Road Trip II

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January 6 – 28, 2018

OPENING: Saturday, January 6th from 6-8pm

The Hole is proud to announce our second solo exhibition by new media pioneer and comic visionary Ben Jones. What else? “Paper Rad member”, “Providence powerhouse”, “Animated Television Executive”, “voice actor”, “new-age sculptor”, “video-painting creator” and “zine master.” What else? Added recently: “Father”. We are very excited.

For this exhibition Jones will exhibit a single immersive video piece, “Road Trip II”, in our rear gallery. This piece debuted at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in the 2012 exhibition “AV CLUB” curated by Mike D. The work is based on early front-scrolling driving games like Out Run or Pole Position and is a video-mapped composition covering three walls and the gallery floor. Viewers can walk into the piece and into the world Jones creates with 8-bit sound and imagery.

We never got to see this piece when it was on view in LA and thus are selfishly bringing it here to New York so we can run around in it. Video excerpts and lo res install photos like the above are not enough! There seems to be a sunrise section of the piece, also a moonrise portion; we see cacti, we see highway signs; the small clips of audio online sound amazing….

Come experience the work in the warm(ish) gallery during a month when no one wants to be outside anyway, and you can experience driving through the American West as imagined by Japanese video game designers in the 80s as imagined by Ben Jones. In the same way these arcade games were installed with a car-like enclosure that moved a bit when you crashed and had pedals kinda like the Ferrari Testarosa you were virtually driving, this piece is also a bootleg VR experience.  But instead of being in a little fake car box, or instead of VR goggles wrapping around your field of vision, here the video wraps around the gallery creating a 3D environment to romp around literally inside the artwork.

So now we can add “Z-space video-immersion explorer” as well.

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

Jones is the Creative Director at Bento Box Entertainment and has also produced work for the Simpsons, WU TANG COMICS, created television shows for Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, FOX and FXX along with occasional music video production and furniture making.  Jones’ work is a mash-up of all of his passions in life, with equally balanced influences from music, graphic design, technology, entertainment and art. His works seem to envision a minimalistic version of the future, pulsing with sharp color and an ambiguous narrative regarding where technology seems to be driving our culture.


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