Saturday 08 March is the last day to see sides: red versus blue, 2009, at The Commercial, Redfern, Sydney. Sides comprises five components: three non-objective paintings, a framed watercolour page from an encyclopaedia and an aesthetic space situated by the sculptuation. The watercolour page is from the ‘Encyclopaedia of being on the wrong side of […]
20/200 is group exhibition at Sarah Cottier Gallery that marks 20 years and over 200 exhibitions for the gallery. Gail Hastings is delighted to contribute a sculptuation to the exhibition for having participated in the 1996 exhibition ‘Road to Love’ (20.03.1996–30.03.1996) curated by Mikala Dwyer. The gallery, then, was located at 36 Lennox Street, Newtown, Sydney. The two […]
The title above is harsh, but so was the insult to the collectors of Art frame: red and to the sculptuation, itself, discovered last night at the opening of Art Month’s Collector’s Space. Art frame: red is a sculptuation. As a sculptuation, it activates the physical space within which one stands to look at its […]
The Commercial Gail Hastings Missing an eBook comprising four new sculptuations by Gail Hastings Foreword by Richard Shiff pre-release now available on iBooks Download on iBooks
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Missing: Four sculptuations by Gail Hastings has just been pre-released on iBooks. With a foreword by art historian Richard Shiff—widely known for his writing on certain Impressionists while lesser known, yet just as profound, for his writing on the art of Donald Judd—Missing‘s 52 pages include watercolour moments from the Encyclopaedia of Taking Care in Art, Encyclopaedia […]
‘Art frame: red’, 2011, by Gail Hastings will be on view in James Roland and Becky Spark’s contribution to Art Month’s Collectors’ Space.. Art Month Presents Collector’s Space A hidden urban space filled with museum quality artworks never seen together in public before… or ever again. Curated by Natalia Bradshaw, the Collector’s Space is a […]
At 4pm, 07/02/014 I will be at The Commercial gallery to speak with people as they look at sides: red versus blue, 2009, currently on view in the group exhibition OUI we at The Commercial. GH From the press release: Gail Hastings will speak about her exhibited work, the sculptuation ‘sides: red versus blue’ and the creation of […]
Room rubbed out is presently on view in the back office at The Commercial Gallery, Sydney, during Natalya Hughes’ exhibition entitled ‘Looking Twice’ at The Commercial. Room rubbed out is a wall work comprised of three parts: two watercolour components and a space component in-between of the same dimension. Natalya Hughes’ exhibition finishes on Saturday […]
Press Release: The Commercial Gallery – September 2013 It is with great pleasure that The Commercial Gallery announces it now represents Gail Hastings and will present a solo exhibition of her work at the inaugural Sydney Contemporary art fair between 19 and 22 September at Carriageworks, Sydney (Booth PC102). It is exciting to be showing new work […]
When a fellow artist had occasion to use the keyboard of my computer, they pointed out the letter N was most used and asked why. Unable to answer, two things nevertheless struck me: its overuse was obvious and, although it was obvious, I had not noticed. Alarming enough, there was also this other thing: one […]
Happy to announce that space holder for a yellow, white and red space will be in the upcoming exhibition at MUMA—Direct Democracy—opening 26/04/2013 https://gailhastings.com.au/event/direct-democracy/ …
Presently working on a book to be published in the next few months. More information soon.
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 line standing’. Standing? Line? […]
Habit is something we are unable to live without. If the many menial tasks we complete each day were not a matter of habit, they would absorb all the attention we have for other more important things. Habit allows us to add a couple of spoonfuls of sugar to our tea, without having to register the […]
A ‘Happy New Year’ card is a common greeting sent at this time of year to convey best wishes. This particular card is part of a sculptuation by me exhibited in 2000. It may be 13 years too late, but I return to it to send registered readers with a wish for 2013. The wish […]
After opening the central drawer to Red space holder: forget remember, Fr Chris Jenkins — a Jesuit priest now at St Canice’s after Fr Stephen Sinn — was reminded of the 1853 artwork Light of the World and so is seen, here, ‘knocking on the door’.
Tonight’s forum at Heidi withdrawal— Apologies to those attending tonight’s forum at Heidi who may have wanted to hear from me even though ABC art: red cube has been withdrawn the exhibition.
On Monday 3 September 2012, ABC art: red cube (2008) was taken off the exhibition wall of Less is More at Heide Museum of Modern Art before the exhibition’s conclusion, upon my request. This was a drastic and, for me, painful action made necessary given there was no retraction of the curator’s views expressed in the […]
Clare and Marlowe look at Red space holder: forget remember. Unsure he really could see his own foot underneath the drawer when he peered into it, Marlowe then inspected the drawer from the ground looking up to check it didn’t have a bottom.
Note 1: In each of the six units that comprise this piece, we find a division of its space into two: an open lit space and a closed un-lit space. Each of these two spaces is the opposite of the other: open as opposed to closed, lit as opposed to unlit. By opposing the other, […]
Beryl, a regular Archibald Prize exhibition visitor, was admittedly a bit stumped, at first, for words when she came by to have a look at the exhibition today. Then, after a number of other thoughts said: ‘… you could say space is at the basis of everything’.
ABC art: red cube returned upon request —upon my instructions, ABC art: red cube was taken off the wall in ‘Less is More‘ last Monday, 3 Sept, and has been returned. Relief. Sadness. Dismay.
While browsing iTunes one fine July 2007 day, I happened upon a new release by Austin Indie band ‘Spoon’ with a cover image of the artist Lee Bontecou by photographer Ugo Mulas, taken in 1963. Instantly impressed, I eagerly investigated further and came across an interview. Here, singer/guitarist Britt Daniel explains that, although he was […]
Return of my art from Less is More —Asked for immediate return of my art from Heidi. I have high esteem for the curator, one of the best in Australia. But something went wrong.
Artworks recently added to the Art Index include: behind you: blue (AGNSW, Sydney (2007) and PICA, Perth (2008)); behind you: red (Taint (2010)); and encounter: Stephen Sinn (2011).
Due to a funding setback, the forthcoming exhibition [space holder] was in jeopardy of being cancelled. Happy, however, to announce no matter the toils and troubles, the exhibition will still take place at the later date of 20 September 2012. We hope you will still join us then.
The books Sue Cramer, curator of the exhibition Less is More currently open for viewing at Heidi Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, has included in the piece. The rational for Sue Cramer’s selection is listed first. I look forward to browsing the books when I participate in the exhibition’s forum in October.
Less is More opening at Heidi—A sculptuation by Gail Hastings will be part of the group exhibition Less is More: Minimal and Post-minimal art in Australia, curated by Sue Cramer, from 3 August 2012 at Heidi Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne. Gail Hastings will also participate in an exhibition forum entitled Notes towards contemporary post-minimalism to take place on 11 […]
When we read a review of a book or movie, we expect the reviewer to have read the entire book or to have seen the whole movie before passing judgment. If, instead, they pass judgment having seen only a fragment and, consequently, not knowing how that fragment plays out within the whole, then it is […]
The term ‘aesthetics’ was first ascribed the burgeoning discipline in 1735 when the German student of philosophy Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten coined it in his master’s thesis to mean ‘epistêmê aisthetikê, the science of what is sensed and imagined’. (1)Paul Guyer, “18th Century German Aesthetic”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2008). The first book published under its name was […]
Everyone agrees that ultimately one essential of art is unity. After that the agreement breaks down. This fact of unity doesn’t seem to say much, which is an ancient characteristic of aesthetics, the most uncertain and least developed branch of philosophy and the most ignored by those it concerns, including myself until now. Barnett Newman […]
For one reason or another I have had to put words to paper in preparation of my next exhibition. They namely concern the title of the exhibition: [space holder]. It is a title that aspires to benefit a discussion on space as an art object that is fraught, from the outset, for a few reasons. The […]
Jack the cat belonged to a fellow resident in my block of flats. While still little, Jack would follow his owner to the bottom floor laundry where, one day, Jack spotted me. A few days later I heard a tiny meow at my door – it was Jack. He came to say hello. Other residents […]
A ‘limited edition’ is a term we generally associate with printmaking or photography in contemporary art. Both involve the reproduction of an artwork a number of times. If the ‘number of times’ is limited to, say, 100 prints, then the artwork is an edition of 100. There is a problem here, however, with the word […]
Mistakenly, some say Anthony Caro was the first to make pedestal-less three-dimensional art. (19)Many will be fortunate to remember having seen Anthony Caro’s abstract sculpture in Sculpture by the Sea at Bondi Beach, Sydney, in October 2010. As for who did what first, when it comes to boycotting the pedestal (or plinth, as we are more likely to call […]
The image above is Caravaggio’s Conversion on the Way to Damascus, c.1600-01, commissioned for the Cerasi Chapel, Santa Maria del Popolo church, Rome. Fallen from his horse, sword strewn useless by his side, we see a prostrate Saul of Tarsus startled by a brilliant light through which, he later tells us, he heard Jesus ask […]
Often, it is not long before a sculpture student at tertiary level discovers their enthusiasm dinted by a definition of sculpture by the American painter Ad Reinhardt, as ‘something you bump into when you back up to look at a painting’. Just as often, though, the bad bruising quickly fades as one succeeds in one’s […]
The art of illusion is, for many, art per se. Through it, our unconscious absorption into representational imagery transports us somewhere other that the reality in which we stand. This remains the desired effect we request from art. Since the beginning of the previous century, however, various artists and art movements have endeavoured to shatter […]