Art in Second Life 2020 (11) The Carbone Studio

I got an invitation to see Milena Carbone’s new space. The Carbone gallery has become “The Carbone Studio“. The Carbone Studio combines several purposes: a new concept with exhibition spaces for Milena’s work and performances. And is offers spaces to meditate, relax and watch video clips and even dance.

Along with the new layout, Milena has revised and updated her webpage.

Milena’s webpage as of Jan 28th

The provided landmark leads you to a skybox where you get instructions on how to adjust you viewer settings, in particular, use Advanced lighting Model, shadows of sun and projectors and shared environment. From there you can teleport to the different placed of the studio: The Church, The Dance Hall, The Welcome Hall, The Exhibtion Hall.

I first visited the Church. Here Milena has installed her exhibition “Scandal” in a reproduction of the Church of Light, designed by the famous architect Tadao Ando. I reported about this exhibtion already in this blog here.

Impressions of “Scandal” by Milena Carbone at “The Carbone Studio

The Exhibtion Hall featured Milena’s exhibition “Mild Memories” at the the time of my visit. This exhibtion will only stay open until Monday, January 31st – then it will be replaced by February exhibition “Life Light”.
On her webpage Milena wrote about “Mild Memories”: “Mild memories” is a short exhibition that is very close to my heart. It is a selection of nine works that I love. The series includes works from several past exhibitions. Neither preference, nor pride, simply a link, a mild closeness that I wish to share with you, intimately, for a few days only, before opening my February exhibition.
And in fact I knew quite some of these pictures. It is really a nice overview over her work of the last years.

Impressions of “Mild Memories” by Milena Carbone at “The Carbone Studio

Next to The Exhibition Hall you also find a place to relax and mediate in a small forest. A lovely place just to wind down.

I went to The Dance Hall next. It is used for Milena’s live performances but at all other times it is open to the public.
A 24-hour playlist of music videos, selected by Milena Carbone, is projected on a giant screen. The permanent show called “immersive music” allows you to park your avatar while enjoying a variety of music and very graphic videos.” (taken from Milena’s webpage)
Actually I met Milena there but she was absent.

The Carbone Studio: The mediation area / The Dance Hall / Milena Carbone and Diomita / The board with Milena’s current exhibitions at The Welcome Hall

Finally I went to The Welcome Hall, that is right next to The Dance Hall and probably the space I should have gone first. Here you get information about Milena Carbone, you can grab the monthy group gift and you find a board with all current exhibitions of Milena Carbone in Second Life.

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.
You can also find her on flickr here and you can read her texts here.

Milena was very active in Second Life, owning and was curating three galleries, right now she focused on her Carbone Studio. Well done, Milena. I will re-visit for sure.

Landmark to The Carbone Studio
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Woiler/177/175/3287
Milena’s website
https://sites.google.com/view/thecarbonegallery/news
Milena Carbone’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/milenacarbone/
Milena Carbone’s writing
https://medium.com/@539568

Art in Second Life 2021 (107) “No Exit” by Milena Carbone

I got an invitation to see the newest exhibtion of Milena Carbone named “No Exit“. It was officially opened on November 3rd at the main hall of Nitroglobus Roof Gallery.

I have covered Milena Carbone (mylena1992) already quite often in this blog and hence I was eager to see her newest exhibition. Dido Hass wrote about “No Exit” in the accompanying notecard that the pictures were not intended for an exhibition originally. Dido Haas selected them from Milena’s recent pictures and pointed out to her that they all show two characters, which made Milena think of the French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre’s play “No exit” (“Huis clos” in french). Huis Clos is a play about three (not two) people who have nothing which connects them but the sole fact of being there, locked together in the same closed space. Through this play, Sartre explicitly tells us: “Hell is the others”. We are all the other of someone else, locked into a fictional room, i.e. a theater. In other words: we ourselves are hell.
And thus the story came to the pictures.

Impressions of “No Exit” by Milena Carbone at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (1)

It’s true, there are always two caracters in each picture. But often it seems to the the very same person just in a different form. It makes you think and begin to interpret something into the picture. But before you do look at the floor in which Milena’s pictures are mirrored. The mirrored pictures are not the same. Little details are different – a bullet becaome a fish, a closed mouth is opened, or a head is replaced with a clock. Intriguing – and motivating the spectator to search for more differences and thus to immerse deeper into the picture and the story.

Impressions of “No Exit” by Milena Carbone at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (2)

In the center of the exhibtion space you find a box. From the outside you see that there are some texts on the walls inside of the box, and there’s a dog. When you enter the box, you feel like caught in a closed room (the entrance is only transparent from the outside), you literally have “No Exit”.
The texts on the walls deal with “No Exit“, they confront the visitor/reader with incontestable truths, that have exactly one consequence and hence “No Exit” … Example: “The next planet beyond the solar system is nearly 41,000 billion kilometers from Earth. We are not sure if it is habitable. We would have to travel about 234,000 years to reach it with a spacecraft that would hurtle through space at 20,000 km per hour. There is nothing else. No exit.

Impressions of “No Exit” by Milena Carbone at Nitroglobus Roof Gallery (3)

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 was very active in Second Life, owning and curating three galleries. She has decided to focus on just her gallery and to make the most of it. Hence she gave up her galleries at Noir’Wen City and at Serena. If you want to see more of her and her art, also her performances, then visit her own gallery: the Carbone Gallery (and become a member of her group there). You can also find her on flickr here and you can read her texts here. And finally Milena also has an own website where she covers her work and activities.

Nitroglobus Roof Gallery is owned and curated by Dido Haas. She has a speparete room at the gallery to showcase her own art, the main room is mostly dedicated to feature other artists.
Thank you, Dido for providing the space for the art and for enabling the exhibition “No Exit” by Milena Carbone, which will be open for the public throughout November (i.e. November 26th).

Landmark to Nitroglobus Roof Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sunshine%20Homestead/38/22/1001
The Carbone Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Woiler/172/158/3316
Milena Carbone’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/milenacarbone/
Milena’s website
https://sites.google.com/view/thecarbonegallery/
Milena Carbone’s writing
https://medium.com/@539568

Art in Second Life 2010 (80) Milena Carbone – Untitled

Milena sent me a message on August 10th that she just had opened her newest exhibtion “Untitled” at her Carbone Gallery @ Noir’Wen City. She also sent me the link to the arcticle that she wrote about “Untitled” on her webpage.

I went there right away.
Untitled” is the collection of pictures that Milena has offered her group members for free, one for each month since May 2020. And you still can get them for free if you join her group.
If I counted that correctly, then the exhibtion consists of 16 pictures.
Milena comments on her website and on several boards at the exhibition that “this period, up to July 2021, matches a phase of the maturity of a style composed of multiple layers of textures and real images.

Impressions of “Untitled” by Milena Carbone (1)

This style was the result of two confining beliefs: one that considered the graphic universe of Second Life as “inferior” to other current artistic graphic trends; the other one which avoided imitating an existing graphic style, classic or current.
When we lock ourselves in beliefs, although the results can have successful aspects, they come with too much effort, without real fulfillment.”

Impressions of “Untitled” by Milena Carbone (2)

Impressions of “Untitled” by Milena Carbone (3)

I for my part like these pictures a lot. The different layers provide depth and room for interpretation, they are intriguing because they are a mixture of different media. Milena also comments that she had developed into a new style now:
Today I accept the universe of Second Life as the raw material of my creations.I no longer try to disguise it anymore with texture layers and strong filters, as if shamefully to hide the origin of my images, but on the contrary to show with the maximum elegance possible its characteristics, by emphasizing its unique aesthetic. It is a minimalist work, but it is no less important. It is more subtle. While I loved the flamboyance of my first period, I now thrive on the delicacy of nuance and detail.
Beyond the style, meaning matters. The style that I inaugurate here reveals, more than ever, my attachment to symbolism and surrealism.

There is just one picture that represents this new style of Milena, the group gift picture for August 2021. Both styles have their own facination and I won’t say one is better or more artful than the other. Both have their temptations.

Impressions of “Untitled” by Milena Carbone (4) Fermata (August 2021)

Untitled by Milena Carbone is a fitting collection of some of Milena’s work during the last 1 1/2 year. Along with the comments of Milena this exhibtion also provides an insight into what the artist herself thinks about her work.

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 has her own galleries: the Carbone Gallery, the Carbone Gallery @ Noir’Wen City and the Carbone Gallery @ Serena. In addition she has an own website and a flickr page.

Website about the exhibition “Untitled”
https://sites.google.com/view/thecarbonegallery/exhibitions/untitled?authuser=0
Landmark to The Carbone Gallery @ Noir’Wen City – exhibition “Untitled”
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Noir%20Wen/243/217/32
Landmark to The Carbone gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Woiler/172/158/3316
Landmark to The Carbone Gallery @ Serena
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Pontypridd/69/182/22
Milena Carbone’s Flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/photos/milenacarbone/
Milena Carbone’s website
https://sites.google.com/view/thecarbonegallery/

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 2010 (64) Milena Carbone – The Scale of Love

Milena Carbone invited me to see her newest exhibtion at her Carbone Gallery – The Scale of Love.
The Scale of Love” is a new installation of the former “Nine Levels Of Love” exhibition showed at Noir Wen City during autumn 2020 (read here).

Milena write on her website: “The exhibition presents nine states of love as expressed in ancient Greek, from fusional love “pothos” to universal love “agape”. Love is a life force that connects us to spirituality. This is why the paintings are installed in a setting evoking antique temples, Christian cathedrals or Buddhist symbols. This is a permanent exhibition at The Carbone Gallery.”

Milena Carbone – The Scale of Love – Impressions (1)

As Milena wrote she installed kind of a cathedral for “The Scale of Love“. With the environment set to “midnight” the room has a contemplative atmosphere. The 9 pictures are quite large and almost each picture is presented in a seperate room, giving it enough room to develop. You can sit down and look at it.

I was not familiar with any scale of love. Milena listed them on her website:
Pothos – possessive love
Mania – passion love
Eros – flesh love
Philia – friendship love
Storgè -tender love
Harmonia – harmonious love
Eunoïa – compassionate love
Charis – unreserved love
Agape – universal love
Pornaia – bestial love (not included in the exhibition)

Each picture of the exhibtion expresses one of the state.

Milena Carbone – The Scale of Love – Impressions (2)

Milena always has accompanying texts in her exhibitions. There’s the “speech of Aristophane” that ends with the lines: “Our species can only be happy under one condition, and tat is to fulfill its love desire, for every to meet their other half, and this to return to their original nature.

And there’s the “Scale of Love”….: “When we love, from the moment we are born until perhaps the instant we die, we participate in the ballet of the eintire universe towards the eternal return of the one. I see in this neither good nor evil, the two being linked like everything else, but as a river, or clock, or wave

Milena Carbone – The Scale of Love – Impressions (3)

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.
Thank you for another great exhibition, Milena!

Website about the exhibition “The Scale of Love”
https://sites.google.com/view/thecarbonegallery/exhibitions/the-scale-of-love?authuser=0
Landmark to The Carbone gallery – exhibition “The Scale of Love”
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Woiler/177/175/3301
Landmark to The Carbone Gallery @ Serena
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Pontypridd/69/182/22
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/
Landmark to The Carbone Gallery @ Serena
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Pontypridd/69/182/22

Art in Second Life 2021 (54) The Carbone Gallery @ Serena

I got an invitation to see Milena’s new gallery – The Carbone Gallery @ Serena. Besides exhibitions at other places, it is Milena’s 3rd gallery beside her main gallery “The Carbone Gallery” (read here) and “The Carbone Gallery @ Noir’Wen City” (read here).

The Carbone Gallery @ Serena is built on a private sim owned to Charlie Nova. It can host up to 4 exhibitions. The gallery is made up of a reception building with an open design and showcases the private art collection of Charlie Nova. Quite in the center of the building you find an exhibition board from where you could teleport to all of Milena’s current exhibitions and galleries.

The Carbone Gallery @ Serena

The Carbone Gallery @ Serena will swiftly host three skybox exhibitions and one floor exhibition in the form of Landart, as well as events. Performances of the future Carbone Dance Company are already planned, including a contemporary ballet project written for excerpts from Richard Wagner’s opera mixed with the German metal band Rammstein.
You can find more information at a new website for The Carbone Gallery @ Serena.

Currently there’re two exhibitions at The Carbone Gallery @ Serena: “O Solitude” and “The Truth About Trees Remix”.

O Solitude shall be a permanent exhibition updated every month with a work by a different artist:
This exhibition is a personal, subjective and non-judgmental tribute by Milena Carbone to a work of art that touched her. Subjectivity is claimed here. It expresses its difference in relation to the ranking of social networks and the elitism of the art community. Neither populist nor snobbish, the work is not selected through insider debate, competition or number of likes: it is a personal and emotional choice that has no more or less value than the choice of an expert or a fan.

You enter the exhibition through an austere anteroom, displaying a quote from the French writer Pascal Quignard: “We are better isolated. We were alone from the start. We slide our head in the Absence. We lock the gate, we bolt the door, we close the window, we wait until outside, far away, the pogrom passes without seeing us. Sumus singuli. It is not wise to pursue the wishes of our parents. It is unwise to follow the wishes of the group. Let nothing transfer in our head. Help yourself to the transfer. Stop serving. “Everywhere hatred comes first ” means “everywhere solitude is preferable”.”

Quignard sets the tone for the exhibition: a focus on a single work, a silent face-to-face like a mandala facing the meditator in the middle of the void.

You then move through a common door into a space of 3,600 sqm with, at its center, a single painting on an easel, facing an empty chair. The painting is displayed like a solitaire, a jewel in an immense setting.

Every month visitors will be able to appreciate a new work and a new artist in its setting, and meditate to the sound of the ticking of time passing, eternal moment after eternal moment.”

“O Solitude” by Milena Carbone featuring Janus Fall at The Carbone Gallery @ Serena

“For this first iteration Milena Carbone presents a work by Janus Fall, a promising artist, and an excellent portrait painter. The painting, entitled “Field with light and storm” shows a portrait of a woman in American shot, austere and anxious, in a tormented and dark landscape. Her right hand gracefully closes her shawl in a protective gesture, while her left hand, which seems older, falls alongside her body in the dark. The character’s enigmatic attitude fascinates the observer. There is a form of ‘uneasiness’ in this face, accentuated by the dark, blurry and hectic background. The play of light is particularly successful. One half of the sky, the left, is luminous, the other is dark, as if the character were taking the ‘sinister’ path, but illuminated for her. She seems to leave a house in the background, slightly lit.
(taken from the accompanying notecard)

“The Truth About Trees Remix” is devoted to trees and global warming and was presented for the first time in 2020:
The new version displays the paintings in a space of classic and colorful inspiration. As in the first version, an apple tree enclosed by a police crime scene expresses the original sin which led man out of paradise and to the destruction of the kingdom that the trees have patiently built for half a billion years.
The tables are all illustrations of short stories written by Milena Carbone in 2019. In her creation process, Milena Carbone is inspired by an image produced on SL to write a short story, then, conversely, reworks the image by taking inspiration from the atmosphere of the story.
(taken from the accompanying notecard)

“The Truth About Trees Remix” by Milena Carbone at The Carbone Gallery @ Serena

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.

Thank you Milena for another gallery and for these two exhibitions. I enjoyed my visit a lot. And thank you Charlie Nova for providing the space for the arts.

Landmark to The Carbone Gallery @ Serena
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Pontypridd/69/182/22
Website for The Carbone Gallery @ Serena
https://sites.google.com/view/thecarbonegallery
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

Art in Second Life 2021 (35) Faded Faces by Milena Carbone

Milena Carbone’s newest exhibition was opened in the park of New Berlin on April 1st. Melina’s theme this time is faces. And again she combined her pictures with text, with thoughts.

For more than a year, we have become accustomed to wearing masks. And the more we hide our emotions from others, the more sadness, fear and anger grow within us.

But this paper or fabric mask hides the mask we have been wearing for millennia. Smooth and smiling portraits, posed, placed in the palm of the other’s hand to satisfy the norm and our concern for self-perfection.

I took a rusty knife and scratched the surface of the icy virtual faces I’ve been taking pictures of over the past few months. Underneath were real faces, aged flesh, fetid smells, sorrows, long millennial stories of billions of human beings swarming and crawling on the face of the earth, perhaps looking for something that is missing: but what the hell is missing? What are we missing so much? What makes us starve so?

Impressions of Faded Faces by Milena Carbone (1) – snippets from the text boards at each entrance

The exhibition consists of 12 pictures all spread over the park. At the 3 entrances you find an orientation map and Milena’s texts and thoughts about “faded faces”. All 12 pictures show different expressions namely Terror, Anger, Contempt, Resentment, Irony, Dirty Love, Disillusonment, Dread, Cynicism, Condescension, Final solution and Redemption. Milena writes about the different layers on our faces, about how we try to be someone who we are not, about the facade we wear in our faces – and about the general hybris of mankind.

Impressions of Faded Faces by Milena Carbone (2) Terror (upper left), Resentment (lower left), Dirty Love (upper right), Disillusionment (lower right)

Expressions, facial expressions, can’t be captured easily and to some extent lay in the eye of the beholder. For me at least Milena succeeds in capturing the moods and the facial expressions. The 12 pictures are unique and very strong. The walk through the park along with Milena’s thoughts and picture combine into a virtual art experience.

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.

Impressions of Faded Faces by Milena Carbone (3) CynicismFaded Faces by Milena Carbone

Thank you Milena, for another great exhibition. Faded Faces with stay open for a visit until end of May.

Landmark to the Park of New Berlin
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/New%20Berlin%20GNC/45/173/22
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

The Carbone Studio

Milena Carbone’s writing (blog)
https://medium.com/@539568

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 2021 (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

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