Installation Views

This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Jonas Wood in 2007 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Jonas Wood in 2007 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Jonas Wood in 2007 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Jonas Wood in 2007 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Jonas Wood in 2007 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Jonas Wood in 2007 at Anton Kern Gallery.

Works

This is a work titled Scholl Canyon by artist Jonas Wood made in 2007. The materials are oil on linen, and the dimensions are 88 inches by 48 inches.This is a work titled Untitled (double self portrait) by artist Jonas Wood made in 2007. The materials are oil on linen, and the dimensions are 59 inches by 57 inches.This is a work titled Fish Tank by artist Jonas Wood made in 2007. The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 71 inches by 70 inches.This is a work titled Ewing's Card by artist Jonas Wood made in 2007. The materials are oil on linen, and the dimensions are 48 inches by 36 inches.This is a work titled Untitled (fridge plant) by artist Jonas Wood made in 2007. The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 19 inches by 20 inches.This is a work titled Guest Room by artist Jonas Wood made in 2007. The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 96 inches by 120 inches.This is a work titled Bullets by artist Jonas Wood made in 2007. The materials are oil on linen, and the dimensions are 72 inches by 52 inches.This is a work titled Daisuke Matsuzaka by artist Jonas Wood made in 2007. The materials are oil on linen, and the dimensions are 28 inches by 23 inches.This is a work titled The Still Life by artist Jonas Wood made in 2007. The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 70.25 inches by 80.25 inches.This is a work titled Don't Touch My Shadow by artist Jonas Wood made in 2007. The materials are Oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 54.25 inches by 40.5 inches.This is a work titled Jerm by artist Jonas Wood made in 2007. The materials are Gouache, colored pencil and collage on paper, and the dimensions are 51.25 inches by 41 inches.

Press Release

Jonas Wood
July 12 –
August 10, 2007

June 28, 2007—For his first solo exhibition in New York, the young Los Angeles-based artist Jonas Wood has put together a group of paintings and watercolor drawings that complement each other thematically and formally. The subjects are nearly classical, flower still-lifes, interiors, portraits, figures, with a slight twist (both thematically and compositionally) e.g. by including images of star athletes.

 

The artist works from life, from photo collages, and sometimes, as in the case of the basketball players, from media sources. Preparatory sketches and collages build the basis for the drawingsʼ and paintingsʼ compositions and spatial lay-outs. At this point in the process, Wood invents the perspectival tilt and distorted viewpoint that so clearly define his works.

 

The blocky flatness of the paintings, their tilted perspective, the compositional autonomy of color, line and shape point at Woodʼs interest in concepts of time and the legibility of nature. What these works bring to mind historically, such as the intense otherness of early American itinerant portrait paintings, or the flat intricacies of Stuart Davisʼ American-Cubist paintings, or the spatial and colorist play of David Hockney, and even the psychological acumen and emotional intensity of Alice Neel, they supercede in a present-day-ness and contemporary thrill and pleasure.

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