Art in Second Life (32) FreeDÂme by Vallys Baxter

On March 21st, another gallery was opened at Noir’Wen City – Vallys Baxter’s gallery. The first exhibition is named “FreeDÂme”. I went visiting the next day.

The gallery is in an old storage building. The walls are used to display Vally’s pictures and the rest of the room is filled with decorations, with stuff that piles up with time. There’s quite something to discover. And there are some nice places to sit downand enjoy this particular atmosphere.

Impressions of “FreeDÂme” at Vallys Baxter’s gallery (1)

I have come across Vallys Baxter last year when I saw portraits of her at the Itakos Art Gallery as part of the 2020 Summer Collection (read here).
Vallys is Second Life for more than 14 years. Her artist name is VallysValife. On the occasion of the opening of the gallery, Violet Boa published an interview with Vally and also wrote about Vally’s biography. The interview can be found here:

Vallys is a “sociable loner”. In her “hiding place” in Second Life, she devotes herself to the things she likes most, photography and writing. Often inspired spontaneously, by music, words, situations, emotions, sometimes by a film or a book, she transports her visions into her photos. Vally’s works are often in red, black, white 50/50 shades.

She has been interested in photography since her youth. In her passion for science fiction, she is drawn to Jules Verne’s works. Vallys is heavily influenced by the stories of “Women and Work” by Audrey Hepburn, Vivian Maier and Fran Lebowitz.

“Red is my dark side. Blue is my quiet side.
Purple is my medium side. White is my shadow.
Black is my light….” by Vallys Baxter

All of the pictures at the gallery are very erotic. They show females, naked and dressed, sometimes just the legs, then only the upper body, then only a face or part of the face. And as mentioned in the biography the colours are red, black and white. I could look longer at all of them and immerse into the picture. Vallys’ pictures are quite strong in their expression.

Impressions of “FreeDÂme” at Vallys Baxter’s gallery (2)

The gallery is dominated by one large picture at the back wall of an elevated floor showing a naked female in black and white in a quite erotic pose – an eye catcher of the exhibtion.

Impressions of “FreeDÂme” at Vallys Baxter’s gallery (3)

It is great to see how Noir’Wen City develops more and more to an artist comunity – and now it has a gallery more. I’m curious to see more exhibtions of Vallys Baxter. Thank you, Vallys, for your art and thank you Violet Boa for the P.R. and for the interview. Last but not least, thank you Nieu (nieuwenhove) and Belice Benoir for your efforts to enable Noir’Wen City.

Landmark to Vallys Baxter’s gallery at Noir’Wen City
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noir%20Wen/127/94/32
Vallys Baxter’s flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/vallys_baxter/
Violet Boa’s interview with Vally’s Baxter in Virtuality blog
https://www.virtuality.blog/interview-with-vallys-baxter/

Art in Second Life 2021 (20) Scandal by Milena Carbone

I was invited to the opening of “Scandal”, Milena Carbone’s newest exhibition at The Carbone Gallery. I wasn’t able to attend the opening event on Wednesday, February 17th. Instead I visited a few days before the opening and I had the opportunity to talk with Milena.
Milena, being a story teller, combines several aspects in “Scandal”. There’s first the opening event. Milena has designed a choreography of a ballet, based on Philip Glass music and SL ballet and dance poses. She told me that she will dance herself. I can’t report about this event as I missed it.

Scandal is a series of 8 pictures about the character of Iselin, an Icelandic girl who becomes a Christ in the XXI century. It is Milena’s third story of a contemporary christ, after the Brazilian child in the exhibition Locked, and the mixed-race gay Mahdi in the exhibition Plead Guilty. This work will probably close her series of Christs.

The location of this exhibition is outstanding. Milena reproduced the Church of Light, designed by the famous architect Tadao Ando. The church will stay as a permanent part of the gallery, for exhibition, concerts, and prays. I never heard of this church before and hence visiting “Scandal” inspired me to do some reasearch on the internet about this church and it’s architect. I recommend to start with the wikipedia entries about the church of light and about Tadao Ando. Milena did a great job transferring the church into Second Life – and it is a great place for future exhibitions and other events. Chapeau!

The exhibition Scandal is related to the theory of social violence of René Girard, a french anthropologist. He wrote a book called “Woe to the man through whom scandal comes” where he showed how Jesus Christ unveiled the role of sacrifice, and how the innocents are sacrified. I also read about René Girard in wikipedia. Girard showed how conflicts in social groups are solved by the scapegoat mechanism.

Impressions of “Scandal by Milena Carbone” (1)

The 8 pictures are exhibited inside of the church of light. They relate to the story of the Icelandic girl Iselin, but they stand for themselves as well without the story. They deal with religion, with innocence and with a culminating act of violence. Milena has the plot of the story in her mind and will publish it most probably as another book, a small book that you can read within Second Life, in the course of March 21. It was not written yet at the time of my visit. I intend to visit Scandal again when the story is published.

Impressions of “Scandal by Milena Carbone” (2)

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.

On February 22nd Milena told me that she rearranged the exhibiton and included pictures of the opening concert and ballet to make it part of the exhibition and to save the impressions. The concert consisted of a series of 15 pieces composed by Philip Glass, gathered in 7 parts, each introduced by a libretto written by Milena Carbone.
The dancers of the ballet were Milena Carbone and Belice Benoir, Nieu (NieuwenHove) supported them with the technic. The now showcased pictures of the even were taken by Charlotte Belladona (charlottebelladonna) and .Crazy Dust. (zigboom) and can also be seen at their flickr pages here and here.

Impressions of the opening event of “Scandal” by Milena Carbone

Thank you for another great exhibition, Milena. Scandal inspired me to quite some research and hence was educational for me – and it impressed me.

Landmark to The Carbone Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Woiler/172/158/3316
Landmark to The Carbone Gallery @ Noir’Wen City
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noir%20Wen/243/203/32
Milena Carbone’s Flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/milenacarbone/
Milena Carbone’s writing (blog)
https://medium.com/@539568
Charlotte Belladonna (charlottebelladonna)’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/186968761@N05/
.Crazy Dust. (zigboom)’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/zigboom/

 

Art in Second Life 2020 (58) Milena Carbone’s art at Noir’Wen City

I got an invitation for a particular exhibition at Noir’Wen City, that opens officially on Wednesday September 23rd – “Plead guilty” by Milena Carbone.

It’s the second time that I came across Milena Carbone (mylena1992) and her art. I saw her exhibition “Agape in Pace” at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery in March 2020 (read here)

For Milena Carbone’s exhibtion “Plead guilty“, that extends all over Noir’Wen City, I got a notecard from Nieu (nieuwenhove) and later also from Violet Boa, which describes perfectly a tour not only of this but also of 3 other exhibitions by Milena. I decided to make writing a bit easier for me and to simply use it for my post along with my pictures and some comments.

“Plead guilty” by Milena Carbone above the streets of Noir’wen City

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. By accepting the rule of the “double” (the real “I” and the virtual “I”), Milena Carbone includes herself in her artwork. 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.

We arrived at dawn in Noir’Wen City after a quick trip, and we have been immediately fascinated by the density and the harmony of this small regenerated and bustling industrial city of houses and restored buildings in its old factories which do host more than fifty galleries and stores of artists and fetish creators. It is here that Milena has taken over the urban and social space of this small town that has literally become the gallery for her exhibition.

Impressions of “Plead guilty” by Milena Carbone above the streets of Noir’wen City (1)

Going up from the harbor to the central place of Noir’Wen City, the artist has arranged along the streets an impressive gallery of portraits of the inhabitants of this unlikely town who find themselves caught in the act of their desires or dreams. We do not know if each of these portraits overlooking the streets is a wanted poster or the image of their prisoner identity. It is in any case the living beacon of a long apocalyptic poem that we can read as we go along.

Impressions of “Plead guilty” by Milena Carbone above the streets of Noir’wen City (2)

Along your way you find posts with some lines of a poem titled also “Plead guilty”. Above the posts you can click to get to a website from Milena Carbone which offers more background information about the 35 exhibits above the streets and the full poem. Here’s a direct link.

We then visited the church transformed for the exhibition into a place of art where Milena offers us the still unknown “sermon of Mahdi”, the fiction of a new Christ illustrated by paintings inspired by the Renaissance religious art and described in a book readable in SL and exhibited in the church.

Impressions of “The Sermon of Mahdi” by Milena Carbone at Noir’wen City Church

From the church, we reached the castle on the heights of the city, where we had a wonderful lesson about “Nude is Art” with forty original paintings of Milena dedicated to the beauty of the body and its grace, beyond eroticism.

Impressions of “Nude is art” by Milena Carbone at Noir’wen City Castle (1)

We end our visit by stopping at the art center of Noir’Wen to sit for a moment in the center of a virtuous circle of fourteen artworks which illustrate the “nine levels of love” linked with five humanist values. We can then slowly savor the deep pleasures of this new artwork of Milena Carbone, which will require us to plunge back into it to capture all the dimensions and emotions it arouses.

Impressions of “nine levels of love” by Milena Carbone at Noir’wen Art Center

While walking, we could have also seen the galleries of many artists such as Belice Benoir (Ars Amandi), Ambre Singh, Colm Midnight, Al Niekerk, Anaya Oneiro, Jos Loll, Ninatchka, Pask Wasp, KarolinaKatt, BobbiEden, Wyald Woolley … We also noted the presence of a museum of virtual arts with an exhibition on the history of the pink Dildo. But these places will be the occasion of a new visit.

It remains in us the fundamental question that Milena Carbone asks us through this new masterpiece: is it fair to plead guilty?

Impressions of “Nude is art” by Milena Carbone at Noir’wen City Castle (2)

With the opening of “Plead guilty” by Milena Carbone, also this years Noir’Wen city festival has started. It takes place in Noir’Wen city during 2-3 months at the end of the summer.
The Festival will revolve around an original artwork created especially by a selected artist, integrated into the city, with the possibility of using all possible types of visual arts and whose concept will aim to “give life” to the city, its inhabitants and its creators. And the artist of this year is Milena Carbone. There will be quite some events.

I visited Noir’Wen City the first time in April 2020 (read here). Noir’Wen City is a permanent fetish fair with over 50 inworld stores, it is a place to socialize, it is a place for the the arts 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 and it offers also rentals (luxurious villas). Thank you to Belice Benoir, to Nieu (NieuwenHove) and to the whole team as well as to Nathalie Monday and to Violet Boa who gave me a bit more information.

Landmark to Noir’Wen City
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noir%20Wen/187/156/32
Landmark to Noir’Wen City – “Plead guilty” by Milean Carbone – Starting point
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noir%20Wen/80/132/32
“Plead guilty” website
https://medium.com/@539568/plead-guilty-1b69921651d3
Landmark to Noir’Wen City Church – “sermon of Mahdi” by Milena Carbone
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noir%20Wen/116/136/32
Landmark to Noir’Wen City Castle – “Nude is art” by Milena Carbone
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noir%20Wen/85/221/42
Landmark to Noir’Wen City Art Center – “nine levels of love” by Milena Carbone
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noir%20Wen/42/117/23
Simploring 2020 (27) Noir’Wen City
https://themaurers.me/2020/04/10/simploring-2020-27-noirwen-city/

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