From:Nathan Lyons Research Center, Visual Studies Workshop
About this objectFour images of a woman standing in front of a 1953 Plymouth car on a snowy day. The photographs are arranged to gesture at a seamless perspective, however they are each taken at a different angle and proximity. This play with multiple images and perspective are characteristic of Wood’s work in photography.
Medium and MaterialsSilver chlorobromide.
Inscription and Marksrecto: [pencil] John Wood.
recto: [pen] Plymouth 1953 1969
verso: [pencil] Mickey Bourque Sewards
verso: [pencil] me1 75:012:11
Measurements23.6 cm x 24 cm (image aggregate)
11.7 cm x 7.9 cm (individual image)
50.7 cm x 40.4 cm (mat)
Subject and Association DescriptionJohn Wood (1922-2012) was a multi-disciplinary artist and educator. Born in California, Wood studied photography at the Institute of Design of the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and took classes with Harry Callahan and Art Sinsabaugh. Shortly after graduating from the Institute, Wood joined the staff of Alfred University in 1955. He would go on to teach at Alfred for 35 years. Wood worked in many different mediums including photography, collage, drawing, and lithography. His interests and concerns–such as environmental issues and militarism–carried over across these mediums as well as his visual style which mixed abstraction, representation, serialization, and sequence. In a 1977 artist statement, Wood wrote: “I would like my pictures to be abstract / and poetic visual images / of friends and the world / no story telling / sometimes slight propaganda and quiet protest / on the edge of clear meaning.”
Subject and Association KeywordsJohn Wood
Subject and Association KeywordsCars
Subject and Association Keywords1960s
Subject and Association KeywordsImage Sequence
CollectionCollection of Visual Studies Workshop