What always has attracted me to Fernando Carpaneda, artistically speaking, is that in his art, the shock value or controversy is only a natural consequence of his point of view. In my opinion, the Brazilian born artist based in New York City, Carpaneda truly has an eye that goes beyond what could be seen as pornography, by many, reaching out for the love he feels and expresses mostly for the male body in all shapes and forms. There is a raw approach allied to a solid craftsmanship that produces intense art that screams sexuality, but with a valid justification for it to exist in his underground world. There are no boundaries, only the beauty of a journey, sometimes a long one, that leaves no room for hesitation normally found in most people. The show JUST PENIS, curated by Rogério Carvalho, is a combination of 117 works; drawings and photographs of penises taken by Fernando of men from all walks of life. It opens today in Brasilia at the Arte XXX Escritorio de Arte.
As a bonus, there will also be a screening of the movie Gazelle The Love Issue, where Fernando had an important scene with me during one his shows at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, in New York City
Freak Chic by Gazelle Paulo