From:Nathan Lyons Research Center, Visual Studies Workshop
Name/TitleUntitled [Green shapes and plant]
About this objectLarge prickly plant and abstract green shapes on a tan field. Part of Wood’s 1981 portfolio a Portfolio of Offset Lithographs.
Portfolio TitlePortfolio of Offset Lithographs
Medium and MaterialsPhoto-lithograph offset.
Inscription and Marksrecto: [pencil] 40 imp.
recto: [pencil] John Wood 1980
verso of mat: [pencil] .W876
verso of mat: [pencil] 81:103:07 lg2
Measurements45 cm x 62.4 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 KeywordsLithograph
Subject and Association Keywords1980s
Subject and Association KeywordsPlants
Subject and Association KeywordsGreen
Subject and Association KeywordsAbstract
CollectionCollection of Visual Studies Workshop
Object TypeOffset Lithograph