Bradley Biancardi

More Maladroit Mojo

JANUARY 29, 2016 — MARCH 20, 2016


Chicago Magazine

Johalla Projects is very pleased to announce More Maladroit Mojo, its first exhibition with the Chicago-based artist Bradley Biancardi. The show will be on view from January 29 through March 19, 2016. An opening reception will be held Friday, January 29 from 7-10pm. 

In More Maladroit Mojo, Biancardi depicts characters and scenes that are at once awkward, intimate, and vibrant. Wobbly figures — entangled limbs flopping and folding — fill his canvases and are found in intimate conversation, in bathrooms, or even in clumsily considerate introspection. Taking cues from Modern figuration and narrative-based historical painting, Biancardi provides theatrical contexts for the viewer to interpret how his characters exist within their own fabricated storylines. In tandem, these elements charge his environments, fusing art historical reference and hyper-contemporary themes of anxiety, technology, and human interaction. 

Color and line play important roles for Biancardi as tools for inserting tension into the compositional elements that make up his paintings. Both energetic and elegant, his brush strokes inform the balance between crude, humorous, or serious. As a result, Biancardi’s organic gestural choices enable the figures to become more nimble and more complicated, which satisfyingly add to their absurdly sunny demeanors.     

Bradley Biancardi (b. 1977) currently lives and works in Chicago, IL. In 2005, Biancardi received a MFA from the University of Washington. His work has been included in numerous national and international exhibitions, with highlights including Devening Projects + Editions, Chicago (2015); the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago (2012, 2009); Roots and Culture Contemporary Art Center, Chicago (2012); and Religare Art Gallery, New Delhi (2010). In 2014, Biancardi received a Joan Mitchell Fellowship to attend an artist residency at Atlantic Center for the Arts. His work will be included in a group exhibition at BravinLee Programs, New York in February 2016.