New Acquisition · Lobby

Dzine (Carlos Rolon) is a Chicago-based artist whose Untitled 2008 custom bicycle sculpture was recently donated to the Nerman Museum. Soon to be on view in the lobby, this work was featured in a 2012 Harper’s Bazaar ad.

Reflecting on his custom vehicles, dating back to 2007, Dzine states: “I made a customized bike for my Brooklyn Museum show with a video screening on it. Then that got me thinking about my parent’s generation and the Puerto Rican diaspora, which inspired a custom boat with laser lights and a sound system . . . that was the beginning of my custom position. I then discovered a whole culture of people making these costly creations that didn’t really do it for money. They’re driven by passion, which reminded me of why I wanted to be an artist in the first place.