(Australia 1965– )
180.0 x 220.0 x 220.0cm overall
“Gail Hastings professes to be a sculptor, but she is an unusual one. Her works often consist of such unfamiliar sculptural media as watercolours or pencil drawings. Her subject matter is equally unusual. It often features pages that look as if they have been transplanted from some esoteric encyclopedia or otherwise may contain snippets of an overheard conversation. These tantalising elements are in turn ‘housed’ within Hasting’s finely constructed abstract geometric spaces.
The effect is like walking into an abstract painting, except to say that one may also encounter text, spatially devised furniture or intricate floor plans that actively shape the space of the work. Hastings regards her works as ‘sculptural situations’ rather than as paintings or installations, or even sculptures. Rather than adhering to a pre-existing location, Hastings seeks to craft space – in particular, she seeks to craft an inter-subjective space, a social space of conversation and communication.”
From Andrew McNamara, ‘Making space for the invisible architecture of the social’, catalogue essay, ‘Gail Hastings: sculptural situations’, AGNSW, Sydney 2007
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sculptural situations 2007, 2007, (colour illus.). unpaginated
Sculptural situations, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 29 Mar 2007–13 May 2007
Gail Hastings Sculptural Situations, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, 07 Feb 2008–30 Mar 2008