Gallery4 on the 1st floor: October 2017

Cloud Storage

Cloud Storage

So you need a place to catalog your thoughts?
Some suitcase space for your inner sky?
(Sc)roll up!
There's plenty of spiraling air upside the horizon for all that panoramic pizzazz.
Being mostly water yourself, you'll feel right at home among the clouds.
So board a nimbus ship and billow!
Upload your consciousness and float.
Evaporate into a sky tank, and hover, like a lazy vat, adrift in the wispy mist: a pirate pareidolia.
Feeling a little nebulous?
A little spaced-out?
You're a Dropbox now, at maximum capacity: a storehouse for hail.
And the (Google) driving wind now urges you to
"please upgrade your storage plan",
Or else offload a terabyte to other terra-firma(ment)s:
A Swiss cloud bank perhaps, or a microburst download
Raining data into rivers, bittorrents burgeoning,
lamenting lack of bandwidth,
churning hydro-electric politics,
all the way down to the ocean
where we ostensibly become one again with the whirled,
nevertheless yet waiting for municipal flood recovery funding
to finally trickle in.
Hurricanes heed no linear insistence.
She floats under her own dome of heaven,
shrouded in her own London fog,
or her very own Amsterdam pea soup fog: a murky sinus sky of "snerwt".
But when her head cold subsides,
she shelves her clouded mind on a shelf cloud,
rides an updraft to cloud nine,
transcends the eddies, learns to fly
to the cerulean, to the azure, to the construct:
to that bottomless blue where
JMW Turner yearns for a (java)scripted sublimity.
Pixels paint their way home, exhausted by air travel,
crystalized into contrails, conspiring with windsheer, to stretch feathery jets westward.
Cirrus aviaticus goes on reigning in the sky in the fickle confines of the pale blue dot,
but the climate also shifts by digital degrees:
dialed in by the gradations of a hue slider in Photoshop.

Harold Sikkema

Harold is an accomplished artist and visual communicator, whose creative capacities span diverse media, technologies, and platforms. His code powers websites and art installations alike, leveraging the logic of mobile devices. He has illustrated children’s books, designed award-winning publications, documented events, and crafted effective brands. He maintains artistic practices of photography, community engagement, and critical thinking and writing. Equally at ease with JavaScript and Photoshop, Harold brings poetic zest and cohesive vision to all his work.



Gallery4 at the Central Library is located at the 1st floor of Central Library. Thousands of people a month pass through this lobby, which makes it an excellent downtown location to view local artists.

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