Yung Jake

Caution: Wet Floor

June 17 – July 22, 2017
Opening Reception: June 17, 7 – 9pm

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Yung Jake. Caution: Wet Floor, Installation view, Steve Turner, June 2017

Yung Jake. Caution:
Wet Floor
, Installation view, Steve Turner, June 2017

Yung Jake. Caution:
Wet Floor
, Installation view, Steve Turner, June 2017

Yung Jake. Caution:
Wet Floor
, Installation view, Steve Turner, June 2017

Yung Jake. Caution:
Wet Floor
, Installation view, Steve Turner, June 2017

Yung Jake. luigi (with ang and bubble and boomer), 2017. UV print, spray paint, stickers, tape and ink on powder coated steel, found metal and monitor, 96 x 60 inches

Yung Jake. sonic (and amy rose and spike mario), 2017. UV print, spray paint, stickers, tape and ink on powder coated steel, found metal and monitor, 84 x 63 3/4 inches

Yung Jake. sonic (and amy rose and spike mario), 2017. UV print, spray paint, stickers, tape and ink on powder coated steel, found metal and monitor, 84 x 63 3/4 inches (detail)

Yung Jake. arnold (also invader zim and alakazam), 2017
UV print, spray paint, stickers, tape and ink on powder coated steel, found metal and monitor; video
84 x 60 inches

Yung Jake. arnold (also invader zim and alakazam), 2017
UV print, spray paint, stickers, tape and ink on powder coated steel, found metal and monitor; video
84 x 60 inches (detail)

Yung Jake. trunks (and piccolo), 2017. UV print, spray paint, stickers, tape and ink on powder coated steel, found metal and monitor, 84 x 60 3/4 inches

Yung Jake. trunks (and piccolo), 2017. UV print, spray paint, stickers, tape and ink on powder coated steel, found metal and monitor, 84 x 60 3/4 inches (detail)

Yung Jake. bender (w conker, iron giant and jiggly puff and earthworm jim), 2017. UV print, spray paint, stickers, tape and ink on powder coated steel, found metal and monitor, 96 x 67 inches

Yung Jake.
squidward, 2017. UV print, spray, stickers, tape and ink on powder coated steel, found metal and monitor; video
105 1/4 x 60 inches

Yung Jake.
squidward, 2017. UV print, spray, stickers, tape and ink on powder coated steel, found metal and monitor; video
105 1/4 x 60 inches (detail)

Yung Jake. blastoise (with sim a and scar), 2017. UV print, spray paint, stickers, tape and ink on powder coated steel, found metal and monitor; video, 96 x 60 inches

Yung Jake. crash bandicoot (and spyro fire mario, fire luigi, fire kirby, king dedede and aku aku), 2017. UV print, spray paint, tape and ink on powder coated steel, found metal and monitor; video, 105 x 60 inches

Yung Jake. princess peach (w eliza and toadette and amy rose), 2017. UV print, spray paint and stickers on powder coated steel and found metal, 45 x 37 1/2 inches

Yung Jake. roadrunner (w mario, princess peach, diddy kong and wolverine), 2017. UV print, spray paint, tape and ink on powder coated steel, found metal and monitor, 51 x 40 1/2 inches

Yung Jake. roadrunner (w mario, princess peach, diddy kong and wolverine), 2017. UV print, spray paint, tape and ink on powder coated steel, found metal and monitor, 51 x 40 1/2 inches (detail)

Yung Jake. roadrunner (w mario, princess peach, diddy kong and wolverine), 2017. UV print, spray paint, tape and ink on powder coated steel, found metal and monitor, 51 x 40 1/2 inches (detail)

Yung Jake. kirby, dory and king pig (w king dedede and haunter), 2017. UV print, spray paint and ink on powder coated steel and found metal, 45 x 42 inches

Yung Jake. kirby, dory and king pig (w king dedede and haunter), 2017. UV print, spray paint and ink on powder coated steel and found metal, 45 x 42 inches

Yung Jake. stan, cartman, kenny and kyle (and dot), 2017. UV print, spray paint, sticker and ink on powder coated steel and found metal, 45 x 40 1/2 inches

Yung Jake. stan, cartman, kenny and kyle (and dot), 2017. UV print, spray paint, sticker and ink on powder coated steel and found metal, 45 x 40 1/2 inches (detail)

Yung Jake. stan, cartman, kenny and kyle (and dot), 2017. UV print, spray paint, sticker and ink on powder coated steel and found metal, 45 x 40 1/2 inches (detail)

Yung Jake. princess peach (w eliza and toadette and amy rose), 2017. UV print, spray paint and stickers on powder coated steel and found metal, 45 x 37 1/2 inches

Yung Jake. princess peach (w eliza and toadette and amy rose), 2017. UV print, spray paint and stickers on powder coated steel and found metal, 45 x 37 1/2 inches (detail)

Yung Jake. princess peach (w eliza and toadette and amy rose), 2017. UV print, spray paint and stickers on powder coated steel and found metal, 45 x 37 1/2 inches (detail)

Yung Jake. blossom bubbles and buttercup (with dee dee), 2017. UV print, spray paint, tape and ink on powder coated steel and found metal, 51 x 47 1/2 inches

Yung Jake.
squidward, 2017. UV print, spray, stickers, tape and ink on powder coated steel, found metal and monitor; video
105 1/4 x 60 inches (detail)

Yung Jake. pikmin (on lady rainicorn), 2017. UV print, spray paint, sticker and ink on powder coated steel, 30 x 18 inches

Yung Jake. tails (w ken masters), 2017. UV print, spray paint, tape and ink on powder coated steel and found metal, 42 x 17 inches

Yung Jake. tails (w ken masters), 2017. UV print, spray paint, tape and ink on powder coated steel and found metal, 42 x 17 inches (detail)

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Steve Turner is pleased to present Caution: Wet Floor, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based Yung Jake that features combines made of yellow powder-coated steel panels, found metal and monitors upon which the artist has painted, drawn, printed and attached tape and stickers. Images of stretched and twisted bottles of Evian water, nostalgic imagery from pop culture, consumer products and other random representations exist alongside graffitied texts.There also will be a yellow painted truck in the center of the gallery.

The opening reception for Caution: Wet Floor is a central part of the exhibition and it will take place between 9 pm and 12 am on Saturday, June 17. It will feature performances by Kreayshawn, Matt Ox, and Chief Keef and is organized in collaboration with Illroots. To attend the event, guests need to register in advance and get an armband.

Yung Jake was established on the Internet in 2011 when he became well known for his rap videos that integrate the worlds of hip-hop, technology, social media and contemporary art. In the last few years, he has also gained attention for his metal combines which in 2017 were featured in ARS17, Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum, Helsinki and 21C Museum Hotel, Nashville where there is a permanently installed Yung Jake suite. This is his fifth solo exhibition at Steve Turner.

Established on the Internet in 2011
Lives and works in Los Angeles


Education

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


Solo Exhibitions

2017
Caution: Wet Floor, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
TM6, Zona Maco Sur (with Steve Turner), Mexico City

2016
V, Imperial Arts (with Steve Turner), Los Angeles
Hydration, Steve Turner, Los Aneles
Dear DTLA, The Ace Hotel, Los Angeles

2015
Twisted Metal II, Tripoli Gallery, East Hampton, New York

2014
Furniture, Sunday, Los Angeles
Art Berlin Contemporary (with Steve Turner)
New, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Drawings, Steve Turner, Los Angeles


Group Exhibitions and Screenings

2017
ARS17: Hello World, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki

2016
Datamosh, 59th DOK Leipzig Festival, Leipzig
#CULTURECOLLECTIVE, MAMA, Los Angeles
UNTITLED, Miami Beach (with Steve Turner)
Art Brussels (with Steve Turner)
Dallas Art Fair (with Steve Turner)

2015
The Real World, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Space Program, Steve Turner, Los Angeles

2014
Unfollow, MOCA, Los Angeles
UNTITLED. Miami Beach (with Steve Turner)

2013
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
Water, Tripoli Gallery, Southampton, New York

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

2015
The Getty Center, Los Angeles
SXSW, Austin

2014
Step and Repeat
, MOCA, Los Angeles

2013
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


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