Builded Remnants is an exhibition by Berndnaut Smilde capturing moments of revelation throughout Western Australia. Premiering at The Goods Shed on Thursday 6th July, 2017, Builded Remnants presents the outcomes of a residency throughout the State’s Pilbara, South West and metropolitan regions by the internationally celebrated Dutch artist in 2016.
Smilde creates photographs, sculptures and installations that aim to capture moments of revelation, evoking either hope or fragility. His works question duality, conflating inside and outside, or confusing scale, temporality, or the function of materials or architectural elements.
FORM invited Smilde to Western Australia to create new works responding to the State’s regional landscape based on his history of artificially creating natural phenomena such as clouds and rainbows, and his critical approach to Western understandings of landscape in the Romantic tradition. Smilde and his studio assistant, German artist Annegret Kellner spent a month in the State, travelling extensively throughout the Pilbara and to the South West during their residency.
Smilde worked with Western Australian photographer Bewley Shaylor to create a new series of his iconic Nimbus cloud images in evocative metropolitan locations and in the remote Pilbara. This included his first outdoor Nimbus works, in Karijini National Park, and the landscape outside Roebourne. Following his Pilbara residency, Smilde additionally travelled to the South West and created an experimental rainbow work at the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse on Australia’s most south-westerly point, a site first mapped by the Dutch several centuries ago.
Builded Remnants opens at The Goods Shed from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Thursday 6th July, 2017, and will exhibit for three months.