Mikey Foster Estes

Artist based in Phoenix, Arizona

Current

Memento Mori: Memento Vivere
ASU Northlight Gallery
Sep. 9 - Oct. 9, 2021
Phoenix, AZ

COLOR: the beauty and science of color
Tempe Center for the Arts
Sep. 24 - Dec. 31, 2021
Tempe, AZ

Upcoming

Do you ever remember memories?
Solo exhibition at Eye Lounge
Jan. 21 - Feb. 13, 2022
Phoenix, AZ

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Beaver, 2021
paintings and works on paper by John “Beaver” Estes

Beaver’s Show is an installation of my late father’s artwork. Both a craftsman and retired carpenter, Beaver discovered painting later in life while I was in art school. This accumulation of his self-taught oeuvre, in which landscape and natural imagery figure prominently, are displayed directly across from my photographs made in the family home.

This mirroring is repeated in Daddy’s Boy, a video I made as a student in 2013. The split screen video follows my father and I as we each build a side of a small piece of furniture. The action is playfully subverted by the introduction of high heel shoes, a gesture drawing contrast to gendered expectations of masculine identities. Both sides of the stand are assembled and finished differently, and the video concludes with the image of the two halves coming together.

Vimeo
Runtime: 4:28 min.
Cinematography: Rae Pepino