Art in Second Life 2021 (47) Kinds of Minimal by Melusina Parkin

On Monday, May 16th, a new exhibtion of Melusina Parkin has been opened at Desideratum gallery. The exhibtion consists of almost 30 pictures of Melusina Parkin.

The titel of the exhibition “Kinds of Minimal” is very fitting. Her photos tend towards minimalism, which is Melu’s main inclination: simple details from daily life or usual landscapes are the subject of mostly empty scenes, stressing voids, space, geometries, lights; this reveals hidden meanings or pushes the observer to give them her/his own one. Her favorite subjects are wide landscapes, city views, industrial environments, popular lifestyles and daily objects.

It was my first visit to Desideratum Gallery, a “place of exhibitions and entertainment where the desire to have fun contemplating the art and the wonderful people of SL meet.” As far as I could find out the Desideratum Gallery is owned by Péru (Peru Venom).
It is a quite large 2-story bilding with a lot of natural light flooding in through the large class facacde. Melusina’s exhibition extends over both floors.

Impressions of “Kinds of Minimal” by Melusina Parkin (1)

There’s not much I could add about Melusina’s photo art. Maybe that I think it is amazing that you get this effect just by reducing the complexity, making the spectator focus on just a few, or even just one object, forcing the spectator to look at every single detail, even if there’s none. In addition it increases the value of the few and single objects.
Melusina’s art is a clear contrast to other styles with many layers and endless details.

Melusina is in Second Life since September 2008. She has been a fashion manager, a journalist, a furniture creator, a builder, a decorator and a photographer. Her work as a photographer has been showcased in more than 50 exhibitions – from which I saw just three. Melusina has a flickr account which counts more than 13,000 (!) photographs. Extensive collections of her photos can be seen also on her blog Virtual Exhibits and on some slideshows on Youtube (links under this post). Melusina has several galleries of her own (links also under this post).

Impressions of “Kinds of Minimal” by Melusina Parkin (2)

On the ground floor you also find a table with books. Those who are regular visitors to Melusina’s exhibitions know these books already:
Melusina All-in-One Exhibits allow you to keep at home the whole exhibit you visited and loved. It’s an alternative kind of the exhibit catalogue: you can hang the object on your home’s walls and enjoy the changing images.
They come in four versions, that you can choose according to your home style: plain or framed, changing image by touch or in random loop. The objects are set as modifiable, so you can adapt them to your walls.
Last but not least you find a notecard with Melusina’s biography by clicking the picture of her above the table with the book.

The bookstore at Desideratum Gallery – “Kinds of Minimal” by Melusina Parkin

Thank you Melusina for another great exhibition, thank you Péru (Peru Venom) for providing the space for the arts. I enjoyed my visit a lot. “Kinds of Minimal” by Melusina Parkin will stay open until June 6th, 2021.

Landmark to Desideratum Gallery
Melusina Parkin’s Flickr
Melusina Parkin’s “Second Life exhibits 2011-2019” as a book to read online
Melusina Parkin’s Virtual Exhibit blog
Slideshows of Melusina Parkin’s work on youtube
Melusina Parkin’s inworld gallery “Minimum Gallery” and bookstore “Melubooks”
Melusina Parkin’s Photo Gallery at Time Portal
Melusina Parkin’s studio at PAC

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