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Things I Once Knew: The Art of Patrick Hall

a survey exhibition of the works by Tasmanian artist and designer Patrick Hall


Things I Once Knew: The Art of Patrick Hall was the first survey exhibition of works by Tasmanian artist and furniture maker Patrick Hall at  the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) in 2015.

The exhibition, which has now closed, brought together works from across Hall’s artistic practice representing the development of his work from the mid-1980s to the present day.

Patrick Hall studied printmaking and furniture design at the Tasmanian School of Art in the early 1980s. He studied printmaking with Milan Milojevic and Raymond Arnold and furniture design in the Design in Wood program with John Smith and Kevin Perkins.

He has exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions in Tasmania, interstate and internationally. He has a strong following in the USA where he has regularly exhibited at the annual international exposition SOFA (Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art) in Chicago. In 2001, his Of Lost Things cabinet was the first non-American work to feature on the cover of the prestigious SOFA catalogue.

He has been commissioned to produce a number of public art installations throughout Hobart, including the much loved Mall Animals in 2005 and most recently the interactive Tree sculpture at the Sustainability Learning Centre in 2014.

Patrick Hall is well known for his series of aluminium clad cabinets which offer glimpses into how objects and their stories can tell us what it is to be human. The Things I once Knew exhibition has many of these cabinets on display including many that are now in private collections.

In the Tasmanian monograph – Patrick Hall, the author Grace Cochrane notes about these cabinets that Hall is ‘drawn to objects that retain a sense of the past and to the cabinet as a keeper of secrets. Each cabinet is not only an actual container for personal treasures and possessions but is also a metaphor for the way we store and order our thoughts and memories, dreams, hopes and fears.’

His largest work, When My Heart Stops Beating, was commissioned for the opening of the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in 2011, and is on display at TMAG as part of the exhibition alongside 30 cabinets and other works.

Things I Once Knew exhibition at TMAG


Things I Once Knew exhibition at TMAG


When My Heart Stops Beating

When They Lay Me Down

Things I Once Knew: The Art of Patrick Hall was on at TMAG in 2015.

Article published: 27 August 2015