Jonas Wood ’99, a Los Angeles-based contemporary artist, will open his first one-person museum exhibition at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, from Feb. 5 through May 9, 2010. “Hammer Projects: Jonas Wood” will debut a new series of still lifes which he has been painting for the past year.
“Evolving out of his ongoing series of tabletop scenes of arrangements of potted plants and vases displaying cut flora, these new paintings each feature a rectilinear form with branching lines and geometric shapes reaching out and upward into the picture planes,” according to a Hammer Museum release about the exhibition. “Painted in bright colors and solid black against monochrome backgrounds, the forms recall Wood’s more realistically rendered potted plants as well as abstract sculptures atop plinths. Evocative of the Modernist sculptures of David Smith or Alexander Calder as well as Henri Matisse’s boldly-colored abstract collages, these more abstract works combine Wood’s interest in direct experience with his fascination with the many forms and genres found throughout art history.”
Wood graduated from Hobart with a bachelor of arts in psychology and a minor in studio art. While attending Hobart, he participated in the abroad program in Bath, England. He earned an MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Washington in 2002. Wood’s work has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at MinMin Gallery, Tokyo; Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago; Anton Kern Gallery, New York (for which he received a favorable review in the New York Times http://www2.hws.edu/article-id-11398); and Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles. His work has been included in thematic exhibitions including “Copy,” White Columns, N.Y. (2009) and “Modern Lovers,” Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, Calif. (2007) and will be part of “Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports,” Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio (2010).
The Hammer Museum is a public arts unit of the University of California, Los Angeles.
The Hammer presents presents approximately 10 Hammer Projects exhibitions each year.