Keith Arnatt: One foot has not yet reached the next street
This exhibition consists of 39 large scale photographs taken by Keith Arnatt, one of Britain’s most intriguing artists, concentrating on his development of the subject of rubbish and waste that has preoccupied him for the last decade.
As a conceptual artist, making his reputation in the 1960’s, Arnatt used the camera to record his own activities – most famously in the Self Burial series(Tate Gallery) of 1969. By the 1970’s he was recording the activity of others and in turn the environment and our use of it. The photography of discarded rubbish found in the landscape led on to the scrutiny and transformation of selected(used) items such as empty paint cans, paint encrusted industrial gloves and old house bricks in large format photographs. In each case the defunct object is given a new life through Arnatt’s lens.
In recent work, Arnatt has moved away from the portrayal of isolated and particular objects picked out of rubbish tips to concentrate his attention on the interpretation of trivial and banal objects usually considered beneath contempt.