You have to build the print piece by piece. I just love the way it looks, the process, the whole feel of it. It’s irreplaceable.
Gagosian is pleased to announce Prints 2, an exhibition of over thirty prints made by Jonas Wood between 2018 and 2022. Opening on January 26 at 541 West 24th Street, it is conceived as a companion show to Prints, the first exhibition dedicated to the artist’s printmaking, presented by the gallery in 2018.
The works on view in Prints 2 feature Wood’s perennial motifs—plants, pottery, portraiture, interiors, landscapes, and basketball—reflecting the life of the artist through representations of home, studio, and natural spaces. They are united by Wood’s transformation of subject matter into images with skewed planar space, dense patterning, and vivid color. Developing his prints in parallel with his paintings, Wood has arrived at linked practices that continually inform one another.
Emphasizing the collaborative aspect of printmaking, Wood works with masters of traditional methods who have made innovative contributions to the field. Prints 2 features works made with Aliso Editions, Cirrus Gallery & Cirrus Editions Ltd., Counter Editions, Hamilton Press, Mixografía, and Pace Editions. In addition, Wood publishes and copublishes under his own imprint, WKS Editions.
The stylistic diversity of Wood’s prints results from his experimentation with pictorial effects, processes, and materials, effectively exploring the genre of printmaking itself. The methods used to produce the works in Prints 2 include hard-ground and soft-ground etching, lithography, screen printing, and woodcut, as well as various hybrid processes. Wood pairs these techniques with variations in mark making, color, texture, and density to harness and reveal the characteristics unique to the medium.
Four Landscapes (2020), a suite of woodcuts made with a Japanese ukiyo-e technique, depicts scenes that invoke winter, spring, summer, and fall. Between twelve and twenty hand-carved blocks were used to produce each work’s vibrant colors and interlocked forms, giving these prints an uncanny resemblance to Wood’s use of gouache in his drawings. An edition of large-scale prints, 4 Seasons (2022), portrays four pairs of basketballs, revisiting a body of work from 2010 and representing the seasons of the year-round sport. Wood’s investigations into the compositional possibilities of printmaking culminate with Kitchen Interior (2022), a 112-color screen print made over twenty months that combines views of the landscape with a detailed interior enlivened by plants and aspects of domestic life.
Prints 2 is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue that includes a conversation between the artist and master printer Ed Hamilton.
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Behind the Art
Jonas Wood in Hong Kong
Join Jonas Wood on a virtual tour through the creation of his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong. Wood narrates the genesis and development of the new paintings, drawings, and wallpaper.
Gagosian Quarterly Spring 2019
The Spring 2019 issue of Gagosian Quarterly is now available, featuring Red Pot with Lute Player #2 by Jonas Wood on its cover.
Jonas Wood: Prints
On the occasion of Jonas Wood’s first survey of prints, the artist spoke about the development of his printmaking practice and its influence on his paintings with legendary Los Angeles–based printmaker Jacob Samuel.
Jonas Wood: Mural
In Los Angeles, the Museum of Contemporary Art’s 5,400-square-foot façade now hosts a vibrant mural by one of the city’s own artists. Meredith Mendelsohn reports on the impact the mural has on revitalizing the museum’s exterior and downtown.
Friday, January 27, 2023, 6–8pm
Gagosian, 541 West 24th Street, New York
Jonas Wood will sign copies of his new book, Prints 2—inside his exhibition of the same name at Gagosian, New York—to celebrate its publication. A companion to the 2018 title Prints, this volume documents the artist’s dynamic printmaking output from 2018 to 2022, reproducing more than thirty limited-edition prints made during this period organized into sections representing various printmaking studios with which Wood has collaborated. It also includes a conversation between Wood and master printer Ed Hamilton discussing the evolution of printing practices and Wood’s creative influences. Published by Gagosian, the book will be available for purchase at the event, which is free to attend.
Jonas Wood: Prints 2 (New York: Gagosian, 2023)