Men in Motion 2019 at Men in Focus

Men in Focus: Men in Motion – Slias Merlin (foreground) and Aco Wantanabe

Now open at the Men in Focus Gallery, curated by JMB Balogh is the 2019 Men in Motion exhibition, sponsored by the Men in Motion dance troupe. The exhibition is specifically in support of the Movember Foundation, and furthers the gallery’s aim to both promote and feature photography at work or play in SL by male artists.

I was offered the opportunity to preview the Gallery’s opening event in November 2018, which also featured a Men in Motion exhibition (see Previewing Men in Focus in Second Life) – and I offer both Jo and the Men in Motion team my tardiness in getting to this year’s Men in Motion exhibition a little on the late side given the 2019 Movember fund-raiser by Men in Motion officially runs from November 1st through to November 11th – although the exhibition at the gallery will, I believe, run for longer.

Men in Focus: Men in Motion – KidJoe

While the gallery’s primary focus is on 2D art, as with 2018, this year’s Men in Motion draws on artists working in both 2D and 3D art:

  • 2D artists: Migan Forder, KidJoe Resident, Aco Watanabe and Ashraf Rathmullah, along with Men In Motion members Fafnir Kiranov, Antonio Avtovio, Sebastian Bourne and Alex Avion, who have their art displayed on the upper two levels of the gallery.
  • 3D artists: Mistero Hifeng, Toysoldier Thor, Haveit Neox and Silas Merlin.
Men in Focus: Men in Motion – Migan Forder

I confess that the four invited artists are all men whose work I have not knowingly encountered before, so my visit to this exhibition was educational; and I have to say, their work is both stunning and powerful. All have the ability to tell a story with their images, and quite marvellously so.

I was immediately captivated by KidJoe’s pieces along the back wall of the gallery’s ground floor, notably In the Dark, which is both rich in its expression and narrative and – very personally, brought to mind the Priors of Stargate SG-1, despite the robes being the wrong colour. However, perhaps the most evocative image among KidJoe’s works offered here is The Terror was called jack, which is just startling in its depth and life.

Men in Focus: Men in Motion – Ashraf Rathmullah Toysoldier Thor (centre)

Aco Wantanabe and Migan Forder, both invite us to join them on their adventures through Second Life – and I was again particularly drawn to three of Migan’s pieces – Just Breath, Last Man Standing and Destiny  – due to the incredible richness of narrative all three enfold. Aco’s work, meanwhile, wonderful mixes Japanese themes and fantasy in studies of a young mane travelling through Second Life

Above them, Ashraf Rathmullah presents an enticing mix of what might be regarded as more “traditional” – but nonetheless attention grabbing – avatar studies mixed with narrative pieces to off a richly mixed display of art that both stands on its own and leads nicely into the Men in Motion displays on the floors above.

The 3D artists’ work is neatly spaced between the different floors of the gallery, allowing it to be enjoyed alongside 2D art. Some of the pieces will likely be familiar to those who particularly enjoy Mistero’s and Silas’s work (we actually have The artist in a bubble on display at home). While Toysoldier offers some quirky characters guaranteed to raise a smile, while Haveit’s is always captivating to witness.

Men in Focus: Men in Motion – Havit Neox (right) with MiM member Fafnir Kiranov

About the Movember Foundation

The Movember Foundation is a multinational charity raising awareness of, and money for, men’s health and welfare, with a focus on cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Its titular and widely known campaign is Movember, which encourages men to grow moustaches during the month of November. The foundation partners annually with the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride to also raise money for men’s health.

Founded in 2003, in Melbourne, Australia by Adam Garone, Travis Garone, Luke Slattery, and Justin Coghlan, the organisation attained registered charity status in 2006, and as of 2014, has raised over US $580m in charitable donations used to fund more than 800 programmes focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health, men’s health awareness and healthy lifestyles. It is active in 21 countries and has a global workforce of 130 people. In addition, Movember coincides with International Men’s Day (November 19th), which among its aims, shares the goal of promoting the health and well-being of men and boys.

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Men in Focus: April 2019 edition

Men in Focus: Skip Staheli (photographs) and Haveit Neox

Men in Focus, the gallery owned and sponsored by Men in Motion in support of the Movember Foundation (donations to which are accepted at the entrance to the gallery) and curated by JMB Balogh, launched its second ensemble exhibition on April 3rd, 2019.

The gallery is somewhat unique in Second Life, in that while there are many featuring studies of avatars at work or play or simply relaxing, there are few that expressly and solely focus on the male avatar. For this exhibition, the artists are split between invited 2D artists, invited and returning 3D artists, and those responding to a call put out to the Men in Motion group for submissions. Together these comprise:

  • Invited 2D artists: Roy Mildor, Fenris Resident, Skip Staheli, and Artem Viiperi (NykVIIPERI).
  • Invited and returns 3D artists: Livio Korobase and Haveit Neox, and Mistero Hifeng and Reycharles Resident.
  • Men in Motion photographers: Antonio Atovio;  Alex Avion, Sebastian Bourne, Fafnir Kiranov, and Niecho Vollmar.
Men in Focus: Roy Mildor

The range of art offered is once again impressive, with a good mix of monochrome and colour avatar studies. I confess that I have started to find myself drawn more to monochrome avatar images of late, and this is certainly the case here, with Skip Staheli’s portraits in particular catching my eyes, as per the banner image for this article.  The 3D art is well placed through the exhibition space, nicely split between the  gallery’s levels, allowing it to break up individual display areas in a natural manner.

While I cannot say this with any accuracy, it seems as if the gallery may have grown an extra couple of floors in order to present enough space this time around; I have this thought in the back of my head that when I last visited – for the inaugural exhibition – the gallery building was four levels tall, rather than the current six. Or maybe it’s just that I’ve been to bed since then 🙂 .

Men in Focus: Fenris

I understand from JMB, that the aim of this exhibition is to coincide with April being Testicular Cancer Awareness Month. However, there is little sign of this within the exhibition space itself; there is no graphic highlighting any connection between the two, no information giver on the subject of testicular cancer, so I’m not sure just how close the tie is intended to be.

Be that is it may, this is still a superb exhibition from a rich mix of photographers, not all of whom may necessarily be known on the wider SL art and photography scene.

Men in Focus: Fafnir Kiranov

About the Movember Foundation

The Movember Foundation is a multinational charity raising awareness of, and money for, men’s health and welfare, with a focus on cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Its titular and widely known campaign is Movember, which encourages men to grow moustaches during the month of November. The foundation partners annually with the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride to also raise money for men’s health.

Founded in 2003, in Melbourne, Australia by Adam Garone, Travis Garone, Luke Slattery, and Justin Coghlan, the organisation attained registered charity status in 2006, and as of 2014, has raised over US $580m in charitable donations used to fund more than 800 programmes focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health, men’s health awareness and healthy lifestyles. It is active in 21 countries and has a global workforce of 130 people. In addition, Movember coincides with International Men’s Day (November 19th), which among its aims, shares the goal of promoting the health and well-being of men and boys.

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Previewing Men in Focus in Second Life

Men In Focus

Men in Focus is a new gallery opening on Thursday, November 1st, 2018. Owned and sponsored by Men in Motion, a team of male choreographers and dancers promoting men’s mental and physical health in cooperation with the Movember Foundation. The gallery is curated by JMB Balogh, who invited me to preview the first exhibition at the gallery.

“The gallery features photography and 3D artworks of men at work or play in SL by male artists,” Jo informed me, adding, “There are hundreds of art galleries in Second Life but few, if any, that focus exclusively on the art of men.”

Men In Focus: Slayer Tanaka

The primary aim of the gallery is to showcase 2D art; however for the opening exhibition Jo has brought together both 2D and 3D artists, with works displayed across the multi-level gallery space that offers plenty of room for it to be appreciated. Those participating in this inaugural exhibition comprise:

Men In Focus: Jⓞhan Lionheart (Gemini sculpture) and Slayer Tanaka

The opening of the exhibition, set for 18:00 SLT on Thursday, November 1st, 2018, will be the kick-off event for the 2018 11-day Movember fund-raiser hosted by Men in Motion, and which will culminate in a spectacular dance show highlighting their choreography skills.

The schedule of events for the November fund-raiser comprises (at the time of writing and all time SLT):

  • Thursday, November 1st, 18:00: Men In Focus gallery opening, with music by DJ Ame
  • Friday, November 2nd: 20:00: Ladies Night with M@N
  • Saturday, November 3rd:
    • 09:00-11:00 – DJ Hanku
    • 12:00 noon-13:00 – Men In Motion dancer auction
    • 14:00-16:00 – DJ Chopper
    • 20:00-22:00 – DJ Aryanna Draken
  • Saturday, November 10th, 15:00-16:30 – Men In Motion Show
  • Sunday, November 11th, 13:00-15:00 – closing with DJ Cara.

All funds raised during the event will be donated to the Movember Foundation.

Men In Focus: Alex Avion and Kavika Lowgun

About the Movember Foundation

The Movember Foundation is a multinational charity raising awareness of, and money for, men’s health and welfare, with a focus on cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Its titular and widely known campaign is Movember, which encourages men to grow moustaches during the month of November. The foundation partners annually with the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride to also raise money for men’s health.

Founded in 2003, in Melbourne, Australia by Adam Garone, Travis Garone, Luke Slattery, and Justin Coghlan, the organisation attained registered charity status in 2006, and as of 2014, has raised over US $580m in charitable donations used to fund more than 800 programmes focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health, men’s health awareness and healthy lifestyles. It is active in 21 countries and has a global workforce of 130 people. In addition, Movember coincides with International Men’s Day (November 19th), which among its aims, shares the goal of promoting the health and well-being of men and boys.

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