Carlos Rolon, a.k.a Dzine, is a Chicago-based artist whose mixed-media works demonstrate an eclectic craft and visual languageâ€or, as he put it: “A mixture of sculpture, paintings, and installation, the works reside in an imaginative, kaleidoscopic, and meticulous world. His studies of bikes are striking in these qualities of the “imaginative, kaleidoscopic, and meticulous.
Bike “La Casa de mi Abuela (Ghost Bike memorial) is composed of enamel, pearlized automotive paint, metal, mirror, fabric, audio, video, Swarovski crystals, gold plating, silver, custom jewelry and rubber.
Bike “Luxembourg makes use of the same materials save for the audio and video, and adding wax.
Bike “The Majestics (for Louise) appeared in the exhibition “La Fabrique Sonore, ExpÃƒÂ©rience Pommery #9,” which took place in the Caves of Domaine Pommery, Reims, France.
Rolon also describes his work as an “ongoing response to popular culture. His bike art connects with a lot of cultural channelsâ€such as filmmaker Tim Burton, Batman, Batgirl and pianist Liberace. I can easily picture the magician Harry Houdini riding a Rolon-imagined-and-crafted bike. The same can be said for daredevil Evel Knievel. Even the comic-book antihero Ghost Rider might bond with Rolon’s cycle creations. The author J.R.R. Tolkien said, “Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory.
Rolon’s bikes offer a glorious channel to another world that the viewer easily imagines — and that is, indeed, fantastic.
Photographs by Carlos Rolon