For #Five2Watch this week we've selected five artists whose work takes inspiration from the summer months: Patrick Lowry, Colin Booth, Liz West, Michaela McMillan and Dugald MacInnes
Summer House, 2021
Residency at The Factatory Lyon.
The Factatory mobile and modular architecture designed by architect Philippe Rizzottis was inspired by the work of the French designer and architect Jean Prouve. To acknowledge this connection to Jean Prouve, a part of one of Prouve’s buildings, ‘Villa Dollander’ a famous vacation home, built by Jean Prouvé and designed by his brother, Henry Prouvé. has been superimposed on one of the Rizzotti Factatory’s incomplete structures.
“Summer house”, a full scale reconstruction made from materials found directly in the Factatory resource centre.
Working alongside and in collaboration the Korean artists Yesul Kim & Hyojae Jaede Kim developed work “Urban Utopia”, an advertising film, composed of digital images, promoting Villa Dollander, Jean Prouvé's famous summer house,
Summer Long, 2017
Solstice Ritual, 2016
Solstice Ritual was an exhibition and commission for Penarth Pier Pavilion from 17 June - 10 July 2016. Liz West made a slight but significant alteration to the experience of the Gallery space, applying optically transparent coloured vinyl to the 306 window panes that result in the space being bathed in yellow and hot pink.
Liz West creates vivid environments that mix luminous colour and radiant light. Working across a variety of mediums, West aims to provoke a heightened sensory awareness in the viewer through her works. She is interested in exploring how sensory phenomena, in this case the light from the 1930’s Art Deco windows can invoke psychological and physical responses that tap into our own deeply entrenched relationships to colour.
Radiating outside of its boundaries and containers, the sharp yellow and hot pink are a supercharged interpretation of sunrise and sunset, when these colours are most prominent and documented. Using the transitional times of day as a key element, the work encourages a consideration of the space we inhabit and visit, as well as our own relationships to colour.
Going beyond spectacle, West is sensitive towards the entire arc of human interaction with light and colour, from our most basic first interactions, to our associations and memories we intertwine with colours, and our ongoing relationship with the spectrum.
Madonna Dreams of Last Summer, 2012
• Madonna has a calming influence on conflict
• Adores the sun and being warm
• Falls in love every summer
• Would really like to emigrate to Australia, but can’t bear to leave her family
Summer Solstice, 2009
Slate and gold smalti mosaic.
Published 8 July 2022