Art in Second Life 2020 (38) Bouquets and Flowers by Colm Midnight

For Sunday, May 31st, I got an invitation to the opening of “Bouquets and Flowers”, an exhibtion by Colm Midnight at Noir’Wen City Gallery. I couldn’t attend the opening but I went to the exhibtion on Tuesday, June 2nd.

“Bouquets and Flowers” by Colm Midnight at Noir’Wen City Gallery

The Noir’Wen City Gallery is accommodated in an interesting building. Build on poles, the building has an open 1st floor. The gallery itself is on the 2nd and 3rd floor.
The open 1st floor is used as an event area, for example for openings. It has a bar, seating accomodations and a dancefloor. According to the exhibition the 1st floor is decorated with some wild flowers on the floor and with 2 pcitures from the exhibtion.

Event area at Noir’Wen City Gallery 1st floor

The landmark leads directly to the 2nd floor, one of the 2 floors that are fully used for the exhibtion. You’re surrounded by colourful abstract pictures of flowers and flower arrangements. I can only guess, but I think the pictures are created digitally and are not digitalized images of RL art. They are expressive and convince through the composition of colours. I was in particular intrigued by the 2 large pictures between the 3 large windows. For me, they show how colour and art can make a difference for a room.

Impressions of “Bouquets and Flowers” by Colm Midnight at Noir’Wen City Gallery (1)

Colm Midnight (colmmidnight) is an artist, creator, and admirer of all that is beautiful in SL. He is in Second Life for over 3 years. It is the first time that I came across his art. I can imagine that each of the pictures shown at “Bouquets and Flowers” could dominate a room and be an eye catcher. I’m a great fan of colour anyway.

Impressions of “Bouquets and Flowers” by Colm Midnight at Noir’Wen City Gallery (2)

The exhibtion “Bouquets and Flowers” will stay open until August 31st. All pictures are available for purchse. Thank you Colm for your art and thank you Belice Benoir and Nieu (NieuwenHove) for providing the Noir’Wen City Gallery.

Landmark to Noir’Wen City Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noir%20Wen/49/153/43

Art in Second Life 2020 (22) ars amandi – art gallery

Friday, April 3rd, I visited Noir’Wen City (see Simploring 2020 (27) Noir’Wen City) and came across the exhibtion “The golden cage” in an affiliate building of the “ars amandi art gallery” owned and curated by Belice Benoir.

Saturday, April 4th, I went visiting the main building of “ars amandi art gallery“, which is of course also owned and curate by Belice Benoir.

The ars amandi art gallery

In the landmark description you find what the gallery and the exhibited art there is about: “Art attracts us only by what it reveals  of our most secret self – From classic to contemporary, from the erotic art to the hardcore art, the kink art to the fantasy art.

Belice Benoir writes about herself, that she can’t do ordinary and that she’s a pervert but in a romantic way. Honestly I’ve never thought about romantic perversion until now and I can’t find a definition for it.

The ars amandi art gallery is huge and extends over 4 buildings with 2 floors each. The landing point is in the center and I started my tour with building 1. Right at the entrance I found a board leading to the affiliate building at Noir’Wen City and to the exhibition there.

Impressions and examples of Belice Benoir’s work at her ars amandi art Gallery (1)

Building 1 and 2 are connected inside, to visit building 3 and 4 you have to return to the court. Belice Benoir’s pictures cover a wide variety of kinks and some are just erotic. She processes pictures taken in Second Life and transforms them into artful, strong pictures. Some have a message, others just are erotic. I got a nice overview over Belice’s work and I admit that I like her art and way.

Impressions and examples of Belice Benoir’s work at her ars amandi art Gallery (2)

I recognized a few of the pictures as they were also used in the exhibtion at Noir’Wen. The gallery offers also enough space to sit down and have a longer look at the picture. Belice has showcased some of her pictures in a particular way, for example by adding a few mesh pets in front of a picture.

Impressions and examples of Belice Benoir’s work at her ars amandi art Gallery (3)

The art is a bit sorted, so that the different buildings and rooms feature different themes or styles or ways of processing the pictures, but it is not persistent always which is for sure intentionally done to draw your attention to those pictures and it is a variation.

Impressions and examples of Belice Benoir’s work at her ars amandi art Gallery (4)

Impressions and examples of Belice Benoir’s work at her ars amandi art Gallery (5)

I enjoyed my visit to Belice Benoir’s ars amandi art gallery. If you like erotic art – have a look at her work yourself. And if you like it, you can order a personal picture that Belice will create from your picture taken in Second Life (at least she offered this service at a board in the gallery)
Thank you Belice for your art and for presenting it at your gallery.

Landmark to ars amandi – art gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Glitnir/200/48/139

Simploring 2020 (27) Noir’Wen City

For my simploring tour on Friday, April 3rd, I picked Noir’Wen CITY from scoop.it SL Destinations because there was just a picture with a big city scene and a Japanese text and no blog entries yet. And it turned out to be a kinky place and not what I expected at all.

Noir’Wen City overview and office (landing point)

Noir’Wen City is an adult full region. As far as I could figure out it is owned by Belice Benoir and Nieu (NieuwenHove). The landmark description is short and a hint for the adult content “For a pleasure momentum…”

The landing in on the ground level of a highrise building in kind of an office. There’re several boards: One with the team who created Noir’Wen City (Belice Benoir, NieuwenHove, Ambre Singh, ateeya, GiorgioAcqua, Niky Niki, Hettange Ferryhill, marinagracherl), one with the support staff (onlye one person so far: Nathalie Monday), two boards with the logos of stores (amoung those also renowed brands like Real Restraints, NGW, Hugo Design, WS Creations, Nihil… in total over 50 stores) and one board for events. I had the opportunity to talk with Natahalie Monday at the end of my visit and learned that Noir’Wen City exists since last Summer and at this plave since January 2020.
And in Belice Benoir’s profile I found the following short description “Welcome to Noir’Wen village .. For your kinky pleasure elevation… Your permanent fetish fair to be explored !!! My passionate design project … with a great team!”

Noir’Wen City is a permant fetish fair with over 50 inworld stores.
Noir’Wen City is a place to socialize with at least 2 larger clubs (from what I saw during my simploring tour)
Noir’Wen City is a place for the art with several galleries and lots of art exhibited in the streets
Noir’Wen City is a big city and as such offers a great background for pictures
Noir’Wen City offers also rentals (luxurious villas) and you can become part of the community

Noir’Wen City – the permanent fetish fair

Stepping out of the office I noticed the first shops. This is not a usual fair with one shop or stand next to the other. Each shop is embedded in the city surrounding, some a small, some are larger, some extend over an entire building. It feels like going shopping in a city! With one little but important difference: All shops are either about kinks, bondage gear, about fetish clothing, beauty or jewelery – or short: the shops I visit usually *winks*

On my simploring tour I came across two larger clubs, the “Little Treat Bar” in a building with a cinema sign and “Le Boudoir Des Libertines” in a large seperate building. Both clubs were not empty. A group of people stood outside “Le Boudoir Des Libertines” and were talking French, obviously a French club. At the “Little Treat Bar” I was welcomed in English. Both clubs have their own flair and are very stylish. Later I learned that I missed some clubs (not that I am surprised) there’s also: Backdrop club, the brothel and the pole dance.

Noir’Wen City – “Little Treat Bar” and “Le Boudoir Des Libertines”

In Belice Benoir profile I read that she has a passion for art and owns her own gallery “ars amandi art gallery“. In Noir’Wen City is one building dedicated to this “ars amandi art gallery”, yet it is just an affiliate. The current exhibition there is called “The golden cage”. The building is a former indoor swimming pool now remodelled as a gallery for the erotic art of Belice Benoir. I enjoyed my visit and I intend to visit her main gallery, the “ars amandi art gallery“, soon.

Impressions of the exhibtion “The golden cage” at the affiliate “ars amandi art gallery” in Nor’Wen City

But there is more at in Nor’Wen City. The streets are full of it, mainly with art from Nieu (NieuwenHove) and from Belice Benoir. Road barriers or walls of buildings, boards or crossings are used to exhibit art. One picture from Nieu (NieuwenHove) caught my eye in particular “Au Joyeux dildo” – funny! You will find other galleries, like the gallery CM and the gallery of Ambre Singh. And I saw boards for a current photo contest at Noir’Wen City (Artists and photographers can register until 25 April to take part in the contest). They must then submit an artwork (digital processing allowed) by April 30th at the latest)

Art in the streets of Noir’Wen City and galleries

Beside of all this, Noir’Wen City is also a great place to explore and to take pictures. The city has flair and offers also outdoor cafe’s and bars as well as some spots by the shore to sit and enjoy. There’s one shore where the skylinie of NYC is in the background, another great place for a picture. You should also have a look inside of the church, it is a quite unusal church!

Nor’Wen City – Impressions of a simploring tour

Diomita in Nor’Wen City

I enjoyed my visit to Nor’Wen City! Thank you to Belice Benoir, Nieu (NieuwenHove) and to the whole team as well as to Natahalie Monday who gave me a bit more information. I hope that Noir’Wen City will get the attention it deserves.

Landmark to Noir’Wen CITY
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noir%20Wen/165/157/32
Belice Benoir’s “ars amandi art gallery”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Glitnir/200/48/139