil

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I have my own exhibit (first ever) coming up at dathuil gallery on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 1 PM SLT. Thank you so much Lucy and Max for giving me this opportunity. It has been interesting putting the exhibit together, in part perhaps because I am not used to being the one exhibiting, but usually the one organizing the shows. I know what it is like now and it is a bit nerve-wracking for sure! But I also loved the planning and taking the photographs; it forced me to tap into my creativity in a different way. The exhibit is inspired by the poem “I Like For You To Be Still,” by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (1904-1973). The poem is part of his poetry collection “Twenty Love Poems and A Song Of Despair,” published in 1924. Hope to see you there!

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf