You could almost say I was as giddy as a schoolgirl when I first heard of Liz West’s new light installation at Federation House in Manchester. ‘Your Colour Perception’ heralds the first ever site specific, all encompassing and fully immersive exhibition installation I have ever seen. Completely unique and different to seeing lots of individual works in the one place.
Helping to meet and greet I had the privilege to be one of the first there to see the installation free from people. And what a sight to behold. Immediately you can see from the photographs I took on the night that it was like walking into a sublime field of colour, filling the entire void from ceiling to floor across its 4600 square metres. Even the black film on the windows reflected this vision of colour back into the space. As a visitor this provided for a multitude of different viewpoints even despite the fact there was no obvious physical work of art in situ. For when does a work of art become the actual space itself.
Wandering through the different colours was quite beautiful and gave you a warm glow inside. There was a natural pull as you glided through the red, pink, yellow, green and blue. Each one had to be experienced. Each one left their mark as you stood in its full gaze. Each one felt as though you had actually immersed yourself in the colour, as though you should also turn a spectacular shade of pink!
Liz’s work is the culmination of ideas and works since being artist-in-residence at Kurt Schwitters Merz Barn in October 2014. Not only does ‘Your Colour Perception’ include new light work but also works-on-paper and drawings. Speaking to Liz, her work to date naturally developed after reading David Bachelor’s ‘The Luminous & the Grey’ whilst on residence. An interesting book addressing colour and where it comes into being and where it fades away, an inquiry into when colour begins and when it ends, both in the material sense and in the imagination.
Alas, this exhibition was only on for 3 days but hopefully Liz will have several more up her sleeve for us all to go and see, and you can find out more about her work at www.liz-west.com.
Let me leave you with these key-words…
|Liz ‘inside’ her installation|
Manchester, M4 2AH