Milano Chow

Chapter NY, New York, B34

Intricately staged, Milano Chow’s graphite drawings and collages suggest subtle narratives of surreal elegance through framing and symbolism.  By utilizing tools such as graphite photo transfer, architectural elements and trompe l’oeil, Chow confounds the surface and the structure of the picture plane through nuanced illusion.

Milano Chow presents a series of eight new, graphite drawings.  Inspired by the form and the function of a painted screen, Chow draws attention to the architecture of illusionistic space and the creation of symbolism.  The booth’s dark gray walls echo this interest, while the central installation of a unique accordion book on a Chinoiserie-style lacquer table further suggests the physicality of boundaries and the narratives they imply.  Centered on framing as both content and context, Chow’s total installation plays upon the presentation and delineation of space through domestic and theatrical staging. 

Milano Chow (b.1987) lives and works in Los Angeles.  She received her BA from Barnard College, New York in 2009.  In 2013, she completed a residency at the Skowhegen School of Painting and Sculpture. She has had solo exhibitions at Young Art, Los Angeles; Mary Mary, Glasgow; and Chapter NY, New York. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Wallspace, New York; Vox Populi, Philadelphia; and Chin’s Push, Los Angeles.