Thursday, 6 May 2010

Ben Jones

Mixing it all up in a kaleidoscopic fusion of painting, video art and furniture design, Ben Jones has created a contemporary world of fluro-coloured paintings, morphing, trippy video pieces and, more recently, 3D furniture pieces which are physical manifestations of these digital visions. Taking his cues from the pixellated madness and searing palettes of classic arcade games like Q*Bert, Jones’s work is unashamedly handmade in feel, which gives it a real charm.

Part of the Providence-based Paper Rad collective, Jones has been honing his style for the last five years, alternating gallery-based projects with commercial animation work for the likes of Nickelodeon and MTV. Which, in this day and age of blurred boundaries and shifting media, makes perfect sense when you think about it.  Alongside people like Takeshi Murata and Assume Vivid Astro Focus, Jones eschews the slick hyper-real CGI world of  James Cameron’s Avatar and instead creates something unabashedly  nostalgic and DIY in feel, as if the ghost of Keith Haring had been let loose in an Atari video console. 

'Mush Robo' video still

Dog Bench, 2009

'Materialized' show video still

Cubes, 2009

Islands 'Don't Call Me Whitney, Bobby' video still

'The New Dark Age' installation view, 2008

'The New Dark Age' detail, 2009

Dog Bench, 2009

'N.D.A.' video still

Ladders, 2009

N.D.A. 5 x 8'4", 2008

Nickelodeon 'Yo Gaba Gaba' video still

Mail Order Monsters, 2007

The New Dark Age video still

All images © Ben Jones

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