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Joe Yorty is an interdisciplinary artist who employs a range of materials and methods to make work that largely addresses the anxieties and absurdities of American domestic culture. Including sculpture, collage, video, and photography his practice wrangles the materials and objects of thrift store refuse, last-minute estate sale deals, and the occasional dumpster dive to rub against the pathos of the frustration with finding fulfillment in the accumulation of things that, to a large extent, defines the American experience. Joe’s work has been shown on both coasts of the United States and some places in between.

 

He was born in southwest Utah, raised in Southern California, served 11 years in the U.S. Navy, and received an MFA in Visual Art at UCSD in 2013. Joe currently lives and works in San Diego, CA where, in 2016, he co-founded and currently operates the not-for-profit gallery BEST PRACTICE.