Fragmento, In-Process
Nov
3
to Dec 8

Fragmento, In-Process

Fragmento, In-Process

Curated by Tatiane Schilaro

Artists:

Alice Quaresma, Bia Monteiro, Gustavo Prado, Julia Brandão, Júlia Pontés, Mateu Velasco, Vitoria Hadba

Fragmento, In-Process presents seven Brazilian artists articulating notions of fragmentation and proliferation in their work: Alice Quaresma, Bia Monteiro, Gustavo Prado, Julia Brandão, Júlia Pontés, Mateu Velasco and Vitoria Hadba. These artists use photography, sculpture, textiles, printmaking, and photomontage to juxtapose peculiar shapes, textures, objects,
landscapes, bodies, and characters.

In Vitoria Hadba’s prints, lines lead our eyes outside the picture plane, while gaps between the photographs from Julia Pontés’ series, Pig Iron, indicate the suspended space in which the artist’s performative body becomes a “void.” In Bia Monteiro’s photographs “tropicalness” is only suggested. Instead of capturing images of palm trees and foliage––the stereotypical idea of Brazilianness––Monteiro’s dialogue between the natural and the artificial is established through residue of modern architecture.

It is also within the Brazilian urban spaces that Mateu Velasco situates his proliferation of forms and themes; his street-art-inspired characters could just as well have inhabited public walls such as the modern fragments found in Monteiro’s work. On the other hand, Julia Brandão’s proliferations are repurposed from the fashion world and retain the dynamism of urban life; these sculptural textiles breed knots, earrings, buttons, and fringes, resulting in a relationship with an adorned, but implicit body.

The implicit body is also explored by Alice Quaresma, whose practice describes photography and painting as in-process mediums, eschewing traditional readings of landscape and abstraction. Both Quaresma and Gustavo Prado trigger recollections of the most famous narrative in Brazilian art history: neo-concretism. Prado’s Contortionist series consists of flexible loop-like sculptures made to be handled and reconfigured, an homage to Brazilian Lygia Clark’s participatory works, which emerged from neo- concretism. These processes, based on the articulation of proliferation and/or fragmentation, can be understood as ways of re-accessing notions of Brazil. But in these works, Brazil is not idealized; it is not marked as a site for an expat’s nostalgia, instead it is a place to be reimagined, regurgitated,
multiplied, and recollected.

Produced by AnnexB and b[x] Gallery, Fragmento, In-Process is curated by Tatiane Schilaro.

About AnnexB
Acknowledging the importance of cultural and transnational exchanges to increase the diversity in contemporary art, Larissa Ferreira founded AnnexB, the first organization ever based in New York to offer arts management, programming, and an art residency exclusively for Brazilian artists. Since its inception, AnnexB has presented the work of 34 Brazilian artists in New York, with 8 of them participating in the residency program. The art projects include: murals, exhibitions, installations, live painting events, performances, workshops, book launches, as well as numerous visits to the atelier.

About Tatiane Schilaro
Tatiane Schilaro is a Brazilian-born art writer, an adjunct faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute, and a Ph.D. student in Visual Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz. She graduated in 2015 from the Art Criticism and Writing Master’s Program at the School of Visual Arts, and has an MA in Art History, Contemporary Art. In 2015, she coauthored the book Contemporary Art in Brazil (Edições Pinakotheke, Rio de Janeiro). She has curated shows in São Paulo (Fundação Pró-Memória), Quito (FLASCO), and in Brooklyn, N.Y. (A.I.R. Gallery). Her essays and reviews have been published by Guernica, ARTNews, Artcritical, Hyperallergic, LatinxSpaces and NewCityBrazil. She was a curatorial intern at El Museo del Barrio, the Museum of Modern Art, and at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Tatiane
is AnnexB’s Creative Director.

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Sep
22
to Oct 28

Nari Kim

"My work creates absolute, non-hierarchical situations. In that way, I hope my audiences see/experience absolute, non-hierarchical situations which they might never experience in their everyday lives, and I hope these experiences have a positive effect on their lives.

Hierarchy and sign are social byproducts which are derived from a male-dominated history. Because signs decide the class structure between objects and persons, I attempt to erase or decontextualize sign in objects. I indiscriminately aggregate objects which are defined by a male-dominated society. I interpret these objects democratically, and assemble these objects for female-centered situations. I see objects and images as phenomena which need to be broken down. "

See ArtSlant interview here

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Aug
8
1:00 PM13:00

Nozco with kids

NOZCO : a workshop for the kids

in collaboration with the arts department of SCO Family of Services

 

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Nozco: an Imaginary Universe
Jul
21
to Sep 8

Nozco: an Imaginary Universe

Espartaco Albornoz
with Natalia Lima
 

July 21 - September 8
Opening reception: Friday, July 21st, 6-9pm
 

**the show will include workshops and discussions around the topic of community. Please follow our Facebook and Instagram for updates! 

Workshops:
Saturday, August 5th at 11am
NOZCO
a workshop for the kids

Refreshments will be served


203 Harrison Pl. BK
Please RSVP at: pia@thebrushx.com

 

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Christopher Willauer: "It Is You Who Awakens Me"
Jun
2
to Jul 14

Christopher Willauer: "It Is You Who Awakens Me"

Christopher Willauer

"It Is You Who Awakens Me"

 

OPENING RECEPTION:  Friday, June 2nd, 6-9PM

EXHIBITION: June 2 - July 14

I believe in a language of the body. A form that communicates and separates, full of intricate scars and wrinkles that read as prose, detachment and secretion that remind us of our materiality, holes and pits that demonstrate a constant hunger. Bodies are a place of experience and experimentation. 

Working through performance, sculpture, and video I conceptually engage with the body in a ritualistic and reverent manner. In my practice, the body functions both formally and conceptually as an exploration of anxieties, sorrows, pleasures, longings, eroticism, and queerness. These and other points of inquiry have become embedded within my perception of bodies and self. 

Motivated by a radical tenderness and strange love, I hope to expose myself to initiate a communal intimacy. The universality of bodies creates an opportunity to explore emotions and create visceral experiences in an inclusive manner. This ubiquity allows physicality to exist as a means of depicting what is felt. 

I have a fascination with the grotesque, repressed, pleasurable, and shameful; this serves as motivation to explore the roots of each and how they are entangled within ourselves. Within this entanglement, issues of identity are brought into question and force the viewer to examine his/her degree of comfort or discomfort. Initiated by an exploration of self, it is my hope that this examination of comfort evolves into new questions and understandings. I am particularly interested in the power of the abject and our power of adaptability; the confrontation of our body’s materiality and the tools developed to cope with our endless questions. 

Bodies exist in a social construct of high standards and stigmas, motivating shame and repression. I investigate the authority of my own body in relationship to my reaction of its origin. 

Our bodies are the one living thing we will always know but while we are also passive in its construction we become active in its performance. It is time to reclaim our bodies.

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June Open Studios
Jun
2
12:00 PM12:00

June Open Studios

Join Us!

Friday, June 2nd, 12-9pm

Here's a chance to meet and connect with the artist in their studio. Ask questions about their process. Support and buy affordable work. Mingle and network with our creative community.

+ Art

+ New art on the Affordable Art Wall.

+ Awesome local snacks and beverages  

+ Live music

+ Opening reception for the Christopher Willauer exhibition in the gallery that evening starting at 6pm.

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[x] outdoor gallery project: communication
May
12
to Oct 1

[x] outdoor gallery project: communication

Series 2: COMMUNICATION

MAY - OCTOBER 2017

OPENING RECEPTION: MAY 12, 2017, 6-9 PM

Artists:

Hayley Anderson, Kakeru Asai, Julie Gratz, Kumi Hirose, Natalia LimaShaun O’Conner, Caty Wooley


COMMUNICATION

Definition:

  • the imparting or exchanging of information or news.
  • means of connection between people or places, in particular.

Questions:

  • Do you feel responsible for how others interpret what you communicate?
  • What are the differences between nonverbal and verbal communication? How does that affect the way you communicate?
  • How is expression related to communication?
  • Do you personally have to believe in what you communicate?
  • What is a world like without communication?

    

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EVERY LAST WEDNESDAY: HAPPY HOUR WITH Squirrelz
Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

EVERY LAST WEDNESDAY: HAPPY HOUR WITH Squirrelz

It's time to celebrate the hard work. Relax and enjoy the company of your fellow creatives.

In addition, our friends at Squirrelz will be joining us again for fabric swap!

Clean out your fabric stash and start swapping, people!

Bring along all of your excess fabrics, leftover trimmings, extra beads and trade them with others. Join us for good music, some wine (yes, we got few complementary bottles of red but we highly encourage you to BYOB ;P ) and get inspired by other creatives' materials! Let's give these leftover materials a second life, and come find the hidden gems in other people's fabric stash.

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EXHIBITION: CHANCE
Apr
14
to May 26

EXHIBITION: CHANCE

CHANCE

“Anything with dice is a game of Chance”

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, April 14th, 6-9pm

EXHIBITION: April 14 - May 19

Artists:

Marissa Crider

Rachel Cuyler

Emily Oliveira

Linda Schmidt

Michael Serafino

Morgan Winter

 

Chance:

  • a possibility of something happening.
  • the occurrence and development of events in the absence of any obvious design

  • fortuitous; accidental

Questions asked at our group meeting:

  • How does one play with chance?
  • Can you cheat chance?
  • Is it still chance if someone knows the outcome?
  • Is “second chance” taking chance within a chance?
  • Are we living in a world of Chance?

A few standout points:

Chance..

  • = risk??

  • Increase probability = increase possibility

  • Chance and responsibility

  • Luck vs Chance

  • Being born = chance = luck?

  • Closing off chances

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Imaginary Tiles | Vanessa Rosa
Mar
18
to Apr 9

Imaginary Tiles | Vanessa Rosa

Vanessa Rosa's Imaginary Tiles installation presents itself as an encounter between visual arts, architecture, new technologies and historical heritage. Vanessa has been developing a research about algorithmic images and traditional ornamentations from Portuguese, Islamic and West African cultural groups.

As a visual artist and art historian, she creates projects that mixture public art, community activities, technological experiments and historical research.

Vanessa has worked as project coordinator for different organizations and is an illustrator and art director for Viajante do Tempo. She has a deep interest in collaboration projects and in understanding other cultures. She has already participated in mural paintings, exhibitions and other projects in different countries across America and Europe.

Supported by AnnexB and Brooklyn Brush.

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EXHIBITION: INFORMATION
Jan
27
to Mar 10

EXHIBITION: INFORMATION

  • 203 Harrison Place Brooklyn, NY, 11237 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

INFORMATION

"Does information only exist within a medium?"

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, January 27th, 7-9pm

EXHIBITION: January 27 - March 10

Artists:

Ekaterina Aksenova

Nina Clayton

Devin Hardy

Nikolina Kovalenko

G.Romero 

Christopher Willauer

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Information:

  • the communication or reception of knowledge or intelligence
  • knowledge obtained from investigation, study, or instruction

Questions asked at our group meeting:

  • Does information only exist within a medium?
  • How does consciousness relate to information?
  • Is information only valid when there is a receiver?
  • Are we ourselves information?
  • Can information be deleted?

A few standout points:

Information..

  • is an evolution
  • needs to be activated
  • is a bridge for connection
  • is in a vessel stretched in certain ways over time and space

GROUP DISCUSSION

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Every Last Wednesday: Happy Hour with Squirrelz
Jan
25
6:30 PM18:30

Every Last Wednesday: Happy Hour with Squirrelz

It's time to celebrate the hard work. Relax and enjoy the company of your fellow creatives.

In addition, our friends at Squirrelz will be joining us! Come and discover a brand new way of designing on the cheap at this month's Happy Hour Mixer! Founder Bunny Yan will introduce her free material sharing app and show you new ways to create, without breaking the bank! Tap directly into the designer community around you and start claiming materials with the Squirrelz app.

Join us

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Void
Nov
4
to Dec 9

Void

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, November 4th, 7-9pm

EXHIBITION: November 4 - December 9

ARTISTS

Carolina Arevalo 

Liene Bosque

Maureen Hoon

Jeremiah Jones

Jean Cesar Villalon

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Void

  • not valid or legally binding, null
  • a completely empty space

Questions asked at our group meeting:

  • If you’re in a void, would you know you’re in a void?
  • Can a void be a physical entity? or is it perception?
  • Can you control the void?
  • What color is a void?

A few standout points:

Void is..

  • another state of reality, a dream
  • a journey
  • a place where rules are bended
  • a potential for transition, secret routes
  • denying something
  • infinite connectedness

"I feel there might be some hints that you're going into another state of reality.." - Carolina

"When we're staring at a void or saying there's a void, we're actually saying this empty unknown is a part of us..it's inside of us." - Jeremiah

"There is an underlying yearning to be connected..I think deep down there is that yearning to go beyond our own individual experience." - Maureen

"There is a period in between, like this period that you are in limbo that's death. It's like this complete absence of everything, there is no air there is no life there is nothing but yet you are there" - JC

Show specifications:

  • create something new based on group dialogue
  • 1 - 2 pieces per artist
  • use a medium different from what is usual in the artist's practice
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Connecting Distance: Body Casting Workshop with Christopher Willauer
Oct
30
12:00 PM12:00

Connecting Distance: Body Casting Workshop with Christopher Willauer

Project Description

The interest of the body castings I create is not with the intent to recreate the human form but rather to give form to the space between bodies, environments and objects. The process of these castings is to pour plaster directly onto the bodies and the surrounding area. This process creates ambiguous bodily forms that capture details of the body while also giving form to the space between. It is this space that separates bodies that ultimately connects them, every separation serving as a link. With the body functioning as the mold, these castings become a monumentalization of the space between bodies

I am interested in the moments of intimacy that are forged and materialized through the casting process. Whether it is between strangers, fellow classmates, or family, these moments of molded stillness give form to this space and allow for this connecting distance to be actualized.

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www.christopherwillauer.com/

www.connectingdistance.com/

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EVERY LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH: HAPPY HOUR + Performance
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

EVERY LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH: HAPPY HOUR + Performance

Please join us for a very special happy hour event.

caitlin+dancers and Amanda Millet-Sorsa will cover the floors and walls of the [x] Gallery for this special event and perform "Movements in Color" (30 min piece). This is a unique occasion to come watch them record the choreography, foot paint marks, and painter's brush with paint on canvas, while sipping drinks. 

Movements in Color is a collaborative dance work by choreographer Caitlin Dutton and painter Amanda Millet-Sorsa that intertwines both artists’ sensibilities on color as visual and emotional stimuli. The focus pertains to five colors in particular: white, orange, red, indigo and black. Each focused hue holds a multitude of historical, social, and emotional contexts including passion, joy, secrecy, youth, and pain, ranging the spectrum of Apollonian to Dionysian thought. Movements in Color will layer each shade as accumulating movements in dance and paint, set to an original score, and culminating in a wild expression of amalgamated artistic disciplines.

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photo by: Andrew Lee Imaging

photo by: Andrew Lee Imaging

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Endings and Beginnings
Sep
16
to Oct 21

Endings and Beginnings

ENDINGS AND BEGINNINGS

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, September 16th, 7-9pm

EXHIBITION: September 16 - October 21

ARTISTS:

Espartaco Albornoz

Daniela Gomez

Shaun O'Connor

Mariana Soares

Seldon Yuan

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About the theme: Endings and Beginnings

  • the point in time or space at which something starts
  • the furthest part or point of something

Questions asked at our group meeting:

Which comes first, the ending or the beginning?

Is there a difference between the two?

Is an ending also a beginning and is a beginning also an ending?

A few standout points we came to:

Endings and Beginnings 

+ are relative

+ they are continuous

+ linear vs circular

+ beginnings = first time

+ overlapping

Show specifications:

+ create something new

+ 1 - 2 pieces per artist

+ use a medium different from what is usual in the artist's practice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Outdoor Gallery Project: Community
Aug
19
to Dec 1

Outdoor Gallery Project: Community

“I believe that every human being has an understanding of art. What is separating us is smaller than what is unifying us.”  Thomas Hirschhorn

Series 1: COMMUNITY

Espartaco Albornoz Abreu

"Through drawing and painting I create an imaginary writing that is complemented by a character who I call NOZCO. Outside of work, Nozco becomes a format to reflect and be part of what happens internally or outside of ourselves. Under this conviction, I release NOZCO from my studio to be out there and be part of the urban visual expression. I create my work under a spontaneous intention, convinced that the most important and rewarding part of creating is when I find that intimacy is between an idea, material and motivation that I discover at the time of the action."

Angelik

"The works are self-referential and an extension of my continued investigation visually and physically of the beyond. Circle formations are forms of communication that connects all forms of life within our known world and life that exist beyond our atmosphere. Circle communication creates a universally community and inclusivity of the universe."

Sophia Chizuco

"While working on this piece here, I had a wonderful experience. A person who lives on the street told me how he loved my work. He went back to his other friends and discussed about my work. He came back and told me this was a river. He suggested me to paint fish. I explained this was an abstract art and asked him to use his imagination. He said there were 3 fishes swimming and jumping. He also suggested for me to draw a big red bubble. I put a small one for our friendship. He appreciated my work and offered me a soda. This is the one of the reasons I love to paint abstract landscape. Viewers explore their experience, consciousness or unconsciousness, to find where it is."

Marissa Crider

"As eyes are the window into the soul,  living in New York, I have always seen window as a peek into the soul of the people living behind them. People take pride in what they choose to show in their windows, the objects and beliefs they hold dear. Walking around, looking into these nameless vignettes of personality has always made me feel both touched by intimacy and lonely."

Isabelle Ewing
"Uppity Women Unite was inspired by the influential female who help support and grow Brooklyn’s flowing creative energy. Each unique symbol positioned to appear repetitive gives reference to the habitual nature of the people yet consistently changing community. Each layer with thoughtful purpose in hopes to result into a piece that inspires and brings strength to whoever may need it."

Ben Hilario-Caguiat

"A shark needs to constantly move forward to stay alive. Can a friendly shark stay friendly while moving forward within the challenges of an urban community."

Mag Magrela

"My idea is to bring a piece of Brazil to New York and expose the current momentum my home country is going through, without losing hope for better days – after the fire, a new beginning emerges."

Richard Petrucci

Fefa Romanova

"This piece symbolizes growing in a stillness. The characters are in this state of silence, contemplating their own consciousness along days and nights, while the sun and the moon celebrate their self-discovery."

G.Romero

"When thinking about the community of Bushwick many things come to my mind. I have known this neighborhood since 2003-as a resident, teacher and artist. I have seen it change and flourish into one of the most amazing parts of Brooklyn.

One definite aspect that stands out to me about Bushwick, is not only its culturally and artistically rich center but also the fact that it is not a spiritually bankrupt place. These murals are about the idea behind this spiritual awareness."

 

 

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Mag Magrela “Meu Muro”
Aug
19
7:00 PM19:00

Mag Magrela “Meu Muro”

Performance by Brazilian artist: Mag Magrela

(1985, São Paulo - Brazil)

I have always been in contact with art through my father - who also paint. In 2007 the streets started to become the canvases for the drawings I accumulated in my sketchbooks throughout the years. Since then my work can be found on the streets of major cities in Brazil (São Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro), Lisbon, London and New York.

My art represents an unique style that can be found in the Brazilian graffiti scene, which uses intuition and intense creativity. In addition to the graffiti, I also work with canvases, sculpture in clay and tiles. Most recently, I created a new performance-installation named “Meu Muro”, which means “My Wall” in English, that has become my signature performance.

I find inspiration in the urban euphoria of the city of Sao Paulo and I work around themes that portray the Brazilian culture: faith, profane, ancestors, struggles of living in society, obstacles of daily life and women.

I’m current working on a series named “Pindorama in Flames” during my one month residency in New York. ‘Pindorama’ in Tupi means land of the palm trees, a land free from evil. That was the name the Natives called Brazil before the colonization. My idea is to bring a piece of Brazil to New York and expose the current momentum my home country is going through, without losing hope for better days – after the fire, a new beginning emerges.

For this series I’m working on six canvases which will can be seen in my open studio in Bushwick until August, 14th and from August, 15th onwards will be in exhibition in the Lower East Side. The idea of the open studio is to have a space that I can work and at the same time get to know other people that identifies with my work and wants to get a deeper understanding of my work progress, ideas and my vision of Brazil and its culture.

I’m also taking advantage of my time in NY to keep painting walls around the city. 

www.magcrua.blogspot.com.br

www.instagram.com/magmagrela

www.facebook.com/magrela.mag

www.flickr.com/photos/magritcha/

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Ryoichi Nakamura Confused Utopia
Aug
19
7:00 PM19:00

Ryoichi Nakamura Confused Utopia

Ryoichi Nakamura | Confused Utopia

Exhibition: August 11 - August 25

Artist Reception: Friday, August 19th, 7-9pm

"The works of portraits are about changing or hiding identity in response to the changing situation, whether they want or not.  I try to represent variables and confused identity with the portraits of American in Multiethnic society. " Ryoichi Nakamura

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