|US HEROES Serie Part 1: Che Guevara|
A Group Exhibition
Art Gallery at Eissey Campus
Palm Beach State College-BB building
3160 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33410
Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 | 5:30-8:00 PM
February 10-March 17, 2017
An Exhibition Organized By Karla Walter and Jacques de Beaufort
present works representing a variety of media, methods, and visual approaches.
All artists are presently working and contributing to the vital and diverse
South Florida art scene.
Palm Beach Gardens—Rolando Chang Barrero will be exhibiting the first installment of US Heroes: Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Raul Castro a series of paintings which concentrates on the three mass murderers of the Cuban revolution. The challenges and questions the slogans that are used to support their assent to hero status in the United States. This series explores the phenomena of idolatry and “hero creation” in the United States by the media and American t-shirt industry. This industry creates human billboards which inadvertently rationalizes human suffering (e.g. the mass murders and executions by Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, and Raul Castro).
"I refer to all of my individual works as “pages from the journal of my life,” a vast documentary of experiences, thoughts, commentaries, and such. Thus, as pages of any personal journal-- some entries are unfinished drafts for a larger essay, some are very personal notes, and others are reactions to events and situations. When a secret is shared, it ceases to be a secret A thought written will at some point be a thought read. I paint for those that prefer to read painting, I make film for those that prefer to read film, I take photographs for those that prefer to read an image [be it black and white, or color].
My current journal entries are a series of interrogatives presented in three levels.
Level one, questions the political slogans associated with the subject simply by changing the exclamation point to a question mark.
Level two, the title of the series “ U.S. Heroes” purposely challenges the viewer into a conversation about his or her interpretation of patriotism and heroism.
Level three, allows the viewer to embrace or deflect the importance and impact of how we consume and later share our beliefs , credos, stances, and/or lifestyles via tee shirts, bumper stickers, and more recent within 144 allowable characters on twitter.”
-Rolando Chang Barrero
"Patria o Muerte?” [motherland or death?] 40” x 60” (courtesy of Rolando Chang Barrero)
“Uno Dos Tres! Seremos como El Che?” [1,2, 3 we're going to be like Che?] 40” x 60” (courtesy of Rolando Chang Barrero)