Space of a five page plot

ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF LOOKING FOR THE PLOT IN ART
On page one they search the room for figures in the work of art, its characters. Unable to find any they check under a couch that has a Missing book and behind the curtain for ‘hidden’ characters. Still, no one.

ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF LOOKING FOR THE PLOT IN ART
On page two they discover the couch has moved. They wonder who could have moved it if there are no characters. Perplexed, they sit on the couch for a while, then decide the answer must be on page three.

ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF LOOKING FOR THE PLOT IN ART
On page three both the couch and Missing book have disappeared. Here, they strongly suspect they have missed something integral in the work of art — its plot, for instance.

ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF LOOKING FOR THE PLOT IN ART
On page four they dread, without finding the plot, they will never reach the conclusion. They decide to backtrack through a margin’s passageway to search, again, page one for some clue in the Missing book.

ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF LOOKING FOR THE PLOT IN ART
Everything is in place as before, except the Missing book. Either the work of art is dodgy or, if reason prevails, this is not page one but page five. Confident in their understanding, they at last see the denouement’s door.

 

 

 

 

Qty ID Medium HxWxD cm
10 watercolour

Watercolour and lead pencil on paper

framed: 55 x 46.6 x 1.85
unframed: 36 x 27.6

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Bibliography
Judith Blackall, ‘Gail Hastings: Sculptuations’, in Michael Fitzgerald (ed.), Art Monthly Australia, issue 272, 2014, pp.40–3.
Annabel Crabb, Review, 2014, http://gailhastings.com.au/book/missing/, accessed 23 October 2016.
Isobel Parker Philip, ‘The pure potential of a page’, The Art Life, 2014, http://theartlife.com.au/2014/the-pure-potential-of-a-page/.
Amanda Rowell, ‘Afterword’, Missing: Four Sculptuations by Gail Hasting, Pigment Publisher, Sydney 2014, pp.xiv-xivi.
Richard Shiff, ‘Foreword’, Missing: Four Sculptuations by Gail Hasting, Pigment Publisher, Sydney 2014, pp.v-vi.
Chloé Wolifson, Gail Hastings – Exhibition: To Do’, in Deborah Stone (ed.), Visual Arts Hub: Reviews, 2014, http://visual.artshub.com.au/news-article/reviews/visual-arts/exhibition-to-do-243240, accessed 23 September 2016.