The artist Carlos Rolón (right) and Dick Goody, OU Art Collection curator and Gallery director. OU is the first to exhibit Rolón’s work in Michigan.

Nomadic Habitat (Hustleman), 2015. Mixed Media and Merchandise. A collaboration with Chicago street vendor Garland Gantt.

Wall Stencil, 2016

Nomadic Habitat (Hustleman), 2015. Mixed Media & Merchandise. Explores another realm of urban commerce, community relationships, sustainability and the visual cultural richness of a vending cart. Debuted at the Arts Incubator Gallery on Chicago’s South Side.

Close up, Crystal Street, 2014. Shell and Plants. The full work is displayed with Nomadic Habitat (Hustleman).

Afro-Comb, 2016. High-density urethane, resin, paint.

Masks, 2016

Bladez of Glory Barber Shop of Franklin Park, Illinois, created six unique haircuts on site during the exhibit opening on January 16, literally altering the viewer’s experience from spectator to performer. This work includes a three-channel video.

Tonics, brushes and razors await Bladez of Glory artists.

Untitled, 2015. Blowtorch Mirror Painting. Fractured glass panel, resin.


Winter 2016


Carlos Rolón/Dzine’s first Michigan Exhibition

OU GALLERY. Through April 3, 2016. Free and open to the public.

Carlos Rolón has been recognized for his elaborately crafted paintings, ornate sculptures and works that emerge from American, Latino and uniquely based subcultures. A first-generation immigrant of Puerto Rican descent, Rolón juxtaposes American ideas of luxury and conspicuous consumption with urban artifact in the OU Gallery’s “Commonwealth.” The exhibit’s title is a nod to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the “common wealth.” Biography.

Detroit Art Review

Oakland University Art Gallery invites the audience to an installation that includes objects and performance.
Carlos Rolón/Dzine @OUAG

“ …The Oakland University Art Gallery has been leading in this respect for a number of years and continues to set the bar for others. University-based galleries have the financial base to support such important endeavors and play an important role in educating the community in Metro Detroit.”
- Ron Scott, January 27, 2016.

Carlos Rolon/Dzine.

You Should Know…Dzine: Chicago Magazine: July 2007.