Portfolio by John Dante Bianchi

Between painting and sculpture.

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All works: John Dante Bianchi, Untitled (Bruised Panel), 2014, acrylic and aluminum on panel, 47 3/4 x 63 inches.

“I consider these ‘Bruised Panels.’ They are painted using colors that directly reference bruises, and are built up the same way the body presents these traumatic colors. They are sanded down to reveal these different layers; I then respond to what colors and compositions emerge and work from there. Although the final result is not predetermined, I do aim to achieve certain results in the surfaces of these pieces. They often appear flat, evoking the matte texture of a photograph, or a photographed painting. I want to achieve a balance of abjection and beauty, where space, time, and depth are flattened out.”

—John Dante Bianchi
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(Four installation views of “Dislocation Point,” a solo show at Signal Gallery in Brooklyn.)

John Dante Bianchi is from New Hampshire and lives and works in Brooklyn. He attended Cooper Union for a BFA in fine art and received his MFA at Yale for sculpture. His work is on view at David Zwirner through July 25th and Thierry Goldberg through August 15th. His solo show at Thierry Goldberg will open on October 12, 2014.

The Space of Intimacy: Daniel Wiener Interviewed by Fawn Krieger
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Painting and sculpting faces.

Otobong Nkanga’s To Dig a Hole That Collapses Again by Jason Foumberg
To Dig a Hole That Collapses Again

Through layered symbolism—such as sticks and roots threading and pricking interconnecting bodies and mounds of earth—the Kano, Nigeria–born, Paris-trained, Antwerp-residing artist Otobong Nkanga works through the trauma of decolonization by probing links between Europe’s economic growth and the exploitation of African lands.

Black Passages: Curtis Talwst Santiago Interviewed by Ayasha Guerin

Layering histories and identity.