Art in Second Life 2022 (51) “Alone” by Mihailsk

I got an invitation from Dido Haas to visit “Alone” by Mihailsk, the June exhibition at Dido’s Nitroglobus Roof Gallery. The exhibition was opened on June 6th, I visited on June 4th. Therefore it might be that I didn’t see last changes as Adwehe, who contributed the light installation, might have had not completely finished yet with her work.

Alone is the third solo exhibition of Mihailsk at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery. I saw “Baptism of Fire” (read here) and “Red Sky” (read here) by Milhailsk in 2021.

“Alone” consists of 14 monochrome pictures, all of them show the artist himself – naked. There’s an erotic touch, yet that is not at all the intention and the message of the pictures, it’s more a side effect. They express pain, not physical pain, but psychic pain – although the boarders between the both can blur. The pictures can develop their strength at the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery very well with the mirroring floor and the light effects as well as with the few 3D art objects.

Impressions of “Alone” by Mihailsk at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (1)

Mihailsk wrote about his exhibtion:
There are moments in life when you feel like you are losing everything; the laughter, the joy, in short the color disappears from your life. You are ALONE, nude, mourning about what you lost. You have to find the strength to stand on your own feet again and find the light in the darkness that surrounds you.
A week alone: me and myself. stripped of thoughts, feelings, clothes.
Absence, falling into the void, tears, sinking into myself. Dangerous balance, escape, mute crying, introversion, denial.
The images I made in the period described above are moments from a sad, lonely week.
Me in black and white.

Impressions of “Alone” by Mihailsk at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (2)

There is even a weak hologram of Mihailsk as if he and his pain were present in the exhibition. Looking at the pictures you can feel the pain, and most probably you have been yourself in such a situation already – I have been and I know the feeling, the helplessness, the finality, the absence of hope, the knowledge that life won’t be the same anymore. It takes time to get on your feet again, to continue. But it won’t be the same life anymore. Really great and expressive photographs, Mihailsk!

Mihailsk is from Greece and in Second Life since 2014. Mihailsk started photography in Second Life and according to his own words, that was when he really started his journey in Second Life:
It was January 2020 when I started this beautiful journey in light, colors and emotions. A journey to fantastic places and loved persons, trying to capture special moments in eternity. Sometimes with a smile, sometimes with pain. Each of my images is a part of me, an expression of my mood at that particular moment.
I wish to share with people what I see and what I feel, rejoicing when I manage to make someone see through my eyes and feel with my soul.

There are also two quotes on the walls at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery. Both are in Greek and in English and they fit very well to Mihailsk pictures. My favourite picture shows Mihailsk sitting alone on a chair looking at an empty chair. I could literally feel his pain.

Nitroglobus Roof Gallery is owned and curated by Dido Haas. Thank you, Dido for providing the space for the art and for enabling the exhibition “Alone” by Mihailsk. Thank you Mihailsk for your art, even when you yourself consider not being an artist – you are! And many thanks also to Adwehe for the light effects and to David Silence for creating the exhibition post for “Alone” by Mihailsk.
As “Alone” is the June exhibition at  Nitroglobus Roof Gallery and hence shall be open until end of June 2022.

Landmark to Nitroglobus Roof Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunshine%20Homestead/38/22/1001
Mihailsk’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/156100744@N03/
Dido Haas’ blog
https://exploringslwithdido.blogspot.com

Art in Second Life 2021 (106) “Minimal” by Dido Haas

I got an invitation fom Dido Haas to see her exhibtion “Minimal“. It is shown at Dido Haas’ part of Nitroglobus gallery, which is owned and curated by Dido Haas herself.

Minimal” consists of 8 large pictures all arranged along the walls of the exhibtion room. The pictures mirror on the floor which highlights the art in a particular way. In the center you see a levitating object named “Mother’s Lab” created by  Jadeyu Fhang.

Impressions of “Minimal” by Dido Haas (1)

Dido’s passion are portraits and avatar studies, most of them are black/white. For “Minimal” she tried out something different. When I read “Minimal” spontaneously Melusina Parkin comes into my mind, an artist that I covered in this blog quite often already. The eight pictures of Dido Haas have a similar minimalistic style, focusing on just a few details. But Dido did not refer to minimalism when she named her exhibition “Minimal”, she referred to a shop named MINIMAL. All of her pictures use objects from MINIMAL, objects that were given as free group gifts. Dido added herself to the objects, added a background – and kept it simple. The result is amazing! As the person in her pictures (herself) is just a small add on, the spectator instinctively focuses on it even if it is not the central and largest part ot the picture.

Impressions of “Minimal” by Dido Haas (2)

While I visited “Minimal” I met Mihailsk, an artist who has exhibited at Nitroglobus Gallery and who is a friend of Dido. Mihailsk has supported Dido in setting up “Minimal“. After my visit I went to the shop MINIMAL.
MINIMAL is owned by Jorge Fernández (Ors Quan) and offers skyboxes, buildings, home&garden equipment and gear, backdrops, single objects, jewelery, scenes and men’s clothes. I found the section with the free group gifts – and recognized those, that Dido used for her exhibition “Minimal“.

A visit to MINIMAL store and gallery

Dido Haas is Dutch and has been in SL for way over 14 years – and according to herself, she is still enjoying this virtual world. Besides her own art, Dido owns and curates the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery, which consists of two exhibition rooms, the main room and a part that Dido uses to showcase her own art.
You can find more about and from Dido on her blog and on her flickr page. The Nitroglobus Roof Gallery has an own flickr group.

Thank you Dido for all the work you invest into the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery and for your own art. I enjoyed my visit. The exhibtion “Minimal” will be open until end of November.

Landmark to Dido Haas’ part of Nitroglobus Roof gallery and to of “Minimal” by Dido Haas
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunshine%20Homestead/166/41/1001
Dido Haas’ flickr group
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dido_haas/
Nitroglobus Roof Gallery flickr group
https://www.flickr.com/groups/nitroglobus_gallery/
Dido Hass’ blog
https://exploringslwithdido.blogspot.com
MINIMAL store and gallery inworld
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/FresH/121/197/3494
MINIMAL store on marketplace
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/es-ES/stores/156471

Art in Second Life 2021 (91) “Red Sky” by Mihailsk

Together with the invitation for her own exhibtion “One Day” at Nitroglobus Roof gallery (read about “One Day” here), Dido Haas also invited me to see the exhibtion “Red Sky” by Mihailsk. It is shown in the annex to the Nitroglobus Roof gallery, the space that Dido has dedicated originally to display her own art but that is also used to feature the art of other artists every once in a while.

I came across Mihailsk not long ago in July 2021 and also at Nitroglobus Roof gallery visiting the exhibtion “Baptism of Fire” by Mihailsk (read here)

Red Sky” consists of 8 pictures. These 8 pictures have in common that they are situated under a red sky. Dido prepared the exhibtion space to enhance the red sky with red light poles and a sculpture from Nitro named “High Emotions” and with a few red/purple trees, that were made by Venus Adored just for Dido.

Mihailsk writes in the accompanying notecard about “Red Sky“:
“The color red symbolizes intense situations and emotions but at the same time it indicates warning and danger. My red sky is a sky which reflects strong human emotions, covering them like a blanket and thus giving a sense of safety and hope.
Danger, longing, visualization, power, love, pain, balance, joy.: eight human moments under the red sky.

Impressions of “Red Sky” by Mihailsk (1)

Mihailsk is from Greece and in Second Life since 2014. Mihailsk started photography in Second Life and according to his own words, that was when he really started his journey in Second Life:
It was January 2020 when I started this beautiful journey in light, colors and emotions. A journey to fantastic places and loved persons, trying to capture special moments in eternity. Sometimes with a smile, sometimes with pain. Each of my images is a part of me, an expression of my mood at that particular moment.
I wish to share with people what I see and what I feel, rejoicing when I manage to make someone see through my eyes and feel with my soul.

Impressions of “Red Sky” by Mihailsk – “Love” (2)

Nitroglobus Roof Gallery is owned and curated by Dido Haas. Thank you, Dido for providing the space for the art and for enabling the exhibition “Red Sky” by Mihailsk. Thank you Mihailsk for your art, even when you yourself consider not being an artist – you are! I enjoyed my visit.
Red Sky” by Mihailsk shall be open until mid of October 2021.

Landmark to Nitroglobus Roof Gallery – “Dido’s part” / direct landmark to “Red Sky” by Mikailsk
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunshine%20Homestead/160/33/1001
Mihailsk’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/156100744@N03/
Mihailsk’s art space (shared with Dido Haas) at Artists Village – Campbell Coast
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Erazor/153/212/2002
Dido Haas’ blog
https://exploringslwithdido.blogspot.com

Art in Second Life 2021 (63) Baptism of Fire by Mihailsk

Dido Haas invited me to visit the July exhibtion, at Nitroglobus Roof gallery: “Baptism of Fire” by Mihailsk.

Once again Dido features a new face in the art scene and the exhibtion is quite outstanding.
The artist is Mihailsk. He’s Greek and in Second Life since 2014. Mihailsk started photography in Second Life and according to his own words, that was when he really started his journey in Second Life:
It was January 2020 when I started this beautiful journey in light, colors and emotions. A journey to fantastic places and loved persons, trying to capture special moments in eternity. Sometimes with a smile, sometimes with pain. Each of my images is a part of me, an expression of my mood at that particular moment.

The exhibtion “Baptism of Fire” is the result of a challenge that Dido set for Mihailsk: “travel inside yourself”. Mihailsk accepted the challenge and tried to express his thoughts and emotions, using only his body and the presence or absence of light. He dared to make himself the main subject, something he usually doesn’t do. And males are a rare subject in art, specially in Second Life. So that’s something that adds to the peculiarity of the exhibtion.

Impressions of “Baptism of Fire” by Mihailsk @ Nitroglobus Roof gallery (1)

Mihailsk writes about “Baptism of Fire“: “Without colors, mostly without unnecessary objects, the more I traveled the more discoveries I made. I came closer to me than usual. I never imagined how exciting, painful and liberating this journey could be. Sometimes it felt like a dip in the deep waters. It was a journey in light and darkness, like Apollo and Hades were my companions. And there I found my ‘new me’. Moments from this trip is the content of my first exhibition, with which I introduce myself and my ‘new me’ to you.

Impressions of “Baptism of Fire” by Mihailsk @ Nitroglobus Roof gallery (2)

Nitroglobus Roof Gallery is owned and curated by Dido Haas. It is a great exhibtion space, the mirroring effect of the floor adds a lot to the experience of a visit and higlights the art in a particular way.
Thank you, Dido for providing the space for the art and for enabling the exhibition “Baptism of Fire” by Mihailsk. Thank you Mihailsk for your art, even when you yourself consider not being an artist – you are! I enjoyed my visit.

Baptism of Fire” by Mihailsk shall stay open until end of July

Landmark to Nitroglobus Roof Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunshine%20Homestead/36/21/1001
Mihailsk’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/156100744@N03/
Mihailsk’s art space (shared with Dido Haas) at Artists Village – Campbell Coast
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Erazor/153/212/2002
Dido Haas’ blogpost about “Baptism of Fire”
https://exploringslwithdido.blogspot.com/2021/07/baptism-of-fire-by-mihailsk-july.html