“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)
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(2000-17; detail); Small arms
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