547 West 27th Street, suite #540 February 27th – March 6th 2017 New York City (USA)
Opening reception on Thursday, March 2nd from 5.30 to 9.30 pm
Benjamin Duke's current area of research is in painting, He is primarily interested in creating narratives that are disjunctive, which means that his works utilize seemingly opposite or disjoined elements. His main strategy for this is to create moments of fissure in a painting.
“How much monster, Duke’s Paintings ask us, are we willing to feel in ourselves, to accept, to affirm? What are the limits to which our egos restrict us, and what attractions and sensations liberate us from the cage of self? What aspirations and endeavors, Ben Duke’s paintings keep asking, lead beyond all compromises and reveal to us, finally what a body can think and do and feel.”
From Brian Kubarycz’s introductory essay to: Benjamin Duke 2001-2010: Ten years of Work with essays by Brian Kubarycz, and Su YuAnn, published by Garden City Publishing. Duke received his MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Hoffberger School of Painting in 2006. He has been teaching at Michigan State University since 2006 and has had numerous solo, and group shows at the national and international level including exhibitions at Ann Nathan Gallery in Chicago, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, “Weak Painting Group”, exhibitions at The Kuandu Museum of Fine Art in Taipei and Da Xiang Art Space in Taichung City, Taiwan. Duke has also been awarded international residencies at Bamboo Curtain Studios, The Kuandu Museum of Fine Art at Taipei National University of the Arts, and the Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program in Brittany. Duke says:
“In my paintings I ask myself “Is this the way the world is?’ I reshape and retool my painting experience to answer that question. But while the question begins with the world, it ends with the work itself: “Is this the way the world is in this work?” The search is for the world in painting and painting in the world (painting worlds/ paintings world). Am I in the world or is the world in me? I allude to my life, to writers works, to imagery and it is my hope that this record of allusion conjures and creates the same. I am referring to text, theory, idea but I am also finding myself already there, looking out to see in.”
FIRST BRAZILIAN CLASSICAL CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT PRESENTED BY BRAZILIAN MUSIC FOUNDATION (BMF) IN NEW YORK CITY.
March is the month of Heitor Villa-Lobos birth, and to commemorate the 130th anniversary of his birth Brazilian Music Foundation (BMF) will bring together local musicians who will present some of Villa-Lobos’ timeless works such as Choro no. 1, 5 preludes, String Quartet no. 5, Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5 with soprano Angelica De La Riva and guitar quartet, Melodia Sentimental, Canção de Amor, Alma Brasileira (Choro No. 5) with the pianist Max Barros, and other beautiful pieces by the composer performed by BMF Chamber Music Ensembles, conducted by Rafael Piccolotto.
ANGELICA DE LA RIVA WILL BE SINGING AT "ALMA BRASILEIRA"
The winner of Carlos Gomes Cultural Merit Award for her work for the
Brazilian Classical Music.
Considered, during his lifetime, the greatest composer of the Americas, Heitor Villa-Lobos composed about 1,000 works and his importance lies, among other things, in having reformulated the Brazilian concept of musical nationalism and becoming his greatest enthusiast. It was also through Villa-Lobos that Brazilian music came to be represented in other countries and became universal.
The BMF aims to present a series of Chamber Music Concerts with the works of Villa-Lobos, as well as those of Carlos Gomes and other great Brazilian classical composers.
The concert is supported by Sônia Rubinsky, winner of the LATIN GRAMMY in 2009 as “Best Classical Record of the Year” for her recording of Villa-Lobos piano works.
The revenue from this event will be allocated to the educational programs of BMFSOM (Brazilian Music School in New York).