The multi-artist exhibit Imagine opens today, Sunday, April 24, 2016, at 12 PM SLT at the DaphneArts Gallery with music by DJ ferdy. The 17 photographers participating are Angelika Corral, Anouk A., Bay Addens, Burk Bode, Good Cross, Hills, Io Bechir, Isa Messioptra, Jammie Hill, Joslyn Benson, Maloe Vansant, miu miu, miu, MM (Mysterr), Paola Mills, Senna Coronet, tutsy Navarathna and Zib Scaggs. This exhibit is really wonderful and I loved most of the photographs by this group of extremely talented artists. I liked the wide open space of the gallery also, it greatly contributes to the overall feel of this show. Curators Angelika Corall and Sheldon BR state about the exhibit that Imagine is a show that uses art, focused on promoting a peaceful communication, bringing together some great SL photographers from around the world. The metaverse Second Life is a community that, in its own unique way, resembles the “dream” which was eloquently presented by the English songwriter and performer John Lennon in his song “Imagine”, (1971). By this, Lennon, shared his dream of a world without border lines, where people could live in a brotherhood of man, with noting to live or to die for. The participating artists were invited to create an image using the song “Imagine” as inspiration. They shared their vision as dreamers, via their artistic images. The exhibit will be open until the end of May, make sure not to miss it!
Photograph by Tutsy Navarathna
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
One of my favorite Second Life photographers, Zib Scaggs, is showing her work at dathuil. Her exhibit Slow Motion Riot And A Nude opens on Thursday, March 3 at 12 PM SLT. The 24 images on display at the gallery are a great sample of the wide array of content and color this artist seems to so effortlessly master. Zib notes that I create in Second Life for my own amusement, things for photos, things to adorn my avatar with, things just to see if I can. I share many of those creations with others who adorn their avatars and take their own photos too. Simple enough. The images in the ‘slow motion riot and a nude’ exhibition are of those things I have made, or avatars I adorn. I have left a few creations out in the gallery for you, you will find them in the zebras. One of my favourite parts of creating in SL is seeing what others do with the pieces. If you do find something that inspires a photo, you are welcome to add them to the Zibska flickr group here ~ https://www.flickr.com/groups/zibska/. Yes it is true, the zebras that adorn the gallery are clickable and once clicked will give you the prop that was part of the photo next to it! Head over and take a look at this wonderful exhibit, it will be open until the end of March.
Photograph by Kate Bergdorf