|Ben Jones' show at Deitch titled The New Dark Age was executed with absolute class.|
The New Dark Age
February 05 February 28, 2009
76 Grand Street, New York
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 pictoral storytelling through the drawn, projected, and sculpted line.
Very few shows qualify as professional. DJ's spinning and such, the exhibition has become much more a party than an environment for art, which I refuse to post these so called "shows" in my column. Consideration for environmental control i.e. light, sound, visuals etc. and commanding responsibility for every aspect of the work is essential in order to captivate viewers and stimulate their over saturated minds, especially here in New York. In my opinion, this rare occurrence deserves a certain amount of praise from the critical press. Ben Jones' show at Deitch titled The New Dark Age was executed with absolute class, and if you're not familiar with the site paperrad.org, click on the link and get up to speed before viewing this post because my camera sort of sucks.
Ben's work covered every wall in the main and side gallery, and as you can see from the photos and special video that I made, the collection is very colorful. The show included paintings, works installed on the wall, drawings, light boxes, sculpture, sound art and many projected videos. It's funny, because I was thinking later last year, what will be the next exploration in what I call "hyper-color exhibitions" after this past year? I was looking forward to this show, and am glad I got out in the bitter cold (17F) to see it. Ben is brilliant. The narratives in his animations are twisted as well as whimsical in a way that made me laugh out loud. Looking around the gallery I noticed everyone engaged with the art, focusing mainly on the large video in the main room that had a soundtrack that I could of sworn was having a Videodrome effect on my brain. Maybe I got out just in time. Anyway, everyone in New York and those visiting should go check out this show before it closes Febuary 28th. Please excuse me for not showing the video with audio, as mentioned above, the mic on my camera sucks.