a site-specific artwork that poses the oppositions of
innocence and sin in the form of a fallen cloud
Polyester, vinyl, compressed air, video projection, text, steel and electronics are
the materials used for this work. Located directly under a skylight, the 20x15’
“bouncy castle for adults” pulsates in silver lame on a timer.
The cloud’s soft and slippery exterior makes its impossible to walk a straight line.
All those who mount it, must sit. A minimal video projection of clouds
passing overhead projects onto the wall, containing split-second glimpses of roses;
Red Planet, Blue Moon, and Evening Star, all recent hybrids. The skylight possesses
an unforeseen architectural design flaw, which encourages the audience to recline
on the cloud and study the vinyl text. (The glass floor for the building’s
second floor is the skylight for the gallery space, which means that occupants of
the gallery can surreptitiously view individuals above, in ways that compromise privacy).
The title of the work, “The Drunkard Forwarned and the Swearer Caution’d” is the
title of a letter written in the 1600s from one city official to another in northern
Europe, describing the miraculous survival of a town drunkard after experiencing
spontaneous combustion in his kitchen. The artist finds humor in this heavily
laden religious interpretation of the event and wishes to translate this humor into
the gaudy material of the cloud. Within the light well of the skylight, steel
cable joins corresponding ancient virtues and vices, Giotto’s version in the Padua
Chapel. This language, albeit distant in time, continues to form the morals
that guide western culture today.