Opening Reception: Friday, September 14 from 6pm to 8pm
About Cloud Control
Cloud Control is a series of paintings that examines the relationship of the seen and the unseen, the real and the virtual, the genuine and the fake by a taking a deeper look at atmospheric and digital clouds and how both are shaping our lives, from climate change to social media.
Our cloud classification system—cumulus, stratus, cirrus, and others—was put forth in 1802 by the “father of meteorology” Luke Howard, who fascinated scientists and artists alike with his essay “On the Modifications of Clouds, and on the Principles of their Production, Suspension, and Destruction.” Goethe and Shelley wrote poems inspired by him, and the landscape artist John Constable, a master of the cloud-studded pastoral, was a student of Howard’s work and referred to the act of “skying.”
Circa 2006, we witnessed the birth of a digital cloud, an omnipresent cousin of the Howard cloud, seemingly out of thin air. Instead of water suspended in the atmosphere, it’s information—words, images, and more that we can access. Physical interaction with things and beings is no longer required.
These narrative paintings depict the effects: inky rivers and lakes of cool color spread across the canvas surface like monsoons and restrained brighter colors scatter across the canvas symbolizing the invisible forces at play, which we don’t fully understand, and should be used with caution. What brings us together also isolates us from each other; we no longer have to connect in person or by voice.
As these digital relationships replace physical ones they remind us that clouds offer valuable gifts: light speed information or water for crops that feed the world, but too much of either can be disastrous. -ANDREI PETROV, 2018
About ANDREI PETROV
Based in New York City ANDREI PETROV explores memory in his organic abstract paintings. His paintings probe the distortion, incompleteness and rare moments of clarity in the shadows of memory. Each piece portrays the intrinsic struggle and selective inclusion or exclusion of details in the process of recollection. At times, sharpness occurs in the rear of the picture plane while the out of focus, obscured areas, exist in a larger scale toward the foreground and make reference to the inscrutable nature of long and short term memory.
Petrov’s paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally in prestigious collections and can be viewed at The Four Seasons Hotel in both Washington, DC and Punta Mita, Mexico, The Fairmont Hotel in Chicago and The Conrad Hotel, Miami. His paintings have also had cameos in the following films, The Royal Tenenbaums, Autumn in New York, Kate and Leopold, The Business of Strangers and Words and Lyrics. He is the featured visual artist 2016 for Music@Menlo.
Cloud Control marks ANDREI PETROV’s sixth consecutive solo exhibition at Morton Fine Art.
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