Jon Wos

Jon Wos
Jon Wos
Wos’s work explores masculinity while it depicts fragility. As a young man with brittle bone disease (osteogenesis imperfecta) and small stature, his self-portraits often show him in the act of self-examination.
Revealed, Jon Wos - Embedded
Revealed
Pastel On Paper, 26” X 20”
2006
BIO
Jon Wos (b. 1981, Lena, WI) received a BFA from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 2005. He has exhibited his art at venues throughout the United States and Canada, including the Chicago Cultural Center, the Kennedy Center, Reagan National Airport, and Toronto’s Joseph D. Carrier Gallery. Wos’s work is in many private and public collections, including those of Senator Herb Kohl and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. His awards include the grand prize in a national juried competition entitled “VSA Road Trip: a Journey of Discovery” in 2003 and best of show in “eMotion Pictures 2008” in San Francisco.

THE ART
Wos’s work explores masculinity while it depicts fragility. As a young man with brittle bone disease (osteogenesis imperfecta) and small stature, his self-portraits often show him in the act of self-examination. Some images illustrate multiple versions of himself: pensive, defiant, boisterous, and arguing simultaneously with his various personae. They offer possibilities of maleness in the face of a society that values size and strength.

In “Revealed” Wos lies in bed in a full-body cast. He holds an X-ray over the site of the break in his leg, showing the injury that is the reason for his immobility. The cast renders his body as a featureless, genderless object. The sticklike femur with its metal plate shown in the X-ray is somewhat phallic and hints at the male body under the plaster. His gaze is turned away from us, heightening the feeling of a private revelation.