Brian Wood is an artist working with multiple media in New York City. His paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, films, and books are exhibited internationally and are held in private and public collections. Wood is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Metropolitan Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; the Ludwig Museum in Cologne; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Houston Museum of Fine Arts; the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, TX; the Tampa Museum of Art; the Asheville Art Museum, NC; the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa; the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and Concordia Art Gallery in Montreal; the Museum of Modern Art in Prague; and many others.
Brian Wood’s awards include the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, numerous Canada Council Grants including the prestigious “A” Grant, and the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. Before joining the faculty at Hunter College, Wood taught at Yale University.
Wood works with photography, painting, and drawing. Throughout his career, Wood has been immersed in questions about consciousness and ontology, the mystery of intense images arising to awareness and being, and their complex relationship with and away from time. Pursuing this inquiry into the tensile nature of time and space, he has explored many media and is accomplished in photography, film, painting, drawing, print-making, and cross-bred hybrids. Each medium generates different yet complex relationships to time and radically different experiences of space/form. All Wood’s images are connected by the daemon driving their emergence, but his curiosity and extensive investigation into different media, each with its own concrete and metaphorical differences, both perceptual and psychic, have contributed to the particular experience of Wood’s current work.
As described by Holland Cotter in his review in The New York Times (3/14/14) of Brian Wood’s solo exhibition Enceinte, “…[Wood] creates a kind of Symbolist world in which emerging into life and being devoured by it are part of the same inexorable process. … the erotic and the spiritual are of a piece.”
Born and raised on the prairies of northern Saskatchewan in Canada, Wood’s early imaginative experience was formed in harsh land, severe weather, and the life and death cycles of animals, crops, and wilderness. Wood’s childhood on the farm, his absorption in nature, books, making music, and his later studies in physics and mathematics combine with his fascination and close attention to the shifting boundaries of body, sexuality, and awareness itself. From these inquiries, his active participation with arising inner images and perception, and his sense that the conventional separation of inner and outer worlds is actually an illusion, come the form and obsessions of his work.