Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Coming Up: Monica Canilao

Monica Canilao: See No Evil

“What's Lost Is Safe” A solo exhibition by Monica Canilao (Oakland, CA)

May 6- July 31, 2011

Join us for the o
pening reception: Friday May 6th 6-10pm {Artist will be in attendance}

If you are interested in donating materials to this exhibit please
read this.

Sky High Gallery is pleased to welcome Monica Canilao in her first solo exhibition in Milwaukee entitled “What’s Lost Is Safe”. Monica will be building an elaborate nostalgia based site-specific installation. It is a follow up to her 2007 collaboration with photographer Mike Brodie (Thee Polaroid Kidd) at Paper Boat Gallery. Four years later, the wildly prolific Canilao’s career is taking off as she finds herself splitting her time between her studio and art based travel. “What’s Lost Is Safe” will feature modified antique parlor portraits enshrined in collections of natural and human-made objects she will be scavenging locally from Milwaukee’s forgotten places. In the manipulation of her orphaned portraits, gender and identity is blurred, redefined and made fluid. Monica’s compositions seamlessly meld the old and new: stained paper, discarded fabric, even tea bags and bones combine with her hands to take part in breathing new life. Canilao and her crew will be working around the clock for five days building and scavenging onsite leading up to the opening. Monica’s staggeringly beautiful, almost haunted work reminds us that everything built is made up of things in a phase of decay.

We will be documenting and blogging the installation progress, stay tuned and follow curator Faythe Levine's twitter feed for updates @faythelevine

Press Release available here.


  1. amazing. i am really excited that i might actually be through town in time to see this show. maybe.