Mike Cloud: Interview

Mike Cloud, Iron Man Flying Quilt, 2008, oil and clothes on linen, 70 x 52 x 7 i
Mike Cloud, Iron Man Flying Quilt, 2008, oil and clothes on linen, 70 x 52 x 7 inches (courtesy of the artist)

Karla Wozniak interviews painter Mike Cloud about his work.

Asked about "painting as an expanded, flexible discipline that has the power to absorb other media," Cloud responds: "Painting is the contemplation of a skin, a painted film. Whether a painting is on a cave wall, canvas or wood, you can always conceptually separate a painting from its support. Wall space is sacred; it is the space of windows, doors, mirrors, and other kinds of portals. Sculptures are different; they have to share a space with living things, as does architecture. A chair could be either mundane or a work of art, so could a building. But all paintings are contrivances. They are all set apart... There is a point at which you simply aren’t making a painting, but something else. Part of the skill of a painter is in proposing those boundaries. This comes from experience. You have to paint for a long time to understand it."