Space Practising Tools
by Gail Hastings
with an introduction by Jon Roffe
The book is a great, thoughtful contemporary answer to the most important artist books and artist theories since Albers, Judd and LeWitt.
—Renate Wiehager, DPhil, Head of the Daimler Art Collection, Stuttgart/Berlin
One form of learning and knowing comes from separating and connecting. But how can we learn to know space? It is everywhere, and in a way, because we often take it for granted, it is nowhere! In this seriously experimental book Gail Hastings starts from the fundamentals: force, flow and fixity. From here, we can see how space becomes visible by means of arrangements.
—Nikos Papastergiadis, Professor, Director of the Research Unit of Public Cultures, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne
Space Practising Tools is much like a storybook. The main character is space. In the beginning, we fear it. As life goes on, we learn to ignore our fear and, as a result, we learn to ignore space. This makes it difficult to see space in three-dimensional art in which it is central. In Space Practising Tools, the artist Gail Hastings records a practical way to see and to work with ‘actual’ space in art. Her book documents spatial interactions through photographs, watercolours and diagrams of five space practising tools the artist handmade. It aims to develop an eye for space separate from our shared space that we tend not to see. It calls on Josef Albers’ Interaction of Color of 1966 as a precedent in its experimental approach to studio observational procedures. Unlike colour, though, space rests on a process of recognition in the face of self-repulsion. With it, space reinvigorates art as necessary. Without it, space is invisible.
The philosopher Jon Roffe enlivens Space Practising Tools with a historical perspective in his introduction, which unleashes a twist in aesthetic adventures. As seen in his highly renowned inclusive approach to Deleuzian thought, Roffe’s illuminating and erudite attention encourages the book’s reach and applicability in the everyday process of being.
Price: $49.50 (incl. GST)
Postage: $9.00 (incl. GST)
Found in the following libraries:
Monash University Caulfield Library
Schaeffer Fine Arts Library, University of Sydney
St Kilda Library, Port Phillip
University of Melbourne Library, Southbank
Prahran Mechanics’ Institute Victorian History Library
Gail Hastings’ Studio