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JENNIFER WEST — NEW WORK

“Pushing the manipulation of celluloid film to the level of performance,”* Jennifer West brings her new work to REDCAT this weekend for a one-night-only screening.

“With sensual, partly abstract, partly imagistic works that delve into how fiction weaves itself into our memories—and how our viewing experience has changed with the digital revolution,” the program features FILM TITLE POEM (2016), which West calls “a psychic montage of my inner history of film.” For this hour-long piece, “West re-shot more than 500 existing movie title cards on 35mm film and manipulated the print with etched patterns, scratches and punctures before transferring it to HD.”**

“A different kind of experimental film exists on the West Coast, but one of the things that people have done here is to deeply infiltrate, recycle, and use the underbelly of the Hollywood system.” — Jennifer West, PARIS LA*

 

JENNIFER WEST—FILM TITLE POEM AND OTHER WONDERS

REDCAT, DISNEY HALL, downtown Los Angeles

 

*Martha Kirszenbaum, “Jennifer West: Mind and Matter,” PARIS LA 10, Fall 2013, pp. 5, 10.

**Paragraph 2 quotes from: redcat.org/event/jennifer-west-film-title-poem-and-other-wonders

Jennifer West, Film Title Poem Image credit: Jennifer West and REDCAT

Jennifer West, Film Title Poem
Image credit: Jennifer West and REDCAT

 

Jennifer West, Film Title Poem and Other Wonders Image credit: Jennifer West and REDCAT

Jennifer West, Film Title Poem 
Image credit: Jennifer West and REDCAT

JENNIFER WEST: MIND AND MATTER

Nirvana Alchemy Film (16mm black & white film soaked in lithium mineral hot springs, pennyroyal tea, doused in mud, sopped in bleach, cherry antacid and laxatives – jumping by Finn West & Jwest), 2007, 2 minutes, 51 seconds, 16mm film negative transferred to digital video. [Courtesy of the artist and MARC FOXX, Los Angeles]

Nirvana Alchemy Film (16mm black & white film soaked in lithium mineral hot springs, pennyroyal tea, doused in mud, sopped in bleach, cherry antacid and laxatives – jumping by Finn West & Jwest), 2007, 2 minutes, 51 seconds, 16mm film negative transferred to digital video. [Courtesy of the artist and MARC FOXX, Los Angeles]

 Los Angeles-based artist Jennifer West grew up in Topanga Canyon in the 1970s before spending her college years in Seattle and Olympia during the early years of the Riot Grrrl and grunge movements. Inspired by West Coast subcultures, her organic films and printouts depict surfers, beach parties or natural phenomena that she captures on 16, 35 or 70 mm film before damaging its surface with the use of bodily, cosmetic or culinary fluids, thereby pushing the manipulation of celluloid film to the level of performance. The emulsion can be combined with perfume, alcohol, mascara, or pepper spray; the film can be scratched by a skateboard, kissed, or dragged in tar. She then uses this altered prime material to create projections of photographic prints, producing a sublime visceral action. 

In PARIS, LA #10, Jennifer West talks with curator and writer Martha Kirszenbaum about filmmaking, her artistic process, and her roots as a native Californian growing up with hippie parents on the coast. West’s exhibition ‘One Mile Film’ was recently on view at Marc Foxx gallery in Los Angeles in January, 2014.

 

Portrait of Jennifer West [photo by Martha Kirszenbaum]

Portrait of Jennifer West [photo by Martha Kirszenbaum]

PARIS, LA #10

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PARIS, LAISSUE #10 / FALL 2013

SPECIAL ART ISSUEFRANCE X LOS ANGELES

 

CONTENTS

Jennifer West: Mind and Matter | By Martha Kirszenbaum

Portfolio Ceci n’est pas… | By Sébastien Paquet

Celui qu’elle espérait | By Neil Beloufa

How to Build a House | Jorge Pardo in conversation with Oscar Tuazon

Lost in Los Angeles | By Andrew Berardini

A Cento | By Public Fiction

The Importance of Being Unfinished | Sylvère Lotringer in conversation with Dorothée Perret

COVER | Michael Jackson Estates, 2013 by Pentti Monkkonen

CENTERFOLD | Chanel Winter 2013 Ad Campaign Remix by Pierre-François Letué