The Daniel Reich Gallery is very pleased to present a show of emerging Brazilian artists organized by A Gentil Carioca.

A Gentil Carioca is an artist-run gallery whose name roughly translates as “Gentle people of Rio”. It is located in the historical center of downtown Rio De Janeiro, more specifically in Saara, an area known for housing the largest outdoor market in South America. It is there, above one of the many jewelry, fashion and food and spice stores that the gallery stands. Artists included are: Botner e Pedro, Carlos Contente, Fabiano Gonper, Jarbes Lopes, Laura Lima, Marinho, Marssares, Maria Nepomuceno, Paulo Nenflidio, Pedro Varela, Renata Lucas, Ricardo Basbaum Joaġ Mode Simone Michelin, Alexander Vogler, Guga Ferraz, and Thiago Rocha Pitta.

Artists and directors Marcio Botner, Laura Lima and Ernesto Neto took full advantage of the gallery’s geographical situation in designing a program that directly stems from a desire to let artists play, and art “happen”, reflecting the fertile environment of Rio. Featuring young and emerging artists, a Gentil Carioca also stands as an outlet for older artists whose work could not be featured by well-established institutions. As illustrated by its exhibition history, one of the gallery’s main aspirations resides in the nurturing and diffusion of artistic practices aware of their social, cultural, and institutional surroundings. The gallery’s educational mission also stands out, as directors insist on the gallery’s role as a radiant cultural center. In this respect, A Gentil Carioca is also seen as a social hub, allowing artists and guests from various backgrounds to gather and create a global cultural movement aiming far beyond marketing considerations and local political debates.

Besides individual and group shows curated within the gallery’s walls, A Gentil Carioca also occasionally extends to more ephemeral spaces such as the bar across the street, or the auditorium at the local cultural center, making for a very democratic, experimental and open program. In considering the works of art as particles of a larger cultural landscape, A Gentil Carioca validates their educational potential and inscribes them in an ongoing global critical discourse. By stirring the net of collectors and art lovers in general, the gallery also aims at revitalizing new ways of dwelling with art, and intensifying the artistic debate.

It is our aspiration that this exhibition will open questions as to the commonalities of artists working and adopting globally in post colonial and culturally specific contexts.

For more information, please contact the Daniel Reich Gallery at 212 924 4949.

Artists and their works:

Botner e Pedro are a collaborative duo that produces films with a unique photographic technique that also incorporates performance and objects such as framed photos and posters. The group has been awarded and participated in many exhibits, such as the Goiás show in 2003, the Heterodoxia show, in 2004 and at Parque Lage Visual Arts School, in that same year. In 2005, the collaborators were selected to take part in the Portland Show Troca Brasil and at the Photo exhibition Além da Imagem at Centro Cultural Telemar, Rio de Janeiro.

Carlos Contente was the recipient of the Entel Award at SIART (Bienal Internacional de Arte de La Paz, Bolívia) in 2005, and had his first solo show at A Gentil Carioca this year, following two important collective shows and one solo at Paco Imperial in Rio de Jenero, The artist organizes urban interventions and exploits traces of his own face, creating a character of himself with stamps, drawings etc.

Fabiano Gonper was a resident artist in 1999 at Pro Helvetia Fondation Suisse pour la Culture in Switzerland. Gonper“s drawings were exhibited at the 8th Cuenca Biennial, Ecuador, and in 2005 his show Gonper Museum - Work in progress was exhibited at Purdue University Galleries/ West Lafayette in EUA, and at Galeria Baró Cruz São Paulo SP.

Born in Nova Iguacu, Rio de Janeiro in 1964, Jarbas Lopes’ varied works include bikes covered with braided hard straw material and transformed dog food bags. The artist was also recently awarded a fellowship from The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation at MIAMI ART CENTRAL DEBUTS FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM, 2005. Lopes will be included in the upcoming São Paulo Biennial, and his works are in the collection of the Tate Modern, London.

In 2004, Laura Lima organized a ball at the Mercosul Biennial, based on an oil painting from the 17th century, casting 55 artists as the characters that composed the picture. This year the artist brings her new collection titled Costumes (pieces for the human and animal bodies) to the International São Paulo Biennial, in which she takes part for the second time. Lima has also recently exhibited in Brazil at Museu da Pampulha, BH (solo) and Casa Triangulo, SP) (solo), as well as in many international group in Madrid, Washington DC, Portland, and in Normandy, France.

Marinho’s expressions of Art can be seen all over the city of Rio de Janeiro where his graffiti seems to melt with the town’s urban traces. However the artist also manages to spread his talent onto canvas, paper, and wood, where his paintings and drawings seduced the public and critics during his exhibit last year, O SER at A Gentil Carioca.

Marssares is an artist working in performance and sound based in Rio de Janeiro. His work involves an interference between spaces, manipulating existing ambient sound, and at times producing a sound base on which other activities take place. During a residency at Gasworks, UK, he was interviewed by the London based duo Tetine, who regularly host a feature on Resonance FM. In 2004, Marssares had an individual show at A Gentil Carioca.

Maria Nepomuceno’s debut solo exhibit takes place this year at A Gentil Carioca, composed of sculptures constructed of rope and necklaces attached to each other, emphasizing the opposite functions of these materials.

Born in São Bernardo do Campo(SP) in 1976, Paulo Nenflidio is a sound artist who also works in sculpture and drawing. In 2003 Nenflidio was given the Pampulha Award for his project Música dos Ventos. In 2005, Nenflidio won the Sergio Motta award and had his first individual show Engenhocas Sonoras (Sound Gadgets), at A Gentil Carioca.

Pedro Varela’s drawings, videos, and sculptures exploit landscape. His works have been included two major shows last year, Educacão, Olha! at A Gentil Carioca and Novíssimos 2005 at Brasil United States Institute Art Gallery. Varela is the youngest of the artists at A Gentil Carioca and his first individual show will take place this year.

Renata Lucas recently had two impressive individual shows, “Atlas” , at galeria Millan Antonio in São Paulo, and Gentileza at A Gentil Carioca. In both exhibits, Lucas demonstrated her ability to interfere with architectural structures, drawing upon references to the social, poetic, and the visual spheres. Renata Lucas is a participant in the next São Paulo Biennial.

Ricardo Basbaum received a Master of Arts in Fine Art from Goldsmiths’ College, London, and has since produced an extensive curriculum of exhibitions, curatorial, and publishing activities. In 2004, Basbaum presented an impressive installation at psiu-ei-oi-olá-não, a solo show at A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro in 2004. The artist will be representing Brazil at the next Documenta in Kassel, and his work is in the collection of the Tate Modern in London. A few of his recent exhibitions and projects are: Scenes (Centro Altantico de Arte Moderno, Las Plamas, 2005), Formas de pensar (MALBA, Buenos Aires, 2004), XXV São Paulo Biennale (2002), and Urban Tension (museum in progress, Vienna, 2002). Recent curatorial projects include Conversations (Skuc Gallery, Ljubljana, 2006, co-curator) and On Difference#2 (Kunstverein Stuttgart, 2006, co-curator).

Thiago Rocha Pitta is a young artist that produces drawings, paintings, films, interventions, and installations, drawing upon the 4 elements and the force of nature as a main inspiration for his works. Thiago had his debut exhibit at A Gentil Carioca in 2004 and was included in the 58 Artistes event at the Fondation Cartier, in Paris, and in Troca Brasil, at the PNCA in Portland, Oregon last year. He is currently included in a show at P.S. 1 Contemporary Arts Center, and will have his second show at A Gentil Carioca in 2006.

Alexandre Vogler integrated/formed groups characterized by urban actions and interventions such as Zona Franca, during the year of 2001 and Atrocidades Maravilhosas, from 1999 to 2002. The artist was granted with a fellowship as a resident artist in Porto, Portugal. In 2003 took part of the Up Coming Documentary Fortnight (Atrocidades Maravilhosas) at the MOMA, NY, USA. After being in two group shows at A Gentil Carioca, Vogler presented the solo exhibit O Condomínio, along with artist Guga Ferraz.

Guga Ferraz works with urban interferences and in 2005 had his video “Bruto”- that shows the young artist interfering in the bus stop signs around his neighborhood, selected for the Loop Video Art Festival 2005, in Barcelona. After taking part in two group shows at A Gentil Carioca, Guga Ferraz had his solo exhibit last year, when he brough a customized small vehicle to the inside of the gallery.

Intensely awarded, Simone Michelin an artist that works with eletronic, visual and video art, had her third solo show at A Gentil Carioca in 2004. She has taken part in many different group shows such as: Excursions in Contemporary Video From Brazil, Monkeytown, Brooklyn, NYC; Festival International D'art Acousmatique Et Des Arts De Support Crest at Espace Soubeyran Horizon Brésil 2005; Educacão, Olha! at A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, among many others.

Currently on exhibit, ’Untitled’ by Joao Mode is a sculpture created from alphabet noodles stuck in a wood and glass frame. With this piece, the artist presents the alphabet as a deconstructed system that is to be mentally reconfigured by the viewer according to his or her own cultural background. In a similarly-constructed installation, a curious viewer can slide the glass lid and realize that a second photograph lies beneath the visible one. Both images depict a wood floating shelter deprived of human life. The resulting mystery surrounding these photographs impair the factual quality of the image which is one of poverty yet triggers disbelief at the quality of living resulting perhaps in a sort of romantic fantasia around poverty which is a simple fact.

Directed by Kiko Nazareth, ’Linguagem’, a 42-minute film documenting the various projects of A gentil Carioca is available for viewing as part of the exhibition.