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The Balcony

The Balcony

Wardell Milan

In ‘The Balcony’, Wardell Milan explores the absurdity of politics, social and political structures, power dynamics and spectatorship and how these forces affect one’s personal existence. The portfolio’s title is an allusion to the relationship between performer and spectator in a theatre setting. Milan imagines the viewers observing the action ‘as if they are sitting above in a balcony watching the melodrama unfold before them.’ In his work the human bodies themselves become stages on which questions of gender, race, sexuality and power are being negotiated.

Milan spent the first days in the studio working on preliminary drawings, using images from newspapers or magazines as references for the compositions he would later execute on copper plates. He then transferred these drawings into line etchings while simultaneously experimenting with other intaglio printing techniques which he then incorporated into his etchings. The result is a suite of prints executed in a range of grey tones, pattern and line work, employing time-honoured printmaking techniques to create decidedly contemporary, politically charged visual narratives.

Image Credit:

Wardell Milan, I am not crazy life is, 2019 (detail)

The images are composed of a range of grey tones, pattern and line work. I chose not to use color in order to eliminate distraction and to focus the audience’s attention on the narratives being witnessed.

Wardell Milan

Wardell Milan

November 25, 2018

2019

40 x 50 cm

Aquatint, burnishing, line etching, soft ground etching, spit bite aquatint, sugar lift aquatint

1000 EUR

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Wardell Milan

The Priest. The Shooter. The Flag

2019

50 x 40 cm

Aquatint, burnishing, line etching, soft ground etching, spit bite aquatint, sugar lift aquatint

1000 EUR

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Wardell Milan working at BORCH Editions' studio

Wardell Milan

Trump riding his own dick

2019

40 x 50 cm

Aquatint, burnishing, line etching, soft ground etching, spit bite aquatint, sugar lift aquatint

1000 EUR

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Wardell Milan

Cops shot the Kid

2019

50 x 40 cm

Aquatint, burnishing, line etching, soft ground etching, spit bite aquatint, sugar lift aquatint

1000 EUR

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Printing plates for Wardell Milan's 'The Balcony' series in different stages

Wardell Milan

We are a War Country. This is War time

2019

40 x 50 cm

Aquatint, burnishing, line etching, soft ground etching, spit bite aquatint, sugar lift aquatint

1000 EUR

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Wardell Milan

Fuck the Klan

2019

40 x 50 cm

Aquatint, burnishing, line etching, soft ground etching, spit bite aquatint, sugar lift aquatint

1000 EUR

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Wardell Milan, The Priest. The Shooter. The Flag, 2019 (detail)

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I am not crazy life is

Wardell Milan

2019

40 x 50 cm

Aquatint, burnishing, drypoint, line etching, soft ground etching, spit bite aquatint, sugar lift aquatint

1000 EUR

Wardell Milan

They have twenty billion irresponsible dollars to spend

2019

40 x 50 cm

Aquatint, burnishing, line etching, spit bite aquatint, sugar lift aquatint

1000 EUR

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Wardell Milan investigates topics like gender performance, identity and body modification as well as social and political structures. His artistic practice includes large-scale figurative drawing, painting, photography and collage. He uses material from a wide variety of sources such as magazines, illustrated books, historical artworks or family snapshots.

Wardell Milan, born 1977 in Knoxville, Tennessee, lives and works in New York City. He has been collaborating with BORCH Gallery & Editions since 2019.

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