JASON YATES

Jason Yates’s work emphasizes a collaborative ethos. He is particularly interested in bridging the divide between various artistic genres, including the boundaries between art, music, fashion, and design. The rich cultural history of Detroit, where he was born, has been a long and lasting influence on his practice and he often attributes his belief in making art that values the additive and group dynamic to his friendship and creative engagement with musician George Clinton. In the early nineties, Yates moved to Los Angeles to study with artists Mike Kelley, Mayo Thompson, and Liz Larner as part of the MFA program at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He, then, formed Fast Friends Inc., a collaborative project that focused on disseminating art outside of the conventional gallery system and through which he created a series of band posters that served as both mixed media artworks and functional concert posters. In his solo practice, Yates works across a wide array of media, including painting, sculpture, works on paper, furniture, design works, and immersive installation. He has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, as part of the 2015 Whitney Biennial; Lille3000: Resistance, France; PIASA, Paris; Circus Gallery, Hollywood; Urban Park Gallery, Detroit; Geffen Contemporary, 2445 Caesar Chavez; and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibits (LACE), Los Angeles. His work is included in private and public collections, including the Whitney Museum and New York University. He has been written about in numerous publications, including Artforum, the Los Angeles Times, and more. He is currently based in Los Angeles.

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