Barbara Davis Gallery is pleased to announce Fantastic Planet, a solo-exhibition by Italian artist Andrea Bianconi, opening Friday, January 8, 2016, with an artist's reception from 6:30-8:30pm and a performance by the artist at 7:30pm. This exhibition includes drawings, sculpture, and a large-scale site-specific wall installation. Fantastic Planet is on view through February 6, 2016.
In his exhibition Fantastic Planet, Bianconi presents new works that explore the concept of travel. Through the use of symbols, primarily the arrow, Bianconi constructs imaginative landscapes composed of obsessive marks that symbolize direction and movement. Countless hand-drawn arrows swarm the canvas; the positive and negative spaces between each intricate mark implying depth and dimension. From afar, the drawings appear to pulsate--familiar landscape imagery gradually emerges, and then quickly recedes back into the mass of lines. Fantastic Planet pays tribute to Alighiero Boetti's Mettere al mondo il mondo (Bringing the World into the World), as the mysterious landscapes depicted illustrate the artist's desire and search for a hypothetical world.
Bianconi's performance of Fantastic Planet revolves around the progression of language. By speaking and repeating words, the artist attempts to explain the meaning of Fantastic Planet. The performance becomes an obsessive act and endless quest to find where Fantastic Planet exists.