primed canvas (may green)

primed canvas (may green) 2002 first appeared in sculptural situation: plans at the Heidi Museum of Modern Art (cur. Zara Stanhope), Melbourne, in 2003. primed canvas (may green) is one of seven in the unlimited edition primed canvas. The artwork's medium includes watercolour and lead pencil on paper, gesso on linen, and comprises of two components measuring, overall, 192 cm from the ground and 137.6 cm wide.

Encyclopaedia 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 tuned the frequency of a pretend walkman, to transmit and believe a radar signal that indicated, through accompanying earphones, whether anyone was following x 

– where Officer 2 had suspected what super sensitive information was behind the approaching meeting x 

– where Officer 3 had felt the risk of suggesting at the meeting that the canvas be painted a may green x 

– where Officer 1 had felt the urgency in designating the colour-codes for Peration Vacant Space at this meeting x 

– where Officer 5 stood to look at the primed canvas x 

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
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,