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Thursday 5 November 2020

Camouflage by Traci, the November exhibition @ Nitroglobus


poster made by David Silence

CAMOUFLAGE by Traci @ Nitroglobus

I am super proud to introduce the art of RL/SL artist Traci, who is exhibiting her work for the first time in an SL gallery.

When Traci's friend Nico mentioned her art to me and urged me to come and look at it, I hesitated as I'd never exhibited RL art at my gallery. However, after meeting Traci and looking at some of her colorful expressive art on the walls of her SL house, I decided to invite her for the November slot at my gallery.

What intrigues me most is that in fact we are looking at images of no longer existing artworks. Tracy explains her working method extensively in this NC, please read it and enjoy this exhibition.

Opening party Monday, 9 November 
Time: starting at 21.00 hrs Amsterdam time (= 12 pm SLT)
Music by DJ Ferdy

CAMOUFLAGE explained by the artist herself:

Camouflage is the use of any combination of materials, coloration, or illumination for concealment, either by making animals or objects hard to see, or by disguising them as something else.

The idea for this exhibition came from the (not recent) realization that, for quite some time, my life and work has been driven in some way by the desire to lose myself. In both RL and SL I've spent many years trying to find a level of 'exposure' I'm comfortable with. A lot of these feelings and experiences have fed into my RL artwork (of which this exhibition showcases a selection of) and my 'Second Life' where I'm beginning to wonder who is really obscuring who.

The artwork shown here does exactly what artwork shouldn't do, which is, it does it's best to camouflage the real subject or idea. My method of working usually revolves around the collecting of objects (Magazine cuttings, dirt, stones, tape) which are then laid out on glass layers, painted on, layer upon layer until the idea starts to fall apart. At which time, it's photographed or scanned at the moment of collapse and gone. The moment is cleaned away and all that's left a captured image of something now gone.

Included for the first time here are also 4 new pieces dealing more directly with the blurring of identity in the virtual and real world, combining digital images captured in Second Life with my usual work to show it's not always easy to know who is wearing the disguise.



All works are in place and the gallery is open for visits. I made some images to give you an idea

'boxes' @ the cafe

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