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How Do I Look? Group Show at Roots & Culture Contemporary Art, Chicago

The group show How Do I Look? at the art center Roots & Culture in Chicago presents drawing, photography, video, and sculpture by the artists Edie Fake, Erin Leland, Aay Preston-Myint, Michael Sirianni, Latham Zearfoss. The press release explains that “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?”. The exhibition runs until March 23, 2013.

Roots & Culture is a nonprofit contemporary art center. The mission of Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center is to provide exhibition opportunities for leading-edge emerging artists and to develop the city of Chicago’s cultural community as a center for art production and a destination for artistic discourse.

How Do I Look? Group Show at Roots & Culture Contemporary Art, Chicago. Opening reception, January 22, 2013. Video by Francisco Cordero-Oceguera.

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