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THE BURDEN OF OUR DAYS
THE SUBVERSIVE ICONOGRAPHY OF JAVIER ROCABADO
SAN FRANCISCO, CA- Bolivian-American queer visual artist, Javier Rocabado is making waves in the Bay Area with his mixed media series “The burden of our Days”. His series is a commentary on Capitalism, engaging subjects as diverse as Homosexuality, HIV/AIDS, Health Care, Military Veteran Issues, Infant Mortality, Racism and Capitalism.
Rocabado, Inspired by Spanish and Latin American religious iconography, creates mixed media pieces that border assemblage. Using acrylics, discarded AIDS medicine bottles, cloth, jewels and dollar bills inert bullets and house-hold objects, Rocabado creates pieces of singular appeal; aesthetically beautiful, yet thematically macabre. Behind the gentle faces portrayed on his canvases, hides a deeper truth; one that is dark, haunting and all too often, a familiar reality.
Although he uses a variety of materials, his theme and methodology is consistent in each of the art pieces in this series. All the pieces are linked by recurring formal concerns and throughout the subject matter. The subject matter of each piece thus determines the materials to be used and the form the piece will take.
Rocabado has curated for QueLaco (Queer Latino/a Coalition) and has exhibited works at SoMarts, Amaru Gallery, Faetopia (2011), Faerie Freedom Village- Gay Pride SF (2011), The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts and Polanco Gallery.
Rocabado’s upcoming shows are:
June 1st, 2012 – June 26, 2012. ReMix: Revisiting Appropriation: QCC’s Annual National Queer Arts Festival’s Visual Arts Exhibition at SOMArts Gallery. The opening reception is June 1, 7-9pm. |
June 15th, 2012 – June 22nd. Faetopia – Futhering the Queer Agenda. Gallery open every day. 12pm – 8pm
Sunday, June 24, 2012. Fearie Freedom Village, Gay Pride SF. Installation 11am – 6pm
To see more of Javier Rocabado’s series “The Burden of Our Days”, please visit: