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Liz West turns a Manchester Gallery into a giant rainbow


Manchester-based artist Liz West has transformed the fourth floor of the Castlefield Gallery’s New Art Spaces Federation House into a colorful and immersive lighting installation, titled “Your Colour Perception“. Using the gallery as a laboratory West tested the influence and perception of luminous colour in architectural space and on visitors experiencing it. Transforming Federation House into a sensory, visceral experience by overloading it with artificial chromatic light West is interested in the psychological, physical, emotional and spiritual responses visitors experience during their encounter.

This work utilises the darkness outside to raise the strength of the illumination and colouration in the work. Using this enormous space to install a light work in the darkest Winter months allowed the colour to bleed with more saturation than if displayed any other time of the year.

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all images © STEPHEN ILES – courtesy of  LIZ WEST