Jonas Wood at Anton Kern Gallery
The delicately whimsical paintings of Jonas Wood are on view at Anton Kern through October 19. The paintings range from medium to large-scale and present a cast of strangely inviting characters and domestic interiors. Wood’s skewered perspective and collage-like effect of doubling up images (reminiscent of David Hockney’s photomontages) are both folksy and optically complex. The paintings depict the artist’s professional life in images of his studio, his gallery’s booth at NADA, as well as his life apart from art-making in television stills of a poker game, baseball cards, and patchwork quilt green landscapes. The paintings’ snapshot intimacy have the uncanny power of turning the viewer into a spectator, a witness to the mundane actions and private space of an artist’s life.
Jonas Wood, Yellow Front Hall, 2013, oil and acrylic on canvas, 98 x 112 inches. Courtesy Anton Kern Gallery, New York.