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There are two excellent installations to be seen in SL presently; Duality, by Igor Ballyhoo, at Blue Orange, and Empty Minds, by Romy Nayar, on MetaLES. The former just recently opened, the latter has been up for a few weeks already. Let me just comment briefly here on the art venues as well. MetaLES, an old-timer by now in the SL art world, continues to consistently present us with excellent art. Spearheaded by Ux Hax and Romy Nayar, this virtual art space has become a SL classic. I always find myself looking forward what they will show next. Blue Orange, the newish kid on the block, has succeeded to set and maintain high standards for their exhibits as well. I wandered through the gallery today and was impressed by the variety and quality of the art of the current exhibitors Theda Tammas, Igor Ballyhoo, Cica Ghost, Rebeca Bashly, Jarla Capalini, Gitu Aura, NicoleX Moonwall, and Ini Inaka. Bravo to the talented Blue Orange curator Ini Inaka for an art space so beautifully and creatively put together.

Igor invited me to stop by yesterday to check out Duality. A glass stair way leads up to a large build of hollowed-out cement cubes connected by metal pipes.  Contained in this construct is a pair of avatar-sized figures. Surrounding all this is a flow of moving neon text. Igor is a stellar builder, self-taught as many of us in the virtual world, who at this point has reached level of mastery that is hard to surpass. He uses his building skills to express symbolically thoughts about things, often controversial in nature, but not always. The build Duality expresses our conflicting experiences with the virtual and the real. Here is an excerpt from our conversation:

[2017/04/26 12:18] Igor Ballyhoo: it is contemplation of our two existances
[2017/04/26 12:18] Igor Ballyhoo: RL and SL
[2017/04/26 12:19] Igor Ballyhoo: we are one being in our minds
[2017/04/26 12:19] Igor Ballyhoo: yet our common sense make us keep this two worlds separated
[2017/04/26 12:19] Kate Bergdorf (KateBergdorf Resident): yeah
[2017/04/26 12:19] Kate Bergdorf (KateBergdorf Resident): so it is about the virtual and the real
[2017/04/26 12:19] Kate Bergdorf (KateBergdorf Resident): and the two and the one
[2017/04/26 12:20] Igor Ballyhoo: so we are struggling to get out and keep reality
[2017/04/26 12:20] Igor Ballyhoo: yes, it is duality
[2017/04/26 12:20] Kate Bergdorf (KateBergdorf Resident): it is and it isn’t though
[2017/04/26 12:20] Kate Bergdorf (KateBergdorf Resident): that is why we are so preoccupied with it, no?
[2017/04/26 12:20] Igor Ballyhoo: what do you mean
[2017/04/26 12:21] Kate Bergdorf (KateBergdorf Resident): i often find myself thinking both
[2017/04/26 12:21] Igor Ballyhoo: we are struggling to keep two realities separated
[2017/04/26 12:21] Kate Bergdorf (KateBergdorf Resident): that the virtual and real world lives are separate
[2017/04/26 12:21] Kate Bergdorf (KateBergdorf Resident): but also the same
[2017/04/26 12:21] Kate Bergdorf (KateBergdorf Resident): i think we might be talking about the same thing lol
[2017/04/26 12:22] Igor Ballyhoo: yes, work is pretty obvious I think

Head over and check out Igor’s and the other artist’s work at Blue Orange (make sure to set to Midnight and Ultra when viewing Duality). All these exhibits are a feast for the eye.

I revisited Empty Minds today. I had been already when it first opened, but didn’t have time to blog about it then. This is another gorgeous work by Romy; I recognize the set-up, the little scenes with stories, from her previous works. Throughout the hilly, sim-sized layout we find here figures in groups, sometimes by themselves, with large empty bubble heads. They are involved in all kinds of activities, some carry with them lanterns, perhaps to shed light on which path to take next. Romy notes about her work that [i]t is made known that if an idea is born in your empty mind, you must come to disregard it. Nobody knows why. The origin of that idea was lost. Maybe you’ll be the first to have the idea to not to discard your ideas.  This is once again a sublime installation by this talented artist. Head over and take a look and make sure to grab one of the free avatars before you leave.

Photographs by Kate Bergdorf

blue orange art corner

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I just returned from a packed opening at The Blue Orange Art Corner. This vibrant art and music venue, put together by artist Ini Inaka, introduces today art by Theda Tammas, Indigoclaire, Miu Miu Miu, Eupalinos Ugajin, and Igor Ballyhoo (see his sculpture Sacrificed Angel above)  and music is provided by DJs  Gitu Aura, Khaz Rotaru and Niels Koolhoven. Ini notes about her place that [a]t first it was an idea to mix urban style with something classy and create bohemian underground music club where people could hear a lot of different music styles, starting from underground alternative, industrial, grunge, indie, noise, psychedelic, folk punk and ending with jazz, neo-folk, instrumental and classical music. Sure counting in a lot of music without labels and maybe not very popular music as well. Later came an idea to invite creative people who would be happy to share love for art, this how they understand art, how they express themselves and to show how second life as virtual place let to us share it. Photos, drawings, paintings, 3D installations and much more as SL is amazingly open and full of tools to do this. I was very happy to find and invite such music lovers or SL Djs who were glad to help to me to express and create bohemian mood in club. This is a great and welcomed addition to the SL art scene and I am very much looking forward to future events.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

art in december

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There is a lot going on in the SL art world in December! Here is a selection only as I unfortunately don’t have time to cover all installations and exhibits. I wish I did. First, the new work by Canadian artist Bryn Oh, Hand, opened a few days ago. This is a complex installation, complete with  instructions on WL, and other settings provided at the landing point. It is well worth the effort to follow these basic guidelines, as they significantly shape the overall impression. There is also a HUD provided, which will further enhance the visitors’ experience. As always with Bryn’s works, there is a narrative, this time it is a story about a girl named Flutter. We follow Flutter along with the HUD chapters as she explores the whimsical world on this sim. It is as usual a great pleasure taking in the work by Bryn; the narrative, the carefully crafted original objects, the layout, sounds, and the WL are all magnificent. Make sure not to miss this.

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Also recently opened to the public is the newest installation by JadeYu Fhang, OpeRaAnxiEty, at MetaLES, curated by Ux Hax and Romy Nayar. This exhibit replaces the installation Tumor, by Igor Ballyhoo, while the work Tout est Allumé, by Tutsy Navarathna, remains on the display until the end of the year. This is a large immersive sci-fi inspired work, beautifully laid out with various webs, mist and android shapes. As a large spider nursing half-human eggs in its web, we witness a sense of busy anxiety here, reminiscent perhaps of the weaving of our own confounding webs.  Many photographers have already found their way to this build and we have seen some fantastic images on Flickr. Head over and take a look.

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In my humble opinion one of the most talented SL photographers, Isa Messioptra (also owner of the sim Crestwick, which includes The Pretentious Gallery) has a new show, Cerebral Frame, curated by dixmix source, at the DixMix Gallery. This is a compilation of thirteen older works by Isa, both in color and black and white. There is a captivating narrative in all of this artist’s images that draw the viewer in, leaving us wanting to know more. Bravo Isa, it so great to see your work on display.

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Last, but not least, we have a new show coming up on December 17 at 12 PM SLT at the Blue and Orange Art Project (venue will open on the day of exhibit opening), curated by Ini Inaka and Gitu Aura. There is an incredibly talented group of artists showing their work here; Theda Tammas, Indigoclaire, Miu Miu Miu, Eupalinos Ugajin, and Igor Ballyhoo. My curiosity is peaked for sure! I have unfortunately not had a chance to visit this gallery before, but will most definitely try to check this out.

Photograph by Kate Bergdorf

Art Highlights in July

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The arts are alive and kicking in Second Life. There are several installations and exhibits on display at the moment and I figured I’d compile some of them here. This is by no means a complete list, but merely a few suggestions. Most of these events have already been posted by myself and other bloggers and I provide links when this is the case. So here are some of the SL July art highlights, listed in no particular order at all.

Gallery: MetaLES
Exhibit: Bury your fears – Bury your dreams
Curator(s): Ux Hax and Romy Nayar
About: See Ziki Questi’s Blog
Artist(s): Selavy Oh
Time: Last day is August 8, 2016

Gallery: Berg by Nordan Art
Exhibit: Yesterday: Retrospective and Close Ups of a Doll
Curator(s): Kate Bergdorf
About: See The Bergdorf Reports
Artist(s): Maloe Vansant
Time: July through September 2016

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Gallery: The Pretentious Gallery (former Broadstreet Gallery)
Exhibit: MEN
Curator(s): Isa Messioptra
About: Men. Some are strong, some are sweet. Some are slobs with smelly feet. Men come in all varieties, handsome, sexy, dashing, sensitive, brilliant, brave, pompous, bastards, pigs, assholes etc. For this months exhibit Isa Messioptra asked ten women to submit an image depicting men through their own experiences.
Artist(s): .kiki, Jammeh, Amona Savira, imani Nayer, Tatiana Easterwood, Maloe Vansant, Kate Bergdorf, Isa Messioptra, Jordan Giant, Oakley Foxtrot
Time: Opens Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 12 PM SLT (open for about a month)

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Gallery: dathuil Gallery of Art
Exhibit: Inked
Curator(s): Lucy Diamond and Max Butoh
About: See The Bergdorf Reports
Artist(s): ElizabethNantes
Time: Open for the month of July 2016

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Gallery: Furillen Gallery
ExhibitWorks by Ini Inaka
Curator(s): Serene Footman
About: Photography by Ini Inaka
Artist(s): Ini Inaka
Time: Closes sometime in August 2016

Gallery: LEA13
Exhibit: Snarl
Curator(s): Mac Kanashimi
About: See The Bergdorf Reports
Artist(s): Mac Kanashimi
Time: Open until the end of the year 2016

Gallery: The Good Days Gallery
Exhibit: [in the dark]
Curator(s): G o o d C r o s s
About: Photographs by Mr. Gausman
Artist(s): Cicciuzzo Gausman
Time: Ends early August 2016

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Gallery: Nitroglubus Hall
Exhibit: All_Most Real
Curator(s): Dido Haas
About: See The Bergdorf Reports
Artist(s): MM (Mysterr)
Time: July and August 2016

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Gallery: UTSA ArtSpace
Exhibit: Reopening of UTSA
Curator(s): constructivIST Solo
About: See The Bergdorf Reports
Artist(s): Rebeca Bashly, Igor Ballyhoo,Eupalinos Ugajin, Ini Inaka, and Bryn Oh
Time: Closes last day of July 2016

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Gallery: Dixmix Gallery
Exhibit: The Bearable Lazyness of Being
Curator(s): dixmix Source
About: Photographs by Maloe Vansant and Burk Bode
Artist(s): Maloe Vansant and Burk Bode
Time: Unknown

Top photograph of MetaLES exhibit by Kate Bergdorf