Featuring a selection of works by Jonah Ward & Barry Peterson.
Artist Jonah Ward creates works of art that, in their most literal form, are compellingly aesthetic; in their most metaphorical, they are a testament to our always relevant interaction with the natural world.
Jonah’s works are as much a product of his education as his background—born on Foster Mountain in Willits, California, raised on a historic homestead at the end of red dirt roads, and educated in a one-room schoolhouse. Through his art he continues to cultivate his dialogue with nature. While requiring sustained physical interaction with natural materials, Jonah’s works are also paradoxically devoid of his literal touch or imprint. He acts more as a facilitator—harnessing natural processes and phenomena, while also according them their proper respect for their capacity for both incommensurable beauty and destruction.
Artist Barry Peterson has attended a long list of universities in the Midwest and on the West Coast, where he studied Art of various media along with Physics, Botany, Marine Biology and Architecture. Despite all this, he pretty much considers himself a self-taught artist, as he claims most of his learning has occurred in his own practice.
For his current series of aerial photography Barry states: “I have never had the urge to photograph things I find visually appealing--it always seems an odd homage and a poor recording of what is usually a spatial and dynamic experience. Photography by nature is graphic and frozen. So much of the actual visual experience is lost in its conversion to pixels or paper. And yet some things are heightened by this conversion."
Sherwood Gallery presents a collaborative space where artists are invited to explore the cultural discourse of the Bay Area community and its intersection with global contemporary art & idea trends. Through the facilitation of exhibition openings, informal panel discussions, and relational events, Sherwood’s program creates an active exchange reflecting on new possibilities for imagination & innovation.
Sherwood Design Engineers is a site civil engineering practice committed to the optimal integration of ecology, infrastructure, and design. We specialize in water management strategies, green building design, and urban planning. We document site infrastructure as well as master plan engineering solutions at a campus, neighborhood, and district scale. Important to our engineering practice is our ability to span building and landscape. Our recommendations minimize the consumption of all site resources— carbon, energy, water, and waste.