Art in Second Life (18) The Carbone Gallery

After my visits of “American Shot” by Milena Carbone at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (read part I here and part II here) I got in contact to Milena Carbone (mylena1992). She invited me to see her gallery “The Carbone Gallery” and invited me to her gallery group.
Actually Milena has not just one own gallery, she also has an affiliate at Noir’Wen City, the city that develops more and more to a colony of artists. I visited The Carbone Gallery at Noir’Wen City first and published my review about it about a week ago (read here).

I visited Milena’s main gallery, The Carbone Gallery, on January 25th after it had just been refurbished. The landing is in a large skybox without any roof. Here you find at one wall Milena’s biography and opposed to it a wall with group gifts. Milena adds one group gift (one picture) per month: “They are unique pictures, created from exhibtion work and researches. They arise from my heart, and are made with love.
At a third wall you find an overview about Milena’s current exhibtions and projects at other places in Second Life, her current exhibtions at The Carbone Gallery at Noir’Wen City and her current exhitbions at The Carbone Gallery. At the time of my visit there were two exhibtions: “Twins” by Milena Carbone and “The privilege af aging” by Harbor Galaxy.

I visited “Twins” first. Twins is a series of eight pictures composed with four models and two pictures per model. Twins have always been the subject of many myths, artists and symbolic representations. The exhibtion “Twins” expresses four mythical aspects of twinship. These aspects are:
– The Opposite: One turns her head to the past, the other to the future. Twins try to do exactly the opposite of their twin.
– Replication: What will make twins happy are the tiny differences
– Identity: The seek identity for themselves, their rivalry occupies their whole mind
– The Fusion: There’s always their love for eachother
Melina wrote texts about these mythical aspects. These texts accompany the pictures and with this backgrounds the pictures develop even more strength. I spent quite a while at “Twins”.

“Twins” by Milena Carbone at The Carbone Gallery

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 is a story teller with pictures and words. Find about more about Milena at the wall with her biography.

“The privilege af aging” is an exhibtion of pictures by Harbor Galaxy. It is a meditation of aging. Habor Galaxy says: “I’ve been playing with my older avatar for quite a few years now. She is a contrast to the illusion of perfection that we see so frequently in Second Life and to be honest she is a mirror to who I am at this stage of my life.
Milena created the set-up and how the pictures are showcased. Each picture is presented in a seperate box. If you like you can sit in front of the box, are just look into the box and zoom in. The pictures themselves are quite small. And yes, you will rarely see avatars in Second Life (or in any other virtual environment) that are old. As opposed to, we tend to make our avatars yound and beautiful. As a result, pictures of avatars who look old are quite rare. I have seen quite a lot pictures of older people in RL where the faces tell a story, are intriguing and of a particular beauty. Why are the pictures that small? I have a simple answer to that myself. Older people don’t like pictures of themselves that show all details and every wrinkle. From that point of you, it fits that the pictures are small.

“The privilege af aging” by Harbor Galaxy at The Carbone Gallery

I just recently reported about “Figure and Form” by Harbor Galaxy at DixMix Gallery (read here). Harbor is in Second Life for 12 years. She has a flickr page where I found a short description about her: “Just a pixel dolly exploring my creative side in SL. I don’t generally talk too much about my process primarily because it frequently seems kind of like a happy accident but in my work, I attempt to merge photography and digital painting. I take pictures using screen shots and then edit and manipulate the images in GIMP; frequently using distortion and color to invoke an emotional response from viewer.

I enjoyed my visit to The Carbone Gallery and I’m pretty sure that it won’t be my last visit and that I will see a lot more of Milena Carbone’s art in the nearer future. Thank you, Milena.

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
Harbor Galaxy Flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/people/harborgalaxy/

Diary 2021 (15) January 30th/31st A quiet and relaxed weekend

Mistress Jenny and I spent two quiet and relaxed hours Suaturday afternoon, January 30th. We went to Puerto Esclava, to Dark Butterfly and to Carnal Intentions. Most of our time we were at Dark Butterfly as there were many people we haven’t seen before and hence it was quite entertaining – and there was some main chat going on to listen to as well.

January 30th: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at Puerto Esclava, Dark Butterfly and Carnal Intentions

Our night began slowly. We first spent half an hour at club Domme a Dome and returned home then for a game of skipee with Flo and Angelique. Angelique was wearing a very nice maid dress when she joined us. She had been modeling for Barbara Reiter-Jewell (Barbara Reiter) and will wear this maid dress when she serves drinks at the opening of a new exhibtion of Barbara. I hope that I can make it to the opening.
After the game we went to Carnal Intentions and we had an entertaining hour together there as there was some main chat going on and we were teased and teased back an “Aunt” there. After Flo and AAngelique had left, Mistress was up for some danger. She locked my arms behind my back and lefft the keys out, then she locked herself and left the keys out and summoned me to club Domme a Domme. Mistress tied to initiate some main cat, but it can’t be forced. She then took me to Puerto Esclava. But we had no success there either and went to bed finally.

January 30th: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at club Domme a Domme, at Carnal Intentions with Flo and Angelique, at club Domme a Domme and Puerto Esclava seeking trouble

Sunday, January 31st, I visited the second part of “American Shot” by Milena Carbone at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery in the morning (read about it here). While I visited I had a private chat with Kitty. She was doing well and enjoyed to wind down in Second Life, at least that morning she hadn’t found any trouble yet. I met Kitty later at the Dairy K Ranch (read about the ranch also here) where she was visiting 971DA (Dana Drezelan). The hucow has a new stall, most probably she wouldn’t fit into her old stall anymore as she got even fatter. 971DA was absent during our visit to her. She can get fatter and milked even when she’s absent *winks*. Kitty and I had fun exchanging about our news and chit-chatting about hucows and the ranch.

January 31st: Diomita and Kitty at Bairy K Ranch visiting 971DA (Dana Drezelan)

Sunday afternoon I spent with Mistress Jenny mostly at cub Domme a Domme just talking and watching. We went home after an hour and met Angelique and Flo, who were playing skipee. When they had finished shortly after we arrived, Angelique had to leave and we just played a greedy with FLo who had to leave also … and it was the time we had to tend to our RL too.

Our night was quite and enjoyable. It started with a really quick skipee. Sometimes the cards are mixed for one, in this case for me. I couldn’t even prevent winning it. We went to Carnal Intentions with Flo in her new outfit and we spent most of the night there with Flo and Faye. We chatted a lot with both. Irene joined us shorty and I unlocked her chastity belt as she told me it was spoiling her fun. We’re not inworld to spoil anyone’s fun. Before Mistress and I went to bed we visited club Domme a Domme again for a bit – hence the picture fore Sunday night begins with us at club Domme a domme and it ends with it.

January 31st: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at club Domme a Domme and with Flo and Faye at Carnal Intentions

Art in Second Life 2021 (12) The Carbone Gallery at Noir’Wen City

After my visit of “American Shot” by Milena Carbone at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (read part I here and part II here) I got in contact to Milena Carbone (mylena1992). She invited me to see her gallery “The Carbone Gallery” and invited me to her gallery group.
Actually Milena has not just one own gallery, she also has an affiliate at Noir’Wen City, the city that develops more and more to a colony of artists. I visited The Carbone Gallery at Noir’Wen City first.

The Carbone Gallery at Noir’Wen City – outside and 1st floor inside

The Carbone Gallery at Noir’Wen City  is in an old former warehouse and has 2 floors. It is named “Art & Bookstore” for a good reason. On the ground level of the gallery you find a board advertising for Milena’s portrait and art service, a board advertising the main Carbone Gallery, a list of her current exhibitions at the different places and – a bookstore.
The books are made for reading within Second Life. They attach on the HUD and you can scroll foreward and backward through the pages. One of the books offered is the book accompanying the exhibition “American Shot”. But there are others, all by Milena and all with her art and texts. And there are also free books to grab. You might want to retreat to a sunny beach, lay in the sun and read – no restrictions in Second Life.

The Carbone Gallery at Noir’Wen City – bookstore and ads for the main gallery and for the portrait and art service

The overview about Milena’s current exhibtions is impressive. The main gallery hosts an art café and two exhibtions, two more exhibtions are currently at other galleries (one is “American Shot” at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery). The Carbone Gallery at Noir’Wen City hosts one exhibtion named “My favourite things”, another named “Locked” in a skybox that belongs to The Carbone Gallery at Noir’Wen City, one exhibtion of a guest artist, Norton Lykin, named “Lux Aeterna” in a second skybox belonging to The Carbone Gallery at Noir’Wen City and a 3rd exhibtion of Milena Carbone “The testament of Mahdi” in the church of Noir’wen City. I had seen the 1st part of this exhibtion called “The Sermon of Mahdi” in September 2020 (read here). Therefore I focused on the exhibtion “My favourite things” on the 2nd floor and had a short visit to “Locked”.

The Carbone Gallery at Noir’Wen City – Impressions of “My favourite things” (1)

“My favourite things” is as the name implies a collection of about 20 pictures that Milena likes most of her own art. Most of them are female portraits and pictures of females in different environment. They all stell a story – Milena is a story teller with pictures and words. Some of them really invite the spectator to watch longer and to immerse oneself in them.

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”), she includes herself in her artwork: “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.

The Carbone Gallery at Noir’Wen City – Impressions of “My favourite things” (2)

That Milena isn’t only an artist creating pictures, she also writes. The exhibition “Locked”, shown in the skybox, consists of 4 rooms called Sideration, Glimmer, Breakdown and Amnesia. Each room has several pictures, 3D objects (not from Milena) and a story. The four phases of this story unfold in a precise order for Milena, but she does not impose it on us.

The Carbone Gallery at Noir’Wen City – Impressions of “Locked”

I’m impressed of Milena’s creative urge. Considering the relative short time she’s in Second life, she has already left quite a big footprint. Moreover it is interesting to see how Noir’Wen City is developing. I plan to finish my “Milena Carbone” cycle with a visit to her main Carbone Gallery soon.

Landmark to The Carbone Gallery @ Noir’Wen City
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noir%20Wen/243/203/32
Landmark to The Carbone Gallery @ Noir’Wen City – skybox 1 (exhibtion “Locked”)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noir%20Wen/225/205/1502
Landmark to Noir’Wen City Church – “The testament of Mahdi” by Milena Carbone
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noir%20Wen/116/136/32
Landmark to The Carbone Gallery @ Noir’Wen City – skybox 2 (exhibtion “Lux Aeterna” by Norton Lykin)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noir%20Wen/216/209/1586

Art in Second Life 2021 (11) American Shot by Milena Carbone – Part II

On January 15th I published a post about “American Shot” by Milena Carbone (mylena1992) at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (read here). The Nitroglobus Roof Gallery is owned and curated by Dido Haas.

What is an American Shot? It is a photograph framed from the character’s mid waist to right above their head. It is characteristic of American movies of the first half of the 20th century, at the dawn of cinema, and of the American empire. The exhibtion “American Shot” deals with the rise and fall of an empire, in particular of the American empire. The title has nothing to do with the pictures itself though, that are “Italian shots”, showing full bodies. That’s the educational part of this blog entry *winks*.

With “American Shot” Milena shows us the decay of the Western Empires in 28 images of which 14 were shown until end of January 2021. Milena has changed the images and now the remaining 14 works are showcased until mid of February. The re-opening party is tomorrow – on Tuesday, February 2nd at 12PM SLT.
Moreover, Milena also made a book of this exhibition in which not only all 28 images are presented but also the story she wrote ‘Greatness again and Decadence’. You will find the the book on the table at the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery and can purchase it.

“American Shot” by Milena Carbone – Part II (1)

The 2nd 14 pictures shown right now are also quite large and show people representative for their group, way of life or attitudes, like the one that was selected for the exhibition’s poster – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court’s feminist icon. This picture is named “Humanism is a dissent”. With the floor mirroring the pictures they all become quite expressive. And along with a few thoughts and texts they invite the visitor to spin stories, to connect them with the rise and fall of the American empire, to connect them with the texts.

In the accompanying notecard Milena writes about “American Shot”:
Even before the emergence of civilizations, human beings devoted part of their lives to representing faces. Animals, gods, chiefs, parents. They drew on rocks, they carved masks and statues in pieces of wood, clay or stones. The art of portraiture is found in every work of art. Each era carries its style and its faces. It is accepted today that the portrait is the representation of the absent. Absent God. Absent Master. Absent wife. Father absent. Unknown soldier. Lost friend. Jesus on the cross. Regretted Mary.

“American Shot” by Milena Carbone – Part II (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. By accepting the rule of the “double” (the real “I” and the virtual “I”), she includes herself in her artwork: “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.

“American Shot” by Milena Carbone – Part II (3) – The Art Buyer (upper left), Aiien QAnspiracy (upper right), The frustrated housewife (lower left), Secret Service (lower right)

Dido Haas wrote a comprehensive article about “American Shot” in her blog “Exploring SL with Dido“. It includes more information and a video of the exhibtion, that was made by Milena herself.
Thank you Dido for providing the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery and for featuring the two parts of “American Shot” by Milena Carbone. I enjoyed my visit of part 2 as much as I enjoyed the first part.

Landmark to Nitroglobus Roof Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunshine%20Homestead/38/25/1001
Blogpost about Art in Second Life 2021 (5) American Shot by Milena Carbone – Part I
https://themaurers.me/2021/01/15/art-in-second-life-2021-5-american-shot-by-milena-carbone/
Dido Haas’ blog “Exploring SL with Dido”
http://exploringslwithdido.blogspot.com/
Dido Haas about “American Shot by Milena Carbone”
http://exploringslwithdido.blogspot.com/2021/01/american-shot-januaryfebruary.html

Art in Second Life 2021 (5) American Shot by Milena Carbone

I got an invitation from Dido Haas to visit the exhibtion “American Shot” by Milena Carbone (mylena1992) at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery. The gallery is owned and curated by Dido Haas.

What is an American Shot? It is a photograph framed from the character’s mid waist to right above their head. It is characteristic of American movies of the first half of the 20th century, at the dawn of cinema, and of the American empire. The exhibtion “American Shot” deals with the rise and fall of an empire, in particular of the American empire. The title has nothing to do with the pictures itself though, that are “Italian shots”, showing full bodies. That’s the educational part of this blog entry *winks*.

With “American Shot” Milena shows us the decay of the Western Empires in 28 images of which 14 are shown at present (until end of January 2021). Halfway the exhibition Milena will change images and show the remaining 14 works (early to mid February). Moreover, Milena also made a book of this exhibition in which not only all 28 images are presented but also the story she wrote ‘Greatness again and Decadence’. You will find the the book on the table at the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery and can purchase it.

“American Shot” by Milena Carbone” (1)

The 14 pictures shown right now are all quite large and show people in extraordinairy situations or environments, like the one that was selected for the exhibition’s poster. With the floor mirroring the pictures they all become quite expressive. And along with a few thoughts and texts they invite the visitor to spin stories, to connect them with the rise and fall of the American empire, to connect them with the texts.

In the accompanying notecard Milena writes about “American Shot”:
Even before the emergence of civilizations, human beings devoted part of their lives to representing faces. Animals, gods, chiefs, parents. They drew on rocks, they carved masks and statues in pieces of wood, clay or stones. The art of portraiture is found in every work of art. Each era carries its style and its faces. It is accepted today that the portrait is the representation of the absent. Absent God. Absent Master. Absent wife. Father absent. Unknown soldier. Lost friend. Jesus on the cross. Regretted Mary.

“American Shot” 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. By accepting the rule of the “double” (the real “I” and the virtual “I”), she includes herself in her artwork: “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.

“American Shot” by Milena Carbone” (3)

Dido Haas wrote a comprehensive article about “American Shot” in her blog “Exploring SL with Dido“. It includes more information and a video of the exhibtion, that was made by Milena herself.
Thank you Dido for providing the Nitroglobus Roof Gallery and for featuring “American Shot” by Milena Carbone. I enjoyed my visit – part 1.

Landmark to Nitroglobus Roof Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunshine%20Homestead/38/25/1001
Dido Haas’ blog “Exploring SL with Dido”
http://exploringslwithdido.blogspot.com/
Dido Haas about “American Shot by Milena Carbone”
http://exploringslwithdido.blogspot.com/2021/01/american-shot-januaryfebruary.html

Diary 2020 (164) November 24th/25th Two relaxed days side by side

Tuesday, November 24th, I met with Mistress in the afternoon. Unfortunately I got interrupted by my RL and we missed half an hour of being together. We went to BDSM Lifestyle Swingers Club and caught up with our mutual news there. Lucy (MissLucyWales) joined us there and we had fun teasing her while also watching the crowd.

November 24th: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at BDSM Lifestyle Swingers Club with Lucy

At night we met at club Domme a Domme and returned home when slave Flo came inworld. We had two rounds of greedy with her and had just finished when slave Melissa showed up. slave Melissa had her lucky day. I removed her fetish hood and put her into a KaS hood instead. But I added an extra. slave Melissa got the AnaVision HUD. We went to Psi’s realm with slave Flo and slave Melissa and I had fun teasing slave Melissa and showing her some first vision restrictions of her new HUD. We also met with Argi at Psi’s and later after Flo had gone off Faye (Boy Serenity) spent some time with us. After all it was a varied and playful night for Mistress and me.

November 24th: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at Psi’s realm with slave Flo, slave Melissa, Argi and Faye (Boy Serenity) / lower left shows one of slave Meli’s restricted views, lower right was taken with Vanilla Meili at club Domme a Domme

When slave Melissa had to leave for bed we went to club Domme a Domme again. Someone had left a wrapped gift for us there … Vanilla Meili. Vani had been at club Domme a Domme quite a while .. always restricted or caged.. but now she was free, a moment absent and her keys were out. We grabbed the gift and stored it at home in our Fetish club. Someone to play with the next day eventually.

Wednesday, November 25th, Mistress and I caught up with our mutual news at club Domme a Domme in the afternoon. We both had some news to share from RL and SL. And there was quite a crowd to watch at the club. We went to Noir’Wen City‘s Fetish Fair next. Most stores at Noir’Wen City participated at the fair and some offered free gifts. We visited a few stores but didn’t find anything new or interesting and the lag was quite hight for both of us. The fair ended November 29th. We also visited an exhibtion with more art from Milean Carbone. Milena’s art was still exhibited on big poster boards above the streets (read about this exhibition here).

November 25th: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at club Domme a Domme, at Noir’Wen City’s Fetish Fair, at an extra exhibition of Milena Carbone, at BDSM Lifestyle Swingers Club and at home

We went to BDSM Lifestyle Swingers Club next for a few minutes and then retreated to our skybox at home. Mistress surprised me .. we had some intimate time together first before I focused on Mistress pleasure only. I got a double amount of my fix, thank you, Mistress.

My night began with a long skipee against slave Flo. Playing with two takes quite long and you can’t really play strategic. slave Alessi came by and watched. I took her and slave Flo to Mesmerize Dungeon next where we me peeper (Alex Chapman) who we know from our early days. And Centrilia came by, dressed as supergirl, I know her from deviantArt. Mistress Jenny joined and even Loes stood a while close to us. Hence we were quite a group that night and we managed to get at least a bit of main chat initiated.

November 25th: Mistress Jenny and Diomita at club Domme a Domme, at Noir’Wen City’s Fetish Fair, at an extra exhibition of Milena Carbone, at BDSM Lifestyle Swingers Club and at home

We returned home at flotime and went to BDSM Lifestyle Swingers Club with slave Alessi for a bit and later Mistress and I spent a bit of time at club Domme a Domme. We were still wearing our police collars with keys out, yet we didn’t get into any trouble.

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 (12) The Itakos Project and Art Gallery

Following Inara Pey’s blog I came across “The Itakos Project and Art Gallery“. Inara had written about an exhibition of Sennaspirit Coronet named “Union” in her post: Senna’s Unions at the Itakos Project in Second Life. And I wanted to see that exhibition.

Right upon my landing I noticed that there’s more than just the exhibition “Union” at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery. Actually it is a place for arts with 7 exhibition rooms or pavillons: White, Black, Grey, Blue, Orange, Purple, Green Pavillion.
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery is owned by Akim Alonzo. There’s also a website where new exhibtions are announced. I came across Akim Alonzo in Oktober 2019 when I visited La Maison d’Aneli where Akim exhibited a series of pictures loosely based on the cult movie The Matrix (see Simploring 2019 (97) La Maison d’Aneli in September / October 2019). Reading my own blogpost again, I had already mentioned that Akim has his own gallery yet I have missed going there.

The Itakos Project and Art Gallery and the current exhibitions

I started my visit in the black pavillion with Sennaspirit Coronet’s “Union”.
“Union” presents portraits of friends, collaborators and lovers in Second Life. Senna writes about it “We all know those people who, while individuals, have close ties to another in world person, whether they be friends, collaborators, or lovers this show celebrations the “Union” we have in this virtual world. When you think of one, very often you naturally envision the other. The great people who gave their time to participate in this show are wonderful examples of these bonds we form and proves that SL is RL.

Impressions of “Union” by Sennaspirit Coronet at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery

Because I live my Second Life also in a close and intense relation this theme did catch my attention immediately. Together with great and artfully showcased portraits we learn a bit about these 17 couples be it by a quote, by describing their common interests or their contrats or by their biographies. In enjoyed reading and looking at the portraits.

Sennaspirit Coronet joined Second Life in late 2006 as part of her RL work in academic publishing and started shooting images in Second Life end of 2007. She worked in the advertising and graphic design business, later worked on digital transformation of assets and publishing. Due to this background the portraits shown in “Union” are very professional and artful.
Senna took breaks from Second Life on a few occasions but the opportunity to do creative work and to be with the many friends always brought her back.

I visited the orange pavillion next. It shows the above mentioned exhibition “The Matrix” by Akim Alonzo – a metaphor for a world of people trapped in a simulated, virtual reality that has many aspects in common with the Secondlife world.

Impressions of “The Matrix” by Akim Alonzo at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery

Akim also likes taking portraits and his pictures in this genre are also very professional. The faces tell a story that you can make up for yourself when looking at them. His portraits are shown in the grey pavillion

Impressions of “Portraits” by Akim Alonzo at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery

The white pavillion features “Agape in Pace” by Milena Carbone. “Milena Carbone 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” (excerpt from a notecard givin at the exhibtion).

Impressions of “Agape in Pace” by Milena Carbone at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery

Agape is a Greco-Christian term referring to love, “the highest form of love, charity” and “the love of God for man and of man for God”. Within Christianity, agape is considered to be the love originating from God or Christ for humankind (see wikipedia)

In “Agape in Pace” Milena tells several stories in words and in texts about Agape, who is oriented towards love and about Lilith, who is  oriented towards hatred. Along with the exhibtion Milena has provides a notecard in which she further details her toughts and texts.

The blue pavillion features Patrick Ireland “Homage to Surrealsim”. I couldn’t find out anything about Patrick Ireland and I never came across him or his art. The pictures are what you expect – a homage to Surealism 🙂

Impressions of “Homage to Surrealsim” by Patrick Ireland at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery

The green pavillion is not a pavillion, it is a plaform that can be reached by teleporting. Here you find the exhibtion “Stolen Child” by CybeleMoon (Hana Hoobinoo) and Akim Alonzo: “The Stolen Child was born from the meeting between CybeleMoon and Akim Alonzo, sharing a passion for Celtic legends and the magical scenarios they evoke. Photos of CybeleMoon and Akim Alonzo’s scenic installation interpret the poem The Stolen Child (1889) by W.B. Yeats, in which it is said that Fairies are not benevolent creatures at all, attracted by strength and vitality of mankind, or beautiful children and especially newborns.” (taken from an accompanying notecard)

Impressions of “Stolen Child” by CybeleMoon (Hana Hoobinoo) and Akim Alonzo at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery

And finally I visited the “Matrix Art Club”, an event space that Akim built. I assume it is used for opening events and vernissages. Here I came across Mistero Hifeng again. His sculptures are quite widely spread in Second Life.

Impressions of “Matrix Art Club” at The Itakos Project and Art Gallery

Thank you Akim for providing your space for the art, The Itakos Project and Art Gallery. I can sense how much work and passion has gone into it. I look forward to future visits!

Landmark to The Itakos Project and Art Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ATL/177/192/1011
The Itakos Project and Art Gallery website
http://itakos.it/
Inara Pey’s blogpost “Senna’s Unions at the Itakos Project in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2020/03/09/sennas-unions-at-the-itakos-project-in-second-life/