Yung Jake

Cartoons Too


February 15–March 28, 2020
Opening reception: Saturday, February 15, 6-8pm


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Cartoons Too, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Cartoons Too, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Cartoons Too, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Cartoons Too, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Cartoons Too, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Cartoons Too, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Cartoons Too, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Cartoons Too, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Cartoons Too, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Cartoons Too, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Cartoons Too, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Cartoons Too, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

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Cartoons Too, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

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Cartoons Too, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

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Cartoons Too, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

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Cartoons Too, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Cartoons Too, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Cartoons Too, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Cartoons Too, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Cartoons Too, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Cartoons Too, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Cartoons Too, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Cartoons Too, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Cartoons Too, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Cartoons Too, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Cartoons Too, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Cartoons Too, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Cartoons Too, Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020

Yung Jake, Untitled Self-Portrait 1 (princess rainicorn, mordecai, darwin, chuckie, gumball, earthworm jim, mojo jojo, wet willy, skeeter, mac + darwin), 2020. Oil on found metal; powder-coated steel support, 36 x 24 inches (91.4 x 61 cm)

Yung Jake, Untitled Self-Portrait 5 (grizzly, panda, ice bear, one-one, b-mo, calvin, edward, tito, peter and zoidberg), 2020. Oil on found metal; powder-coated steel support, 36 x 24 inches (91.4 x 61 cm)

Yung Jake, Untitled Self-Portrait 2 (rocko, helga, misty, danny phantom, jenny, zim, the gangreen gang, mabel and blastoise), 2020. Oil on found metal; powder-coated steel support, 36 x 24 inches (91.4 x 61 cm)

Yung Jake, Untitled Self-Portrait 3 (blossom, ed, bubbles, dee dee, richard watterson, jake, finn, onion, johnny bravo, jack and buttercup), 2020. Oil on found metal; powder-coated steel support, 36 x 24 inches (91.4 x 61 cm)

Yung Jake, Untitled Self-Portrait 1 (gerald), 2020. Oil on found metal; powder-coated steel support, 36 x 24 inches (91.4 x 61 cm)

Yung Jake, Untitled Self-Portrait 14 (hamburger helper, louise, kate and sumo), 2020. Oil on found metal; powder-coated steel support, 36 x 24 inches (91.4 x 61 cm)

Yung Jake, Untitled Self-Portrait (sasha, knuckles shigeo, kirby, samus, ko, idaho and bender), 2020. Oil on found metal; powder-coated steel support, 36 x 24 inches (91.4 x 61 cm)

Yung Jake, Untitled Portrait of Angel (ganster tweety birds, debbie, charlotte, vince, numbuh 3 and syd), 2020. Oil on found metal, 36 x 24 inches (91.4 x 61 cm)

Yung Jake, Untitled Portrait of Jon (mandark, naruto, gumball, dannie and kim possible), 2020. Oil on found metal, 36 x 24 inches (91.4 x 61 cm)

Yung Jake, [on list], 2020. Oil on found metal; powder-coated steel support, 24 x 36 inches (61 x 91.4 cm)

Yung Jake, Untitled Self-Portrait 4 (crimson chin, quailman, really really big man, powdered toast man, him, lion-o, pencilvester, duffman and twister), 2020. Oil on found metal; powder-coated steel support, 33 x 19 inches (83.8 x 48.3 cm)

Yung Jake, Untitled Self-Portrait 9, 2020. Oil on found metal; powder-coated steel support, 19 x 14 inches (48.3 x 35.6 cm)

Yung Jake, hair (orange), 2020. Neon on found metal, 36 x 24 inches (91.4 x 61 cm)

Yung Jake, hair (also blue), 2020. Neon on found metal, 36 x 24 inches (91.4 x 61 cm)

Yung Jake, hair (blue), 2020. Neon on powder-coated steel, 36 x 24 inches (91.4 x 61 cm)

Yung Jake, hair (green), 2020. Neon on found metal, 36 x 24 inches (91.4 x 61 cm)

Yung Jake, Kelvin, 2020. Colored pencil on paper affixed with magnets on powder-coated steel, 7 1/8 x 4 1/4 inches (18.1 x 10.8 cm)

Yung Jake, Poses, 2020. Ink and colored pencil on paper affixed with magnets on powder-coated steel, 7 1/8 x 4 1/4 inches (18.1 x 10.8 cm)

Yung Jake, hairs, fly, kelvin w green hair, 2020. Ink and water color on paper affixed with magnets on powder-coated steel, 7 1/8 x 4 1/4 inches (18.1 x 10.8 cm)

Yung Jake, eating a potato, tiny landscape + self portrait w sister, 2020. Ink and colored pencil on paper affixed with magnets on powder-coated steel, 7 1/8 x 4 1/4 inches (18.1 x 10.8 cm)

Yung Jake, italy (panels), 2020. Ink and colored pencil on paper affixed with magnets on powder-coated steel, 7 1/ 8 x 4 1/4 inches (18.1 x 10.8 cm)

Yung Jake, twisted head (study), 2020. Ink on paper affixed with magnets on powder-coated steel, 7 1/8 x 4 1/4 inches (18.1 x 10.8 cm)

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Steve Turner is pleased to present Cartoons Too, a solo exhibition by Yung Jake featuring a series of new paintings that mark the artist’s return to the medium after nearly ten years creating rap videos, related digital works and assemblage. The new paintings consist of supports made of found metal upon which the artist has painted portraits, mostly of himself, in which cartoon elements are included within his likeness.

Yung Jake earned a BFA from CalArts (2013) and while there 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 sixth solo exhibition at Steve Turner.

Born 2011, Internet
Lives and works in Los Angeles

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

Solo Exhibitions

2020
Steve Turner, Los Angeles (Upcoming)

2019
cartoons, Guild Hall, East Hampton, New York

2018
Emoji Portraits, Market Art + Design (with Tripoli Gallery, Bridgehampton

2017
Emoji Portraits, Tripoli Gallery, Southampton, New York
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 Angeles
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

2019
Power of Ten, Steve Turner, Los Angeles

2018
Market Art + Design Fair, Bridgehampton (with Tripoli Gallery)
On Struggling to Remain Present When You Want to Disappear, OCAT Shanghai/KADIST San Francisco
BioPix, Steve Turner, Los Angeles

2017
Untitled, Miami Beach (with Steve Turner)
21c Museum Hotel, Nashville
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

2019
Lil Miquela. “Young Jake is the David Bailey of the Emoji Generation,” Dazed Digital, April 4

2018
Skelton, Eric. “Tips for Creating on the Internet with Yung Jake,” Complex, July 23

Chards, Maria Isabel Carrasco Cara. “Yung Jake: The Artist Who Creates Emoji Portraits With Thousands of
Icons,” Cultura Colectiva, July 18

Dawkins, Farida. “[Art Attack] Digital artist Yung Jake creates masterpieces with emojis,” Face2face Africa, April 12

2017
Parles, Jon, Jon Caramanica and Nate Chinen. “The Playlist: Pusha Spurns the Doubters and Kendrick Lamar Tempts the Critics, The New York Times, October 14

Blanchard, Emma. “Digital Artist Yung Jake Explores Emojis as a New Medium,” V Magazine, August 9

“Nostalgic visions of pop culture + consumerism in Yung Jake’s Caution: Wet Floor at Steve Turner,” AQNB July 17

Jardine, Alexandra. “See emoji artist Yung Jake create a portrait of LeBron James in this Intel spot,” AdAge, June 16

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 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

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,’” March 19