Hull visual artist Lou Hazelwood’s latest collection of work, entitled “Landscapes of the Un(known)”, is currently hanging on the walls of Basement Arts Project in Leeds. The gallery, like all public arts spaces, is now closed to visitors.
HULL IS THIS is very pleased to put Lou’s artworks before some eyes, therefore.
“The unknown landscapes were predominantly created in the darkroom, just with light, chemicals, and vintage paper, following on from my regular practice of destroying film, and manipulating, and abstracting. The known side is actually shot on medium and large format, and it’s photographs of gas holders,” said Lou.
“The gas holder on Clough Road was shot on old film stock, Kodak Tri-X. It looks pictorial, it kinda looks as if it was shot in the 1880s. It’s really fogged film, pushed in development to get the image out. Some of the other images are of gas holders up in South Shields.”
Lou has been fascinated by gas holders for a long time. She described them as huge ‘egg timers’ in the sky, monitoring people’s use of gas as they go up and down over time. Her artworks for this exhibition include images of the gas holder on Clough Road in Hull, as well as others from her recent journeys across the north of England.
She said: “They’re historically known, but contemporarily unknown. They’re at this flux in the landscape at the minute. The ironwork structures are just beautiful. I think it’s really sad that they’re disappearing.”
Landscapes of the Un(known) by Lou Hazelwood
[Jerome Whittingham – editor HULL IS THIS]