Allison Bianco: A Curious Tide

May 2 - July 31, 2015
    • Allison Bianco: A Curious Tide
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    • Allison Bianco: A Curious Tide
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    • Allison Bianco: A Curious Tide
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    • Allison Bianco: A Curious Tide
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    • Allison Bianco: A Curious Tide
    • Flamingo (Installation View)
    • Allison Bianco: A Curious Tide
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    • Allison Bianco: A Curious Tide
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    • Allison Bianco: A Curious Tide
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    • Allison Bianco: A Curious Tide
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    • Allison Bianco: A Curious Tide
    • Installation View
    • Allison Bianco: A Curious Tide
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    • Allison Bianco: A Curious Tide
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    • Leave Your Troubles Behind
    • Allison Bianco: A Curious Tide
    • Trailing 2012
    • screen print: 11 x 17 inches
    • Edition of 8
    • Allison Bianco: A Curious Tide
    • Later that Day at Second Beach 2014
    • intaglio with chine collé and screen print: 40 x 48 inches
    • Edition of 5
    • Allison Bianco: A Curious Tide
    • The Old Man of the Mountain 2012
    • intaglio and screen print: 18 x 24 inches
    • Edition of 5
    • Allison Bianco: A Curious Tide
    • Sunset Mast 2012
    • screen print: 11 x 17 inches
    • Edition of 8
    • Allison Bianco: A Curious Tide
    • The Sinking of Matunuck 2012
    • intaglio with screen print: 18 x 72 inches
    • Edition of 4
    • Allison Bianco: A Curious Tide
    • The Sinking of Matunuck (panel 1) 2012
    • intaglio, screen print: 18 x 24 inches
    • Allison Bianco: A Curious Tide
    • The Sinking of Matunuck (panel 2)
    • Allison Bianco: A Curious Tide
    • The Sinking of Matunuck (panel 3)
    • Allison Bianco: A Curious Tide
    • Zeppelin 2013
    • intaglio with chine collé and screen print: 18 x 48 inches
    • Edition of 7
    • Allison Bianco: A Curious Tide
    • Zeppelin (panel 1) 2013
    • intaglio with chine collé, screen print: 18 x 24 inches
    • Allison Bianco: A Curious Tide
    • Zeppelin (panel 2)
    • Allison Bianco: A Curious Tide
    • Goodbye, Mildred 2011
    • screen print: 11 x 17 inches
    • Edition of 8
    • Allison Bianco: A Curious Tide
    • Workin' at the Textile Mill 2014
    • intaglio, screen print: 18 x 18 inches
    • Edition of 6
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Allison Bianco‘s work explores the strange way nostalgia subtly rewrites memory so that recollections of the past become only partly true. Referencing Rhode Island iconography in many of the pieces, Bianco expresses a personal connection to her home state and its industrial, maritime, and coastal heritages. To add both humor and drama to these narrative prints, impending storms threaten fragile, unaware characters in their colorful scenes.

For instance, Zeppelin 2013 pictures a view of the small coastal community of Narragansett in southern Rhode Island. Using local landmarks from the present day and the past, the print provides a historical and contemporary view of the community and its vulnerability to natural disasters, particularly when storms invade the coast. Bianco imagines what Narragansett may look like after the ocean inevitably claims the land. Popular Rhode Island icons, the empty Industrial Trust building and Apex department store, stand in ambiguity and join the still-standing Towers in the coastal city.

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