But is it art? 2003, Primed, Gail Hastings

primed canvas (charcoal grey)

text / details: heading:

ENCYLCOPAEDIA OF A WORK OF ART YET TO BE

main text: 

‘Five secret intelligence officers are presently meeting to finalise what will be painted on the preceding, primed canvas; whereupon it will be painted and the work of art completed.’

floorplan headings:

– while on the way to the meeting, this is where Secret Intelligence Officer 4 had looked into the magnifying lens of a carry-bag periscope, enabling a view behind so as to check no one was following   x

– where Officer 2 had felt pressured to reach a decision at the approaching meeting     x

– where Officer 3 had despaired it would not be agreed at the meeting that the canvas be painted a charcoal grey    x

– where Officer 1 had hoped no one had blown the cover of Operation Vacant Space by attending this clandestine meeting  x

– where Officer 5 stood to look at the primed canvas

– entrance to the Vacant Space

BACK of watercolour: bottom right hand corner, ‘Finished on 29DEC’02, in lead pencil;

Qty ID Medium HxWxD cm
1 Primed canvas

gesso on linen

400h x 400w mm
1 watercolour floorplan

watercolour and lead pencil on paper

640h x 640w mm (850 x 856 framed
File:
Notes:

CONSERVATION NOTE:

Written on back of watercolour: bottom right hand corner, ‘Finished on 29DEC’02, in lead pencil.

Exhibitions
07/11/2003 But is it art?, The Cross Art Projects, Sydney
25/01/2003 plans, Heidi Museum of Modern Art (cur. Zara Stanhope), Melbourne
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.
Anna Clabburn, Space is the text best thing’, The Weekend Australian: Arts, 22–23 February 2003, p.R13.
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.