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Liz West Solo Presentation Install Diary (Part 2)

Wednesday, 25 September 2013


DAY 9 of Install – On Brown and Violet Grounds

Day 9 of install was about those last minute adjustments and tidying the space ready for opening. I spent the morning at home stapling 100 copies of Jack’s critical text together and printing off the gallery guide and list of works.

Then I had the miserable job of sweeping the dirty (probably never-been-cleaned-before) floor of Piccadilly Place – with a dustpan and brush. Yep, idiot West forgot to bring a sweeping broom. So on my knees I cleaning (if you have the image of Cinderella in your mind – it was no where near as glamorous!). Finally I taped down the wires on the floor, scrapped the ugly black-slug cable covers and polished the perspex and mirrors.

Now – the work is up, cables are tied, frames are on the walls, list of works is printed, the essay has been written, video shot and floors swept. All it needs now is you!!!

I will be opening the doors from 1-9pm everyday from 25th September (TODAY) until the 2nd October.

See you soon?

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

DAY 8 of Install – On Brown and Violet Grounds

Day 8 of 10 was all about adding the finishing touches to both On Brown and Violet Grounds at Piccadilly Place (Opens TOMORROW – Wednesday 25th) and my studio at Rogue ready for Open Studios (opens Friday 27th).At Rogue I started by typing out and printing the labels for all the work and then pinning them to the ply table top where all my drawings are laid out in my studio. I have made a separate price list, which is available on request (you can see it pinned to my notice board):
Then came a VERY exciting delivery; the documentary film which has been made by Jamie Hyde about my recent practice. With a running time of 11.45mins it is a perfect length to get a full insight into my work. I popped it straight into the DVD players set up at both Piccadilly Place at Rogue Studios. I can’t wait for you to see it!

Everything seemed to be happening today, including the finalisation of a critical text written by Jack Welsh to coincide with the duel exhibition. Visitors will be able to pick up a complimentary copy in both venues. I spent the evening at home printing out the essay and their neat little coloured jackets ready to be stapled together tomorrow.

Its all nearly ready to go!

Monday, 23 September 2013

DAY 7 of Install – On Brown and Violet Grounds

Day 7 of install was all about getting my studio tidy in preparation for Rogue Open Studios which opens on Friday (this week) all continues over the weekend.  I must say that I didn’t intend to give it a deep clean – but I feel much better now for doing so!

I moved a few of my storage units and ordered my materials better – as you can see on the shelves (below). I moved my Cornerhouse commissioned work The predicament of in here and out there – a 1920’s wardrobe concealing a coloured video work, in order to create more space in the entrance to my studio. It is now nestled in the corner – out of harms way and well wrapped up.


For this years Open Studios I am simply laying out new works-on-paper on a wooden trestle table that have been produced as part of my Arts Council England Grants for the arts funding award. There are two framed works on the outside walls of my studio too, everything is for sale (for the first time EVER).

I have left my studio as it is when I am working in it, no curtains this year! I have left pinned up images on my inspiration wall (you can see below) and not hidden away my wood pile.

My work at Rogue Open Studios acts as duel exhibition to my show at Piccadilly Place. I have never shown works-on-paper so am doing so for the first time, nervously. I use un-conventional industrial and man-made materials, such as: electrical tape, aluminium and mirror in these pieces, which echo many of the materials utilized within my installation work. My two-dimensional explorations are driving new ideas within my practice and signal an important development from the successful colour-drenched Chamber series.

Although not an enthralling blog for day 7 – remember it was Sunday and it took longer than expected to organise everything…


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