New Zealand-born and Melbourne-based artist Patrick Pound says “to collect is to gather your thoughts through things”.
To mark the opening of The Great Exhibition, Patrick speaks with Daniel Palmer about his latest project and the vast new collections he describes as ‘museums of things’. Together they unpack the thinking behind all of these ‘things’, how they were found and how they fit together alongside works from the NGV collection.
Patrick Pound has exhibited widely in Australia and New Zealand since the early 1980s. Solo exhibitions include Then and Now: The Office of Fixed Deferrals, West Space, Melbourne, 2011 and Bank Jobs, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand, 2012. He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions, including Order and Disorder: Archives and Photography, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2008; Photographer Unknown, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2009; and, The Photograph and Australia, (in collaboration with Rowan McNaught), curated by Judy Annear, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Queensland Art Gallery, 2015.
Daniel Palmer is Associate Dean of Graduate Research and Associate Professor in the Art History & Theory Program at MADA (Monash Art, Design & Architecture). His books include Photography and Collaboration: From Conceptual Art to Crowdsourcing (Bloomsbury, 2017), The Culture of Photography in Public Space (Intellect, 2015), edited with Anne Marsh and Melissa Miles, and Twelve Australian Photo Artists (Piper Press, 2009), co-authored with Blair French.