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Jonas Wood Rendering

Jonas Wood, Still Life with Two Owls (MOCA), 2016, rendering, courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Jonas Wood: Still Life with Two Owls (MOCA)

Jonas Wood is known for his hard edged, exuberantly colored watercolor drawings and paintings that frequently depict the everyday spaces of his studio and garden. Recurrent motifs, such as potted plants in beautiful ceramic vessels made by his wife, ceramicist Shio Kusaka, appear against a backdrop of the clarion blue skies of Los Angeles. Wood trains his eye on these little lush daily landscapes, frequently enlarging them to grand proportions that signal his fondness for the everyday and its small domestic pleasures. At MOCA, Wood's new work gleefully exhibits a strong cut-and-paste sensibility, a playful layering of shapes and forms, in a new outdoor mural designed specifically to wrap the exterior of the Grand Avenue location. Meant to be seen either as a pedestrian or through the window of a moving car, Wood's mural treats the urban architecture of downtown LA as a dynamic canvas that further explores his playful manipulation of scale, texture, color, and pattern.

The Jonas Wood project has been generously supported by MOCA’s Board of Trustees.