Jennifer West
Magenta Salt Crystal Pixel
Jan 20 – Mar 11, 2018

We are excited to announce our upcoming gallery show by Jennifer West (born 1966 in Topanga, California), titled Magenta Salt Crystal Pixel in which we will feature a selection of video projections and unique transparent film prints of extracted video stills.

Known for her creations of experimental films and installations, the Los Angeles based artist has won wide international recognition for her exploration, use and interpretation of film material. The results of her films and prints of video stills come from an intense physical performative intervention with the physical material itself. She works with old film stock and found celluloid, and uses everyday household materials—including hot water, bleach, vanilla, coffee, vinegar, nail polish and others —to paint and erode the film emulsion and create colored splotches, patterns, and chance effects. When digitized and re-screened this manipulative process has an unpredictable aesthetic effect on the formal material.

Jennifer West received her MFA degree at Art Center, Pasadena where she studied under Mike Kelley, Diana Thater and Patti Podesta. Her works have been included in international institutions and museums exhibitions. Solo shows include the Yuz Museum Shanghai (Is Film Over?, 2017), MAN_Museo d'arte Provincia di Nuoro (Action Movies, Painted Films and History Collage, 2017), Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington (Film is Dead...", 2017}, Highline Art NYC (2012), Contemporary Art Museum Houston (Perspectives 171: Jennifer West, 2010).

Group shows include the LACMA (Light Play: Experiments in Photography, 1970 to the Present, 2017), Institute for Contemporary Art, London, UK, curated by Kathy Noble (2016), NO MAN’S LAND: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, Rubell Family Collection Museum, Miami, FL (2016), Artist's Proof: Jennifer West, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, (2015), La Fin De La Nuit, Palais de Tokyo, curated by Martha Kirszenbaum (2013), Celluoid. The Cameraless Film, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany, curated by Ester Schlit (2010) and many more.

West’s works are included in the following Museums and public collections: Yuz Museum Shanghai, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Hammer Museum Los Angeles, Columbus Museum of Art Columbus, Kadist Public Collection Paris/San Francisco, Saatchi Public Collection London, Rubell Public Family Collection, Miami, Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania/Australia, Zabludowicz Public Collection London, Henry Art Gallery Seattle and Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma/Washington.