From:Nathan Lyons Research Center, Visual Studies Workshop
Name/TitleUntitled [Motorcycle rider]
About this objectSerial images of a motorcycle rider in negative along with the frame numbers and markings of Kodak safety film. Each strip in the work pulls back to show more images of the rider and bike. The use of serial images is characteristic of Wood’s photographic work.
Date Madeca. 1965
Medium and MaterialsSilver chlorobromide print.
Inscription and Marksrecto: [pencil] John Wood.recto: [pencil] me1 W876 75:012:30
Measurements29.4 cm x 24.1 cm (image aggregate)
12.6 cm x 24.1 cm (top image)
8.8 cm x 24.1 cm (middle image)
7.2 cm x 24.1 cm (bottom image)
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 KeywordsMotorcycle
Subject and Association Keywords1960s
Subject and Association KeywordsSerial Images
CollectionCollection of Visual Studies Workshop