Brick and Fist
Series: AND PER SE AND
2 × 3.5 × 1.25 in, 4 × 8 × 3 in
Courtesy of the artist
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Gordon Hall: AND PER SE AND was part of Art in General’s recent show Shifters, an exhibition of commissions, projects and performances that brought together a group of emerging contemporary artists whose practices are engaged with language.
In AND PER SE AND, Gordon Hall presents a series of table-top sculptures composed in an open-ended “object sentence.” These objects, scaled to the artist’s hand, reference recognizable forms without settling on one definitive identity, provoking us to ask “what are they for?” or “how do I read this?” These elaborations on paper-weights, punctuations, furniture fragments, and geometric polygons are fabricated from everyday building materials, meditating on weight, clutching, desktops, object erotics, the condition of being hand-held, and the political potential of material indeterminacy. Arranged in one long row, they constitute an effort to mine the materiality of spoken and written language. This sculptural installation is accompanied by a performance that focuses on the points of contact between hands and things—it consists of short chapters of research, memoir, and speculation structured around Hall’s hands as they hold, arrange, and grasp each of the sculptures in the exhibition. An artist’s book of the same title documents the spoken text and performative interactions.
Gordon Hall (b. 1983) was born in Boston, MA and lives and works in New York. Hall holds an MFA and MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA from Hampshire College. Gordon Hall’s sculptures and dances embody the possibilities for physical and social platforms to enable and disable outcomes. Hall has exhibited and performed at SculptureCenter, The Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Movement Research, EMPAC, Temple Contemporary, Night Club Chicago, Foxy Production, The Hessel Museum at Bard College, White Columns, and Chapter NY, amongst others. Hall has also organized lecture and performance programs at MoMA PS1, Recess, The Shandaken Project, and at the Whitney Museum of American Art, producing a series of lectures and seminars in conjunction with the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Hall’s writing and interviews have been featured in a variety of publications including V Magazine, Randy, BOMB, and Title Magazine.