Jennifer West employs various unique processes to produce alchemical transformations in her film based practice. The artist subjects 16, 35 and 70 mm film negative and leader to an eclectic range of idiosyncratic substances including nailpolish, liquid eyeliner, “Teen Spirit” deodorant, wine, spices, Jell-O shots, body glitter, paintballs, Jack Daniels, hot springs water as well as such physical interventions as skateboarding, smearing, crushing, drawing and throwing. West is influenced by classical structuralist film, urban mythology, folklore and popular culture, combining everyday actions and materials to create hypnotic, fast paced films. Performance is as essential to West’s practice as the material composition – united to not only construct the work itself, but also provide a conceptual context. The titles are similarly important. They denote the specific components, activities and participants involved in making the respective film, decipher the enigmatic imagery for the viewer and become evidence of the event/action. Her silent films have a strong snesthetic effect, in that she causes the viewers to taste or smell the “ingredients” that led to her particular visual expression.

Jennifer West was born in Topanga, California, and lives and works in Los Angeles. Major solo exhibitions include High Line Art, New York, NY (2012); S1 Artspace, Sheffield, England (2012); Vilma Gold, London (2011); Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles (2011); Contemporary Art Museum, Houston (2010); Western Bridge, Seattle (2010); Kunstverein Nuremberg, Nuremberg, Germany (2010); Marc Foxx Gallery (2009); Vilma Gold, London (2008); Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (2008); and White Columns, New York (2007). Select group exhibitions include Leeds City Art Gallery, Henry Moore Foundation, Leeds, UK (2013); MOCA, Cleveland, OH (2012); deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA (2012); Saatchi Gallery, London (2012); the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany (2010); Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (2010); Leubsdorf Gallery, Hunter College, New York (2009); The Drawing Center, New York (2008); Musee d’Art Contemporain, Bordeaux, France (2007); Tate St. Ives, Cornwall, England (2011, 2007); and ZKM Museum for New Media, Karlsruhe, Germany (2007), among others. She was an Artist in Residence at the MIT List Visual Arts Center (2011) and has made commissioned works for High Line Art, New York (2012); Aspen Art Museum (2010); and  for the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, London (2009). She received a Master of Fine Arts from Art Center, Pasadena, California.  West was shortlisted for the 2012 3rd Annual Nam June Paik Center Award in Korea.


Solo Project - Commissioned Film and On-site Making of Film:


Art Night

Presented by ICA London

2 JULY 2016


Solo Exhibition and Performances:

Flashlight Filmstrip Projections


Performances: 1- 3 SEPTEMBER (with Jwest)

10 & 24 SEPTEMBER, 8 & 22 OCTOBER (without Jwest)

Title TBA

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA

19 NOVEMBER 2016 - 7 APRIL 2017


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One Mile Film by Jennifer West, 2012 Commissioned by High Line Art, Curated by Cecilia Alemani (13 min.)

Serpentine Dance Flashlight Filmstrip Projections by Jennifer West LIVE PERFORMANCE DOCUMENT, 2014 for PICA TBA Fest (6 min.)

44 Mile Film, 2014 (Teaser Trailer)
16mm transferred to high-definition 

(10 min.)