Ben Jones (b. 1977) is a Providence-based artist. A member of the collective Paper Rad, Ben has exhibited in museums and galleries internationally. Most recently he has mounted solo shows at Deitch Projects, New York and AMP, Athens. His books include New Painting and Drawing, BJ and da Dogs, and Cartoon Workshop/Pig Tales, all published by PictureBox. As an artist, he combines painting, drawing, sculpture and video to collide the mass produced with the hand-made within vivid constructions of fantasy landscapes. He imaginatively and enigmatically grapples with the pleasure and complexity of the programmed on one hand, and with the aura of originality and creativity of the handcrafted on the other.
Jones mines an eclectic cultural vein by mixing with bravura a range of techniques and elements. While recalling Keith Haring's deceptively spare street-Pop sensibility, Jones’ work stakes new ground with its combination of color fields, seas of cartoon-like characters, otherworldly environments, and what he describes as “meta-graffiti.” Johnson Trading Gallery is proud to present Ben Jones first exhibition of contemporary furniture design where he delicately blurs the line between art and design.