3 days / 3 events at FB Gallery
To celebrate the impending end of FB Gallery at its current location in Tribeca, we are organizing three last events:
1. SARAVAH, Umbanda in multimedia.
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 9:15pm
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.’
The exhibition is organized by Ticún Brasil/תיקון ברזיל in collaboration with FB Gallery and the Brazilian Endowment for the Arts.
UMBANDA PHOTOGRAPHY BY:
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.
2. TAPES, a solo show of new works by Miljan SuknovicThursday, Sept. 27, 7pm (Works on view until Sept.30)
FB Gallery in collaboration with Slag 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.
and last but not least:
3. BLUE TECHNO - - - - -> EXIT Dance Party
Friday, Sept. 28, 9pm
Come dance to the sick sounds of hi-energy techno beats for the EXIT party of FB Gallery. Music by three acclaimed DJs:
Dave Ruff (NYC):
Silicon Syndicate (Icarus Creation, NYC):
Suggested donation of $15 at door (to cover bar and other expenses)
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
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.
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.
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.
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$NORMALLY.IMPORTANT at FB Gallery
Random (live music at the gallery) Friday June 8 at 9pm featuring Richard Kennedy and Brittany Campbell. Fusing visual and performance art, come enjoy the raw, the real, and the randomness of it all.
Check our Facebook album for more photos of the excellent $Normally.Important show. (Click on photo to be directed to album)
Thank you $Normally.Important (Alex & Radell) for a great show last night at FB Gallery!
(The art in background is by Michael Anthony Pegues)
Start the Memorial Day weekend with “the illest rock band in NY”: $Normally.Important, FB Gallery, May 25 @8pm