NSP 2017 Finalist • Jack West
Jack West lives and works in London and graduated from The Slade School of Art in 2016 and Chelsea College of Art in 2010. In June 2016 he was awarded the Kenneth Armitage young Sculptor prize and in the summer of 2016 was included in Bloomberg New contemporaries with his work on show at The Bluecoat, Liverpool and the ICA, London. His sculpture ‘Frame Break’ is currently on display at Spitalfields Market, London, until November 2017.
A machine is an object that has been created to perform a task more efficiently than the human body can in its natural capacity. This notion of ‘the machine' then, has always sat centrally to my sculptural practice, as I make objects that aim to retain this sense of a specific intention – once built to perform a task, but which now lay broken or redundant.
This play between the role of man and machine not only feeds through the practice conceptually but also is inherent in the modes of production I employ. Laser cutting is crucial to the fabrication of the parts that make up the sculptures- a process that is almost entirely automated. It starts with a computer aided drawing which is then precision cut in metal - the role of the human hand is reduced to heavy labour, it's only requirement being to manipulate these metal parts into position once they have arrived in the studio. And so within this relationship I look to the investigate ideas around work, labor, ritual and purpose.