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
Time flies, it seems. We have already come to an end of the first exhibit period for photography shows in the gallery. Many thanks to Huck Hax for the exhibit lacrimioare; I have received feedback from so many visitors who adored the show. The gallery will now be closed for a week as we are setting up a new exhibit by daze Landar, MYdigliani, which will be on display for the next three months. The opening is on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 10AM SLT and as usual our Nordan Art DJ Eif will provide tunes. The time has also come to bid farewell to the old gallery building, a build I put together myself a few years ago. The Berg by Nordan Art gallery will now instead be housed in space by Abiss that I think is incredibly well suited.
The installation Penumbra, by Meilo Minotaur and CapCat Ragu, will be up for another month or so and then replaced by a new installation by CapCat and Meilo. The Amona Savira Memorial, put together by Senna Coronet, and part of Penumbra, will be taken down in May as well. The same is true for Mich Michabo’s The Other , which is on display in Gallery M; a new show by Mich is in the works and will also open some time in May. The gallery retrospective book Berg by Nordan Art 2016 is close to going to press and we hope to publish within the next few weeks.
We have seen blog posts, Flickr photos, and several machinima about the gallery, as well as received much positive feedback from gallery visitors themselves. Thank you. Thank you also for rating and commenting on the gallery using the Second Life Art kiosk located at the entrance; its rewarding to read the comments you write! As a reminder to new visitors, all parts of the gallery can be accessed from the main gallery in the sky and the teleports are located at the door. Please join our group Berg by Nordan Art inworld for updates and announcements about the gallery. Please post your photos taken at the gallery in the Berg by Nordan Art Flickr group
Photographs by Kate Bergdorf
The new show Alone/Together, curated by Doc (aka Murdock Beningborough), at the new Pretentious Gallery (former Broadstreet Gallery), owned by Isa Messioptra, opens tomorrow, Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 12 PM SLT. The organizers state that this show looks at the emotional myopia that exists in our public and private relationships. The loner in a crowded room, disconnected lovers, those in grief but surrounded by friends and family, and on. No one is immune. There is no vaccination that protects for life. Like physical pain, expressing sensation from past experience is inordinately difficult. Art in any form transcends the divide and the challenge for this exhibit is to express the isolation. The artists showing their work are Edie Horngold, Kato Salyut, Hills Scofield, Goodcross, Bay Addens, daze, Sabbian Paine, Isa Messioptra, MM, and Senna Coronet. This is another intriguing theme brought forth by this gallery and it will be interesting to see what each of these talented photographers come up with. Very much looking forward to this show!
Image in poster by Edie Horngold
I am happy to report that Second Life art galleries continue to thrive. This Sunday, May 15, 2016, we have three excellent exhibits (and there are probably more), all opening pretty much exactly at the same time… The [Enlightenment] show, by Cicciuzzo Gausman, curated by Mareea Farrasco, opens at the IMAGO gallery at 12 PM SLT (read more about it here). The exhibit Postcards from the Subconsious, by Maloe Vansant and Burk Bode, curated by Dido Haas, opens at Nitroglobus Hall at 12:30PM SLT. Maloe and Burk note that [t]his exhibition is like a child. It was planned friendly and glamorous. But as always our unconsciousness send us postcards. Feelings like bubbles coming up that told us we had to make just this picture and no other. So at the end our child is not what we planned it to be. It became somebody dark and nasty. Looking at us like a misbehaving child and telling us: ‘I don’t like you’. Astonished we answer: ‘but we love you and we made you!?!’ Our child turned out to be somebody else: dark, coz it emerged from the dark sides of our souls. Sticking out its tongue and smiling at us boldly. But we still love it … It is also my pleasure to let you know here that Maloe Vansant has agreed to show her photographs at Berg by Nordan Art in 2017. Please be on the lookout for announcements.
The show In the spirit of…., a group show featuring Amona Savira, Bay Addens, Dr. Strangelove, Isa Messioptra, Jordan Giant, .kiki, Lyndzey Melli, Paola Mills, Senna Coronet and Tutsy Navarathna, opens at the Broadstreet Gallery also at 12 PM SLT. Senna Coronet, the curator of this exhibit, states that [m]any of us are influenced by artists in many genres. Whether consciously or not we are often guided by the work and style of others. We asked a few artists to think about those influencers and develop work that would pay homage to their influence on the work we do in Second Life. It promises to be a great Sunday with fun openings and outstanding photography! Lastly, let me also mention here a new Flickr group created today by G o o d C r o s s, The Second Life Art Calendar. This is a group to help us keep track of Second Life art gallery exhibits; thanks GC, a great idea!
Photograph of Maloe Vansant’s Sweet Venus currently at Nitroglobus Hall by Kate Bergdorf
There is a new show at Nitroglobus Gallery that I mentioned in an earlier post; we went back to visit and I decided to put together a more detailed impression of this outstanding exhibit. The exhibit, curated by Dido Haas, really consists of two parts so I ended up also putting together two posts, one about The Path by Nitro Fireguard here and another one about What If…by Senna Coronet and MM (Mysterr).
The statues created by Nitro are avatar-sized mesh figures and other abstract objects with a shiny metal finish. These have been placed in various positions on paths that branch out and extend throughout the gallery and are framed by the photographs by MM (Mysterr) and Senna Coronet. Each little road offers a different experience and ultimately also a different destination. Based on the myth of Sisyphus, the installation touches upon issues surrounding man’s search for meaning in life. In Greek mythology Sisyphus was the king of Ephyra, punished for his actions to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, repeating this action for eternity. Nitro successfully integrates this notion into his beautiful installation, taking us down winding roads on journeys of struggle, love and discovery. This is such a strong body of work. Bravo, Nitro.
I leave Sisyphus at the foot of the mountain! One always finds one’s burden again. But Sisyphus teaches the higher fidelity that negates the gods and raises rocks. He too concludes that all is well. This universe henceforth without a master seems to him neither sterile nor futile. Each atom of that stone, each mineral flake of that night filled mountain, in itself forms a world. The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy. (Albert Camus, 1942, The Myth Of Sisyphus)
Photographs by Tutsy Navarathna
What If… by Senna Coronet and MM (Mysterr) is one part out of a two-part exhibit that opened a few days ago at the Nitroglobus Gallery. I will add a post about the other part of the exhibit, The Path by Nitro Fireguard, here on this blog very soon. Curated by Dido Haas, this show is an extraordinarily beautiful fit for the gallery with its expansive size and reflective floors. The large-sized images on the walls work incredibly well. The photographs also complement the sculptures by Nitro without overpowering them; all in all this is one of the best shows I have seen in this gallery so far.
This exhibit by Senna and Mysterr is inspired by the poem If by Rudyard Kipling. The photographs are about longing and the possibility of love as well as the fear of loss. The images are all large and seem oversized, the nude bodies depicted expand over the entirety of the surfaces and cover them completely. It is hard to look away. The bodies in these images are either entangled in poses or alone. There is such strong sensual emotion depicted here. For those of us who know the photographs by these two artists from Flickr, this show is even the more remarkable I think. The work we have seen by them is already so stellar and now this. Fantastic work, Senna and Mysterr!
Photographs of images by Senna Coronet and Mysterr by Kate Bergdorf
Last weekend was a busy two days for Second Life art lovers as there were several openings and closing parties at galleries and installation spaces all over the grid, including one at my own gallery Berg by Nordan Art. This weekend is no different with at least three intriguing gallery openings that caught my eye. The first one, at the elegant Nitroglobus Gallery, is the exhibit What If by renowned Second Life photographers Senna Coronet and MM (Mysterr) as well as sculptures by Nitro Fireguard, on Saturday, October 17 at 12 PM SLT. The second opening is the exhibit Second Life Interpretations by Susy Halcali at the TAF Art Gallery, also on Saturday, October 17 (no set time was specified in the announcement) through November 14. The last opening, on Sunday, October 18 at 12 PM SLT, at the lovely Broad Street Gallery on Crestwick Island, is the exhibit … of dreams and nightmares, showing work by kiki, MM (Mysterr), Mich Michabo, Senna Coronet, Maloe Vansante, Burk Bode, Isa Messioptra, William Weaver, Cipherscape, Harbor Galaxy and Robin. Enjoy!
Poster by MM (Mysterr)
Photograph of Broad Street Gallery by Kate Bergdorf