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situation no. 41: happy new year 2000 first appeared in Passing Time: Moët & Chandon Exhibition 2000 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, in 2000. situation no. 41: happy new year is a standalone artwork. The artwork's medium includes acrylic paint on MDF; reflective perspex on MDF; vinyl upholstery over MDF and rubber; inkjet on fabric; inkjet on paper; watercolour and lead pencil on paper, measuring, overall, 3.5 x 9 x 5.5 m.
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Encyclopaedia of Repetitions in Art
Watercolour floorpan 1: Did you read what was handwritten on those cards? You didn’t look, did you?
Watercolour floorpan 2: Of course, didn’t you? How could one help but look — they’re there, aren’t they? But a card is private, in a public sort of way.
Watercolour floorpan 3: Private or not, I’ll tell you one thing, the design’s been done before. It’s a copy of a famous fabric pattern I’ve seen in a museum, somewhere.
Watercolour floorpan 4: Everything, these days, seems to have been done before. Everything’s a repeat of something else. Yes, but sometimes there’s a difference, isn’t there?
Watercolour floorpan 5: Maybe in time and space, but so what? If I were playing my favourite record and it got stuck, midway — repeating the same thing over and over — I would change it.
Watercolour floorpan 6: Of course! And if it didn’t get stuck you would play it only once.
Watercolour floorpan 7: Only once! Are you crazy? I play my favourites again and again. But that’s different, isn’t it? Anyway, don’t you have a meeting at the Bureau* to go to?
Watercolour floorpan 8: Yes, they want me to look at some results of a survey they conducted recently: something about ‘temporal spacings of repetitions’ in art. They’re meant to be quite pleasing.
Watercolour floorpan 9: Pleasing! I’ve heard that they’re just stripes —again! *Bureau of Repetition in Art
|08/02/2000||Passing Time: Moët & Chandon Exhibition 2000, Art Gallery of New South Wales (cur. Victoria Lynn), Sydney|
Bruce James, ‘Passing Time: The Moet & Chandon Exhibition 2000’, Radio National: arts today, 2000, http://www.abc.net.au/rn/legacy/programs/atoday/stories/s101775.htm, accessed 23 September 2016.
Victoria Lynn, ‘Gail Hastings’, in Victoria Lynn (ed.), Passing Time - Moët & Chandon exhibition 2000, exhibition catalogue, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 2000.
Sebastian Smee, ‘Moet runs out of fizz’, Sydney Morning Herald: Art Spectrum, Saturday 19 Feb 2000, p.14s.