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Artist Lecture: Jennifer West

Thursday, February 27, 2014, 7:00 - 9:30 PM
Henry Auditorium
FREE

Los Angeles based artist, 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 synesthetic effect, in that she causes the viewers to taste or smell the ingredients that led to her particular visual expression.

Jennifer West makes films, performances, photographs, drawings, sculptural works and zine booklets. Born in Topanga, California, and lives and works in Los Angeles. Major solo exhibitions include Vdrome (2014); S1 Artspace, Sheffield, England (2012); Contemporary Art Museum, Houston (2010); Western Bridge, Seattle (2010); Kunstverein Nuremberg, Nuremberg, Germany (2010). West has exhibited widely in museums and art institutions including Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (2013); MOCA, Cleveland, OH, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA and Saatchi Gallery, London (2012); White Flag Projects, St. Louis; Contemporary ArtsForum, Santa Barbara; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Leubsdorf Gallery, Hunter College, New York, and Seattle Art Museum (2010), Tate Modern and Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2009), Drawing Center, New York, Aspen Art Museum and Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2008),CAPC Musee d’Art Contemporain, Bordeaux, France, Contemporary Art Museum, Detroit, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, ZKM Museum for New Media, Karlsruhe and Tate St. Ives (2007). Significant commissions and special projects include High Line Art, New York (2012), The Aspen Art Museum (2010) and for the Turbine hall at TATE Modern (2009) and she was Artist in Residence at the MIT List Visual Arts Center in 2011. Her work is in museum and public collections such as and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Kadist Foundation (San Francisco/Paris), Zabludowicz Collection (London), Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania, Henry Art Gallery, Rubell Collection, among others. West has published 12 Zines that she gives away at her exhibitions. 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 Oberhausen Film Festival, Tate Modern, Tate St Ives, ICA London and the Cinema Museum, London. She received a Master of Fine Arts from Art Center, Pasadena, California and a BA in Film and Gender Studies from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. West was shortlisted for the 2012 3rd Annual Nam June Paik Center Award in Korea. She is a Asst. Professor of Fine Arts Practice at USC’s Roski School of Fine Arts, Los Angeles. Upcoming exhibitions include a new commissioned work for Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s TBA Festival 2013, yes on the Street at the Cincinnati Art Museum and a solo exhibition at Vilma Gold, London.

The University of Washington School of Art, in conjunction with the Nebula Project, is pleased to announce its Winter Quarter 2014 artist lecture series. This annual series is organized to accompany the course Art 361/595 Critical Issues in Contemporary Art Practice, taught by guest lecturer Eric Fredericksen. Follow THIS link for more information about this lecture series.

Due to the popularity of this series, we encourage you to RSVP.

Doors open at 6:15pm and seating is first come first served for those with reserved tickets. All unclaimed seats will be released at 6:50pm.

If you were unable to RSVP, please come by the Henry front desk, as a limited number of standby tickets will be made available 10 mins prior to the lecture.

To view videos of previous lectures in this series, click here.

Photo courtesy of The Highline http://www.thehighline.org/blog/archive/201209