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"Patrick Pound: The Memory Room"
2002-04-12 until 2002-05-04
Centre for Contemporary Photography
Fitzroy, VI, AU

In THE MEMORY ROOM Patrick Pound constructs an elaborate installation involving found images, snapshots and scrapbook pastings, pinned floor to ceiling. This 'memory room' is the bedroom of a fictional character who attempts to understand and explain the world by collecting it...

Patrick Pound has exhibited widely throughout Australia and New Zealand and his work is held in the collections of numerous public institutions including the National Gallery of Victoria, the Dunedin Art Gallery and the Museum of New Zealand. Pound was recently featured in 'Bright Paradise', the 1st Auckland Triennial (2001), Auckland Art Gallery.

The memory room is the bedroom of a character who while trying to explain the world has been reduced to collecting it. The evidence is pasted in a vast array of scrapbooks and albums. Their pages are torn out and pinned to the walls in a manic flow chart of connections from giant vegetables to miniature Tudor villages, from kit set homes to model air planes. The scrapbooks are themselves a model of the world. There are snaps of the rooms of Kabakov, Nan Goldin, Edward Weston, Anne Frank and Captain Cook. There are postcards of Marie Antoinette's fake dairy and photos of fictional islands. The room operates as an archive and a listing device. While the list seems endless, the connections, literally, are. This strange sorting machine has everything from a photo album with braille captions to a collection of twenty six brown things.


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