threewalls SOLO: MARISSA LEE BENEDICT AND AAY PRESTON-MYINT
May 3 - June 13, 2013
Opening reception: May 3, 6-9 PM
Marissa Lee Benedict programs:
May 16: Collaborative book-binding
May 30: Reading program with Chicago artist-writers, details coming soon
CHICAGO: As someone deeply curious about the way our world works – from the simple clarity of infinitesimally small micro reactions to the infinite complexity of macro interactions – Marissa Lee Benedict’s practice is deeply rooted in research and experimentation. Growing out of a four year investigation into algae - and its potential to transform our food, pharmaceutical, science, and fuel industries - MULTIPLICES is an exploration by Benedict into processes of thinking, making, researching, assembling, transforming: processes of making dis/connections.
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, they project a certain self-awareness, yet remain 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.
on Marissa Lee Benedict
on Aay Preston-Myint
Images: Marissa Lee Benedict, Wolf Lake, 1938 and 1972 (top), Aay Preston-Myint (bottom)
courtesy the artists
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threewalls is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; by a CityArts Program I grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs; The Chicago Community Trust; The Cliff Dwellers Foundation for the Arts; ArtsWork Fund for Organizational Development; The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; The Alphawood Foundation; The MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s International Connection Fund; 3Arts Chicago; and major support is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.