8. Gem Preiz: Symbolic Craft

Symbolic Synergy explores the elements of Symbolism with Craft, as exemplified by the work of Gem Preiz.

Review of work by Gem Preiz8. Craft

It is always disappointing to see a great concept done badly. Somehow, it is more acceptable to see a familiar old message done with mastery. How many times must an audience endure another presentation of Henry VIII? How often must a show consist of abstract expressionist wannabes? Yet, to present an over-played topic with incredible execution will work every time—it is safe. But it does require an improvement over the older versions to survive. Audiences are always dazzled by masterful technique. If a work is only strong in technique, the message may even be overpowered, versus accentuated. In that case, only the technique has impact. When the presentation and the concept are equally so strong that they become indecipherable from one another, audiences will best respond as the artist intends. When gazing at a masterpiece, craft opens the perceptions first. Usually color and mood are most initially effecting. Craft brings the viewer further into the piece, and when questions of how it is done surface, mystery attains another level.

“Fractal Porcelain” by Gem PreizGem Preiz presents a swirled closeup of magnificent precision and grace. But what is this? Might this be an animal or a shell? Or an alien dwelling? These settings exist and don’t exist, as good abstraction can accomplish. Gem’s work can’t really be categorized as “abstract,” though “Fractal Porcelain” stretches that statement. It is so life-like and organic, the desire to make it into something is overwhelming. Gem uses viewpoint in all his works as a tool to control a viewer’s comfortable orientation. The enigma is to question “where” and “when.” The beauty of this creation can’t be denied. The sensitive use of color also gives a rather solid element in the bottom a hint of something more. This is a part of a greater whole that will never be known. It is a discovery of clues. It symbolizes containment, limitations, and challenges a comfort in accepting that it is all the things imagined, and none of them.

Continue the exploration of Symbolism with 9. Narrative featuring
Talullah Winterwolf, “You Are My Sunshine” at the Chelsea Hotel presented by Mykal Skall and Enola Vaher

Also please see review of other work by Gem Preiz in Sim Street Journal #7.

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Sim Street Journal #1: Virtual Reveals Real
Sim Street Journal #2: The Old in the New
Sim Street Journal #3: Magicians of Meaning
Sim Street Journal #4: Telling Stories
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Sim Street Journal #6: Overlapping Realities
Sim Street Journal #7: Luck Created
Sim Street Journal #8: Facing the Inevitable
Sim Street Journal #9: Motivated Learning
Sim Street Journal #10: Serious Fun
Sim Street Journal #11: Fantasy Fulfillment
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