Visual arts: Builded Remnants – Berndnaut Smilde

6 April 2017

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6 July – 17 September @ The Goods Shed. Presented by FORM

“Builded Remnants” is an exhibition by Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde capturing moments of revelation throughout Western Australia.

The works are the result of a residency undertaken by Smilde in Western Australia, in 2016, at FORM’s invitation. Based in Perth, Smilde one his studio assistant, German artist Annegret Kellner, also travelled extensively throughout the Pilbara region and the South West.

Smilde has a history of artificially creating natural phenomena such as clouds and rainbows and a critical approach to Western understandings of landscape in the Romantic tradition, and FORM asked him to respond to WA’s regional landscape through this lens. Smilde worked with WA photographer Bewley Shaylor to create a new series of his Nimbus cloud images, both in metropolitan locations and in the remote Pilbara. This included his first outdoor Nimbus works, created in Karijini National Park and the red dirt landscape outside of Roebourne. Following his Pilbara residency, Smilde travelled to the South West to create an experimental rainbow work at the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse on Australia’s most south-westerly point, a site first mapped by the Dutch several centuries ago.

“Builded Remnants” runs until 31 August.

Top image: Berndnaut Smilde creating clouds outside east of Roebourne on his Pilbara residency, 2016. Photo: Bewley Shaylor, 2016.

Nimbus Powerstation, Berndnaut Smilde, 2017. Photo: Bewley Shaylor, courtesy of the artist, Ronchini Gallery, and FORM.

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