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Trouble with the Index: Jennifer West

California Museum of Photography

June 3, 2014

Artist Talk

Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 5pm

Free and open to the public. The event will start at 5:10pm in Arts 335 on the UCR campus.

Jennifer West, whose work is included in Trouble with the Index (on view through June 21 at the California Museum of Photography, part of UCR ARTSblock), will screen her experimental moving-image work and speak about her artistic practice. The event will start at 5:10pm in Arts 335 on the UCR campus.

Jennifer West (b. Topanga, CA) is a Los Angeles-based artist who makes films, performances, photographs, drawings, sculptural works, and zines. She employs various unique processes, subjecting film negative and leader to an eclectic range of idiosyncratic substances including nail polish, liquid eyeliner, deodorant, wine, spices, gelatin, alcohol, body glitter, paintballs, and 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, and combines everyday actions and materials to create hypnotic, fast-paced films. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at S1 Artspace, Sheffield, England (2012); Contemporary Art Museum, Houston (2010); Kunstverein Nuremberg, Germany (2010); Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (2008); and White Columns, New York (2007), among elsewhere. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, including at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013); Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (2013); Henry Moore Foundation, Leeds, UK (2012); MOCA, Cleveland (2012); Saatchi Gallery, London (2012); White Flag Projects, St. Louis (2011); White Columns, New York (2011); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2010); Seattle Art Museum (2010); Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2009); Drawing Center, New York (2008); Aspen Art Museum (2008); Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2008); CAPC Musee d'Art Contemporain, Bordeaux, France (2007); Contemporary Art Museum, Detroit (2007); Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (2007); ZKM Museum for New Media, Karlsruhe (2007); and Tate St. Ives (2007). Special projects include commissions for High Line Art, New York (2012); The Aspen Art Museum (2010); and the Turbine Hall at TATE Modern (2009). West was Artist in Residence at the MIT List Visual Arts Center in 2011. She earned her MFA at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena in 2004, and her BA in Film and Gender Studies at Evergreen State College, Olympia. She is an Assistant Professor at the Roski School of Fine Arts, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

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