Opening this Sunday, July 9, at 11 AM SLT, at Berg by Nordan Art, is the exhibit Loss, by Senna Coronet (in Second Life, Sennaspirit Coronet). I am pleased that Senna and I also found time for an interview, which is now published in my other blog, The Virtual Review. Senna has been active in SL since 2006. An avid, and one of our most outstanding, virtual world photographer, he notes that I once thought this image making thing in SL was a bit embarrassing, however, after 2 extended “holidays” away from SL I realized that I loved this part of my life and returned in both instances because I missed making images in SL. That’s the absolute truth. I missed my friends for sure, but the image making part was at the root of my return. I studied art in college and was always interested in the arts even from a young age. So, now that I’m not so young, I’m impressed that I’ve been consistently drawn to creative type endeavors and quite happy that Second Life provides a unique forum to get quench my creative thirst and do so with some really fantastic friends and creative types. No doubt, most of us creatives can relate to these words of wisdom about the virtual world and photography. I know I can.
Senna’s exhibit Loss is a deeply personal one, consisting of fourteen new images and dedicated to his friend and photographer Amona Savira, who sadly passed away earlier this year. Amona had agreed to show at Berg by Nordan Art for the period July through September 2017 and Senna graciously agreed to exhibit in her stead. About Loss Senna states that [t]his show is dedicated to my good friend Amona Savira, who left us earlier this year quite unexpectedly. Her passing was an absolute shock to me but sadly it was just one of a few losses I suffered this year. When Kate asked me to fill in this show slot that had been intended for Amona, I was happy to try and do it justice, even though other pressures didn’t seem to want me to complete it. I think what I experienced this year with all the events in my life, is that regardless of how tragic and harsh things can be, you cannot let things consume you and paralyze you. Suffering, remorse, sadness are all healthy emotions but they must not take over your life. Come join us in the gallery for the opening on Sunday. I will send out group announcements with information as we get closer to the date.
Exhibit poster by Senna Coronet
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 Nerburn: loneliness 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
There is lots going on as usual in our vibrant SL art world. Besides the two exhibits Penumbra, by Meilo Minotaur and CapCat Ragu, and the exhibit lacrimioare by Huck Hax at Berg by Nordan Art there are several other noteworthy shows. First, we have the new installation Burning, by Cica Ghost. It has been months since we saw work by Cica and I am really happy to see she is back. Burning is a sim consisting of burnt down buildings and fire damaged trees, surrounded by fire as well as a few dry bushes scattered throughout. There is a gloomy feeling to this place, yet also a at the same time a beautiful sense of melancholy and sweetness so recognizable in all of Cica’s work.
Another installation worth visiting is the multilayered fractal work No Frontiers at LEA16 by Gem Preiz. The artist notes that [t]his exhibition of fractals consists in 16 high resolution frames and invites you to dream along a futuristic journey towards the stars. All boards are made of about 18 plates carefully stuck, and displayed in environments built specifically, the minimalist structures of which (often fractals by themselves) contrast with the complexity of the images. There are detailed instructions on how to most optimally experience this work at the landing point, including information on music and WL. It is pretty straight forward to move around, either by using vehicles or flying. Head over and take a look before the installation closes in June.
There are two separate exhibits currently at Hills Gallery, both by Hillany Scofield (aka hill.s). The first one, You Shine Through, consists of eleven black and white new photographs, most with an erotic undertone. These pictures are sublime, bravo hill.s! I also love the space in which they are displayed. The second exhibit, Recreation, was previously shown at the Indie Tepee-Festival last summer. This is an interactive piece of work, where the visitor is asked to take a position amongst mannequins and use light and shadows; hill.s notes [r]ecreate. Either find your place or lose yourself in the grid of impressions and projection. Second life is about you and the ability to find your own fascination. Find yourself. Position yourself. Be a part of the world which your imagination can create. Take a picture ! – the lights are on you. I am pleased to see that hill.s is showing at her gallery again. 🙂
Finally, we have several great shows by Miles Cantelou, Mistero Hifeng and William Weaver at the DixMix Gallery. Head over and take a look!
Photographs by Kate Bergdorf