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.

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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.

Awesome Arts 2017

Awesome Arts festival 2017 is happening now in Perth! If you have any little artists I highly recommend a trip to the Perth cultural centre for this beautiful celebration of arts for children.

In August this year I worked with Awesome Arts on the Creative Challenge program, in which artists work with students in schools in remote and regional WA. I was lucky enough to spend one week in beautiful Coolgardie Primary school and create amazing noise making machines with students in pre-kindy to grade 6.

Window Gallery

If you happen to be wandering through the Hobart CBD, take a peek through the window of 71 Murray Street.

Ten Days on the Island is moving office, and they’ve let me have their front window while this space is in-between tenants!

Some Stars Wobble

Some Stars Wobble opens 6pm Friday 2 June at Sawtooth ARI in Launceston, Tasmania.

Here on the Earth we are never still. Imagine drawing a line in space that traces your location as you go round and round, as the globe spins on its axis, as the Earth orbits the sun, as the solar system revolves, slowly, around the centre of the galaxy. The hanging mobiles, installations and paintings exhibited in Some Stars Wobble examine the complex balance of a shared existence in the universe.

There are also three other exciting exhibitions opening at Sawtooth ARI on 2 June, check their website for full details.

Opening 6pm Friday 2 June
Exhibition runs 1 June – 24 June

Sawtooth ARI
Level , 160 Cimitiere St
Launceston Tasmania

Gallery Hours 
Wednesday to Friday 12 noon – 5 pm
Saturday 10 am – 2 pm

Stargazers

Star Gazing

Claire Pendrigh, Stargazing (Perseid Meteor Shower), 2016, still from digital animation

We are all made from star stuff, so is it really that surprising that so many of us look to the night sky and feel some kind of connection?

Everyone has access to the night sky, it can not be owned, annexed or restricted to a select few. Anyone can be a stargazer.

The points of light we see in the night sky are the centre of a great many stories; stories of culture, navigation, exploration, science, history and understanding. They have been used to pass on legends, moral tales, cultural histories, navigational routes, and scientific theories. They are bestowed with personal significance for individuals and groups of people.

Gazing into the cosmos reminds us that our existence is small. We share this tiny planet, surrounded by the infinite expanse of our universe. But our stories are important. They locate us within this expanse, and present a framework by which we can analyse and understand this position.

Stargazers is a project in which I hope to collect many stories about stars, and use them to create short animated works. These stories may encompass a wide variety of contexts including scientific, cultural, navigational, personal, anecdotal and historical, but they will all pertain to a specific point of light (or constellation) in the night sky. Ultimately, the stories will be linked together by a navigable sky map.

I am currently on the look out for stories and narrators! If you would like to get involved then please contact me. I am interested to hear all types of stories about stars, astronomical bodies, constellations etc. If your story is a good fit for the project then I will ask you to narrate it for me and email me the audio. I will then make a painting and an animation for your story.

Star Stuff

Claire Pendrigh, Star Stuff (Omega Nebula), 2016, still from digital animation