art in july

art in july

There is so much going on in the Second Life art world right now, it’s hard to keep up. Besides the installation The Swamp (image of Bloody Hands – The Church avatar above, free at landing), by Meilo Minotaur and CapCat Ragu, the photograph exhibit Loss, by Senna Coronet, and the permanent Gallery M show The Other, by Mich Michabo, at my own gallery Berg by Nordan Art, there are some excellent art shows all over the grid.

There are two new shows at UTSA ArtSpace, curated by constructivIST Solo and Igor Ballyhoo; a collection of photographs by ◦⊱ Mi ⊰◦ and an installation by Romy Nayar. The new nineteen large mostly color, and a few black and white, photographs on display here by ◦⊱ Mi ⊰◦ are taken at The DNA Tower (Igor Ballyhoo), The Sacrificed Angel (Igor Ballyhoo), The Joy Formidable (Livio Korobase), Penumbra (CapCat Ragu and Meilo Minotaur) and Empty Minds (Romy Nayar). They fit so well in the beautiful gallery build created by Igor. To me, each of ◦⊱ Mi ⊰◦’s images has a dream-like quality, which draws me in and consistently holds my attention. There is a painterly quality to her work, which I think at this point has become a major aspect of her style. Bravo, ◦⊱ Mi ⊰◦, such a strong collection. I never tire of looking at your photographs.

The installation Lamento by Romy Nayar consists of three parts. There is a small build in the gallery itself and two other parts accessible via teleport. Each little build consists of various figures, mostly women I think, that are part of a scene, displaying some form of metaphor. It’s hard to immediately grasp the meaning of these scenes, which all seem quite subjective, all in one way or another perhaps dealing with sadness or grief. To me, Romy’s work is becoming more and more surreal, which I like. There was always something magical about her installations and that has not changed.

There is a new exhibit, Creatures of Light, by Harbor Galaxy, curated by Ux Hax and Romy Nayar, at MetaLES. There are twenty large color images on display by Harbor in the intriguing MetaLES space. The space consists of a floor and walls enveloped in a solid, black velvet-like texture and a ceiling adorned with black and white geometric 3D shapes; dispersed in rows throughout are tall, white street-light-shaped poles. Ux and Romy, the talented curators of this place, continue recognizing that the environment housing the art plays an integral part of the overall display and presentation. Love it. It’s very modern and very much immersive virtual art. It struck me, when first viewing Harbor’s images from a distance, that they remind me of something the abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock could have created. Looking closer, however, there is much more to it than that; the subject, lines, light and colors merge invisibly somehow. This is a change for Harbor from her previous style. She notes that [f]or those of you who are familiar with my work through Flickr or shows here inworld…CREATURES OF LIGHT may be something of a departure from my usual style. My objective was to use an avatar devoid of ornamentation and to only utilize poses, light and color to create these pieces and to give myself permission to play and to step outside my comfort zone. So great, Harbor; I am in awe of your utterly new and courageous  approach to virtual images.

There is a new exhibit, Absences, by Melusina Parkin, curated by Dido Haas, at Nitroglobus. Most of us know the images by Melusina from Flickr, where she regularly posts series of five or six photographs that display various themes. Her work is minimalist and I believe barely processed with any kind of photo-tools outside of Second Life. There is something incredibly captivating about viewing her series as each image provides a hint of an idea, but it is really the whole, all images in the series together, that leaves one with a lasting impression. The twelve large color images on display in the Nitroglobus address lack, specifically as it pertains to Second Life. Melusina notes about her exhibit that [a]bsence is a negative concept: it means that something should be there and it doesn’t. So, when we look at an empty place – a room, a seashore, a road or even a chair – we can’t avoid thinking of something or somebody who has been or will be there. That’s even more true when a world, including nature and landscape, is entirely made by humans, like Second Life does…[o]n the other hand, looking at empty spaces is stimulating: when humans aren’t there they can be everything. I love imagining what has happened in a place when people has gone. Or what will happen when it will be populated by people. Spaces and objects shape our behavior: they are the limits or the starts of our actions and of our imagination. This is a wonderful exhibit that should not be missed. Melusina’s photographs fit so beautifully in the Nitroglobus gallery, both compliment each other. Head over and take a look.

Let me end with a few comments about other noteworthy art events. The talented Imani Nayar has a new show, My Furillen, curated by Serene Footman, at Furillen. The exhibit Her and Him, by Hillany Scofield, at dathuil, has been extended over the summer months. There is a new multi-artist show, Beautiful Bizarre, at DaphneArts Gallery. DiXmiX Gallery had an opening of a retrospective group show, Best of 2016-2017, yesterday. There are regular rotating exhibits and weekend-themed events at the gallery Blue Orange, the most recent one, Vintage Circus Freak Show. Last, but not least, the Itakos Gallery has been awarded a LEA grant and the gallery relocated to a new sim, the LEA16 Itakos Project. The opening of the new location will take place tomorrow, Sunday, July 16, at 2PM SLT, make sure not to miss it.

As always when it comes to these monthly art reports, I feel I need to point out that there just is not enough time in the day to cover every exhibit. So there are great Second Life art shows out there that I didn’t cover, my apologies. Let me mention here also that I have rarely experienced as vibrant an art world as we see it right now in our metaverse. More than ever before, we see sim-sized installations and photograph exhibits of incredible quality, all pulled together in collaboration by visionary artists and compassionate curators. We are not getting any kind of monetary reward for doing this, we are all driven simply by the pleasure of creating and sharing art. Bravo, thank you to all and keep it coming!

Photographs by Kate Bergdorf
Exhibit posters by respective galleries and artists

Things About the Gallery

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As the year is soonish coming to an end I thought this might be a good time to reflect on  things pertaining to my gallery Berg by Nordan Art. Right now we are showing in the small gallery the exhibit Passively, by Sina Souza, and on the full-sim ground space the installation Memories, by Giovanna Cerise. These two exhibits will be up until the end of the year. Planned so far for the first half of 2016 are, in chronological order, exhibits by Mich Michabo, Haveit Neox, Imani Nayar, Igor Ballyhoo and Cica Ghost. Looking back, it was an active year; incredible exhibits by Tutsy Navarathna, Piedra Lubitsch, and Harbor Galaxy; publication of Berg by Nordan Art 2015, co-edited by Huckleberry Hax and myself and published by Nordan Art Issuu Publishing; release of Harbor Galaxy at Berg by Nordan Art and Berg by Nordan Art Opening October 2015, two excellent machinima, by Tutsy Navarathna, covering the two past exhibit openings; and the addition of an informal gallery space L’annexe showing some of my photographs. I am excited about another year of outstanding art at Berg by Nordan Art. I hope you will join us both at openings and come to visit the gallery throughout the year.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Berg by Nordan Art 2015

Berg by Nordan Art 2015 - A Nordan Art Issuu Pulication

Berg by Nordan Art 2015 is now published. This is a book showcasing the work of  the artists who showed their work in the Berg by Nordan Art gallery in 2015, published by Nordan Art Issuu, with a foreword by Tutsy Navarathna and put together by Huckleberry Hax and myself. Thanks to the artists, Tutsy, Piedra, Harbor, Sina and Giovanna, for making 2015 a great year!

Photograpy by Kate Bergdorf

Three Openings This Weekend

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Last weekend was a busy two days for Second Life art lovers as there were several openings and closing parties at galleries and installation spaces all over the grid, including one at my own gallery Berg by Nordan Art. This weekend is no different with at least three intriguing gallery openings that caught my eye. The first one, at the elegant Nitroglobus Gallery, is the exhibit What If by renowned Second Life photographers Senna Coronet and MM (Mysterr) as well as sculptures by Nitro Fireguard, on Saturday, October 17 at 12 PM SLT.  The second opening is the exhibit Second Life Interpretations by Susy Halcali at the TAF Art Gallery, also on Saturday, October 17 (no set time was specified in the announcement) through November 14. The last opening, on Sunday, October 18 at 12 PM SLT, at the lovely Broad Street Gallery on Crestwick Island, is the exhibit … of dreams and nightmares, showing work by kiki, MM (Mysterr), Mich Michabo, Senna Coronet, Maloe Vansante, Burk Bode, Isa Messioptra, William Weaver, Cipherscape, Harbor Galaxy and Robin. Enjoy!

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Poster by MM (Mysterr)
Photograph of Broad Street Gallery by Kate Bergdorf

Harbor Galaxy at Berg by Nordan Art Machinima by Tutsy Navarathna

See above for just released extraordinarily amazingly captivating machinima by filmmaker Tutsy Navarathna of the most recent Berg by Nordan Art exhibit opening on July 5, 2015 by Harbor Galaxy. The exhibit, Undone, will be open through September, come and take a look.

Harbor Galaxy at Berg by Nordan Art

Harbor Galaxy UndoneThe exhibit Undone by Harbor Galaxy opens at Berg by Nordan Art this Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 10AM SLT. The exhibit will remain open through July, August and September. I am excited about showing Harbor’s beautiful photographs and this show promises to be just as intriguing as the ones she has had in Second Life before. She states about the exhibit Undone that it is [a]n examination of the physical loosening of restraints: collapse, contemplation, release, surrender. Come and join us this Sunday.

Poster above by Harbor Galaxy

Berg by Nordan Art opening this Saturday

 

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I am happy to report that Tutsy Navarathna’s new exhibit ReZilience at Berg by Nordan Art will open this Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 6 AM SLT. Please be on the lookout for announcements. Tutsy’s work will be on display at the gallery until the end of March, followed by Piedra Lubitsch (April to June), Harbor Galaxy (July to September) and Sina Souza (October to December).

Image above by Tutsy Navarathna