Date(s) - 09/05/2018 - 11/11/2018
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Classic Tracks: Migrating Rhythms is a celebration of migration and the music of cultures that make up the Bay Area. Presented alongside the regional mobility-themed exhibition New Terrains: Mobility & Migration by the San José Museum of Art (SJMA).
Carlos Rolón (Chicago, Born 1970)
Known for his multi-disciplinary practice whose work employs a wide range of media to explore themes of craft, ritual, beauty, spirituality, identity and its relationship to art history and the institution. Born to a Puerto-Rican family, Rolón’s background allows the artist to explore personal ideas which directly deal with questions of inclusion and cultural identity. Often connecting childhood memories, the artist bore witness to the ways in which households have adapted to new American middle-class lifestyles with homes, walls and furniture adorned with ephemera of color, texture, patterns and items brought into the home to create a sense of identity and comfort. It is from here that Rolón’s his inspiration and takes these barriers to access and transforms them into new points of entry ultimately producing a hybrid language of exuberant flora paintings, sculpture and site-specific installations composed of diverse materials that offer opportunities for self-reflection, rich symbolism and community engagement, bridging the divide between public and private. 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, inviting the viewer to engage in discourse and discussion.