Event: [space holder] - image: ABC art: blue cube, 2008, Gail Hastings

ABC art: blue cube

Year: 2008
Ontology: Limited edition
Edition: ABC art
In edition: 2

Medium: enamel on plywood, watercolour and lead pencil on paper

HxWxD cm: 72 x 312 x 20
Holdings: Available to collect

ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF THE ABC IN ART HISTORY

Art historian A insists the meaning of this work of art can be found in room one. Upon rushing through the passageway to room one, however, we could not find any meaning.

Art historian B’s books all conclude with the meaning of this work of art being found in room two. Upon rushing through the passageway to room two, we could not find any meaning.

Art historian C argues in lectures to university students, that the meaning of this work of art is divided between rooms three and four. Upon rushing through the passageway to room three then four, however, we could not find any meaning.

Returning to the passageway, convinced this work of art has no meaning, we little realised we were standing right within it. For later the meaning was found to be here, in this passageway, between the imaginary space of fiction and the real space of a blue cube – a passageway through which we have been rushing all along.

 

Details on the watercolour floorplan read as follows:

  • a. book shelf with works of fiction and a 170 x 170mm blue cube
  • b. a page from the Encyclopaedia of the ABC in Art History
  • room 1; table without chairs
  • room 2; chairs without a table
  • room 3; where someone said that statistically more red paintings are purchased over any other colour
  • room 4; where someone said that statistically more blue paintings are purchased over any other colour
  • library shelves full of fiction
  • passageway
  • real space for a blue cube
  • a room for an encyclopaedia graced by a long window but no door

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Bibliography
Melissa Keys, ‘Gail Hastings: Sculptural Situations’, Sculptural Situations: Gail Hastings, exhibition catalogue, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth 2008.
Andrew McNamara, ‘Making space for the invisible architecture of the social’, Sculptural Situations: Gail Hastings, exhibition catalogue, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth 2008.