Jonah Elijah: A Day In The Life

2 Jul 2022 – 30 Jul 2022

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11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00

Free admission

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Wilding Cran Gallery is pleased to present A Day In The Life, a curatorial assemblage of the memories and everyday influences of emerging artist, Jonah Elijah.


In an effort to capture the essence of life in his hometown of Houston, Texas, Jonah Elijah invites the viewer to take a walk in his shoes, harnessing everything from oil paint and pastel, to newsprint and found objects. Through an odyssey punctuated by snapshots of street scenes and basketball courts, shopping carts and sneakers, A Day In The Life introduces the viewer to a series of vignettes that guide us through the experience of a young black man growing up in America.

Throughout his practice, the now Los Angelesbased artist utilizes representational and abstract approaches to painting in order to isolate and examine the impact of certain images, objects, and rituals that came to characterize his adolescence. At once thoughtfully methodical and implicitly organic, Elijah revisits the sites of his memories by experimenting with point of view. Through an aesthetic commentary on the ways in which we are able to re-evaluate our modes of perception, the artist questions the significance of where we stand in relation to our memories, to one another, to animals and insects, to telephone poles and mountaintops.

Whether witnessing a bird’s eye view of a neighborhood dice game or observing the world from beneath the soles of a pair of Jordans, A Day In The Life pieces together the puzzle of memory to examine the pathways though which we learn to navigate the world. By holding a microscope up to his own iconography, Jonah Elijah draws the viewer into an intimate autobiographical journey that sheds light on the experiences that shape us as individuals and the ties that come to bind a community.

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