Benjamin Jones | Phillip Scarpone
October 1-29, 2016
ROY G BIV Gallery presents work by Benjamin Jones and Phillip Scarpone. Jones’ structural sculptures explore the landscape as a vehicle for political discussion. Scarpone’s installation fabricates the interior of a building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Jones exhibits new sculptures that explore the landscape as a vehicle for political discussion. Using a variety of common construction materials, such as wood, metal and plastic, Jones’ sculptures call to mind architectural and engineered structures. His work is driven by the idea that our existence is defined by the structures (both physical and social) we create. Highlighting social, political and financial structures his work explores property rights, political boundaries and the American identity.
Jones is an artist and educator working in sculpture, drawing and installation. He has exhibited his work throughout the U.S., including exhibitions in New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Michigan, California and Massachusetts. He earned his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and his BFA from The Ohio State University. Jones is currently an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Scarpone exhibits his installation Della Pareti: Of the Walls. The work is influenced by the interior and spatial relationships of a specific building in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He uses the impressions, castings and various material similarities of the building to create a cluster of fabricated barriers and dividers. The work is the continuation of Scarpone’s interest in manifesting the psychological relationships one might have with a particular space and how transposing it into a different context creates new meaning.
Scarpone received his MFA from the University of Georgia and his BFA from the University of Delaware. He has exhibited throughout the U.S., including Washington, DC; New York, NY; Austin, TX; Philadelphia, PA; Atlanta, GA; Richmond, VA; St. Louis, MO and Baltimore, MD. Phillip is represented by Seraphin Gallery (Philadelphia, PA) and recently relocated to Pittsburgh, PA, where he works for Carnegie Mellon University, School of Art.