Cloud Spotting in Melbourne

Nephelokokkygia – Installation view at Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne. Works by Michele Grimston (left), Helen Seiver (front and right), and Claire Pendrigh (back)


I, and my work, have just arrived back in Tasmania after a trip to the big island. It began as the seed of an idea in 2017 when I discovered that amazing artists (and close friends) Helen Seiver and Michele Grimston were also making art about the nuances of the atmosphere and our complex relationship to the weather. From there, the idea grew into an exhibition.

After the opening, I took a road trip to some parts of Australia I’d never been to before. I drove from Melbourne to Alice Springs with plenty of stops and side trips along the way, enjoying a big sky perfect for cloud spotting.

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Blue Dot: Exhibition Opening

I’m excited to invite you to the opening of my exhibition

Blue Dot
5:30pm, Thurs 28 Jun
at the School House Gallery at Rosny Farm, Tasmania

Look up – or should we say out. We inhabit a thin slice. Beneath us are layers of soil, sand, rock and magma; and above us, layers less visible radiate out from our sphere of heavier, terrestrial elements.

The nestled spheres of our atmosphere are home to the clouds.

The mobiles hanging in the School House Gallery are an invitation to cloud-gaze. The circles of sky drift gently, stirred by a breeze from an open window.

These “cloud portraits” belong to Hobart. Clouds are the movement of air and water made visible, and Hobart’s cloudscapes are distinctly shaped by its geography: the mountain, the river, the sea, the city. Nothing operates in isolation.

Beyond the clouds the sky looks blue, and if you get far enough out and look back, the planet looks blue too. A pale blue dot, precious and extraordinary, suspended in space.

At the Bottom of an Ocean of Air

I’m excited to invite you to a new installation in Contemporary Art Tasmania’s project space.

“Noi viviamo sommersi nel fondo d’un pelago d’aria”
“We live submerged at the bottom of an ocean of air”

– Evangelista Torricelli (inventor of the barometer), 1634

At the Bottom of an Ocean of Air is an installation of home-made barometers. Made from simple materials, they respond to changes in atmospheric pressure. As the air pressure changes, the little lights flicker on and off like bioluminescing creatures of the deep atmosphere.

The installation will be open during Contemporary Art Tasmania’s next exhibition opening 6pm, Friday 27 April, and will be on showing throughout May.

Contemporary Art Tasmania
27 Tasma Street, North Hobart, Tasmania
Open Wed to Sun, 12 – 5pm

Image: Claire Pendrigh, At the Bottom of an Ocean of Air, 2018, home-made barometers (jars, latex, water, plastic), LED’s and batteries.

imagine

I’m very excited to be part of this amazing exhibition at the new Gippsland Art Gallery in Sale, VIC, Australia.

‘imagine’ encompasses 134 works from 81 local, national, and international artists, to take visitors on a journey through five centuries of art making.

The exhibition includes two of my works, the installation of RCB Star Clouds, and Álfasteinn.

Read more about the exhibition at: www.gippslandartgallery.com

In the clouds

Jupiter and Io (Alpine Landscape), Claire Pendrigh, 2017, Oil on Canvas, 100 x 300cm

Clouds of a Chaotic Sky is now open at Salamanca Arts Centre, and runs until 22 Jan 2018.

Thank you to everyone who made it to the opening night – it was lovely to see you all! I’ll be minding the gallery on and off throughout the show, so if you’re in Hobart pop in and visit.

You can see all the artworks on my website at www.clairependrigh.com

Feel free to send me an email if you’d like to find out more about any of the artworks.

Clouds of a Chaotic Sky – Exhibition at Salamanca Arts Centre

OFFICIAL OPENING: 6pm Friday 5 January 2018
EXHIBITION DATES: Saturday 6 – Monday 22 January 2018, open 10am – 4pm daily
SIDE SPACE GALLERY Salamanca Arts Centre

Lie on your back and observe the shapes drifting through the sky. Imagine the weight of the billions of droplets of water suspended – a blanket, saturated and heavy, slipping between forms, amorphous and ever changing. Claire Pendrigh’s exhibition Clouds of a Chaotic Sky is an exploration of the sublime, ephemeral beauty of clouds.

Join us for the exhibition opening, with opening remarks from Simon McCulloch – ABC’s 7pm weather presenter in Tasmania and senior forecaster with the Bureau of Meteorology.

Read more at: www.salarts.org.au/event/clouds-of-a-chaotic-sky

This exhibition is supported by Salamanca Arts Centre.

Firing

I’m working on an installation for a show in January, that involves making many little ceramic vessels and firing them in my garden. It’s been really exciting to learn the whole process, from digging the clay out of the ground through to the final, fired object.

I’ve had a few goes at it now and I’m getting much more reliable, with less exploded pots each time. Now, I just need to make as many as I can before summer kicks in and the fire bans start.