White Room: Jennifer WestSeptember 12–October 27, 2007
Projection still from "Whatever Film"
White Columns is pleased to present the first New York solo exhibition by the Los Angeles-based artist Jennifer West. Her installation includes two recent film projections: “Naked Deep Creek Hot Springs” and “Whatever Film” (both 2007) that originate in her signature process of subjecting film stock to numerous organic and inorganic processes (e.g. soaking the film in lithium hot springs water, Jack Daniels, or rubbing the film’s surface with sweat, etc.) The resultant films self-consciously reverberate with aspects of the (in)formal experimentation of post-war, avant-garde film-making (e.g. West cites Tony Conrad for his “pickling, cooking and throwing films”), and are juxtaposed in installations to create aesthetically saturated environments that are at once entropic and intoxicating.
Jennifer West has produced a new issue of White Columns’ xerox publication – ‘The W.C.’ – entitled ‘Production Stills (AKA Jwest)’ that acts as a coda to her show. It is available for $1 from the gallery.
Jennifer West lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She received an MFA from Art Center, Pasadena, CA in 2004. Recent exhibitions include: ‘In Apetura’, Vilma Gold, London (2007); ‘Between Two Deaths’, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany (2007); ‘Yeah Film’, Project Space, Sandrioni Rey, Los Angeles (2007); ‘Pacing’, MARC FOXX, Los Angeles (2006); and ‘Grupe’, The Mandrake, Los Angeles & Gavin Brown’s enterprise at Passerby, New York (2006), amongst others. Her work will be included in ‘Words Fail Me’, an exhibition curated by White Columns’ director Matthew Higgs for MoCAD in Detroit (Fall 2007). Later this year she will have a solo exhibition at MARC FOXX, Los Angeles, and in 2008 at Vilma Gold, London.
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