Cloud artist Berndnaut Smilde creates natural phenomena across Western Australia.
This December, acclaimed Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde brought his world famous clouds and rainbows to Western Australia’s Pilbara, Perth and South West, creating new artworks in the state’s distinctive landscapes for an exhibition opening at FORM in 2017.
In the Pilbara, as part of his residency with FORM, Smilde created cloud sculptures in remote locations, shooting smoke into a wall of water vapour to form the ethereal sculptures within its gorges and open plateaus.
“I was invited by FORM to take on a residency and respond to the landscape. Because nature is such a great part of this place I wanted to react by artificially posing some clouds through it,” – Berndnaut Smilde.
” It was so beautiful but on the other hand so fierce… I was put this position, observing it as a sublime experience. I had this great sense of time in the Pilbara.” – Berndnaut Smilde.
Smilde also created artworks within abandoned Perth buildings: forming and photographing the fleeting white sculptures inside the old East Perth power station and the Midland railway workshops with Perth photographer Bewley Shaylor. FORM and Smilde then traveled to Augusta in the South West to create a rainbow at the Cape Leeuwin lighthouse.
Here, at Australia’s south-western most tip, Smilde and his team refracted the light of the lighthouse in order to project a rainbow onto the landscape.
Outcomes from Smilde’s Western Australian residency will be exhibited at The Goods Shed late in 2017 .