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

Things About the Gallery

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As the year is soonish coming to an end I thought this might be a good time to reflect on  things pertaining to my gallery Berg by Nordan Art. Right now we are showing in the small gallery the exhibit Passively, by Sina Souza, and on the full-sim ground space the installation Memories, by Giovanna Cerise. These two exhibits will be up until the end of the year. Planned so far for the first half of 2016 are, in chronological order, exhibits by Mich Michabo, Haveit Neox, Imani Nayar, Igor Ballyhoo and Cica Ghost. Looking back, it was an active year; incredible exhibits by Tutsy Navarathna, Piedra Lubitsch, and Harbor Galaxy; publication of Berg by Nordan Art 2015, co-edited by Huckleberry Hax and myself and published by Nordan Art Issuu Publishing; release of Harbor Galaxy at Berg by Nordan Art and Berg by Nordan Art Opening October 2015, two excellent machinima, by Tutsy Navarathna, covering the two past exhibit openings; and the addition of an informal gallery space L’annexe showing some of my photographs. I am excited about another year of outstanding art at Berg by Nordan Art. I hope you will join us both at openings and come to visit the gallery throughout the year.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Berg by Nordan Art 2015

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Berg by Nordan Art 2015 is now published. This is a book showcasing the work of  the artists who showed their work in the Berg by Nordan Art gallery in 2015, published by Nordan Art Issuu, with a foreword by Tutsy Navarathna and put together by Huckleberry Hax and myself. Thanks to the artists, Tutsy, Piedra, Harbor, Sina and Giovanna, for making 2015 a great year!

Photograpy by Kate Bergdorf

Giovanna Cerise and Sina Souza at Berg by Nordan Art

Berg LogoI am pleased to announce here a Berg by Nordan Art Sina Souza and Giovanna Cerise opening this Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 11 AM SLT. For the months of October, November and December 2015 we are proud to show new photographic work by Sina in the Berg by Nordan Art gallery and a new installation, Memories, inspired by the Italian poet Eugenio Montale, by Giovanna on the Berg by Nordan Art full-sim installation space on the ground. Our long-time Nordan Art house DJ, d-oo-b, aka Eif, will spin some tunes at the opening. Please be on the lookout inworld for group announcements with further details and landmark attached. Hope to see you then!

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Changes on Nordan om Jorden

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I removed Leka today and the sim Nordan om Jorden will be closed for the next two weeks. During this time the Berg by Nordan Art gallery and L’annexe will be closed as well as we will be putting up Giovanna Cerise’s new installation on the sim on the ground and installing Sina Sousa’s new exhibit in the gallery in the sky. These are exciting times on Nordan om Jorden! We are looking forward to the opening of Berg by Nordan Art on Nordan om Jorden on October 11 and hope to see you then.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Mind Factory

Mind FactoryWe revisited today the Mind Factory, a gallery by Sina Souza. This is a gallery that has been up and running for a while, as far as I know since Sina started producing art in Second Life which I believe was in 2012. She has exhibited widely all over the grid since then. I love this place. It is created by Zazou and an excellent choice for display of larger works like these; airy space, beams, cement, metal staircases, sturdy spotlights, small center-pool and cracked ceilings and windows. I haven’t seen this building used as a gallery before, as we know we often see prefabs used by various venues for the same thing; there is a sense of this place being original.

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The pictures by Sina are all mind-blowing. Large surfaces, powerful images, strong messages. These photographs are nothing like we have seen in Second Life before; Sina’s work is immediately recognizable as hers. She shows her work outside of Second Life as well and is presently exhibiting the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago together with Philip Mallory Jones and Shirley Hunt. Check out the Sina Souza website for more photographs. I’m happy to announce here also that Sina Souza will be showing her work at Berg by Nordan Art from October to December 2015. Please be on the lookout for announcements.

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Photographs by Kate Bergdorf

Leka Closing

Leka ClosingI wrote a blog post, Changes on Nordan om Jorden, about this a while ago and the time has now come; Leka on Nordan om Jorden will close to make room for a full-sim Berg by Nordan Art installation space. It has been so wonderful having Leka and I will miss it a great deal. Thanks to all of you who visited and thank you also for sharing your photographs in the Flickr group Nordan om Jorden. I will remove all objects on the sim on September 26 and the sim will be closed until we open again on October 4 with an installation by Giovanna Cerise. Sina Souza will show her work in the Berg by Nordan Art gallery in the sky for the same time period. Hope to see you then!

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Contrast Program by Sina Souza

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Sina Souza has an opening, Contrast Program, today Saturday, February 14, 2015, at 12 PM SLT at the Yucale Coffee Gallery. There are older works as well as new ones to be seen. As always, Sina’s work is simultaneously bold and very moving, this time in black and white. Head over and take a look. And a reminder, be on the lookout for announcements for Sina’s exhibit at Berg by Nordan Art starting October 2015.

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Photograph of Sina Souza’s work by Kate Bergdorf

Sina Souza at Influence Art

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Sina Souza has an opening today, Sunday, January 25, 2015, at 1 PM SLT at the Influence Art Gallery. I am somewhat familiar with Sina’s work and some of the images you find at this gallery have actually been shown before, still, when viewing her powerful artworks in this exhibit I was left feeling moved by the ones I had already seen all over again. Sina started creating her images in Second Life© in November 2012. Since then she has exhibited widely, most recently at the Nitroglobus Gallery together with Sabbian Paine. I am excited that Sina has agreed to show her work at Berg by Nordan Art from October to December 2015. Check out the Fine Art America website for more of her work.

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I also really like the space, the Influence Art Gallery, where Sina’s work is on display. The quality of the two-story build (by Frasha Boa of Abiss) is exquisite and the size of it is perfect for a gallery. The brick exterior, consisting of a black-framed glass door and two black-framed large windows, wonderfully frames the artworks inside. The sparsely decorated two-level gallery interior highlights the artworks on display as well. My compliments for a beautifully put together gallery!

Photographs of Sina Souza images and of gallery by Kate Bergdorf

Berg by Nordan Art opening this Saturday

 

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I am happy to report that Tutsy Navarathna’s new exhibit ReZilience at Berg by Nordan Art will open this Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 6 AM SLT. Please be on the lookout for announcements. Tutsy’s work will be on display at the gallery until the end of March, followed by Piedra Lubitsch (April to June), Harbor Galaxy (July to September) and Sina Souza (October to December).

Image above by Tutsy Navarathna