ABOUT THE INSTALLATION
A tribute to Scotland’s most ubiquitous invention – the incandescent lightbulb, now retired to the annals of history. An interactive sculpture created from 6,000 incandescent light bulbs to form a cloud of light.
CLOUD, created by Canadian artists Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett uses pull chain switches and everyday domestic light bulbs to create an enveloping, and mesmerising environment of light. During exhibition, viewers interact with CLOUD by working as a collective to animate the lightning on the surface of the sculpture.
Simple, bright and playful, CLOUD is an interactive installation Viewers use pull-chains to collaborate, turning individual bulbs on and off to create different dynamics and an ever changing experience through participation.
The sculpture also encourages the audience to reconsider household items in an alternative context; waste and environmental sustainability in urban spaces. As incandescent bulbs are phased out various countries around the world, the CLOUD will gain new meaning as an encouragement of alternative technologies and changing futures.
This edition of CLOUD was commissioned for Art Experiment 2013 at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Moscow, Russia).
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett (Calgary, Canada) work with diverse mediums and materials, ranging from artificial light to re-appropriated urban objects, typically presented in multiple. Their practice combines divergent aesthetic and industrial backgrounds, often resulting in transformative public sculptures and installations. Beckoning viewers with interactive contexts and novel materials, their projects invite strangers to share in experiential moments, prompting collaborative viewership. Using mass-produced objects as a reference to cities as an immeasurable quantity of materials, people, and situations, Brown & Garrett’s practice evokes the possibility of renewed understanding through a critical shift in perspective.
Brown & Garrett have been collaborating regularly since 2011 after working together through the Arbour Lake Sghool [sic] collective. Hailing from distinctive backgrounds, the duo leverages Garrett’s background as a classically-trained musician and Red Seal Machinist against Brown’s formal education as an artist at Alberta College of Art + Design, and informal training as an arts administrator. While their collaboration began as an exploration of complimentary opposites, they continue to find common ground through a shared interest in strange beauty.
Previous works have appeared internationally, most notably at Weisman Art Museum (Minneapolis, USA), Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Moscow, Russia), Pera Museum (Istanbul, Turkey), Whanki Museum (Seoul, South Korea), Illingworth Kerr Gallery (Calgary, Canada), and over 15 Festivals of Light throughout Europe and Asia. In 2013, CLOUD was short-listed for an Innovation by Design Award by Fast Company (New York). In 2016, the duo won Winter Stations Design Competition in collaboration with Lane Shordee, developing In the Belly of a Bear for the wintery shores of Lake Ontario (Toronto, Canada). They are currently developing their first permanent public artwork in Calgary, Canada.
When working independently, Wayne is a musician, and composer; Caitlind is a co-founder and co-curator of WRECK CITY curatorial collective.