Jennifer West is an artist who has explored materialism in film for over ten years. Born in Topanga, California, West lives and works in Los Angeles. She received an MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and a BA with film and video emphasis from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. She has lectured widely on her ideas of the “Analogital” and is an Associate Professor of the Practice of Fine Arts at USC’s Roski School of Art and Design. Her writing has appeared in Artforum, Frieze and Mousse Magazine. West has produced eleven Zine artist books which were recently acquired by the Getty Museum. 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), Zabludowicz Collection (London); Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Depart Foundation (Rome); Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania; Henry Art Gallery (Seattle); Rubell Collection (Florida); Saatchi Collection (London), among others. 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 solo exhibitions include: “ 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).
Jennifer West, by Liz Ligon
Installation view: Jennifer West: Selected Films, High Line, New York, NY 2012
One Mile Film, 2012 (film still)
Skate the Sky, Tate Modern, London, 2009 (performance still)
Installation view: Aloe Vera and Butter, S1 Artspace, Sheffield, UK, 2012
Jennifer West, "Serpentine Dance Performance," Tramway, Glasgow, 2016 Photo: Keith Hunter
Exploded Film Quilt, 2015
Jennifer West: "Film is Dead..." 2019 “In Production: Art and the Studio System,” Installation View, Yuz Museum, Shanghai, China, 2019-2020 ©️Yuz Museum, Photo by JJYPhoto
Jennifer West, Solo Exhibition: "Future Forgetting Archaeology of Smashed Flatscreen Televisions Thrown off Bridges," 2020 9-channel flatscreen television installation (16mm film print transferred to 2K, shot on Arriflex S1 by Peter West), found objects
Installation view: Jennifer West, "River Water Processing Glass Jars 1-12," 2020 Los Angeles River Water, Found Objects, Archival Pigment Prints, 16mm Film Print, Variable dimensions
Solo Exhibition: Jennifer West: "Emoji Piss Film," Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 7–December 30, 2018 Photos: Dusty Kessler.
Jennifer West, Solo Exhibition. "Flashlight Filmstrip Projections," 2016/2014, Tramway, Glasgow Photos: Keith Hunter
Jennifer West, "Film Title Poem," 2016 35mm optical print hand-etch and painted, transferred to high-definition, sound 67 minutes, 40 seconds Art Night London 2016, presented by Institute of Contemporary Art London