Artist of the Week : Gordon Hall

Joan Carol, LVL3, April 7, 2021

Gordon Hall has had solo presentations at the MIT List Visual Arts Center, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, the Renaissance Society, EMPAC, and Temple Contemporary, and has been in group exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Hessel Museum, Art in General, White Columns, and Socrates Sculpture Park, among many other venues. Hall’s writing and interviews have been published widely including in Art Journal, Artforum, Art in America, and Bomb, as well as in Walker Art Center’s Artist Op-Ed Series, What About Power? Inquiries Into Contemporary Sculpture (published by SculptureCenter), Documents of Contemporary Art: Queer (published by Whitechapel and MIT Press,) and Theorizing Visual Studies (Routledge). A volume of Hall’s collected essays, interviews, and performance scripts was published by Portland Institute for Contemporary Art in 2019. Hall teaches in SAIC’s Low-Residency MFA and will be a 2022 resident faculty member at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.



Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?

I am a sculptor whose work with objects extends into performance, writing, and public events. I’m focused on the lives of objects and our bodies’ relationships with them and with each other. As a person, I have had trouble finding a place in this world for my body, and I make my work as a way of building the world I want to be in. I live and work in New York, sixty miles north of New York City, where I lived for ten years after leaving Chicago where I got my graduate degrees at SAIC—an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies (VCS). My studio consists of two equally sized rooms connected through an internal door. I use one side for concrete casting, wood tools, and other messy fabrication, and use the other side for looking at in-process and finished work, drawing, writing, and it’s where I keep my archive of books and other exhibition ephemera. I usually work six days a week and I prefer to work during the day and almost never go to the studio after dinner.