boredomresearch, Brilliant Clouds (formation2), 2010/11, wall installation, c-print and custom made frame, variable size
Opening: Saturday, 22th January, 3 - 5 pm
Exhibition: 26th January - 12th March 2011
Brilliant Cloud continues boredomresearchs' exploration of landscape. The abstractions of computation and influence of Eastern Art forms combine, to give the work a unique poetic presence. This reflects and plays with
ambiguities which both distinguish and unify many natural forms.
Specifically, Brilliant Cloud explores the contradiction of solid geological structures within a vapourific cloudlike formation. Hundreds of coloured bands interact with a vibrant intensity and presence like cross-sections from giant agate. From a distance the work appears as a collection of islands viewed from above while at the same time floating weightlessly in a composition deeply reminiscent of Japanese stylised clouds. A closer inspection reveals the complex mass of concentric circles - fluid, active, dynamic. Like the countless water droplets that combine to make clouds these appear to have been caught in motion, now fixed solid. The imagination is constantly dislodged from either one or other of these opposing fictions freeing itself to explore the poetic space in-between.
Collaborating as boredomresearch, Southampton-based Vicky Isley and Paul Smith make artworks inspired by the diversity that exists in nature. Their practice uses computer modelling techniques to explore the creative potential of diversity. Inspired by pattern formations such as the marks on butterfly wings, boredomresearch create new, intricate and diverse forms of intrigue and beauty. In many of their artworks they have employed artificial life techniques to bring these forms to life creating works that unfold in real time.