Invisible Hole Series by Keith Arnatt in collaboration with Richard Saltoun, 1968-69
For Invisible Hole Revealed by the Shadow of the Artist 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.
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.’
1. Invisible Hole Revealed By The Shadow Of The Artist 2. Untitled 3. An Invisible Hole