76 Grand Street
Interdisciplinary artist Ben Jones of celebrated East Coast art collective Paper Rad presents a solo show of between-media video sculpture, light painting, and “drawing in the digital age” at Deitch Projects 76 Grand Street gallery. Entitled The New Dark Age, the exhibition explores new methods of pictorial storytelling through the drawn, projected, and sculpted line.
The exhibition consists of five components of equal importance to the artist: Ladders, Minimalism, Cartoon Drawings, Dogs, and Bricks. Buy a pizza and throw it into a dog park. Build a doghouse out of bricks. Draw cartoons to sell to street wear corporations and gorge yourself on soft pretzels. Then come to the exhibition.
Jones' menagerie of characters, honed through years of acclaimed comic and video making, appear in The New Dark Age in fresh suits of Neon Aztec Organic Spandex. His signature 2D Flash videos in this new exhibition open up into writhing 3D sacred glowing guts. The storefront room features Mush Robos and Travel Berries. Neon ladders scale gallery walls, as sculptured plexiglass beings and painted neon faces appear out of the blackness. One of the four Ben Jones Approved Patters covers the silk-screened entryway where the welcome video prepares you for The New Dark Age.
Viewed through the hot pink plexi lens of new media theory, the exhibition could be seen as the best hypertexturally-noded website ever come to life. Through $200 vintage frames it is a celebration of classical architecture. To the naked eye, The New Dark Age might be a blinding glimpse at the darkly comic heart of the “internet generation gone wild.” This exhibition plan exists only in Rich Text Format. This press release was written with a comically oversized pencil.
This is Ben's second solo exhibition in New York and is adapted from his exhibition Celebrate the New Dark Age presented at AMP in Athens, Greece this summer. The exhibition is accompanied by a hardcover catalogue published by Picture Box and a new zine made by the artist. Ben will also be redesigning the Deitch Website in conjunction with his exhibition. The show will expand onto and infiltrate the site, debuting a new interface and realm for interactivity.
-- from the press release
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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