Berndnaut Smilde

Billowing smoke forms a luscious, cotton candy-like mass in the middle of a room before it vaporizes into haze, casting a luminous complexion on the room. He brings a luminous weather phenomenon indoors, but only for a moment. And that’s precisely the point.

It’s not so much about the shape of the cloud but about placing it out of its natural context”

Artist Berndnaut Smilde was born in 1978 in Groningen, The Netherlands. He currently lives and works in in Amsterdam. Using his daily surroundings and spaces as inspiration, Smilde is interested in the temporal nature of construction and deconstruction. His work refers to both the physical state of a building as well as a moment of revelation that depicts either hope or fragility. Smilde analyses spaces and their appearance and takes them apart to investigate their unique details and features. His artistic point of view often centers on duality. His works question: inside and outside, temporality, size, the function of materials and architectural elements.