Walter & Zoniel’s Spectra installation sees the artists use an eco-friendly temporary paint to cover public places in a rainbow of colour applied by those interacting with the work.
Each colour applied is the individual’s answer to a question asked by the artists. The resulting artwork is an abstract representation of a living debate, at which point the colours’ meaning is revealed to be read by observers.
The public participation piece uses the elements key to Walter & Zoniel’s installations, of fun and surrealism and working on reassigning meaning to buildings and spaces that are familiar to us in a different context.
The piece works on evoking a sense of mischief and its relationship to inspiration and creativity. By crossing the lines of what is normally sanctioned and allowed, those interacting with the work are momentarily set free of some of the constraints of the everyday norm.
It is a multi-layered work both observational an participatory, engaging and empowering of debate on the subject of art at key points throughout both the live installation and the residual artwork.
When left open to the elements, the forces of nature gradually reclaim the ground or walls on which the act of artistic debate took place, a reminder of the transient nature of life, however powerful our opinions are, change is inevitable.
SPECTRA has been translated to differing spaces, seeing it realised as: SPECTRA:CAST installed on Brighton Beach as part of the Brighton Arts Festival 2017 SPECTRA16 installed on the Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool during the Liverpool Biennial as part of the fringe 2016 PRELUDE TO SPECTRA: Commissioned by the SF/SV Art fair in San Fransisco 2015.
SPECTRA: CAST Brighton Beach 2017. Commissioned by Brighton Arts Festival
Photo: Victor Frankowski
SPECTRA16 Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool. 2016. Commissioned by ACE
PRELUDE TO SPECTRA Art San Fransisco / Silicon Valley 2015 art fair. Installation commissioned by the fair.