‘Volumes’ is Nick West’s first solo exhibition. Taking place at ONCA, the main installation is entitled ‘A-Z²’. This is his most recent in a series of works on the theme of silence. ‘A-Z²’ is created by recycling the physical elements of a previous artwork. In its present arrangement, the materials have been reassembled into 26 books, each approximating a different letter of the alphabet. Every page is blank but has been cut, folded, glued and sewn before being presented in a cyclical form. ‘A-Z²’ is a perpetual alphabet or a way to say everything and nothing at once.
In 2003, Nick participated in a group exhibition at The Empire Gallery in Vyner Street in East London. For his work, he showcased an online collaborative writing project http://www.etc-net.net. (Now offline). Visitors to the site could write three words when they could only view the last three words written. Collaborators could also choose when to end a story, upon which their collective narrative would be emailed to each participant.
Nick West, ‘Silence’ (1999) Wood, vinyl, cotton and wire. Specific dimensions vary. Each letter is approximately 30 x 20 x 10cm.
In 1998, Nick participated in a group exhibition at the Decima Gallery in London Bridge. For his work, he employed a British Telecom engineer to install a new telephone line at the gallery. Nick attached a phone to this line and hung it on the wall, above which he screen printed the message “For more information, please call..” alongside his home phone number. During the opening reception, visitors left many messages on his answerphone but did reach the artist, as he was out.