Patrick Pound is a Melbourne-based artist working across mediums. His work has the look of having been made by someone who has set out to try and explain the world and who, having failed, has been reduced to collecting it. His work is about compiling and constructing evidence. His work poses the world as a puzzle.
His archives, amassed across years of obsessive and meticulous searching and scavenging, include newspaper cuttings, found photographs and everyday objects, and encompass categories such as photographers’ shadows; photographers’ thumbs; people holding cameras; people holding photographs; people in the wind; people with outstretched arms; readers; missing people and found things. These painstakingly accumulated collections present fragments of the world, which have been reorganised in search of some kind of greater order or logic. They take ordinary moments and, through multiplying them and presenting them alongside each other, transform them into something altogether more mysterious and meaningful. His work constantly tests the limits of images, or sets of things, to represent something, and to hold ideas.
Patrick Pound has held recent solo exhibitions at Hamish Mackay Gallery, Wellington, NZ (2012); West Space, Melbourne, (2011), Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne (2011); Grant Pirrie Gallery, Sydney (2010); Fehily Temporary (2010); Artspace Mackay Regional Gallery, QLD (2009); and the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2008). He has been included in numerous group exhibitions including: Inside Running (Fremantle Arts Centre, 2013); Liquid Archive (Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2012); The Basil Sellers Art Prize (The Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, 2012); Paper Jams (The Gus Fisher Gallery, University of Auckland, 2012); Present Tense: An imagined grammar of portraiture in the digital age (National Portrait Gallery, Canberra 2010); Someone looking at something (West Space, Melbourne 2009); and Photographer Unknown (Monash University Museum of Art, 2009). Patrick Pound’s work is held in numerous public and private collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the NGV, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Museum of New Zealand, Auckland Art Gallery, and the Dunedin Art Gallery.