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Cloud Conversations

The irony is that a subject matter once limited to small talk has transitioned into serious discussion thanks in part to global warming and climate change.

Cloud Conversations thus sprang from the idea of creating landscapes where it was physically impossible for the viewers to accurately describe the weather and thus force them into a position of discussing things beyond small talk. By removing the recognizable cloud formations (indicators of precipitation) and replacing them with meteorological equivalents (symbols of clouds), the viewer, If inclined to engage in small talk around my work, would not actually be
able to accurately describe the weather in my landscapes unless they
are meteorologists.

Hundreds of thousands of ink pen lines were drawn by hand on top of the cured oil paint to completely cover the 22 landscapes of this series that span three continents and five countries. The technique was based upon creating four directions of drawing (vertical, horizontal, and two opposing diagonals) and applying a rule that stated never shall the same direction of line meet itself. This results in compositions that reward the viewer at both a macro and micro level.

It should be noted that some earlier pieces in this series, including two of the pieces (8 & 13) that feature in this abridged portfolio have symbols that deviate from meteorology and instead experiment with other languages and their pictorial representations.

Following the three years of work, the series was eventually paired down from 22 to approximately a dozen or so that included strictly the images depicting meteorological symbols. This complete work was initially exhibited at the Zephyr Gallery in Louisville KY between February–March 2009.

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