|Ontology: Unlimited edition|
|Edition: primed canvas|
|In edition: 2 view others|
|Collection: Private collection: Chicago, 2009|
text / details: heading:
ENCYLCOPAEDIA OF A WORK OF ART YET TO BE
‘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.’
– 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;
gesso on linen
|400h x 400w mm|
watercolour and lead pencil on paper
|640h x 640w mm (850 x 856 framed|
|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|
BibliographyGeorge 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.