Come and see works at Green Rooms by Lou Hazelwood. Showing now every day throughout May, these striking images have a lot going on - including - brace yourselves - a contribution from Lou's cat, as he explains here:
"In this work I was really interested in how the chemical deterioration of analogue film and prints looks and how this has an impact on how we make an image, a memory. These images are chemically stained. Two are chemically stained prints and the others are chemically stained 35mm colour film. The films were put through different chemicals prior to been processed such as bleach, caustic soda & black leather dye and through a wash in the washing machine. They were experiments and have had unique impacts on the structure of the film and created the abstracted images seen"
"The chemically stained prints were more of a happy accident, although that wasn’t my first reaction! One of my cats peed on the prints whilst they were laid out for editing. It was only after the initial ‘arrrgghh’ moment that I dried the prints off and re-looked at them, saw how interesting they were and they have become part of this series of works. So they are perhaps what you would call naturally chemically stained… "
You can listen to an audio/podcast about Lou's recent exhibition in Hull, including some of the same works and similar themes and practicses:https://audioboom.com/posts/6441523-artist-lou-hazelwood-at-hip-gallery