Cloudboy's Super Nova in which our hero explores the local supermarket discovers bossa nova, realises toilet plungers are a thing and buys some milk.

EXTERNAL SENSOR PACK (MODEL 0R90G)

SUPER IMPORTANT

KEY CHAIN

MULTI-SENSOR CONTROL;

A DIVERSE RANGE OF RANDOM STIMULI CAN BE LOCATED RANGING FROM; EDIBLE, CHEERFUL, ANNOYING, BLUE, TALL, SHINY, MANTELPIECE, CARDIGAN, CAMEMBERT, NEBRASKA etc.

HELMET COMMUNICATOR (LIMITED TO YES, NO, MAYBE, WTF! AND QUACK)

CHRONOMETER

GENERALLY VAGUE OR PERPLEXED EXPRESSION

RADAR CONTROL (BROKEN)

MON PANACHE

RADAR... POSSIBLY A SEIVE

DANCING QUEEN

UTILITY BELT: HEAVILY UPGRADED SPACE MARINE KIT FEATURING EXTRA HOOKS AND POUCHES. UTILITIES INCLUDE;

  • 3TCH4 COMMUNICATOR

  • GRAPPLE AND SAFETY LINE

  • TRIDENT RAY GUN

  • MULTI SCALABLE WATER BOTTLE

  • KEYCHAIN

  • SENSOR CONTROL AND POWER COUPLING

  • PLUNGE-OMATIC

POWER PACK (YEAH YOU WANT TO KNOW)

WEAKNESSES

  • CAN'T GET UP FROM A PRONE POSITION

  • SHINY THINGS

  • COMMUNICATING CLEARLY

  • HELMET OPENING CONTROL

  • CAN'T SEE ANYTHING BELOW HELMET  LINE

  • CONNECTING BATTERIES TO LIGHTING SETUP

EXTERNAL LIQUID INTAKE (CAN'T ACTUALLY REACH HIS OWN MOUTH)

HELMET OPENING CONTROL (YOU BREAK IT, YOU FIX IT... LONG STORY)

CHEST COMPARTMENT, USED FOR CARRYING SPACE SAMPLES, SANDWICHES AND PENGI

UTILITY FOR MEASURING THE LENGTH AND BREADTH OF THE UNIVERSE

EATING UTENSIL

DISTRACTIONS

  • BRIGHT SHINY THINGS

  • FLOWERS

  • GADGETS

  • COLLECTABLE MODEL SPACEMEN

GENERAL HEROIC STANCE

Accoutrements

ALL TERRAIN SPACE BOOTIES (HEAVILY HACKED 'WELLINGTON' MODEL WITH A LIGHTYEAR UPGRADE)

REALLY REALLY IMPORTANT

Trident Raygun for those hard to reach moments, when the distance between sustenance and your mouth is a little too far, when survival is paramount

 

3TCH4 Communicator 

dual control multilingual lineographic communicator fitted with accelerometer controlled delete/save (iCloudboy supported) and plush powder coated exterior. Comes with pouch and power jack

Multi Sensor used for a variety of tasks ranging from sensorial to pocking and generally waving around (note: this device has never been used nor will be for cleaning purposes)

 

Thudduster 5  featuring the latest in close quarters self defence and lint control, the Thudduster 5 Hand Cannon cleans where others fail

Behind the fluff...

Originating as a couple of drawings at the end of my confused and introverted teenage years, Cloudboy has evolved into a multi decade whim-project that is as absurd as it is complex.

On the surface he is a crackpot whimsical construction from junk and foam, a sporadically reinvented folly paralleling my emerging creative life, the culmination of a comment ("we need space suits") in a junkyard by two friends on finding some concertina ducting tube .

Metaphorically he is the transcendent reality of my relationship to art and life, an idealised image of masculinity and self-preservation, a symbol of myself in all my fallible ridiculous humanity bedecked in a cosmonaut suit that reflects the vicissitudes and serendipity of a life creatively lived. I am literally carrying the burden of my creative habit on my shoulders.

It's also really awesome to own a space suit

The idea that he should step out of the studio and onto the streets of Melbourne was as whimsical as the first inspiration that made him... hmmm I wonder what it would look like if I got on a train early in the morning and commuted into the city? It should not be taken lightly, but it should be taken. One small step for Cloudboy could be one giant tangent for mankind (well me), and if nothing else it creates a welcome respite to the drab quotidian nature of most peoples busy morning commute, and that is fun and should be done.

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Spacesuit 1

Probably the most regular appearance of Cloudboy was at Rainbow Serpent Festival. Being an early riser and it being cooler then I would don Cloudboy and trek the kilometre to the market and buy coffee for my wife and I. Extra fun being had when all communication was via a selection of whistles and horns in the helmet.