PURPLE PROSE & ISOCELES GALLERY present
UNDER THE COVERS
Photographic Interpretations of Gay Literature by SL Photographers
Landmark : [Under the Covers] Isosceles Gallery
Gallery Opening Parties:
Preliminary: Friday, July 12th, 5PM SLT
Grand: Saturday, July 13th, 3PM SLT during Retro Electro
Grand: Sunday, July 14th, 12PM SLT after Sunday Street Beat
██▓▒░░ ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Is there a work of gay literature that you’ve greatly enjoyed or which has had a big impact on you? That was the question we posed a group comprising some of SL’s most promising gay and straight (and gay-affirming) photographers and models. including Benjamin Glendale, and Ocean Blackthorne.
‘UNDER THE COVERS’ is the culmination of their work – a collection of 11 large-format photographs which capture key moments from not just books by gay novelists both classic (ibi (8f8) does a breathtaking interpretation of Oscar Wilde’s all-time favourite ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’, Caduceus Lorakeet ‘covers’ Christopher Isherwood’s semi-autobiographical ‘Goodbye to Berlin’, set in the 1930s) and contemporary, but also include works featuring gay characters.
Our photographers challenged themselves to think expansively about gay literature – Takeshi Kiama’s image of Allen Ginsberg giving a reading of his poem ‘Howl’ is unmissable, while Tor Rhiannyr’s ‘cover’ of Tony Kushner’s play ‘Angels in America’ views like a modern gay Annunciation. Look out, too, for Nigel Riel’s take on the gay characters from George R R Martin’s much-loved ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ (the novel series that was translated into ‘Game of Thrones’), and Westley Dalton’s image of the Green Lantern and his gay best friend.
What spoke most to some of our photographers were significant literary works by their fellow countrymen – Tadeu Gartner’s work, for example, features the first Brazilian novel to deal with homosexuality (Adolfo Caminha’s ‘Bom Crioulo’ – ‘The Good Creole’, published in 1895), while Manuel Ormidale and Paco Pooley, the creative couple behind the 22769 range of couture as well as Bauwerk furnishings, chose to interpret the German author Thomas Mann’s ‘Death in Venice’.
The resulting exhibition is not only an aesthetic delight, but educational and insightful, in the best sense of those words. It is with great joy that we invite you to our opening parties for a viewing of these exciting and thought-provoking new works.
For more information, kindly contact Kent Hutchinson or Domch Raymaker via in-world IM or notecard.
██▓▒░░ ABOUT ISOCELES GALLERY
Periodically featuring the works of some of Second Life’s premier artists, the Isoceles Gallery is located in the urban flats region of The Parish Sims, a grouping of regions that are gay owned, LGBTQ and straight friendly, and tailored to serve residential and light commercial needs.
██▓▒░░ ABOUT PURPLE PROSE
Freshly launched in July 2013, Purple Prose is a not-for-profit library-themed bar intended to introduce diversity and
freshness into the SL gay scene. Events include live music and spoken word. Its prime objective is to get gay guys in SL to become more aware of their literary heritage, as well as to cultivate and develop emerging literary talent in SL, by providing a space for the sharing of personal work.