Carlos Rolón: Tropicalizia

October 9, 2016 – February 20, 2017

Incisive but comfortingly domestic, the work of Carlos Rolon (“Dzine””; Chicago, 1970) contains excellent examples of a Puerto Rican artist from the dispora. Rolón’s  gaze of the reality of everyday living  that it is almost invisible to those who live on the island   – the lush flora, the Creole slads, the geometry of the suburban iron bars  – reinvented so they become an  icon. His energetic and showy language, inherited from pop art, is based on the fusion of painting, mosaic and three-dimensionality and often transmits in a subtle  way equal doses of irony and nostalgia.

The exhibition consists of 15 paintings in mixed medium and hanging installations of macramé, as well as benches designed  by the artist and an intervention in the adjacent garden, which opens to  the public as a community urban garden. For the artist, the museums (and the Museo de Arte de Ponce, in particular) fulfill their function when they serve to bring the community together around art.