Patrick Pound

Just Looking

3rd Apr –
20th Apr 2024

OPENING EVENT: Wednesday 3 April, 5.30-7.30pm

The camera is a collecting machine that reduces the world to a list of things to photograph. I take up where photographers leave off.
My work repurposes discarded family snaps, images from defunct newspaper and cinema archives.
All of the photographs are sourced on eBay, and come from across the globe.
The internet is an enormous unhinged album.

All of the works in this exhibition refer to the idea of looking.
From images of people looking up, to images of people looking down; from men on the telephone to women on the telephone. Then there’s a puzzle-box with a snapshot of to a person looking at a view mounted above a snap looking at a person in front of a view. There are collages of photographs of people seen from behind, sitting atop the backs of photographs. This exhibition is a collage of otherwise unconnected images. Some images are found to have nothing in common until they meet. I treat the photo-collection as a medium and position the world as a puzzle. My work seems to say: if only we could find all the pieces, we might solve that puzzle. It’s a folly of course.

Jules Verne:
“Look, with all your eyes, look.”

Patrick Pound is a New Zealand artist based in Melbourne. Pound works with collections of found photographs and objects as if on a dare. Pound has worked with numerous Museum collections, from Melbourne to Mannheim to Madrid. He has held over 50 solo exhibitions.

His 2017 survey exhibition was held at the NGV, and in 2019 he was shortlisted to represent Australia at the Venice Biennale. In 2021 he exhibited a major installation of found photos and objects at the International Center of Photography (ICP), New York. 

Pound’s work is held in many public galleries including the NGV, NGA, AGNSW, QAGOMA, AGSA, Te Papa Tongarewa, Auckland Art Gallery and Christchurch Art Gallery, Aotearoa, NZ. Pound's work has been included in four key surveys of Australian Photography: The Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, 2019, Dong Gang Photography Museum, Korea, 2014; the AGNSW, 2013; Heide Museum of Art, 2007. 

Recent international exhibitions include: ‘A Trillion Sunsets: A Century of Image Overload’, curated by David Campany, ICP, New York, 2022; ‘The Lives & Loves of Images’, curated by David Campany, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany, 2020; ‘?Déjà vu?’, curated by Susan Bright, Museo Lazaro Galdiano, Madrid, Photo Espana, 2019; ‘Patrick Pound: On Reflection’, City Gallery, with Te Papa Tongarewa Museum and National Gallery of New Zealand, 2018, curated by Aaron Lister.


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