I have never considered my work to be of the place where I presently live, nor of anyone place in particular. However, I will admit that my work most likely represents an American experience. I like to think of myself as somewhat of a Social Scientist; a Sociologist observing people, an Anthropologist traveling with notebook, an Archeologist making field sketches. I have never wanted to be specifically associated with any one particular school or movement of art or thought. I feel more compelled to create work that represents a more generalized experience; at once familiar, common and unsettling, of the potential viewer and as an individual artist.

BIO

Jordan West was born 1969 in Wyoming, United States. He spent his early childhood in the very remote, socially isolated areas of the Great Plains of Wyoming and the Rocky Mountains of Idaho. Upon his majority, he traveled the Western United States, working various jobs from New Mexico to Alaska. After a couple years of these endeavors he sought out an urban, cultural center; and, in 1987, moved to Seattle, Washington where he began to write poetry, experience the cultural-music scene, and begin the practice of his visual art. He remained in Seattle for four years; after which he embarked upon a year- long cross-country motorcycle journey to Toronto, Canada; ending his trip in New York City, where he subsequently lived, worked, and studied for the following ten years. In 2002 he moved to New Mexico, where he raised his two sons, designed and built a studio and house, and continues to live and work.

 

His formal studies were in the fields of Evolutionary Social Psychology, Philosophy, and History at the City University of New York-Hunter College. He is a self-taught artist. He was a resident at the Stichting CrawlSpace Artist Residency in Amsterdam, Holland, and has been awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.

 

He has exhibited his paintings with Thatcher Projects - New York City, Rossi Contemporary - Brussels, Belgium, Gallery Sonja Roesch - Houston, Texas, Gallery Fritz - Santa Fe, New Mexico, Pentimenti Gallery - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Cole Projects - London, The Center for Contemporary Arts - Santa Fe,New Mexico, and at Contemporary Art Fairs in Miami, San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Houston. His paintings are in several private collections and the public collections of the West Collection at SEI Investments, Oaks, Pennsylvania and the NYU Langone Medical Center Art Collection. His Artist Books are in the collections of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, the University of Rochester, Rush Rhees Art Library & Librarie Florence Loewy, Paris.

 

Statement

Jordan West’s work is a chronicle of the experience of the individual in the socially constructed, and human built environment; specific encounters of place and time. His environments are initially, personally experienced, and documented photographically, then edited and realized by paint. Through this process of personal experience and artistic transposition, West reduces and clarifies description of space and experience, a stylized representation of reality, a mechanical facsimile, a simulacrum; while maintaining a reflection of the notions of fate, the sublime, isolation, dream, memory, vision, and history.

 

Although West presents this work as a personal study of the ennui, angst and isolation of the individual in contemporary society, culture and the built environment, much in the tradition of the Romanticists, He works to extract the self, the artist, from the work in order to present the locale as a less subjective, more neutral index of the built environment, without a complete loss of the actual experiential framework - a balance of formal reduction and empirical representation which will allow for a more generalized, expansive interpretation and individual experience of the work by the viewer. West makes allowances for the viewer to place themselves in the work, to introduce their own associative memories and experiences, their own notions of time and place, to create their own narrative of the painting. Although each individual viewer of the work exists within the conscience collective of shared analogous experiences; each viewer will have their own interpretation of the paintings as generated by their own separate and unique set of experiences, reflective of the affective influences of one’s surrounding environment, both past and present.

 

I have never considered my work to be of the place where I presently live, nor of anyone place in particular. However, I will admit that my work most likely represents an American experience. I like to think of myself as somewhat of a Social Scientist; a Sociologist observing people, an Anthropologist traveling with notebook, an Archeologist making field sketches. I have never wanted to be specifically associated with any one particular school or movement of art or thought. I feel more compelled to create work that represents a more generalized experience; at once familiar, common and unsettling, of the potential viewer and as an individual artist.

 

Education

1994 - 1996: Hunter College, New York City: Independent Honors Study in Evolutionary Social Psychology

1987 - 1988: University of Idaho: International Finance

 

Grants

2009 Pollock-Kranser Foundation Grant

 

Residencies

1994 Stichting CrawlSpace Artist Residency, Amsterdam, Holland 

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021 Places Where We Have Been, Artorious Gallery

 

SELECTED Group EXHIBITIONS

2019 Velvet Ropes - Travelling Show, Sargent’s Daughters Gallery, New York City, Agnes B Galerie Boutique, Tokyo, Galleri Golsa, Oslo, Norway
2019 Cole Projects, London, England
2019 GF Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2018 Gallery Fritz, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2018 GF Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2017 Rossi Contemporary, Brussels, Belgium

2015 stARTup Art Fair, San Francisc, California
2015 (re)LAUNCH, Offroad Productions, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2015 Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Bruce Lurie Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2014 Select Art Fair, New York City, The Unit Store, Houston, Texas

2013 Texas Contemporary Art Fair, Houston, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York City

2011 Prints & Editions, Benson Hall Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island

2011 Books: Trademark, Dialogues, Myth, Librarie Florence Loewy, Paris, France

2010 Pulse Miami, Contemporary Art Fair, Miami, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York City

2010 LaunchProjects, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2010 Art Santa Fe, Art Fair, Santa Fe, New Mexico, LaunchProjects, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2009 LaunchProjects, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2008 Drawing From The West Collection: The West Collection at SEI Investments, Oaks, Pennsylvania Art Santa Fe, Art Fair, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, New York

2007 Pulse Miami, Contemporary Art Fair, Miami, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York City

2007 Project Room, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, New York

2006 Scenic Overlook, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, Curated by Cyndi Conn 2006 Pulse New York, New York City, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York City 2006 Glimpse, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2005 No Man’s Land Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2005 Push-Pin, Museum of New Mexico, Stuart Udall Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2004 AAF Contemporary, New York City, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2004 Scope Art Fair, Los Angeles, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico 2004 Spring Fever, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico
2004 Lay of the Land, No Man’s Land Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2003 San Francisco Art Expo, San Francisco, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2003 Scope Art Fair, Miami, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico
2003 Inside/Outside, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

Selected Collections

NYU Langone Medical Center Art Collection, New York City
The West Collection-SEI Investments, Oaks, Pennsylvania
Kirshenbaum, Bond & Partners, New York City
School of the Art Institute of Chicago - Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection. Chicago, Illinois University of Rochester, Rush Rhees Art Library, Rochester, New York