Friday 18 March 2005, and I am sitting downstairs in the Art Gallery of New South Wales main auditorium listening to Professor Ross Gibson give a keynote address as part of a two-day art museum’s symposium ‘Sites of Communication 2’. My job this afternoon is to give a response to Ross Gibson’s address ‘Theatres for Alteration’ . […]
The Missing Space Project: Six Interviews is now available for pre-order through the Apple Bookstore. The book is due for release on Wednesday, 14 October 2015.
To feel ‘at home’ somewhere suggests one feels comfortable in a strange place. To be ‘at home’ with oneself suggests one is not at odds or out of kilter with oneself, not estranged from one’s truth but accepting of it. Compared to its opposite—not to be ‘at home’ suggests one is outside oneself, foreign to […]
Replica of an original space: yellow green and Replica of an original space: blue light are two wall sculptuations in the group exhibition ‘A Few Pieces’ at Taubert Contemporary in Berlin. Work by artists in the exhibition include: Lars Arrhenius, Geissler & Sann, Gail Hastings, Markus Linnenbrink, Mutter & Genth, Jan van der Ploeg, Markus Weggenmann, Beat Zoderer. The exhibition dates are 17/01/2015 to 07/03/2015. Taubert […]
Gail Hastings travels to Berlin and New York to participate in a group exhibition at Taubert Contemporary and to interview participants for a project supported by an Australia Council Grant.
To make a work of timeless art, 1996, is in the MCA collection exhibition ‘Taking It All Away‘ curated by Natasha Bullock. ‘Diverse in form and character, the works in Taking it all away set the dynamics of space and time against the complexities of modern existence. Together, these works speak to the importance of art history […]
Successful grant submission to the Australia Council. The purpose of the grant is to research and canvass through interviews the unexamined space of so-called Minimal Art.
’If Australian galleries were limited by the comprehension of the right honourable gentleman they would be very bare and archaic indeed.’ Gough Whitlam in defence of his purchase of Jackson Pollock’s ‘Blue Polls‘, 1952, in Parliament. This morning Australia woke to the news of former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam’s passing. Amongst the many liberating achievements of his […]
If we eliminate the recurring dismissal of women through discredit to avoid any facts they might speak,(7)Leigh Sales, a reporter for the ABC’s flagship news program ‘7.30’, interviewed the then Opposition Leader Tony Abbott who revealed himself to be misleading, ill-informed and contradictory (i.e. dishonest). The following day a leading strategist for the Opposition called Leigh Sales […]
The only reason that I did any writing … is really the fact that the critics had not understood things very well. They were writing about Minimal Art, but no one defined it … People refer to me as a Minimal artist but no one has ever defined what it means or put any limits […]
It is a question no one likes to answer: In what way is art different to other objects? Answers such as ‘it is more meaningful’, ‘it has intent’, ‘it is more beautiful’, and ‘it is culture’ don’t quite cut it—especially if you value the thought, integrity and ingenuity that goes into first-class design that is […]
After some sound feedback I replace the video on Pozible with a new one I just made. In it, I try and describe why we need people to collect art. To do so, I had to try and describe the way an art object is different to every other object. Maybe I am completely wrong and art […]
In one way of looking at it, everything that occurs does so at a specific place; it occurs at a specific latitude, longitude and point in time. The ice-cream you bought the other day while guiltily looking over your shoulder occurred at a pin-point on a map with a timestamp, whether someone saw you or not. While a pin-point in time and place […]
Again, thanks to my first supporter who left these fine rallying words: ‘Authentic art is critical. More of it.’
Truly, I was just putting the tablecloth on the table when word of my first pledge came through. As with all good things in life, you can’t image how it feels until it actually happens. May jasmine flowers appear along every footpath my fist supporter walks along, so they are eternally reminded of Spring. Thank you.
Need I say more!
Rather than rely on the distortions of my disappointment to write this post, I google searched for voices who have already discussed the agony of waiting for the first pledge. Will it happen? How long do I wait before realising it will never happen? When I realise it will never happen, do I pull the plug and […]
They say the first port of call for campaign support is the circle most immediate to you—your family. From there, pledges ripple outwards. Without that first drop in the lake, there is no ripple effect. So I tried one of my brothers who, very kindly, replied with the suggestion I make a five year business plan and […]
Second day of the campaign, and finally I send an email notification to those on the studio’s invitation list. Something tells me this should have happened yesterday. With no supporters, YET, I can’t help but begin to dread my odds. In an attempt to assuage the dread I have done some digging, only to discover it is justified. Before I delve, […]
Brakes screeching, cars skidding, cars piling-up—because: I just pressed LAUNCH for ‘Studio: Key’ on the crowdfunding platform—Pozible. Well, that’s how it felt as my mouse clicked and before the realisation dawned that I could hear no traffic incident on the road outside as a result, at all. To launch I had to climb what felt like Mt Everest only to discover, […]
Upcoming exhibition ‘Taking It All Away’ curated by Natasha Bullock at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) will include a work of mine from the collection.
Clarinetist Megan Clune ‘played’ Exhibition: To Do, 2014, on the last day of its exhibition at The Commercial gallery, Sydney. Exhibition: To Do can be played as a musical score given it is, ostensibly, a composition of spacial measures not unlike beats in a bar. The measured beats in Exhibition: To Do are punctuated by wooden uprights that separate […]
In the August 2014 edition of Art Monthly Australia there is a review of Exhibition: To Do (2014) and Missing: four sculptuations by Gail Hastings (2014), by Judith Blackall. The Library now holds the article, Gail Hastings: Sculptuations.
When someone a couple of years back asked what sort of art I make, I hesitated. Easy to answer if one makes either painting or sculpture; difficult, if one makes neither. Worse, still, if one makes a spatial art that is not ‘installation’. For which reason I asked, in response, ‘Do you know of installation’? […]
This Performance — A Passing Thought has been added to the Art Index; Encyclopaedia of an idea (2011) has been added to the Art Index
Newly added to Exhibitions and events: This performance — a passing thought (1989); the catalogue for the exhibition is now in the library.
The Daimler Art Collection has recently upgraded its website and is now a more user friendly database of the collection with selected works. Sculptuations by Gail Hastings in the collection include: Missing walls: bureaucracy at work (2007) and Difficult art decisions: wall six (1998). Both sculptuations were exhibited in Minimalism and Applied II, as well as other […]
Added to the Art Index: Encyclopaedia of Time in Art: pp. 10-12; Encyclopaedia of Time in Art: pp. 25-27; Encyclopaedia of Time in Art: pp. 28-30; Encyclopaedia of Time in Art: pp. 31-33; Encyclopaedia of Time in Art: pp. 34-36. Added to exhibitions and events: Art 1996 Chicago (1996). Added to the Library Index – Chicago Tribute review, 1996
Sculptuation green-grey-green (1995) now included in the Art Index.
Sculptuation red-pink-beige (1995) now included in the Art Index.
Created taxonomy archive pages that can be sorted – e.g. if, when looking at a sculptuation that is in a public collection, one clicks onto ‘public collection’, it will open to a holdings page that lists artworks in public collections. Taxonomies include: sculptuation sizes; sculptuation placement; sculptuation editions; sculptuation holdings; exhibition years; and exhibition types. […]
Image: Gail Hastings, Exhibition: To Do, 2014, acrylic on plywood, plywood, watercolour and lead pencil on paper, 185.4 x 225 x 225cm (photo: Sofia Freeman) Exhibition: To Do Closing Launch: Saturday 3 May, 4-6pm with the work’s spatial score performed by clarinetist Megan Clune starting 4:45pm open Wednesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm 148 Abercrombie Street, Redfern, NSW, Australia, +61 2 8096 3292 […]
My thanks to Mick We were squabbling over how best to cut the piece of wood when, with jigsaw in hand, I decided to ignore Mick and get on with the job as I always do — uncomfortable with and annoyed by his audience. Then Mick made a last ditched effort and said, ‘leave the […]
A review of Gail Hastings’ ebook Missing by Isobel Parker Philip entitled The pure potential of a page is published, today, on The Art Life. Hastings uses the term ‘sculptuation’ to define her practice. This is a term that marries ‘sculpture’ with ‘situation’ so as to shift focus away from the individuated sculptural object and towards the […]
A review of Exhibition: To Do by Chloé Wolifson can be found on the Arts Hub, Saturday 19 April 2014. Delicately rendered in watercolour with ruled pencil lines emerging from the edges of the translucent wash, these pieces depict the To Do list in question. One such reminder, the instruction: ‘Build racks in which to store the […]
Corner caretakers, 2014, and Space of a five page plot, 2014, are two of four sculptuations that comprise the ebook Missing: four sculptuations by Gail Hastings, 2014 available at iBooks. Both are now on view at The Commercial Gallery, Redfern, along with the sculptuation Exhibition: To Do, 2014.
The Commercial Images 1-4 Gail Hastings, Exhibition: To Do, 2014, acrylic on plywood, plywood, watercolour and lead pencil on paper, 185.5 x 225 x 225cm; image 5 exhibition installation view; images 6-7 Gail Hastings,Corner caretakers, 2014, watercolour and lead pencil on paper in plywood frames, 12 components, each 55 x 46.5 x 1.8cm (Corner caretakers is a sculptuation […]
Missing: four sculptuations by Gail Hastings, an ebook with a foreword by art historian Richard Shiff, has been included on the National Library of Australia’s online catalogue, Trove.
Gail Hastings’ forthcoming exhibition is entitled Exhibition: To Do and will open at The Commercial on Friday, 11 April 2014, 6-8pm. An excerpt from the exhibition record reads: Space is generally thought of in its ideal form — as empty. Notions, such as needing space to breath, space to move, space to be free and outer […]
Corner (2013), a sculptuation that spatially embodies a room’s corner, has been acquired by the National Gallery of Australia (NGA). Comprising ten components, the two watercolour components that bracket the sculptuation’s space are from the ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF ART ON PEDESTALS. Within the watercolour floor plans someone struggles to move a pedestal around the corner from storage (first watercolour—opening bracket) to […]