January Potluck with Jack Arthur Wood

Tiger Lily Press welcomes Jack Arthur Wood to the studio for a potluck dinner and artist talk on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 6 p.m. Jack-Arthur was the Tiger Lily Press Working Artist 2013-2014. He’s currently attending graduate school at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, Texas.

Jack Arthur Wood. Banner Between Hood and Multnomah. Multi-block Reductive woodcut, 24″ x 36″ on Thai Kozo.
Jack Arthur Wood. Banner for Fertile Birdie, Wonder, and the Senses. Multi-block Reductive woodcut, 24″ x 36″ on Thai Kozo.

“Printing and painting are equally weighted in my creative moves; in the shared space of a printshop my paintings are activated simultaneously, likewise I mix print into paint. Processes and materials are dissolved into product disappearing origin or the importance of. The content of my work is often tethered to landscape heavily laced with hectic patterns, self-surprisingly I am playing with bodies again, too. Presently I am inflexibly mesmerized by feminist and queer critical theory, DAYGLO, Buddhism, eighties and nineties female fronted rock n’ roll, leather culture, the Neo-Sublime, robotic technologies, creative self worlding, and long-distance phone calls. I refer to my practice as Pretty Color Time (chanted loudly with enthusiasm, P.C.T. for short). I am trying to be fearless in creating, approaching shadowy traces of dysphoria with the cleansing light of critical thinking, compassion, and hard work. 

For my Masters thesis I will create vividly colorful envelopments of space through sheer quantity of work. I am producing a series of 24″ x 36″ ‘Banners’ for my thesis. I hope to produce upwards of 100, capping 30+ at this semester’s end. These paintings will be exhibited with several series of panel paintings that formally explore landscape, the musical oeuvre of Brian Eno, and (queer) futurity, all underscored by an ideé fixe with mark making. 

These days I am collaborating a lot too, working with Detroit-based ambient sound artist Circument (Cy Tulip), and Brooklyn-based painter and educator Jessica Cannon. The three of us will have several group exhibitions in the coming months.

I am currently wrapping up an in-depth research project on the work of friendly mentor Caroline Wells Chandler, a queer transgender painter based in Brooklyn, for which I am seeking publication.”

You can see more of Jack Arthur Wood’s work by clicking here.