Funded with help from the Arts National Library, An Additive Mix was commissioned to explore the science of art and light in celebration of the 2015 UNESCO International Year of Light. The free family-friendly exhibition is enclosed in a 10-meter-by-5-meter room with mirrored walls that reflect the 250 six-foot-long fluorescent colored light tubes lining the ceiling. West used 191 individual color filters and combined 59 different colors that are repeated just once. The infinity mirrors reflect and distort the colored lights, transforming and blending them into wavy shapes and white light.
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Inspired by Joseph Albers’ book ‘Interaction of Colour,’ An Additive Mix builds upon the principle that colors mixed together in light creates white light. The interactive exhibition is West’s largest installation to date and took more than three months to develop with an additional three weeks for construction. The show runs from July 18 to November 1, 2015.
+ Liz West
Images by Stephen Iles © National Media Museum/SSPL