Paper Rad b. 1981
P-Unit Mixtape 2005 (2005)
This delirious montage of appropriated and computer-generated elements merges perennial Paper Rad themes such as Gumby and the 8-bit computer aesthetic with a keen, critical take on contemporary culture. This self-described "mix tape" - a term that refers here both to the group's montage strategy and to popular compilations of bootlegged hit music - takes on the war in Iraq, the art market, and the images of ostentatious wealth and glamour flaunted by pop stars today.
Paper Rad is Jessica Ciocci, her brother Jacob, and their friend Ben Jones. Synthesizing and reprogramming popular material from television, video games, and advertising, Paper Rad works in an exuberant, neo-primitivist idiom of their own invention.