01 Oct 2019
Dallas Museum of Art
Reviewed by Tim McClure
Los Angeles-based Jonas Wood was recently honored at the TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art gala in Dallas, and the first solo museum exhibition of his work is now on view at the Dallas Museum of Art. Wood's recent paintings depict his surroundings, innocuous arrangements of anything, anybody, and anywhere. Fashionably playful designs and cheery, carefree colors carefully require nothing at all of the viewer.
Wood demonstrates a consistently competent workmanship, and he is a capable composer, particularly with his celebrated use of compression and pattern. Wood has said of his work, "...if you’re having a shitty day, maybe you could look at my painting and it would bring you some happiness." For instance, Night Bloom Still Life (2015) is done in the affable, slightly campy early-1960s illustration style that makes his paintings safe, friendly, air-conditioned retreats from the harsh, the unexpected, the untoward, delivering the viewer into the familiar, the easy, and the reassuring - a therapy of no surprises.
|Exhibition||Jonas Wood link|
|Start date||24 Mar 2019|
|End date||14 Jul 2019|
|Presenter||Dallas Museum of Art link|
|Venue||1717 North Harwood, Dallas, TX, USA map|
|Image||Jonas Wood, Night Bloom Still Life, oil and acrylic on canvas, 90 x 80 inches, courtesy of the Whitney Museum of American Art|
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