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
The Carbone Gallery
The Carbone Gallery @ Noir’Wen City
The Carbone Gallery @ Serena
Milena Carbone’s flickr
Milena Carbone’s texts
Landmark to Melusina Photo Gallery
Landmark to Melusina Parkin’s store for Art Deco furniture “Melu Deco”
Melusina Parker’s flickr
Melusina Parkin’s Virtual Exhibit blog
On line book Second Life exhibits 2011-2019
Melusina Parkin’s youtube channel

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
Website for The Carbone Gallery @ Serena
Landmark to The Carbone Gallery
Landmark to The Carbone Gallery @ Noir’Wen City
Milena Carbone’s Flickr page
Milena Carbone’s writing (blog)