Jennifer West is an artist who has explored materialism in film for fifteen years. Born in Topanga, California, West lives and works in Los Angeles. Significant commissions include Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, 2016-2017; Institute of Contemporary Arts, Art Night, London, 2016; High Line Art, New York, 2012; Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, 2010; and Turbine Hall at TATE Modern, London, 2009.
Her work is in museum and public collections such as and the Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China; Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Kadist Foundation (San Francisco/Paris), Thoma Foundation (Chicago/Sante Fe); Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Depart Foundation (Rome); Kadist Collection (San Francisco/Paris); Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania; Henry Art Gallery (Seattle); Rubell Collection (Florida); Saatchi Collection (London), Getty Museum (Los Angeles), among others.
Her solo exhibitions include: “Painted Cat Hacker Film’ Times Sqare Arts, New York City (2021); “Future Forgetting”, JOAN Los Angeles, 2020; “Emoji Piss Film”, Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis, 2018; “ Is Film Over?, Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China (2017); “Film is Dead…”, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, 2017; “Action Movies, Painted Films and History Collage”, Museo d’Arte Provincia di Nuoro, Nuoro, 2017; “Flashlights Filmstrips Projections”, Tramway, Glasgow, 2016; “Aloe Vera and Butter, S1 Artspace, Sheffield, UK (2012); “Paintballs and Pickle Juice”, Kunstverein Nürnberg, Nuremberg, (2010); “Perspectives 171: Jennifer West”, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, (2010); Lemon Juice and Lithium, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (2008); “White Room: Jennifer West”, White Columns, New York, (2007). Select group exhibitions where her work has been presented include, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY (2016-17); Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg (2014); Kunstlerhaus Graz, Austria (2014); Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio (2014); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013); Tate St. Ives, UK (2007, 2013); Nottingham Contemporary, UK (2012); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2010); CAPC, Bordeaux, France (2008); Drawing Center, New York (2008) and ZKM Museum for New Media, Karlsruhe (2007).
She was included in the 2012 LUX/ICA Biennial of the Moving Image, London and the 5th Biennial of the Moving Image, Mechelen, Belgium (2011) and has screened her work at the Whitney Museum, Oberhausen Film Festival, Tate Modern, Barbican London, Tate St Ives, ICA London and the Cinema Museum, London.
She has been artist in residence at the SOMA, CDMX (2019); Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York (2014-15) and the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, MA (2011-12). Her writing has appeared in Artforum, Frieze and Mousse Magazine. West has produced sixteen zine artist books which were recently acquired by the Getty Museum.
She received an MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and a BA from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.She has lectured widely on her ideas of the “Analogital” and is the Program Director of MFA Art and an Associate Professor of the Practice of Fine Arts at USC’s Roski School of Art and Design.
NEWS AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS
Frieze LA Project / Now Playing: Jennifer West "Hologram Phantom Limbs”
If you are in Los Angeles - Jennifer West will be showing a 5-part sculptural holofoan installation in the FREE part of Frieze LA at the Santa Monica Airport.
Participating artists in ‘Now Playing’ include Autumn Breon, Chris Burden, Jose Dávila, Basil Kincaid, Divya Mehra, Ruben Ochoa, Alake Shilling and Jennifer West. Curated by the Art Production Fund.
Now Playing: Jennifer West "Hologram Phantom Limbs”
Frieze Los Angeles
3233 Donald Douglas Loop S
Santa Monica 90405
Solo Project - Commissioned Film and On-site Making of Film:
Presented by ICA London
2 JULY 2016
Solo Exhibition and Performances:
Flashlight Filmstrip Projections
1 SEPTEMBER - 28 OCTOBER 2016
Performances: 1- 3 SEPTEMBER (with Jwest)
10 & 24 SEPTEMBER, 8 & 22 OCTOBER (without Jwest)
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
19 NOVEMBER 2016 - 7 APRIL 2017
MOVING IMAGE / VIDEO LINKS
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.)
Jennifer West, “Hologram Phantom Limbs” (Detail), 2022
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44 Mile Film, 2014 (Teaser Trailer)
16mm transferred to high-definition