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Hidden Hollow by Matthew W. Broadhead


Hidden Hollow


Contents Introduction: page 6-7 Hidden Hollows: The First Visit: page 8-15 Hidden Hollows: The Second Visit: page 16-27 Interlude: page 28-32 Hidden Hollows: The Third Visit: page 33-56 Artifacts: page 57-78


Hidden Hollow began with a promising idea and grew into something bigger. I visited the derelict area once and through curiosity I revisited and explored the inside of the building. My final outcome for this project is my 3rd and final visit to this very mysterious place.

When people ask me what it is about dereliction that interests me as an artist, I usually say that for me they symbolize the failure of man’s dream to maintain what we build and that the haunting shells are more than the sum of their parts. I was fond of exploring as a young child, with a fearless heart that believed in adventure. As a psychogeographer now, the “Hidden Hollow” project was a dérive. A dérive is when one or more persons during a certain period drop their usual motives for movement and action, their relations, their work and leisure activities, and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there… But the dérive includes both this letting go and its necessary contradiction: the domination of psychogeographical variations by the knowledge and calculation of their possibilities. Knabb, Ken, ed. (1995). Situationist International Anthology. Berkley: Bureau of Public Secrets.

This project brought out in me the innate beauty of curiosity from within me. Picasso once said, “It took me a few years to paint like Raphael but a lifetime to paint like a child”. I find this is very true, because for many of us it is hard to overcome the conditioning of everyday pressures of society, as well as our complex personalities. I have a belief everybody is innately curious, and I want my audience to be enticed by my exhibit. The foundation of the project is the photographs, all done in black and white so they are timeless. To give this project what it needed for my audience to respond to it better and interact with it, I prepared my own custom installation for the Hidden Hollow: Third Visit exhibition. I designed and built my own museum themed plinth to present my discovery, and a custom frame to house all of the prints as a sequence.


The first artist that inspired me after the second visit to inspire my third and final visit is definitely Jon Crispin and the suitcases from the Willard Lunatic Asylum. The way a whole life could be contained within a case really stretched the boundaries of my thinking. I compared the experience of entering the derelict zone with entering another plane of consciousness, called esotericism. I then considered how this plane of consciousness could allow me to connect with my own past existences. When someone reaches enlightenment, I assume they come back into the world with what they gained cognitively. That is what my metal box with the artifacts inside represents. Belief is of great importance for this project. What makes it interesting for viewers is that in this complex world we live in it could happen. Anything is possible. Each object represents me in the sense I gathered them out of curiosity, and the exhibition is assemblage in the sense that before the objects were singular, but together the context strengthened them as artifacts and gave them new life. The artist that inspired the realism side of this project is Simon Fujiwara, and his work that created fictional histories loosely based on real life discoveries. The most important feature of this work is that it is very personal, but aspects of it are relatable to different people who see the work. It is a visualization of my life and imagination, and I feel it proves there are no boundaries in life but the ones we make ourselves.


Hidden Hollows: The First Visit


Layby Unknown Location Hasselblad 500 C/M


First Photograph Unknown Location Hasselblad 500 C/M


Original Entrance, Overgrown Unknown Location Hasselblad 500 C/M


Bed of Leaves Unknown Location Hasselblad 500 C/M


From a Distance Unknown Location Hasselblad 500 C/M


Two a Minute #1 Unknown Location Hasselblad 500 C/M


Hidden Hollows: The Second Visit


My Return High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M Kodak Tri-X 400 ISO Film


How I See Barriers High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M Kodak Tri-X 400 ISO Film


The Walkway (Passage) High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M Kodak Tri-X 400 ISO Film


The Bridge High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M Kodak Tri-X 400 ISO Film


Step Inside Yourself High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M Kodak Tri-X 400 ISO Film


Graveyard High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M Kodak Tri-X 400 ISO Film


Living Room #1 High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M Kodak Tri-X 400 ISO Film


Bedroom #2 High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M Kodak Tri-X 400 ISO Film


Hallway #3 High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M Kodak Tri-X 400 ISO Film


Arrowhead #4 High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M Kodak Tri-X 400 ISO Film


Monolith #5 High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M Kodak Tri-X 400 ISO Film


Interlude


Untitled #1 High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M 80mm with 400 iso colour film


Untitled #2 High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M 80mm with 400 iso colour film


Foundation High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M 80mm with 400 iso colour film


Do Not Enter the Containers High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M 80mm with 400 iso colour film


Hidden Hollows: The Third Visit


Cairn High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M 150mm Carl Zeiss lens


Dismantle #1 High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M 150mm Carl Zeiss lens


Dismantle #2 High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M 150mm Carl Zeiss lens


Dismantle #3 High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M 150mm Carl Zeiss lens


Dismantle #4 High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M 150mm Carl Zeiss lens


Dismantle #5 High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M 150mm Carl Zeiss lens


Dismantle #6 High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M 150mm Carl Zeiss lens


Digging Implement High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M 150mm Carl Zeiss lens


Gouge High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M 150mm Carl Zeiss lens


Peeling Back the Skin High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M 150mm Carl Zeiss lens


Untitled High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M 150mm Carl Zeiss lens


Untitled #2 High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M 150mm Carl Zeiss lens


Untitled #3 High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M 150mm Carl Zeiss lens


Soil Between My Fingers High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M 150mm Carl Zeiss lens


Discovery High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M 150mm Carl Zeiss lens


Lifting High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M 150mm Carl Zeiss lens


Struggling High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M 150mm Carl Zeiss lens


Untitled #4 High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M 150mm Carl Zeiss lens


Untitled #5 High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M 150mm Carl Zeiss lens


Unlocking High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M 150mm Carl Zeiss lens


Opening High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M 150mm Carl Zeiss lens


Another Life High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M 150mm Carl Zeiss lens


Through the Window of Ruin High Bullen Landfill Hasselblad 500 C/M 150mm Carl Zeiss lens


Artifacts


Old Style Ginger Beer Car boot Hooper Struve & Co Ltd. London And Brighton


Pewter Candlestick Holder Grandparent’s, Buckland Brewer


Pewter Candlestick Holder Grandparent’s, Buckland Brewer


War Period Flyer “Save Sugar” High Bullen Landfill


Victorian Studio Portrait Brighton


OXO Recipe Book Side 1 High Bullen Landfill


OXO Recipe Book Side 2 High Bullen Landfill


Bible Garage clearout across the road from me High Bullen


We Are Seven Late 1800’s book High Bullen Landfill


Three Nuns Tobacco Tin, Old fashioned key, and four Pennies 1900 - 1940 High Bullen Landfill


Three Nuns Tobacco Tin High Bullen Landfill


Turban Fruits Side 1 Torn out recipe High Bullen Landfill


Turban Fruits Side 2 Torn out recipe High Bullen Landfill


Alice Through the Looking Glass Book Side 1 1890’s First Edition Boot sale


Alice Through the Looking Glass Book Side 2 1890’s First Edition Boot Sale


Betta Club Cheese Cutout 1930’s High Bullen Landfill


The Key North Devon Landfill


My Great Grandfather Old photo archive High Bullen


My Great Grandfather Old photo archive High Bullen


Side 1 Letter 1930’s High Bullen Landfill


Side 2 Recipe 1930’s High Bullen Landfill


Hidden Hollow