Four high-definition looping videos transferred from 70mm
Los Angeles-based artist Jennifer West creates experimental films and installations.
At a time when analogue film has become largely obsolete, she works with old film stock and uses everyday household materials—including hot water, bleach, vanilla, coffee, vinegar, nail polish and more – to paint and erode the film emulsion and create coloured splotches, patterns, and chance effects. When digitised and re-screened, her deconstructive films have the most surprising and beautiful visual effects.
For her commission for ‘As You Change, So Do I’, West will create four works where featuring words and slogans taken from corporate tech slogans such as ‘Disruption and 18th century Dutch sayings ‘Expect Even Better’ overlaid digitally onto painted, scratched, printed and splattered scrolling 70mm filmstrips. The analogue marks and effects create a delirious backdrop to the text slogans. These works will appear looping as large scale video projections on the Culture Wall.
About Jennifer West
For over ten years, Jennifer West has gained international recognition for her explorations of materialism in film. Significant commissions include Tramway, Glasgow (2016); Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2016); Seattle Art Museum (2016); Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) TBA Festival, Portland (2014); High Line Art, New York City (2012); Aspen Art Museum (2010); and Turbine Hall at TATE Modern, London (2009). Solo shows have been presented at S1 Artspace, Sheffield, UK; Kunstverein Nürnberg, Germany; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; and Transmission Gallery in Glasgow and White Columns, NY. West has exhibited widely in museums and art institutions internationally including Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Künstlerhaus Graz, Austria; Cincinnati Art Museum, Ohio; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Nottingham Contemporary, UK; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; Centre of Contemporary Visual Arts (CAPC), Bordeaux, France; The Drawing Center, New York; and ZKM Museum for New Media, Karlsruhe, Germany. She has been artist in residence at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York (2015), and the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, MA (2011).