Mike Bianco |
work in progress
Stage 1: tba
About the artist
Bianco’s art practice is invested in socially engaged art, and focuses on the politics of ecology, sustainability, and the impending “century of crisis.” Bianco has conducted extensive research in the field of gastroecology, and the intersection of food, craft, and sustainability, in locations that range from Oaxaca, Mexico, to Fukushima, Japan. Bianco exhibits his work internationally, and has been featured in venues that range from the Kenpoku Art Festival in Ibaraki, Japan, to the Science Gallery in London, England.
Bianco received his BA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Alfred University (2004), an MA in Curatorial Practice from the California College of the Arts (2007), an MFA in Art & Design from the Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan (2015), and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Western Australia. Bianco is also an alumnus of the prestigious Dow Sustainability Fellowship, and the only participant to have ever represented the fields of Art & Design.
About the community
The Shire of Pingelly is a Local Government Area in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, about 160km southeast of Perth. The Shire of Pingelly covers an area of 1,294km2, bounded by the Shires of Wandering, Brookton, Cuballing and Wickepin. The climate is Mediterranean with an average yearly rainfall of 453mm, which mainly falls during winter. The Shire, with the town sites of Pingelly, Moorumbine and Dattening, has a total population of 1,163 (ABS 2011), of which 50.8% were male and 49.2% were female. Indigenous people made up 11.5% of the total population. The median age of the population in 2011 was 44 years. The main economic activities of the region are agriculture and tourism. For agriculture, the focus is mainly on wheat, barley, oats, canola and lupins, sheep (wool and meat), pigs and beef cattle. Other local industries include wineries, yabbie farming, aquaculture, emu farming, seed cleaning and clover harvesting. Local tourist attractions include the Boyagin Rock Nature Reserve, Tutanning Flora and Fauna Reserve, Moorumbine Heritage Trail, Dryandra Woodland, Courthouse Museum, Pioneer Park, Memorial Park, and The Cross.
Partner Organisation: Pingely Community Resource Centre
The PCRC delivers services on a local level to whole of the Pingelly Community, individuals, families, sporting/community/essential service groups and associations. Every year the centre rises to meet the many challenges of the ever-changing needs of the community. Whilst we continue to deliver a core range of services and programs, we are also constantly trying to identify emerging community needs to ensure we are well situated to provide any assistance needed.