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

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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

Hot off the press: Berg by Nordan Art 2016

I am pleased to report here that we finally finished the new Berg by Nordan Art gallery retrospective book, Berg by Nordan Art 2016. This work would not have been possible without invaluable help by the ever so patient Huck Hax. It is always great when done with a big project like this and then spend time looking though what one has accomplished. Reflecting on the past year, I am so proud of what we have achieved with the gallery. The outstanding artistic contributions by Igor Ballyhoo, Livio Korobase, ◦⊱ Mi ⊰◦, Imani Nayar, Haveit Neox, Mich Michabo, and Maloe Vansant speak for themselves. Thank you also to some of the many photographers who visited the gallery and took pictures of the art and let us use them for the book; Bay Addens, Midwinter’s Art, NawtyBiker, ◦⊱ Mi ⊰◦, Miles Cantalou, and neko Makamori. A special thank you to Tutsy Navarathna who also contributed the beautiful cover photos. We hope you will enjoy the new publication Berg by Nordan Art 2016 as much as we have. You can read it by clicking the link above or visit Berg by Nordan Art in-world where you will find it on the table on the gallery ground floor together with our two previous retrospective publications from 2010-2011 and 2015.

Book cover photograph by Tutsy Navarathna; cover design by Huckleberry Hax

Maloe Vansant at Itakos Gallery

Rumor on the street has it that there is a new exhibit by Maloe Vansant. We searched and found that her show Little Pieces of Me opened a few days ago at Itakos Gallery, curated by Akim Alonzo. We had never heard of this gallery and soon realized that it had in fact only recently opened it’s doors to the public. We teleported over and found ourselves in front of a large gray building. The build, by Gully Rivers, is outstanding; the layout, the vast space, the textures, and the minimalist decor provide the perfect setting for a gallery. Currently on display here is Maloe Vansant on the ground floor, Akim Alonzo on the first floor and Imani Nayar, ARnnO PLAneR, Paola Mills and MM (Mysterr) on the second floor. There is an elegant wine and piano bar on the top floor as well. The photographs are beautifully mounted and the space is easy to navigate; one is left with the sense of visiting a gallery or a museum. Bravo Akim, every aspect of this is so very well done.

The images by Maloe I believe have never seen before, whereas the work by the other photographers have all been seen on Flickr. We lingered a bit longer on the ground floor taking in Maloe’s photographs. Her images pull the viewer in, its hard to look away.

[07:28] tutsy Navarathna: both in quality of treatment, light or inspiration and quality of model i love
[07:29] Kate Bergdorf (KateBergdorf Resident): yeahh me too, maloe’s pics are usually strong, all of them
[07:29] tutsy Navarathna: all details are very well thought out
[07:30] Kate Bergdorf (KateBergdorf Resident): the photographs also fit well together here
[07:30] tutsy Navarathna: she is a great photographer and she does a great postproduction
[07:30] Kate Bergdorf (KateBergdorf Resident): the display is beautifully done
[07:30] Kate Bergdorf (KateBergdorf Resident): great gallery, for sure
[07:30] Kate Bergdorf (KateBergdorf Resident): i think it is safe to say we are impressed lol

We joined the Itakos Gallery group inworld to make sure we don’t miss any future exhibits. You should too; I think we can expect more great exhibits from this new kid on the block.

Photographs by Tutsy Navarathna and 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

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

April through June 2016: Igor Ballyhoo and Imani Nayar

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We have less than a week left of the current exhibits by Haveit Neox and Mich Michabo at Berg by Nordan Art. Please head over and take a look if you haven’t already. Igor Ballyhoo, with his installation MECHANISMUS, and Imani Nayar, with the exhibit Black & White Photography, are up next, from April through June 2016. The gallery will be closed on April 1 and 2 for installation of the new exhibits and the opening will then take place on Sunday, April 3 at 12 PM SLT. As usual our house DJ d-oo-b (aka Eif) will provide music!

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Thank you very much to Mich and Haveit for a fabulous three months of art and welcome to Imani and Igor for the second exhibit period of 2016. Hope to see you all at the opening on Sunday!

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

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