Installation view of Chase Hall’s work <em>God Is You</em> on display in NGV Triennial from 3 December 2023 – 7 April 2024 at NGV International, Melbourne. Photo: Sean Fennessy<br/>

Chase Hall

Photo: Emma Marie Jenkinson

Chase Hall
United States born 1993

Level 2
NGV International
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In his paintings and sculptures, Chase Hall uses innovative materials and techniques to highlight racial inequalities that are part of America’s past and present. Hall is recognised for his unique visual language and use of coffee as a pigment on unprimed cotton canvases – both materials that are intrinsically connected to the history of transatlantic trade. Based on an archival photograph, this diptych captures a congregation at a Baptist conference. The work exemplifies the way Hall achieves tonal and textual variation through different levels of coarseness of the coffee pigment, which is contrasted against purposefully exposed sections of raw canvas.

Chase Hall’s paintings and sculptures respond to generational celebrations and traumas encoded throughout American history. Chase Hall’s recent solo exhibition The Close of the Day, 2023, was held at the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia. He was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, to produce the monumental diptych Medea act I & II, 2022. Hall has been included in group exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, the Netherlands; and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Hall’s work is held in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; Brooklyn Museum; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Purchased with funds donated by Andrew Xue, 2023