My friend Gigi Giles (pictured here) dropped me a note about the SL release party for a cool new book of cosplayer portraits called Fandomania. The party, featuring Fandomania photographer Elena Dorfman (Stanley Dench in SL), will take place on April 5 at 4:00 EST the Ars Virtua Gallery (teleport SLURL). The exhibition will feature a selection of Dorfman’s photos, plus a special virtual edition of the book will be available to everyone who visits the gallery. Second Life is really a cosplayer’s dream come true and the perfect medium for broadcasting these lovely photos.
Elena Dorfman’s work has appeared in the Village Voice, International Herald Tribune, Art & Auction, and Artweek. Her series, Still Lovers, appeared in museum and gallery exhibitions internationally and is the subject of two monographs. A Real life exhibition of Fandomania at Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, opens on April 12.
These are really great images, showing both the transformative power the undergirds costume play as well as the human vulnerability that leaks through the mask. I’ll be sure and stop by both the RL and SL shows, in full costume of course.