Carlos Rolon/Dzine | April 2013
ABOUT THE SHOW
In his exhibition, Victory, Carlos Rolon/DZINE celebrates the universal desires for victory and recognition, while paying homage to his rich Puerto Rican heritage by using the sculptural and artistic form of lowriding to examine his emotional relationship with culture, beauty, inclusion and identity. The carefully crafted artworks in the exhibition are playfully situated between the contradictory worlds of conspicuous luxury and urban culture while inviting the viewer to revel in the idea and thrill of competition and success. More specifically, Victory is a tribute to the artist’s father, playing on nostalgic connection to Dzine’s own childhood experience shaped by his father’s personal passions. There are nods to his father’s penchant for loud jewelry, mixed with representations of boxing and vintage trophies, reappropriated in monumental fashion to honor time spent connecting with his father through sports. Victory is tinged with story, cultural identity and a longing for a more deliberate existence, where craftsmanship, individuality and accomplishment are pursued and celebrated.
Victory travels to Public Functionary from Dallas Contemporary in Texas, where it opened on January 19th as the artist’s largest solo show yet. The exhibition shown here in Minneapolis is a second presentation of the work on tour, re-worked for the new space as an inaugural show.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Continuing his investigation into Kustom Kulture and its relationship to art, sub cultures and the institution, Dzine (Carlos Rolon) has developed an individual practice creating work that contextualizes these diverse elements to develop his own language. The work addresses these issues through a lens of spirituality, beauty, desire, faith, folklore, and identity. Incorporating the ideals of craft making, appropriation and the baroque, the end result is mixture of sculpture, paintings, and installation. The artist seeks to change the rules concerning the final image by illuminating how the masculine can become delicate, how baroque can be minimal, and how rational can become emotional. The work is at once melancholic, excessive and exuberant, poised somewhere between celebration and regret. The result proves to be universal and painstakingly honest.
Dzine lives and works in Chicago, where he was born in 1970. He has exhibited extensively, both in the United States and internationally. Solo exhibitions include the Flint Institute of Arts, Michigan; the Bass Museum of Art, Miami; Deitch Projects, New York; Dallas Contemporary, Dallas and the Museum Het Domein, Sittard, Netherlands. He is currently represented by Salon 94 in New York, Leeahn Gallery in Seoul, SCAI the Bathhouse in Tokyo, and Galerie Henrik Springmann in Berlin.
Photo credits: Exhibit - Sharolyn B. Hagen / Artist Talk with Dzine and Jerry Saltz - Jenna Westrick