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Jordan Wolfson: California

Designed by Joseph Logan / Photographs by Andreas Laszlo Konrath and Gaea Woods

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.

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. 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.

“Deploying an unsettling plurality of disembodied voices, Jordan Wolfson plays with the disconnection of the visual and the aural to lend his works their alternating intimacy and alienation.” 

– Pablo Larios, Kaleidoscope

His work is “a provocative, bizarre, and captivating fusion of music, advertising, photography, painting, and performance.”

– Rozalia Jovanovic, Blouin Artinfo

“Gripping” and “gut-level weird”

– Holland Cotter, The New York Times

Wolfson’s work “stands out for its cohesive vision and striking content.”

– Juliana Balestin, Purple.Fr

“Sex and death collide in Wolfson’s nightmarish yet riveting debut at David Zwirner.”

– Paul Laster, Time Out New York

“Spread along a series of assemblages, video, and the artist's notoriously eerie animatronic robot, the show is a striking step for the artist, showing his unique approach to art-making in an ever-stronger expressive capacity.”

– Staff, Art Observed

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