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Jackie Milad: Chaos Comes and Goes

September 26 - November 2

Opening reception Thursday, September 26, 6-8pm

C. Grimaldis Gallery is pleased to present Chaos Comes and Goes, a solo exhibition of works by Baltimore-based artist, Jackie Milad.  As an investigation of the idea of the archive, this exhibition showcases pieces that have been reborn using collage elements from previous works.  Milad aims to question preciousness and practice experimentation, while also highlighting themes of history and culture.

Chaos Comes and Goes draws focus to time and movement, showcasing how artwork can become part of a regenerative process, keeping the work from becoming static.  Thinking about the similarities between this notion and the reality of historical symbolism, we can begin to understand Milad’s resistance to permanence.   She presents the viewer with truths, that even the pyramids, which we think of as ever lasting, will crumble one day.

Within her collages, Milad gives us hints of her identity as an Egyptian-Honduran-American through pictorial elements and deconstructed language. She utilizes color and texture, freeing herself up to be responsive and reactive during her process.  This breakdown of symbols and collapse of ideas references her experience in the world and allows the viewer to draw multiple meanings from small details in each piece.   

Milad has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally.  Recent select exhibitions include Grizzly Grizzly (Philadelphia, PA), School 33 Art Center (Baltimore, MD), Phoebe Projects (Baltimore, MD), Museo de Arte de Mazatlan (Mazatlan, Mexico), Transmitter (Brooklyn, NY), and Goucher College (Baltimore, MD).  Milad has been awarded three Individual Artist Grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and is a 2019 Sondheim Finalist, recently exhibiting her work at the Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, MD).  Along with her active studio practice she has also held a long-standing career as a curator and educator supporting emerging artists.  Milad is currently an Assistant Director for the Joseph Meyerhoff Center of Career Development and an Adjunct Professor in the Curatorial Practice MFA Program at the Maryland Institute College of Art. 

Chaos Comes and Goes will be on view from September 26 through November 2. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, September 26 from 6 to 8pm.

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