"All art is at once surface and symbol.Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril.
Those who read the symbol do so at their peril.
It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows
that the work is new, complex, and vital.
When critics disagree, the artist is in accord with himself.We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long
as he does not admire it.The only excuse for making a useless thing is thatone admires it intensely."
by Oscar Wilde (Preface to Dorian Gray)
As an artist who’s career spans over 30 years, I have had the opportunity to see my work garner various pigeon holed descriptions; Activist Art, Gay Art, Bad Art, Folk Art, Angry Art, Latino Art, etc… All well warranted indeed to those who gave me such attributes.
Of my various monikers: Barbie, Jesse Helms, and ActivistArtistA, I have kept only the latter. ActivistArtistA (activist artist in Spanish) is quite possibly the mostdescriptive of my “being,” more then of what I do- ironically the inverse is true for most people I have come to know.
My work at first glance is all surface; non-provocative in essence…it has even been called cute. If you are one so inclined to read the symbol(s), you are one of those…as Oscar Wilde states, “Those who read the symbol who do so at their peril.”
My work which has included every thing from: short films, performance art, civildisobedience, installations art, and most recently a return to painting has always held a social-political context: a context which draws from art history, legend, psychology and myth. In my work I attempt to present a totally useless artifact for the spectator to redefine and re-contextualize -if he/she so wills it, or live with a truth some cannot bear.
Rolando Chang Barrero
Rolando Chang Barrero lives in West Palm Beach, his studio ActivistArtistA
is located at the Boynton Beach Art District in Boynton Beach, Florida.
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