Jonas Wood // Chris Caccamise opening
February 20 - March 27, 2010
Jonas Wood’s paintings of contemporary American life blur the boundaries of figuration and abstraction. His immediate surroundings are his subjects, building a visual diary of sorts, an ever-expanding documentary of personal memories and interests: family and friends, domestic or studio spaces, tabletop arrangements of ceramic vessels and plants, and landscapes, all painted through the prism of his memory. Usually painting from collaged photographs, Wood takes delightful liberties with background, scale, and color, often distorting figures, employing unusually vivid hues, or adding a work of art in place of a family photo in an interior scene. In this exhibition, Wood has put together a group of new paintings and drawings that complement each other thematically and formally.
Chris Caccamise makes hip, colorful sculptures. Alternately humorous and playful, they demonstrate a subtle, biting wit.
Jonas Wood was born in 1977 in Boston, and lives and works in Los Angeles. He received a BA from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and an MFA from the University of Washington. Wood’s work has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at Anton Kern Gallery, New York, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, and Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles. His work has been included in thematic exhibitions including Copy, White Columns, New York and America Abstraction, Saatchi Gallery, London, and will be included in Hard Targets, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH this year. Currently at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Hammer Projects: Jonas Wood is Wood’s first one-person museum exhibition. It will be on view February 5 - May 9, 2010.
Chris Caccamise was born in 1975, and lives and works in New York. He received his BA from Rutgers University and his MFA from School of the Visual Arts, New York. Caccamise has had solo exhibitions recently at Eleven Rivington, New York, Galleria Glance, Torino, and *Sixtyseven, New York, as well as participated in group exhibitions in Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris, 400000, Chicago, Gallery Factory, Seoul, and Cereal Art, Philadelphia. His work has been featured in Art + Auction and reviewed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art News, and Flash Art.