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  • Provenance

    Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago
    Private Collection
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    Jonas Wood’s enigmatic “pot” motif has quickly established itself as one of the artist’s defining subjects. His Computer Drawings from 2008 is a wonderful glimpse into, and embodiment of, Wood’s particularly alluring and endearing art brut style of figuration. These drawings, immediate in their lack of excessive adornment, modeling, or even coloration, directly confront the viewer with the simultaneous solidity of their representation but also the fragility of their actual existence as ceramic objects used to house plants. Wood further confounds the viewer with his title, seemingly alluding to the basic, early computer illustration software that rendered objects in a crude, flat manner. To achieve the distortion of space that is so essential to his oeuvre, Wood photographs his subjects from multiple angles, collaging these images together and employing drawing to "work out the kinks and...locate what [feels] right." (Jonas Wood, quoted in Amanda Law, “Q & A with Artist Jonas Wood”, Hammer Museum, February 16, 2010, online).

    Computer Drawings strips away the artifice of the computer and the camera and what the viewer is left with is a seemingly unadulterated understanding of the artist’s intimate surrounds. The pots themselves, as manifestations of his wife, Shio Kusaka, herself an accomplished artist who sculpts them, are imbued with a sensitivity and raw emotion that is heightened by the inclusion of the delicate plants within. One can detect a propensity for beautifying the everyday, the allure of still life, dreaminess, whimsicality, and also an undeniable graphic flare. And yet, while all such distinct threads of inspiration can be identified, it is evident in the execution and abstraction of the pots and plants, and the eradication of a background and foreground that Computer Drawings retains the artist’s own unique aesthetic: led by Wood’s ability to distort and juxtapose even the most ordinary of figures and spaces.

  • Artist Biography

    Jonas Wood

    American • 1977

    Boston-born, Los Angeles-based artist Jonas Wood is best known for his colorful, semi-abstract interior scenes and still-lifes. Both in style and subject matter, Wood evokes the work of his predecessors Henri Matisse, Alex Katz and David Hockney. The artist is known to produce paintings, prints, collages and even sculptures with the help of his wife, ceramicist Shio Kusaka. 

    One of Wood’s more distinctive motifs is his repeated use of flattened vase-like forms, often featuring self-contained narratives against a more neutral background. The artist received his MFA from the University of Washington in 2002, and his work can be found in the collections of major museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney and the Guggenheim.

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Computer Drawings

signed with the artist's initials, titled, numbered respectively and dated "COMPUTER PAPER [1-10] JBRW 2008" on the reverse of each sheet
graphite on paper, in 10 parts
each 11 1/2 x 8 in. (29.2 x 20.3 cm.)
Executed in 2008, this work is unique and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

Estimate
$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $81,250

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New York Auction 26 September 2018