art idea no. 8,582,048

Hastings takes up artistic idioms and presentational forms of conceptual art and charges them sensually. She combines conceptual strategies with the language and aesthetics of action-related, factual texts …  and stages these through the employment of a markedly material aesthetics. Her art opens up a dialogue on the origins, significance and function of ‘works’ and hands over the responsibility for the open ‘product’ of reflection and action to the viewer.

For her most recent work … [t]wo square white seats, formally referring to the classical works of Minimal Art, are positioned so that viewers see each other through the missing centre of the object. … One of the patterns is repeated in an accompanying photocopy as the fabric of a dress worn by the artist Varvara Stepanova, a protagonist of the Russian avant-garde whose textile designs, typographical sketches and spatial constructions were among the pioneering achievements of her time.

Exhibition
Date: 06/Dec/1998 to 17/Jan/1999
Curated by: Renate Wiehager
At: Bahnwärterhaus, Esslingen
Bahnwärterhaus

Dir: Renate Wiehager

Galerien der Stadt Esslingen
Pulverwiesen 25
73726 Esslingen
Germany

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