ABC art: red cube (2008) Gail Hastings Exhibition Studio

ABC art: red cube

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

Medium: enamel on plywood, framed 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 red cube – a passageway through which we have been rushing all along.

Floorplan details:

– a. book shelf with works of fiction and a 170 x 170mm red cube
– b. a page from the Encyclopaedia of the ABC in Art History
– room 1;  ledge where someone found their coffee cup but not its saucer
– room 2; ledge where someone found their coffee saucer but not its cup
–  room 3;  where someone wondered why the architect designed such a long room
– room 4: where someone did not notice they where in a particularly long room
– imaginary space of fiction
– passageway
– real space for a red cube
– a room for an encyclopaedia with lots of windows but no door


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Bibliography
Sue Cramer, ‘Notes on Contemporary Post-Minimalism (part III): The Viewer’, in Sue Cramer (ed.), Less is More: Minimal and Post-Minimal Art in Australia, exhibition catalogue, Heidi Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne 2012, pp.67–9.
Melissa Keys, ‘Gail Hastings: Sculptural Situations’, Sculptural Situations: Gail Hastings, exhibition catalogue, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth 2008.
Andrew McNamara, ‘Gail Hastings’, in Sue Cramer (ed.), Less is More: Minimal and Post-Minimal Art in Australia, exhibition catalogue, Heidi Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne 2012, pp.90–1.
Andrew McNamara, ‘Making space for the invisible architecture of the social’, Sculptural Situations: Gail Hastings, exhibition catalogue, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth 2008.