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Pale Blue dot dot dot

Pale Blue dot dot dot

Margaret Brink

Opening 06.09.18 6-8pm
Artist Talks 28.10.18 6-7pm

Pale Blue dot dot dot examines certain types of images operating within an absurdist register. They are images that explore perspectives on (and from) Earth, both literally and metaphorically – absurdist in that each is representative of an attempt to give sense or meaning to life on the pale blue dot, and hence references the essential meaninglessness against witch such efforts are always inherently situated.

Margaret Brink builds her own, mythic scheme of signs and representation, built out of paintings and sculpture that respond to these disparate images from diverse sources. Her reference points include science, popular culture, history and mythology, as well as an archive of her own photographs detailing the banal aspects of everyday life.

Pale Blue dot dot dot operates on an endless circuit, a continuous loop of collected, archived and layered images. It is inspired by the feeling of flicking through endless browser tabs, or trying to make sense of images pulled randomly from your entire image search history. By bringing her source material together in her paintings Margaret Brink offers new ways of recognising and reading these images. She invites her audience into the awkward exchanges created in the pursuit of meaning. The exhibition explores the visual ambience created by our experience of being here and looking at things.


Margaret Brink is an artist based in Sydney. She is currently working toward the completion of her MFA at Sydney college of the Arts. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Australia and New Zealand and presented her first solo show, County Athletics, at Knulp in May.

Working predominantly in oils, Margaret is interested in using painting and sculpture to generate an awkward exchange, using fragmented and often banal images to build ambiguous and layered representations. In this process, Margaret expresses a desire to make connections and perceive meaning in seemingly disparate images. The absurdity of this enterprise is fundamental to the images she sources.

Her exhibition at Firstdraft is a provisional manifestation of an ongoing project. Building upon previous work, the reading of each painting is subject to change according to its place within the broader context of the exhibition.

Earlier Event: September 1
2017 Fundraising Auction
Later Event: October 4
Tokyo Trace 2