Keith ArnattInvisible Hole Revealed by the Shadow of the Artist 1968

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Artist
Keith Arnatt (1930‑2008)
Title
Invisible Hole Revealed by the Shadow of the Artist
Date 1968
MediumPhotograph, black and white on paper
Dimensionsimage: 608 x 756 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Transferred from Tate Archive 2010
Reference
P13145
Not on display

Summary

For Invisible Hole Revealed by the Shadow of the Artist 1968 Arnatt dug a square hole in an area of grass, in the bottom of which he placed the cut-out grass before lining the sides with mirrors so that the hole became imperceptible within the larger surface of grass. It was only when a viewer’s shadow was cast over the hole that its presence was revealed, as is documented by this self portrait. As with Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of his Former Self 1969–72 (Tate P13143), Arnatt’s use of photography in his work became a means to undermine confidence in the veracity of the photographic medium. He has commented: ‘I was beginning to become aware of the unreliability of photographic evidence and began to play with that feature. I felt that what a photograph could not tell or show might be just as significant as what it could… (read more)

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