But is it art? red, blue, violet

GH made But is it art? red, blue, violet in 2003 and included the artwork in But is it art? at the The Cross Art Projects, Sydney, in 2003. But is it art? red, blue, violet is one of five in the limited edition But is it art?. The artwork's medium includes Acrylic and lead pencil on linen; watercolour and lead pencil on paper (framed), measuring, overall, Alternate setup arrangements with different resulting measurements. But is it art? red, blue, violet is in a private collection: Chicago, 2009.

ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF ART THAT IS PRESENT, BUT MISSING

‘But is it art?’ asked the Art Judge with a penetrating stare that scrutinised this page. ‘Well it was some moments ago before three of its circles went missing’, replied the Art Defence somewhat distractedly while desperately looking under books and chairs for the missing circles. ‘We’ve put ‘wanted’ posters up – with a reward. So if you don’t mind waiting a little we expect you’ll soon be able to decide.’

[floorplan details]

  • where two artists vigorously disagreed over how best to depict the missing circles on the ‘wanted’ poster
  • where the Art Judge walked past the ‘wanted’ circles hanging on a wall but was too scandalised by their disappearance to notice
  • row of watercolour ‘wanted’ posters
  • chairs
  • books
  • missing red circle
  • missing blue circle
  • missing violet circle

 

Exhibitions
07/11/2003 But is it art?, The Cross Art Projects, Sydney
Bibliography
George Alexander, ‘Primed Suspects: Gail Hastings’ Sculptural Situations’, But is it Art?: Sculptural Situations by Gail Hastings, exhibition catalogue, The Cross Art Projects, Sydney 2003.
Lisa Kelly, ‘If Anything.’, in Gwynneth Porter and Dan Arps (ed.), Natural Selection Magazine, issue 1, 2004, pp.7.1–7.2 http://naturalselection.org.nz/archive/1/1.7_Lisa_Ruark.pdf.
Ruark Lewis, ‘An emailed note concerning an art talk by Gail Hastings’, in Gwynneth Porter and Dan Arps (ed.), Natural Selection Magazine, issue 1, 2004, p.7.3, http://naturalselection.org.nz/archive/1/1.7_Lisa_Ruark.pdf.