Multi-discipline, -location work

Steel House Projects hosts Hall

Jul 29, 2017
Courtesy of: Gordon Hall In Gordon Hall's 2014 sculpture performance "Stand And,” performers interact with forms made of wood, hand-dyed fabric, pigmented joint compound and mosaic.

Rockland — “The Number of Inches Between Them,” a new sculpture and performance project by New York-based artist Gordon Hall, will take place across multiple Midcoast locations in August. The project is brought to these spaces and organized by Kindling Fund recipients and Maine artists Elizabeth Atterbury and Meghan Brady.

The project is a continuation of Hall’s series of “replica” sculptures in which the artist makes doubles of accidentally encountered one-of-a- kind pieces of furniture. There will be a First Friday opening reception Aug. 4 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Steel House Projects’ Steel House South, 639 Main St.

“The Number of Inches Between Them” replicates a geometric stone bench located in the yard of a private residence in Clinton, N.J. Hall has refabricated this bench twice out of pigment-dyed cast concrete. At Steel House South (continuing through Aug. 26), its component panels will be disassembled and leaning around the walls of the space.

A second set of these concrete shapes will be shown assembled into the bench and used as the site of a movement piece by Hall and a small group of performers in their 70s and 80s Friday, Aug. 11, at 3 p.m. at The Winter Street Warehouse. The sculpture and performance are intended to be in conversation with Dennis Croteau, the little-known artist who designed and made the original bench shortly before he died from AIDS in 1989. The sculpture itself is offered here as an architectural body, assembled and disassembled and brought into proximity with human bodies at various stages of vulnerability and transition.

After the Aug. 11 performance, at 7 p.m., there will be an evening of lectures and performances, organized by Hall and building upon his ongoing project, at Hillside Farm in Camden. All the aforementioned events are free, open to all and accessible from street level.

The title of the work originates from a quote by the late sculptor Scott Burton when discussing his series of performances from the early 1970s known as The Behavior Tableaux: “… what I want people to become aware of is the emotional nature of the number of inches between them.” The “inches between them” refer here to the precise arrangement of geometric panels themselves; the bodies of the performers as they interact with the sculpture and one another; and the mile of distance between the two locations of the exhibition, bracketed by these assembled and disassembled concrete benches.

Saturday night, Aug. 19, Steel House Projects will present “It May Happen Anyway,” an experimental dance performance, at 8 p.m. at NoRo Gallery, 16 Brewster St. Admission is $12. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Alexis Iammarino and Maeve O’Regan at gallery@rocklandsteelhouse.com.

Hall has exhibited and performed widely including at SculptureCenter, Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His first institutional solo show will take place at the MIT List Center for Visual Arts next spring; and he will be in residence at the Brodsky Center for Books and Editions at Rutgers University this fall.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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