Jon Young: One Eye Closed | Juan Arango Palacios: Cortavenas
244 West Florence Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90003
Saturday, September 23 at 4:00 PM 7:00 PM
Ends Sep 23, 2023
Jon Young (b.1981, Winston Salem, North Carolina) is an artist living and working in St. Louis, Missouri. A tribal member of the Catawba Indian Nation in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Young explores the development of language and signage in the American West. In Young’s wood, sand, and fabric wallworks and sculptures, the artist adopts and appropriates symbols from cave paintings, ancient pottery, and imagery of Western films and popular cartoons. “There is a kind of mapping that is happening in the work, a mapping that attempts to collapse the meanings of symbols of the mythological West as they relate to my Native American heritage and my journey. It’s trying to make a map using fluctuating symbols, to get back to a home that hasn’t existed for a very long time or for so long that you question if it existed at all.” – Jon Young, 2020 Jon Young was born in Winston Salem, NC (1981) and now lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri. He holds a BFA from the University of Wyoming and an MFA from the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Art at Washington University in St. Louis. Recent exhibitions include Tin Star Tall Tales (with Canyon Castador), Volery Gallery, Dubai (2023, two-person); The Other Side of Quicksand, Great Rivers Biennial, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2022, solo); Looking West (with Anselm Reyle), Morgan Presents, New York (2022, solo); Manscaping, The Hole, Los Angeles (2022); Beautiful Freaks, Tuesday to Friday, Valencia (2022); Strangers in the House, Semiose Gallery, Paris (2021); Stockholm Sessions, Carl Kostyál, Stockholm (2021); and Nature Morte, The Hole, New York (2021). One Eye Closed at Rusha & Co. will be Jon Young’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles and with the gallery. ____ Juan Arango Palacios (b. 1997, Colombia) lives and works in Chicago. In paint, woven textiles, and colorful figurative sculptures, Juan portrays memories, fantasties, and archetypes associated with the endurance of queerness in contexts that challenge their existence. Juan’s vibrant and colorful canvasses, set in queer nightclubs or in fantastical renderings of the humid jungles of Colombia, depict images which glorify and make fantastical notions of safety, love, and belonging responding to his personal experiences. “My work is definitely autobiographical, but not an autobiography. While many of my works depict things, people, and places that exist in my life, there are many things in my work that are not rooted in reality [...] I aim to portray moments, actions, and stories derived from my own experience, historical stories, and mythical folklore. The stories that I tell fall in different spectrums of emotions and memories.” – Juan Arango Palacios, 2022 Recent exhibitions include El Brillo en Sus Ojos (with Vani Aguilar), Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center, Chicago (2023, two-person); Boyfriend Material, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee (2023); Final Fantasia (with LaNia Sproles), FLXST Contemporary, Chicago (2023, two-person); Verano Perpetuo, The Room Gallery, London (2023, solo); and Another Day in Paradise, Rusha & Co. (2022). Cortavenas at Rusha & Co. will be his Juan Arango Palacios’ solo exhibition with the
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