Art in Second Life 2022 (54) Art Deco Symmetries by Melusina Parkin

I got an invitation of Melusina Parkin to see her newest exhibtion “Art Deco Symmetries” at Melu’s Minimum Gallery.

Art Deco Symmetries is the second exhibition of a series of 4 exhibtions about Art Deco by Melusina Parkin. I visited also the first part named “Art Deco fragments” at her Melusina Photo Gallery (read my blogpost about that exhibition here). “Art Deco fragments” is still available to visit.

Art Deco Symmetries is a quite large exhibition with close to 70 pictures over 2 floors.

I am a fan of Melusina Parkin’s art. Melusina succeeds to make you focus on details, to see the hidden beauty of some designs. Her art is minimalistic, often there’re only a few elements in her pictures.

Art Deco, sometimes referred to as Deco, is a style of visual arts, architecture and design that first appeared in France just before World War I. It influenced the design of buildings, furniture, jewellery, fashion, cars, cinemas, trains, ocean liners, and everyday objects such as radios and vacuum cleaners. It took its name, short for Arts Décoratifs, from the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts held in Paris in 1925.
Art Deco combined modern styles with fine craftsmanship and rich materials. During its heyday, it represented luxury, glamour, exuberance, and faith in social and technological progress.
(source: wikipedia)

Examples from “Art Deco Symetries” by Melusina Parkin (1)

Right when you enter the Minimum Gallery you can purchase a photobook about “Art Deco Symmetries” as well as a catalogue of all photobooks published so far.
Those who are regular visitors to Melusina Parkin’s exhibitions know these books already. Melusina makes one of every exhibition. The book about “Art Deco Symmetries” is sold at the exhibition, all others are sold under her brand “Melubooks” in a seperate book store: Melubooks shop.

A lot is symmetric in our world and we love symmetry, we tend to arrange things symmetrically and we encounter symmetry everywhere. Just look at doors, windows, hallways, buildings, arrangement of tables and chairs, lights in ceilings, at wall … it’s everywhere. Even the human being itself is quite symmetric. And hence you also find symmetrics in Art Deco.

Examples from “Art Deco Symetries” by Melusina Parkin (2)

As mentioned above “Art Deco Symmetries” is the second exhibition of a series about Art Deco by Melusina Parkin (“Art Deco fragments” is the first and still available to visit). As oposed to the exhibitions the 4 books about Art Deco are sorted sorted a bit different: Buildings, Building Details, Interios and Interios Details. The books contain even more pictures (over 450) than can be shown in the exhibitions.

The Art Deco series of exhibitions by Melusina Parkin

Melusina Parkin 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 a few. 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 also under this post).
There’s also an online book with her Second Life exhibits 2011-2019 here.
Melusina Parkin has an own gallery at Time Portal and an own store for Art Deco furniture called “Melu Deco“. Melusina also owns a second place (Melu Space) with another gallery (Minimum Gallery), a bookstore and another “Melu Deco” inworld store.

I hope that I won’t miss the upcoming exhibitions with more about Art Deco. Thank you for another great exhibition. Art and Art Deco is just amazing! I enjoyed my visit and looking at your pictures once again – and I enjoyed our chat, Melusina.

Landmark to Minimum Gallery and “Art Deco Symmetries” by Melusina Parkin
Landmark to “Art Deco fragments” at Melusina Photo Gallery
Landmark to Melu Space (Minimum Gallery, Melubooks, Melu Deco)
Landmark to Melusina Parkin’s store for Art Deco furniture “Melu Deco”
Melusina Parker’s flickr
Melusina Parkin’s Virtual Exhibit blog
Melusina Parkin’s youtube channel
On line book Second Life exhibits 2011-2019

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. melusinaparkin
    Jun 17, 2022 @ 08:38:50

    WOW!!! Thanks!


  2. Trackback: Art in Second Life 2023 (1) Wrong Mirrors by Melusina Parkin | Diomita Maurer’s Blog

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