This is as figurativist as you can get, ain't it? It's a lovely piece, one that plays with three ideas at once.
First, there is the fact that every item in this picture is alone. The glass and the postcard are as separated as they would be in two different paintings. In fact, they are two separate paintings, with the postcard being a distant prince, the only indicator that items can have interactions with one another is a postcard of a painting from the 17th Century. It is Wonner reminding us that in the 20th century, we were totally alone, removed from the closeness of those earlier times.
Second, it is half a Black Painting. The bottom portion is inky blackness, and upon that is built this piece, where lonliness lives. It is one of two things - either the figuration is pushing the blackness down, asserting itself, or it could be that the lonely existence is teetering on the verge of being subsumed by the blackness. Either way, it's creepy.
Third, it is about the return of precision. Wonner's Diebenkon-esque work is done, and here, he is creating works that are given a place of reality. A lonely reality, but reality nonetheless.
Christopher J Garcia - Curator, Fan Writer, Podcaster, and a guy who just loves art.