Yung Jake

1990 · United States

Artist biography

Whereas other rising artists might scoff at the influence of social media in the modern artistic landscape, Yung Jake (Jake Patterson) has tapped into its very essence as a novel mode of artistic inspiration.

Also a rapper and a producer of music videos, which is the field in which he earned his first real recognition, Jake creates a variety of works that invoke the language of the digital or social media age. From installations that incorporate massive video monitors to be emblazoned with images taken from the internet to a recent series wherein he conjures portraits using only the visual language of the emoji, Jake’s works can be seen as playful and fun. At the same time, though, his creations foreshadow a future exchange between technology and art that has yet to materialize fully.

Jake graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 2012 and now works in Los Angeles. He debuted his “Yung Jake” alter ego in a music video produced the year before he graduated, and his follow up augmented reality reel, “Datamosh” earned him attention at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. “Emoji Portraits” (2017), held at Southampton’s Tripoli Gallery, introduced Jake to the art world and began his rapid ascent to its zenith.

Yung Jake

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