Currently open at THE EDGE Art Gallery, curated by Ladmilla, is an ensemble exhibition of Second Life and digital art entitled All the Colours of Monochrome, featuring the work of Kapaan, Loegan (Loegan Magic), Patrick (PatrickofIreland), Rachel Magic, Trish (trishasrose) Vinicio Armin and Cybele Moon (Hannahoobinoo), together with a special exhibition entitled Tribute to Surrealism by Mirabelle Biedermann (mirabelle sweetwater).
The gallery itself is an intriguing setting, the exhibition spaces split between a medieval style church and a large castle. A medieval house offers a further annex for displaying art, but for this exhibition, it was empty.
Mirabelle’s Tribute to Surrealism is located in two rooms within the church. A Second Life photographer since 2011, Mirabelle notes that her interest in surrealism is something of a recent turn for her. she started by interpreting some of the more notable works by René Magritte – a point most clearly demonstrated with Son of No One, reflecting as it does Magritte’s Son of Man – before she moved to developing her own style and images, which is also reflected in the pieces offered here.
Also to be found in the church are exhibits featuring the work of Patrick Ireland, who displays four marvellous monochrome pieces in a suitably monochrome setting; Cybele Moon, who has more of her narrative-rich images on one of the church’s two upper galleries, the other being taken by the art of Venicio Armin. I confess to not having witnessed (at least, not that I can remember) his work, but I was immediately drawn to it; there is an evocative strength to his work that is entirely captivating.
Rounding out the exhibit in the church is a selection of Ladmilla’s art, more of which can be found in the main rooms within the castle setting. Like Venicio, Ladmilla focuses on landscape pieces, and her work is beautifully lit and rich in colour and tone. Above the main halls of the castle – and indeed below them – on both the parapet walks of the curtain walls and within the narrow passages within the walls, visitors can find the work of Loegan, Rachel, Kapaan and Trish.
Each presents a unique and eye-catching style, but again, I found myself drawn to the more monochrome work of Kapaan. His seven images are presented in two groups, each with its own story to tell, and both drawn together by the setting in which they are offered.
As an ensemble exhibition, All the Colours of Monochrome offers a rich mix of style and images, and the title cleverly reflects the presentation of both monochrome and colour images. This makes for an engaging visit.
- THE EDGE Art Gallery (Totuga Island, rated: Moderate)