How Do I Look? is a group exhibition of drawing, photography, video, and three-dimensional works engaged in the strategic deployment of fantasy, confession, and voyeurism. The five artists in this show are together concerned with the physical construction of interiority, the confinement to oneself that nevertheless has a public appearance, and among other things, the richness of erotic encounters and their spatial dynamics. Employing sidelong glances, coded gestures and secret language, both in tactics of display and in attitude, the artworks of How Do I Look? continue both the feminist project of de-neutralizing domestic space and the queer project of de-pathologizing promiscuity.
As a collection of encounters, How Do I Look? elicits desire from fluid erotics enacted relative to public disclosure, through the evocative interplay formed in moving from the openness of light to the cloaking of darkness.
How Do I Look? is at once a self-obsessed trifle and an ever-prescient interrogation: "How do you see me? How do I see everything else?"
Aay Preston-Myint was born in New York in 1981. An artist and community organizer working across different media and platforms, he currently teaches in the Fiber and Materials Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and also works with enthusiasm and pride as a baker and bartender. He holds an MFA in Studio Art from The University of Illinois at Chicago (2011) and a BFA from SAIC (2006).
Latham Zearfoss is an artist, educator, service industry mainstay, and facilitator of queer nightlife and culture in Chicago. His creative production centers on the various interpenetrations - both historical and mythological - of personal narrative and political discourse.
Erin Leland is a photographer and writer living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She has most recently been included in the group exhibition White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and has completed residence during the fall of 2010 at the Watermill Center, ending in an autobiographical re-hanging of Robert Wilson’s private art collection. Her recent writings are published through Mercer Union and WhiteWalls in Blast Counterblast, a 2012 compendium of artists’ writings.
Edie Fake's drawings use ecstatic architecture to manifest the love and fury of queer history. He holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and lives in Chicago.
Michael Sirianni received his MFA from the University of Illinois, Chicago in 2010. Working in video, photography and sculpture, Sirianni explores queerness and internet social space. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at New Capital Projects and Johalla Projects in Chicago. A 2010 recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant, Sirianni lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.