(At Night I Think Of You)
In (At Night, I Think Of You), Aay Preston-Myint presents a series of artworks that live double lives and investigate the place of yearning in between. The show contains objects existing both as themselves but also as parodies or replicas of those things a gay pride flag that is also a sculpture of a gay pride flag (which is also a statement of utopian desire), sculpture of a cake that is also a cake sculpture (which is also a meditation on companionship), wallpaper that is also a drawing of wallpaper (which is also a drawing of a mirror that, of course, fails to reflect, but suggests a space for self reflection). This back and forth between representation and embodiment suggests Preston-Myint's desire for these works to stake a claim in the middle ground between “identity art” and formal abstraction; that is, the artist is aware of what they are, but he is also open to the investigation of their basic materials and essences. They are uncanny and familiar entries in the documentation of a personal/political moment, or collection of moments, in (a) queer life.
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Aay PrestonMyint is an artist, printmaker, and educator based in Chicago, IL, and has exhibited nationally in San Francisco, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Memphis, and New York. He loves pie, but is less partial to cake, and similarly enjoys the beach, but not the ocean. He spends most of the day thinking about things like Futurity, Slime, Pageantry, Exploring the Possibility of Radicalizing Contemporary Queer Night Life, Body Hair, Doubt, the Problematics of Aestheticizing Community, Labor vs. Value vs. Reward, and "Projects" vs. "Objects". In addition to his own work in interdisciplinary media, he does collaborative programming with No Coast and Chances Dances, and edits an online and print journal called Monsters and Dust. He might send you a mixtape sometime if you ask nice.