work consists of installations, sculptures and photos. Using his daily
surroundings and spaces as motives, Smilde is interested in the temporal
nature of construction and deconstruction. His work refers to both the
physical state of a building as well as a moment of revelation that
depicts either hope or fragility. Smilde analyses spaces and their appearance
and takes them apart to investigate their unique details and features.
His artistic point of view often centers on duality. His works question:
inside and outside, temporality, size, the function of materials and
Smilde (b.1978, Groningen, Netherlands) lives and works in Amsterdam.
He has exhibited across The Netherlands and also in Toronto, Taipei,
Istanbul, Dublin, Paris, London and San Francisco. In 2013, he opened
his first large scale solo exhibition in the US at Land of Tomorrow
in Louisville, Kentucky, and guest curated a show at the Bonnefantenmuseum
in Maastricht. His Nimbus series was recognised by TIME Magazine as
one of the "Top Ten Inventions of 2012". He was a resident
artist at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin in 2008. Smilde received
his BA in 2001 from the Minerva Academy and his MA in 2005 from the
Frank Mohr Institute, both in The Netherlands.