Located within the Edison ParkFast parking lot next to the High Line at West 18th Street and 10th Avenue, Jonas Wood has created a new work specifically for High Line Billboard titled Shelf Still Life (2013).
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.
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.
“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 & 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.”
until February 3, 2014
Shelf Still Life
High Line Billboard
West 18th Street at 10th Avenue, New York