Jon Key

Violet Alabama

September 7–October 12, 2019
Opening Reception: September 7, 6–8pm



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Jon Key. Violet Alabama, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Jon Key. Violet Alabama, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Jon Key. Violet Alabama, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Jon Key. Violet Alabama, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Jon Key. Violet Alabama, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Jon Key. Violet Alabama, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Jon Key. Violet Alabama, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Jon Key. Violet Alabama, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Jon Key. Violet Alabama, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Jon Key. Violet Alabama, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Jon Key. Violet Alabama, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Jon Key. Violet Alabama, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Jon Key. Violet Alabama, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Jon Key. Violet Alabama, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Jon Key. Violet Alabama, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Jon Key. Violet Alabama, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Jon Key. Violet Alabama, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Jon Key. Violet Alabama, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Jon Key. Violet Alabama, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Jon Key. Violet Alabama, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Jon Key. Violet Alabama, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2019

Jon Key. The Man in the Violet Suit, 2019. Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 36 inches (121.9 x 91.4 cm)

Jon Key. Man in Red Room 1, 2019. Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 36 inches (121.9 x 91.4 cm)

Jon Key. Family Portrait (No. 1), 2019. Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 18 inches (61 x 45.7 cm)

Jon Key. Family Portrait (No.2), 2019. Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 18 inches (61 x 45.7 cm)

Jon Key. Man in Red Room 2, 2019. Acrylic on canvas, 28 x 28 inches (71.1 x 71.1 cm)

Jon Key. The Man (No. 3), 2019. Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 18 inches (61 x 45.7 cm)

Jon Key. The Man (No. 4), 2019. Acrylic on canvas, 24 x 18 inches (61 x 45.7 cm)

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Steve Turner is pleased to present Violet Alabama, a solo exhibition by Jon Key that consists of paintings inspired by the artist’s personal history and memories of growing up in rural Seale, Alabama. Through self-portraiture, Key explores the lineage and history of his identity through four themes–southern-ness, blackness, queerness, and family–each of which he represents chromatically with green, black, violet and red. He will also exhibit portraits of his father and grandfather to highlight the friction between the generations and the challenges of being a queer Black man in the Deep South.

Jon Key (b. 1990, Seale, Alabama) received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design (2013). He has had solo exhibitions at Spring Break, New York (2019) and the Rubber Factory, New York (2019). His work has also been featured in group exhibitions at Jeffrey Dietch, New York and The Hole, New York. Key is also co-founder of Codify Art, a Brooklyn-based queer and trans people of color artist collective. He lives and works in Brooklyn and this is his first exhibition at Steve Turner, Los Angeles.

Born 1990, Seale, Alabama
Lives and works in Brooklyn

Education
2013
BFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
BFA, Brown University, Providence
2008
Summer Program, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
Summer Program, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah

Selected Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions
2019
Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles (Upcoming)
Violet: Mythologies and Other Truths, Rubber Factory, New York
Home Body, Spring/Break Art Fair, Ross+Kramer Gallery, New York

2018
UNTILL, Spring/Break Art Fair, Codify Art, New York

Selected Group Exhibitions
2018
Punch, Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, New York
The Key Twins, Studio 301, Brooklyn
Codify Art, The Public Theater, New York

2017
The Anxious Body, Angell Gallery, Toronto
We the People, Thought Matter, 41 Cooper Sq New York
32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts, MGLC, Ljubljana, Slovenia
If You Were in My Body, Fierman Gallery, New York
Rock Paper Scissors and a Three-Armed Shovel, Baxter St at CCNY, New York
Environmental Projection Agency, Bau Haus, Brooklyn
Standard Standard, Spring / Break Art Fair, New York
Brown Paper Zine and Small Press Fair, MoCADA Museum, Brooklyn
Endless Edition Zine and Art Bienniale, Endless Edition, New York

2016
You Are Here, Bau Haus, Brooklyn
Afropunk Featured Artist, Commodore Park, Brooklyn
Work., Outlet, Brooklyn
Bau Haus Semi-Annual, Bau Haus, Brooklyn

2015
Odds and Ends Book Fair, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven
Artists Against Police Violence, EMW Bookstore, Boston
About Face, Bau Haus, Brooklyn

Bibliography
Vulture, A Radical New History of Queer Modernism, Jerry Saltz
Brooklyn Rail, Jon Key’s Violet: Mythologies and Other Truths reviewed.
Artsy, Jon Key in “7 Artists Who Stole the Show at Spring/Break.”
Artnet News, Jon Key’s Spring/Break installation highlighted.
ARTnews, Jon Key’s Violet: Mythologies and Other Truths featured.
AFROPUNK , Jon Key’s Violet: Mythologies and Other Truths reviewed
Galerie, Jon Key’s Violet: Mythologies and Other Truths highlighted
Bedford & Bowery – February 2019, Jon Key’s Violet: Mythologies and Other Truths
New York Times, Four Knockout Group Shows to See Now, Roberta Smith
The Design of Dissent, Featured Work, Steven Heller and Mirko Ilic
Dissection, Podcast interview, Featured Artist/ Designer
Revision Path, Podcast interview, Featured Artist/ Designer
The Tenth Magazine, Featured Artwork
Wade in the Water. Meredith, Maya. Featured Artist
ADC Global, We Are Bullet Proof, Featured Artist + Designers