FASHION DESIGNERS WOLK MORAIS,
PING PONG CHAMPION SOO YEON LEE,
AND COMPOSER DAVID UTZINGER
Ben Jones's self-titled exhibition Ben Jones X 8 transforms Ace Gallery into an immersive space with Cinema Paintings and wall-climbing New Ladder sculptures. Investigations and celebrations of the 8-bit video medium, Jones's Cinema Paintings combine traditional painting with video to create individual mesmerizing artworks. The works are characterized by vivid colors, geometric shapes and digital abstraction and utilize recurring visuals like bricks and ladders to construct a unique visual language. Distinctly minimalistic, Jones's works play with the viewer's sense of perspective, time, and place.
Designers Wolk and Morais are known for their artistic and playful aesthetic, coupling couture tradition with American sportswear savoire faire. The pair's West Coast presence has generated significant buzz amongst the world's most noteworthy fashion and lifestyle editors, celebrities and tastemakers, which include loyal fans such as Jessica Chastain, Rose McGowan, Jada Pinkett Smith and Michelle Monaghan. Wolk and Morais won the Fashion Group International Rising Star Award and have been featured in top fashion publications such as Vogue, The New York Times, Harper's Bazaar, Teen Vogue, W, Elle, Nylon, Allure and WWD.
Ben Jones's and the designers' shared color palette, sense of form and youthful joie de vivre inspired the trio to work together to produce this collaboration, which will involve the re-contextualization of the WOLK MORAIS critically acclaimed resort 2016 collection, worn by four table tennis stars, including world famous table tennis champion and model Soo Yeon Lee.
The world premiere Apollonian Gasket by LA based composer David Utzinger was commissioned by Ace Gallery's Douglas Chrismas in honor of Ben Jones's exhibition. An Apollonian Gasket is a type of recursive "ring" or circle, made up of smaller circles, i.e. circles within circles. Utzinger states, "I think that patterns and loops are important to this exhibition, and recursion and loops are pretty closely related. Also, I like the word "Apollonian," which invokes thoughts of discipline and beauty, next to the word "gasket," which makes me think of cars and oil pans, and dirt. They don't have anything to do with Apollo though, they were discovered by Greek mathematcian Apollonius of Perga in the 3rd century BC."
David Gerhard Utzinger (born 1975 in Los Altos, CA) began his artistic career studying visual art. After music became an ever-increasing influence in his life, he began studying piano with Dr. Renee Chevalier, and composition with Dr. Paul Davies. From 2000 – 2004, he studied composition at the Berklee College of Music in Boston with Dr. John Bavicchi and Dr. Andrew List. While at Berklee, he received the Richard Levy Award in composition, was selected to represent the composition department during the 2004 awards concert, and participated in a residency with the Esterhazy String Quartet. In the spring of 2010, David Utzinger received his Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Dr. Richard Danielpour and received the Nicholas Flagello Award for outstanding achievement as a composer. David Utzinger is currently pursuing his Ph.D in composition and theory at UCLA, studying with Dr. Paul Chihara, Dr. David Lefkowitz, and Dr. Ian Krouse.
Soo Yeon Lee is a world champion table tennis player as well as a model and an actress. Lee was recognized for her skills after winning six successive titles as the Korean National Junior Champion by the age of eleven, in addition to winning other international junior tournaments. Lee later played for the Korean National Team and won second place in the World University Championship in China. In 2007, she came to the United States where she won the U.S. Open Championship, after winning a number of other U.S. national tournaments.
Soo Yeon Lee and the table tennis models will play on artworks in the form of ping pong tables created by Ben Jones, challenging each other and guests to matches. As the fashion-clad table tennis players face off, Utzinger's composition, a quadrophonic masterpiece, will resonate throughout the gallery.
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