Abravana Nova Yorkque Press Release

Abravana Nova Yorkque - In the downstairs main gallery space, the well known Brazilian Neo Tropicalia artist Ricardo De Castro is creating a brand new set for his ongoing Abravana project. Working with New York based collaborators and visitors he will create a new video installation which will be on view for the duration of the exhibition. 

Based in Sao Paulo, de Castro and his peers are taking their vision into the concrete jungle of the city. The large, loosely organized group which includes art collective assume vivid astro focus, fashion designers Neon, photographer Cassia Tabatini and the singer Cibelle are all friends and if living in a different era one could imagine them building their own village in the woods. However, they move and exhibit all over the world, and use modern technology to stay in touch. One of their big sources of inspiration certainly is neo-concretism, the Brazilian vanguard movement from the early 1960s which included besides Oiticica also Lygia Clark and Lygia Pape and favors the sensual, symbolic and organic  over the intellectual.‬ {C}

With Abravana, de Castro created his own movement and produces hybrids between paintings, collages and installations, and it has seem him do everything from very stylized formalist color block sculptures to guerilla performances on an abandoned highway in grungy downtown Sao Paulo, shocking passer-by’s with their colorful outfits.. “Abravanation creates things that have not yet been born and that will never die. Like colors; or like a deep friendship between people that have yet to meet” he says.  “A vortex that allows the material world to liberate itself from its rigid body. Only after overcoming the embarrassments of everyday life, we -artists, musicians, people who are abravanators at heart- will be able to develop and disclose our logic in a fluid way.” Like a modern-day Kandinsky he wants to do more than create a visual utopia; he wants to use his art to bring a change to the world around him and while explaining how his native country influences him in this endeavour, he states “I get inspired by the nature, the light and people’s receptivity, the way in how they answer back is amazing here.”