Ben Jones (PaperRad), 9 Cats, 2004

Ben Jones (PaperRad), 9 Cats, 2004

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"9 Cats" by Ben Jones (as PaperRad). Ink on paper. This piece is from one of the satellite shows we produced when the inaugural Beautiful Losers exhibit opened in March 2004. We produced 3 significant projects outside of the museum that ran concurrently with Beautiful Losers, opening on the same weekend. This piece was exhibited in one of them: Beaver College. Scroll to see the schedule of events. It was an epic week! One for the books. So much energy.

Ben Jones has exhibited in solo and group shows in museums and significant galleries globally. He was a key figure in the PaperRad collective that came out of the same scene as the collectives that emerged in the late 1990s from Fort Thunder in Providence: Forcefield, Lightning Bolt, etc.

Beaver College was a huge show at a historic brewery that was multi-level. Floor one was art installations by The Royal Art Lodge (Marcel Dzama, Michael Dumontier, and Neil Farber), Space 1026 (Philadelphia), and Paper Rodeo (Forcefield, Paper Rad, Lightning Bolt). The second floor featured musical performances by The Faint and Secret Machines. The third floor was a massive custom indoor skatepark made just for this project with performances by the Toy Machine squad: Ed Templeton, Austin Stephens, and Josh Harmony.

Ben Jones / PaperRad
9 Cats, 2004
Ink on paper
11 x 13 inches

Beaver College, The Mockbee, Cincinnati, 2004

Bibliography :
Beautiful Losers : Contemporary Art And Street Culture, Edition Iconoclast, 2005

Beautiful Losers Archive