Jordan Wolfson: California

Text by Jordan Wolfson. Photographs by Andreas Laszlo Konrath and Gaea Woods

Over the past decade, Jordan Wolfson has become known for his thought-provoking works in a wide range of media, including video, sculpture, installation, photography, and performance. He pulls intuitively from the world of advertising, the Internet, and the technology industries to produce ambitious and enigmatic narratives. However, instead of simply appropriating found material, the artist creates his own unique content, which frequently revolves around a series of invented, animated characters. 

This artist’s book is the product of close collaboration between Wolfson and the book designer Joseph Logan. Initially conceived to document the artist’s 2014 exhibition at David Zwirner in New York—his first with the gallery, debuting new sculptural work, a critically acclaimed video, and a much-discussed animatronic sculpture—the publication ultimately exists as a hybrid between an exhibition catalogue and a stand-alone expression of Wolfson’s vision. Featuring a dynamic layout and large color plates, the book is anchored by extensive photo documentation of Wolfson’s bewitching (Female figure) 2014, which combines elements of installation and performance in the figure of a curvaceous, scantily clad woman covered in dirt marks and wearing a witch mask. Presented are photographs by Andreas Laszlo Konrath, who documented many aspects of the exhibition, including behind-the-scenes images of its installation. Also included are reproductions of Wolfson’s new series of wall-mounted sculptures comprised of bumper stickers overlaid on inkjet prints, candid photographs of the artist taken by Gaea Woods, and a text by the artist providing context for the visual material.


Publisher: David Zwirner Books

Artists: Jordan Wolfson

Contributors: Andreas Laszlo Konrath, Jordan Wolfson, Gaea Woods

Designer: Joseph Logan

Printer: Graphicom S.R.L., Vicenza, Italy

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Softcover

Dimensions: 9 1/2 x 14 1/2 in (24.1 x 36.8 cm)

Pages: 136

Reproductions: 64 color, 24 b&w

ISBN: 9781941701065

Retail: $50 | £35 | €48

Status: Available

Jordan Wolfson

Jordan Wolfson was born in 1980 in New York, and he is currently based between New York and Los Angeles. In 2003, he received his B.F.A. in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design. The artist joined David Zwirner in 2013, and his first gallery solo exhibition was presented in New York in 2014. Prominent institutions which have hosted solo shows include Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), Ghent; Chisenhale Gallery, London (both 2013); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Gallery at The Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT), Los Angeles (both 2012); Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2011); CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2009); Swiss Institute of Contemporary Art, New York (2008); Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Italy (2007); and Kunsthalle Zürich (2004). In 2009, Wolfson received the prestigious Cartier Award from the Frieze Foundation, which helps an artist from outside the United Kingdom realize a major project at Frieze Art Fair in London. Work by Wolfson is held in public collections worldwide, including Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Italy; Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), Ghent; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

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Andreas Laszlo Konrath

Andreas Laszlo Konrath is a New York–based British photographer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Telegraph Magazine, Guardian, Interview, Newsweek, Time, W, among others. In 2008, he cofounded Pau Wau Publications, which produces limited edition zines and artists’ books. For David Zwirner Books, he has contributed to Raymond Pettibon: To Wit and Jordan Wolfson: California.

Gaea Woods

Gaea Woods is a Los Angeles-based artist and photographer. After studying fine art at Parsons School of Art & Design in Paris and obtaining a degree in photography at the Rhode Island School of Design, Woods worked in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles in commercial photography. She is a two-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, and an image from her latest series, Los Angeles Artists and Their Cars, recently won first place in the Theo Westenberger Estate Spring 2014 Photography Contest.?