Jon Key: Suits Me | Figuring

6830 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90038
Nov 04, 11 AM - 6 PM — ends Dec 02, 2022
Steve Turner is pleased to present Suits Me, a solo exhibition by Jon Key that features his first textile works and photographs alongside a selection of new paintings that focus on the artist’s distinctive sartorial splendor. According to Key, the suit stands in as an armor of agency, self-expression and protection. The violet threads weave together family histories, secrets, and love.

A community is stitched into these suits. A layer of protection is embedded in these suits. So too are coded messages that mean something to those who understand the language. I first depicted a violet suit in a painting in 2016. By creating an actual violet patterned suit now, whether you find it garish or tacky, eccentric or Queer, I want you to notice it. It shines. It reflects. It absorbs. It deflects. You will see it.

I did not choose to wear this suit. I was born with it. I was born with dark violet skin. Strange. As I matured, my shirt sleeves and pant legs took form. As my heart grew large, violet veins stitched and weaved bespoke. A gift.

Jon Key (born 1990, Seale, Alabama) earned a BFA at Rhode Island School of Design (2013) before moving to Brooklyn where he began developing his studio and design practices. He has had solo and two-person exhibitions at Carl Freedman Gallery, Margate (2022); Steve Turner, Los Angeles (2019, 2020 & 2021); Rubber Factory, New York (2019) and The Armory Show, New York (2020). Suits Me is Key’s third solo exhibition at Steve Turner.

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Steve Turner is pleased to present Figuring, a group exhibition that features new works by Shadi Al-Atallah, Bianca Fields, Adam Linn, Brittany Miller, Dickens Otieno, Tiger Rocha, Gabby Rosenberg and Brittany Tucker. Life experience, identity, emotion, imagination and contemplation are some of the themes that unite these eight artists who create distinctive figurative works that in turn provoke more contemplation.

Shadi Al-Atallah (born 1994, Saudi Arabia, lives London) earned a BA at the University of the Arts, London (2018) before earning an MA at the Royal College of Art, London (2021). They have had solo exhibitions at Steve Turner, Los Angeles (2022); Guts Gallery, London (2021); Hammond Projects, London (2020) and Cob Gallery, London (2018).

Bianca Fields (born 1995, Cleveland, lives Kansas City) earned a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art (2019). She has had solo exhibitions at Steve Turner, Los Angeles (2022); Dragon, Crab and Turtle, St. Louis (2021) and has had work included in group exhibitions at Steve Turner, Los Angeles (2021); L21, Palma de Mallorca (2021) and Galerie Droste, Paris (2021).

Adam Linn (b. 1995, Pittsburgh) earned a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design (2017) and has had a solo exhibition at JPS Gallery, Hong Kong (2022); a two-person exhibition at Martha’s Contemporary, Austin (2022) and had work included in group exhibitions at Eve Leibe Gallery, London (2022). He will open his debut solo exhibition with Steve Turner, Los Angeles in January 2023.

Brittany Miller (b. 1990 Utica, New York, lives Bronx) earned a BFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn (2013). She has had solo exhibitions at Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York (2022) and Scott Miller Projects, Birmingham (2022). She will have her debut solo exhibition with Steve Turner in January 2023.

Dickens Otieno (born 1979, Migori, Kenya, lives Nairobi) has had solo exhibitions at Steve Turner, Los Angeles (2021); Circle Art Agency, Nairobi (2018 & 2020) and has had works in numerous group exhibitions and art fairs in Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania Nigeria, France and England.

Tiger Rocha (born 1998, Pleasanton, California, lives New York) earned a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design (2021). Since graduating, he has been creating the body of paintings that he will introduce in Figuring. Rocha will have his debut solo exhibition with Steve Turner in July 2023.

Gabby Rosenberg (born Chicago, 1992, lives Los Angeles) earned a BA from Hampshire College (2014) and an MFA from CalArts (2018). She has had solo exhibitions at Steve Turner, Los Angeles (2019, 2020 & 2021) and her work has also been included in group exhibitions at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco (2019); Untitled, Miami Beach (2019) and Expo Chicago (2022).

Brittany Tucker (b. 1996, Brooklyn, lives Vienna) received a BA at Bard College (2018). She has had solo exhibitions at Steve Turner, Los Angeles (2019, 2020 & 2022) and DWDS, Bregenz, Austria (2021). Tucker has also presented works at September Gallery, Hudson, New York (2021) and at The Armory Show, New York (2021).