7.6/ Tripoli Gallery: Yung Jake — ‘Emoji Portraits’ — July 14 / Aug 14


Yung Jake, selena, 2016. UV print on 4mm Dibond. 70 x 82 x 2-1/2 inches. © Yung Jake


Yung Jake

Emoji Portraits 

July 14 – August 14, 2017

Opening reception: 
Saturday, July 15, 7 – 9 p.m.

Tripoli Gallery is pleased to present Emoji Portraits, its second solo exhibition with Los Angeles-based creator, Yung Jake. Featuring digital paintings ranging from 2015 to today, this exhibition marks the first presentation of his world-renowned emoji portraits in hard copy.  On view from July 14th through August 14th, a public reception will be held for the artist on Saturday, July 15th at 30a Jobs Lane, Southampton, from 7 to 9 p.m., with an after-party to follow.

In this exhibition, Yung Jake touches back to his core as a painter. Aware of modern day technologies and unbound to any particular creative field or medium, his work is constantly evolving, always one step ahead of today’s fast-paced trends. Drawing since he was a child, Yung Jake began a series of self portraits with oil paint while attending Bridgehampton High School. Incorporating digital technology into his current work, Yung Jake’s emoji portraits showcase the same painterly skills he developed painting portraits in his formative years.

Yung Jake started painting his emoji portraits in 2015 and since then has been generating a body of work that is deeply rooted in contemporary pop culture. His company Tig.ht Corp., co-founded with partner Vince McKelvie, developed emoji.ink, which allows its users to paint with emojis. From the movie cameras speckling Leo’s jacket, to the rabbits on Bowie’s face, to the green plants ornamenting Willow Smith’s forehead, each painting is a synthesis of diverse emojis, recreating the unique pulse of its subject. A self portrait, yung jake, is rendered from honey pots, hands, moons, paint palettes, treble clefs, and with a biohazard sign centered between his eyes; each emoji adds a new shade and color of content to his character.

Yung Jake earned his BFA from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 2012. His emoji portraits have been featured in print in Time Magazine (2015), and online by Creators Project (2015), WNYC (2015), Wired (2015), Artnet News (2015), Business Insider (2015), BBC News (2015), Complex (2015), The Fader (2016), and many others. This year, SchoolArts Magazine showcased one of his self portraits, yung jake–included in this exhibition–on the cover of its April edition. He has had ten solo exhibitions since 2014, including five shows at Steve Turner in LA, a project at ABC Berlin, and his previous solo show with Tripoli Gallery, Twisted Metal. His artwork has been included in more then twenty group shows and showcased and sold in numerous art fairs including MiArt, Milan (2015), UNTITLED, Miami Beach (2016), Art Brussels, Belgium (2016), the Seattle Art Fair (2016), and the Dallas Art Fair (2016). His work has been featured at venues including Sundance (2013), where his videos Datamosh (2011), and E.m-bed.de/d (2012) were screened, as well as performances in Los Angeles at the Hammer Museum (2013), REDCAT (2013), MOCA (2014), The Getty Center (2015), and in New York at the Museum of Modern Art (2016). Most recently, his solo booth with Steve Turner at the 2017 edition of Zona Maco Sur, Mexico City sold out in January. Currently, a series of powder-coated metal pieces are on view at ARS17, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland, as well as in Yung Jake’s most recent solo exhibition at Steve Turner titled Caution: Wet Floor, on view through July 22nd, 2017.



30A Jobs Lane, Southampton



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