Saoirise reviews The Nitroglobus Gallery:
“O, thou art fairer than the evening air clad in the beauty of a thousand stars.”-Christopher Marlow, English Playwright and author of “The Tragedy of Dido, Queen of Carthage”
You can’t see the magic that awaits you when you arrive at the unassuming building that will transport you to the gallery above. It is quiet, and I took a lovely stroll down a wooden walkway to reach it having no idea of what wonder I was about to view.
Nitroglobus Gallery is owned by Nitro Fireguard and his partner Dido Haas, who also is the curator. As is true with some galleries inworld, their partnership of love extends to a love and a creation of art. They have a large gallery that is very cleverly designed with a large expansive reflective surface that those visiting will surely envy. The entrance provides teleporters to all necessary places including the Sunday Cafe.
I stumbled upon this gallery at the suggestion of a friend who knew I am working with a particular medium. When I saw the gallery, within seconds I realized this was a gallery to write about and share with everyone.
The gallery itself is an artistic installation and creation. All I will say about it here is that you need to visit it to understand why I say the gallery is art.
In the center of each hallway are mesh sculptures created by Nitro. Some are moving sculptures creating a scene of urban favor. I feel that these sculptures are intended to begin a dialog, between those who view them and others, about sometimes violent urban interactions. These are much more than executing a script in a sculpture properly, there is depth of meaning in each set up. The street lights used belay the idea of urban location.
Dido has been busy curating this gallery and promoting their guest artists. She is a profoundly talented artist in her own right. Her images are beautiful, thought-provoking, and convey a wide range of emotions. There is a true talent in someone who can convey a negative feeling, such as confusion, with beauty. I would love to compare them to the ones she displayed at her first exhibition at Augger’s Gallery which she did years ago.
My favorite images in Dido’s room of the gallery are her mysterious works such as ‘Run’ and ‘Shadow’. In ‘Run’ there is an emerging figure that is mostly human yet undefined entering the picture. In ‘Shadow’ there are connections made, an interesting textured background, and unanswered questions from the shadows. In ‘Lean On Me’, Dido uses repeated images of the female figure’s lips and mouth in the background, with a foreground and shadowing effect that makes this complex piece a jewel. In this piece there is also special affectations near the borders resembling brushed or water soaked effect. The female figure has a ring glowing in response to the male figure or perhaps it is the other way around.
When I thought I had seen all of their work, I was surprised and delighted to be proven very incorrect. Welcome to the Sunday Cafe! This Cafe is situated in another large gallery room and full of fantastic art to walk through and experience. It has amazing sculptures by Nitro as well as Dido’s images and Nitro’s 3D White Box art. Nitro has a talent with his sculptures of taking black and white imaging process and bringing it to a fresh new life in sculpture form. On his sculpture of dancing women circling a dancing duo, he has placed detail white masks upon the faces of the ebony black sculpted bodies. The large White Boxes contain animated sculptures within them. My fascination at viewing these can be best described as the fascination one would have viewing a diorama that moves with eclectic flare.
To give you an idea of just how outstanding this room is I will describe where I am standing at this moment. Off to my far left in the distance I can see one of Nitro’s 3D exhibits in a white box. Inside of it is a humanoid that is zebra colored moving around and out of my view. On this white box, the artist has placed vertical dark strips, very thin, that provide a view that gives me the feeling of watching a television. XXX I REMOVED COZ YOU WERE WATCHING THE MACHINIMA OF TUTSY I ASSUME, WHICH AMONG OTHER MACHINIMA’s IS THERE TO WATCH.
Moving along the wall there is the collection of there gallery notices that appears artful, unless you read it, you would believe it was another piece of the exhibit. I am standing by a sculpture of two figures in the sand. Continuing to the right, I can see floating sculptures moving slightly, surrounded by images Dido has compiled.
In four images I can already see the emotions of love, pain, and confusion in colors of black/white, color/orton effect, and color. I could give a much more detailed description but that still wouldn’t do the justice deserved by this body of work.
They have a current installation along with their work in the main hall of the gallery. A thoughtful artist noticed the area they had that wasn’t used and offered some stunning images of his own. This temporary exhibit is titled “Fade to Grey: A Temporary Installation” by Mr. B [Burke Bode]. On the promo Notecard there is the quote “daring, sexy, hot…need I say more”. I will say this fits the exhibit aptly, if it was a reference to Mr. B, well, that remains to be seen. [chuckles] One of the interesting aspects of this exhibition is that one of the colored images will “fade” to grey each day until the end of the exhibit. It is a very nice touch to have the artist interacting with the exhibit frequently. The best exhibits have this element, even the smallest touch keeps an exhibit fresh and lively. The images displayed are smart man and female figure poses. Largely nudes, the artist plays with color and angle in each. The perspectives are up close and personal.
Don’t let a day go by….go NOW…and enjoy the wonder of this gallery. It embodies so much of what it means to explore art mediums in world. Artfully yours, Saoirse Heart