Berndnaut Smilde has realized 11 clouds to date, and continues to make adjustments as the work progresses. He has recently become interested in choosing particular rooms and framing them so that the architecture comes to form a “representation of an ideal space.” He cites the Green Room in San Francisco’s War Memorial & Performing Arts Center, the recent setting of one of his nimbus clouds. The hall is an American take on the famous mirror room at Versailles, which it knowingly references and, more important, abstracts. Seen this way, the space becomes a “plinth” for Smilde’s vaporous interventions, a surrealist contrast that enriches the photographic experience.
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