Centro Cultural Chacao, Caracas, Venezuela
July 15 – August 29, 2010

"If we dig precious things from the land, we will invite disaster"  – Hopi Prophecy

Make Oil G

Guggenheim Fellowship Award

Science and Technology
in the art of Rolando Peña

In 2010 the compromise is with nature and ecology. "Make Oil Green" unifies art, science and technology; a work that deals with global warming and involves multiple video projections, media rooms, blog, website and, last but not least, complex structures made of ice and mirrors. Once again, and as Rolando Peña states, "science and art become tools with which the visitor becomes involved, emphasizing the sense of urgency that must be the norm in order to be able to revert the course while we still can."

– Margarita D'Amico
   Journalist and investigator
  of Contemporary art

Chronicles of Defreezing

In this controversial exhibition “Make Oil Green” Peña denounce half–truths as truth, hegemonies and totalitarian thinking. In the exhibition space, the multimedia installation, comprising multiplying mirrors, the natural change from solid to liquid of the watery structure, the sequence of images and the reconstruction in situ of the effects of global warming, is realized by the use of resources such as video art, performance, photography, net art, digital animation and art installation. The artist is trying to activate resonances in the spectator, sounds, effects and artifices through which a physical message becomes at times real.

– Lorena González
   Curator of contemporary art

Green Oil

Scientists warned of the risks associated with climate change: the use of fossil fuels, mainly oil, releases gases to the atmosphere that are destabilizing weather and warming the planet, with adverse consequences for ecosystems and mankind in the not-too-distant future. 
Rolando Peña shows us this in his own way by transmuting the oil barrel into ice, the ice melting relentlessly into water, source of all life, whose manifestations we observe in the hundreds of images projected around the barrel transforming itself endlessly, subject to the designs of nature.

– Juan Carlos Sánchez
   Industrial engineer and
   expert in climate change


Videos from the Make Oil Green Exhibition