OUR WORK STARTS HERE
Cassia Bundock Art [CBART] is an online gallery and art space housed in the lush environment of Sydney's Northern Beaches since 2014.
CBART’s work is focused on the research and the dissimination of all contemporary art practices with the core purposes to bringing art within the reach of a broader audience, to investigating hybrid environments and the latter’s connection with epistemology.
We believe on the power that art has in transforming minds, perspectives, spaces, communities and, ultimately, the world.
Contemporary art is exciting and uplifting, its appreciation can stimulate creative and critical thinking - two premises of innovation.
CBART supports the artists it represents by creating and producing pop-up exhibitions, facilitating collaborations, networking and advising collectors.
The absolute passion, love and trust on contemporary artistic practice guide all efforts and endevours CBART embraces.
HOW IT STARTED
CBART, initially called Paulista Gallery, began as an idea of founding director Cassia Bundock, a Brazilian curator/artist/producer who lives in Sydney, Australia.
Cassia was raised in the neighbourhood of Bixiga; a São Paulo’s bohemian central district only a few blocks away from the Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo (MASP), where paintings of Lasar Segall, Portinari, Di Cavalcanti amongst the work of other modernists artists could be seen and where Cassia would go, as a child, on bicycle's cruises under the 74 metres of freestanding building designed by Lina Bo Bardi. The neighbourhood also houses several theatres and it is only a jump from the Teatro Municipal, a city landmark of a Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau style, where the teenager Cassia would watch the Grupo Corpo perform modern ballet.
Baroque Roman Catholic Churches are also densely present in Bixiga and their symbolism were a sort of inspiration in Cassia’s life and later in her work. After a long trip to France, Cassia started painting and was able to participated in two group exhibitions within an artist run initiative.
To support her artistic endeavours, Cassia used her degree in marketing to work in the advertising, media, design and home interiors industries , the latter leading to a producer position on a large art and design exhibition project where Cassia worked with influential architects and designers such as Claudio Bernardes and Arthur Casas facilitating a collaborative work within a sustainability concept framework.
Cassia moved to Australia in the 2000 with her two children; at that time she was interested in assemblage and worked with wood, baroque images, paint and other objects to create mystical and reflective pieces.
Two years later Cassia developed a strong interest in African and Indigenous art and started a company introducing artifacts from Africa to Australia and subsequently from Brazil to Australia with two exhibitions being produced in Sydney.
Cassia enrolled in the post-graduate course of Art Administration later moving to Masters of Curating and Cultural Leadership, both at the UNSW Art & Design.
The desire to bring accessible and contemporary artistic objects from Brazil to Australia and from Australia to Brazil has been a constant element in Cassia’s life .
“ I am quite interested in the juxtaposition of cultures and languages and observe the cultural exchange that occurs. I think it has to do with my own experience of displacement and identity affirmation from living as a diaspora.”
CBART space/gallery sprouts out of a disruptive and radical global change with an urgency to illuminate and show the perpetuating sensual beauty of life.