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March 30, 2011 / Claremont Art Events

Artist Jonas Wood speaking at CGU on March 30, 2011

Jonas Wood is coming to speak at the CGU Artist Lecture Series today. (By the way, I think they should rename this series “Inside the Artist’s Studio.”) I have a soft spot for paintings of interior spaces and mobiles and he paints both of these. I wish we could see the actual paintings, but he’ll talk about his process and show slides and I guess that’s the next best thing. After the Jonas Wood’s talk there is a wine & cookie reception at the CGU Gallery where you can see the two new CGU Art MFA thesis exhibitions. I checked them out already and recommend you don’t miss Kerry Rodgers photographs and video piece of the Haiti earthquake aftermath. It sounds like a downer, but not so much, I don’t think. Go see it and then we’ll talk.

Here’s Jonas Wood invite:

You are invited to attend this weeks Visiting Artist Lecture by Jonas Wood in the Albrecht Auditorium on the campus of Claremont Graduate University.

Wednesday, March 30th : 4:30 p.m.
Auditorium is at southwest corner of 10th & Dartmouth in Claremont.

Reception to follow artist talk in the CGU ART lobby.

We are looking forward to hosting Mr. Wood on campus after
his successful show @ Anton Kern Gallery in New York.
For more info read below….
Thank you from CGU ART.

Anton Kern Gallery
Jonas Wood

Art Review | Jonas Wood
Paintings by Jonas Wood
by ROBERTA SMITH

Jonas Wood’s painting continues to mature impressively, gaining pictorial and
psychological weight. More than ever his works negotiate an uneasy truce among
the abstract, the representational, the photographic and the just plain weird.
They achieve this with a dour yet lavish palette, tactile but implacably
workmanlike surfaces and a subtly perturbed sense of space in which seemingly
flattened planes and shapes undergo shifts in tone and angle that continually
declare their constructed, considered, carefully wrought artifice.

A case in point is “Sun Porch” and the several browns that denote the spindled
back of an armchair at its center, although it takes the eyes a while to
notice, given the room’s crowded topography of furniture, embroidered textiles
and, overhead, the beamed ceiling.

Mr. Wood paints the artist’s life that happens to be his own. In its broadest
outlines the subject has not changed all that much from, say, Vuillard and
Matisse to Alex Katz and David Hockney. In Mr. Wood’s case it includes the
hallway leading to his studio, a stack of birdcages stored in a corner
somewhere (occasioning a riotous extravagance of parallel lines) and a large
cluster of incised ceramic vessels, suffused in a weirdly palpable gray light,
by the artist Shio Kusaka, to whom Mr. Wood is married.

The show’s most ambitious work is “The Hypnotist,” which turns out to depict
Mr. Wood sitting stoically in the office of a man whose oddly set expression
seems to hold the entire, tilting room in check.

Each painting here presents a highly personal but impersonally observed
reality that has been astutely cobbled together but is almost too much to take
in. It is presented whole, but with all the seams showing for easy
disassembly. That’s enough to make one of painting’s most frequent subjects <
the artist’s life < seem new again.>

See you there. Here are some more Jonas Wood images from his Anton Kern Gallery event:

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