art in june

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There is certainly no lack of art exhibits in Second Life during this first month of summer.  Besides the recently opened The Swamp , by Meilo Minotaur and CapCat Ragu, the photograph exhibit MYdigliani by daze Landar, the permanent works at Gallery M by Mich Michabo, all at Berg by Nordan Art, there are several exhibits, as well as at least one major new sim-sized installation, to explore.

My first stop today is at dathuil where we find the exhibit Her and him, by Hillany Scofield, curated by Lucy Butoh and Max Butoh. This collection of photographs is the second part of a collaboration with moon Edenbaum, who showed his exhibit me_you here last month. I think there are sixteen color images here; some of them are very creatively mounted in the ceiling, I got dizzy counting, but I think I got it right. I really like this exhibit by hill.s. Not only do the images beautifully correspond with the works by moon, but they also convey a completely different kind of intimacy. hill.s notes about her exhibit that [o]n a day like any other she walks into that little café on the corner. She knows it`s never crowded at this time of day. when she grabs a coffee and her favorite lemon pie on her way home. But this day is unlike the other days and this man is unlike any other she had seen around here. And his presence felt different to all the others…. Each picture here truly does offer a peek into what feels like a deeply personal moment that is part of a story. There is also something homely about these photographs that I utterly adore. Head over and take a look before the exhibit closes on June 30.

There are two exhibits, one by Cipher and the other by Peep Sideshow, curated by CrankyGrit, in two small galleries on the newly opened sim The GoodLife.  The little galleries are located right after you enter the sim, nested in decayed builds, one on the left and on one the right hand side of the street. Both spaces are intimate, displaying a handful of really good images by each photographer. Looking forward to more art exhibit on this sim, this is a great start.

Sina Souza is showing a collection of her own most favorite photographs at the Art Gallery The Eye. I’ve seen all these images before, but honestly,  I never really tire of Sina’s work. Her painterly surrealist style always leaves me wanting more. Head over and take a look at these photographs, I am not really sure how long they will be up. Make sure to also check out Sina’s new work Mental Levels currently at MetaLES if you haven’t already.

Last, but certainly not least, there is an incredibly complex and beautiful installation, Flash Forward/Flash Backward, by Giovanna Cerise, curated by Dividni Shostakovich, at Split Screen. This is a multi-layered work, consisting of six connected parts; Dream, Point of View, The Desire, Lightness, The Impossible Choice and The Birth.  All parts are accessible either by walking through the build itself or teleporting from one part to another. Extensive information about the exhibit, including landmarks to each space, is provided at the landing point. Wandering through this maze-like structure made me feel like I was part of a dream. There were times when I took a wrong turn and felt lost, but then found my way again. The surrounding flickering, shifting images and colors further contribute to the experience of being in a dream state. Giovanna notes about her work that it encompasses imagery from the past, present and future: Everything appears and disappears, in a game in and out, in the will to create alienation effects, restlessness, suspended in an allusive and visionary atmosphere. In this wandering, however, intimate glimpses appear as flashes that isolate and force them to stop. They are moments of stasis, breaks that interrupt the anxiety of trying. Objects that are reflected or evanescent figures metaphorically produce in the present vague suggestions. The installation, formed for the most part from simple geometric elements , is thus presented as a destructured form, almost shapeless with the intent to create chaotic and changing moments. Inside there are spaces that vanish in the complex but depending on the angle they are perfectly visible. A fantastic show, great in every detail, bravo Giovanna, really. Head over and take a look before the installation closes on July 31.

There are many other exhibits I did not cover here because there is simply not enough time. Let me just mention here though Itakos Art Gallery and DixMix Gallery, both of which always have regularly rotating photography exhibits by great artists. Also, rumor on the street has it that there is a great new group show coming up at UTSA ArtSpace (I know my friend ◦⊱ Mi ⊰◦ will part-take) so please be on the lookout for announcements.

Photographs by Kate Bergdorf

coming up at berg by nordan art

There are several new exhibits coming up at Berg by Nordan Art . First in line is the new installation The Swamp by Meilo Minotaur and CapCat Ragu, which opens on Sunday, June 4, at 10 AM SLT. The Nordan om Jordan sim will be closed to the public on June 2 and 3 for installation so please make sure to check out Penumbra before then if you haven’t already. The Amona Savira Memorial will be removed at that time also. About The Swamp, the artists note that it is a metaphor for fascism, from the point of view of Meilo Minotaur’s actual experience of fascism in Portugal, the Carnation Revolution, and the actual lived experience of CapCat Ragu from post-revolutionary Portugal. At a time when the crisis is trying to push us back into obscurantism is the moment to resist, to fight against the totalitarianism of capital, but never to return to fascism! Sound installation is by Takio Ra and voices by Rita Eustáquio. As is also the case with the current installation, The Swamp avatars will be available for free for gallery visitors.

Currently on view in the main gallery since the beginning of April is the show MYdigliani by daze Landar. daze’s show will be on display until the end of June. Beginning of July we have an exhibit by Senna Coronet, followed by a show by moon Edenbaum in October.  Mich Michabo is finishing up her new exhibit for Gallery M. As always, all parts of the gallery are accessible via teleport from the main Berg by Nordan Art gallery. Please be on the lookout in-world, as well on Flickr, for reminders and landmarks as we get closer to the opening dates. Lastly, make sure to post your photos taken at the gallery in the Berg by Nordan Art Flickr group.

Poster of The Swamp by CapCat Ragu
Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

two exhibits

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

temple

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I visited today with moon edenbaum his exhibit Temple: Moon Edenbaum’s Vison of Prairie Kawashima, currently on display in the gallery room at the newly opened club Sacred. The opening was yesterday and the photographs will be on display until September 20. The exhibit consists of photographs of the artist Prairie Kawashima, taken during two evening sessions in August. Integrating shadows and lights, subtle tones of greys and whites, moon has here successfully managed to put together a collection of beautiful images that are not only sensual and sexual, but also quite gentle and elegant. Moon notes that Prairie represents one of the most important and best assets of second life: communicating through virtual grace and making taste a beautiful language that is formulated by sensitivity and intelligence. Head over and take a look at this exhibit before it closes, you will not want to miss this incredibly fine collection of photographs.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Transtriptychon

Transtriptychon

There is an important exhibit, transtriptychon, by moon Edenbaum, currently at the Kafu Ato Gallery. Most of you probably remember the photographs by moon from his last exhibit shoot the shooters, which was his first show and a great success. His current exhibit addresses transgender people in Second Life, merely three photographs in a small gallery; I found the show incredibly powerful and touching.  moon notes in his artist statement that transtriptychon is a series of three big photographs that explore the delicate balance of freedom and shame of the trans-people in sl. Transgenderism has thankfully been receiving more and more attention in real life over the past two years or so. Thank you moon for bringing attention to it in Second Life as well. The exhibit runs from March 12 to April 12, 2016, head over and take a look.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

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

moon Edenbaum at Furillen

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Something has been cooking over at Furillen for the past few days. There have been a few general announcements and a curious kind of secrecy surrounding the first Furillen photography exhibit, shoot the shooters, by moon Edenbaum. There are three special viewing times, two today and one tomorrow at 9 AM SLT, set aside for this event, only  further contributing to a general sense of mystery. Unfortunately, due to real life commitments, I was not able to attend today and will not be able to tomorrow either. I snuck in to take a quick look this evening, however, and ended up staying a very long while. This exhibit is nothing short of astounding and I don’t think I have ever seen anything like it in Second Life before. It is not easy to put into words what goes on in this show, one really has to experience it in person. The twenty portraits of photographers slowly being projected onto one of the Furillen building walls, the gently falling snow, the meditative music, and the scattered chairs; magical, much like Furillen itself. These portraits by moon beautifully display the character of each sitter and coupled with a short introductory few words they come alive even more. Bravo, bravo, bravo. This exhibit will only be open until Monday, unfortunately, so head over and take a look. I really wish Mr. Furillen-Footman would reconsider and keep it open for a while longer…

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Photographs by Kate Bergdorf