Khari Turner "Hella Water"

Opening Reception: Friday, May 21, 5-9PM
Showing: May 21 - June 19, 2021

Voss Gallery
3344 24th St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

Khari Turner in his Brooklyn studio preparing for his "Hella Water" solo exhibition at Voss Gallery, San Francisco in May-June, 2021.

Voss Gallery presents “Hella Water,” a solo exhibition of twelve new paintings by Khari Turner that are influenced by the Bay Area’s Hyphy Movement culture which travelled across the nation in the early 2000s.

The exhibition is on view May 21-June 19, 2021. An Opening Reception with the artist will be held on Friday, May 21st, 5-9PM; walk-ins welcome, priority given to reservations. Limited capacity of 12 guests at one time. Please keep your visit to 30 minutes or less so we can accommodate everyone! Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 12-6PM or by appointment; face covering required and social distancing enforced. We are closely following the situation with COVID-19 via the CDC and SF Department of Public Health and will share any updates on our website, newsletter, and social media channels.

"This exhibition is really influenced by my connection with hip-hop/rap. In particular, the show focuses on the Hyphy Movement in the early 2000’s and the influence it had sweeping across the nation. Thinking a lot about the language and energy that Hyphy brought to places like the Midwest. Thinking of words like “Hella” really being such a part of my vocabulary at that time. This is also a show that will function as a moment to be grittier and raw with a lot of flash and jewelry."–Khari Turner

KHARI TURNER (born 1991) is an emerging artist from Milwaukee, WI and a current MFA graduate student at Columbia University. Khari is currently working on his fourth solo show which will be shown at Voss Gallery in San Francisco, CA following his show in Venice, CA and presences at Christie’s “Say It Loud (I’m Black and I’m Proud)” exhibition. He is in multiple collections including his alma mater Austin Peay State University, where he received his BFA. He has been featured in Artnews, Whitehot magazine, Hyperallergic, and Juxtapoz Radio, to name a few. His early inspiration was his grandfather who worked as a draftsman drawing small images that Khari would recreate at an early age. Growing up in Milwaukee, his landscape consisted of vast nature and dense cityscapes fighting amongst a city well known for its continued segregation. This created a relationship to Black people, water, and his environment that plays a major role in his work now. He currently takes water directly from different bodies of water including the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, his hometown’s Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee River. He incorporates them in the work by either mixing the water with paint or pouring directly on the surface of the work. His aims are to eventually make artwork directly related to water health and environmental conservation, and to bring art to low-income neighborhoods.