Ben Jones

 

Ben Jones  lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. He holds a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA. Jones has presented in a variety of solo and group exhibitions internationally at Loyal Gallery, Malmo, Sweden, MACRO Museum, Rome, Italy, Bergen Kunsthall, Norway, Max Wigrum, and the TATE, London, UK, Peres Projects, Berlin Germany, and Deitch Projects, Foxy Production, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Hole, New York, NY, among others. His most recent solo exhibition was at The Hole in New York, NY. His work has been discussed in Art in AmericaThe New York Timesi-DTokion, and ArtReview.

Jones has also produced work for the Simpsons, WU TANG COMICS, Adult Swim, along with a smattering of music video credits and pieces of furniture.  Jones’ work is a mash-up of all of his passions in life, with equally balanced influences from the music, graphic design, technology, and of course art worlds. His works seem to envision a minimalistic version of the future, pulsing with sharp color and a clear narrative regarding where our culture seems to be heading.

 

Ben Jones

b. 1977, Pittsburgh, PA

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

 

Education

BFA Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA

 

Select Solo Exhibitions 

2016

Ben Jones Comics, The Hole, New York, NY

 

2014

Ben Jones, Ace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

2012-2013

Ben Jones: The Video, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

 

2010

Concept Unification, Gallerie Loyal, Malmö, Sweden

Focus, The Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX

 

2009

Beehaven, Paul Johnson Trading Co. at Design Basel, Miami, FL

New Dark Age, Deitch Projects, New York, NY

 

2008

Celebrate the New Dark Age, Andreas Melas Presents, Athens, Greece

 

2005

D.I.Why?, Foxy Production, New York, NY

 

Select Group Exhibitions and Screenings

2012

Transmission LA: AV Club, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA

 

2011

New York Minute, The Garage, Moscow, Russia

 

2009

New York Minute, MACRO Museum, Rome, Italy

eARTS BEYOND, Shanghai International Media Gallery, Shanghai, China

 

2008

It Aint Fair, West Of Wynwood, Miami, FL

Materialized, Bergen Kunsthall, Norway

Mail Order Monsters, Max Wigrum, London, UK

Heavy Light, Deitch Projects, New York, NY

Mail Order Monsters, Andreas Melas Presents, Athens, Greece

 

2007

Bitten!, Kim Light Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Mail Order Monsters, Deitch Projects, New York, NY

Macronauts, Andreas Melas Presents, Athens, Greece

New Mutants, CANADA, New York, NY

Dr. Doo, MoMA, New York, NY

Mail Order Monsters, Perez Projects, Berlin, Germany

4 Large Works, Community Outreach, London, Ontario, Canada

 

Select Paper Rad Exhibitions And Screenings

2007

Tha Click: Beige and Paper Rad, Event Gallery, London, UK

Playback, Musee d’ Art Moderne del la Ville de Paris/ARC, Paris, France

Maximum Approach, Artscape, Baltimore, MD

Plug Sister Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Ocularis, The Museum of Modern Art Film Exhibitions, New York, NY

Mixed Signals, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York, NY

 

2006

The Game, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Armory Show, EAI presents Paper Rad, New York, NY

Panic Room, Deste Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece

72 More Artists to Be Announced, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA

Take it to the Net, Vilma Gold, London, UK

Cosmic Wonder, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Welcome To The Real World (screening), BankART Studio NYK, Yokohama, Japan

Chippendale.Hong.Lyon.Paper Rad, Gallery Agniel, Providence, RI

 

2005

SuperMarioMovie BEIGE/Paper Rad, Deitch Projects, New York, NY

Mixed Doubles, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

Shit, Printed Matter, New York, NY

Mixtape Clubhouse, Paper Rad, Space1026 solo show, Philadelphia, PA

The Seed Market, Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Breaking and Entering, Pace Wildenstein, New York, NY

WITH US AGAINST REALITY, OR AGAINST US!, Willy Wonka, Inc. Oslo, and Galleri S.E, Bergen, Norway

Rhizome ArtBase 101 “extreme animalz: the movie: part 1” with Matt Barton, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY

Op…Ish, Samson Projects, Boston, MA

Tedious Limbs, Deitch Projects, New York, NY

The Art Review, 25 emerging artists, Phillips de Pury, New York, NY

Armory Show, EAI presents Paper Rad, New York, NY

Reverse Engineers, Carnegie Arts Center, North Tonowanda, NY

 

2004

3D, Foxy Production, New York, NY

Collage Party, Bergdorf Goodman, New York, NY (curated by Scenic in conjunction with Paul Butler)

Daydream, Nation Three Rivers Arts Festival Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

The Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK

Face Off, Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York, NY

public.exe, Exit Art, New York, NY

tuxdog.org (online project and live performance), Electronic Arts Intermix, New York, NY

Let’s Get Tested Curated by Astria Suparak for The 50th anniversary of Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Germany

Beaver College, SSNova, Cincinnati, OH

Shazam: Contemporary Artists and the Influence of Comics Creative Alliance Baltimore, Maryland Institute College of Art, MD

(K-RAA-K)3 Festival, KC Belgie, Hasselt, Belgium

 

2003

New Counter-Media-Culture Collectives, Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI

Blinky 2: The Screening Tate Britain, London, UK (curated by Foxy Production)

Radical Entertainment Institute of Contemporary Art (screening), London, UK (curated by Lauren Cornell and Lina Dzuverovic-Russell)

Another Bad Creation (screenings and live performance), Deitch Projects New York, NY (curated by Paper Rad/BEIGE)

Psyche-Out 2k3 New York Underground Film Festival 2003 (video screening and performance by Paper Rad’s Extreme Animals), Anthology Film Archives, New York, NY

The Platinum Tapes Ocularis Cinema (screening), Brooklyn NY (curated by Lauren Cornell)

Blinky, Foxy Production, Brooklyn, NY

Burn In, (screening), University of Wisconsin Union Theater, Madison, WI

What Forcefield Was (screening of collaborative animation with Forcefield), School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL

 

Select Performances 

2008

Problems Solvers, Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI

Education for Dead Adults, New Museum, New York, NY

Problem Solvers, Sundance Film Festival, Park City, UT

 

2007

Dr.Doo, The Athens Biennial, Athens, Greece

Pop Rally, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

 

2006

They Heart the Internet, The Kitchen, New York, NY

 

2005

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Extreme Animals, Doo Man Group. Buffalo, NY

Tedious Limbs Doo Man Group, Anthology Film Archive, New York, NY

Transmodern Age Doo Man Group, Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD

 

2004

Movies With Live Soundtracks Tour Filmmakers (traveling screening), Pittsburgh, PA

Year of the Troll Tour (traveling exhibition), Foxy Production, New York, NY

 

2003

Summer of HTML Tour, Team Gallery, New York, The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA and various venues (incl. collaborative performances with BEIGE Programming Ensemble)

New Tech Lo-Fi: an EAI presentation (performance and video screening), Ocularis Cinema, Brooklyn, NY

Music Video Live Showcase Dr. Doo, North Six, Brooklyn, NY (presented by New York Underground Film Festival)

TGIDIY Foxy Production, Brooklyn, NY

Another Bad Creation (screenings and live performance), Deitch Projects, New York, NY (curated by Paper Rad/BEIGE)

 

2002

The Totem Tour Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL and BrewHouse, Pittsburgh, PA (live music and video performances with Forcefield, Dear Raindrop, Barkley’s Barnyard Critters)

HTML-HELL, with Cory Arcangel/BEIGE, Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, PA

Paper Rad vs. Beige Records Rave Battle Computer Language and Coding Symposium, Big Orbit Sound Lab, Buffalo, NY

 

Select Publications

2008

“New Painting and Drawing”, Ben Jones, PictureBox, New York, NY

“Mail Order Monsters”, Kathy Grayson, ed. Deitch Projects, New York, NY

“Wu-Tang Comics”, Ben Jones, PictureBox, New York, NY

 

2007

“The Best American Comics: 2007″, edited by Chris Ware, Houghton Mifflin, Boston, MA

“Panic Room”, Kathy Grayson, ed. Deitch Projects, New York, NY

 

2006

“Pig Tails/Cartoon Workshop”, Ben Jones and Jessica Ciocci. PictureBox, New York, NY

“Trash Talking DVD”, Paper Rad. Load Records, Providence, RI

 

2005

“Bad Cartridge”,  “Girl” animations for Beck Hanson’s 8-Bit Remix DVD, Interscope Records

“Paper Rad, BJ and Da Dogs”, Ben Jones and Paper Rad, PictureBox, New York, NY

“Live Through This,” Jeffrey Deitch and Kathy Grayson, eds. Deitch Projects, New York, NY

 

2004

“Kramer’s Ergot 5”, Sammy Harkham, ed. Avodah Books, Beverly Hills, CA

“Black, White, and Read All Over”, Paper Rad. Exit Art, New York, NY