2010 – BA fine Art, Chelsea College of Art, London
2016 – MFA fine Art, Sculpture, Slade School of Art, London
‘The Machine’ is an object created to perform a task better than a human. Through the use of CGI imagery and the making of large-scale sculptures that follow a more formal/modernist tradition, Jack West investigates ideas around work, labour and purpose in a world where the role of technology elicits a potential to both emancipate us from toil of labour whilst threatening to trap us into a servitude of reliance.
The virtual world can allow a perfection that doesn’t exist in the real. Here landscapes are filled with machines, churning away without wearing out – performing a task that redundant of purpose. Repeating actions that become ritualistic rather than practical. This apparent futility extends out into the real – where West stacks together laser-cut metal parts. Individually their original purpose is unclear, but when placed together the function becomes almost totemic – the sculptures sit poised for action yet still remain somehow limp.
” Art is standing on a kitchen chair so you can reach the kit-kats that you suspect have been hidden in the back of the cupboard. “