Exhibition: ALLISON BIANCO: Forget About It
Date: May 15 - August 31, 2020, visit the gallery by appointment or we are happy to set up a Zoom appointment for viewing
Location: Cade Tompkins Projects, 198 Hope Street, Providence, RI 02906
Contact: email@example.com, 401-258-0643,
INSTAGRAM: @cadetompkinsprojects, @allisonbiancoprints
Cade Tompkins Projects is pleased to present Forget About It, new works by Allison Bianco. The prints in this exhibition use a combination of intaglio and screen print to depict landscapes diminished by massive oceans and immense skies. Through the shifting coastal scenes, Bianco explores nostalgia and inconsistencies of memory.
To create her imagery, Bianco employs two distinct methods. In the first, she researches historic images of coastal communities and couples her interpretation of the places with anachronistic objects and other-worldly shapes and color, thereby conflating the past with the present. Works in this category include the expansive Pouring on Jamestown, that pictures the eastern side of Conanicut Island in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island; and The Providence River Cover Up, exploring the outlet of the Providence River. This landscape combines a nearly 100-year-old view of harbor-bound railroad tracks from East Providence with contemporary realities of rising tides.
The second approach uses current images steeped in references to the past. The End of West Exchange offers a view of the edge of the Providence neighborhood known as Federal Hill. In the late 1960s, many dwellings were demolished to make way for the new highway. Here, the unexpected objects come from specific personal references which impose themselves in the composition, like fragments of memory.
About Allison Bianco
Allison Bianco received her MFA in Printmaking (2010) from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Honolulu, HI and her BA in Studio Art (2001) from Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA. Bianco has recently been awarded a public art commission for New York City public school 671K in Brooklyn for a new, permanent site-specific artwork. The commission is through the New York City School Construction Authority, Public Art for Public Schools program in collaboration with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Percent for Art program for the collection of the New York City Department of Education. Bianco is the recipient of a Visual Arts Sea Grant from the University of Rhode Island and her work was selected for a solo exhibition at The Print Center in Philadelphia as part of their 88th International Competition. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; The New York Public Library, NY; RISD Museum, RI; Yale University Art Gallery, CT; the University of San Diego, CA; and the Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, HI; among others.