Nekonuko’s Endless Journey through Second Life

Onceagain Gallery: Nekonuko Nakamori
I’ve forgotten how long I’ve been wandering. In-world is infinitely large, disappearing and reappearing, and the roads are endless. My work is simple. I face with contemporary art in real life, but my work in SL is much simpler. I’ve always wanted to do that kind of work; all I have to do is walk around and click the shutter on “something”, a “moment” that resonates with me. Yes, it’s that easy and everyone does it.
I edit these photos, not to create another story, but to extract “something” from that “moment”. If you can relate to the “something” of my “moment”, then my wandering will not be lonely, and I hope you will enjoy that wandering with me. 

With these words, Nekonuko Nakamori introduces her exhibition at Onceagain Gallery, curated by Onceagain (manoji Yachvili). As is suggested by Nekonuko’s words, this is another selection of her travels through the the endless world of Second Life in a collection that comes to just shy of two dozen images presented across the two floors of the gallery.

I was first introduced to Nekonuko’s art around four years ago through a couple of exhibitions in 2017. I’m not sure if it is because she exhibits sparsely, or just that I’ve managed to somehow miss any exhibitions of her work between then and now, but I confess I was surprised that is has been so long since I’ve had the opportunity to write about her art, as it really is quite captivating.

Onceagain Gallery: Nekonuko Nakamori

Eschewing the more usual rectangular format of images that tends to dominate the SL photographic community, Nekonuko utilises a 1:1 ratio for her art. This alone sets her work aside from that of other landscape artists; but what makes it completely special is the manner in which she selects the focus of each piece, seeking out, as she says, a view that sets each image as a moment in time, made completely personal through the presence of her avatar.

A specialist in conceptual art in the physical world, Nekonuko’s skills as an artist are very much in evidence through these pieces. Her selection of angle, composition – off-centre views of skylines, fire escapes, tunnels and bridges, the gently brushed touch of post-processing that offers skies of dappled colour, hazy horizons and soft lines – may not per se tell a complete story, like all great works of art, they combine to capture attention and offer a hint of a tale, making the moment that that caught into something deeper.

Also folded within her images are hints of more classical art forms, notably impressionism and realism – the latter particularly evident in her broader landscape pieces. This does much to further capture the eye and imagination, again drawing the observer into each piece.

Onceagain Gallery: Nekonuko Nakamori

An altogether engaging exhibition from an artist who reminds us of both the ever-changing vastness of Second Life (a vastness that far exceeds either the physical size of the grid or the constraints imposed by the world map) and the broad uniqueness of this digital realm we regard as home.

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  1. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the opening of this exhibition — which was, as one would expect, very well attended. The Onceagain Gallery is pretty new, but it’s an increasingly beautiful setting for art. And Manoji is, I should note too, a really excellent curator (as well as a fine artist in her own right).

    What I think I most love about Nekonuko’s work is the way in which she manages to blend everything into a harmonious whole with lighting, colours, and postprocessing. There’s no cheap drama here, although there are of course elements that stand out — but they don’t clash, but rather pull together everything else. And that includes Nekonuko’s own figure, which is often very small. She’s not, as is so often the case with figures in landscapes, an “interloper” in the places she visits, but rather both a sympathetic observer, and, at the same time, one that generously becomes part of what she observes.

    She is unsurprisingly also, by all accounts and from what admittedly little I’ve experienced of her, an absolute sweetheart.

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