Art in Second Life 2022 (94) Forgotten Things by Melusina Parkin

I got an invitation of Melusina Parkin to see her newest exhibtion “Forgotten Things” at Kondor Art Square.

I am a fan of Melusina Parkin’s art and have seen quite some of her exhibitions. Melu’s style is minimalistic. She takes her pictures in Second Life. The minimalism forces the spectator to focus on details, that might stay unseen when too much distracts the view.

The exhibition “Forgotten Things” is shown at Kondor Art Square.
The Kondor Art Square is an open court surronded by neoclassical buildings. Melu’s pictures are shown at large boards at three sides of this court. I have seen a few exhibitions of Melusina in which she tried out new forms or techniques. “Forgotten Things” is an exhibition coined by Melu’s passion for minimalism. And this time she focused on single objects, that were “forgotten” by their owners. In some of the pictures Melusina blurred the background and just focused the forgotten object.

Impressions of “Forgotten Things” by Melusina Parkin at Kondor Art Square (1)

What are these things? I saw several glasses, wallets, books, newpapers, still glowing cigarettes, a package, luggage, or empty mugs and bowls. While the glasses were forgotten (most probably), the empty mug was just not forgotten, but intentionally left to clean up later or to be cleaned up by someone else. Quite surprising is missing earphone of a phone booth, you just see the cable. Someone has forgotten the earphone in the picture?

Close to the landing point in the center of Kondor Art Square you you find a table where you can purchase a photobook about “Forgotten Things”. Those who are regular visitors to Melusina Parkin’s exhibitions know these books already. Melusina makes one of every exhibition. The book about “Forgotten Things” is sold at the exhibition, all others are sold under her brand “Melubooks” in a seperate book store: Melubooks shop.

Impressions of “Forgotten Things” by Melusina Parkin at Kondor Art Square (2)

Melusina Parkin is in Second Life since September 2008. She has been a fashion manager, a journalist, a furniture creator, a builder, a decorator and a photographer. Her work as a photographer has been showcased in more than 50 exhibitions – from which I saw just a few. Melusina has a flickr account which counts more than 13,000 (!) photographs. Extensive collections of her photos can be seen also on her blog Virtual Exhibits and on some slideshows on Youtube (links also under this post).
There’s also an online book with her Second Life exhibits 2011-2019 here.
Melusina Parkin has an own gallery at Time Portal, “Melu’s Photo Gallery” and an own store for Art Deco furniture called “Melu Deco“. Melusina also owns a second place (Melu Space) with another gallery (Minimum Gallery), a bookstore and another “Melu Deco” inworld store.

Impressions of “Forgotten Things” by Melusina Parkin at Kondor Art Square (3)

The Kondor Art Square is owned and curated by Hermes Kondor.
Hermes Kondor (aka Luis Vasconcelos) is from Lisbon, Portugal. He’s a former teacher of photography and photojournalism and looks back on 40 years of photography experience. Hermes likes to see and shoot and he loves street photography. Hermes is in Second Life since 2007.
Thank you Hermes for enabling the exhibition “Forgotten Things” by Melusina Parkin. And thank you Melusina for another great exhibition focusing on the little forgottent things, be them left intentionally or accidentially. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to Kondor Art Square and to Forgotten Things by Melusina Parkin
Melusina Photo Gallery
Landmark to Minimum Gallery
Landmark to Melu Space (Minimum Gallery, Melubooks, Melu Deco)
Landmark to Melusina Parkin’s store for Art Deco furniture “Melu Deco”
Melusina Parker’s flickr
Melusina Parkin’s Virtual Exhibit blog
Melusina Parkin’s youtube channel
On line book Second Life exhibits 2011-2019

Art in Second Life 2022 (55) introspective by Milena Carbone @ Kondor Art Square

Wednesday, June 15th, a new exhibition named “introspective” by Milena Carbone has been opened at Kondor Art Square.
Milena wrote a blogpost about  “introspective” on her own website here.

Hermes Kondor, owner and curator of the Kondor Art Center, offered Milena a retrospective of her work. Milena wrote: “I suddenly felt very old… but it’s only been three years. Only he can answer the question of why he wanted to do this; and in this context, I can only question myself. That is why I have called this retrospective “Introspective”. A journey in SL. A journey in my inner world.

The exhibition consists of 19 pictures from 15 of Milena’s previous exhibitions during 2020 to 2022, just two pictures have never been exhibited in Second Life before.

The pictures are arranged around a large court, the Kondor Art Square. Those who are familiar with Milena’s art, know that her texts and pictures belong together like the two sides of a coin. For each of the pictures Milena wrote a text, which you find on a black board next to the pictures. The texts were created spontaneously: “I have written down what I heard from the depths of my heart. Today is Sunday – if I had written these texts yesterday or tomorrow, they would have been different. Nothing is really important.

Impressions of “introspective” by Milena Carbone @ Kondor Art Square (1)

I the center of the court are a few boards. One board presents an introduction into “introspective”. Three other boards deal with questions about our virtual existence in Second Life as well as with our existence in RL.
Why do we create a second or even more characters of ourselves in Second Life? Why does an artist do that – even though staying anonymous?
Then there is the love and passion we experience in Second Life: “There is never too much love, there is always too much hate: in wheat fields, in deserts and in kindergardens. When will we stop fighting against love?
And then there is our ignorance. we don’t see all the little wonders around us, we don’t appreciate them – and we destroy the planet even tough we are aware that there’s no second.

No matter if your read Milena’s text before you go to look at each picture or if you read them afterwards – they belong to this “introspective”.
On the backside of the boards are abstracts of a few of Milena’s previous exhibitions.

The texts for each of the exhibited pictures are also quite impressive and give the pictures a new spin, at least they did that for me. And of course these are only Milena’s thoughts, you might have others.
introspective” is an impressive broad view on Milena’s Carbone’s art in Second Life. It inspires the visitor to change the perspective, to rethink who we are and what we do.

Impressions of “introspective” by Milena Carbone @ Kondor Art Square (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.
Milena has an own gallery, the Carbone Studio and she has a bookstore @ Noir’Wen City.
Milena has an own website, you can also find her on flickr here and you can read her texts here.

Hermes Kondor (aka Luis Vasconcelos) is from Lisbon, Portugal. He’s a former teacher of photography and photojournalism and looks back on 40 years of photography experience. Hermes likes to see and shoot and he loves street photography. Hermes is in Second Life since 2007. He is the owner and curator of the Kondor Art Center, Thank you Hermes for enabling the exhibition “introspective” by Milena Carbone.

Thank you Milena for another great exhibition.

Landmark to “introspective” by Milena Carbone
Kondor Art Square
Milena’s own blogpost about “introspective”
Landmark to The Carbone Studio
Landmark to The Carbone Bookstore @ Noir’Wen City
Milena’s website
Milena’s post about “Masks” on her website
Milena Carbone’s flickr
Milena Carbone’s writing
Landmark to the Kondor Art Center

Art in Second Life 2022 (52) Hustle Art Gallery – June 2022

Tuesday, June 7th, I got a group message from Aneli Abeyante who invited to visit a new joined exhibition at Hustle Art Gallery.
The gallery is new to me. It is owned by BS4M. Actually the Hustle Art Gallery looks more like a club on the first glance. And the landmark profile also just refers to it as a club:
LIVE DJs from all over the world
House Music, Tech House, Progressive, Melodic House & Techno, Techno, Trance, EDM, Freestyle, DnB, Electrohouse, Funky and more style

But right when I landed I saw Aneli’s pictures at the walls .. and looking up I could see that there are two more floors and they are used to showcase art. Currently the Hustle Art Gallery features Aneli Abeyante on the ground floor, ZackHerrMann and Hermes Kondor on the floor above and Patrick Moya’s art on the top floor.

The Hustle Art Gallery in June 2022 – featuring Aneli Abeyante, ZackHerrMann, Hermes Kondor and Patrick Moya

My visit started on the ground floor. Knowing Aneli Abeyante’s art I did recognize it immediately. I think that I have seen some of the blue pictures already. At Hustle Art Gallery, Aneli shows her permanently changing colourful geometric art. The pictures are made of several layers and by moving the layers you get the impression of permanent change.

The Hustle Art Gallery in June 2022 – featuring Aneli Abeyante

Aneli is in Second Life since 2009. She creates objects in 2D and 3D, colourful, steadily moving, and with particular light effects. Aneli writes about herself: “I love geometry and mathematics. So after much practice, I managed to clear structures and shapes. In reality I practice painting, I do not have precise style but I always seek harmonization.
You can see more of Aneli’s art on her flickr account. Besides her own artwork, Aneli’s passion is curating La Maison d’Aneli. Through her gallery she brings together all forms of creativity in RL and SL and the featured artists come from around the globe. Aneli’s intention is to “put her gallery in the service of artists, so that the world can be better, exchanges and meetings probably contribute even though it seems to be particles.

On the floor above the dance area shows the work of ZackHerrMann on one side and the work of Hermes Kondor on the other side.
ZackHerrMann is a French psychedelik artist from the French Riviera. He’s in Second Life since 2012. He writes about his work on a board at the exhibition:
French artist, kind of an alien from the unidentified dimension! He draws wither by hand or by digital toos or both. He has been a nightlife creature, a cyber punk LGBT glam cosmic one. He likes to create sounds and bizarre music that he uses for many projects. He is the creature of a fictive heroin called Linda Cluster. He works a lot usings the Second Lide Metavers, he loves concets, he is THE concept!
ZackHerrMann’s art is quite unique. It is mostly held in golden or yellow, everything looks full and rich and there’s often a story to follow. At Hustle Art Gallery though, he showcases some of his also permanently changing pictures, at bit like Aneli’s art, yet other colours and other forms.
ZackHerrMann has a little museum in Second Life – Zack Herr Mann Universum. You can also see more of his art at his flickr page.

The Hustle Art Gallery in June 2022 – featuring ZackHerrMann

Hermes Kondor (aka Luis Vasconcelos) is from Lisbon, Portugal. He’s a former teacher of photography and photojournalism and looks back on 40 years of photography experience. Hermes likes to see and shoot and he loves street photography.
Recently he began working on experimental macro photography, in studio, creating very small still life compositions. In this kind of Photography I like to explore the Beauty of seeing closer, finding new perspectives, and different ways to see small objects. A few examples of these pictures can be seen at the Hustle Art Gallery.

The Hustle Art Gallery in June 2022 – featuring Hermes Kondor

Hermes is in Second Life since 2007. He is the owner and curator of the Kondor Art Center, where you can not only see his work but also that from other artists.

Finally on the top floor of the Hustle Art Gallery you find an exhibition of Patrick Moya with the subject “Dolly Party”
I saw already some of Patrick Moya (moya janus)’s art. I came across him in 2017 when I visited his Moya Land (read Simploring 2017 (56) Moya).

The “Dolly Party” takes places once a year in Southern France. The name came up as couples of same sex and look (clones like the cloned sheep Dolly) entered the party for free. People with a broad variety of kink travel to this party that became a LGBT event. Patrick Moya created a pink sheep that became the icon of the LGBT community. “On the occasion of each party, Partick Moya performs the flyer, sometimes large canvases carried out on site live and in some cases animated films projected on the walls. We find the little sheep in his adventures with a recognizable graphi charter among all.

The Hustle Art Gallery in June 2022 – featuring Patrick Moya (moja janus)

Patrick Moya (born 1955 in Troyes, France), is a French artist. He is a part of the artistic movement “Ecole de Nice”. Moya has been at the forefront since the 1970s of straddling the latest forms of media and technology to benefit art rather than rendering it extinct.
(excerpt from wikipedia).
He is an early pioneer of video art and is active with his art in Second Life since 2007 in addition to his work in the physical world. The barriers between the two worlds do blur in his artistic work. Moya Patrick (moya janus) has also a website with tons of information about his work and about Moya in Second Life. Unfortunately it is in French only.

Tank you BS4M for providing the space for the arts at Hustle Art Gallery, thank you all who contributed to enable this exhibition and thank you to all artists who are featured. I enjoyed my visit!

Landmark to Hustle Art Gallery
Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli
Aneli Abeyante’s flickr
ZackHerrMann’s flickr
Zack Herr Mann Universum
Kondor Art Center
Hermes Kondor’s flickr
Landmark to Moya Land
Patrick Moya (moya janus)’s website

Art in Second Life 2022 (37) Metaphysics by Bamboo Barnes

I got an invitation to see Bamboo Barnes newest exhibtion “Metaphysics” at The Kondor Art Center Main Gallery.

The Kondor Art Center Main Gallery is a large 2-story mansion with a lot of space and natural light from the glass roof. Bamboo’s pictures are on both floors along the walls. I didn’t count the pictures but there must be around 35 pictures. As I expected it, they all are colourful.
Bamboo Barnes provided a short text for the exhibition:

Though I’ve never drowned.
There is a sense of drowning.
In a crowded train.
You are the only one on the train.
In the life of the person next to me.
His parents, whom I will probably never cross paths with, his family, whom I have never met, his childhood memories, joys and sorrows.
His family’s very separate friends, jobs, partners, and the loneliness and past they carry with them.
I am alone in the midst of it all, like a spreading ant’s nest.
I drown in it, the dark and bright air constricting me, and I gradually become a black spot.
Unable to open my eyes, I continue to watch the black dots disappear.

The text also reflects the title that Bamboo chose for her exhibtion: “Metaphysics”.
“Metaphysics” is the branch of philosophy that studies the fundamental nature of reality, the first principles of being, identity and change, space and time, causality, necessity, and possibility. It includes questions about the nature of consciousness and the relationship between mind and matter, between substance and attribute, and between potentiality and actuality. Metaphysics studies questions related to what it is for something to exist and what types of existence there are. Metaphysics seeks to answer, in an abstract and fully general manner, the questions: What is there? What is it like? (source Wikipedia)

Impressions of “Metaphysics” by Bamboo Barnes (1) – upper row: Blanket – Bird on the weir – Venetian Gravity 47

As mentioned above Bamboo’s pictures are always colourful. Bamboo loves strong and expressive colours. Most of her pictures consist of several layers and looking at them you begin to try to recognize the different layers, thus you’re drawn deeper into the picture. Very often there’s a female or a female face in one of the layers. Bamboo also plays with moving layers, like in the “Hollow” series right above the entrance. When you hoover with your mouse over the pictures you could buy her art, and you can see the title of the pictures, something that causes me to look a second and a third time at the pictures to potentially grab  Bamboo’s toughts.

Impressions of “Metaphysics” by Bamboo Barnes (2) – upper row: Hollow – February 24th, 2022 – No Gravity

Bamboo is in Second Life for over 15 years already, painting software & photoshop are her best friends. Bamboo had many exhibtions and appearances in the Second Life art scene and in 2018 she had her first exhibition in real life: “I create what I see but maybe you won’t, they are about people’s reality and  mind.” Bamboo’s art is a mixture of abstract forms, of people and photographs. Most pictures are colourful and it is in the eye of the beholder what we see in her pictures. I myself saw her work the first time at La Maison d’Aneli during the Holiday season 2019/2020 (read here). I also saw her exhibition “Marginal Mannerism” at DixMixGallery in April 2021 (read here), the exhibition “Meant to be” at Itakos Art Gallery last year (read here), I saw “Conjure” at FOCUS Magazine F.A.I.R Gallery in August 2021 (read here), “Mindstorm” at IMAGO Land (read here) and “Drawer” at Hannington Arts Foundation (read here). Last December I saw her exhibition “The path” at Art care gallery (read here). “Drawer” and “The path” are both still open for visitors.
And I also had a look at her flickr page.

The Kondor Art Center Main Gallery Gallery is owned and curated by Hermes Kondor. Thank you Hermes for providing the space for the art and for enabling “Metaphysics” by Bamboo Barnes. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to The Kondor Art Center Main Gallery
Bamboo Barnes’ flickr page

Art in Second Life 2021 (120) “Urban and Industrial Images” by Blip Mumfuzz

Blip Mumfuzz invited me to see her newest exhibition at The Kondor Art Center and I went over to see it on the spot as I had some time left Friday, December 10th. I was excited, a great exhibition.

When I arrived, I thought I’d be in an industrial area, in a town… I looked around – no, it is an exhibtion, you see that on the second view *winks*. When you look around you see the showcased pictures in the surrounding background, on the sides of containers, at harbour walls, and facades. It takes a while until you recognize them as single unique pictures.

Impressions of “Urban and Industrial Images” by Blip Mumfuzz @ The Kondor Art Center (1)

I grabbed a notecard close to the landing. In the notecard Blip wrote about the exhibition:
When Hermes approached me and asked if I’d do a themed exhibition focusing on my urban/industrial images I was initially skeptical. I’ve always resisted the idea because I make images of several different types: portraits and self-portraits, nature images, slice-of-life, urban/industrial and others, and a themed would preclude many other newer images that I’d like to show. Hermes eventually prevailed and the result is this current exhibition that includes many images from my archives along side new images.”

Impressions of “Urban and Industrial Images” by Blip Mumfuzz @ The Kondor Art Center (2)

The amazing set/environment was built by uber-talented Naru Darkwatch. Given the theme, I felt that showing the work in an “environment”, rather than a traditional box gallery might enhance the viewer’s experience of the pieces. Given the spectacular result I’d say this exhibition would be a completely different experience without her contribution.”

Blip is very right in this point. The exhibition got a very special touch by setting it into the right enviroment. Naru Darkwatch did a great job. I had come across Blip Mumfuzz in March 2020 the first time, when she exhibited at La Maison d’Aneli (read here). Blip Mumfuzz is a SL verteran, being inworld since 2007. Blip has the talent to take very extraordinairy pictures in Second Life. Her art is to select the right cut-out of a picture, she looks for the abstract in the common, she “helps people to “see” the world with their mind and not just with their eyes.” Some of her pictures convince by the many details you can find, others are intriguing by minimalism.
You can see more of Blip’s art at her flickr page or at her Mumfuzz Gallery.

Impressions of “Urban and Industrial Images” by Blip Mumfuzz @ The Kondor Art Center (3)

The structure of the industrial area is really well done. You can even enter a small gallery space with 3 pictures – can you find it? I wanted to find out how the environment was created and zoomed out. By then I realized that the background is not just background but is also put together with pictures by Blip Mumfuzz.

Impressions of “Urban and Industrial Images” by Blip Mumfuzz @ The Kondor Art Center (4)

I enjoyed my visit a lot. Thank you Blip Mumfuzz for your art, thank you Naru Darkwatch for the great setting, thank you Hermes Kondor for providing the space for the art. The exhibition shall be open for visitors until begin of January 2022.

Landmark to “Urban and Industrial Images” by Blip Mumfuzz @ The Kondor Art Center
Blip Mumfuzz flickr
Mumfuzz Gallery