CHAOS COMES AND GOES
September 26 - November 2, 2019
Opening Reception Thursday, September 26, 6-8pm
523 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Sondheim Finalist Mini Reviews
"The prevalent stripes, triangles, rectangles, and loops within Jackie Milad’s larger works feel like they might lift themselves off the canvas when you’re not looking, hopping over to the other ones to acclimate to a new environment. In one piece, a few simple gestures like thick, black painted stripes read as a familiar and basic pattern, an emphatic, formal device meant to direct your focus like a map through dense foliage. In another, an even pattern of black and gold stripes take on larger cultural significance, along with the imprecise and inverted pyramids, triangle-voids, rectangle-bricks, glowering eyes, and winding snakes abounding in Milad’s surfaces.
That marks and symbols could have a life of their own—that their meanings are always debatable, depending on variables like viewer and context—is what Milad is getting at in these large, visually complicated works. Disrupting the expectation of an artist’s precious archive, Milad selects parts of her own previous works to collage into new ones, drawing and painting over them, reassigning the meaning and value of “finished” pieces. This way of working adds another layer to Milad’s continuously recombinant exploration of her identity, especially of her Egyptian and Honduran heritage, giving herself freedom to invent an ever-evolving personal language, archive, and symbology.
The resulting works, big enough to get lost in momentarily, feel alive and inscrutable as a whole, which is just fine and good and healthy, because once you think you know something, you project all your shit onto it. Milad also injects a few warning cues about that to viewers. In “Eres Mucho,” a “fuck you” middle finger turns into a slinky snake; in “Chaos Eyes,” an angry clash of brush strokes spell out “FUCK IT”—these could be read as frustrated refusals to be located, named, catalogued, isolated. The only things that seem set firmly in place within these unhemmed and unstretched canvases are their edges, stringy and frayed as they are, but coagulated with a gold-painted “frame” which will keep them from unraveling, for a little while at least." (Rebekah Kirkman)
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces the finalists for the 14th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. The finalists are Negar Ahkami, Akea Brionne Brown, Cheeny Celebrado-Royer, Schroeder Cherry, Phylicia Ghee, Jackie Milad and Stephanie Williams. The competition awards a $25,000 fellowship to assist in furthering the career of a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. Each finalist not selected for the fellowship is presented with an M&T Bank Finalist Award of $2,500.
Finalists exhibit at the Walters Art Museum, located at 600 N. Charles St., on Saturday, June 15–Sunday, August 11, 2019. The winner is announced at an award ceremony and reception on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 7pm at the Walters. (Galleries open at 10am.) The exhibition and ceremony are free open to the public. The 2019 jurors are Laylah Ali, Regine Basha and William Powhida.
(image taken from BmoreArt.com)
The Thing is Close
School 33 Art Center - Baltimore, Maryland
08/31/2018 - 09/29/2018
Works by Cindy Cheng and Jackie Milad
“The Thing is Close” exhibits the pairing of prolific Baltimore-based artists Cindy Cheng and Jackie Milad. Cheng creates complex sculptural constructions and installations that draw reference from the carefully choreographed rooms of her parents’ house in Hong Kong. Her work invokes a highly formal language to ponder the importance of objects and their ‘beneficial’ placements in the Chinese home. Gesturing toward physical spaces she has inhabited, as well as objects and things she has lived around and through, these works serve as incubators that reflect on the physical and abstract self, as well as Cheng’s own personal history and memory. Jackie Milad’s works on paper present the complexities of identity-making for people of mixed-race and ethnic backgrounds. Her work constructs a new visual language—a mash-up of actual and invented symbols associated with her Egyptian and Honduran immigrant background and family history. Combining drawing processes collaged with the cut pieces of older finished works, Milad tears away at preciousness of history to reveal another story—one that is not fixed, and yet uniquely her own.
Isla: Regarding Paradise
Towson University, Center for the Arts - Towson, Maryland
Friday, September 7— Saturday, October 20, 2018
Guest Curator Jackie Milad explores the theme of “paradise” and what lies beyond the typical postcard representations of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, examining these nations as complex societies struggling to assert economic independence, political autonomy, and environmental justice. An insatiable desire to conquer and own the utopic dream of paradise is an enduring theme throughout history and one that is examined and critiqued by artists in this exhibition. The exhibition includes photography, sculpture, installation, mixed media, and video. Artists: Rafael Vargas Bernard, Allora & Calzadilla, Héctor Arce Espasas, Pablo Guardiola, Alejandro Guzman, Monica Rodriguez Medina, Joiri Minaya, Raquel Paiewonsky, Eric Rivera, Anabel Vázquez Rodriguez, Gabriela Salazar, Edward Victor Sanchez, and Edra Soto. A catalog will be available for purchase
City Paper Review
Bmore Art Review
Pyramids Fall Too
July 9 - August 6, 2016
Opening Reception Saturday, July 9th, 2016 7-10pm