Author(s): Franklin Sirmans
The Darwinian elements of survival and harmony have always attracted writers, philosophers, and artists working in all mediums, specifically, in the sport of Boxing. Sports have always played an important role in the principle and foundation of Latino Culture, specifically in the Puerto culture and its Diaspora. This is true for the artist Carlos Rolon (Dzine). The sweet science played an important role within his family household. Watching a young Howard Cosell on ABCs Wide World and the infamous No Mas fight with Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard is how the artist a young age bonded with his father. His previous publication Nailed, which the artist viewed as a love letter to his mother, Rolon sees BOXED as a homage to his father. Following the success of the Nailed, the goal is to archive how artists and documentarians have historically used boxing as a metaphor used or been inspired by the sport from its inception into contemporary culture. As with Nailed, the publication will result and include a new body of work produced by the author.
Co-published with Paul Kasmin Gallery a foreword by LACMA Chief Curator Franklin Sirmans, artists featured in Boxed include Andreas Gursky, Jean- Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Gary Simmons, Satch Hoyt, Rashid Johnson, Christopher Wool, Cheryl Dunn, Terence koh, David Hammons, Ed Ruscha, Jeff Koons, George Bellows, Yoshitomo Nara, Jules De Balincourt, Paul Pfeiffer, Martine Barat, Claes Oldenburg, Glenn Ligon, Lyle Owerko, Chris Mosier and Ed Paschke, etc.
Carlos Rolon (Dzine) was born in 1970 in Chicago, Illinois. He briefly attended Columbia College with a concentration in painting and graphic design. His work has been exhibited widely including solo museum exhibitions at The Dallas Contemporary (2013), Bass Museum of Art, Miami (2009), Museum Het Domein, Sittard, The Netherlands (2007), Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom (2006), Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan (2006) and Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2005).