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Into The Wild Meaning\, a solo exhibition by Buenos Aires-based artist Diego Bianchi\, is a platform for the inspection of obj ects and their ability to serve as parts of a whole. Each object is given a new purpose by the artist through his roles as builder and performer.

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The Arcade will serve as Bianchi’s lab for Into The Wild Meaning\, where he will make rudimentary sculptures from collected objects\, app liances in a state of disuse\, and parts of other things. The viewer is inv ited to explore this construction site\, where gathered groups of objects b ecome hybrid forms\, somewhat anthropomorphic\, but still clinging to their material origins. The tenderness with which Bianchi accumulates and fasten s together these objects is at odds with the often repulsive and haunting f orms that he tends to favor and construct. This juxtaposition prompts the v iewer to question their position to the objecthood of his work and their su rroundings\, both inside the gallery and ultimately beyond.

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In any work labeled ‘sculptural\,’ the viewer’s body\, by default\, becomes a comp onent of the experience and understanding of the work. In past installation s\, Bianchi makes this object-viewer relationship more visceral by activati ng the work with his own body. Like an array of stage props\, he calls the sculptures to action through their potential to shift in space and time. Th is highlights the artist and viewer’s acute awareness of the materiality of sculpture and exacerbates the strong physical and psychological presence o f his work.

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Generous support for Into The Wild Meaning comes from the Ford Foundation and Center for Latin American Visual Studie s (CLAVIS) with additional support by Ann L. Daughety

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Diego Bi anchi was born in Buenos Aires\, Argentina in 1969\, where he still lives a nd works. He studied graphic design at Buenos Aires University and was a re cipient of the prestigious Guillermo Kuitca grant from 2003–2005\, one of t he few programs in Argentina that establish mentorships for young artists. In 2006\, he was in residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculp ture. Since 2009\, Bianchi has been a lecturer for the ‘Anti-Project’ cours e at Di Tella University\, in which he places art within the contingent con fines of everyday reality to subvert any ingrained perceptions of art’s pot ential and meaning. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions in Arge ntina\, Spain\, and the USA. Recently he participated in both the Lyon and Havana Biennales.

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Sterling Allen received his BFA in Studio Art fro m The University of Texas at Austin in 2003. He is currently the co-directo r of the artist collective and exhibition space Okay Mountain\, which he fo unded in 2006 with eight other Austin artists. As a solo artist and in coll aboration with Okay Mountain\, he has exhibited and organized numerous proj ects at venues throughout the United States and received several residencie s\, including the Artpace International Artist-In-Residence Program in San Antonio\, Texas. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Sculpture at the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College.

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