Cloud artist Berndnaut Smilde creates natural phenomena across Western Australia.

19 December

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.

Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde creates rainbows at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse for an exhibition opening next year at FORM's The Goods Shed. Image by Bewley Shaylor

Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde creates rainbows at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse for an exhibition opening next year at FORM’s The Goods Shed. Image by Bewley Shaylor

 

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.

 

Berndnaut Smilde creating clouds in the Pilbara for an exhibition opening at The Goods Shed in 2017. Photograph by Annegret Kellner

Berndnaut Smilde creating clouds in the Pilbara for an exhibition opening at The Goods Shed in 2017. Photograph by Annegret Kellner

 

“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.

 

Berndnaut Smilde creating clouds in the Pilbara for an exhibition opening at The Goods Shed in 2017. Photograph by Annegret Kellner

Berndnaut Smilde creating clouds in the Pilbara for an exhibition opening at The Goods Shed in 2017. Photograph by Annegret Kellner

 

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.

 

Berndnaut Smilde in the Pilbara. Photograph by Annegret Kellner

Berndnaut Smilde in the Pilbara. Photograph by Annegret Kellner

 

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.

 

Berndnaut Smilde creating rainbows at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse for an exhibition opening at The Goods Shed in 2017. Photograph by Bewley Shaylor.

Berndnaut Smilde creating rainbows at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse for an exhibition opening at The Goods Shed in 2017. Photograph by Bewley Shaylor.

 

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.

 

Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde creates rainbows at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse for an exhibition opening next year at FORM's The Goods Shed. Image by Bewley Shaylor

Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde creates rainbows at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse for an exhibition opening next year at FORM’s The Goods Shed. Image by Bewley Shaylor

 

Outcomes from Smilde’s Western Australian residency will be exhibited at The Goods Shed late in 2017 .

 

Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde creates rainbows at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse for an exhibition opening next year at FORM's The Goods Shed. Image by Bewley Shaylor

Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde creates rainbows at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse for an exhibition opening next year at FORM’s The Goods Shed. Image by Bewley Shaylor

 

 

 

 

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