Land of Tomorrow is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde. The exhibition will open with a reception on Friday, February 15th at 7pm and remain on display until March 26th. The evening will also feature a performance from Lexington group Italian Beaches.
This show will mark Berndnaut Smilde's first solo exhibition in the United States. Smilde draws upon his daily surroundings and spaces to confront the moment of friction between construction and deconstruction, most notably within his cloud creations and artificially recreating meteorological conditions indoors. He analyzes each space and their appearance, breaking them down to work with their details. Choices made in Smilde's process are often situations that deal with duality, questioning inside and outside, temporality, size, the function of materials and architectural elements.
Only seen by a handful of people in their physical state, the fleeting moment of Smilde's Nimbus clouds are forever encapsulated in the form of photographs. These photographs serve as documents, the only evidence of the cloud's brief existence.
“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
Berndnaut's previous cloud installations include Cukurcuma Hamam in Istanbul, Academy Minerva in Groningen, and Kasteel D'Aspremont-Lynden in Rekem, Belgium. Land of Tomorrow is excited to be included among the institutions and places in which Berndnaut's installations have taken place.
Berndnaut Smilde received his MA in Fine Art from the Frank Mohr Institute in Groningen and his work is found in numerous public and private collections throughout the world. Smilde has exhibited most recently at the Juming Museum in Taipei, Platform 57 in The Hague, and the Ronchini Gallery in London.
For more information please contact Will Sizemore at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.landoftomorrow.org.
About Land of Tomorrow (LOT): Land of Tomorrow (LOT) Gallery is a project space created to facilitate the making and showing of experimental work in the fields of art, design, and music in Kentucky. LOT operates galleries in both Lexington and Louisville, supported by a core group of amazing and talented individuals. Through exhibitions, performances, artist talks, work documentation, and other activities, LOT fosters an open dialogue with the regional and international creative communities.
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