Joe Yorty

My most recent work has been a free-associative investigation into ideas of class and taste. Lately, some of the elements of my practice have used a process-based approach to explore these themes and have led me to spend much of my time in the spaces of second-hand commodity exchange (thrift stores, yard sales, swap meets, craigslist). Much of the work is engaged in an exploration of the objects (and images) found in these spaces and consequently results in an investigation of the objects of American domestic space. These objects often speak to a class and space at odds with the class and space of contemporary art. This discord, I hope, allows for the viewer to reflect on ideas not only of the history of the object's design and manufacture and of its use and inevitable abandonment, but also the memory these objects may evoke within one's own personal past.