It’s a Cloud

At some point in their lives, everyone has gazed up at clouds and remarked on what they resemble. It’s a Cloud takes this age-old game and turns it on its head: viewers may paint any shape they wish, and then watch as a cloud of their design leisurely floats across the ceiling.

It’s a Cloud was exhibited during Toronto’s Nuit Blanche in 2007, the 2019 Mayor’s Evening for the Arts in support of the Toronto Arts Foundation Arts in the Park initiative, and a prototype was shown at a benefit fundraiser at the DeLeon White gallery in 2006.

It’s a Cloud plays with ideas about how we relate to nature. We are at once both masters of, and in awe of, its forces. The paradox of climate change is that we are powerful enough to effect major changes on the earth, yet seemingly powerless to stop its predicted devastation. On the surface, It’s a Cloud is a playful update of a childish game, providing the instant gratification of designing a cloud and sharing it with others. On a deeper level It’s a Cloud insinuates an awareness of our heavily mediated relationship with the natural world.

Published: February 6, 2017

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Nuit Blanche, Toronto, 2007