Ben Jones: Men's Group: The Video
Edited by Dan Nadel. Text by Dan Nadel, David Kramer, Nicole Rudick, Peter Saul, Gary Panter, Joe Bradley, Keith McCulloch, Byron Coley, Phil Grauer.
Art and writings on maleness and manhood, from a founding member of the artist collective Paper RadOne third of the artist collective Paper Rad and the Creative Director of Fox's forthcoming late night animation block ADHD, Ben Jones (born 1977) makes work that harks back to the Saturday morning cartoons and video games of the 1980s. Jones' previous book, New Painting and Drawing, quickly sold out, making Men's Group: The Video the only currently available collection of his work. The book's theme is maleness; it includes the last five years of the artist's paintings, comics, drawings, products and videos, and is published on the occasion of the artist's solo exhibition, The Video, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, November 3, 2012-February 24, 2013. Also included is a series of texts about manhood commissioned from men the artist admires, including artists Peter Saul, Gary Panter and Joe Bradley, writers Keith McCulloch and Byron Coley and gallerist Phil Grauer, with a rebuttal by Nicole Rudick. Topping it all off are two lengthy interviews with Jones conducted by Dan Nadel and David Kramer. All of this work is showcased in an innovative format--multiple paper sizes and stocks bound together with a spiral wire and wrapped between thick chipboard covers.
Ben Jones has exhibited or performed at museums and galleries including Deitch Projects, New York (solo), Foxy Production, New York, Loyal Galleri, Malmo (solo), The Modern, Fort Worth (solo), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Tate Britain, London. He is a founding member of Paper Rad. Ben Jones lives in Los Angeles and is the Creative Director of Fox's forthcoming late night animation block, ADHD.