Joseph Yaeger

Present Tense

27 January – 28 April 2024


About the Artist

Joseph Yaeger is an artist attuned to the vagaries of contemporary cultural memory, his practice can be thought of as a parallel investigation in the fetishization of images in contemporary libidinal economies, and in painting’s contemporaneous agency in the transformation and circulation of the visible. The images appear at first glance immediately recognizable and equally untraceable, an uncanny déjà vu. Following the PNI Online presentation, The Writer, Yaeger’s first solo exhibition at Project Native Informant, Doublespeak, 2021, took glass as a guiding visual metaphor for the distorting qualities of language.

‘The imagery I use is a protracted search to better understand myself; playing or putting on roles that might clarify an interior that is sort of naturally hidden, even from myself. I will come across an image—sometimes I’m searching for one, sometimes I stumble into it—and the feeling of it, the arrangement, the subject, the relation of subjects within the image, will sort of jar me, attract me, dislodge me.’

Yaeger’s solo exhibitions include: ‘Silent Treatment,’ Project Native Informant, London, UK (2023); ‘Time Weft,’ The Permiter, London, UK (2023); ‘Just a Second,’ Antenna Space, Shanghai, China (2022); Solo Presentation,’ Art Basel Miami Beach with Project Native Informant, Miami FL (2021); and ‘Doublespeak,’ Project Native Informant, London, UK (2021). Selected group exhibitions include: ‘PNI @ 10,’ Project Native Informant, London, UK (2023); ‘Project Native Informant,’ Frieze London, UK (2022); ‘Sweet Days of Discipline,’ Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles CA (2022); ‘A Mimetic Theory of Desire,’ David Lewis, New York NY (2022); ‘My Reflection of You,’ The Perimeter, London, UK (2022); and ‘Dozie Kanu | Joseph Yaeger | Kenneth Bergfeld, Project Native Informant,’ Frieze Los Angeles CA (2022).

On View in Somerset

‘Present Tense’ is on view through 28 April 2024.