a silent corner

GH made a silent corner in 1996 and included the artwork in two corners and a cube at the Galerie Köstring/Maier, München, in 1997. a silent corner is one of three in the limited edition Silent Art. The artwork's medium includes watercolour and lead pencil on paper, gesso, acrylic paint and pencil on MDF, measuring, overall, 173h x 221.8w x 7d cm.

Announcement card:

The Bureau wishes to advise that silence can be saved and turned into substance by following these simple directions. Enter a room in which there is a telephone, wait for it to ring, answer it and note the date and time of the conversation: _______ at _____ am/pm. Now wait again for a second conversation: _______  at  _____ am/pm. Calculate the length (substance) of time (silence) that passed between these two conversations by making every 60 minutes equal 3 centimetres: _______min. = _______cm. Results are to be recorded in the ‘Encyclopaedia of Silent Art’ at the room for two corners and a cube. Thank you.

Stamped by the Bureau of Calculating Silence © 1965

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Encyclopaedia of Silent Art

To make this work of silent art you must first enter a room in which there is a telephone. Wait for the telephone to ring, answer it and note the date and time of the ensuing conversation. _______ at _____ am/pm. Wait for a second call and again note the date and time. _______  at  _____ am/pm. Now calculate the length of time that passed between these two conversations by making every 60 minutes equal 3 centimetres: ______hrs. _______min. = _______cm

Take out this length of silence from the orange rectangle above and place it on the adjoining corner wall. You have now completed this work of silent art.

~ page 212 ~

Exhibitions
23/09/1998 Moët &​ Chandon Australian Art Foundation Touring Exhibition 1998, Queensland Art Gallery (cur. Frances Lindsay and Brian McKay), Brisbane
29/07/1998 Moët &​ Chandon Australian Art Foundation Touring Exhibition 1998, Art Gallery of New South Wales (cur. Frances Lindsay and Brian McKay), Sydney
30/04/1998 Moët &​ Chandon Australian Art Foundation Touring Exhibition 1998, National Gallery of Victoria (cur. Frances Lindsay and Brian McKay), Melbourne
17/03/1998 Moët &​ Chandon Australian Art Foundation Touring Exhibition 1998, National Gallery of Australia (cur. Frances Lindsay and Brian McKay), Canberra
23/05/1997 two corners and a cube, Galerie Köstring/Maier, München
Bibliography
Anna Clabburn, Toast of the under-35s’, The Age, Wednesday 6 May 1998, p.20.
Michael Wardell, ‘Art in the Age of Lost Innocence’, 1998 Moët & Chandon Touring Exhibition, exhibition catalogue, Moët & Chandon Australian Art Foundation, Melbourne 1998, p.7.