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
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lunula/130/107/621
Landmark to “Art Deco fragments” at Melusina Photo Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Time%20Portal/248/101/1940
Landmark to Melu Space (Minimum Gallery, Melubooks, Melu Deco)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lunula/173/25/22
Landmark to Melusina Parkin’s store for Art Deco furniture “Melu Deco”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Time%20Portal/243/99/1930
Melusina Parker’s flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/melusina_parkin/
Melusina Parkin’s Virtual Exhibit blog
http://meluphoto.blogspot.it/p/home.html
Melusina Parkin’s youtube channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVzglBiqhrOLXnAp3Qt3Zjw
On line book Second Life exhibits 2011-2019
https://www.calameo.com/books/005997622f28dd58ca75d

Art in Second Life 2022 (48) Waitings by Melusina Parkin

I got an invitation of Melusina Parkin to see her newest exhibtion “Waitings” at “IMAGO’s Suburbs Galleries“. It has been opened on May 25th.

The exhibition is featured in two large storage halls that look a bit like hangars. IMAGOLand and Art Galleries are owned and curated by Mareea Farrasco.

Melusina’s pictures are at the walls of the hangars, 12 pictures in each hangar. 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. In the center of the right hangar you find a table with a book about “Waitings” sold by Melusina Parkin. Those who are regular visitors to Melusina Parkin’s exhibitions know these books already. Melusina makes one of every exhibition. The book about “Waitings” is sold at the exhibition, all others are sold under her brand “Melubooks” in a seperate book store: Melubooks shop.

Impressions of “Waitings” by Melusina Parkin at IMAGO’s Suburbs Galleries (1)

Melusina wrote about “Waitings“:

All of us spend a lot of time waiting for someone or something. Waiting can be anxiety, fear, boredom, whishes. We don’t know what will happem when the waiting will end and something new will start: waiting is facing the void and filling up that void with hopes or worries, fear or desires. 
Representing waitings could be simple: people standing at a bus stop, sitting alone at a cafe table, looking at a watch, stopping at a crossroad… I’ve choosen different ways, photographing mostly empty scenes; only few of the photos in this exhibition show people, and when that happens, the picture shows details that express the emotions that waiting can make arise. They are taken at rail stations, waiting rooms, crossroads, theaters, cafes, trains, street corners… the countless places where usually we stay waiting. I wanted to show that the scene itself is waiting for being filled up with people.

Impressions of “Waitings” by Melusina Parkin at IMAGO’s Suburbs Galleries (2)

The photos of “Waitings” invite the spectator to create own stories around them. They make us focus on the main object, there’re only little details that distract the focus. The pumps … how might the woman look who wear them? Old? Young? Who or what is she waiting for? Will she sit in the cafe of which we just see two empty chairs? Or is she waiting for the bus and will play the cello in another photo? I simply love Melusina’s minimalsim, her way to pull the spectator into her photos.

Impressions of “Waitings” by Melusina Parkin at IMAGO’s Suburbs Galleries (1)

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.

Thank you Mareea Farrasco for enabling the exhibition “Waitings” at your gallery. Thank you, Melusina for another great exhibition. I enjoyed my visit and creating my own stories.

Landmark to “Waitings” at IMAGO’s Suburbs Galleries
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Shaker%20Beach/76/77/3552
Landmark to Melusina Photo Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Time%20Portal/248/101/1940
Landmark to Melu Space (Minimum Gallery, Melubooks, Melu Deco)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lunula/192/9/21
Landmark to Melubooks shop
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lunula/127/112/647
Landmark to Melusina Parkin’s store for Art Deco furniture “Melu Deco”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Time%20Portal/243/99/1930
Melusina Parker’s flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/melusina_parkin/
Melusina Parkin’s Virtual Exhibit blog
http://meluphoto.blogspot.it/p/home.html
Melusina Parkin’s youtube channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVzglBiqhrOLXnAp3Qt3Zjw
On line book Second Life exhibits 2011-2019
https://www.calameo.com/books/005997622f28dd58ca75d

Backflash April 2022 “Simploring 2017 (31) The Last Forever – Marfa” (April 25th, 2017)

In the “Backflash” series I select an old entry once a month and present it here. This way I force myself to browse in the archive and to fresh up a few of the many memories. For our readers the new series shall provide an insight into our Second Life without reading back the many posts and it might also give reason to browse through the archives.
For April 2022 I selected a post from April 2017 “Simploring 2017 (31) The Last Forever – Marfa”.
Back in 2017 I had never heard about Marfa, TX and thus I did some resaearch und learned a lot about this famous place in the middle of nothing. Snce then I came across Marfa in Second Life a few times and for me it feels a bit like I’d have been there in RL. At “The Last Forever – Marfa” I also saw Melusina Parkin’s minimalistic art for the first time. Whenever I get aware that Melusina has opened a new exhibtion I visit it nowadays – and often remember my visit to her exhibtion at “The Last Forever – Marfa”
Enjoy reading…


Simploring 2017 (31) The Last Forever – Marfa

I went on a simploring tour Saturday, April 22nd. I decided to visit “The Last Forever“, a landmark that I picked from Nix Bubbles’ blog. The landmark description was not really revealing for me: “The Last Forever is a new sim/full region inspired by Marfa, TX from the creators of West of The Rain, Oobleck Allagash and Nodnol Jameson (KraftWork), along with the creative team of Kai Mannequin, Brooke Barmy, Rooky Yootz, Triin, Misty and Jack Hanby.” I haven’t heard about Marfa in Texas before nor did I came across of any of the mentionened names. Most of “The Last Forever” I understood later, when I looked up some profiles and after reading about Marfa, TX.

April 22nd: The Last Forever – overview

Marfa was founded in the early 1880s as a railroad water stop. The town was named “Marfa” at the suggestion of the wife of a railroad executive. The Marfa Army Airfield served as a training facility for several thousand pilots during World War II. It was closed 1945. Marfa has a population of about 2,000 people, hence it is really small.
Today, Marfa is a tourist destination and a major center for Minimalist art. Attractions include Building 98, the Chinati Foundation, artisan shops, historical architecture, a classic Texas town square, modern art installments, art galleries, and the Marfa lights. The city is also 37 miles (60 km) from Prada Marfa, a pop art exhibit, which might be the most photographed and visited site in Marfa. The area around Marfa is known as a cultural center for contemporary artists and artisans. In 1971, minimalist artist Donald Judd moved to Marfa from New York City. Since Judd’s death in 1994, two foundations have worked to maintain his legacy: the Chinati Foundation and Judd Foundation. Every year the Chinati Foundation holds an open house event where artists, collectors, and enthusiasts come from around the world to visit Marfa’s art.
(Source: wikipedia
The landing point is at the Marker of Marfa, which is based on Marfa in the reality. Upon your landing you get a welcome “Welcome to The Last Forever SIM home of KraftWork, BIGBULLY, Powder Pack, Kiss me Poses and Triin.” KraftWork and BIGBULLY are shops for mesh creations for decorations and furniture in Second Life. Powder Pack is a store for make-up and skins for mesh heads and Kiss me Poses is a store for poses. The Last Forever is the home of these stores. I didn’t find out what Triin is.
Marfa in Second Life looks a bit like I would imagine a little town in Texas. First of all it is in the middle of nowhere and surrounded by a desert. There are some modern buildings but also some buildings that have seen better times. And there are some ruins and abandoned homes. The infrastructure is dilapidated and some corners and areas look shabby. What I noticed before I did the above research about Marfa in the real world is the art spreaded all over the sim.
I walked around town and collected some impressions of Marfa in SL. I explored the mainstores of KraftWork and BIGBULLY. I went into the radio station and I couldn’t refrain from peeking into the local sex shop. I visited the exhibit Americana, American Icons in Second Life by Melusina Parkin. Outside of the town is the famous Prada Marfa, a camping ground, and some houses. The atmosphere is dense and The Last Forever looks quite real, in particular when you know about Marfa in reality. Monday, April 24th, just 2 days after my visit, I noticed that Inara Pey published an entry about Melusina Parkin’s Americana exhibit titeled “Melusina’s American Icons in Second life in her blog, just the very same day that I visited Marfa. What a coincdence!

Thank you Oobleck (allagash) and Nodnol Jameson (owner of KraftWork) for providing The Last Forever to the public. You understood how to combine the site of some mainstores (including your own) with the experience of a great place in Second Life and you contributed to my education as I now know about Marfa.

 

Landmark to The Last Forever
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Last%20Forever/181/97/23
(outdated!)
Inara Pey’s blog entry about Melusina Parkin’s Americana exhibit at The Last Forever
https://modemworld.me/2017/04/21/melusinas-american-icons-in-second-life/

Link to the orignal post:
https://themaurers.me/2017/04/25/simploring-2017-31-the-last-forever-marfa/

Art in Second Life 2022 (38) Art Deco fragments by Melusina Parkin

I got an invitation of Melusina Parkin to see her newest exhibtion “Art Deco fragments” at her Melusina Photo Gallery. It has been opened on April 15th.

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)

The Melusina Photo Gallery is right above Melusina’s store of Art Deco furniture “Melu Deco” at Time Portal. It is one big room and the pictures are exhibited on all for walls.
In the center you find a table a table with a book about the current exhibition sold by Melusina Parkin. Those who are regular visitors to Melusina Parkin’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.

As far as I gathered the current exhibition “Art Deco fragments” is just the first of 4 exhibitions about Art Deco. It covers Art Deco as building details. If I think of Art Deco the Chrysler Building in New York City comes into my mind. It was finished in 1930 and it is a landmark for Art Deco. Melusina has at least one picture that refers to this famous building.

The top of the Chrysler Building / Impressions of Art Deco fragments by Melusina Parkin (1)

If you walk through the world with open eyes you can see many Art Deco details on buildings. These details are just to spoil our eyes. They also express that there’s more than just function in at at buildings. In addition these Art Deco details also prove that you can build beautifully without losing function.

In her exhibtion Melusina has many more examples. I’m not sure if Melusina created all the textures herself of if she jsut went through the virtual world of Second Life with open eyes and found these details. I just assume it’s a mixture of both.

Impressions of Art Deco fragments by Melusina Parkin (2)

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.

Impressions of Art Deco fragments by Melusina Parkin (3)

I hope that I won’t miss the upcoming exhibitions with more Art Deco about buildings, interior details and interiors.
Thank you for another great exhibition. I enjoyed my visit and looking at your pictures, Melusina.

Landmark to “Art Deco fragments” at Melusina Photo Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Time%20Portal/248/101/1940
Landmark to Melu Space (Minimum Gallery, Melubooks, Melu Deco)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lunula/192/9/21
Landmark to Melusina Parkin’s store for Art Deco furniture “Melu Deco”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Time%20Portal/243/99/1930
Melusina Parker’s flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/melusina_parkin/
Melusina Parkin’s Virtual Exhibit blog
http://meluphoto.blogspot.it/p/home.html
Melusina Parkin’s youtube channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVzglBiqhrOLXnAp3Qt3Zjw
On line book Second Life exhibits 2011-2019
https://www.calameo.com/books/005997622f28dd58ca75d

Dio’s 14th year in Second Life Feb 11th, 2022

Today marks my 14th anniversary of joining Second Life. As always, if asked “Did anything change?” I’d answer not that much, but in fact it has been another year with changes, with a lot of fun, with many galleries and art installations visited, with quite some sims explored, with subs leaving the family and joining the family and my submission to my Mistress wife Jenny did further grow (although I always think that more is not possible).

This year my review os a bit shorter as I tried to focus on the main highlights. As always my review starts with our home and with the family. We still live on the same island with the same neighbours. Just recently we tore down our main house and replaced it with a modern and larger house with pool. We remodeled the surrounding to get the necessary space and I got a real art park next to the house, where I placed all the art that was spread over the sim before.

January 5th – Mount Everest remodeled: Different views on the new house / Diomita with slave Alessi and slave Holly

January 17th – orientation map Mount Everest

Our family has changed. At the time I wrote the anniversary entry in 2021, our family consisted of Mistress Jenny, our niece Angelique, our step-daughter Ebony, our housekeeper, head maid and head slave Flo, our Kitty, and slave Melissa. During the last 12 months we collared Faye (Boy Serenity) and Sun (newlifeloading).
Faye was collared July 26th, 2021 and left us silenty some time in October/November 2021. We still see her around and say hello to each other but that’s it.
We collared Sun as Maurer’s pet Sun on October 9th, 2021. Sadly Sun lost her desire for SL (or for us?), the joy and the fun we we experience in this world. We first unlocked her restraints and let her wander. December 22nd, 2021, we released her. We hope she finds what she is looking for.

Faye (Boy Serenity) and Sun (Newlifeloading)

Since February 2021 slave Melissa showed up only shortly and was rarely with us due to her RL. We saw her end of June 2021 the last time and her last sign of life was end of July 2021. Hence we released her on October 7th, 2021. slave Melissa showed up again end of December 2021. She had an accident in RL and couldn’t log in. Of course we took her back under our wings and we might reinstate her status. So far, she’s a potential again.

The most important change in our family during 2021 was the collaring of our slave Holly on April 30th, 2021, her 9th rezz day anniversary. Holly’s dedication to us and to our family, her true submission and obedience, her character and wit did enrich our Second Life. We’re very happy to have her with us. Read about Holly here.

Mistress Jenny and Diomita with slave Holly

Alessi (Alessi20) also grow closer to us during the last year. Alessi is a shy woman. She’s always polite, obedient and very attentive and she keeps our house clean. We would have collared her but she was and is not ready for this step. Just recently we created a new role for her, Eurobrat sub and treat her as a close family member. Welcome to the family, Alessi.

Mistress Jenny and Diomita with slave Holly and slave Alessi (December 2021)

As of today our family consists of Mistress Jenny, our niece Angelique, our step-daughter Ebony, our housekeeper, head maid and head slave Flo, our Kitty, our slave Holly, our sub Alessi and myself. In addition we have a few subs around us and we will see if any of them gets a collar during my 15th year in Second Life.

Beside these changes in the family we had a lot of fun and excitement in our Second Life again. Reading back in our diaries I want to mention:

  • I had some roleplays with Miss Laura K (misslaurak) who finally made me a member of the mafia. I wrote a blogpost about The Inshan Group (read here). I enjoyed the roleplay a lot and the group is really creative and offers fun. Unfortunately I had not enough time to really immerse into it. (April 2021)
  • In March/April 2021 we had the two E’s with us – Eroticlaire and Elena (Elenaslv Serenity) – read in particular (Diary 2021 (39) March 25th/26th E & E – Elena and Eroticlaire  and Diary 2021 (40) March 27th/28th Breaking in a new slave). Both were great slaves and we enjoyed having them with us. Eroticlaire left us to seek other fun in her SL, Elena is still a close friend of the family.
  • In September 2021 we had a couple of days as the Jenny Maurer twins (Diary 2021 (122) The Jenny Maurer Twins). That was fun, too bad none caught us!
  • In November/December 2021 I had a second owner, Goddess Katie (KatieLouisse). That was a particular experience for me. Yet I understand why Katie had to end it (no drama). And since January 2022 I have another second owner, Mistress Mercy (Steelyeye Blinker). Mistress Jenny and Mistress Mercy get along well, hence I get different new experiences as a sub (and can use them as a domme for our slaves).

Mistress Jenny and Diomita at Carnal Intentions with Eroticlaire and Elena (upper left, Mar 29th, 2021) / Miss K – The Inshan group (lower left Mar 25th, 2021) / The Jenny Maurer Twins (Sep 12, 2021) / Goddess Katie with Diomita (upper right, Nov 22nd, 2021) / Mistress Mercy and Diomita (lower right, Jan 23rd, 2022)

Mistress Jenny and I had quite a lot time together due to the continued pandemic and less work. Mistress still succeeds in surprising and teasing me and with time my submission is further growing as well as Mistress Jenny’s fun in controlling me and subsequently also our slaves. In giving away some control over me to others dommes Mistress Jenny found another way to keep my submission to her growing. She even found a way to lock an extra septum ring on me, which she can easily share with others without losing any control over me – quite evil and effictive. Thank you Mistress Jenny.

What else? I kept this blog running another year, with one post every single day:
– one “Enjoying Bondage” picture every month (12 posts)
– one “Backflash”-entry, picking an old post to republish every month (12 posts)
– roughly 30 simploring entries
– roughly 125 Art in Second Life entries
– about 180 diary posts

My focus has shifted, I did less simploring tours and visited more galleries and art installations. I assume that shift towards art will continue. The reason is quite simply – I like art and I cover some artists and galleries quite regularly. I think I missed no exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli and at Nitroglobus roof gallery and I saw many exhibitions at DixMix Gallery. I covered all installations of Cica Ghost, which make me smile everytime and I saw many exhibitions of Milena Carbone (mylena1992), Nils Urqhart and Melusina Parkin.

Art in Second Life: Dido Haas “Minimal” at her own Nitroglobus Roof Gallery, Funday by Cica Ghost, “And darkness came” by Nils Urqhat, “The Scale of Love” by Milena Carbone”

From still about 30 simploring tours, I picked just a few examples to show the broad variety they offered. I saw three iterations of Grauland (the last in January, read here), I saw Otter Lake (read here) and Nelipot (read here) in Autumn, I visited Noweeta in Summer (read here) and in Winter (read here), I visited Skrunda-2, a place existing in RL, very impressive (read here) and I was in Dya’s Little Jordan (read here).

Simploring – snippets from Noweeta, Skrunda-2, Otter Lake and Dya’s Little Jordan

My simploring tours and art in Second Life are a nice and important counterbalance to my kinky second life within my family and friends.

At the end of this anniversary post is always an actual picture of myself to document how my appearance changed. I didn’t play with head or body shape during my 14th year, but I often wear another hairstyle nowadays. And most of the time you will see me wearing my heavy slave collar and sometimes also the small nosering that Mistress locked on me.

Diomita Maurer – February 2022

What a year again! I’m still happy and I enjoy the journey at the side (or at the feet) of my beloved partner and Mistress Jenny. We both as well as the core members of our little family are embedded in a great community of friends, we know some of them way over a decade now, some for several years and some are new friends of ours. Even if not mentioned by name in this anniversary blog post, these friends do mean a lot to me and to us. SL is first of all about people and it’s you all who keep my and our SL enjoyable and exciting! It was a great 14th year in Second Life and I look forward to the 15th!
Love from Diomita
xoxoxoxox

Art in Second Life 2021 (106) “Minimal” by Dido Haas

I got an invitation fom Dido Haas to see her exhibtion “Minimal“. It is shown at Dido Haas’ part of Nitroglobus gallery, which is owned and curated by Dido Haas herself.

Minimal” consists of 8 large pictures all arranged along the walls of the exhibtion room. The pictures mirror on the floor which highlights the art in a particular way. In the center you see a levitating object named “Mother’s Lab” created by  Jadeyu Fhang.

Impressions of “Minimal” by Dido Haas (1)

Dido’s passion are portraits and avatar studies, most of them are black/white. For “Minimal” she tried out something different. When I read “Minimal” spontaneously Melusina Parkin comes into my mind, an artist that I covered in this blog quite often already. The eight pictures of Dido Haas have a similar minimalistic style, focusing on just a few details. But Dido did not refer to minimalism when she named her exhibition “Minimal”, she referred to a shop named MINIMAL. All of her pictures use objects from MINIMAL, objects that were given as free group gifts. Dido added herself to the objects, added a background – and kept it simple. The result is amazing! As the person in her pictures (herself) is just a small add on, the spectator instinctively focuses on it even if it is not the central and largest part ot the picture.

Impressions of “Minimal” by Dido Haas (2)

While I visited “Minimal” I met Mihailsk, an artist who has exhibited at Nitroglobus Gallery and who is a friend of Dido. Mihailsk has supported Dido in setting up “Minimal“. After my visit I went to the shop MINIMAL.
MINIMAL is owned by Jorge Fernández (Ors Quan) and offers skyboxes, buildings, home&garden equipment and gear, backdrops, single objects, jewelery, scenes and men’s clothes. I found the section with the free group gifts – and recognized those, that Dido used for her exhibition “Minimal“.

A visit to MINIMAL store and gallery

Dido Haas is Dutch and has been in SL for way over 14 years – and according to herself, she is still enjoying this virtual world. Besides her own art, Dido owns and curates the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery, which consists of two exhibition rooms, the main room and a part that Dido uses to showcase her own art.
You can find more about and from Dido on her blog and on her flickr page. The Nitroglobus Roof Gallery has an own flickr group.

Thank you Dido for all the work you invest into the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery and for your own art. I enjoyed my visit. The exhibtion “Minimal” will be open until end of November.

Landmark to Dido Haas’ part of Nitroglobus Roof gallery and to of “Minimal” by Dido Haas
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunshine%20Homestead/166/41/1001
Dido Haas’ flickr group
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dido_haas/
Nitroglobus Roof Gallery flickr group
https://www.flickr.com/groups/nitroglobus_gallery/
Dido Hass’ blog
https://exploringslwithdido.blogspot.com
MINIMAL store and gallery inworld
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/FresH/121/197/3494
MINIMAL store on marketplace
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/es-ES/stores/156471

Art in Second Life 2021 (101) “Ordinary People” by Melusina Parkin

Melusina Parkin invited me to the opening of her newest exhibition named “Ordinary People” on Wednesday, Ocotober 13th, at Vibes Art Gallery.

Vibes Art Gallery is an example of the transformation of industrial warehouses into a modern exhibition space. It consists of two buildings and a court between them. The court is used for events. While one building has one large exhibition room, the other building has two rooms, that are connected though.
Melusina Parkin’s exhibition extends over the whole Vibes Art Gallery and it is quite particular for Melusina, as she leaves her general theme of minimalism for this exhibtion – at least for a tiny bit.

Ordinary People showcases – to no surprise – just ordinary people. The connected exhibition space in one building showcases monochrome pictures of Melu at the walls, in the other building are coloured pictures. They are all taken in Second Life and have one thing in common – they show people in daily situations.
Melusina Parkin’s 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 … and now she added people to her pictures. But still her pictures impress by their simplicity and by forcing the spectator to foucs on the few details.

Impressions of “Ordinary People” by Melusina Parkin at Vibes Art Gallery (1)

But there’s more to see at “Ordinary People“. Melusina added static figures to the exhibtion. Not just one, she added enough to liven up the exhibition. And these figures are part of the exhibition. You see ordinary people on the pictures and visiting the exhibtion. Melusina wrote about “Ordinary people“:
“The photos of this exhibition put together my interest in human images and my experience in shooting objects, choosing subjects that stay on the thin border between living beings and things that features the virtual world: the “puppets” (or “dolls”) that we often meet when we visit a Second Life places. Like avatars, they are made of pixels; like statues and mannequins, they don’t talk, neither move. They could be seen as objects, as parts of the decor, but at a closer look they reveals to have expressions and their still poses show activities.
The images of this exhibit show that frozen humanity, that silent crowd that populate many Second Life places; the gallery of their portraits could be seen as a collection of human types. It’s both an exercise of “street photography” and a kind of tribute to these pixel beings who can’t act neither talk.”

Impressions of “Ordinary People” by Melusina Parkin at Vibes Art Gallery (2)

Once again you find a table with the books sold by Melusina Parkin. It is located in the passage between the two rooms with the monochrome pictures. Those who are regular visitors to Melusina Parkin’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.

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.

Impressions of “Ordinary People” by Melusina Parkin at Vibes Art Gallery (3)

Thank you for another great exhibition, Melusina. You extended your art carefully to another field not leaving your characteristic style. I enjoyed my visit a lot.
Many thanks to Eviana Raider (Eviana Robbiani) for providing the space for the art and for enabling this great exhibition. As far as Melusina knows the part of “Ordinary People” with the coloured pictures in the large exhibition hall  shall stay open for visitors until October 24th, the other part a bit longer.

Landmark to “Ordinary People” by Melusina Parkin at Vibes Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Isola%20Del%20Giglio/32/196/2711
Landmark Melusina Parkin’s Gallery at Time Portal
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Time%20Portal/248/101/1940
Melu Space (Minimum Gallery, Melubooks, Melu Deco)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lunula/192/9/21
Landmark to Melusina Parkin’s store for Art Deco furniture “Melu Deco”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Time%20Portal/243/99/1930
Melusina Parker’s flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/melusina_parkin/
Melusina Parkin’s Virtual Exhibit blog
http://meluphoto.blogspot.it/p/home.html
Melusina Parkin’s youtube channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVzglBiqhrOLXnAp3Qt3Zjw
On line book Second Life exhibits 2011-2019
https://www.calameo.com/books/005997622f28dd58ca75d

Art in Second Life 2021 (92) Silences by Melusina Parkin

I got an invitation to Melusina Parkins’s latest exhibtion called “Silences“.
“Silences” by Melusina Parkin is shown at Melu Gallery, an exhibtion space located above Melusina’s store for Art Deco furniture called “Melu Deco”.

Impressions of “Silences” by Melusina Parkin (1)

Silences” compromises around 20 pictures all arranged at the 4 walls of the exhibition room. In the center of the exhibition room you find a table with books. Those who are regular visitors to Melusina Parkin’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.
There’s also a board where you can get an overview of all the posters of Melusina Parkin’s exhibtions and of her available “melubooks”.

Exhibition posters and melubooks

Melusina Parkin’s 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.
Back to “Silences“. What a fitting name! And what a fit to Melusina’s style.

Impressions of “Silences” by Melusina Parkin (2)

Silence can be everywhere, be it on a street that leads into nowhere, be it on a street at night when all are gone to sleep, be it sitting outside or looking on a field, Silence can be felt when you sit together with someone and have nothing to say or when you just understand eachother without saying a word, silence can be found in an exhibition, silence can be experienced on a stage or behind of it. And it can even be found in a train.
Melusina succeeds to capture the silence in pictures.

Impressions of “Silences” by Melusina Parkin (3)

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.
Besides the gallery at Time Portal Melusina has also owns a second place (Melu Space) with another gallery (Minimum Gallery), a bookstore and another “Melu Deco” inworld store.

Landmark to “Silences” by Melusina Parkin at Melu Gallery at Time Portal
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Time%20Portal/248/101/1940
Melu Space (Minimum Gallery, Melubooks, Melu Deco)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Lunula/192/9/21
Landmark to Melusina Parkin’s store for Art Deco furniture “Melu Deco”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Time%20Portal/243/99/1930
Melusina Parker’s flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/melusina_parkin/
Melusina Parkin’s Virtual Exhibit blog
http://meluphoto.blogspot.it/p/home.html
Melusina Parkin’s youtube channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVzglBiqhrOLXnAp3Qt3Zjw
On line book Second Life exhibits 2011-2019
https://www.calameo.com/books/005997622f28dd58ca75d

Art in Second Life 2021 (67) Fragments by Melusina Parkin

I got an invitation to “Fragments” by Melusina Parkin, an exhibtion shown on a seperate platform of Milena’s Carbone Gallery @ Serena.

For the exhibtion “Fragments” Melusina Parkin and Milena Carbone have cooperated for the first time. Milena composed the texts, each piece inspired by one of Melusina’s images. Pieces of sentences that, put together, constitute an absurd story, but a coherent whole, like a journey of human life.

Together with the invitation I got a bunch of information. I have visited quite some exhibtions of both artists.
Melusina Parkin’s 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.

“Fragments” by Melusina Parkin @ The Carbone Gallery

Melusina wrote:
The image belongs to the observer. I agree with this statement made by the recent semiology and art critics. The reasons that an artist takes a photograph or paints a picture – or is compelled to do that – aren’t the same as those that open the observers’ way to find a meaning in them. Images are just incentives to seek unconsciously in our mind a memory, a meaning, a feeling we saved into the cells of our brain, codified by a mysterious chemical language. More ambiguous images are deeper and can evoke more complex thoughts or feelings.

My photos try to offer these “links” to the observers’ minds by representing simplified, “incomplete” images. Lonely places, empty rooms, absences, silent, still, small details that we usually neglect, when shown in a large size photo can have that power. Fragments of the outer world we live in take to fragments of our inner one.

Examples of “Fragments” by Melusina Parkin with texts from Milena Carbone (1)

When Milena proposed that I show my photos at her new gallery, paired with her written reflections on them, I was curious to know what kind of thoughts they would stimulate. The result of her careful observation has been stunning: her texts reveal even the most private sides of her soul, starting from pictures that don’t belong to her past life, but are linked to her own mind’s archive by multiple hooks : so she tells her stories about an object or a landscape, or even about a color, or a light, and those stories compose a portrait showing something placed between memory, reality, imagination, dream and abstract thought.
I wish that my images could have the same effect on visitors’ souls. No other aim would be more enticing for a photographer.

Examples of “Fragments” by Melusina Parkin with texts from Milena Carbone (2)

The exhibtion consists of two parts – outside and inside. The provided landmark leads to the outside area. Melusina Parker’s pictures are featured on big single boards under the open sky. Chairs are placed in front of the boards so that you can sit down and look at the single pictures. A paved walkway leads you to a center screen, which shows the pictures one after the other in a slideshow – together with the texts, that Milena Carbone wrote.

As you walk along the paved walkway, you can read another accompanying text on the paving stones:
My life is straight as a road through the desert, and this road never stops, it goes straight in circles, it ticks off the numer that never ends. If this desert were alive, my road would be twisty, facetious, chaotic and unexpected. But wem the human species, have sterilized and flattened the earth to satisfy our appetite for perfection, geometry, purity. And all of this, now, is boring like a gray day at the office. Boring and tiring. I am sitting on the bench, exhausted and sad. Here, a circle will never be perfect, Everything we see from the outside is a story. Your life, my life, our life are fragments of stories, nothing is true, nothing is holy.

Examples of “Fragments” by Melusina Parkin with texts from Milena Carbone (3)

Milena Carbone’s texts are created using automatic writing, a surrealist technique. They are initially extracted from independent stories, sometimes autobiographical, often imaginary. Subsequently, they are reworked so that each text is linked to one or more other texts by common images, symbols or sensations.

The inside area contains what might be the other half of the pictures in a traditional gallery. In the center of the inside area you find a bookstore. Those who are regular visitors to Melusina Parkin’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.

“Fragments” by Melusina Parkin @ The Carbone Gallery – inside area with bookstore

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.
Milena Carbone currently curates three own galleries: The Carbone Gallery, The Carbone Gallery @ Noir’Wen City, and The Carbone Gallery @ Serena. You can follow her on flickr and you can read some of her texts on Medium.

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 an own gallery, an own store for Art Deco furniture “Melu Deco“, 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).

Thank you both, Milena Carbone and Melusina Parkin for a this cooperative work, for a perfect combination of images and texts. My visit to “Fragments” was touching and inspiring – a great exhibition!

Landmark to Fragments by Melusina Parkin
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Pontypridd/145/82/2071
The Carbone Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Woiler/172/158/3316
The Carbone Gallery @ Noir’Wen City
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noir%20Wen/243/203/32
The Carbone Gallery @ Serena
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Pontypridd/69/182/22
Milena Carbone’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/milenacarbone/
Milena Carbone’s texts
https://medium.com/@539568
Landmark to Melusina Photo Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Time%20Portal/248/101/1940
Landmark to Melusina Parkin’s store for Art Deco furniture “Melu Deco”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Time%20Portal/243/99/1930
Melusina Parker’s flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/melusina_parkin/
Melusina Parkin’s Virtual Exhibit blog
http://meluphoto.blogspot.it/p/home.html
On line book Second Life exhibits 2011-2019
https://www.calameo.com/books/005997622f28dd58ca75d
Melusina Parkin’s youtube channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVzglBiqhrOLXnAp3Qt3Zjw

Art in Second Life 2021 (59) Symphony in Red by Melusina Parkin

I visited the exhibtion “Symphony in Red” by Melusina Parkin at her Melusina Photo Gallery, that opened mid of June. The gallery is located upsatirs of Melusina Parkin’s store “Melu Deco“, that offers Art Deco furniture, lamps, rugs and home accessories. Many of the items are copies of famous 1920-40s designers’ objects.

Melusina Parkin’s 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.

For her exhibtion “Symphony in Red” Melusina picked pictures that are just a bit less minimalisitc and shows “how the warm light of the afternoons, the bright colors (first, the reds!), the crowded images can be another amazing way to see our world and its details.

Impressions of “Symphony in Red” by Melusina Parkin (1)

Many of the showcased pictures reminded me of of her exhibition “Roadside”, which I visited last year (read here). Yet the red tones, the warmth of the afternoon sun, make a difference. Still Meulisna’s pictures force the viewer to focus on the main details and by this you get drawn into her pictures and begin to spin your own story around them.
I’m quite intrigued of her style and “Symphony in Red” is in my eyes another collection of masterpieces.

In the center of the exhibition room you find a table with books. Those who are regular visitors to Melusina Parkin’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.

Impressions of “Symphony in Red” by Melusina Parkin (2)

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 under this post).

The exhibition “Symphony in Red” shall stay open for visitors at least until end of July. Enjoy your visit!

Landmark to Melusina Photo Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Time%20Portal/248/101/1940
Landmark to Melusina Parkin’s store for Art Deco furniture “Melu Deco”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Time%20Portal/243/99/1930
Melusina Parker’s flickr
http://www.flickr.com/photos/melusina_parkin/
Melusina Parkin’s Virtual Exhibit blog
http://meluphoto.blogspot.it/p/home.html
On line book Second Life exhibits 2011-2019
https://www.calameo.com/books/005997622f28dd58ca75d
Melusina Parkin’s youtube channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVzglBiqhrOLXnAp3Qt3Zjw

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