Gerardo Rosales: Looking for a Hero, or, Whips, Whims, and Wigs, and Gio Ponti is Just an Excuse
The Transart Foundation for Art & Anthropology, Houston, Texas. March 29, 2019 - May 29, 2019.
Installation view, Gerardo Rosales, Looking for a Hero, Or, Whips, Whims, and Wigs, And Gio Ponti is just and Excuse at Transart Foundation, Houston.
For most of my artistic career I have been interested in developing a dialogue about social injustices. Through my art I explore issues of gender, class, race, power dynamics, violence, immigration and post colonialism.
The artworks I produce illustrate and reflect on these social issues that I have experienced personally and as an observer. My idea is to mix aggression with playfulness and to contrast the decorative and the innocent with brutality to reveal the severity of my subject matter. I attempt to show social inequalities by exaggerating reality with irony.
My work is multidisciplinary and my source of reference comes from everyday objects such as wallpaper, wrapping paper, children’s books, the imagery of cartoon drawings, toy models and piñatas. I like the ornamental aspects of these items, the richness of patterns, and the use of flat colors and shapes.
In 2019 my art show Looking for a Hero or Whips, Whims and Wigs and Gio Ponti is just an Excuse will open a dialogue about problems related to domestic labor and immigration. The focus of investigation is centered around my memories while growing up in Venezuela. However, as an adult and living in the USA for 19 years has allowed me to see that this problem exists here and worldwide. Through this body of work, I infiltrate these issues of social inequalities by appropriating the ornamental aspects associated with folk art and geometric abstraction.
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