Men’s Group: The VideoBen Jones, David Kramer , Nicole Rudick, Gary Panter, Joe Bradley, Byron Coley, Phil Grauer, Keith McCulloch, Dan Nadel, Peter Saul
One third of the artist collective Paper Rad and the Creative Director of Fox’s forthcoming late night animation block ADHD, Ben Jones (born 1977) makes work that harks back to the Saturday morning cartoons and video games of the 1980s. Jones’ previous book, New Painting and Drawing, quickly sold out, making Men’s Group: The Video the only currently available collection of his work. The book’s theme is maleness; it includes the last five years of the artist’s paintings, comics, drawings, products and videos, and is published on the occasion of the artist’s solo exhibition, The Video, at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Also included is a series of texts about manhood commissioned from men the artist admires, including artists Peter Saul, Gary Panter and Joe Bradley, writers Keith McCulloch and Byron Coley and gallerist Phil Grauer, with a rebuttal by Nicole Rudick. Topping it all off are two lengthy interviews with Jones conducted by Dan Nadel and David Kramer.