Installation Views

This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Jonas Wood in 2008 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Jonas Wood in 2008 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Jonas Wood in 2008 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Jonas Wood in 2008 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Jonas Wood in 2008 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Jonas Wood in 2008 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Jonas Wood in 2008 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Jonas Wood in 2008 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.

Works

This is a work titled Rasheed by artist Jonas Wood made in 2008. The materials are oil on linen, and the dimensions are 60 inches by 40 inches.This is a work titled KAJ by artist Jonas Wood made in 2008. The materials are Gouache and colored pencil on paper, and the dimensions are 29.5 inches by 22 inches.This is a work titled Downstairs Hallway by artist Jonas Wood made in 2008. The materials are oil on linen, and the dimensions are 60 inches by 60 inches.This is a work titled Untitled (BW Self Portrait) by artist Jonas Wood made in 2008. The materials are Ink and gesso on paper, and the dimensions are 56 inches by 41.5 inches.This is a work titled Bird (Big) by artist Jonas Wood made in 2008. The materials are Graphite on paper, and the dimensions are 87.5 inches by 44.75 inches.This is a work titled Kitchen on Palms by artist Jonas Wood made in 2008. The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 70 inches by 72.25 inches.This is a work titled Robin with Phoebe by artist Jonas Wood made in 2008. The materials are oil on linen, and the dimensions are 60 inches by 39.75 inches.This is a work titled Backward Bol (BW) by artist Jonas Wood made in 2008. The materials are Graphite on paper, and the dimensions are 98 inches by 44.75 inches.This is a work titled JSW 1971 Passport by artist Jonas Wood made in 2008. The materials are oil on linen, and the dimensions are 28 inches by 24 inches.This is a work titled Shio and Robot by artist Jonas Wood made in 2008. The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 108 inches by 96 inches.This is a work titled Untitled (C.L. Plant) by artist Jonas Wood made in 2008. The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 40 inches by 30 inches.This is a work titled Chico by artist Jonas Wood made in 2008. The materials are oil on linen, and the dimensions are 48 inches by 48 inches.

Press Release

Jonas Wood
November 20 –
December 23, 2008

October 31, 2008, New York—For his second solo exhibition in New York, Los Angeles-based painter Jonas Wood has put together a group of family portraits, interiors, and still lifes. Wood uses these genres as templates for infusing his work with personal sentiment and meaning. The paintings and watercolor drawings reverberate between their seemingly traditional format, the personally charged choice of subject matter, and their complex formal interlocking and mosaic-like appearance.

 

The paintingsʼ tilted perspective, their blocky flatness, and the compositional autonomy of the sharp-edged color planes point at Woodʼs deep-rooted interest in concepts of time and the legibility of nature. The work expresses spatial, colorist, and psychological sharpness as well as emotional intensity, and combines it with a thrill of present-day spectacle that goes beyond any classical restraint. Wood puts our visual world out of its order. He plays with it, dissects it, and reassembles it into a condensed essence of visuality. Woodʼs paintings are like love letters of a true fan wrapped in an abstract landscape of jewel-like luminous cells.

 

Anton Kern Gallery and Picturebox have published a 48-page hard-cover publication entitled “SPORTS BOOK.” It takes as its subject a small slice of Woodʼs oeuvre, sports portraits: lanky basketball players, poised baseball players; moments of serene waiting and explosive action. This body of work combines Woodʼs obvious love of the game with an expert eye for emotion and the thrill of competition. Sport becomes a metaphor of how disparate parts combined create a whole. “SPORTS BOOK” features an essay by Cecilia Alemani and a conversation between the artist and three-time NBA All-Star Rip Hamilton.

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