Saturday, May 3, 2008

City Of God

Besides an awesome early afternoon BBQ/birthday party at my girlie's pad, I'll be over at Hal Samples Gallery checking out this:

"Hal Samples has been in love with Brazil and its culture for three years, but it is only now that he has shown publicly the images born of that love. Stark and colorful, the photographs depict a culture free of consumerism and gentrification.

Hal has made five trips to Brazil, where he immersed himself in the beach culture, and befriended those considered by society to be derelicts. It was through these friendships, such as his relationship with Huge Elias, that Hal was able to focus his lens on the most beautiful parts of Brazil’s culture as well as the disquieting problems with crime and poverty that the country faces. These portraits of Brazil are quiet moments of truth amidst a flurry of color and action.

Huge Elias’s photography and video of his life in Brazil offers up a true insider’s eye. Hugo was living on a beach in Rio de Janeiro for 19 years when he and Hal Samples met. Neither man spoke the other’s language. Through their time together in the city, Hugo was introduced to photography and inspired by Hal’s passion for it. Today he has a home, wife, first child, and is a photographer as well as an inspiration for us all. This is Hugo’s first time to show his work in the United States.

Please join us from 6-10pm for our artist reception. Hal Samples will be in attendance to answer any questions you may have about the installation or his time in Brazil. We will be having a performance by Denton band, Florene, at 9pm in the space above the gallery. Please come and share this special work with us. We look forward to seeing you!"

Hal Samples Gallery
2814 Main Street
Suite 101
Dallas, TX, 75226