Art in Second Life 2021 (54) The Carbone Gallery @ Serena

I got an invitation to see Milena’s new gallery – The Carbone Gallery @ Serena. Besides exhibitions at other places, it is Milena’s 3rd gallery beside her main gallery “The Carbone Gallery” (read here) and “The Carbone Gallery @ Noir’Wen City” (read here).

The Carbone Gallery @ Serena is built on a private sim owned to Charlie Nova. It can host up to 4 exhibitions. The gallery is made up of a reception building with an open design and showcases the private art collection of Charlie Nova. Quite in the center of the building you find an exhibition board from where you could teleport to all of Milena’s current exhibitions and galleries.

The Carbone Gallery @ Serena

The Carbone Gallery @ Serena will swiftly host three skybox exhibitions and one floor exhibition in the form of Landart, as well as events. Performances of the future Carbone Dance Company are already planned, including a contemporary ballet project written for excerpts from Richard Wagner’s opera mixed with the German metal band Rammstein.
You can find more information at a new website for The Carbone Gallery @ Serena.

Currently there’re two exhibitions at The Carbone Gallery @ Serena: “O Solitude” and “The Truth About Trees Remix”.

O Solitude shall be a permanent exhibition updated every month with a work by a different artist:
This exhibition is a personal, subjective and non-judgmental tribute by Milena Carbone to a work of art that touched her. Subjectivity is claimed here. It expresses its difference in relation to the ranking of social networks and the elitism of the art community. Neither populist nor snobbish, the work is not selected through insider debate, competition or number of likes: it is a personal and emotional choice that has no more or less value than the choice of an expert or a fan.

You enter the exhibition through an austere anteroom, displaying a quote from the French writer Pascal Quignard: “We are better isolated. We were alone from the start. We slide our head in the Absence. We lock the gate, we bolt the door, we close the window, we wait until outside, far away, the pogrom passes without seeing us. Sumus singuli. It is not wise to pursue the wishes of our parents. It is unwise to follow the wishes of the group. Let nothing transfer in our head. Help yourself to the transfer. Stop serving. “Everywhere hatred comes first ” means “everywhere solitude is preferable”.”

Quignard sets the tone for the exhibition: a focus on a single work, a silent face-to-face like a mandala facing the meditator in the middle of the void.

You then move through a common door into a space of 3,600 sqm with, at its center, a single painting on an easel, facing an empty chair. The painting is displayed like a solitaire, a jewel in an immense setting.

Every month visitors will be able to appreciate a new work and a new artist in its setting, and meditate to the sound of the ticking of time passing, eternal moment after eternal moment.”

“O Solitude” by Milena Carbone featuring Janus Fall at The Carbone Gallery @ Serena

“For this first iteration Milena Carbone presents a work by Janus Fall, a promising artist, and an excellent portrait painter. The painting, entitled “Field with light and storm” shows a portrait of a woman in American shot, austere and anxious, in a tormented and dark landscape. Her right hand gracefully closes her shawl in a protective gesture, while her left hand, which seems older, falls alongside her body in the dark. The character’s enigmatic attitude fascinates the observer. There is a form of ‘uneasiness’ in this face, accentuated by the dark, blurry and hectic background. The play of light is particularly successful. One half of the sky, the left, is luminous, the other is dark, as if the character were taking the ‘sinister’ path, but illuminated for her. She seems to leave a house in the background, slightly lit.
(taken from the accompanying notecard)

“The Truth About Trees Remix” is devoted to trees and global warming and was presented for the first time in 2020:
The new version displays the paintings in a space of classic and colorful inspiration. As in the first version, an apple tree enclosed by a police crime scene expresses the original sin which led man out of paradise and to the destruction of the kingdom that the trees have patiently built for half a billion years.
The tables are all illustrations of short stories written by Milena Carbone in 2019. In her creation process, Milena Carbone is inspired by an image produced on SL to write a short story, then, conversely, reworks the image by taking inspiration from the atmosphere of the story.
(taken from the accompanying notecard)

“The Truth About Trees Remix” by Milena Carbone at The Carbone Gallery @ Serena

Milena Carbone (mylena1992) is a French artist and is in Second Life since mid 2019. She discovered its artistic potential and since then has devoted all her free time to creation, associating, as in real life, images and texts: “Milena Carbone is a fiction in which, as in any artistic work, biographical and imaginary elements are mixed.” Her creative process is iterative: some of her images inspire her stories and these stories modify the development of the image, which itself transforms the story.

Thank you Milena for another gallery and for these two exhibitions. I enjoyed my visit a lot. And thank you Charlie Nova for providing the space for the arts.

Landmark to The Carbone Gallery @ Serena
Website for The Carbone Gallery @ Serena
Landmark to The Carbone Gallery
Landmark to The Carbone Gallery @ Noir’Wen City
Milena Carbone’s Flickr page
Milena Carbone’s writing (blog)

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