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/

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 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/