Deeply inspired by axiomatic systems, formal logic, conceptual art, and traditional craft processes, the practice of Michael Milano attempts to work out every possibility within a finite set of parameters. He employs the tension generated between the labor of the mind and that of the body, in an attempt to formalize what a conceptual craft might be. Given seven colors, how many ways can they be combine in seven horizontal lines? Generating a pattern that answers this question and the drawings exhaust every permutation within this set of parameters. And while the number of possibilities is ultimately finite, they need not be few.
The works of Luis Romero present an active, open surface and suggest an area that is not visible. Much of his work is constructed through oppositions and cancellations: presence and absence; showing and hiding; physicality and illusion; systems and chance; openness and closure. Many of these drawings look for an ambivalent space. These drawings can be seen as handmade op art—haptic architecture—fetishes—toys.
Michael Milano is an artist living and working in Chicago. He received a MFA from the Fiber and Material Studies department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA in Humanities from Shimer College. His work explores the structure and logic of weaving, binary systems and other rule-based processes through drawings, books, sound, and video. He has shown at threewalls, Peregrine Program, Adds Donna, and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art. He has also co-taught a class at Oxbow and facilitated an early Greek literature study group at the artist collective/study/gallery Adds Donna.
Luis Romero was born in Mexico, raised in Puerto Rico, and has lived in Chicago since 1998. He earned a Post-baccalaureate certificate in 1999 and an MFA in Painting and Drawing in 2001, both from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is part of public and privatecollections in the US and Europe.