On View: Berndnaut Smilde’s “Antipode” at Ronchini Gallery

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Berndnaut Smilde, Nimbus Litta, 2013, digital c-type print on aluminium, 75 x 100 cm, 125 x 166 c, ed. of 6+2 ap. Courtesy the artist and Ronchini Gallery

Berndnaut Smilde’s work, at its core, reflects the human impulse to master the forces of nature. Smilde carefully controls the temperature and humidity of a room to produce ephemeral clouds with the help of a fog machine. Though the clouds are only visible for a matter of seconds, they live on in artfully-staged photographs that Smilde exhibits among installation elements. His current show, “Antipode,” is on view at Ronchini Gallery in London through June 14. The clouds in his new photos are just as striking as the interiors they inhabit. The large nimbuses creep through Gothic churches, Rococo chambers and empty factories as if they had lives of their own, playing with the idea of a supernatural presence.

Berndnaut Smilde, Nimbus Cukurcuma Hamam I, 2012, c-type print on dibond, 125 x 184 cm, Courtesy the artist and Ronchini Gallery, Photo Onur Dag

Berndnaut Smilde, Nimbus Cukurcuma Hamam II, 2012, c-type print on dibond, 125 x 184 cm, Courtesy the artist and Ronchini Gallery, Photo Onur Dag


Berndnaut Smilde, Nimbus Dumont, 2014 Courtesy the artist and Ronchini Gallery


Berndnaut Smilde, Nimbus LOT, 2013, 125 x 186 cm, courtesy the artist and Ronchini Gallery


Berndnaut Smilde, Nimbus Minerva, 2012, c-type print on Dibond, courtesy the artist and Ronchini Gallery, Photo Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk

Berndnaut Smilde, Nimbus NP3, 2012, digital C-type print on dibond, 125×185 cm, courtesy the artist and Ronchini Gallery


Berndnaut Smilde, Nimbus Platform57, 2012, Inkjetprint on dibond,125×198 cm, courtesy the artist and Ronchini Gallery


Berndnaut Smilde, Nimbus Portland Place, 2014, London, Courtesy the artist and Ronchini Gallery


Berndnaut Smilde, Nimbus Sankt Peter, 2014, Kunst Station Sankt Peter, Cologne, Courtesy the artist and Ronchini Gallery


Berndnaut Smilde, Nimbus Thor, 2014, Courtesy the artist and Ronchini Gallery


Berndnaut Smilde, Nimbus Waterschei, 2014, Courtesy the artist and Ronchini Gallery