New worlds continue to open up in Second Life as my digital murals expand into new settings and take on even newer forms. Patch Thibaud, a master builder in sl and noted architect in rl, recently invited me to install a permanent rotating display of my work at the Patch Thibaud Auditorium and at key points on BOSL Boulevard. In the above photo, Frolic Mills, DB Bailey, Patch Thibaud and that guy with the shiny hair look over the first installation in the main lobby of the auditorium. The mural, descended from an earlier work, origami, stands 24 meters high by 12 meters wide, inworld; or, roughly 80 feet by 40 feet in the first world, the one made of atoms.
There are a number of interesting aspects of this installation to me…. one is that I have never “cropped” one of my paintings to create another, standalone work of art. Though I consider every square inch of my works as being beautiful, I have never put that idea to the test by allowing a ‘detail’ to become a painting in itself. This was a bit scary for me; not only because I had never done it before (not sure if anyone else has either), but because it was the breaking of another barrier, another taboo: I would be violating the ‘sacredness’ of the image as originally composed. Since it took a few months to create this piece in the first place, the balance and sense of completion of the original was something I had never even contemplated deconstructing.
But while discussing this idea with Patch, I began to realize that inherent in the very nature of the work itself – layers and layers of pixels – was impermanence and flexibility; thus, it could take almost any form, and in a virtual world, cover almost any surface, any shape. In other words, the creation of the original ‘painting’ was just the beginning of its new life. It was not in lockdown, as oil paint on canvas would be… it was more like an idea, a sensory sparking of the synapses constantly morphing into higher forms – not unlike the infinite variations on a single song each time John Coltrane played it.
We are talking complete freedom here, folks; or, just how much fun can you squeeze out of one work of art?
Quite a bit already, apparently, as you can see in the new murals, and even in the creation of my art cubes late last year; and also quite a bit to come, I expect, as you will likely see in some of my future posts. Hmmm, I have one in mind already, thanks to my good friend DB Bailey; but I’ll save that for another day. :)