Thursday, March 5, 2015

Jonas Wood

Have you ever seen works by Jonas Wood? Below are some of my favorites. I love the cheery, graphic quality, the colors, the kooky perspective and the subject matter. It's like he simultaneously flattens, simplifies and emphasizes little sections of life.  His works remind me a bit of David Hockney's portraits and landscapes with a maybe a touch of Beavis and Butthead illustration style on the side. Enjoy!

Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood, Two Tables with Floral Pattern, 2013

Jonas Wood, Studio Hallway, 2010


Jonas Wood, Untitled (Rosy), 2006


Jonas Wood, Untitled (Raffi), 2006


Jonas Wood, Robin with Juba, 2012

Jonas Wood, Still Life with Cat Vessels, 2012

Jonas Wood, Untitled (double self portrait), 2007


Jonas Wood, Untitled (Parrot Patterns), 2012

Jonas Wood, Untitled (Self Portrait with Green Hat), 2009

Jonas Wood, Scholl Canyon, 2007

Jonas Wood, Kitchen with Aloe Plant, 2013

Jonas Wood, Jeremy in Silverlake, 2011

Jonas Wood, My Sears Family Portrait, 2011

Jonas Wood, Interior with Fireplace, 2012

Jonas Wood, Calais Drive Three, 2012

Jonas Wood, 2 Birds at Night, 2013

Jonas Wood, French Open Four, 2012

Jonas Wood, Grandfather Clock, 2007

Jonas Wood, Green Room, 2012

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Jonas Wood, Dinosaur Pots Still Life, 2014

Jonas Wood, Blue Hitman Heartns, 2012

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Jonas Wood

About the artist...

With one foot rooted in Analytic Cubism and the other in Contemporary Pop art, Jonas Wood is an artist who bridges two seemingly disparate traditions to create paintings that present contemporary life from multiple perspectives. Born in Boston and now living and working in Los Angeles, Wood took a somewhat circuitous route to becoming a professional artist, even considering pursuing a PhD in psychology before deciding on an MFA in painting. His work still contains subtle psychological elements, tying together elements of the past and the present, either through empty but intimate interiors or through other paintings of contemporary American life. Wood's use of color in his embracement of quotidian domestic settings calls to mind David Hockney's dreamlike depictions of suburban subjects. Though not inherently mathematical in composition, the artist's paintings often contain numerous intersecting geometrical elements, as objects and patterns become flattened in his artistic process, which involves creating drawings of photographs of his subjects that eventually serve as the primary models for his paintings. In creating artworks from the items and environments around him, whether they are sports imagery, animals, or furniture, Wood extracts the beauty from the ordinary, proving that there's more to the everyday than meets the eye.

Monday, March 2, 2015


David Hockney, Lightning from the Weather Series, 1973
David Hockney, Lightning (from the Weather Series), 1973

So many couples around me have been splitting up lately, and/or thinking of splitting up. It sucks.

I never want to go through a divorce, so I figure I can bypass the problem by never getting married.  

My brother and his wife have been married for about 15 years.  They have three kids together (and he has another adult daughter from a previous marriage).  Until recently, nobody really knew that there were any serious problems in their marriage, other than him being a total jerk, and his wife being perpetually inquisitive and upbeat. 

Bro and his wife sat my parents down a couple of weeks ago and told them that their marriage had been on the rocks for quite a while, and that they had been "putting on a show" for everyone for years.  Ugh.  My parents were stunned and so unhappy to hear this news.  My parents pretty much told bro and SNL that they HAD to do whatever it took to make things work -- that there was too much at stake to split up.  Note: my parents are super duper religious, and they don't really "believe" in divorce.  But they don't really get to be the deciders of the situation. 

Since hearing the splitsville news, I am pretty sure my parents have been having nightmares of my brother and/or his kids moving in with them and making their golden years hell on earth. 

I didn't really know what to do or say upon receiving the news.  My little sister -- wiser and more socially savvy -- sent a sweet email to both my bro and my SNL letting them know she had heard the news, and telling them both that she would support them in every way, no matter what.  I sent shorter, less eloquent emails to each, letting them know I was hoping for the best and to please let me know if there was anything I could do to help.  My SNL was grateful and sent a lengthy reply.  My brother?  His reply was: "Thanks!"  ?! 

It turns out my brother is the one that wants the divorce.  My SNL doesn't.  Brother is DONE.  Meanwhile, SNL is on Facebook proclaiming how much she loves her husband, how he is her soulmate, how difficult marriage is but how important it is to weather the storms, etc.  She is also running around telling all family members that she wants to make things work.  It feels like she is gathering allies and trying to bully my brother into staying with her.  Methinks this campaign will backfire and make my brother even more determined to dump her.  Ugh.  

I was watching a Louis CK episode a couple of years back, and he was going through a divorce.  He mentioned something about how difficult divorce was and how he had no idea how hard he would have to work to maintain their relationship after the divorce.  So true, chimed the person that has never been married OR divorced, at least when kids are involved. 

My boyfriend and his ex-wife have three kids together.  They are in constant contact, making logistical arrangements for the kids and their activities, figuring out who pays for what, etc.  They see each other often.  It works, but sometimes it gets testy.  I recently rather unhelpfully pointed out that they only have to maintain this type of arrangement for another eight years or so until the youngest turns 18. Then again there is college to think about.  Oh, and grandkids someday too. So pretty much figure you'll be intertwined forever.  Joy. 

I don't know what will happen with my brother and his wife.  Maybe they can fix things.  Maybe.  In the meantime they have told their 12 year old son that they plan to split up, and I imagine that he is exploding on the inside.  How does one cope with that news?  What does he do????  I don't know.  I have never been in that position, having only had one set of parents that are still married after fifty long, long, L-O-N-G years of marriage -- but I know this poor kid is in a world of pain.  It sucks.

If you are in a relationship, do you ever feel like it might just fall apart? I guess one just rolls the dice, does their best, and waits to see what will happen.