http://www.jessicawestbrook.com

Bio

Assistant Professor, Contemporary Practices (2010). BFA, 1996, University of Central Florida, Orlando; MFA, 1998, Tyler School of Fine Art, Temple University, Philadelphia. Exhibitions: SPACES, Cleveland; Studio XX, Montreal; Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh; Block Museum, Evanston; Pace Digital Gallery, New York; Gallery 400, Chicago; Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC; The Lab, San Francisco; Axiom Center for New and Experimental Media, Boston; Eyedrum, Atlanta. New Media Awards: Rhizome; Turbulence; Terminal. Design Commissions: Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; Creative Discovery Museum, Chattanooga; Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga. Collections: Goldsen Archive, Cornell University, NY; The Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, Bloomington; Newark Public Library; JavaMuseum. Collaborating Contributor: Furtherfield.org. Group Work: Channel TWo (CH2), ARRAY [ ], Basekamp.


Personal Statement

Channel TWo (CH2), is focused on mixed.up(realities), media production, design, development, and distribution—authorized formats + unauthorized ideas, systems of control + radical togetherness. Channel TWo is loosely aligned with the concept of over-identification, Slavoj Žižek's description of a tactic intended to reveal the hidden nature of dominant ideologies—not by pointing to them but by becoming extreme forms of them.

CH2 is a collaborative combination of perspectives, motivations, research, and public/private lifestyle. CH2 studio productions intersect joyful aesthetic experiences and user interfaces with critical undercurrents. Working together, we intentionally collapse hierarchies, authorship, and ownership while blurring the boundaries between events, behaviors, and production. Current CH2 projects take the form of installations intersecting themes of luck, levels, and trespassing. Recent exhibitions include: a solo at SPACES (Cleveland, OH); a 6-channel video and alternate reality game at Digital Arts Entertainment Lab, (Atlanta, GA); an augmented reality intervention at "Cyber In Securities" (Washington, DC); a networked game environment installation in "Born Digital" at the Contemporary Art Museum (Raleigh, NC); and a downloadable collection of computer virus code in "Designated Drivers" at the Block Museum of Art (Evanston, IL).

CH2 collaborators Adam Trowbridge and Jessica Westbrook received a 2012 Rhizome Commission, 2011 Turbulence Commission and a 2009 Terminal Commission. Trowbridge and Westbrook are full-time faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, where they teach studio and research courses in the Department of Contemporary Practices (CP), and the Department of Art and Technology Studies (ATS).

Jessica Westbrook received an MFA in Photography from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA (1998) and a BFA in Photography and Painting from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL (1996). Her early photography and video work was exhibited/screened nationally and internationally including The Hirshhorn Museum of American Art (Washington, DC), Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh), The Lab (San Francisco), Axiom Center for New and Experimental Media (Boston), Eyedrum (Atlanta), and the Banff Centre (Banff, Alberta).


Current Interests

My research involves systems, desire, visual cues, language, and contradictory sensations that often vacillate between great fortune and impending catastrophe. I am most influenced and informed by everyday cultural landscapes, the mundane, observations, conversations, rules, routines, and habits of lived experience filtered through timing, probability, and an awareness of gender and class constructs. I am attracted to the impossibilities of binary reasoning (real and virtual, fact and fiction, data and narrative). I use the complexity of mixed.up(realities) as mechanisms for coping and/or forgetting and design [legitimacy] to negotiate and organize the joys and struggles of information and understanding. Collaboration is important because ideas, material, and motivations are inherently networked and social, and I appreciate what happens when togetherness transgresses the obvious and produces something beyond the scope and limits of individual expression/will.

 

Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.