Beyond the Clouds

Beyond the clouds, the “sky.” If that evanescent space filters and controls the amount of sunlight enabling life on earth, it is also the unlimited territory open to the gaze of every human being. Scientific discoveries and ancestral intuition have thus constructed over the centuries and across cultures the intimate relation which ties man to the heavens.

Since man first stood upright, his eyes turned towards the sky. The regularity and the variety of celestial and atmospheric phenomena, which bear witness to the world’s harmony and equilibrium, have nourished life’s mystery. They question the origins of man by turning the celestial vault into the abode of the divine and the natural place where to seek answers to man’s endless existential quest.

Although the passage from the solid mass (earth) to gas (air) appears as a decisive turn towards weightlessness, by pointing to a possible boundary between two distinct worlds, scientific research shows surprising continuity between the macroscopic and the microscopic. Consious of the mysterious influence of the Universe upon this world, artists watch for signs in the sky in order to translate them into sensory matter (Jiro Nakayama); they inverse their scale (Jordan Wolfson) in order to propose a new perception.

Invisible energies at the boundary between the Earth and the Sky come together (Leisgen, Roman Signer) to obliterate that Manichean division embodied by the horizon line; or yet the Earth blends itself into the cosmic vision of constellations (Neal Beggs) to restore universe to its true unity. In the “piercing silence” of the sky, artists indicate a possible vanishing point which attracts our attention beyond particularisms, towards a global vision of the world (Edith Dekyndt).

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