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Patrick Hartigan

Sounds 1-6 1. Writing a word using a 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  2006


5minutes 32sec

Museum of Contemporary Art, anonymous donation, 2010


About the Artwork

Sounds 1–6 is five-minute audio work, recording sounds of things we never really listen to, such as the sound of tying shoelaces, of writing and of sharpening a pencil. The audio CD includes six tracks titled: 1. Writing a Word Using a 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 sound 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.

[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, n.d.

Patrick Hartigan

– About the artist

Born 1977, Sydney. Lives and works Sydney.

Patrick Hartigan creates subtle, evocative and acutely observed works utilising a range of media including collage, watercolour, film, sound, short stories and installation. Oil painting has since become his primary focus. Much of his work is made in response to other artists, artworks and museum environments.

Hartigan has been exhibiting since 2002 and has been selected for a number of group exhibitions, including Solitaire, Tarrawarra Museum of Art, Healesville, Victoria (2014); Octopus 13, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne (2013); All you need is love, Melbourne Art Foundation/Domain Chandon, Coldstream, Victoria (2012); MCA: New Acquisitions in Context, MCA, Sydney (2011); Constellations: A Large Number of Small Drawings, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne (2010); I Walk the Line: New Australian Drawing, MCA, Sydney (2009); Wanderlust, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth (2008);  Life is Sweet: Contemporary Australian Watercolours, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale (2007); and Tomorrow, another day, Artspace, Sydney (2006).

Hartigan’s work is held in numerous collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, New Zealand; University of Wollongong; and Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne.

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