Mikey Yates

April 6, 2021
Tell us about your practice.
My current work revolves around my past, my family, and everyday experiences. Recently I’ve been reflecting on my time growing up on military bases and the transitions that come with moving every couple of years.
Your work does a great job of representing a sense of home and a particular tenderness to the smaller moments of domestic life. Curious if you’ve seen your approach to this change over the pandemic?
When I lost access to my studio at school I started working from a small garage attached to my apartment. The scale shifted to fit the space and I was working smaller than usual. I continued to paint what was going on in my apartment with my wife – the crowdedness of the space was amplified when we started working from home. As soon as I got my studio back I wanted to do something different so I stretched an 8ft canvas and started painting an outdoor scene.
What has been inspiring you lately?
Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor, Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, the reflections on growing up and beginning to understand certain systems that affected your life trajectory. Smino’s wordplay. Graceina Samosir’s drawings. Family photos.
What’s next for you?
I have an upcoming solo show with RULE gallery in July, and my first international solo show with Taymour Grahne Projects in London this fall.

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