Jonas Wood: Interview

Jonas Wood, Studio Exterior, 2014, oil and acrylic on canvas, 112 x 114 inches (
Jonas Wood, Studio Exterior, 2014, oil and acrylic on canvas, 112 x 114 inches (courtesy of the artist, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago; Anton Kern Gallery, New York; David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles; and Gagosian Gallery)

Jennifer Samet interviews painter Jonas Wood.

Wood remarks: "It is about how you set up a challenge. Sometimes you only need a couple things to challenge yourself, and other times you need one hundred. I like to have a lot of things going on in the studio the same time – different images and sizes. They are built up at different rates. I like to have options, to not feel there is only one thing I can do. Usually I have one or two big paintings going, and I offset that by working on smaller things — drawings and prints. I like to have something started as I’m almost finished with something else. Finishing a piece is fulfilling, but it can also feel hollow and empty. You might think you are awful when you finish it. Then, a couple of weeks later, maybe you think it’s not so bad."