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FB Gallery is proud to present Tiago Gualberto in his first New York City exhibition, July 6 to July 22, 2012. Opening: July 6, 6 to 9pm.
Tiago Gualberto’s work focuses on the interplay between cultural practices and social development. He has lead cultural and art education workshops for socially vulnerable/disadvantaged children and adolescents in Brazil, giving him further insights into the socio-economic divide.
His own Afro-Brazilian cultural heritage is also a source of inspiration for Tiago. The juxtaposition of culture and ethnicity is highlighted through his unique use of chalk-like white pastel, a fragile medium that he uses as a tool of expressive strength. In many of his works we see a surrealist and dadaist touch, with depictions of absurd chimeras or everyday objects detourned from their original use. He has already participated in many exhibitions in Brazil and his work is currently visible at the Tamarind Institute (University of New Mexico, USA) as part of the exhibition Afro: Black Identity in America and Brasil.

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FB gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in New York of Brazilian artist Rodrigo Martins. His paintings and drawings are both viscerally monumental and challenging. Martin’s work evokes conflicting feelings of sensuous flesh, brutality and dynamism.The fragmentation, layering and merging of the images give his work a rhythmic pattern influenced by his musical practice and discernment. For more information about Rodrigo's creative process visit http://whatscontemporary.com/news/rodrigo-martins-tortured-dualism/

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Graffiti Error by Antonio Bokel, from October 13th to December 2nd.
In his first U.S. exhibit, Antonio Bokel presents an eclectic mix of recent works. His bold, cryptic, expressive mixed media paintings evoke the idea of weathered graffiti walls typically found in the urban landscape. But upon closer assessment his work is an unabashed cacophony of images culled from both familiar and unlikely sources. Inspired by graffiti tags often found in Brazilian cities, Bokel translates what he calls “small gestures of rebel power” into alluringly vivid works of distinct complexity.

Meet the artist: Rodrigo Lima (aka Tizil), July 17th, from 6pm to 8pm.
Come meet Carioca artist Rodrigo Lima (aka Tizil) and see his latest work combining American icons and sexuality.
Rodrigo Lima (aka.Tizil) was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As an artist, he has always drawn inspiration for his art from colors, graffiti, chaos, music and typography. From an early age, he has shown extreme sensitivity to shapes and lines, which later led him to fine arts and graphic design school. Over the past years, he has worked in the fashion industry creating graphics and infusing his design sensibilities into the development of clothing lines for Brazilian brands. In addition to that, Rodrigo has taken part in a number of fine arts related projects which have garnered him great exposure in the art communities of Rio de Janeiro and New York City and in the motion graphics world as well. Diligence, alphabetic characters, lines, and primary colors describe an artist who keeps a strong and organic identity.

FB Gallery invites you to a trip down memory lane to celebrate its one year anniversary. Come enjoy selected works from FB Gallery artists Antonio Bokel, Rodrigo Martins, Kilu and K-Narf. Thank you for your support!

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May 16 to June 3.
The Measure of an Artist is the culmination of Michael Anthony’s life-long dedication to his art. The show highlights the struggle, passion, and rise of a man fully aware of his unique aesthetic. His work displays child-like innocence coinciding with complex subject matter.
Since 1996 Michael Anthony has had his work consistently shown with an eye fixed on fame—his equivalent to credibility. However, this is the first large scale show to honor his vision rooted in the long New York tradition of the self-made, struggling artist. Never has he shared his story so unabashedly through not only painting, but also multimedia depictions of himself. His colorful and expressionistic strokes on canvas recount his resiliency through homelessness, theft, and ultimately his never ending hope and belief that he will be finally recognized as a true original.
An artist is not to be measured by wealth, reviews, or even aesthetic. In reality, an artist’s process cannot be measured... but a life on visual display can. Ranging from his graffiti tag Mazike, his royal alter-ego Prince Michael the First, to his sexual exploration through The Gingerbread Man; Michael Anthony’s work proves that regardless of name or circumstance, he has survived and he has arrived. And most importantly, he saw it coming.
I have yet to actually tell anybody how amazing I am...this show is what I’ve been trying to tell you for a long time.” - Michael Anthony Pegues

FB Gallery presents On Going an exhibition curated by Mariana Azevedo. The exhibition opens June 13th, 7 to 9pm and will be on display through June 17th.
Mariana Azevedo brings together thirteen young Brazilian artists who came to New York to develop and deepen their personal artistic practices. Connected at first mainly by their common nationality, their relationship intensified as they started to discuss the challenge of being an artist and a foreigner in a different culture.
All the artworks presented in the exhibition were created in New York and all types of medium are represented, from photography to site-specific installation. On Going reveals the creative flow and continuing production of these emerging artists: Patricia Bomeny, Morena Buser, Ana Carranca, Dan de Carvalho, Janina Clara, Sylvia Jorge, Paula Lobo, Samuel Mendes, Dani Moura, Flavia Palladino, Gustavo Prado, Verena Smit and Helena Wolfenson.

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FB Gallery is pleased to present Illuminati, featuring the official debut of the latest Lightbodies by contemporary artist Kilu. The solo exhibition runs June 6 through June 12.

Kilu’s artistic practice incorporates light as both the source material and focus of his work. He explores the intangible medium by transforming and combining objects into sculptures, which manipulate, capture and absorb the intrinsic values of light.
The Illuminati installation presents the latest Lightbodies -- life-size human shapes, in both idealized male and female forms. These sculptures are coated with painterly gestures including bold colors, expressive details, and varying textures such as diamond dust. Expressive beings though inherently inanimate, the Lightbodies reflect more than light.
Kilu relocated from Switzerland to New York in 2006 after winning The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition. His accomplishments also include winning The Healing Power of Art award in 2007, as well as being exhibited in several solo and group shows in New York.div style="color: #fff">

Ticún Brasil and FB gallery join forces to offer you Orfeu Negro. Inspired by classic movie Black Orpheus by Marcel Camus, Orfeu Negro is a photography exhibit that explores myth and reality in today's Rio favelas.
Favela Rocinha is the largest and the most developed shantytown in South America. With roughly 200,000 residents it is located in the heart of one of the most upscale neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro.
Last summer US artist Lais Lacher volunteered as a photography teacher in Rocinha. At the end of a 2 month course Lais lent the children Nikon cameras to capture their interpretation of the place they call home. The result is Fotos for Favelas series, a plethora of slices of life immortalized by kids with no political filters nor artistic embellishments.
Léo Lima (known as Léo do Jacarezinho) was born and lives in Jacare, one of Rio’s 600 favelas. Léo's pictures have a distinctive poetic immediacy and an honesty that set them apart from most attempts to capture the essence of a favela.
The mythological and sensual Rapt of Persephone series of French photographer Konstantin Lunarine offers viewers palpable modern mythology with the artist’s contemporary eye glancing back towards ancient Greek roots.
The Orfeu Negro exhibit will donate its proceeds to UMPMRS (Union of Women for the Betterment of Roupa Suja), day care center for Fotos For Favelas kids in Rocinha community in Rio.
As a bonus there will be great music at the opening by Regional de New York who’ll perform a live set of choro (vintage Brazilian jam) and rare bossa novas by DJ Luiz from Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

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Yummi Yammi, an exhibition by K-narf.

YUMMY: English term that means extremely pleasing to the sense of taste.
YAMI: A Japanese term that describes a person or thing related to either darkness or evil.
Yummi Yammi is a series of photo collages inspired by the true story of Issey Sagawa, a Japanese man who became a cannibal while living in Paris. K-Narf pushes the limits of how sex is portrayed in art— insisting on creating a jarring dialogue between images and the story behind them. With the juxtaposition of images of raw meat and softcore erotica, Yummy Yami evokes the same discomfort as Sagawa’s story.

About K-narf
Echoing the origins of street art by posting his works on public walls, K-Narf denounces the incoherencies and extravagances of our time. Both conceptual and experimental, his work documents, recycles and collects the “unusual” bringing it to the forefront and reminding us all that the medium of photography is not limited to truth-seeking but is also a toy to create, play and challenge audiences.
For the past decade K-narf has lived and exhibited worldwide including Japan, Australia, France, Singapore, USA, and Italy. His work has been shown, among others, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Scottsdale (US), Museum of Sydney, Japan Foundation for the Arts, The Yves Klein Archives, The French Embassy in Tokyo, Issey Miyake (Paris), the Clic gallery in NYC and now FB gallery.

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Metropole Remix is about an utopia: The ideal Metropolis. Inspired by the book Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino, Alê Souto recreates a series of utopias/metropolises in all their splendid deception. At the same time sophisticated and primal, Alê's work, with echoes of Arte Povera and Neoconcretismo, highlights the irony of our modern aspirations and civilization. The exhibition consist of a mural encompassing the whole first floor of the gallery, canvases, prints, a series of drawings (Suburbio remix), a video projection room, and two site specific installations. Metropole Remix was Alê Souto's first exhibition in New York.

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Fresh from Rio Demian Jacob, Marcello Macedo and Mateu Velasco

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Love, Peace and Unicorns by Danilo Zéh Palito

TAPES by Miljan Suknovic
OPENING: Thursday, September 27th, 7 pm
On view until Sunday, September 30th

FB Gallery in collaboration with Stag Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new works by New York based artist Miljan Suknovic. On view will be a range of new works on paper and canvas in which Suknovic continues to translate color and line into luminous and flawlessly calibrated abstractions. Suknovic's technique is straightforward— by using a brush and masking tape he moves color around in controlled areas. Sometimes the tape has been previously painted and used to create other art works. It then returns to blank paper and creates a new original pictorial concept. Suknovic creates a spectacle of great beauty, in which the painting alternately offers resistance to the eye or pulls the viewer into glowing fields of brilliant depth.

Miljan Suknovic studied art and architecture in Belgrade, Prague, Florence (graduated 2005), Hamburg (DAAD Scholarship for Artist) and New York. His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in galleries in Italy, France, Serbia, Greece, Germany and the US. His first solo show in America was held at the Union Gallery New York in 2008. He has also created large scale mural paintings in Florence and Bologna. He currently lives and works in New York.

Wednesday September 26, 9:15 pm

The Saravah exhibit is an experience of fascinating Afro-Brazilian Umbanda rituals as seen by three acclaimed Brazilian photographers. The images are projected onto inflatable structures especially created for the event.
Umbanda is a unique Brazilian syncretic religion born in Rio de Janeiro over a century ago. It absorbed African cults of possessions, Catholic elements, Spiritism of Allan Kardec, Indian traditions, Hinduism, Buddhism and Kabbalah.
Mel Alexenberg in his 'Educating artists for the future' concludes, 'Umbanda reveals isomorphisms and similarities between so many cultures that it can be seen as exemplar of coexistence.'

Marcello Vitorino, Santo André, SP
Daniel Protzner, Belo Horizonte
A pandilla, photo collective from Rio de Janeiro

LIVE PERFORMANCE by Café da Silva (Umbanda percussion).
Edson Aparecido da Silva, aka Café, played with Mick Jagger, David Byrne and Harry Belafonte, among many others. His dedication to the drums began at the age of 8 when he became fascinated by the Afro-Brazilian rhythms he heard and felt at the Umbanda meetings which he attended with his parents.

In cooperation with the Brazilian Endowment for the Arts, center for promoting the use of Brazilian texts and arts in the United States. Visit http://brazilianendowment.org/ for more details.

Ticún Brasil/תיקון ברזיל participants are involved in various volunteering experiences with Brazilian Jewish organizations ranging from visiting elderly Jews to Tikkun Olam projects in Favelas. Visit http://ticunbrasil.com/ticun/ for more details.

Ticun Brasil is also partnering for this exhibit with A Comissão de Combate à Intolerância Religiosa - The Commission to Combat Intolerance (CCIR), Brazilian organization where Jews, Christians and Muslims advocate freedom of worship. http://eutenhofe.org.br/quem-somos/ccirrj

NYC in Orb, a photo installation by Conceição Praun
OPENING: Tuesday, September 18 at 7pm. Organic food and refreshments will be served.

When coming to New York for the first time last April, Conceição Praun, a photographer and filmmaker passionate about environmental issues, decided to focus her attention on NYC’s environment and document her observations through a series of original black and white photographs.
Ms. Praun is recognized internationally for her persistence in travelling the world to document the environment. Those trips and meetings have opened her eyes to various environmental issues and has contributed greatly towards Praun’s attitude of questioning the human’s values on the 21st century.
“I would like to express just how difficult it has been for me to encourage people here in New York City to recognize the importance of their awareness to our environment. Often I have felt frustrated by the seeming lack of interest displayed by many. I have found myself to be a pioneer, touching lives with these very real issues that are crucial for our survival. I have come to recognize that the senses of the masses appear dulled and have nurtured extreme passive attitudes towards our social dilemmas that we should responsibly address. We are all part of a great family called the human race living on planet Earth. Take care of the environment -- it’s not only our collective responsibility, but is also our right to do so without obstruction. To this, I remain committed.” - Conceição Praun

About the Artist
Conceição Praun was born in Olinda, Pernambuco in the north east of Brazil. Ms. Praun developed an interest in the "camera obscura" and learned the principles of this optical device while living in London where she had her first showcase. Ms. Praun then moved to Paris where she met George Fèvre (1930-2007), a master of photo development who was an apprentice to Henri Cartier-Bresson. This relationship encouraged Ms Praun’s deep appreciation on his theory of ‘l’instant décisif’. Fèvre became Ms. Praun’s mentor and exercised a great influence on her career, she promised him that she would focus on the metaphysical contrasts of black and white. Her photographs favor spontaneity over prose and composition. Praun travels the world seeking to highlight the conditions of social and environmental circumstances in order to create awareness on society’s behaviors. “Take care of our environment -- it’s a duty which transcends cultural, socioeconomic and all kind of boundaries.” – Conceição

Experimental Jazz concert at FB Gallery, Sunday, Sept. 9 at 8pm:

British jazz/free-improvising vocalist Phil Minton’s only performance in New York!
Minton began playing in jazz bands in the late '50s. Late his specialty became literary texts: he has sung lyrics by Daniil Kharms and Joseph Brodsky and James Joyce among others.
He is perhaps best known, however, for his completely free-form work, which involves "extended techniques" that are extremely unsettling. His vocals often include the sounds of retching, burping, screaming, and gasping, as well as childlike muttering, whining, crying and humming; he also has an ability to distort his vocal cords to produce two notes at once.
As an improviser, Minton has toured throughout the world, working with a great many creative musicians, including Peter Brötzmann, Fred Frith, John Butcher, and Derek Bailey's Company
watch: http://youtu.be/Z3PFIYka1dU
read: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/phil-minton-mn0000845323

Rare appearance in US by German trumpeter Axel Dörner who developed one of the most unique voices in free improvisation.
He established a completely different language for the trumpet in the late ‘90s, starting anew by focusing on the sound of his breath. With enough amplification, the most microscopic gestures sound like electronic flurries.
watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TleICJlQTqg
read: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/axel-d%C3%B6rner-mn0000043644

A native of Korea, Okkyung Lee has been developing her own voice in a contemporary cello performance, improvisation and composition.
With her solid classical training as a foundation, she incorporates jazz, sounds, korean traditional music, and noise with extended techniques to create her unique blend of music.
Since 2000, she has performed and recorded with numerous artists such as Laurie Anderson, Carla Bozulich, Evan Parker and John Zorn to name a few.
watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmU7eesu_NM
read: http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/2011/05/qa_okkyung_lee.php

C. (Chih-Fu) Spencer Yeh was born in Taipei, Taiwan and is now based out of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Yeh is active both as a solo and ensemble artist, as well as with his primary ‘organized sound’ project, Burning Star Core. As an improviser, Yeh has focused on developing a personal vocabulary using violin, voice, and electronics. As a sound organizer/composer, Yeh works with all aspects available surrounding a work, aurally and physically, as elements key to the cumulative experience. He is concerned not only with the sensual aspects of sound, but the gestural qualities as well. Yeh has performed alongside and collaborated with a deep and ever-growing list of artists and groups including Tony Conrad, Evan Parker, Thurston Moore and many others, and has performed across the U.S.A. and Europe in a variety of settings and festivals.
watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQiDeJGA448
read: http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/2011/09/c_spencer_yeh_burning_star_core_interview.php

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In conjunction with the group show Surprise Surprise FB Gallery is pleased to present Summer Feeling at a new location: Panini Cafe, 188 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10013
Summer Feeling is the pairing of New York based artists Corinne Rendinaro, Ross Schaner and Brazilian artist Rodrigo Martins. Through different processes and similar color palettes, these artists communicate the range and richness of feelings we receive in summer. In the height of this season we are reminded of everything that is youthful and bountiful. With this however, and just as with everything, we are also acutely aware of the season's coming to an end. We relish in the seasons power knowing we must say goodbye and welcome the harvest, waiting a year for its whimsical return.

FB Gallery is pleased to present Surprise Surprise, a multi-media group exhibition introducing the talent of Corinne Rendinaro, Ross Schaner and William DeNatale, in their first show in New York.

The vehicle behind Surprise Surprise serves as a platform to showcase the dynamic creations of these three young artists.
Once shown together, this triangular dictate plays-off different media and points of views against each other. The final selection initiates an active dichotomy by pitting colorful abstractions against figurative renderings, photomontage against graphic design, visual appropriations against original imagery.
We evaluate constantly our past, our needs and our reactions to them. Collecting is peculiar to human beings, being at once subjective and objective. Surprise Surprise serves not only as a platform for these emerging young artists, but also as platform for emerging art collectors.

Corinne Rendinaro was raised in New Jersey. She moved to New York after high school, to study Fashion Design. After taking a required course in life drawing, she found her true passion was art. She changed her major to Fashion Illustration where her attention was focused on movement of the body and gesture. Corinne then attended Pratt Institute to study Critical and Visual Studies. She has also studied in Florence, Italy and Copenhagen, Denmark.

William DeNatale was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He has been shooting with the same camera since he was 10 years old and his images reflect the search for compassion, humility and truth in the world. He is interested in developing a new language of spirituality, and uses collage as a way of diving into the unconscious. In 2010 he received his BA from Trinity College in English and Photography after completing his thesis, a book of poems and collages titled So Far.

Ross Schaner, artist and designer, is a hybrid of the places where he has lived. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Ross's work pulls from the dreamy possibilities of an overgrown landscape where industry has left. Ross cultivated an early sensitive awareness to the natural world which he weaves into his current environment - Brooklyn, NY. After finishing the Illustration program at the Fashion Institute Ross has applied his work to textile and surface design projects including a print collection for Sir NY, a NY based menswear line. Ross is working on crafting a new perspective to making work in Bushwick which is informed by graffiti, mural art, vintage textile design, and a timeless eccentricity that can only be imagined by an artist who confuses childish playfulness with urban realities.

Fostering emerging talent and helping it blossom is at the core of FB Gallery’s mission statement.