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.

Date: 05/Mar/1999 to 04/Apr/1999
At: Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
Bibliography: Renate Wiehager, ‘Sculptural Situation with Varvara S’, in Christoph Tannert (ed.), Be Magazine, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin no.6, 2000, pp.83–5.
Künstlerhaus Bethanien

Dir: Michael Haerdter

Australia Council for the Arts Studio
Mariannenplatz 2
D-10997 Berlin

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