SIMPATIA SIN COMPASION; An art exhibition by Bernardo Vallarino
July 6 - July 27, 2018
Reception: July 6, 2018; 6 - 9pm
Summary: “Simpatia sin Compasión” by Colombian-American mix media sculptor and installation artist is a brand new body of work of stamped words, symbols and phrases exploring formal qualities of multiplicity paired-up with human matters pertaining to injustice, denial, indifference and disassociation among human groups. A spotlight will be directed towards the great work Refugee Services of Texas does through a panel discussion and refugee testimonials. Additionally, the artist is donating 75% of the net revenue from any sales of this exhibition to Refugee Services of Texas.
Opening reception: July 6 6-9pm
Panel discussion: July 14 5-6pm (Artist and Refugee Services of Texas)
Refugee Testimonials: July 21 5-6pm ($10 donation suggested)
Body: “Simpatia sin Compasión” is a body of work of stamped words, phrases and symbols inspired by elements of multiplicity, repetition and the peculiar characteristic of words and phrases to change meaning depending on context. The yard long meticulously stamped artworks have been imprinted with handmade stamps varying in sizes from 1 to 4 inches. Materials range from cloth to iron and dirt to consecrated wine. With these artworks the artist continues to explore how an individual item loses value when placed among a multitude if identical or similar items yet it retains its identity. This formal investigation is paired-up with human matters pertaining to injustice, denial, indifference and disassociation among human groups. The intent with this body is work is to create awareness and self-reflection on the suffering of those displaced by violence. To further compliment the intent of this work Vallarino decided to use the exhibition as a platform to promote the services provided by relevant institutions and organizations, like Refugee Services of Texas.
Artist Bio: Bernardo is a Colombian-American mix media sculptor and installation artist heavily interested in geopolitical issues of violence and human suffering. Bernardo is heavily interested in geopolitical issues of violence and human suffering. His inspiration comes from observations of the hypocrisy that exists between the rhetoric of human life value and the violent behavior of humanity. With his artworks he strives to engage his audience visually but also morally and philosophically. In order to present such sobering topics in an approachable manner he borrows from his child-acquired interest of insects and entomology. He uses insects as an inspirational source for many of the formal elements in his work and in many instances a vehicle to express metaphors. His human-size scale sculptures have captivating elements that invite viewers to investigate up-close. At either distance, the work is clean and precise mirroring his deep respect for the victims of the topics he addresses. Vallarino has an outstanding record of solo and group exhibitions as well as numerable juried shows and awards. He graduated with a BFA in sculpture from Texas Christian University and an MFA in the same field from Texas Woman’s University. He is currently the coordinator of Fort Worth Art Collective and teaches at Tarrant County College.
Refugee Services of Texas mission statement: Guided by the principles of human compassion and dignity, Refugee Services of Texas welcomes refugees, immigrants, and other displaced peoples and supports them in integrating and thriving in their new communities.