All posts filed under “writing

Notes on Pink Tulips

Published as Collin Pressler, February 2017 “Pink Tulips” (1930) is said to have been found on the easel of Charles Demuth at the time of his death. The American Modernist, a son of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is interned at the City’s namesake cemetery, where pink tulips… Read More

Militant Eroticism – Exhibition Review

Published as Collin Pressler in NewCity Art, June 2015.  In 1981, a rare pneumonia identified among five previously healthy gay men began the AIDS crisis. A decade already inundated with political turmoil and dominated by conservative political policy would become marked by great loss, and… Read More

Creeping Toward The Light – Exhibition Review

Published as Collin Pressler in NewCity Art, March 2015. Described as a “collaboration” between organizer and artist, rather than a straightforward comparison, “Creeping Toward The Light” at Julius Caesar features artist Stevie Hanley alongside one of JC’s directorial personalities, Roland Miller. The small exhibition space,… Read More

Body Doubles – Exhibition Review

Published as Collin Pressler in New City Art, December 2014. Body double: an actor’s stand-in. Whether in a simulated car crash or simulated intercourse, the body double performs as a seamless break in the continuity of the lead—identity is momentarily transposed, often on a faceless… Read More

All That She Wants – Exhibition Review

Published as Collin Pressler, December 2014.  Both photography and the exhibition format lend themselves to a critique of frames. Here, a frame being a boundary that determines content – it surrounds, encloses, supports. A frame mediates, determines proximity; that is, establishes the distance between viewers… Read More

Phantoms in the Dirt – Exhibition Review

Published as Collin Pressler in NewCity Art, August 2014. “Phantoms in the Dirt” at The Museum of Contemporary Photography, guest curated by the MCA’s Karsten Lund, takes a literal approach to the photographic treatment of detritus, while showcasing a number of works with more subtle… Read More

Painting Queer – Exhibition Review

Published as Collin Pressler in Chicago Artist Writers, July 2014.  The scene is exhausted beach-balls and empty lotion bottles, a painting of a vase and a vase that is painted. Big things, little things, two young men and a book of butter wrappers. There is… Read More

Rebis Rebus – Exhibition Review

Published as Collin Pressler, June 2014. The Rebis: in alchemy, this union of Mercury and Venus, the reconciliation of spirit and matter, the “divine hermaphrodite,” is the consequence of the alchemical Great Work (or, the melding of opposites). The Rebus: from the latin “non verbus, sed rebus”… Read More

Mindy Rose Schwartz – Exhibition Review

Published as Collin Pressler in New City Art, June 2014. Mindy Rose Schwartz’s recent exhibition of sculptures at Pilsen’s Queer Thoughts walks the messy border between the fine arts and craft. Schwartz, who teaches the Extreme Craft course at the School of the Art Institute… Read More

Tony Greene – Exhibition Review

Published as Collin Pressler, April 2014.  Tony Greene’s heavily impasto’ed canvases allude to a kind of formal paradox, at once encasing the idyllic object of same-sex desire (torsos and lips garnered from beefcake magazines) in layers of thorny ornament, while simultaneously flattening the picture plane… Read More