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Brad Biancardi is a formidable painter. He makes strange, wildly colorful images that look like reflected and refracted blueprints, and often, they are based on the real architecture of a room or a building.

He's also the kind of guy who says he doesn't understand color. That one of his paintings at Crawl Space only counts for a half-painting, because it's bad, but that he put it up to demonstrate what he was going through in his studio at the time. No wonder he was a finalist for this year's Betty Bowen Award.

In other words, he's devoted, curious, generous, and talented--and, sadly, moving to Chicago in November. (He's got family back there.)

Listen to what he's struggled with in the studio since last spring. You can see the results at Crawl Space Gallery, where he has a solo show (of 4 1/2 paintings) through Nov. 11, and Platform Gallery, where he's part of a group exhibition called A Spectral Glimpse through Dec. 1.

Here are a couple of teasers:

The Millennium Falcon (doubling, unintentionally, as a Marsden Hartley soldier painting):
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1983 Chrysler New Yorker Fifth Avenue "Made in
America"
(his first car):
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A painting unusual for him in that it incorporates collage (that bird is made of cutouts of eyes), which he calls Enchanted Elevator Shaft or Hawkeye:
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