Known for his figurative work and now showing only abstract paintings Rodrigo Bivar presents his new solo show entitled Lapa at Galeria Millan. There are about 15 unpublished oil paintings - large, medium and small scale - offering a sort of “mental game” with the space found in the painting; the structure remains with colors and shapes that seem to move around the canvas.
Rodrigo Bivar has been working on his abstract raid for two year now. The change did not only imply an aesthetic transformation, - where, for example, the color is freed from its secondary use in image and assumes the protagonist role in the painting – but since there was also a renewal in his art making, the process becomes essential.
The preparation of the paint also changed: now, the oil paint has egg yolk which adds more transparency consequently increasing the light range found on the works. The beeswax, used by the artist, removes the excess shine of the paint. In each work, Rodrigo searches to counteract the speed in the apprehension of the images with the slowness in which they were produced.
The key for the show was the traditional Lapa neighborhood, west side of São Paulo, where Bivar maintains his studio. The architecture of the region – walls, doors, and windows – decay and in its place, new colors and shapes occupy the painting’s space.
If on one hand, Lapa denotes the rupture in his artistic trajectory, on the other, it demonstrates the loving relationship that the artist has with the district that he works in, he emphasizes, “Without even realizing, Lapa and its colors stepped into my paintings”.
In his new solo exhibition at Galeria Millan, social contract, the artist Rubens Mano will display 17 never-before-seen works – among them photographs, installations, videos and objects – that inform how certain cultural, political and social tensions materialize in space and ‘naturalize’ certain processes of territorial attachment. The exhibition opens its doors on March 14, at 13h, will be on display until April 17.
The exhibition reveals an investigation that began in two other solo presentations by the artist: let’s play (Galeria Casa Triângulo, 2008) and incessante – incurável (Galeria Millan, 2011). While in the first show the approach emerged from implications of the artist’s description and of the artwork in the exhibition space, in the second instance, Rubens Mano looked into distinct defining aspects of the visible surface of the artistic universe. Now, the artist expands this investigation to processes of territorial attachment and their implications and expressions in the constitution of spaces. He says, “It is in the territory of the unstable that forms of the apparently stable are shaped.”
The solo exhibition will occupy all floors of Galeria Millan. On the ground floor, in addition to photographs (like the images from the series natureza privada) and objects, the artist will display an installation in the external area of the gallery, with the same title as the exhibition. On the first floor photographs and a video titled análise de sistemas will also be on display.
In social contract, Rubens Mano explores certain constitutive complexities of space, and how these complexities are revealed in multiple dimensions of private and public, individual and collective, natural and cultural life.
Sofia Borges participates in the group show Imagine Brazil, at Tomie Ohtake Institute, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Gunnar Kvaran and Thierry Raspail.
At the Solo Projects section of ARCOmadrid 2015, Galeria Millan presents new pieces by Lenora de Barros, specially created for the art fair having in mind the theme “The legacy of Latin-American avant-gardes” proposed by curator Kiki Mazzucchelli.
The artist will establish a dialogue with the Brazilian concrete movement.
Her project - alongside three others, by Ángel and Fernando Poyon, Sergio Zevallos and Livia Benavides - is running for the award illy SustainArt, which will elect the best solo project at ARCOmadrid. The winner announcement will be on 26 February, by Cuauhtémoc Medina (Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico), João Fernandes (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Spain) and Carlo Bach (director of illycaffè).
ARCOmadrid run from February 25 to March 1, in Ifema - Feria de Madrid, at Madrid, Spain. More information at fair`s website.
Between February 3 and 12, the annex at Galeria Millan – a space under construction – will host NO SOUND, an experimental exhibition (which can be seen happening) curated by Sofia Borges, who will also participate in the project as an artist. With both previously seen and unseen works, Borges and artists Antonio Malta, Erika Verzutti, Paulo Monteiro, Rafael Carneiro and Theo Michael occupy a space in transformation. The works of this group of artists are understood by the curator as "initial objects" or a starting point. In a second step, they, together with other artists such as Chico Togni and Suiá Ferlauto, will be invited to intervene in the space with the production of new works, drawings, sculptures, paintings, plays, dances and poems, having as a base objects and surfaces that are already present in the exhibition. The proposal made by the curator is that the exhibition always be in a process of transformation.
Experimental in character, NO SOUND revolves around concepts such as mimesis, language and the impossibility of something being, in itself, fully understandable. For example, a work by artists Sofia Borges and Theo Michael will consist of constantly renaming all of the exhibits. The curator will also seek to constantly change the position of the works on display, in an effort to create new dialogues between the works, the space and the public.
Sofia Borges believes that this exhibition will take place in four phases, two within the exhibition space and two outside. The first phase can be considered the "core" of the show, made up of the works presented since the beginning of exhibition. During this stage, Sofia Borges will exhibit large photos, mostly in shades of gray: these are works that have already been displayed between 2012 and 2014, in addition to previously unseen photographs. Antonio Malta will contribute to the exhibition with oil paintings, produced in 2013 and 2014, also in large format. Erika Verzutti and Paulo Monteiro will feature bronze sculptures. Rafael Carneiro has produced an oil painting especially for the exhibition and will also be presenting drawings from the beginning of his career.
The second phase consists of ten days of exhibition, a period that can be understood as happening. In this phase new works or interventions will be created from the initial objects, in loco. In this step, Theo Michael, Rafael Carneiro and Antonio Malta will be invited to draw on the photos by Sofia Borges. This will be the phase in which the second group of artists will participate, with specific actions proposed by the curator: Chico Togni, for example, will be asked to produce non-figurative works in shades of gray, white or black, based on the concept of beauty, as understood by Plato, with cardboard, paper and building materials.
In the phases that will take place outside of the exhibition space, the curator will invite people from different areas, regardless of where they come from, to produce works, texts and reflections about the concepts of the exhibition
Galeria Millan kicks off the 2015 exhibition season with the show Sala de trabalho, a solo exhibition by Afonso Tostes, which presents a new series of sculptures. The exhibition – the first by the artist in Galeria Millan – will be on display from 30 January to 28 February 2015; the vernissage will take place on January 29, at 7pm.
The exhibition will occupy the ground floor of the gallery. These previously unseen works were developed from the series presented in the exhibition Tronco, held in early 2014, at Casa França-Brasil, in Rio de Janeiro. There are about 50 sculptures made from the handles of tools used in various types of services, all of manual use: sickles, hammers, hoes, shovels, rakes, hoes, machetes and others.
Each piece is unique, not only in terms of the sculptural intervention, but also given the wear and tear that each tool displays. The sculptural interference by the artist refers to the human bone, in full scale, as if the instrument were an extension of the bodies that use it, alluding to the relationship between man and technique. The exhibition also reflects on the coexistence of rudimentary operations with digital techniques, which still coexist with archaic processes of production, inequality in labor relations, slavery, famine and other aspects that have not been overcome by technological development.
For the artist, this set of pieces, understood as an installation, can arouse in the spectator a strong memories, since one of the elements present in the works is the action of time itself. Thereby, the artist hopes that the public will leverage and expand the understanding of the works in exhibition.
Lenora de Barros participates in "Alimentário - Arte e Construção do Patrimônio Alimentar Brasileiro". The group show is open to visitors until March 29 at Museu da Cidade – Oca, in Ibirapuera Park, in São Paulo.
Conceived by Felipe Ribenboim and Rodrigo Villela and curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, "Alimentário" discusses the presence of food in Brazilian culture.
Further information on the museum's website.
Galeria Millan presents at Art Basel Miami Beach a cutout of contemporary Brazilian art of the 20th and 21st centuries. At stand C16, the gallery promotes a dialogue between artists already established, working since 1960s and 1970s, those who started their careers in the 1980s and the artists who starded their carreer after the 2000s: Ana Prata, Anna Maria Maiolino, Artur Barrio, Berna Reale, Emmanuel Nassar, Felipe Cohen, Henrique Oliveira, José Resende, Lenora de Barros, Miguel Rio Branco, Mira Schendel, Nelson Felix, Paulo Pasta, Rodrigo Andrade, Rubens Mano, Sofia Borges, Tatiana Blass, Thiago Rocha Pitta and Tunga.
Art Basel Miami Beach takes place from December 3 to 7, 2014 at the Miami Beach Convention Center: 1901 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach, FL, USA.