Curated for FORM – Building a State of Creativity
Opening at The Goods Shed, Claremont, 6 July, 2017
The work of Netherlands-based contemporary artist Berndnaut Smilde frequently re-creates transitory natural phenomena such as clouds and rainbows. His photographs, sculptures and installations question duality, conflating interior and exterior, or confusing scale, temporality, or function to create moments of revelation, or to critique Western understandings of landscape in the Romantic tradition.
In 2016 Western Australian visual arts organisation FORM invited Smilde to undertake his first visit to Australia, in a month-long residency encompassing extensive travel throughout the Perth, Pilbara and the South West regions. The new works resulting from this experience will premiere at FORM’s Goods Shed exhibition space in mid-2017.
Smilde first came to international attention on the strength of his now-iconic, and ongoing Nimbus series of photographs documenting clouds in architectural settings. His FORM residency allowed the artist to create new Nimbus works in the remote Australian landscape – his first works in the series to be shot outdoors. This new Nimbus series will be accompanied by other works created in some of Western Australia's most spectacular former industrial sites, and the State's lush South West.
Image: Smilde working outside Roebourne in the Pilbara, December, 2016. Photograph by Bewley Shaylor, c/o FORM.