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  • Video

    PADDLES ON! In Conversation with Sara Ludy

    "These users are attempting to create something very beautiful, but there are always limitations to what their skill level is, or just the limitations of Second Life itself." We sit down with artist Sara Ludy in New York City to discuss her Projection Monitor series in which she documents scenes from Second Life, a 3D virtual world. Her photograph "Bouquet" will be featured in our upcoming Paddles ON! auction.

  • Provenance

    Courtesy of Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery

  • Exhibited

    New York, Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery

  • Catalogue Essay

    "I enjoy the spaces of everyday life whether they be real or virtual. These include landscapes and domestic spaces. Every new space is ideal, because it has its own logic and its own story." - SARA LUDY

    Sara Ludy's Bouquet comes from a series called "Projection Monitor" in which she documents scenes from Second Life, a 3D virtual world. After signing in and assuming her avatar, Ludy roams the virtual landscape until she finds something of interest, and then photographs it with her iPhone. By bringing a physical camera to the screen, as opposed to taking a screenshot, Ludy asserts her subjective experience and aligns her physical and online identities. In the process of taking and printing the photograph, occasionally certain artifacts emerge that reveal insights about the virtual environment. Of particular note in Bouquet is the axis on top of the flowers, a subtle yet significant group of pixels left over from another user’s creative process. "The artifacts speak to the nature of Second Life," Ludy says. "There's a desire to create something beautiful and human, but always within the limitations of the environment." (Text by Paddles ON! curator Lindsay Howard)



archival inkjet print
78.7 x 104.1 cm (30 7/8 x 40 7/8 in.)
Signed on gallery label affixed to reverse of frame. This work is number 1 from an edition of 3.

£1,500 - 2,000 

Sold for £1,875

Contact Specialist
Megan Newcome
Head of Sale
+1 212 940 1210

Lindsay Howard
Auction Curator

Paddles On

London Auction 3 July 2014 7PM