Milano Chow
Chapter NY is excited to present Yesterday’s, Milano Chow’s third solo exhibition with the gallery.

Chow’s intricate drawings combine graphite renderings and collaged photo transfers to create imaginary sites. Inspired by the patchwork architectural styles of her native Los Angeles, Chow embraces the city’s unabashed use of imitation and revivalism. Neoclassical, faux-Italian, and Spanish-revival facades and features coexist to create a disorienting sense of era.

Chow uses ornament from these disparate periods as shorthand for a past time. She punctures her surreal compositions with framing elements such as windows or doors that suggest pictures within pictures. Within these void spaces, objects and figures emerge and recede, as if fading in and out of recollection.

The exhibition title comes from a defunct 1980’s restaurant in the Westwood district of Los Angeles. The business’ former location at 1056 Westwood Blvd. is now a vacant storefront.

Milano Chow (b. 1987, Los Angeles, California) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She received her BA from Barnard College in 2009 and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2013. She has had solo exhibitions at Chapter NY, New York; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT; Bel Ami, Los Angeles; Adams and Ollman, Portland, OR; and Mary Mary Gallery, Glasgow; among others. Her work has been included in the Whitney Biennial 2019 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and other group exhibitions at Jeffery Deitch, New York, NY, and Los Angeles, CA; Chapter NY, New York; Venus Over Manhattan, New York; STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo; Aspen Art Museum, Aspen; The Drawing Center, New York; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR; and the Drawing Room, London, & Modern Art Oxford, Oxford; among others. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.