Tag: Joslyn Benson

art in october


There are several exciting art installations and photography exhibits to be seen in SL for the remainder of October, some of them extending into November and December. I spent the morning teleporting around these places and taking some pics. Below is, in no particular order, some of the shows I found noteworthy. There are of course many more exhibits on the grid, there was just not time enough to post them all here.


Monochrome by Giovanna Cerise at LEA 21 opened a few days ago and will remain open until the end of December. This is a large-scale installation that integrates the colors black, red, and white on three levels. Giovanna notes that [t]he choice of black, white and red was dictated by my passion for these colors that evoke a multitude of contrasting references, in agreement or in continuation with each other. The invitation, then, is to experience the different possibilities of light and ambience offering the virtual world. Single color it takes on different aspects and nuances almost endless and the effects increase and multiply, creating a restless disorientation.  For more information about Giovanna, check out her blog.


There is an exquisite little exhibit, A Travel Between Feelings, by Joslyn Benson at KaFu Ato gallery at Hafenviertel that will be open until Christmas. This is a collection of seven mostly black and white photographs by Joslyn. I don’t believe these images are new for this show, but it doesn’t really matter. It is always such a feast for the eye to explore the delicate works by this talented artist. Let me also add here that I have really come to like this little gallery. Situated in an odd little grungy area with brothels and all kinds of sex shops, it succeeds in providing an intimate space for art.


MetaLES, by Ux Hax and Romy Nayar, is split into two parts; one space is in the air, showing photographs and the ground space remains for large installations. In the gallery in the sky, we find the exhibit 5Y SMOKING, by the talented Lan, her first exhibit. And it is a great one where she shows a collection of photographs, all with the theme smoking. Her exhibit will be open until the end of the month. On the ground we find the installation Tumor, by Igor Ballyhoo, which will be open to the end of this month also (see top photograph). It is no secret to my readers that I am a great fan of the work by Igor. I find this installation reminiscent of one of his earlier works, Metamorphosis; a large space filled with parts coming together to create a mysterious whole. Surrealist inspired blood-shot eye-balls and twirling drill-heads are positioned between greenish towers and metal structures. Igor notes about his exhibit that [t]his work is my acknowledgment of greed for material things of human kind which is so powerful that it is going to cost us our own existence. This is not effort to fight it, it is not made in least hope to change anything, it is just a recording of my observation of human society at this pointI dedicate this work to person who unknowingly inspired it, one of the richest people alive, woman who made her fortune on coal digging, Gina Rinehart. Make sure to see these installations before they close in a few days.


Last, but not least, another first exhibit, Out of Shadows, by Jason phitphanatic, can be seen at the Black Lux Gallery. This is a collection of twelve photographs, all in one way or another expressing the interplay of shadows and light. This is a wonderful first show with well-thought out and finely constructed images, make sure not to miss it before it closes by the end of the month.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf


all is quiet now


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 multi-artist exhibit Imagine opens today, Sunday, April 24, 2016, at 12 PM SLT at the DaphneArts Gallery with music by DJ ferdy. The 17 photographers participating are Angelika Corral, Anouk A., Bay Addens, Burk Bode, Good Cross, Hills, Io Bechir, Isa Messioptra, Jammie Hill, Joslyn Benson, Maloe Vansant, miu miu, miu, MM (Mysterr), Paola Mills, Senna Coronet, tutsy Navarathna and Zib Scaggs. This exhibit is really wonderful and I loved most of the photographs by this group of extremely talented artists. I liked the wide open space of the gallery also, it greatly contributes to the overall feel of this show. Curators Angelika Corall and Sheldon BR state about the exhibit that Imagine is a show that uses art, focused on promoting a peaceful communication, bringing together some great SL photographers from around the world. The metaverse Second Life is a community that, in its own unique way, resembles the “dream” which was eloquently presented by the English songwriter and performer John Lennon in his song “Imagine”, (1971). By this, Lennon, shared his dream of a world without border lines, where people could live in a brotherhood of man, with noting to live or to die for. The participating artists were invited to create an image using the song “Imagine” as inspiration. They shared their vision as dreamers, via their artistic images. The exhibit will be open until the end of May, make sure not to miss it!

Photograph by Tutsy Navarathna

Art Now

Art Now

These are exciting times in the Second Life art world. After a few years of stagnation, virtual art is once again is seeming more alive, even though perhaps there is a shift in a bit of a different direction. A few years ago, installations in various proportions by artists like Simotron Aquila, Igor Ballyhoo, Rebeca Bashly, Rose Borchovski, Artistide Despres, Claudia222 Jewell, nessuno Myoo, Romy Nayar, soror Nishi, Bryn Oh, Maya Paris, and Scottius Polke were frequently shown and immensely popular. While some of these artists are still active, large exhibits seem to be less common today. Fortunately, there are still a few venues, like the recently re-opened Split Screen (presently showing Rebeca Bashly), MetaLES, Berg by Nordan Art (presently showing Haveit Neox), the LEA sims, and a few others that still show larger installations. What is really taking off right now, however, are galleries showing photography. In addition to more established galleries, like for instance, dathuil (presently showing Zib Scaggs), Nitroglobus Hall (presently showing Angelika Corral and SheldonBr) and Berg by Nordan Art  (presently showing Mich Michabo), there are a large number of newish galleries, or galleries I’ve not heard of before, showing fabulous work. These are, in no particular order, The Good Days Gallery (presently showing Hillany Scofield), Gallery Fermate (presently showing Kake Broek), DaphneArts Gallery (as of tomorrow showing Jamie Hill and Joslyn Benson), White Pines Gallery (soon showing Daze) and Kafu Ato Gallery (presently showing moon edenbaum). This list is by no means exhaustive, there are several other galleries showing great photographs as well. Do head over and take a look at one or all of these places!

Photograph from The Good Days Gallery by Kate Bergdorf

Hills Gallery

Hills GalleryA friend took me to Hills Gallery yesterday. The gallery building, designed and constructed by William Weaver, and the current gallery exhibit, Selected Works by Jammie Hill and Joslyn Benson, are a great match. The erotic and very sensual photographs compliment the sleek lines of the gallery beautifully. Joslyn9The two exhibitors Jammie Hill and Joslyn Benson are both outstanding photographers. I am usually in awe about each and every photograph that they produce on Flickr as well and invite them to our A Lasting Impression group without fail. I think what signifies these two photographers the most is their consistent production of incredibly high quality photographs. And the high standard of their work on Flickr is clearly represented in this gallery as well. Congratulations on a beautiful exhibit!I

Top photograph by Kate Bergdorf
Middle photograph of Joslyn9 by Joslyn Benson by Kate Bergdorf
Bottom photograph of I by Jammie Hill by Kate Bergdorf