OVERVIEW

Carlos Rolón (1970, Cicago, IL )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, aspiration 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 longing. It is from here Rolón takes inspiration and transforms these vantage points producing a hybrid language of exuberant flora paintings, sculpture, social practice 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. Rolón explores how cultivated settings and social barriers operate and its relationship to postcolonial spaces. The work is at once melancholic, excessive and exuberant, poised somewhere between celebration and regret. Inviting the viewer to engage in discourse and discussion.

HISTORY

2020
Mapping Migration, (in collaboration with Project Backboard, The NBA and the Union League Boys and Girls Club), Site-Specific intervention, Chicago, IL

2019
Salinas, (in collaboration with Project Backboard), Site-Specific intervention, Toa Baja, Puerto Rico

2018
Outside/In, New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana, USA
Buscando América, Library Street Collective, Detroit, USA
BOXED, Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, University of Alabama, Alabama, USA
Classic Tracks: Migrating Rhythms, Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, California, USA
Lost in Paradise, Cūmmer Museum, Florida, USA

2017
50 Grand Curated by Shauta Marsh, The Tube Factory, Indiana, USA
Loiza, Library Street Collective, Michigan, USA

2016
Tropicaliza, Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico
Ace of Fades(on the wall), Monique Meloche Gallery, Illinois, USA
Vintage Voyages and Atomic Memories, Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead; Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Michigan, USA
Carlós Rolon/Dzine: I Tell You This Sincerely…, Chicago Cultural Center, Illinois, USA
IllinoisCommonwealth, Oakland University Art Gallery, Michigan, USA

2015
Mi Casa, Pearl Lam Gallery, Singapore, Singapore
Rolls-Royce Art Initiative, Singapore, Singapore
Now and Then, Rockford Art Museum, Illinois, USA
Encounters – Invitational Sector, Art Basel, Hong Kong, China
ONLY YOU: New Mirror Paintings, Casterline Goodman Gallery, Colorado, USA
Tiffany & Co., MCA Commission + Collaboration, Tiffany & Co., Chicago; EXPO Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Illinois, USA
Vera List Artist Project, Lincoln Center, New York, USA

2014
Tunnel Vision, space k, Gwangju, Korea
New Work, Walter Otero Contemporary, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Trophy Room, Art Cologne Invitational, Salon 94 and Galerie Henrik Springmann Cologne, Germany
Thinking of Forever, Leeahn Gallery, Seoul, Korea
Dzine: Born Carlós Rolon, 1970, Paul Kasmin Gallery and Salon 94, New York, USA

2013
Victory,Public Functionary, Minnesota, USA
Victory, The Dallas Contemporary, Texas, USA

2012
Imperial Nail Salon, Galerie Henrik Springmann, Berlin, Germany
Phenomenon Curated by Hew Locke and Indra Khanna, Deptford X, London, United Kingdom
Installation and performance, La Pelanda – Centro Di Produzione Culturale, Rome, Italy

2011
Imperial Nail Salon, Salon 94, New York, USA
Get Nailed at the New Museum, New Museum, New York, USA
Zeniths and Daytons, Galerie Zidoun, Luxembourg, Luxembourg

2010
Voodoo, Leo Koenig Projekte, New York, USA
Voodoo, Krinzinger Projekte, Wien, Republik Österreich
Posse, Flint Institute of Arts (fleckenstein video gallery), Michigan, USA

2009
Bass Museum of Art, Bass Museum of Art, Florida, USA
Love & Loyalty, Leeahn Gallery, Daegu, Korea

2008
The Beautiful Struggle, Deitch Projects, New York, USA
Emily Murphy Contemporary, Madrid, Spain
Illinois State University, Illinois, USA

2007
Contemporary Arts Society, Rome, Italy
Museum Het Domein, Sittard, Netherlands

2006
Stealing Dreams, SCAI The Bathhouse/Shiraishi Contemporary, Tokyo, Japan
Somewhere over the Rainbow, Chicago Cultural Center, Illinois, USA
Museo del Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Just Kidding, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom

2005
Punk Funk,Contemporary Art Museum, Missouri, USA

2004
Staring at the Sun, moniquemeloche, Illinois, USA
Gangster Boogie,Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
traveling exhibition, Illinois State Museum Gallery, Illinois, USA
traveling exhibition, University of Missouri – Gallery 210, Illinois, USA
traveling exhibition, St. Louis & Illinois State Museum, Illinois, USA
Equal Gallery, Osaka, Japan
Beautiful Things, SCAI The Bathhouse/Shiraishi Contemporary, Tokyo, Japan
Project Invitational, ARCO 04-International Contemporary Art Fair, Madrid, Spain

2003
Alley Oop, Institute of Visual Art Center (inova), Wisconsin, USA
Tokyo Boogie Tears, University of Alabama Visual Arts Gallery, Alabama, USA

2002
Beat Junkie, Chop Shop, moniquemeloche gallery, Illinois, USA
Sampler, Museum of Contemporary Art, Illinois, USA

2021
A VERY ANXIOUS FEELING: VOICES OF UNREST IN THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE; 20 YEARS OF THE BETH RUDIN DEWOODY COLLECTION, Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, USA

2020
OPEN STORAGE: SELECTIONS FROM THE COLLECTION & WORKS ON LOAN (curated by Silvia Karman Cubiñá and Leilani Lynch). Bass Museum of Art, Miami
A Very Anxious Feeling: Voices of Unrest in the American Experience
(20 Years of the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection), Taubman Museum of Art, Virginia (upcoming)
“…and other such stories,” Chicago Architecture Biennial, Chicago, IL
Accidents [Part I], Pearl Lam Gallery, Hong Kong

2019
Sculpture Milwaukee, Milwaukee Wisconsin, (Curated by Marilu Knode)
WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS, Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, New York
PRIDE, Postmasters, New York
Drawn Together Again, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York
Fixed Contained, Kotaro Nukaga Gallery, Tokyo (Curated by Tomokazu Matsuyama)
The Art of Resilience, The World Bank, Washington, D.C.

2018
Pardon My Language Curated by Tomokazu Matsuyama, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
What Are We Fighting For Curated by Michèle Lamy,Selfridges, London, United Kingdom
Flora Curated by Melanie Johanson, Cornell Art Museum, Florida, USA
Bronzeville Echoes, Chicago Cultural Center, Illinois, USA
Stones Throw Curated by Carrie Fonder, Pensacola Museum of Art, Florida, USA

2017
Ephemera Obscura, Contemporary Arts Center, Louisiana, USA
Acts of Transgression, Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong, China
No Burden as Heavy, David Castillo Gallery, Florida, USA
The Times, Flag Art Foundation, New York, USA
Maker, Maker, Childrens Museum of Art, New York, USA
Materialized Condition, Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore, Singapore
Beautiful Black, Leeahn Gallery, Daegu, Korea

2016
Bedazzled, The Lehman College Art Gallery, New York, USA
Chimento Contemporary, California, USA
Erik Hanson: Two Years of Looking, New Art Projects, London, United Kingdom
DNA, Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, Korea

2015
Body Embellishment, The Mint Museum, North Carolina, USA
Black/White Curated by Brian Alfred, Eric Firestone Gallery, New York, USA
All Killer No Filler, Jack Shainman Gallery, Illinois, USA
EXPO Chicago 2015, Tiffany & Co., Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Illinois, USA
EXPO Chicago 2015, Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore, Singapore
EXPO Chicago 2015, Salon 94, New York, USA
Forms of Imagination, Arts Incubator, Illinois, USA
Custom Lives: Rasquache Renaissance, Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americans (MACLA), Florida, USA

2014
Shaq Loves People Presented by the Flag Art Foundation, EXPO CHICAGO, Illinois, USA
Booster, Art Sound Machine, MARTa Herford, Herford, Germany
Tradiciones, Rockford Art Museum, Illinois, USA

2013
The Concept of Baroque in Contemporary Art Curated by Dr. Sabine Maria Schmidt, Galerie Henrik Springmann, Berlin, Germany
In God We Trust, Zachęta National Gallery of Ar, Warsaw, Poland
Homebodies, Museum of Contemporary Art, Illinois, USA
Vial, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Santurce, Puerto Rico
On Painting, Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno (CAAM), Canary Islands, Spain

2012
IN/SITU, EXPO CHICAGO, Illinois, USA
The Haberdashery, Eric Firestone Gallery, New York, USA
Interconnections, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Santurce, Puerto Rico

2011
Experience Pommery #9 (La Fabrique sonore) Curated by Claire Staebler and Charles CarcopinoDomaine Pommery, , Reims, France
Carcopino, Domaine Pommery, Reims, France
Write Now: Artists and Letterforms, Chicago Cultural Center, Illinois, USA
Commercial Break Curated by Neville Wakefield, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture and POST, 54th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Geared: The Culture of Bicycles, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Idaho, USA
VOCES Y VISIONES: Signs, Systems and the City in El Museo del Barrios Permanent Collection, El Museo del Barrio, New York, USA

2010
Legal Tender, Martha Otero Gallery, California, USA
Living in Evolution Curated by Takashi Azumaya, Busan Biennale, Busan, Korea
Viva La Revolucion: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape, Museum of Contemporary Art, California, USA
(I Can) Feel the Pulse, MAMA, Rotterdam, Netherlands

2009
Stages, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
Traveled to Deitch Projects, New York, and O.H.W.O.W, Miami

2008
Not So Minimal, Collection Vanmoerkerke, Oostende, Belgium

2007
Barrio Dreams, Deitch Projects, Art Basel Miami Beach 2007, Florida, USA
A Poem about an Inland Sea, Ukrainian Pavilion, 52nd Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Carribean Encounters, Brooklyn Museum,New York, USA
Simply Beautiful, LABoral, Gijon, Spain
Generations U(s)A, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine
Public Image, Painting the City, Fundament Foundation, Tilburg, Netherlands

2006
Spank the Monkey, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom
New Territories: On Youth Culture, Carla Arocha and Dzine, ARCO 06, Madrid, Spain
Observatori, Museo de la Ciencias Principe Felipe, Valencia, Spain

2005
Lost in Music, Nerman Museum of Art/JCCC, Kansas, USA

2004
None of the Above: Contemporary Work by Puerto Rican Artists, Real Art Ways, Connecticut, USA
None of the Above: Contemporary Work by Puerto Rican Artists, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, Santurce, Puerto Rico
Stop & Stor, LUXE Gallery, New York, USA

2003
Painting by Design, Wayne State University Gallery, Michigan, USA
Sk8 on the Wall, Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Bass Museum of Art, Miami
Brooklyn Museum, New York
City of Chicago Public Art Collection, Illinois
Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Florida
Daegu Museum, South Korea
The Jewish Museum, New York
Museo del Barrio, New York
Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan
Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico
Museum Het Domein, Sittard, Netherlands
Nerman Museum of Art, Kansas City
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans
Newcomb Art Museum, New Orleans
Rockford Art Museum, Illinois
Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev
Pensacola Museum of Art, Florida
University of Alabama at Birmingham

WORKS

NEWS

Carlos Rolón ‘Future Reminisce’

From July 30th (Fri) to September 4th (Sat), 2021, KOTARO NUKAGA is pleased to present ‘Future Reminisce’, a solo exhibition by Puerto Rican-American artist Carlos Rolón. This exhibition marks fifteen years since the artist’s first solo exhibition in Japan in 2006, and two years since his participation in KOTARO NUKAGA, Tennoz’s 2019 group show. In this show,

Carlos Rolón: Sculpture Milwaukee Chase Tower

KOTARO NUKAGA is proud to announce that an installation by Carlos Rolón is on view in Milwaukee, WI, through to 27 October 2019. Carlos Rolón “Gild the Lily (Caribbean Hybrid I, II, Ⅲ), 2019” Milwaukee Chase Tower (Milwaukee, WI) June 2 → October 27, 2019 Click here to visit the official website.

FIXED CONTAINED Curated by Tomokazu Matsuyama

KOTARO NUKAGA is pleased to present Fixed Contained, a group exhibition of seven international contemporary artists: Brian Alfred, Firelei Báez, Inka Essenhigh, Nir Hod, Tony Matelli, Tomokazu Matsuyama, and Carlos Rolón. This exhibition is guest curated by Matsuyama, and will be on view from April 20, 2019 through June 29, 2019. Each of the artists