AND PER SE AND
Limited Edition Artist’s Book
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AND PER SE AND is an artist’s book by Gordon Hall produced as part of 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, Hall manipulates a series of small-scale sculptures composed in open-ended “object sentences.” These objects, scaled to the artist’s hand, reference recognizable forms without settling on one definitive identity, prompting questions such as: “what are they for?” or “how do I read this?” The choreography photographed focuses on points of contact—and is interspersed with short chapters of research, memoir, and speculation structured around Hall’s hands as they hold, arrange, and grasp each of the sculptures.
Gordon Hall 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. 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.