Home: Circular Space


Different movements between components of a sculptural situation, create different types of space. In the majority of my work to date, the movement has created a circular space.

The components in Replica of an original space: yellow green, 2015, seen in the above video, include a cyclic quadrilateral hanging on a wall and a page from the ‘Encyclopaedia of an original space here, now‘ hanging to its left.

The concrete passage of the encyclopaedia reads:

A sculptural situation re-renders an actual situation through any number of alternating spacial circles or ‘loops’. The quantity, range, frequency and speed of looping spaces within a sculptuation ultimately defines the materiality of the overall circular space these create. The materiality of a circular space can be thick and dense, or nebulous and light. Movement within it can meander, frolic or sprint. It depends. All, though, are in constant movement, never static, since recognition of any one element is by an unending shift through its opposite.

The loops in a sculptuation tend to unify to create a self-determining circular space that delineates the work through its own process. Yet, a sculptuation’s process is separate to the perceptual process we may undergo when we engage with it. There may be, nevertheless, some sort of dance between the work’s process and our own, some sort of rhythmic repeat of sequential movements in unison. As to whether it is a viewer or the sculptuation that leads or follows, it is difficult to say. Perhaps it alternates.

Gail Hastings, 2020