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 point. I 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