stratosphere by Trevor Mein
Trevor Mein’s cloud archive has expanded with the addition of a new series of work titled stratosphere. The stratosphere wraps around the earth’s surface above the troposphere, extending to 50 kilometres above the planet and containing the ozone layer. This new body of work continues to capture the extremes in weather and is part of Trevor Mein’s ever-expanding Cloud Atlas. Mein’s Cloud Atlas contains a broad collection of every imaginable cloud and sky, capturing both the understated and the spectacular. The Atlas, so named in the 16th century, describes a collection of maps pertaining to the physical features of land, but in this instance the diagrammatic presents the fleeting and the ephemeral as distinct from terra firma. In this upcoming exhibition, Mein’s palette shifts from light blue, white and a myriad of greys. Prussian blue, violet, saffron, pale pink and coal black enter the picture plane. The tonal shifts in some compositions allude to a seascape, as one becomes anchored by the suggestion of the horizon. Through the less abstracted works the viewer is transported back to the celestial sphere. In ancient Greek Mythology the deity Atlas was made responsible for bearing the weight of the heavens on his shoulders, retribution for leading the Titans into battle. The cloudscapes in stratosphere capture both the ephemeral and delicate beauty that exists on Earth thus prompting the viewer to consider more seriously the tenuous balance and long-term future of our planet.