The works of J Ben Moss will be on display during the months of June and July 2018 with an opening reception on Friday, June 8, 6 p.m. in the East Bank Gallery of the Bossier Arts Council.
J. Ben Moss is a painter, illustrator and muralist from Shreveport, Louisiana. When making art, he sometimes goes by the name PLOID.
In 2016, he collaborated with Linda Dickson on the “American Monsters” series — a lowbrow critique of American politics. Last year, he was the featured artist for Bossier Arts Council’s Artini event. His more recent work has garnered him invitations to exhibit in Atlanta and a new mural festival in Fort Worth.
Illustration work includes visually adapting excerpts from classic literature for “The Graphic Canon”, Volumes 2 and 3 from Seven Stories Press, as well as illustrating “peculiar poems for pint-size provocateurs,” a book of children’s literature.
Ben actively exhibits in the Southeast and beyond. He is also a periodic contributor to other art publications and specialty zines. Ben really hopes that you enjoy juvenile, absurdist humor and comic book references.
Ben is always working to combine “low” art with “high” art. He loves the juxtaposition of comics, lowbrow, and graffiti with fine art. “Low” art forms are the art of working people like himself and the clash with fine art feels like a revolutionary process. The structure of comics + the chaos of painting equals his creative happy place.
Beyond Ben's natural compulsion to make images, he describes his work as simply an act of rebellion. He wants his work to strike against a culture that tells us none of us are all that special. Many of the dominant themes in American culture could use a good old-fashioned shock to the system.