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Berndnaut Smilde (Dutch, b.1978)
LOT ID: 94088
Nimbus, 2012

Digital Print
13.7 х 17.2 in. (34.8 x 43.69 cm.)
Signed, numbered by the artist.
Edition of 100
Lot description
Image size is 13.7 x 17.2 inches (35 x 43.8 cm). Sheet size is 16.1 x 19.7 inches (41 x 50 cm). Edition of 100.

Contemporary Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde (b. 1978, Groningen, Netherlands) uses smoke machines and dramatic lighting to create his "Nimbus" series of indoor clouds. These clouds, hovering in a variety of empty gallery spaces, reveal his interest in impermanence and the ephemeral. It is a scientific process, as he must carefully regulate the temperature and humidity of a space to create ideal conditions for a cloud, which lasts just long enough for him to photograph it.

Smilde has said of his work, "I imagined walking into a museum hall with just empty walls. The place even looked deserted. On the one hand I wanted to create an ominous situation. You could see the cloud as a sign of misfortune. You could also read it as an element out of the Dutch landscape paintings in a physical form in a classical museum hall.”

Smilde received his BFA at Minverva Academy and his Masters in Fine Art from the Frank Mohr Institute. He lives and works in Amsterdam.
Nimbus by Berndnaut Smilde
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