Tablescape on Maintenance
This painting is part of the artist's series Tablescapes—exploring the expansive space of a single surface. The word is a portmanteau invented by the interior design industry for referring to decorative centerpieces, primarily in a domestic setting. In this suite of paintings, however, the artist uses the tables' surfaces as a theater for presenting artifacts and props from an offstage cast of characters. The works in this series bridge the artist’s parallel series of large, multi-figure compositions with his intimate, smaller canvases focused on a singular notion. Biancardi is a visual storyteller whose exploration of narrative spans various media but always incorporates drawing and frequently incorporates humor.
About these works, curator Colin Ross says: "The menagerie of objects—a martini, broken glasses, a partially opened letter, a half-disrobed sock—imply the existence of human figures stretching in and out of the scenes from the fringes. [These] four Tablescapes...find Biancardi considering the marginalia of an existence defined by art-making and aging."
Bradley Biancardi is a visual storyteller whose work encompasses painting, drawing and printmaking. The artist’s work explores human relationships and their everyday rituals in theatrical scenes that combine humor with the uncanny. Biancardi employs drawing as the basis of all his work and draws influence from narratives across a range of mediums and genres.