Chroma: First Major Solo Exhibition from Liz West

Chroma is the culmination of Manchester artist Liz West’s interests and ideas over a five-year period. This new body of work, site-specific to BLANKSPACE, explores the themes of colour theory, collecting and the exploration of real and illusory space.

West’s playful and magical works, each of which she builds by hand, consist of unexpected and carefully arranged combinations of materials. Systems of ordering, classification and coding are applied in the development and generation of West’s work. She invokes the monumental, whilst utilising commonplace objects that are found and collected from the world around her.

“I establish boundaries which determine both what is collected and where it is collected from. Accumulating and assembling single-coloured objects, I consider the psychological influence of colour, its effect and sensory impact upon the viewer.”

Liz West is interested in the visual fusion of densely massed objects and formal arrangements of objects found in shops and museums. West’s work gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself, moving away from the real into something that is magical and that heightens your senses.

Liz West was born in Manchester, England in 1985. She graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2007, with a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art: Sculpture and Environmental Art. Since then she has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally. In 2010 West was shortlisted for the Celeste Prize, New York, London Photography Award, London and commissioned to create a new site-specific work for Northern Futures awards, Barnsley. In 2011 she was shortlisted for the Woolgather Art Prize, Leeds and The Title Art Prize, Manchester.

Chroma is curated by Blank Media Collective and is kindly supported by Arts Council England, ASK Developments, Sandbar and Full Circle Arts. For further information about exhibition related events please visit blankmediacollective.org/chroma

Preview: 5 July 6-9pm
Opening Times: Wed – Sun: 11- 5pm

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