Our Colour Reflection by Liz West

Our Colour Reflection by Liz WestImage courtesy of Hannah Devereux

Our Colour Reflection by Liz West

Housed at the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, a historic church-turned-exhibition space in the english town of Scunthorpe, Our Colour Reflection is the last installation of the artist Liz West, who has added an immersive spectrum of light and color to the gothic interior landscape. For the site-specific work, West has created a composition of hundreds of mirrored disks that reflect the gallery lighting into the roof space, projecting a spectrum of hues onto the interior beams and archways.

 

Our Colour Reflection by Liz WestImage courtesy of Hannah Devereux

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Our Colour Reflection creates a conversation between the viewer and the setting using more than 700 mirrors made of coloured acrylic. There are 15 colours in all and the mirrors with diameters of 30, 40, 50 and 60 cm are set at different heights so that they both reflect the roof space of the old nave, revealing parts of the architecture that would otherwise be invisible, and project colour up into the historic interior. This installation puts the audience to the fore, demanding a response, in West’s words “physically, emotionally, psychologically or even spiritually”. It is playful, elegant and engaging but also thoughtful. 

 

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Editor and writer Francis Pearce observes: “Taking time to research and consider the history of the building and the weight of connotations it holds as a former place of worship, West has thought about stained glass and the importance of light within the space. Viewers will each have their own perspectives and their own experiences tempered by movement through the space and through time. By going unplugged here, West emphasises that while artificial light can be manipulated it can only, at best, replicate the dynamism, shifting mood and changes in quality embodied in natural light.”

 

20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe, UK
Our Colour Reflection
Until June 25, 2016

 

more. liz-west.com

 

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