Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Art Call: Snapshots! The Artist Gaze Application

Snapshots!  The Artist Gaze at ActivistArtistA Gallery

Applications to be submitted by email (ActivistArtistA@gmail.com)

Deadline for ALL Application is Sunday, January 15, 2016. 

ATTN: A completed application requires that Steps 1-3 be completed. 

ActivistArtistA, 422 West Industrial Avenue, Boynton Beach, Florida 33426
Please address questions to 786-521-1199 or ActivistArtistA@gmail.com.

Fee $10 paid via PayPal.con to RolandoBarrero@mac.com

All artists exhibiting fine artwork and sold during the SnapShots! Exhibition will agree to pay a 50% commission to the ActivistArtistA Gallery.

Step 1: ARTIST INFORMATION (please print or type)
Artist Name       
E-mail (required for confirmation) 
Mailing Address 
Social Media (facebook etc)
Artist Statement
Artist Bio

Step 2: ARTWORK  (please print or type)

Application info:
High Definition (300 dpi) .jpg images of 3 different artworks proposed for exhibition must be included. 
Each image must be sent in this format 300 dpi .jpeg:
“IF” you would like your work considered for publication it MUST be sent in this manner: 
Full Frame:  4” x 6” horizontal or vertical (no border, no text).
And, in a square format 4”x4” (no boarder no text).

*Photo credits will read as follows for all published images: “Courtesy of the artists name.” No exceptions.
  1. Name.Title.Dim.jpg (No text on image)
  2. Name.Title.Dim.jpg (No text on image)
Accepted works must be ready to hang.
Important Dates:
Deadline: January 15, 2016
Drop off of art : January 27, 2016 6-8 PM
Pickup of art: February 15, 2015 6-8 PM

Print Name 
Signature ____________________________________ Date: 1/15/2016

Snapshots! The Artist Gaze
at the 
ActivistArtistA Gallery
Boynton Beach Art District
422 West Industrial Ave.
Boynton Beach, Florida 33426
ActivistArtistA@gmail.com 786-521-1199

"...Contemporary art criticism focuses on how the gaze is used as a vehicle for communication, and how exactly a gaze transmits information and assumptions about the viewer/viewed. Here a gaze can transcend the medium in which it is produced and contains social implications beyond its function within the work of art. The definition of gaze has thus evolved from just a “look” into an “intent” look (i.e. the intent behind the gaze becomes crucial for its definition) and gaze can be thought of as a dynamic medium bridging the gap between art form [link] and social theory. Other words for seeing simply do not contain this same ability to integrate politics with art history." 
-University of Chicago School of Media Theory

Opening Reception January 28, 2016 6-10 P.M. in conjunction with the Boynton Beach Art District Art Walk 2016.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Wet Foot/ Dry Foot Exhibition Opens on January 15, 2015 at Rolando Chang Barrero Fine Art

Wet Foot/Dry Foot
4 Cubans: Conditions and Contributions


Rolando Chang Barrero Fine Art Gallery
711 Lucerne Avenue
Lake Worth, Florida 33460

Opening Reception: January 15, 2016 6-10 P.M.
Continues through January 24, 2016

RE: Art Synergy’s ArtWeekPalmBeach 2016 in conjunction with ArtPalmBeach 

LAKE WORTH- Wet Foot/Dry Foot, the exhibition, opens with a reception on Friday, January 15, 2016 from 6-9 P.M. at the Rolando Chang Barrero Fine Art Gallery, located at 711 Lucerne Avenue, in Lake Worth, Florida.

Wet Foot/ Dry Foot: 4 Cubans and their contributions explores the impact and the contributions of 4 Cuban visual artists: Juan Erman Gonzalez, Patricio Rodriguez, Alejandro Justiz, and Noel C. Hernandez Perez. 

Galleries and curator, Rolando Chang Barrero’s intention is two-fold, first to allow the viewer to decide whether or not a schism exist between the works produced by artists who began working prior to and after the 1995 policy changes in the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1995. Secondly, Wet Foot/ Dry Foot begs an answer to whether the immigration status of each of the artists can be detected in the works presented. 

About the Artists:

1. Juan Antonio Gonzalez, better known as Erman, has lived in the United States since 1969. Erman works include mixed-media installation consisting of a variety of works continuing his thematic concentration of migration, trans-culturism, exile, and displacement. Using utilitarian methodologies such as assemblage, cut paper, ceramics, and sewing, and utilizing post production, recycled, and donated goods.

2. Patricio Rodriguez’s work is marked by the outpouring of virtuosity of his visual modus operandi in this case the draft. He creates a beautifully dangerous personal universe full of holes, leaks, findings and abruptness, in the sharp edges of their performances, as "something" endowed with desire, and that desire to be ... the artist is palpable, . And this danger is your best virtue; deadliest their patience before our eyes, because it will be almost impossible to escape its spell.

3. Alejandro Justin, National Academy of Beaux Arts ¨San Alejandro¨ , Havana, Cuba

4. Noel C. Hernandez Perez, Cuba

Rolando Chang Barrero Fine Art Gallery
711 Lucerne Avenue
Lake Worth, Florida 33460
Gallery Hours: 
Wed-Sat: 11-6pm

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

World AIDS Day Exhibit Continues!! Exhibition Spolighted in Current South Florida Gay News!

A Day Without Art Revisited Exhibition and Auction 
continues until December 11, 2015

"I would like to express my gratitude to the arts community for an outstanding show of support."
-Rolando Chang Barrero, Curator 

Our first exhibition which is currently on display in conjunction with the
Names Project Memorial Quilt will be open until December 11, 2015."
You can purchase of the works on display through the silent auction process, or
buy now. Please visit:

201 N. Dixie Highway, Lake Worth, FL 33460 
The work donated by the following artists to Compass Community Center
will be available for purchase and auction from 

December 2-11, 2015

List of Artists:

Allison Kotzig, Marilyn Mendez, Maxine Spector, Nicole Galluccio, Ali Miranda,
Rolando Chang Barrero, Blond Jenny, Freddy and Nickie Hennevelt, Samantha Perez, Ed Burnette,
Adrianna Ficarelli, Cesca Veo, Michael Moore, Thomas McAvoy, Debra Robert,
Petrina Easton, Craig McInnis, Ray Gross, Frances Lynn, Robert Catapano, Ana Rossi,
Beverly Caparella, Joanne Urban, Rosalia Curbello, Doreen Grasso, Bud Parker,
Durga Garcia, Tracy Cunningham, Sharon Koskoff, Robert Turtle Rosa, Erin Fromkes,
Diane Arrieta, Jenny Love, Jacqueline Kern, and Wayne Lekowitz.

Special Thanks to Steve Ellman for the Exhibition Essay.
A Day With(out) Art Revisited
It was an age of exploration, the '70s, in our lives and in our art. Idols lay shattered in the wake of Vietnam and Watergate, and flowers bloomed in the rubble. In our innocence, sex seemed like a gift without price, and maybe it was, for a time. Inevitably, artists, whose job it is to “make it new,” drank deep of those pleasures. And in the '80s, when the plague arrived, artists swelled the ranks of the doomed. (Continue Here)

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

In Today's New Times! World AIDS Day...and Exhibition Essay


TUESDAY, December 1, 2015

WEDNESDAY, December 2, 2015

COMPASS Community Center
    Address: 201 N Dixie Hwy, Lake Worth, FL 33460

Exhibition Essay by Steve Ellman

A Day With(out) Art Revisited

It was an age of exploration, the '70s, in our lives and in our art. Idols lay shattered in the wake of Vietnam and Watergate, and flowers bloomed in the rubble. In our innocence, sex seemed like a gift without price, and maybe it was, for a time. Inevitably, artists, whose job it is to “make it new,” drank deep of those pleasures. And in the '80s, when the plague arrived, artists swelled the ranks of the doomed.

The art world’s fallen include just a few major names, for AIDs was a disease of the young and one of its peculiar cruelties was to cut careers short. What riches might have been will never be known, but the works of the virus’s best-known prey point to a lost bounty of beauty and innovation. 

Maybe the most emblematic of those darkened stars were Robert Mapplethorpe and Keith Haring, fixtures of the age’s night life — the clubs, the drugs, the erotomania —  which energy fueled their visions: Mapplethorpe with photography of severe and unflinching grace, Haring with a language of uniquely radiant hieroglyphs.

Others gone too soon were less well-known but of signal aesthetic importance. Photographer Peter Hujar left indelible portraits of art world comrades and luminaries like Susan Sontag and Diana Vreeland; Hujar’s lover, David Wojnarowicz, brought a blazing surrealism to film and other media, often in the cause of AIDS activism; Félix González-Torres was similarly driven, building on the methods of Minimalism and Conceptual Art to create sculpture and installations around themes of love and death. In Canada, the collective known as General Idea found subversive beauty and humor in pieces drawn on the materials of mass culture and, toward the end, the images and objects of medical treatment itself.

There are others, of course, too many to describe here, the greater part of that lost generation well-catalogued at the visual AIDS artist registry at visualaids.org.  AIDS is, by some accounts, now conquered, though to the extent that is so, it was not without a mighty struggle not just against a virus, but against ignorance and fear. As we mourn our losses, and the art that might have been, let us honor the dead with continued resistance to those evils of the spirit.

-Steve Ellman

In Today's New Times:

Curator, Rolando Chang Barrero, will be working with Compass Community Center this year on the A Day With(out) art Revisited Exhibition. The exhibit will run concurrently during the yearly presentation of the NAMES Project Quilt Installation. Each year, Compass Community Center hosts the largest display of rotating panels from the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt in honor of World AIDS Day in South Florida. The AIDS Memorial Quilt is the largest folk art exhibit in the world. 

This year, we invite you to join us in honoring World AIDS Day during our two week celebration beginning December 1st, with A Day Without Art, the International Day of Mourning and Action in response to the AIDS crisis. Arts organizations, museums, and galleries participate in this international movement by shrouding pieces of art and replacing them with information about HIV prevention and local resources. For more information about this campaign and the origins of Day With(out) Art, please visit www.visuala ids.org. 

World AIDS Day serves as a platform to increase awareness of the AIDS pandemic and to inspire positive action through education, testing, and standing in solidarity with those affected by the virus. HIV/AIDS has had a major impact locally and globally: 35 Million people worldwide are currently living with HIV/AIDS Over 1.2 Million people in the U .S. are living with HIV; almost 1 in 8 are unaware of their infection 8,197 people are currently living with HIV/AIDS in Palm Beach County 5,897 newly diagnosed HIV infections in Florida in 2014.
We look forward to collaborating with local artists, arts organizations, museums, galleries, art enthusiasts, and our community to commemorate World AIDS Day like never before. 

For complete details go to Compass World AIDS Day

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