Conjuring up a surprising range of meanings, from the cave to the grave, wishing wells and open-cut mines, portals and punctures, burrows and beehives, Patrick Pound’s The Museum of Holes is an amusing installation. Like a crossword puzzle of things, it emphasises the idea of a hole, rather than the hole, itself.
Created from the artist’s own encyclopedic collection, along with artworks and objects from the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum, The Museum of Holes is a cabinet of curiosities and a thinking machine that temporarily recasts everything through a single poetic idea.
‘I want to upset the false need for things to be fixed in their meaning.
I want them to behave more like words; to give them more flexibility
and put them back to work. The collection becomes a
thinking machine, a memory machine
and a picture puzzle.’
Patrick Pound 2014