plans 2003

plans as seen at Heide 1; photo: John Brash

photo: Albert Tucker, Arvo Tea: Sidney Nolan, Sunday Reed and Joy Hester  1945, gelatin silver photograph, 30.4 x 40.3 cm, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Gift of Barbara Tucker 2001; As quoted from the Heide Guide Book of 2003: ‘”Arvo Tea”, was a daily ritual at Heide at 4pm’.

photo: John Brash; Thanks go to Heide gallery staff who dutifully ensured the ritual of afternoon tea at 4pm was maintained for the duration of ‘plans’ if, at 4pm, they found a viewer engaged with the work. Tea trolley especially made.

Encyclopaedia watercolour one and painting, above fireplace at the right on entry to the room; photo: John Brash

Encyclopaedia watercolour one details, above fireplace at right on entry to the room; photo: Brenton McGeachie

Encyclopaedia watercolours two and three on left wall on entry; photo: Brenton McGeachie; Note: the horizontal wall midway through ‘house c’ in each Encyclopaedia watercolour is the wall of the actual room, with individual wooden blocks stacked in front of the wall and a pencilled in door (yet to be built). The three paining having in the exhhibition room are the paintings referred to in the watercolours.

plans 2003 first appeared in sculptural situation: plans at the Heidi Museum of Modern Art (cur. Zara Stanhope), Melbourne, in 2003. plans is a standalone artwork. The artwork's medium includes wood, synthetic polymer paint and pencil on wood, synthetic polymer paint on linen, watercolour and lead pencil on paper, and comprises of forty-eight components measuring, overall, 250 x 205 x 125 cm (the stacked blocks, with the Encyclopaedias and paintings disbursed within the exhibition room).

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on back of watercolours: finished 5JAN03

Encyclopaedia of Plans in Works of Art
The door? Well, it’s not been built yet. The rest of ‘house c’ has, but not the door. They forgot, somehow. Without it, we can’t enter to hang this painting as per our plan. They said they hope to finish it before afternoon tea. That’s at four.

watercolour 1 (above fireplace)
– shelves – on which are books that each discuss the ‘missing meaning’ of one of the blocks that comprise ‘house c’, disclosing the plans thought, while building the block, by:–
1. the person building the block;
2. the person assisting to build the block;
3. the person recording the time taken to build the block;
4. the person entering to say that time is running out, and block no. x should be finished;
5. and the person walking past who has nothing to do with the block.

– teacup and saucer
– door yet to be built
– hang painting here
– the grumbling, mumbling side of a wall that never forgets or lets up
– silent [other side]
– house c

watercolour 2 (alongside door)
– built in tape recorder and storage/repeat wall that automatically records the comeback line one wishes to have said but didn’t, yet plans to next time, and stores the line, grumbling away, to remain, usually, unuttered
– the grumbling, mumbling side of a wall that never forgets or lets up
– silent [other side]
– door yet to be built
– house c
– hang painting here

watercolour 3 (corner)
– cupboards – full of plans for missing doors to inaccessible rooms, including maps and a list of all such rooms of buildings in the Central Business District that are not only unable to be entered, but, because of which, remain unknown, while offering the best of views
– ledge
– chair to rest hammer and nails on when hanging a painting that depicts the missing part of another painting (which depicts the missing part of yet another painting)
– door yet to be built
– house c
– hang painting here