‘nimbus' is a seemingly impossible sculptural installation developed for the online gallery probe by amsterdam-based artist berndnaut smilde.
beginning with the concept of a vacant or abandoned room and aspirations of enhancing this ominous environment, smilde introduced smoke,
moisture and backlighting. the artist was able to create the entirely eerie and whimsical illusion of a cloud floating within the gallery space.
smilde treats the sculpture as representative of his appreciation of physical presence found within transitional space; the viewer may only experience
this environmental sculpture for a moment before before it dissipates entirely.
’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. at the same time I wanted to make (for once) a very clear image, an almost cliché
and cartoon like visualization of having bad luck: ‘indeed, there nothing here and bullocks, it’s starting to rain!”-berndnaut smilde