I Missed It

Kate’s story takes place in the lovely little town of Nannup in WA.

This story is part of the Stargazers project for which I am collecting stories about stars. If you have a story that you would like to share with me then please get in touch!

Travellers

A story about travelling to new places, new planets, and what gets left behind.

This story is part of the Stargazers project for which I am collecting stories about stars. If you have a story and you would like to get involved then get in touch!

Binary System

Stargazers is a collection of stories about stars. This is the first story that has been given to me in the form of a poem.

The story looks at the binary star system SS Cygni in the constellation Cygnus. SS Cygni consists of two stars orbiting each other; one large, cool red dwarf, and one small, hot white dwarf. As they orbit each other the denser white dwarf pulls matter from the red dwarf, absorbing it into it’s self. This kind of stellar relationship is called a cataclysmic variable system, a suitable name because they often end dramatically.

I met Christine in Berlin and we got talking about binary stars. Some stars orbit each other peacefully at a respectful distance, some get too close and collide. Some are unbalanced, with one star dominating the other, stealing its matter and leaving it drained. In many ways, these systems make effective analogies of romantic relationships. Christine put words to a situation that I think many of us have experienced, and I now have a new-found empathy for SS Cygni.

Cloudburst

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Duo exhibition at CHASM NY

CHRISTIAN LOCK & CLAIRE PENDRIGH

OPENING FRIDAY DECEMBER 12, 2014
6pm to 9pm

VENUE:
THE BOGART
56 BOGART STREET
BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK 11206
@ THE MORGAN AVENUE SUBWAY STOP (L train)

This winter Australian artists Christian Lock and Claire Pendrigh debut a dynamic two-person show exploring elemental forces and our connectedness to the universe.

An eloquent interpretation of Lock’s work from Sydney based Art Critic Andrew Frost inspired the title for this exhibition: “There is much at play in Christian Lock’s paintings: space and illusion, surface and depth, texture and smoothness, abstraction and figuration. The eye attempts to unravel the detail while trying to reconcile the entirety of the pictorial space. But it’s no easy task. Lock’s paintings suggest a sky dotted with strange clouds, and the curlicues of something far darker, cloudbursts of the unconscious spreading out in a contemporary sublime.”

Lock says of his painting:
“My work involves the dispersal of paint and pigment by air. If a viewer were to observe the studio process, they may consider that nothing has been added that was not already present. The movements from the floor to the wall could appear as repeated resurrections. But could also be considered an inversion, vertiginously holding up the viewer. Monochromatic images help us to see things in greater definition.”

Pendrigh complements Lock’s paintings with her textile installation work encompassing the window wall of the gallery. Her cunningly quirky, curiously unsettling Cloud series feature clusters of wool reassembled and suspended as though weightless in mid air. Pendrigh’s installation will also feature a soundscape in which her clouds become animated and anthropomorphic.

Pendrigh says of her work:
“I wanted to explore connections between stellar events and the everyday business of being human. I imagine the stars exhaling clouds of dust into the universe, in the same way as we humans, being carbon based life forms, breathe in and out, expanding and contracting with each breath.”

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Christian Lock is a graduate from the University of South Australia with a Masters in Visual Arts.
Lock has held many solo exhibitions throughout his career around Australia. He represented GAGPROJECTS|Greenaway Art Gallery (South Australia) at the Dubai art fair this year and will participate in the Cairo Biennale in 2015.
Lock has also been invited to be involved in a show curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist at Samstag Museum titled “do it (Adelaide)” in February, 2015.
Lock has been the recipient of many award scholarships and his work resides in the collections of Artbank and the Art Gallery of South Australia.
This upcoming December exhibition at CHASM will be Lock’s first show in New York.

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Claire Pendrigh graduated from the ANU School of Art in Canberra, Australia, majoring with Honours in Painting. Her art practice has taken her thus far to Iceland and she will next undertake an artist residency in Japan, 2015. Pendrigh has exhibited in solo and group shows across Australia and the United Kingdom. She is based in Bunbury, South West of Western Australia. This too will be her first time exhibiting in New York.

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This will be the final show of our very successful inaugural year at CHASM, so we will be delighted to see our special guests and a few fresh faces in the space before the year is out.

Friends of guests and partners are welcome.

Complimentary Australian wine will be served upon arrival.

Do not miss this breathtaking show!

RSVP: jess@chasmgallery.com

Yarn bomb Bunbury

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My latest project has been a work project. Today was I ❤ Yarn day, so to celebrate we decided to spend the whole day knitting and yarn bomb one of the trees outside the gallery where I work! It looks amazing, but there is still some more work to do. I think that we may have to organise a follow up yarn day so that we can cover the whole tree.

Thanks to Helen for helping me come up with the idea, and thanks to everyone who made it happen!

The painting in my cupboard

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One drifts on a lone, sleepy walk, acrylic and permanent marker on found painting

I found an old print of a painting in the cupboard of my rented unit. It was in a sad state with chipped corners and peeling surface. What can I say, I instantly fell in love with it as an object that has spent so much time hanging on other people’s walls and watching other people’s lives. I have been drawing these little ghost creatures lately and I decided to introduce them in to this landscape. I think I would like to create a narrative using these ghosts on other people’s paintings. If anyone has any unloved prints hiding in their cupboards, then please let me know!

Art in a new town

Claire Article SWTimes Mar 2013

I have been feeling a little guilty lately as I have not managed to post any pictures of new art on the blog since I moved to Bunbury. The truth is that, while I have still been making art, having a full time job has slowed me down considerably!

This is a scan of an article in the South West Times the other week which I was interviewed for. It makes me feel less guilty about the slow pace of my artmaking because reading it back over made me realise that I have been quite busy and I have been achieving some pretty great goals! The photo is taken in the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries were I now work, and I am sitting in front of a painting by South West artist Monique Tippett.

Love

Claire in the Skin Cosy

I just re-discovered this photograph of me in Bristol, all dressed up and holding one of my crocheted hearts, and I decided that it was most definitely worthy of a place on my blog. I think that the Skin Cosy, or “naked suit” as it became affectionately known in the Bristol backpackers where I was living at the time, is my favourite artwork from the Cosy exhibition. It was interesting to re-exhibit the costume in Canberra for the CCAS Christmas Show. In Bristol, people were only a little shy about donning the suit, and once wearing it they were happily jumping around the gallery showing off their new knitted nipples and vagina to anyone who would look! In Canberra, however, the mood was much more restrained and the suggestion that people could try the cosy on was met with coy giggles and polite declines. I wonder what people would think of it in my new home, Bunbury?

Best heart to all you lovely people in Bristol, Canberra, Bunbury and around the world.

Who says i’m too big to build cubbies?

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Moving to Bunbury has got me thinking about houses, about how we construct that identity of the home. What it is that makes a building more than simply a shell in which we store all our stuff?

Every evening, I have been crawling through the small doorway of my washing-machine-box cubby and decorating the walls with lyrics from Björk that I am particularly obsessed with at the moment. The inside of this box is my cave.

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