Carlos Rolón/Dzine (b. 1970, Chicago, IL) is recognized for his elaborately crafted paintings, ornate sculptures and works that come out of American, Latino and uniquely based subcultures. The artist creates objects questioning the concept of luxury and craft-making to explore questions of identity, integration and aspiration. His work also represents a detailed examination of curiosity, the process of art-making and the cultures surrounding this. The work often addresses his biography by melding memory and the imaginary with carefully crafted hybrid works that are playfully situated between the contradictory worlds of conspicuous consumption and urban artifact. The work is at once melancholic, excessive and exuberant—poised somewhere between celebration and regret. Rolón illuminates how the masculine can become delicate and the how the baroque can be minimal. The artist often channels this approach with site-specific installation work—vivid large-scale paintings and ornate sculptures in various materials—expanding on ideas of self-reflection and imagined luxury. This approach questions not only cultural identity, but also its place within the confines of the institution. The works ultimately produce a hybrid language of social practice, painting and sculpture inviting the viewer to engage in discourse and discussion.

Saturday, August 5, 2017 to Sunday, October 1, 2017