THE ART BY CELAU
The artist Celau has always been passionate about all types of arts. He lived his life alongside family artists from other areas, and this fascinated him with the life of an artist. Celau is a self-taugth artist who started painting his hand 15 years ago...his initiation to painting only lasted a year, because living in a small city in Bahia, had difficulties to publicize his work and this left him without stimulation and stopped painting. After 13 years, Celau is back to painting and now screens...with great inspiration by Pop Art, influenced by Andy Warhol, Basquiat, among others pop icons. Celau's paintings draw attention to the vibrant colors and harmonious combination of colors. The artist stands out mainly for the firm trait, where everything is required to be very straight; and also of its abstract pulses that please the eyes and transmit joy.
Opening Reception August 3rd @ A.I.R. Gallery. 6-8pm.(Leia em Português)
Another Gesture/ Um Outro Gesto/Eine weitere Geste/ presents four German and Brazilian female artists working in painting, drawing, and photography. The notion of “another gesture” suggests a two-fold approach: first, one that moves away from the dominant male legacy of abstract expressionism, in which gesture and opticality were used to champion purity and the uniqueness of painting as a medium. The artists included in this show, working today, and in two differing hemispheres, either acknowledge or incorporate this past, but beyond that, they cling on to gesture, not only as a visual element, but as a conceptual vehicle for humor, for refusal, narrative, or memory. Second, within the word “another” there is a subtle play with the idea of being other to someone, a slight reference to the otherness that haunts historical relationships between Brazil and Germany.
These historical ties are mostly known in regards to colonial expeditions and German immigration to Brazilian territories: most famously, in 1557, the German explorer Hans Staden wrote about his capture by the Tupinambás and their cannibalism, a notion that would permeate, in the early 20th Century, Brazilian intellectuals’ idea of Anthropophagy, a time when Brazilian critic Oswald de Andrade famously said, “Only anthropophagy unite us.”
In the 19th Century, German traveling artists such John Moritz Rugendas and Eduard Hilderbrandt arrived in Brazil to depict its flora, fauna and native inhabitants. From the end of the 19th to the beginning of the 20th Century, German immigrants settled in cities all over Brazil, escaping war and poverty; many German artists had a fundamental participation in the first São Paulo Biennials. In the 21st Century, with the art world’s globalization, German and Brazilian art institutions have sought to shorten the geopolitical and invisible distances between the two countries.
Although these historical ties do exist, in Another Gesture/ Um Outro Gesto/Eine weitere Geste/ we eschew them to tell yet these women artists’ stories: we interrupt this rigid transnational narrative to create alternative ones through the idea of “gesture” as a generative theme. “Another Gesture” thus become an open-ended, consciously ambiguous, and fluid space, in which these artists, from different backgrounds, can navigate.
Dates: 3rd to 20th August, 2017
Artists in Residence Gallery – 155 Plymouth Street | Brooklyn NY | (212) 255 6651 |
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