Yung Jake - CV + Bio

Yung Jake was established on the Internet in 2011. He is best known for his rap videos that integrate the worlds of hip-hop, technology, social media and contemporary art. Datamosh (2011) parodied the trend in music video of datamoshing (a digital technique that distorts images) while playing to a contemporary digital art audience. In (2012), he commented on the pursuit of Internet fame. He has had four solo shows with Steve Turner and a solo project at the 2014 fair, Art Berlin Contemporary and Art Brussels (2016). His work has been screened at Sundance (2013) and he has performed in Los Angeles at the Hammer Museum, Redcat (2013), MOCA (2014) and at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in April 2016. His work was included in ARS17, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki (2017).

Born 2011, Internet
Lives and works in Los Angeles



2012 BFA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California


Solo Exhibitions

Caution: Wet Floor, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
TM6, Zona Maco Sur (with Steve Turner), Mexico City

V, Imperial Arts (with Steve Turner), Los Angeles
Hydration, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Dear DTLA, The Ace Hotel, Los Angeles

Twisted Metal II, Tripoli Gallery, East Hampton, New York

Furniture, Sunday, Los Angeles
Art Berlin Contemporary (with Steve Turner)
New, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Drawings, Steve Turner, Los Angeles


Group Exhibitions 

BIO-PIX, Steve Turner, Los Angeles (upcoming)

Untitled, Miami Beach (with Steve Turner)
21c Museum Hotel, Nashville
ARS17: Hello World, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki

Datamosh, 59th DOK Leipzig Festival, Leipzig
UNTITLED, Miami Beach (with Steve Turner)
Art Brussels (with Steve Turner)
Dallas Art Fair (with Steve Turner)

The Real World, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Space Program, Steve Turner, Los Angeles

Unfollow, MOCA, Los Angeles
UNTITLED, Miami Beach (with Steve Turner)

Datamosh, Shorts Program at AFI fest (won Special Jury Mention), Los Angeles, New Frontier exhibit, Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah
Augmented Real, New Frontier exhibit , Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah
Datamosh, New Frontier Short Films, Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah
Water, Tripoli Gallery, Southampton, New York

Workshop at New Frontier Story Lab, Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah
Datamosh, Off the Air, Adult Swim (Television broadcast)
Datamosh, Bruciennial, New York

Datamosh, screening, Chicago and Amsterdam


Selected Performances

Museum of Modern Art, New York
It’s Wet, Steve Turner, Los Angeles

The Getty Center, Los Angeles
SXSW, Austin

Step and Repeat
, MOCA, Los Angeles

Art Basel, Miami
TimeWarner Storytellers Summit, Laguna, California
The Future of Story Telling Conference, Staten Island, New York
REDCAT, Los Angeles
Augmented World Expo, Silicon Valley, California
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles



Sundance Institute and Time Warner Fellowship Grant, Los Angeles



Willams, Maxwell. “In Yung Jake’s Work, Opening Parties Double as Happenings—and Draw Thousands”, Artsy, March 4
Spiwak, Valeri. “Yung Jake Takes Over Downtown Billboard For ‘Dear DTLA’”, Amadeus Magazine, February 2
Noice, E.D. “ Paradoxical practice.” AQNB, January 12

Leight, Elias. “ Yung Jake Dropped A Music Video On Snapchat And You Need Two Phones To Watch It Because music videos are more fun with friends,” The Fader, September 10
Grossman, Samantha. “These Incredibly Realistic Celebrity Portraits Were Made Entirely With Emoji,” Time Photo, Januray 23
Mufson, Beckett. “Yung Jake Is Making Emoji Portraits of Celebrities,” The Creators Project, January 14
Munro, Cait. “New Media Artist Creates Celebrity Portraits With Emojis,”, January 15

“SFAQ Pick:  UNTITLED. Miami,” SFAQ, December 1
Silver, Leigh. “10 Artists to Check Out at UNITTLED. Fair,” Complex, December 4
Gibson, Clay. “Strolling Through Downtown Mexico City with Artist and Social Media Start Yung Jake,” i-D, Vice, November 3
“Best Art Exhibitions This Month,” Complex, August 6
Lasane, Andrew. “ Yung Jake Opens His “New” Solo Exhibition at Steve Turner Contemporary”, Complex, July 14
“SFAQ Pick: New, solo exhibition by Yung Jake at Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles, “ SFAQ, July13
Munro, Cait. “Meet Yung Jake, Rapper and New Media Art Sensation,Artnet, May 28
Cheng, Susan. “Computer Cursors Spazz Out in Yung Jake’s Video Installation at Steve Turner Contemporary”, Complex, May 5
Frank, Priscilla.“Ten Rappers Who’ve Dipped Their Toes In the Art World’s Water,” The Huffington Post,  March 28

Williams, Maxwell. “Yung Jake,” Flaunt,October 29
Wright, James. “Augmented Reality,” So It Goes Magazine, Issue 1, Volume 1 Johnson, Paddy.“Yung Jake, Video Prankster and Meta-Rapper, Turns the Hustle into Art,” SPIN, November 14
Burnett III, Zaron.“Notes from the Avant-Garde: 5 Artists Pushing Today Into Tomorrow,” Thought Catalog, April 17
Lewis, Amanda. “Yung Jake, a Recent CalArts Grad, Could Be the Breakout Art Star of Sundance,” LA Weekly, Jan 16

Galperina, Marina. “11 Net Artists You Should Know,” Flavorwire, September 4 Moore, Jacob. “Video: Yung Jake,’” March 19