COLLECTOR’S CHOICE

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Visual Arts -

“To col­lect,” says Pa­trick Pound, “is to gather your thoughts through things.” Pound, an artist born in Zealand and based in Mel­bourne, is bring­ing a fas­ci­nat­ing show to the Na­tional Gallery of Vic­to­ria this month, the most com­pre­hen­sive dis­play of his work to be staged. Its ti­tle is The Great Ex­hi­bi­tion, it­self a mod­est nod to Lon­don’s fa­mous en­cy­clo­pe­dic ex­po­si­tion of 1851, The Great Ex­hi­bi­tion of the Works of In­dus­try of All Na­tions. Here, Pound is cel­e­brat­ing the art of col­lect­ing by as­sem­bling ver­nac­u­lar ob­jects into a mu­seum space to cre­ate new mean­ings. Draw­ing on items from his own found col­lec­tion and the NGV’s per­ma­nent col­lec­tion, he weaves to­gether a se­ries of seem­ingly un­re­lated items, pho­to­graphs and cu­rios, into new col­lec­tions, en­cour­ag­ing au­di­ences to re­think ev­ery­day ob­jects all around. Pho­to­graphic prints make up the largest com­po­nent of Pound’s col­lec­tion — fam­ily snap­shots and news­pa­per im­ages The Mu­seum of there / Not there “un­hinged” from their orig­i­nal sources. Ac­cord­ing to Mag­gie Finch, the NGV’s pho­tog­ra­phy cu­ra­tor, Pound is not so much the “au­thor” of these pho­to­graphs as a kind of hunter-gath­erer seek­ing out prints via the in­ter­net.

“I bring ideas to things,” Pound says, “and some­times things bring ideas to me.

The show opens on March 31 at NGV Aus­tralia, Fed­er­a­tion Square, Mel­bourne, and runs un­til July 30. En­try is free. The pho­tog­ra­pher’s shadow Dam­aged

Pho­tog­ra­phy and air ( 2016-17; de­tail), above; Pairs (and the dou­ble) (2016-17; de­tail), above right

(2008-17; de­tail); Drive by (en pas­sant) (2016-17; de­tail); The Collector ( 2000-17; de­tail)

(2000-17)

From left, (2016-17; de­tail);

(2008-17; de­tail)

(2000-17; de­tail); Small arms

From left, Dam­aged

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