Bad Faith and Universal Technique

Bad Faith and Universal Technique
Mike Cloud has not been seduced by conceptual art.  That is not to say there is not a conceptual framework to his aesthetic. It appears that he has taken a most challenging approach to his creative instinct, engaging the intersection of concept and emotion to animate ideas in his work. The first idea one encounters at the entrance to Mike Cloud’s exhibition Bad Faith and Universal Technique is Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite,  the rallying cry of the French Revolution.  These words, part of the sculpture Traveling Barricade , are painted in white, blue and red and are encased in a small triangle on the floor that could easily be overlooked.  Above it a torn piece of natural canvas with a slash of white paint across it hangs like a flag of surrender.  Perhaps a comment on what it takes to convince another of an idea? The clashing or the integration of ideas …