Art Review: Próximo Olhar, international contemporary art opening, São Paulo

What: Art Opening of Young International Artists
When: February 10, 2011, Thursday
Where: Alameda Lorena, 1922, São Paulo, Brazil
Who: Anderson Resende, Becky Yee, Bruno Kurru, Claudio Ethos, Choque Photos, Flávio Samelo, Kristen Uhrich, Maurício Adinolfi, Monica Rizzolli, Seitaro Kuroda, Sidney Amaral, Thais Ueda and Tifenn Python

Gallery Entrance for Próximo Olhar Exhibit

Gallery Entrance, Alameda Lorena

Hosting an eclectic collection of young Brazilian and international artists, the Cavalera Arts Project opened last Thursday (Feb 10) here in São Paulo, Brazil. Sparkling water and champagne helped counter the oppressive summer heat, while a large turnout of hip artsy types flowed throughout the gallery. A total of thirteen artist showing 1-3 works, mostly 2D with one mini-installation and one set of hand-sized sculptures. Here are some of the highlights:

Sidney Amaral, Brazil

Sidney Amaral, the entrails of male genatalia

The entrails of male genatalia, sculpture

Disturbing and beautiful, this small sculpture of a dismembered penis and derobed testicles is layed out like a royal breakfast that was abandoned by some unknown crisis from without. A cold look into the delicate nature of this prized piece of male anatomy, this piece was one of my favorites.

Thais Ueda, Brazil
Intricate pencil/pen drawings of sleek women bearing physical burdens, be it a headful of snakes camouflaged into a bulging coiffure or medieval armor constricting part of the upper body like a misplaced chastity belt, the drawings of Thais Ueda were lovely!

Monica Rizzoli, Brazil

Monica Rizzoli

Monica Rizzoli

Monica’s recent works use surprising yet balanced color combinations that are woven together with fine details of flower patterns and flowing geometric shapes. The two figures in her featured piece are of a monkey and a small boy who seem to have switched places in the evolutionary chain. The intricately inked monkey looks off into the distance, with the pondering look of a philosopher while the young boy’s individualism is lost in flower details, no face, no self. He points at the viewer as if accusing us of creating his current dubious situation.

Tiffen Python, France/USA

Tiffen Python

Tiffen Python

Perhaps the most traditional works in the show, Python’s large paintings use washes of color, layed one over the other to create a watery, etherial feel. Details of underlayers peek through in some areas, creating a sense of both physical and emotional depth. Very serene.

And my least favorite work of the show:

Seitaro Kuroda, Japan/USA

I didn’t even bother taking a photo of this guy’s stuff. Think kindergarden boy drawings of imaginary monsters, 6 colors of crayons on craft paper. His bio on the gallery website said that he’s one of the most influential Japanese artists EVER but I couldn’t even find a website for him. All I can hope is that this Seitaro Kuroda is a performance artist.