The Nummulosphere

19 August 2015

Artists Hayden Prujean and Carlos Wedde imagine what the world was once like covered in a vast ocean, in The Nummulosphere at Toi Pōneke Gallery.

Nummo Optimised by Carlos Wedde - unusual seascape

The Nummulosphere by Carlos Wedde

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In response to the theories of Pseudo-scientists and writers of fiction, Hayden and Carlos have created a series of works evoking an aquatic world and the era of nautical exploration, where the deep and the absurd are never more than a stone’s throw apart.

The concept and title of the exhibition comes from the book The Nummulosphere written by Randolf Kirkpatrick, attempts to prove the theory that the earth’s crust was created entirely by aquatic life.

A coral specialist, Kirkpatrick suggests an obsession with looking for the proof of something deeply imagined, but highly unlikely.  

“Kirkpatrick’s ideas and those of other observers of the ocean and the unknown captured our imaginations because they reflected something vast, and possible, but with an inability to see anything as it truly is.”

Hayden and Carlos have used a mixture of sculpture, enclosed objects, paintings, and kinetic works to test these ideas, exploring weird and beautiful vistas and absurd possibilities.

This is the second collaboration between Prujean and Wedde; their first show -Deep sea discomedusae at Blue Oyster gallery in Dunedin in 2012, was driven by similar themes and a shared interest in the possibilities of combining sculptural, painted, comic, and kinetic art. The Nummulosphere builds on that previous collaboration.

Hayden Prujean is a sound and multimedia artist. Carlos Wedde is a sculptor and comic artist.

The Nummulosphere opens at 10am on Friday 4 September and runs until 26 September at Toi Pōneke Gallery, 61 Abel Smith Street.