Milano Chow at Acappella

Artist: Milano Chow

Exhibition title: Sightlines

Venue: Acappella, Naples, Italy

Date: September 21 – November 20, 2017

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Acappella, Naples

The truth is that the interior and exterior are constructed simultaneously and inside and outside cannot be easily separated. With careful attention, Milano Chow renders this collapse between private and public through representations of the human figure and everyday objects. Windows frame the occupant and draw our eyes toward the subject or objects contained within the interior. When the occupant looks outward, the subject and object of the gaze are reversed. Openings are semi- or fully screened by curtains and blinds, generating a theatrical effect that suggests ‘all the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players’, and positions the viewer among the audience. When Chow brings us to the interior, the personification of objects and open doors appear as clues that trace the occupant’s existence. The architecture and objects become a viewing mechanism that produces the subject. The subjects in these drawings are women, mysterious and desirable. We don’t know her story but we see she is usually alone and without the presence of a family life. Our attention is drawn to her physique and elegance that resonates with the exterior classical motifs as well as her manner of dress, often an androgynous pairing of blazer and pants. Her attire worn on the interior both complements and resists the exterior and makes me recall Le Corbusier’s praise of women’s fashion (more so than men’s) because it has undergone the change of modern time. In Chow’s drawings the subjects and objects control the interior and occupy the wall, yet they are trapped within it, insisting that our gaze is the only thing capable of breaking down the wall.

– Meggie Kelley

Milano Chow (b. 1987) lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her BA from Barnard College and attended The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2013. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Egg and Tongue,’ Mary Mary, Glasgow, ‘The Painted Screen,’ Chapter NY, New York, and ‘Mode Pratique,’ Young Art, Los Angeles. She will have a solo exhibition at Chapter NY in spring 2018. Her work is in the collection of The Whitney Museum of American Art.

Milano Chow, Sightlines, 2017, exhibition view, Acappella, Naples

Milano Chow, Sightlines, 2017, exhibition view, Acappella, Naples

Milano Chow, Sightlines, 2017, exhibition view, Acappella, Naples

Milano Chow, Sightlines, 2017, exhibition view, Acappella, Naples

Milano Chow, Sightlines, 2017, exhibition view, Acappella, Naples

Milano Chow, Sightlines, 2017, exhibition view, Acappella, Naples

Milano Chow, Sightlines, 2017, exhibition view, Acappella, Naples

Milano Chow, Sightlines, 2017, exhibition view, Acappella, Naples

Milano Chow, Sightlines, 2017, exhibition view, Acappella, Naples

Milano Chow, Mirror (Key), 2017, graphite, ink, Flashe, and collage on paper, 12 x 9 in / 30.5 x 22.9 cm

Milano Chow, Mirror (Key), 2017, graphite, ink, Flashe, and collage on paper, 12 x 9 in / 30.5 x 22.9 cm

Milano Chow, Frame (suit), 2017, graphite, ink, Flashe, and collage on paper, 12 x 9 in / 30.5 x 22.9 cm

Milano Chow, Frame (suit), 2017, graphite, ink, Flashe, and collage on paper, 12 x 9 in / 30.5 x 22.9 cm

Milano Chow, Frame (Receding Doors), 2017, graphite, ink, Flashe, and collage on paper, 12 x 9 in / 30.5 x 22.9 cm

Milano Chow, Frame (Receding Doors), 2017, graphite, ink, Flashe, and collage on paper, 12 x 9 in / 30.5 x 22.9 cm

Milano Chow, Exterior with Pedestrian, 2017, graphite, ink, Flashe, and collage on paper, 12 x 20 in / 30.5 x 50.8 cm

Milano Chow, Exterior with Four Figures, 2017, graphite, ink, Flashe, and collage on paper, 12 x 20 in / 30.5 x 50.8 cm

Milano Chow, Interior with Chairs, 2017, graphite, ink, and Flashe on paper, 12 1/4 x 54 1/4 in / 31.1 x 137.8 cm overall, artist’s book, unique edition

Milano Chow, Exterior I, 2017, graphite, ink, and Flashe on paper, 15 1/4 x 54 1/4 in / 38.7 x 137.8 cm overall, artist’s book, unique edition

Milano Chow, Exterior II, 2017, graphite, ink, and Flashe on paper, 15 1/4 x 54 1/4 in / 38.7 x 137.8 cm overall, artist’s book, unique edition

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