Marciana Biasiello

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Biasiello's paintings and drawings express shimmering joy in the quality of paint and pattern coupled with darkly romantic narratives.  Figures inhabit rooms of exuberant decorations rendered in jewel-like tones.  In these domestic scenes, elegantly dressed characters come into focus and dissolve in shadows - evoking the exquisite tension of love and the lovely illusions of domesticity.  

In 1986, Marciana Biasiello and Robert Metrick received a grant from the Illinois Arts Council to create a multi-media performance at Randolph Street Gallery.  The Martha focused on an enigmatic character who is missing – Martha does not appear on stage but she is recalled, missed, mourned and eulogized.  The resulting pastiche or gemanstkunstwerk included monologues, a full chorus comprising School of the Art Institute students, a short film by Colleen Sullivan, props and costumes by Mary Brogger, and sets including a monumental mural along the western wall of the theatre.  

The Martha: A Possible Opera, Randolph Street Gallery, 1986.

Biasiello, Untitled, 1989. Colored pencil on board.

Biasiello, Untitled, 1989. Colored pencil on board.

Education

BA, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 1978 - Individual Plan of Study in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences "A Conceptual Approach to Intermediate Art".  Graduation with Highest Honors.  Thesis title, "Memory Pages".

MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago / Photography, 1981.

Teaching
Visiting Assistant Professor, College of Art and Design: Photography Department, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Unit One program  University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 1981.

Teaching Assistant, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1980 - 1981.

 

 

Biasiello Installation Correspondences, Feb. 1992

Biasiello Installation Correspondences, Feb. 1992