‘Buscando America’ (Looking for America) will present Carlos Rolón’s paintings, sculpture and site-specific installation in a series of constructed rooms that draw from the distinct functions of assigned spaces in a residential home. The entrance displays an extravagant low-rider bicycle (‘The Majestics/For Louise’) and a never-before-seen vintage boombox collection; while the next showcases ornate custom wallpaper and a chandelier adorned with faux gold chain and neon light. The final space is filled with hyper-realistic gilded floral works. This succession of spaces follows a path of personal evolution beginning with the artist’s youth; memories of growing up in Chicago; and the rediscovery of his roots as anadult.
Cassi Namoda explores her shared Mozambican roots with celebrated photographer Ricardo Rangel, best known for his series Pão Nosso de Cada Noite (Our Nightly Bread) of the 1960s and 70s. Created over the course of two tumultuous decades, Our Nightly Bread is a collection of more than 400 photographs taken during Maputo’s struggle for independence from Portugal. As a cynosure of time and place at one of the central locations in Rangel’s works, Namoda’s exhibition is titled ‘Bar Texas, 1971’. Her translation of the desperation and sadness in Rangel’s black and white imagery is presented in colorful acrylic paintings that retain dark nuance. Some of the women cry as they embrace Portuguese sailors, with Namoda further presenting them as victims of circumstance that long for freedom
‘Buscando America’ and ‘Bar Texas, 1971’ will open at Library Street Collective (1260 Library Street, Detroit) on April 7 and will be on display until June 2. The opening night artist’s reception will take place from 6-8PM on Saturday, April 7th.
Exhibit runs April 7 – June 2, 2018
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