Australia Council for the Arts grant: Space Practising Tools

Australia Council for the ArtsWe are happy to announce that Gail Hastings’ studio is a current recipient of an Australia Council for the Arts grant for the project Space Practising Tools.

The Space Practising Tools project is a studio based experimental study of three-dimensional space from which Gail Hastings will make a number of new works called ‘Space Practising Tools’.

The study will, in itself, be an all encompassing visual investigation that will form the basis of Gail Hastings’ contribution to a book to be published as part of the project.

The book will include an art historical study of Donald Judd’s space by Adrian Kohn and introduction by Andrew McNamara.

An excerpt from the submission to the Australia Council for the Arts in part reads:

First: What is a Space Practising ToolA tool helps us to do something, to achieve something. As a tool, it is not an end result, but helps us to reach an end result; as will a Space Practising Tool. With it, we will be able to practise seeing space. The space, though, we practise to see will be the three-dimensional space that it, as a tool, is made of.”

“If we think of this in terms of colour, if the sky, sea, sand and trees, everything, were all red, then we wouldn’t be able to say they were red. For red, to be differentiated as red, needs to be seen against another colour. Differentiated colours are the tools of their own making. Without blue, we would only have red and non-red, just as today we only have space and non-space. To see space as a tool of its own differentiation is to begin to name the differentiations of space.”

As well as the book Space Practising Tools published through iBooks and available August 2017, the project includes an essay by Gail Hastings on the space in Donald Judd’s art published in Art Journal, New York, in the fall 2018 issue, and an exhibition of Gail Hastings’ Space Practising Tools at Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, in 2019.

For more information please contact Gail Hastings’ studio using the contact form at the top-right of this page.