Systems of ordering, classification and coding are applied in the development and generation of Liz West’s work in her first major solo exhibition, Chroma at BLANKSPACE, Manchester. “I establish boundaries which determine both what is collected and where it is collected from. Accumulating only purely coloured objects, I consider the psychological influence of colour and its affect and sensory impact upon the viewer”. West invokes the monumental, whilst utilising commonplace objects found and collected from the world around her.
West will be showing three new, site-specific works at BLANKSPACE gallery, opening to the public on 6 July. The work embodies her ongoing research and interest in colour theory, light and the physical construction of real and illusory space. “I am interested in the methodologies within order and collections found in the home environment, museums, shops and in library archives. Everyone has their own personal formula for classification and arrangement of these objects”.
West is interested in the visual collision of densely massed objects and also in more formal collections and arrangements of objects found in shops, markets and museums. Orange Chamber is a illusive landscape of detritus giving the impression of a unbounded field of intensely coloured and richly saturated forms. West’s work immerses the viewer and creates a scenic space that is both evocative and magical allowing the viewer to form personal experiences and moments where time stands still.
“West’s work pursues a logic and in doing so brings some of the mad logic of commercialism, how it arranges the world into relief. The works find and offer a poetic and abstract beauty in only apparently sterile environments.”
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Through half remembered childhood memories or emotional association, colour, light and form can dramatically alter our perception and reality. Whether it is to be discovered or hidden within the space and objects or dissecting through the fabric of the building, Liz West’s work creates juxtaposition between what is real and blurred palpability.
Chroma is a culmination of West’s interests and ideas over a five-year period during which she has investigated and tested sculptural and spatial collections of manufactured and found colour to produce work in a range of media.
Chroma is curated by Blank Media Collective and is kindly supported by Arts Council England, ASK Developments, Sandbar and Full Circle Arts. Admission to the exhibition will be free. Accompanying the exhibition will be a limited edition exhibition catalogue.
For further information about BLANKSPACE gallery visit the website at www.blankmediacollective.org. To catch more of Liz West’s work be sure to check out her website at www.liz-west.com and follow Liz and Chroma on Twitter: #ChromaExhibition & @LizWest_Art.
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