• The Number of Inches Between Them
    Gordon Hall
    Yuri Stone
    MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge
    Apr 17, 2018 to May 20, 2018
    Gordon Hall

Gordon Hall, The Number of Inches Between Them, pigmented cast concrete and color poster multiple, presented at Steel House Projects and the Winter Street Warehouse, 2017 Rockland, ME. Performers: Mary Bok, Gordon Hall, Alan Crichton, Del Hickey, Susan Schor, Millie Kapp, and Chris Domenick. Courtesy of the artist.

This exhibition continues a series in which Gordon Hall creates replicas of found, one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture. The replicas refer to objects Hall encounters by chance and feels a magnetic attraction to; the artist investigates the furniture physically through remaking. The Number of Inches Between Them doubles a geometric stone bench discovered in a friend’s backyard in New Jersey. The replication is done twice: first as eight, cast concrete interlocking panels that are assembled as a twin of the bench, and second as the same set of eight concrete panels presented disassembled, leaning against the gallery walls. All aspects of the object—its design, feel, material, history, and the narrative of its maker—become implicated in the ways Hall reanimates it in a second life as sculpture. A movement piece instigated by and incorporating the bench is performed by Hall and a group of Boston-based performers. The sculpture is offered as an architectural body, assembled and disassembled, and brought into proximity with human bodies at various stages of vulnerability and transition.

Gordon Hall has performed and exhibited at the Renaissance Society, Chicago (2018); the Wysing Arts Centre, London (2017); Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia (2016); The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2015); the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn (2014); and SculptureCenter, Long Island City (2012).