Friday, March 31, 2006

Pete Art #3

Pete art clouds.jpg
Originally uploaded by Childe_Erik.
Peter Simpson, 2005-
Natural and synthetic materials

This piece, a companion to Raindrops (see Pete Art #2 below), creates a different kind of tension between tradition and postmodernity. Here the clouds of the title appear as something like cotton balls, reminding the viewer not only of the hackneyed metaphor of cottony clouds but also of the common use of cotton balls to represent clouds in children's crafts. The piece jars the image away from conventionality by encasing that substance in a flexible plastic that reveals the tension created by the pressure of the clouds within.

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