Missing: four sculptuations by Gail Hastings

Book Launch Exhibition
Date: 26/Apr/2014
Curated by:
At: iBooks, 51 Countries
List of Works: Corner caretakers
Space of a five page plot
The distance of doubt

Available through iBooks ($16.99 AUD)
Missing is a collection of four sculptuations by Gail Hastings presented as an ebook. Although the sculptuations are presented in a book format, they are nevertheless actual art, not the documentation of art. While this, ultimately, is to be established by each reader—it is this, nonetheless, that drives Missing. The space between oneself and Missing‘s cover is, for instance, an actual space—the space of the room in which one might sit, the space where one happens to be. It is also the watercolour space of the sculptuations inside Missing—where, in one, four friends gather to take comfort in their card-carrying doubt of contemporary art while, on page three, readers suspect they have missed something integral.

With a foreword by Richard Shiff
A foreword by art historian Richard Shiff discusses the being (or non-being) of Missing.

Annabel Crabb
A book review
When Charles Saatchi’s gallery opened in South Bank, with its notorious list of headliners (chunks of frozen human blood, sump oil lagoons and rooms full of chopped-up cattle), one small corner was devoted to a collection of newspaper cartoons lampooning the works.

My favourite was one in which an Eskimo, gazing at Damien Hirst’s pickled tiger shark, turned to a fellow visitor with the remark: “My five-year-old son could’ve done that.” … read more …




This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.


Bibliography: Judith Blackall, ‘Gail Hastings: Sculptuations’, in Michael Fitzgerald (ed.), Art Monthly Australia, issue 272, 2014, pp.40–3.
Annabel Crabb, Review, 2014, http://gailhastings.com.au/book/missing/, accessed 23 October 2016.
Isobel Parker Philip, ‘The pure potential of a page’, The Art Life, 2014, http://theartlife.com.au/2014/the-pure-potential-of-a-page/.
Amanda Rowell, ‘Afterword’, Missing: Four Sculptuations by Gail Hasting, Pigment Publisher, Sydney 2014, pp.xiv-xivi.
Richard Shiff, ‘Foreword’, Missing: Four Sculptuations by Gail Hasting, Pigment Publisher, Sydney 2014, pp.v-vi.
Chloé Wolifson, Gail Hastings – Exhibition: To Do’, in Deborah Stone (ed.), Visual Arts Hub: Reviews, 2014, http://visual.artshub.com.au/news-article/reviews/visual-arts/exhibition-to-do-243240, accessed 23 September 2016.

image: First page from the sculptuation ‘Missing’ (two components) with text added for ebook cover.


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price: $16.99 AUD
Released: 26/04/2014