Is aesthetic space ‘found’ — as with the space in a room — or ‘built’?
If it is built, with what tools?
If space is built, is it an object?
If aesthetic space is an object — a material thing — then how does it relate to the non-material space through which we walk and breathe?
As a viewer, how do we differentiate between the aesthetic space of a work of art and the space of the room?
The Missing Space Project is a book of six interviews by Gail Hastings in which these and other questions concerning space as a material medium in art are examined.
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Gail Hastings’ studio
G22-11A Lachlan St
Gail Hastings makes sculptuations—an architectural situation that loops back upon itself.
Düsseldorf, 1995, Gail Hastings making To make a work of thoughtful art (1995). Photo: Thomas Taubert
Taubert Contemporary, Berlin; Gail Hastings’ studio, Sydney.
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The Missing Space Project released on iBooks
Wednesday, 14 October 2015
Most regard phenomenological space made popular in the 1960s as the only type of space introduced by Minimal art. Few are aware of the self-determined space made by the art, itself, that creates an alternative concrete or material space.
Within the art historical account of this art since the 1960s, any critical recognition of its material space is ostensibly missing.
The six interviews of The Missing Space Project debate and explore the cause of this oversight and its connection to a repeatedly cited misapprehension of this art as ‘reduction’.
Being able to describe what one sees is fundamental to being aware of what one sees. Without a vocabulary with which to describe material space one, effectively, cannot see it.
To this extent, the Missing Space Project explores the potential development of a vocabulary with which to describe the differentiated space of this art since the 1960s.
Without it, contemporary art today will remain at a loss.
A Few Pieces: Taubert Contemporary, Berlin
Saturday, 17 January 2015
Replica of an original space: yellow green and Replica of an original space: blue light are two wall sculptuations in the group exhibition ‘A Few Pieces’ at Taubert Contemporary in Berlin. Work by artists in the exhibition include: Lars Arrhenius, Geissler & Sann, Gail Hastings, Markus Linnenbrink, Mutter & Genth, Jan van der Ploeg, Markus Weggenmann, Beat Zoderer. The exhibition dates are 17/01/2015 to 07/03/2015. Taubert Contemporary is located at Lindenstraße 35, D – 10969 Berlin.
Monday, 12 January 2015
Gail Hastings travels to Berlin and New York to participate in a group exhibition at Taubert Contemporary and to interview participants for a project supported by an Australia Council Grant.
Taking It All Away: MCA Collection
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
To make a work of timeless art, 1996, is in the MCA collection exhibition ‘Taking It All Away‘ curated by Natasha Bullock. ‘Diverse in form and character, the works in Taking it all away set the dynamics of space and time against the complexities of modern existence. Together, these works speak to the importance of art history and to the vigorous, evolving nature of contemporary art. The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia dedicates this exhibition to the memory of artists Gordon Bennett and Robert Hunter, who sadly passed away during its development.‘ The exhibition dates are 18/12/2014 to 22/02/2015.
Australia Council for the Arts Grant
Saturday, 29 November 2014
Successful grant submission to the Australia Council. The purpose of the grant is to research and canvass through interviews the unexamined space of so-called Minimal Art.
Upcoming exhibition: Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
Upcoming exhibition ‘Taking It All Away’ curated by Natasha Bullock at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) will include a work of mine from the collection.
Review of Exhibition: To Do in Art Monthly
Saturday, 30 August 2014
In the August 2014 edition of Art Monthly Australia there is a review of Exhibition: To Do (2014) and Missing: four sculptuations by Gail Hastings (2014), by Judith Blackall. The Library now holds the article, Gail Hastings: Sculptuations.
Daimler Art Collection
Monday, 02 June 2014
The Daimler Art Collection has recently upgraded its website and is now a more user friendly database of the collection with selected works. Sculptuations by Gail Hastings in the collection include: Missing walls: bureaucracy at work (2007) and Difficult art decisions: wall six (1998). Both sculptuations were exhibited in Minimalism and Applied II, as well as other collection exhibitions.