By Gemma Cleanslate
Quan Lavender, curator of Art India Gallery is hosting an amazing exhibit by Melusina Parkin. I attended the opening of the exhibit on Saturday (Feb 2) that was a fun flapper party. Melu was wearing an amazing flapper outfit, as were other attendees. Melu has an extensive history in the art, furniture and fashion world of Second Life and has exhibited in many museums and galleries across the grid. Her resume of accomplishments and awards is available at the gallery and you can pick it up and read all about her. Her major passion is Art Deco. She has remarkable photographs on the walls of the exhibit hall she has decorated at Art India in Shekhawati. The furniture and the carpets on the floor are all examples of her work.
I loved the ceiling and pillars of the long exhibit hall. The sleekness of the gallery with the subtle shadings and angularity I found kept me just gazing off into the distance for a long time before I went to view the photography. It is amazing to see photographs of all those builds and furniture and pieces that are around SL.
Above the exhibit Melu has set up a display history of Art Deco relating it back to ancient times. You will find a teleport near the entry point. I enjoyed that area as I learned so much about it that I did not know. You will see geometric patterns from ancient Egypt and the Mayan empire that are the inspiration of Art Deco and follow movements through the last century to modern times as depicted in buildings , furniture , decor, and fashions all over the world.
I learned from an article that Melu has written, available to you in the history area, that the term Art Deco “originates from the Exposition des ARTes DECOratives de Paris, 1925 .” Read all about the progression of the art in the last century. At the same place you will get a list of landmarks of places in SL that contain Art Deco buildings and decor. Out of curiosity I did take a couple of tps to places I have not been before just to see the buildings. Some of those sims need a second look.
The exhibit will be open until the end of March so you will have ample time to explore and enjoy both areas, the exhibit itself and the history locale. There is no way to do it all justice in a short article. See for yourself.