Yung Jake

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June 15, 2016

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Installation view, Imperial Art Studios (with Steve Turner), June 2016

Installation view, Imperial Art Studios (with Steve Turner), June 2016

Installation view, Imperial Art Studios (with Steve Turner), June 2016

Installation view, Imperial Art Studios (with Steve Turner), June 2016

Installation view, Imperial Art Studios (with Steve Turner), June 2016

Installation view, Imperial Art Studios (with Steve Turner), June 2016

Installation view, Imperial Art Studios (with Steve Turner), June 2016

Installation view, Imperial Art Studios (with Steve Turner), June 2016

Installation view, Imperial Art Studios (with Steve Turner), June 2016

Installation view, Imperial Art Studios (with Steve Turner), June 2016

Installation view, Imperial Art Studios (with Steve Turner), June 2016

Installation view, Imperial Art Studios (with Steve Turner), June 2016

Installation view, Imperial Art Studios (with Steve Turner), June 2016

soylent, 2016. UV print, spray paint and ink on powder coated steel and found metal, 48 x 38 inches

[eyes emoji], 2016. UV print and ink on powder coated steel and found metal, 48 x 43 x 3 inches

[eyes emoji], 2016. UV print and ink on powder coated steel and found metal, 48 x 43 x 3 inches (detail)

O, 2016. UV print, spray paint and stickers on powder coated steel and found metal, 54 x 42 inches

KNBC-TV, 2016. UV print, spray paint and tape on powder coated steel and found metal, 48 x 36 inches

KNBC-TV, 2016. UV print, spray paint and tape on powder coated steel and found metal, 48 x 36 inches (detail)

I Voted, 2016. UV print, stickers and spray paint on powder coated steel and found metal, 54 x 42 inches

attention, 2016. UV print, spray paint, ink, tape and clamp on powder coated steel and found metal, 63 x 42 inches

attention, 2016. UV print, spray paint, ink, tape and clamp on powder coated steel and found metal, 63 x 42 inches (detail)

[thinking face emoji], 2016. UV print and spray paint on powder coated steel and found metal, 48 x 36 inches

s•q•u•a•d, 2016. UV print, spray paint and ink on powder coated steel, aluminum can, 57 x 42 inches

Gucci, 2016. UV print on powder coated steel, steel bolts, 52 1/2 x 51 inches

Gucci, 2016. UV print on powder coated steel, steel bolts, 52 1/2 x 51 inches (detail)

Gucci, 2016. UV print on powder coated steel, steel bolts, 52 1/2 x 51 inches (detail)

lil boat emoji, 2016. UV print on powder coated steel, steel bolts, 52 1/2 x 51 inches

when the feeling of ur face kick back in, 2016. UV print on powder coated steel, steel bolts, 58 1/2 x 51 inches

cosby, 2016. UV print on powder coated steel, steel bolts, 52 1/2 x 51 inches

when ppl talking shit about u thinking u asleep but ur lowkey awake, 2016. UV print on powder coated steel, steel bolts, 57 1/2 x 51 inches

when you text someone a question and they answer with a phone call, 2016. UV print on powder coated steel, steel bolts, 56 1/2 x 51 inches

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Yung Jake Week will take place June 13-18 in Los Angeles. With events scheduled over five nights at locations throughout the city, Yung Jake and his multi-faceted art practice will reach multiple audiences. With performances, panels, parties, products and paintings, Yung Jake’s expansive online presence will morph into physical reality. The creative agency, The dfm and the internet-born fashion brand Pizzaslime are the co-producers of Yung Jake Week; the Art Show will be presented by Steve Turner.

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 E.m-bed.de/d (2012), he commented on the pursuit of Internet fame. Yung Jake has had three solo exhibitions at Steve Turner, Los Angeles (2014, 2016). His work has been screened at Sundance (2013) and he has performed in Los Angeles at the Hammer Museum and REDCAT (2013); Museum of Contemporary Art (2014), J. Paul Getty Museum (2015) and in New York at MoMA (2016). He earned a BFA at CalArts in 2012.

Education

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

Selected Exhibitions

2016

V, Imperial Art Studios (with Steve Turner) Los Angeles
Art Brussels (with Steve Turner)
Dallas Art Fair (with Steve Turner)
Hydration, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
#CULTURECOLLECTIVE, MAMA, Los Angeles
Dear DTLA, The Ace Hotel, Los Angeles
2015 The Real World, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Twisted Metal II, Tripoli Gallery, East Hampton, New York
Space Program, Steve Turner, Los Angeles

2014
UNTITLED. (with Steve Turner Contemporary), Miami Beach
Furniture, Sunday, Los Angeles
Art Berlin Contemporary (with Steve Turner Contemporary)
New, Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles
Drawings, Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles
Unfollow, MOCA, Los Angeles
2013 Water, Tripoli Gallery, Southampton, New York
Datamosh, Shorts Program at AFI fest (won Special Jury Mention), Los Angeles
E.m-bed.de/d, 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
2012 Workshop at New Frontier Story Lab, Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah
Datamosh, Off the Air, Adult Swim (Television broadcast)
Datamosh, Bruciennial, New York

2011
Datamosh, gli.tc/h screening, Chicago and Amsterdam

Selected Performances

2016
Performance at Museum of Modern Art, New York
It’s Wet, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
2015
Performance at The Getty Center, Los Angeles
Performance at SXSW, Austin
2014
Step and Repeat
, MOCA, Los Angeles
2013
Performance at Art Basel, Miami
Performance at TimeWarner Storytellers Summit, Laguna, California
Performance at The Future of Story Telling Conference, Staten Island, New York
Performance at REDCAT, Los Angeles
Performance at Augmented World Expo, Silicon Valley, California
Performance at Hammer Museum, Los Angeles


Awards

2015
Sundance Institute and Time Warner Fellowship Grant, Los Angeles

Bibliography

2016
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
2015
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,” Artnews.com, January 15
2014
“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 Star Yung Jake,” i-D Vice, November
“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
2013
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
2012
Galperina, Marina. “11 Net Artists You Should Know,” Flavorwire, September 4
Moore, Jacob. “Video: Yung Jake E.m-bed.de/d,’” Complex, March 19