Inspired by discussions of art and activism, 'use' and 'uselessness' Gordon Hall looked to Felix Gonzalez-Torres. His signature candy spills place commonly available candy in continually replenished forms for audiences, totaling an 'ideal weight' representing a person or other context.
This poster series was commissioned by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics and A Blade of Grass in response to the fifth Art and Social Justice Working Group conflict - 'Do-Gooding' and Criticality.
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Gordon Hall is an artist based in New York. Hall has exhibited and performed at SculptureCenter, The Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Whitney Museum of American Art, Movement Research, EMPAC, Night Club in Chicago, Kent Fine Art, Foxy Production, The Hessel Museum at Bard College, White Columns, and at Chapter NY, among others. Hall has also organized programs at MoMA PS1, Recess, The Shandaken Project, Alderman Exhibitions, 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, Title Magazine, What About Power? Inquiries Into Contemporary Sculpture (published by SculptureCenter) and in Theorizing Visual Studies (Routledge, 2012). Hall was awarded a Triangle Arts Foundation Residency in 2015, the LMCC Workspace Residency for 2013-14, attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2013, and the Fire Island Artist Residency in 2012. Hall holds an MFA and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.