divisions between friends 1991

images © Gail Hastings 2020 (unless otherwise specified)

The artwork’s image in the Perspecta 1991 catalogue showed the table component of the sculptuation, with a ‘petit four’ not yet consumed in each of the five settings for friends.

Upon seeing the exhibited work, however, in real and not pictorial space, the five petit fours have been eaten with a thought residue for each friend left staining the confectionary wrapper that reveals how they spent the time while sharing the confectionary with each other. ‘friend 1‘, for example, ‘for 12/60ths of the time, found the circumstances unbearable’.

The sculptuation is measured by the divisions between friends, where: 1 Hope = 12 Circumstances; 1 Ci = 12 Immeasurabilities, and 1 Im = 12 Deliberations.

divisions between friends 1991 first appeared in Australian Perspecta 1991 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, in 1991. divisions between friends is a standalone artwork. The artwork's medium includes catalogue image; acrylic on wood; watercolour on wood; pigmented wax on wood; ink on paper, measuring, overall, --.

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[Text on table]

  • place for friend no. 1
  • place for friend no. 2
  • place for friend no. 3
  • place for friend no. 4
  • place for friend no. 5

[Text on wall]

divisions between friends
where: 1 Hope = 12 Circumstances
1 Ci = 12 Immeasurabilities
1 Im = 12 Deliberations


[Text on the five petits fours remaining pastry papers]

  • friend 1, for 12/60ths of the time, found the circumstances unbearable.
  • friend 2, in 24/60ths of the time, imagined five hopes.
  • friend 3, for 36/60ths of the time, looked the other way.
  • friend 4, in 48/60ths of the time, summed the 5 figures incorrectly.
  • friend 5, for 60/60ths of the time, deliberated over whether to tell a lie.
Bibliography
Stuart Koop, Gail Hastings’, in Victoria Lynn (ed.), Australian Perspecta 1991, exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 1991, pp.50–51.
Victoria Lynn, Introduction’, in Victoria Lynn (ed.), Australian Perspecta 1991, exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 1991, p.11.