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J. Ben Moss

J. Ben Moss

About Artist

Basic Information

  • Gender

    Male
  • Artist Statement

    I am always working to combine “low” art with “high” art. I love the juxtaposition of comics, lowbrow, and graffiti with fine art. To my mind, this clash represents the more outward clash between the 99% and the 1%. “Low” art forms are the art of working people, like myself.

    My style is influenced by a diverse range of artists, from Jack Kirby, Pollock, and Picasso to contemporary artists like Jeffrey Alan Love, Barry McGee, Michael Reeder, and Kiptoe.

    Beyond my natural compulsion to make images and beyond my artistic influences, my work is simply an act of rebellion. I want my 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 ass-kicking.
  • Resume

    J. Ben Moss lives and works in Shreveport, Louisiana. He has exhibited in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas as well as Chicago and Atlanta. He received his BA from Northwestern State University and is perpetually one thesis hour from his MLA at Louisiana State University Shreveport.

    Recently, he collaborated with Linda Dickson on the “American Monsters” series, a lowbrow critique of American politics. Recent 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 his self-published book of children’s literature, “peculiar poems for pint size provocateurs.” He is also a periodic contributor to specialty zines.

    More examples of Mr. Moss’s paintings and illustration work can be found at jbenmoss.com

    Mr. Moss’s street art process was recently the subject of the award-winning short documentary, “Spray.”
    https://youtu.be/Lq4KQw8abI4


    Exhibitions
    2003
    * 10th Anniversary exhibition, group exhibition, Gallery 26, Little Rock, AR
    * Pulaski County Picassos, group exhibition & auction, Little Rock, AR

    2007
    * Dallas Urban Arts Festival, live painting, Dallas, TX
    * Artlovemagic Comic Love II, live painting, Titan Comics, Dallas, TX
    * Artlovemagic/Poor Vida Hip Hop Show, live painting, The Green Elephant, Dallas, TX

    2008
    * Artlovemagic Art & Coffee, live painting , Saxby’s Coffee, Dallas, TX
    * Artlovemagic Vision, group exhibition, Mokah Art Gallery, Dallas, TX
    * Dia de los Muertos, group exhibition, The Zebra Room, Shreveport, LA

    2009
    * Artlovemagic Toys4Tots Show, live painting, Dallas, TX

    2010
    * Extravagonzo!, group exhibition, minicine?, Shreveport, LA

    2011
    * Dia de los Muertos, group exhibition, minicine?, Shreveport, LA

    2012
    * X-Mas Under Da Ground, group exhibition, minicine?, Shreveport, LA

    2013
    * Critical Mass, group exhibition, artspace, Shreveport, LA
    * Louisiana Music Prize showcase, group exhibtion, Voodoo Lounge, Shreveport, LA

    2014
    * Generationless: Skateboarders are Artists, Too!, group exhibition, artspace, Shreveport, LA
    * Critical Mass 2, group exhibition, artspace, Shreveport, LA
    * UNSCENE! Undisputed Art Battle (member of the winning team The Trainees), competitive live art event, Millennium Studios, Shreveport, LA

    2015
    * Common Culture Week Artist Studio Tour, art tour/exhibition, Downtown Development Authority, Shreveport, LA
    * Christmas in the Sky, group exhibition & auction, Bossier City, LA

    2016
    * Critical Mass 4, group show, artspace, Shreveport, LA
    * LIVEPaint Art Battle I, live art event, Great Raft Brewing, Shreveport, LA
    * CREAMY DREAMY: Art & Music at minicine?, group exhibition, minicine?, Shreveport, LA
    * Seratones Album Release Block Party, music event/visual showcase exhibition, Tipitina’s, Shreveport, LA
    * Iris 16x20 Individual Interpretation Show, group exhibition, The Agora Borealis, Shreveport, LA
    * Local Savages, group exhibition, Noble Savage Tavern, Shreveport, LA
    * Renzi Masquerade, arts fundraiser/live art event, Aura Ultra-Lounge, Shreveport, LA
    * ArtRIOT, live art event, Digital Media Institute, Shreveport, LA
    * LIVEPaint Art Battle II, live art event, Great Raft Brewing, Shreveport, LA
    * October Shreveport Downtown Art Walk/ArtLive!, exhibition/live art event, Bon Temps Coffee Bar, Shreveport, LA
    * Minicine? 20-year Visual Art Retrospective, group exhibition, minicine?, Shreveport, LA
    * Coast to Coast Paint-Off, online streaming live art event, multiple simultaneous locations
    * AMERICAN MONSTERS, collaborative exhibition with Linda Dickson, The Agora Borealis, Shreveport, LA

    2017
    * January Shreveport Downtown Art Walk/ArtLive!, exhibition/live art event, Bon Temps Coffee Bar, Shreveport, LA
    * Zhou B Art Center Third Fridays, group exhibition, Wolfhound Studio/Gallery, Chicago, IL
    * March Shreveport Downtown Art Walk, exhibition/live art event, Shreveport DDA, Shreveport, LA
    * Artini 2017, featured artist, exhibition/live paint event fundraiser for Bossier Arts Council, Shreveport, LA
    * Critical Mass 5, group exhibition, artspace, Shreveport, LA
    * The Big Scene, exhibition/public art event, Shreveport Common, Shreveport, LA
    * Local Savages 2, group exhibition, Noble Savage Tavern, Shreveport, LA
    * LARGE, group exhibition, minicine?, Shreveport, LA
    * Culture Crush Week Artist Studio Tour, art tour/exhibition, Shreveport, LA
    * MetaMOOREphosis, group exhibition/WIPLA fundraiser, minicine?, Shreveport, LA
    * FRAMED: A Summer Art Exhibit, group exhibition, minicine?, Shreveport, LA
    * Wet Paint ATL, group exhibition/live art event, Atlanta, GA
    * Human Beings & Being Human, group exhibition, Bossier Arts Council, Bossier City, LA
    * October ArtLive!, exhibition/live art event, Bon Temps Coffee Bar, Shreveport, LA
    * SBC Zombie Walk, arts event/charity fundraiser, Bossier City, LA
    * ArtLive! 2017 Finale, exhibition/live art event, Bon Temps Coffee Bar, Shreveport, LA (winner)

    Awards/Honors
    2013
    PRINT Residency
    Shreveport, LA
    One of a 5-artist team selected by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council to work with Richard Duardo of Modern Multiples in support of his print exhibition

    UNSCENE! Street Team
    Shreveport, LA
    One of a 5-artist team selected by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council to visually support the year-long series of art festivals named UNSCENE!

    2014
    Steve Olson Residency
    Shreveport, LA
    One of a 4-artist team selected by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council to work with artist/skateboard pioneer Steve Olson in support of his exhibition and installation

    UNDISPUTED Champion Team Member
    Shreveport, LA
    One of the 5-artist champion team from the UNSCENE! series 2014 finale, "Undisputed," a live art elimination competition judged by national critics.

    2015
    City of Shreveport Artist Fellowship
    Shreveport, LA
    From the Shreveport Regional Arts Council website: “This Fellowship is a cash award in recognition of artistic excellence that enable artists to pursue their artistic goals. This award acknowledges distinguished Fellows of the highest caliber in each discipline of the arts.”

    Collectible Artist
    Shreveport, LA
    Designated a "Collectible Artist" by national critics during Shreveport Regional Arts Council's 2015 Common Culture Week

    2017
    Artini 2017 Featured Artist
    Shreveport, LA
    Featured artist for Artini 2017, the Bossier Arts Council's annual fundraiser event.

    Big Scene Uncommon Muralist
    Shreveport, LA
    One of 11 local artists whose work was chosen/curated by Lesli Marshall for installation on buildings in the Shreveport Common district.

    Publications
    * contributing artist, Sheepshead Review: UWGB Journal of the Arts, Fall 2017 edition
    * contributing artist, The Bread Bin & The Biscuit Tin, vol.1, curated by Mark Ryan (Anteater Art)
    * Anthology contributor, The Graphic Canon, Volume 2, edited by Russ Kick (Seven Stories Press)
    * Anthology contributor, The Graphic Canon, Volume 3, edited by Russ Kick (Seven Stories Press)
    #4 New York Times Best Seller List for Graphic Novels
    * Illustrator, peculiar poems for pint size provocateurs, written by Oona Zbitkovskis (7 Miles Past Weird)

    Teaching
    3/2016-10/2016
    Renzi Education & Art Center
    Shreveport, LA
    Street Art class instructor for the Renzi Center’s after-school arts program.

    Articles
    * http://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/entertainment/arts/2014/12/21/artist-takes-work-streets/20731155/
    * http://heliopolis.la/bad-artist-ben-moss-artini-saturday-march-4/
    * http://theforumnews.com/article-2335-artini.html
    * http://www.thecrazymind.com/2017/03/interview-ith-artist-and-illustrator.html

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