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To make a work of spontaneous art 1997 first appeared in Wall as Medium? at the David Pestorius Gallery, Brisbane, in 1997. To make a work of spontaneous art is a standalone artwork. The artwork's medium includes acrylic on MDF, acrylic on wall surfaces, vinyl over sponge rubber, watercolour and lead pencil on paper (framed), measuring, overall, 141h x 380w x 65.85d cm.
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Encyclopaedia of Spontaneous Art
To make a work of spontaneous art you must first enter a room in which there is a light blue rectangle with a green outline painted on the wall. In this room there is a chair about to fall. Spontaneously respond by reaching for a part of the rectangle and placing it under the chair. Record your unconstrained impulse on the ‘table more measuring spontaneous responses’ by asking someone close by the time ________ and date ________. Now return the Encyclopaedia to the ‘shelves for moments met’ beside the entrance. This work of spontaneous art is now complete.
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chair about to fall
table for measuring spontaneous responses
shelves for moments met
shelves for moments missed
|29/09/1998||The Infinite Space: Women, Minimalism and the Sculptural Object, The Ian Potter Museum of Art (cur. Rachel Kent), Melbourne|
|05/03/1998||All This And Heaven Too: 1998 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia (cur. Juliana Engberg & Ewen McDonald), Adelaide|
|07/03/1997||Wall as Medium?, David Pestorius Gallery, Brisbane|
Anna Clabburn, ‘When less is much’, The Age, Wednesday 9 Dec 1998, p.17.
Rachel Kent, ‘Minimalism: past and present’, in Rachel Kent (ed.), The Infinite Space: Women, Minimalism and the Sculptural Object, exhibition catalogue, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne 1998.
Kevin Murray, ‘All this and Heaven too’, Asialink, issue 18, no.2, June 1998, https://www.artlink.com.au/issues/1820/public-art-in-australia/.