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Sharings, presences, projects . Curated by Mario Gioia

Blau projects inaugurates, on October 14, the exhibition Sharings, presences, projects, in partnership with Portas Vilaseca, from Rio de Janeiro. The curatorship is by the art critic and independent curator Mario Gioia. He looked for convergences between the artists of the two galleries, both who represent young artists that work on diverse media.

The exhibition will have its 'finissage' on November 11 and 12, as part of the Art Weekend event, promoted by ABACT - Brazilian Association of Contemporary Art. On November 11 and 12, Art Weekend is an art circuit that approximates galleries from Rio and São Paulo, with the exhibition on their collections. In the case of Blau Projects, the partnership is with Portas Vilaseca.

The dialogue between the artists of Blau Projects and Portas Vilaseca is the theme of Mario Giogia's curatorship. He approximates artists such as Andrey Zignnatto and Daniel Murgel, for example, who approach the issue of space and have sculptoric pieces. Daniel presents the works Estudo número 4 para Design da Turbação,2015; Projeto para ofendículo Cobogó para cadeira "U” do Joaquim Tenreiro, 2015; Design da Turbação – Ofendículo Cobogó para cadeira "U” do Joaquim Tenreiro, 2015;Estudo fundamental para Design da Turbação, 2015; Estudo nº 5 para Design da Turbação, 2015; Projeto para ofendículo Leque para poltrona leve Oscar, do Sérgio Rodrigues, 2015; Design da Turbação – Ofendículo Leque para Poltrona leve Oscar, do Sérgio Rodrigues, 2015; and Andrey Zignnatto presents two untitled pieces, from 2017. In one of them, from the series Manta, he lays discarded bricks on a wooden chair. In the other, he makes a composition out of cobogós and cement.

Taxidermy animals and questionings revolving the art system are common themes for Vítor Mizael and Raquel Nava, also present in the exhibition. While Vítor presents a textile covering a stuffed bird on wood in Sem título, 2016, Nava showcases #1, from the series A medida de todas as coisas, 2015, and Pausa, in a collaboration with Luiz Olivieri, from 2015.

Both from Rio, Gabriel Secchin and Bruno Drolshagen - who have even shared an atelier- are focused on painting. "They have the dedication of the pictorial, but with the detail of the small scale", says Mario Gioia. Bruno presents the painting Untitled (2016), and three embroideries, all Untitled, created in 2017. Yet, Gabriel presents the painting A estrada mais longa, from 2016, and the installation of a painting with two green plastic watering pots Verde e vermelho dá marrom (Toomba), also from 2016.

Two artists have exclusive spaces in the exhibition: from Bahia, Ayrson Heráclito, represented by both galleries, presents the pieceHistória do futuro - Baobá: o capítulo da agromancia (2014), from the series Mitologias Africanas. Ayrson's works are also in exhibition at the Venice Biennial, through November 23. And the painter from Rio radicated in New York Cela Luz, with her intuitive work, shows canvases from 2017, like Swinging. Using diverse materials - oil, pastel (dry and oily) and charcoal, among others -, Cela creates in general large-scale pieces, of seductive chromatism and high lyricism.

Art Weekend São Paulo – 2nd edition

After the success of its first edition, Art Weekend São Paulo returns to the city for one more art circuit. At ABACT's - Brazilian Association of Contemporary Art command, galleries from São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro united to exhibit their collections between November 11 and 12. The event this year can count with the participation of over 40 galleries. Besides exhibitions, there will be guided tours, book launches and talks with artists and curators. The event is free for the general public.

Mario Gioia

Born in São Paulo in 1974, he acts as an independent curator. He has a degree by ECA-USP (The School of Communications and Arts of the University of São Paulo) and is part of the group of critics at Paço das Artes since 2011, an institution where he accompanied critically Luz Vermelha (2015), featuring Facio Flaks, Black Market (2012), featuring Paulo Almeida, and A Riscar (2011), featuring Daniela Seixas. He was the invited critic from 2013 to 2015 at the Exhibition Program of the CCSP (São Paulo Cultural Center) and was part of the group of critics at the same institution for the Photography Program, in 2012. In 2015, at CCSP, he curated Ter lugar para ser, a group show of 12 artists on the relations between architecture and visual arts. He has curated exhibitions in cities like Brasília (Decifrações, Espaço Ecoo,
2014), Porto Alegre (Ao Sul, Paisagens, Bolsa de Arte, 2013) and Rio de Janeiro (Arcádia, CGaleria, 2016). He collaborates with art magazines such as SelecT and was a reporter and writer of visual arts and architecture at Folha de S. Paulo, from 2005 to 2009. From 2011 to 2016, he coordinated the project Zip'Up, at Zipper Galeria, aimed at the exhibition of new artists and unseen curatorship projects. At the ArtLima fair of 2017, he curated the special session CAP Brasil, titled Sul-Sur.

Portas Vilaseca Galeria

Under the guidance of Jaime Portas Vilaseca, Portas Vilaseca is one of the youngest contemporary art galleries of Rio de Janeiro. Among the represented artists there are Ana Hupe, Ayrson Heráclito (represented in São Paulo by Blau Projects), Carolina Martinez, Claudia Hersz, Daniel Murgel, Deborah Engel, Gabriel Secchin, Iris Helena, Ismael Monticelli, Jorge Soledar, Laila Terra, Lin Lima, Pedro Victor Brandão, Ramonn Vleltez and Raquel Nava.

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