From:Nathan Lyons Research Center, Visual Studies Workshop
About this objectCollage featuring motorcycle rider wearing helmet and white jacket and abstract shapes with graphite touches. The work is approximately dated by the date of similar work. The triangle shape is characteristic of Wood’s use of non-traditional shapes in his collage and photographic work.
Date Madeca. 1968
Medium and MaterialsCollage with gelatin silver print and graphite.
Inscription and Marksrecto: [pencil] John Wood.verso: [pencil] [struckout] E Wood P.5verso: [pencil] W876 75:012:8 me1 12
Measurements24.8 cm x 24.8 cm
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 Keywords1960s
Subject and Association KeywordsPhoto Collage
Subject and Association KeywordsMotorcycle
Subject and Association KeywordsGraphite
CollectionCollection of Visual Studies Workshop
Object TypeMixed Media