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Patrick Hartigan

Sounds 1-61. Writing a word using a Letraset2. Sharpening my pencil3. Writing numbers 1-10 using a graphite pencil4. Notes on my ruler5. Tearing a sheet of A4 paper from top to bottom, slowly6. Tying my shoelaces 2006

Museum of Contemporary Art, anonymous donation, 2010

sound, 5min 32s

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About the Artwork

Patrick Hartigan creates subtle, evocative and acutely observed works utilising a range of media including collage, watercolour, film, sound and installation – and more recently oil painting has become his primary focus.

Sounds 1-6 (2006) is an audio CD work that includes six tracks titled: 1. Writing a word using Letraset 2. Sharpening my pencil 3. Writing numbers 1–10 using a graphite pencil 4. Notes on my ruler 5. Tearing a sheet of A4 paper from top to bottom, slowly 6. Tying my shoelaces.

Poetry and literature have been an ongoing source of inspiration for Hartigan and several of the recordings in Sounds 1-6 relate to the act of writing or mark-making, as well as the paraphernalia associated with these activities such as paper, pencils, and rulers. The effect of listening to these recorded snippets of sounds can also bring to mind notions of solitude, procrastination and daydreaming; activities that are often associated with writing and more broadly the artistic process. In this work, Hartigan captures a range of simple and seemingly insignificant gestures to explore the poetry of everyday life, evoking both its small triumphs and quiet defeats.


Patrick Hartigan, from a statement by the artist on occasion of the acquisition of his work by the Museum of Contemporary Art, 2009

[I am interested in] … the most mundane and immediately perceivable forms of human existence (at least in my own life) bumping against the heavily veiled forms found in museum classification.

Patrick Hartigan

Patrick Hartigan

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Patrick Hartigan completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales in 2001 and, later, in 2007 he received a Masters of Fine Arts from the same institution. He was awarded the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Moya Dyring Studio residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. His work has been exhibited in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne as well as in New Zealand.

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