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Bulls By Their Horns

  • The Art Therapy Institute 200 N Greensboro St D-6 Carrboro, NC 27510 (map)

Please join us for the 2nd Friday ArtWalk opening reception for artist Fabrizio Bianchi. Fabrizio has been painting for over 30 years, using abstract expressionism, representational and pop imagery on mixed media as his recurring themes and subject matter. Fabrizio received his Bachelor’s Degree from East Carolina and his Master’s Degree from the University of New Mexico. His work has been displayed in several venues across the Triangle including the Durham Art Guild, Golden Belt, Carrack Modern, Vega Metals Gallery, Visual Art Exchange, Carrboro ArtsCenter, and Lee Hansley Gallery.

Artist Statement:
When does an icon in your work become the symbol of your identity? When you create an unstoppable, frenzied momentum from your visual history, family ancestry, and every moment that inspires you to keep creating yourself through your work. My bull series is a momentum that charges into uncharted territory as new ideas are scribbled on faded post-it notes and scraps of paper while the acrylics dry and the sawdust settles into every nook of my work in progress. It’s a momentum that forces me to escape the virtual world while creating new tangible ones on many late nights, only waking up the following morning with new ideas. It’s a momentum that has helped me visualize my identity charging with speed and fruition, filling the walls with layers of materials, colors and textures as I seize the moment like taking the bulls by their horns.

For many years I would experiment with layers of paints and stains over wooden materials, building rich textured surfaces to get a variety of aesthetics. After mixed reactions and sentiments from trial and error, I started cutting and sanding old surfaces to reveal a ‘chromatic excavation’ of my creative process. Eventually I transformed these boards into sculptural artworks, assembling and juxtaposing them with fresh paints and materials to create unique variations of a new yet familiar icon/design: a bullhead. The symbol of the bull has a dual meaning for me. It represents my family heritage, my second home that holds many memories of traveling to Argentina, including working with gauchos and herding cattle. The bullhead also represents Durham as the symbol of a community beyond a residence: a canvas with multiple layers of a rich history that I’ve been proud to ‘paint’ with many experiences that have made this city ‘mi cielo, mi tierra’, my home.

Later Event: February 8
Art by Quentin King