Born 1965, Perth. Lives and works Sydney.
Gail Hastings’ practice is informed by 1960s minimalism and the idea of created space. Her works, which she describes as ‘sculptuations – a spatial architecture that loops back on itself’, are sculptural situations concerned with the activation of real space through objects and form, and the active participation of the viewer.
Hastings was included in the inaugural Primavera exhibition at the MCA, Sydney in 1992. Since then she has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally. Selected exhibitions include Less Is More, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2012); Minimalism and Applied II: Dialogues of Contemporary Art with Aspects of 20th Century Design and Architecture, Daimler Contemporary, Berlin (2010); Sculptural Situations: Gail Hastings, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth (2008); Overheard Conversations: Sculptural Situations by Gail Hastings, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2007); Pitch Your Own Tent: Art Projects / Store 5 / 1st Floor, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne (2005); PLANS: A Sculptural Situation by Gail Hastings, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2003); art idea no.8,582,048, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (1999); Bahnwaterhaus, Galerie der Stadt, Esslingen, Germany (1998); and All This and Heaven Too: Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art 1998, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (1998).
Hastings’ work is held in numerous public collections throughout Australia, as well as a number of corporate collections internationally. The publication Missing: Four Sculptuations by Gail Hastings, was published in 2014.