Selected works by Jennifer West

Jennifer West
Dawn Surf Jellybowl Filmstrip 1


Archival inkjet print

183 x 30 cm

Jennifer West uses standard products to process her films: coal-tar dye, eyeliner, whiskey, hot sauce, urine, deodorant, aphrodisiacs, skateboard wheels. And she likes to finish them in equally conventional ways, either “rubbed with Jimson Weed Trumpet flowers, or dripped and splattered with nail polish, or sprayed with Lavender Mist air freshener”. Or why not with all three? West explains her approach as a product of Pacific Northwest art of the ’90s, and hastens to add that “it’s more DIY than Heroic Sublime.” But she also feels very much part of a tradition of visceral film-making and painting, citing Tony Conrad’s electrocuting and pickling of film, Carolee Schneemann’s emulsion handworking, Ed Ruscha’s use of beet juice and Pepto-Bismol in his paintings, Stan Brakhage spitting on and scratching his negatives with his fingernails, and so on.
The works in Out of Focus are made from West’s film negatives and prints, and represent (or as she puts it, “picture”) a half-second of moving film, meaning around 12 or 15 frames. The filmstrips hang on the wall and spill onto the floor, suggesting the passage of film through a projector and the eventual wastage of much of it on the proverbial cutting-room floor. It should surprise no one to learn that’s where she often finds it in the first place.

Jennifer West
Dawn Surf Jellybowl Filmstrip 2


Archival inkjet print

221 x 36 cm
Jennifer West
Heavy Metal Sharks Jaws 2 Filmstrip 1


Archival inkjet print

221 x 36 cm
Jennifer West
Jaws 2 Filmstrip Beach Boy Family Relaxing


Archival inkjet print

262 x 36 cm
Jennifer West
Jaws 2 Filmstrip Jaws POV Water Skier


Archival inkjet print

229 x 36 cm

ext by William A Ewing

Jennifer West's Biography

Jennifer West
Born in Topanga Canyon, California, USA
Lives and works in Los Angeles


Vilma Gold,Heavy Metals: Iron and Zinc
Marc Foxx, Los Angeles
Franklin Arts Center, Minneapolis

New Year Series, Western Bridge, Seattle
Perspectives 171: Jennifer West's, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
Paintballs and Pickle Juice, Kunstverein Nurnmberg, Nurnberg, Germany

Pomegranate Juice & Pepper Spray, MARC FOXX, Los Angeles

Electric Kool-Aid and the Mezkal Worm, Vilma Gold, London
Statements, Art Basel 39
Lemon Juice and Lithium & New Work, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow
Drawing on Film, Drawing Center, New York (week long solo presentation)

Occamy, MARC FOXX, West Gallery, Los Angeles
The White Room, White Columns, New York
Yeah Film, Project Room, Sandroni, Rey, Los Angeles

Hallucination, MFA Thesis Show, Art Center College, Pasadena, California, USA


Out of Focus: Photography, Saatchi Gallery, London
Painters Painting, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta

ONE PERSON'S MATERIALISM IS ANOTHER PERSON'S ROMANTICISM' A collaborative project by the artists Anthea Hamilton, Lorna Macintyre & Rallou Panagiotou ReMap 3, Athens, Greece
Art Film, Art Basel 42, curated by Marc Gloede
Contour 2011, 5th Biennial of the Moving Image, Mechelen, Belgium
Update no.2, White Columns, New York
Home Show RevisitedContemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
Another Kind of VapourWhite Flag Projects, St. Louis, Missouri
How Soon is NowRubell Family Collection Museum, MIami, FL

Celluloid: Cameraless Film Series, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt
Art Video, Art Basel Miami Beach, curated by Lauri Firstenberg
Abstract Moving Images, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
PortugalArt10, Portugal
In Full Bloom, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan
Just a Matter of Time, Galerie Iris Kadel, Karlsruhe
LAND,In conjunction with Calvin klein, Los Angeles
Supernature: An Exercise in Loads, AMP, Athens
Kurt, Seattle Art Museum, Curated by Michael Darling

Pictural Abstraction, Tache-Levy Gallery, Brussels, Belgium, curated by Ariel Roger Paris
Video Art: Replay, Part 1: Asking Not Telling, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philidelphia
Altogether Elsewhere (touring) Zoo Art Fair 2009, London, Istanbul, curated by Rob Tufnell
The Act of Drawing , VIVID, Birmingham, UK
The Source, Cubitt Art Gallery, London, curated by Michelle Cotton
Processed: Considering Recent Photographic Practices, The Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College, New York, curated by Amie Scally
Looking Through the Other End of a Telescope, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona
SouthwestNET: film and video, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, August 29, 2009-January 10, 2010
Drawing on Film, the Drawing Center, New York
Sandroni Re, Los Angeles
Are You With Me?, Small A Projects, New York

The Station, Miami, curated by Shamim Momin & Nate Lowman
Now You See It, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen
ARTLV 08, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
Angles of America, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, Illinois curated by Terry Myers
here's why patterns, Misako and Rosen, Toyko
Drawing on Film, The Drawing Centre, New York, curated by Joao Ribas, traveling to The Rose Art Museum, Massachusetts
Come Forth! Eat, Drink, and Look.., Gavin Brown at Passerby, New York, curated by Jesse Willenbring
Video Show, Blum and Poe, Los Angeles

When Words Fail, MOCAD, Contemporary Art Museum, Detroit, Michigan, curated by Matthew Higgs
Me, You, You (A Ventriloquy), Small A Projects, Portland, Oregon, USA
Viewfinder, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
If Everybody Had an Ocean: Brian Wilson, an Art Exhibition, (touring) Tate St. Ives, Cornwall, England; CAPC Musee d'Art Contemporain, Bordeaux, France (cat)
Between Two Deaths, ZKM Museum for New Media, Karlsruhe, Germany (cat)
In Apetura, Vilma Gold Gallery, London

Pacing, MARC FOXX, Los Angeles
Grupe, Mandrake, Los Angeles; GBE/Passerby, New York
Jim Shaw's Army, Rental Gallery, Los Angeles

Celine and Julie Go Boating, Anna Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles, curated by Michael Ned Holte
Building Tradition: Selections from the Tacoma Art Museum Collection, Tacoma, WA
In Resonance, Bumbershoot & The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
Amplify, Sister Gallery, Los Angeles

Wrapture: Love, Lust, Entanglement, Transcendence, Consolidated Works, Seattle, WA

LAVA 2002, Noodleworks, Seattle, WA (catalogue essay by Rhonda Howard)

Pacific Northwest Annual, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA
New Works Laboratory Exhibition, Seattle, WA
El Camino Effect and Safe, Fuzzy Engine Gallery, Seattle, WA