(Austrian, 1947–2012) is a sculptor and installation artist born in Vienna, Austria, where he studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste. The sculptures known as Adaptives
, which he began creating during the 1970s, are considered his first significant works; as humorously indeterminate objects, they are both artful sculptures and tactile gadgets, with their artistic function considered complete only once viewers have touched or played with them. West, whose art is influenced by his interest in psychoanalytic texts, describes his Adaptives
as prostheses, a term that alludes to their incomplete status as well as their connection to the body.
West garnered a larger audience in the mid-1980s, when he began producing furniture. He often crafts chairs and couches by welding together pieces of scrap metal, a technique that reflects his interest in collage. Additionally, West creates colorful
, upholstered furniture. West''s works have been exhibited throughout the world for more than 30 years and at a variety of venues, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitechapel Gallery in London, the Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna, the Gagosian Gallery in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museo Tamayo in Mexico. He currently lives and works in Vienna.