Roots on the Rock | Cesar Forero

March 6 – 24
Gallery Reception: Saturday, March 9, 4 – 7 pm (Performance 6 pm)
Zoom Artist Talk: Saturday, March 16, 1 pm (Register via Eventbrite)
Meet the Artist & Demo: Sunday, March 17, 1 – 4 pm

My generation is witnessing good and powerful changes on our planet, making our lives easier and more efficient. Technology makes our work more productive and with greater global reach. The great disparity continues to be that we are advancing economically, but the emotional and spiritual relationship with our planet is increasingly more distant. It is difficult to understand how it is possible that our intelligence allows us to advance so quickly at a technological level, but we do not find the balance to prevent the destruction of our environment.

This project evaluates our active participation in environmental recovery. My personal development as an individual artist who transforms and matures, is now finding physical limitations to do what was previously very easy to do. The re-adaptation of my body makes me aware that the changes in my own being occur simultaneously with the changes in the planet. The big difference is that I accept the shackles of my life as the normal process of my existence, but this planet will be home to millions of future generations. Therefore, we should not accept the deterioration of the planet as normal, but do every possible act to reverse the damage we have caused. 

Perhaps my job as an artist creating this project is to rely on something greater than myself and send a spiritual message embedded in the artworks. Possibly and very ambitiously, the dream is to create a project that radiates and expands like songs and love stories. The message and objective are the creation of a piece that unfolds in nature and that makes sense if humanity participates in this environment, enjoying it, but leaving it intact for the future. Cesar Forero 

Cesar Forero is a Colombian-born Canadian, BIPOC and member of the LGTBQIA2S+ artist with a background in architecture, sculpture, painting, and public performance. He is a member and exhibition coordinator of the International Academy of Ceramist AIC/IAC. He holds an MA from Minnesota State University and MFA from the University of Waterloo, Ontario. He currently sits on the boards at the Temiskaming Art Gallery, in Haileybury, ON; the Ontario Society of Artists (Toronto) and the Contemporary Art Committee (Kirkland Lake, ON) where he is the current president and curator. His artworks and performances have been shown worldwide, stand in public and private collections and received numerous national and international awards. His practice emphasizes social, humanitarian and environmental issues. He is fluent in English, Spanish, French and German. As a hobby, Forero cultivates a passion for bonsai. 

Cesar Forero’s Roots on the Rocks performance presented at Propeller Art Gallery, March 9, 2024

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