John Dante Bianchi received his BFA from Cooper Union and his MFA from Yale University. He lives and works in Detroit, Michigan. He has exhibited at Galerie Derouillon in Paris, Tyler Wood Gallery in San Francisco, Night Gallery in Los Angeles. Thierry Goldberg Gallery in New York City, Signal Gallery in Brooklyn, Kai Matsumiya in New York City, and David Zwirner in New York City. He has received press coverage in Art Forum, The New York Times, The Observer, VICE’s The Creators Project, ARTNEWS, Interview Magazine, BOMB Magazine, and Blouin Artinfo.
Bianchi’s work explores the ideation of the piece as a body (an object) with a skin (a surface), which is exposed to forces of time and events leaving their mark. His bodies of work- the Bruised Panels, Torqued Panels, and Relief Panels- refer in name to the physical process of their making. Bianchi’s wall-based works are both sculpture and painting, emerging from the wall or built in many layers and exactingly constructed all the way through, from stretcher to support to surface. The Bruised Panels, for example, are speckled with colors that directly reference skin tones and bruises: pinks and blues and creams. They are built up in layers and sanded down to reveal textures and colors underneath. Bianchi’s work encapsulates a sense of time and transformation within it, not only in the sense of process, but also in some of the materials he chooses, such as recycled redwood (the world’s largest and longest-living trees) to make his freestanding sculptures.
Bianchi’s work has been featured in our Fall 2021 Exhibition Ocean Body, and Fall 2020 Exhibition Never Normal.