Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014
Fresh from an exhibit of his work at the Shane Campbell Gallery in Chicago, Jonas Wood '99 has brought his art to new heights-literally-with a billboard installation in New York City, at West 18th Street and 10th Avenue. Earlier this year, a collaborative art project by Wood and his wife, Shio Kusaka, was held at Glenn Korowitz Bookseller in East Hampton, N.Y. Wood's work has been the subject of solo exhibitions each year since 2005 and group exhibitions annually since 2002, with work shown internationally in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Knokke, Belgium.
"Shelf Still Life" currently on view on the billboard as part of an installation presented by High Line Art, depicts potted plants. The work was created specifically for this installation.
"Jonas Wood takes domestic scenes and brings them into the open space of the High Line," says Cecilia Alemani, the Donald R. Mullen, Jr. curator and director of High Line Art. "He turns the typical experience of walking on the High Line and catching a glimpse into people's homes into a public experience."
High Line is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan's West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line. High Line Art was created to invite "artists to think of creative ways to engage with the uniqueness of the architecture, history, and design of the High Line and to foster a productive dialogue with the surrounding neighborhood and urban landscape."
In addition to High Line, Wood's work is also scheduled to appear this year at the David Kordansky Gallery, in Los Angeles, Calif. Wood graduated from Hobart with a bachelor of arts in psychology and a minor in studio art. While at HWS, he participated in the abroad program in Bath, England. He earned a MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Washington. His work has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at Patrick De Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium; La Montagne Gallery, Boston; Hammer Projects, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; MinMin Gallery, Tokyo; Anton Kern Gallery, N.Y.; and Black Dragon Society, LA.