Jack West: Time and Attendance
7 April - 13 May

Castor is pleased to present Time and Attendance, the first solo exhibition by 2016 Slade Graduate Jack West, bringing together a new body of CGI video work and sculpture.

Like any deity worth its salt, we still fear The Machine. They say it will take our jobs – you can’t trust it. They say it can set us free, give us hope – do the work for us and release us to abound into a future of endless leisure. It’s a hand offering food, don’t bite it, it might be all you’ve got.

In the virtual world there is no grease, just perfect movement. Without friction there is no wear, no need to maintain. These machines can toil away endlessly leaving us sat on the sidelines with nothing to do but question the actions played out in front of us. And they carry on, pushing, pulling, hitting, sorting, sweeping. Each action must have a reason – surely?

Or there again maybe it’s just ritual, an attempt at appeasement, a prayer for a release from the Boschian nightmare in which they find themselves. Turn the crank for 8 hours a day and you’ll be rewarded with a fine gold nugget.

The virtual world spills out into the real. Parts come together in an attempt to create function; they repeat, stutter then fall away leaving a purpose that is entirely totemic. Born from a process of heavy industry, cut by lasers from metal sheets only to end up in a life of static redundancy. Poised for action but still somehow limp.

 

Time and Attendance is the first Solo show of UK artist Jack West. An MFA graduate from the Slade School of
art in 2016, his work has been shown as part of Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016 with a public sculpture currently on display at Spitalfields Market London. Using CGI video and sculpture, he continues to explore themes around work, purpose and ritual.

Installation View Photography by thishappened.xyz

Installation View
Photography by thishappened.xyz

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High Hopes
CGI Video, 4 minutes 24 seconds
Edition of 5, 2017

Installation View

Installation View

Running On Empty Lasercut Steel, Rubber, Bolts 153 x 120 x 5cm, 2017

Running On Empty
Lasercut Steel, Rubber, Bolts
153 x 120 x 5cm, 2017

Running On Empty (detail) Lasercut Steel, Rubber, Bolts 153 x 120 x 5cm, 2017

Running On Empty (detail)
Lasercut Steel, Rubber, Bolts
153 x 120 x 5cm, 2017

High Hopes CGI Video, 4 minutes 24 seconds Edition of 5, 2017

High Hopes
CGI Video, 4 minutes 24 seconds
Edition of 5, 2017

Karoshi Lasercut aluminium, Rubber, Ebonised Oak, 266x 36 x 46 cm,  2017

Karoshi
Lasercut aluminium, Rubber, Ebonised Oak,
266x 36 x 46 cm,  2017

Karoshi (detail) Lasercut aluminium, Rubber, Ebonised Oak, 266x 36 x 46 cm,  2017

Karoshi (detail)
Lasercut aluminium, Rubber, Ebonised Oak,
266x 36 x 46 cm,  2017

Installation View

Installation View

Installation View

Installation View