UP IN THE CLOUDS



 

‘I imagined walking into a classical museum hall with just empty walls. There was nothing to see except for a rain cloud hanging around in the room.

– Berndnaut Smilde  –


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Berndnaut Smilde is an artist, a cloud artist to be precise. The Dutch ‘magician’ has developed a process of creating clouds using a smoke machine, combined with carefully regulated indoor temperature, humidity and moisture and also dramatic lighting before their rapid dissipation.

These photographs are therefore “documents” according to Smilde, the only proof of the cloud’s existence if a viewer misses it as each cloud lives for a few seconds and then disappears, without a trace that it was ever there.

His work is defined by the temporary, the intangible and the ephemeral. The shape of the picturesque, billowing cloud and its creation are of lesser interest to the artist than the jarring context and placement of the ominous, fleeting cloud in an indoor surreal, vacant space rather than the obvious outdoor setting.

The first exhibit featuring indoor clouds, called Nimbus, was created by Smilde in 2010. Smilde said he wanted to make the image of a typical Dutch rain cloud, inside of a space. “I imagined walking into a classical museum hall with just empty walls. There was nothing to see except for a rain cloud hanging around in the room.”


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One comment


  • Caroline

    Very cool. The last two pictures/photos are my favourites. Love it.

    January 17, 2014

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