February 7 - March 7 2015
In discussing her new work - a series of graphite drawings and collage on paper - Milano Chow provides a few clues. I say clues because there is always an element of elegant mystery to Chow's drawings. With reference to design, she uses ornament and architectural elements to place us within demure and uncertain environments.
"Description for Robbe-Grillet is always "anthological" - a matter of presenting the object as if in a mirror, as if it were in itself a spectacle, permitting it to make demands on our attention without regard for its relation to the dialectic of the story..."
This is a quote from Roland Barthes' introduction of La Jalouse by Alain Robbe-Grillet; the tale of a jealous narrator who observes his wife through the window of his house. Robbe-Grillet also wrote Last Year at Marienbad, an enigmatic film that makes poetic the ambiguities of space and time, piecing together a tale of jealousy and voyeurism. The film takes us through the ornamented halls of a chateau, as the narrator describes details such as mirrors, windows, mantles and ornament - frequent motifs of Milano's drawings. A famous scene depicts the male and female "protagonists" of the film looking from a balcony out onto a French garden, viewing the visitors of the hotel whose shadows are hauntingly cast under an overcast sky. A bit of trivia is that the shadows had been painted onto the ground.
- Max Guy
Milano Chow (b. 1987) lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her BA from Barnard College in 2009 and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2013. Mode Pratique is her first solo show with the gallery. She has a forthcoming solo exhibition with Chapter NY in the fall.