Jon Key: Suits Me

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Open: Tue-Sat 11am-6pm

6830 Santa Monica Boulevard, CA 90038, Los Angeles, United States
Open: Tue-Sat 11am-6pm


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Jon Key: Suits Me

to Fri 2 Dec 2022

Artist: Jon Key

6830 Santa Monica Boulevard, CA 90038 Jon Key: Suits Me

Tue-Sat 11am-6pm


Steve Turner presents 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.

Artworks

The Nude Man Looks, 2022

Acrylic on panel
762 × 1016 mm
40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm)

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The Nude Man Waits, 2022

Acrylic on panel
1219 × 1829 mm
72 x 48 inches (182.9 x 121.9 cm)

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The Nude Man Thinks No. 1, 2022

Acrylic on panel
1219 × 1524 mm
60 x 48 inches (152.4 x 121.9 cm)

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The Nude Man Thinks No. 2, 2022

Acrylic on panel
1219 × 1524 mm
60 x 48 inches (152.4 x 121.9 cm)

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Suit NO 2, 2022

Jacquard woven wool and polyester
711 × 1003 × 330 mm
39 1/2 x 28 x 13 inches (100.3 x 71.1 x 33 cm)

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Suit NO 3, 2022

Jacquard woven wool and polyester
584 × 1397 × 229 mm
55 x 23 x 9 inches (139.7 x 58.4 x 22.9 cm)

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Violet Space No. 1, 2022

Jacquard woven wool and polyester
216 × 260 mm
10 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches (26 x 21.6 cm)

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Violet Space No. 2, 2022

Jacquard woven wool and polyester
419 × 514 mm
20 1/4 x 16 1/2 inches (51.4 x 41.9 cm)

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Violet Space No. 3, 2022

Jacquard woven wool and polyester
470 × 616 mm
24 1/4 x 18 1/2 inches (61.6 x 47 cm)

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Violet Space No. 4, 2022

Jacquard woven wool and polyester
470 × 616 mm
24 1/4 x 18 1/2 inches (61.6 x 47 cm)

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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.


Courtesy of the artist and Steve Turner, Los Angeles


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