Camilo Restrepo: The Other Names | Karolina Jablonska: No Rest For The Weary | Gabby Rosenberg: Loud Flesh 👀

6830 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90038
Jul 01, 11 AM - 6 PM — ends Jul 31, 2021
Camilo Restrepo: The Other Names (pictured)
July 1 - July 31, 2021

Steve Turner is pleased to present The Other Names, a solo exhibition by Medellín-based Camilo Restrepo featuring 503 portrait drawings of those who were mentioned by their “other names” (the aliases that Colombian criminals assume), in El Tiempo, one of the country’s largest newspapers. The 503 portraits encompass each and every alias that appeared in the newspaper during 2020, making the installation a one-year visual encyclopedia, a snapshot of the country’s violent criminal history.

The drawings portray narcos, paramilitary and guerrilla group members, hitmen, blackmailers, gang members, corrupt politicians and isolated petty criminals. Each drawing also includes the collaged actual newspaper clipping that was the starting point for each work—Restrepo incorporates this text into his images by combining and modifying Google images along with common knowledge and myth, creating a vast array of the avatars of Colombia’s pop-culture criminal underworld

In addition, Restrepo printed a 2020 calendar on the reverse of each sheet upon which he marked all the days in which the individual alias appeared in the newspaper. Some aliases appeared but once, others were more frequent, and one character appeared a record 78 times. He also added a handwritten biography and a color-coded chart that describes each character’s criminal category. To make some of this information show through to the other side, Restrepo thinned the white paper background. In doing so, he conflates his cartoonish portraits with bare facts to highlight the absurdity of Colombia’s complicated past, much of which has been white-washed and glamourized.

Camilo Restrepo (born 1973, Medellín, Colombia), earned an MFA from CalArts (2013) and a master’s degree in aesthetics from the National University of Colombia (2008). He has had solo or two-person exhibitions at Sala de Arte Suramericana, Medellín (2019); Steve Turner, Los Angeles (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020) and the Lux Art Institute, San Diego (2016). Restrepo was a recipient of the Fulbright Grant and was nominated for the Premio Luis Caballero, the most important prize in Colombia for artists over 35. A major monograph, Alias, was published in 2019 and Restrepo was featured in the 2021 Phaidon publication, Vitamin D3: Today’s Best in Contemporary Drawing. This is Restrepo’s seventh solo exhibition with Steve Turner.

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Karolina Jablonska: No Rest For The Weary
July 1 - July 31, 2021

Steve Turner is pleased to present No Rest For The Weary, a solo exhibition by Krakow-based Karolina Jablonska featuring new paintings that depict the artist engaged in everyday activities–bathing, eating, drawing and thinking–within the confines of her own home. To emphasize emotional darkness, the paintings are mostly limited to a narrow range of color and contrast. While the figure is engaged in otherwise pleasant activities, the feeling throughout is one of anxiety and dread. According to Jablonska, this has something to do with the imposed isolation of 2020 and 2021, but it also relates to a general despair that she has observed as women’s rights in Poland have gradually eroded in recent years.

Karolina Jabłońska (born 1991, Niedomice, Poland) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Kraków (2015) and also did a year of study at the Academy of Art, Architecture and Design, Prague (2015). She has had solo exhibitions at Raster Gallery, Warsaw and Zeller Van Almsick, Vienna and had work in group exhibitions at SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw and Capitain Petzel, Berlin. She also co-founded Potencja, an artist-run space in Krakow together with Tomasz Kręcicki and Cyryl Polacze. She lives and works in Krakow. No Rest For The Weary is her first solo exhibition with Steve Turner as well as her first in the United States.

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Gabby Rosenberg: Loud Flesh
July 1 - July 31, 2021

Steve Turner is pleased to present Loud Flesh, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based Gabby Rosenberg featuring new color-filled figurative paintings. The figures are simple and spare. They have torsos, heads and limbs, but no facial features. Most stand awkwardly while gazing out at the viewer as if they are reacting to some unknown action. In one work, the figure jumps and raises their hands. In another, it seems to be sending a message and in another it seems to be pushing away something or someone. Within each figure, blocks of contrasting colors cluster into patches, bands and arcs.

According to Rosenberg, who identifies as queer and genderqueer, the figures represent one being who exists in many containers. Their outer and inner appearance is forever changing, challenging the idea that one should be confined to a single self.

Gabby Rosenberg (born Chicago, 1992) earned a BA from Hampshire College (2014) and an MFA from CalArts (2018). Her work was shown in Show Me as I Want to Be Seen at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco (2019). This is Rosenberg’s third solo exhibition at Steve Turner.