Foreword: Richard Shiff; Artworks: Gail Hastings; Afterword: Amanda Rowell. Includes sculptuations: ‘Corner Caretakers’, 2014; ‘The Distance of Doubt’, 2014; ‘Space of a Five Page Plot’, 2014; and ‘Missing’, 2014.
Australia Council for the Arts grant: Space Practising Tools
We are happy to announce that Gail Hastings’ studio is a current recipient of an Australia Council for the Arts grant for the project Space Practising Tools.
The Space Practising Tools project is a studio based experimental study of three-dimensional space from which Gail Hastings will make a number of new works called ‘Space Practising Tools’.
The study will, in itself, be an all encompassing visual investigation that will form the basis of Gail Hastings’ contribution to a book to be published as part of the project.
The book will include an art historical study of Donald Judd’s space by Adrian Kohn and introduction by Andrew McNamara.
An excerpt from the submission to the Australia Council for the Arts in part reads:
“First: What is a Space Practising Tool? A tool helps us to do something, to achieve something. As a tool, it is not an end result, but helps us to reach an end result; as will a Space Practising Tool. With it, we will be able to practise seeing space. The space, though, we practise to see will be the three-dimensional space that it, as a tool, is made of.”
“If we think of this in terms of colour, if the sky, sea, sand and trees, everything, were all red, then we wouldn’t be able to say they were red. For red, to be differentiated as red, needs to be seen against another colour. Differentiated colours are the tools of their own making. Without blue, we would only have red and non-red, just as today we only have space and non-space. To see space as a tool of its own differentiation is to begin to name the differentiations of space.”
As well as the book Space Practising Tools published through iBooks and available August 2017, the project includes an essay by Gail Hastings on the space in Donald Judd’s art published in Art Journal, New York, in the fall 2018 issue, and an exhibition of Gail Hastings’ Space Practising Tools at Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, in 2019.
For more information please contact Gail Hastings’ studio using the contact form at the top-right of this page.
Andrew Nimmo has written an introduction to the issue that in part reads:
The Autumn issue of Architecture Bulletin explores what the room means to a cross section of practitioners, academics and friends of architecture. Is it internal or external? Does it provide shelter? Is it public or private? Is it grand or intimate, old or new? Does it have a function? Does it even exist in a literal sense? At its most elementary it seems reasonable to assume that a room is defined as space – however scale, enclosure, function, form and materiality are all up for negotiation. The other critical thing is that for a room to have any meaning at all there needs to be a relationship to the body, either through inhabitation or observation – and this reminds us that architecture has no meaning without people.
‘Encyclopaedia of Time in Art: pp. 28–30’ is one of 12 works from the 36 pages about time edition first exhibited in 1996 at the Chicago Art Fair. It is one of four works from the edition collected by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, in 1996. Seven of the remaining eight works from the edition are in either public or private collections. The last remaining work is the first in the edition, pp. 1–3. Originally in the artists‘ collection, it is now available and can be found here.
A new website for Gail Hastings’ studio is now up and running.
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Review of The Missing Space Project in De Witte Raaf
Wouter Davidts reviews The Missing Space Project: Six Interviews in De Witte Raaf (volume 30, issue 178 (November–December 2015), p.25). Read review.
De Witte Raaf is a journal of critical essays and reviews on visual art published in the Netherlands.
Wouter Davidts is a Belgian academic based in Antwerp, who teaches in the Department of Architecture & Urban Planning and the Department of Art, Music and Theatre Sciences at Ghent University, with a forthcoming project entitled Larger than the Body: Size and Scale in Postwar American Art.