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Thomas Newman Pound, A Strange Archaeology
“There is in everything an aspect of the magical, the alchemist’s craft. The mundane is made anew through an element of metamorphosis or transfiguration. Pound’s materials are not new or raw, but discarded and time-worn, awaiting regeneration or transfiguration, adrift in time and space, trying to make sense of the concrete and tarmac and towers they have regained consciousness in.”
Bill McKay, Senior Lecture, School of Architecture and Planning, the University of Auckland.
In this group of works, the New Zealand artist has collected a treasury of the abandoned; bits and pieces gathered by walking through industrial areas, demolition sites, railway lines, and the suburban streets around him. With these finds he has constructed a poetic language of a half forgotten past, “a strange archaeology”, a kind of mapping of symbols and signs – and something of a prophetic glimpse into a future unknown. Although the works contain dialogues of art history, it is Pounds belief that the language of the works is ultimately constructed by the viewer, and the stories they bring to them.
Thomas Newman Pound makes something out of nothing, and that something is as extraordinary as it is inventive.
“With its encyclopedic scope, the work resembles a long poem formed from fragments, a text which has ancient associations yet speaks a thoroughly contemporary idiom.”
Roger Horrocks, Emeritus Professor of Film, Television and Media Studies, the University of Auckland.