Cloud Control

…imagines the coming together of atmospheric and digital forces by looking at the relationship between the visible and the invisible, the real and the virtual, the genuine and the fake. Our cloud classification system—cumulus, stratus, cirrus, and others—was put forth in 1802 by the “father of meteorology” Luke Howard, who fascinated scientists and artists alike with his essay “On the Modifications of Clouds, and on the Principles of their Production, Suspension, and Destruction.”

Goethe and Shelley wrote poems inspired by him, and the landscape artist John Constable, a master of the cloud-studded pastoral, was a student of Howard’s work and referred to the act of “skying.” Circa 2006, we witnessed the birth of the digital cloud, the omnipresent cousin of Howard’s sky dwellers.

Instead of water suspended in the atmosphere, it’s untruths that we can access out of thin air, requiring less physical interaction with things and beings when we seek answers. These narrative paintings depict the convergence of all clouds and what happens when the mutating colors of the sky collide with an infinity of information. Nature and knowledge intertwine, their combined power reminding us of their ability to dazzle, to isolate, to obscure, to inspire.

 

 

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