I recently quit making art. Instead I practice the proliferation of Decoys. A decoy is a
copy that when placed in proximity to the original reconfigures the perception of both.
A decoy is always more than it appears—a model for multiplicity. Thus my post-art
works start with a “copy” that is an entry-point into reconfiguring the stakes of familiarity.
Forgeries, caricatures, pseudonyms, and jokes appear throughout my work amongst
reorienting angles of approach and post-appropriation strategies of re-presentation.
As a whole my work is set up to unfold like a puzzle; a system that spans a variety of
appearances and approaches, destabilizing notions of “artist” and “originality” with
wit and agility, while twisting our perception of “producer” and “artwork” in the process.
—Yogi Proctor, Los Angeles, 2012.
Yogi Proctor holds a BA in Visual and Critical Studies from The School The Art Institute
of Chicago, and an MA in Aesthetics and Politics from CalArts.
Most recently his work has been included in group shows at The Poor Farm in Wisconsin,
La Gaite in Paris, Green Gallery at Yale School of Art in Connecticut, Times Square Gallery
at Hunter College in New York, and Seeline Gallery in Los Angeles where he was awarded
Best In Show by the curator.