Ceiling Plan with Walls I

Artist: Milano Chow
Graphite, ink, flashe, and photo transfer on paper | 508x381mm | 2018

Milano Chow’s enigmatic nocturnal scenes, classical architectural elevations, and floor plans are punctuated by female figures in somewhat androgynous dress. Working in graphite, photo transfer, and collage, she creates spaces that are meticulous yet slightly askew, almost habitable but—crucially—not quite. Drawing on sources ranging from reference books on eighteenth-century architecture to real estate listings, movie sets, and shop windows, Chow explores the nuanced ways that architectural space and ornamentation can project an ambience of style and taste. She sources the women inhabiting her drawings from fashion magazines and catalogs, often selecting them for their aura of artificiality or theatricality. Dressed in disparate styles, these figures appear simultaneously assertive and aloof, reflections of the buildings they occupy, whether they seem surreal, seductive, or anxiously still. (Image courtesy the artist and Chapter NY, New York)


Whitney Biennial 2019 | 2019.05.17 - 2019.09.22 | Whitney Museum of American Art(New York City, NY, United States)