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Photo by Timothy Schenck

Jonas Wood

Shelf Still Life

January 2014 – February 2014

Next to the High Line at 18th Street and 10th Avenue

January 2 – February 3, 2014

Jonas Wood combines modernist abstraction with pop figuration in his densely patterned paintings of vernacular culture. The artist is known for his compositions of private spaces, such as domestic interiors and personal acquaintances, and sporting events. Like David Hockney and his flat, large-scale collages of Polaroid prints, Wood takes multi-angle photographs of his subjects and then cuts and pastes the images together to produce his fractured paintings.

For the High Line, Wood’s new work depicts a group of potted plants resting on a wooden shelf. Wood’s interest in figuration extends to his inanimate objects, which gain distinct personalities through the artist’s brush. While tied to the natural world in terms of subject matter, the plants are decontextualized against the neutral background. The plant motif on the billboard also extends to the plantings on the High Line and the neighboring architecture of New York City. The lush green leaves and bright colors of the pots contrast with the neutral hues of the surrounding winter brush, acting as a reminder of the greenery that populates the elevated park in warmer months.

Organized by Cecilia Alemani, Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Director & Chief Curator.

Photos by Timothy Schenck.

Artist bio

Jonas Wood (b. 1977, Boston) lives and works in Los Angeles. Recent solo exhibitions include Lever House, New York (2013); Anton Kern Gallery, New York (2013); David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles (2012); Patrick de Brock, Belgium (2011); and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2010). Notable group exhibitions include UNTITLED & Zach Feuer Gallery, New York (2013); the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis (2012); Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (2011); and Karma International, Zurich (2010).


High Line Art is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. High Line Art is made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr. and The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, with additional support from David Zwirner Gallery, and Vital Projects Fund, Inc. High Line Art is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. In-kind support provided by Maharam.

Space for High Line Billboard is donated by ParkFast.com.