Art in Second Life 2023 (3) Lines of Light by Gem Preiz

I got an invitation from Gem Preiz to visit his newest installtion “Lines of Light“, that opened January 12th. I visited early on January 10th.
I follow Gem Preiz and his work for several years already. His installations and exhibition are unique. Gem works with fractals and his work has brought fractals closer and aroused my interest in this form of art.

Together with the invitation I got a notecard from Gem in which he wrote about “Lines of Lights“:

Lines of Light is the first of 3 installations that will be exhibited on SLEA 3 full sim grant during the first half of 2023.
It marks a new stage in the evolution of my work on SL. The fractals, although still present under a new aspect, continue to progressively give way to the build. The latter, invaded by lights and reflections in the spirit of “Borderless” (read my post about this installation here / this installation is is available for an visit here), revives the highlighted drawing of the “Anthropic Principle” (an installation I missed, you can read about it on Inara’s blog here), of “Skyscrapers” (read my post about this installation here) and of “Exoplanet” (read my posts about this installation here and here). It is directly in line with the Neon Art theme, using the popular pink and blue colour code and some very classic patterns.

Impressions of “Lines of Light” by Gem Preiz (1)

Lines of Light is an artwork focused on the structure and interior design. Though it is not a space station it has all the elements that we expect to see in a space station because of sci-fi films we saw: large halls with artificial colourful lights, strict geometric forms on the floors, walls and ceilings, long and illuminated corridors connecting the different rooms.

Impressions of “Lines of Light” by Gem Preiz (2)

It takes some time to understand the structure of halls and corridors. As you can see elements of the next hall through the corridors you’re literally attracted to walk through the corridors to see what’s in the next hall. One hall features 6 fractal pictures of Gem. This kind of pictures of Gem were new for me. They look like reliefs in the light (use Advanced lighting model) and it takes a while to recognize the picture in it. Another corridor has these relief pictures along the walls.

Impressions of “Lines of Light” by Gem Preiz (3)

The whole structure is held in black and neon colours (pink and blue). In the center is a large round room, the place to have events. And in the center you find the “resonating eggs” (in purple by the way).

Impressions of “Lines of Light” by Gem Preiz (4)

Gem Preiz “is educated in science and mathematics and is fond of anything related to Nature, Cosmos and Earth, from astronomy to geology. The world of fractals is, in the same way, ruled by Mathematics functions which, as Physics do in Nature, enable to create objects which features repeat themselves at every scale. There lies his passion for fractals: create thanks to the power and pureness of the Mathematical concept, images the complexity of which can suggest Nature beings, objects or sceneries.” (taken from an older notecard about Gem). To see more of Gem Preiz’ art take a look at his flickr page.

Impressions of “Lines of Light” by Gem Preiz (5)

I enjoyed my visit a lot and was impressed by the structure and lights that Gem has created. I look forward to seeing the next parts throughout the first half year 2023. Thank you Gem!

Landmark to SLEA3 – Gem’s Lines of Light
Gem preiz’ flickr

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