S.O.S . 2018
A pad of soil donated by Mexican and other Latin American immigrants is stamped with an SOS pattern using two large cast iron stamps that hanging on a wall. The inspiration for this installation was an image of tracks left on dirt by immigrants in the Texas desert. Like many of these immigrants, there are countless people around the world who are also leaving tracks in very inhospitable environments. Unfortunately, many of these tracks, silent cries for help, are unseen and erased by time.
Save Our Souls. 2018
A 15 by 10 foot white flag is stamped with a repeated SOS pattern painted with orange and black acrylic paint following the colors of the Olympic Refugee flag. A visually loud cry for help that can be easily overlooked by those who do not slow down to see the well-known Morse code for help.
Protesta Muerta en Testigos Sordos (Dead Protest Witnesses by Deaf Ears). 2018
10 yard long “protest banners” read in large block font LIBERTAD (Freedom), LA VERDAD (The truth), SU VIDA (Your life), ¡POR DIOS! (for God’s sake!), ¡NO MAS! (No more!), TU Y YO (You and I), AQUI NO PASA NADA (Nothing is happening here), PAZ (Peace), ESOS (Them), JUSTICIA (Justice). Each letter is made with hundreds of 1 inch dead human silhouettes stamps using consecrated wine for ink. These words and phrases are excerpts from the rhetoric found in an array of media outlets during the 2014 unaccompanied minor migration crisis in the US and were chosen because in the instances they were used their humanitarian essence was contextually striped-off to fulfill a political agenda.
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Bernardo is a Colombian-American mix media sculptor and installation artist interested in geopolitical issues of violence and human suffering inspired by the hypocrisy that exists between the rhetoric of human life preciousness and the violent behavior of humanity. He uses insects as a source for many of the formal elements in his work and in many instances a vehicle to express metaphors. The work is clean and precise mirroring his deep respect for the victims of the topics he addresses and strives to engage his audience visually, morally and philosophically. Vallarino graduated with a BFA in sculpture from TCU and an MFA in the same field from TWU. He is currently the coordinator of the FW Art Collective, teaches at TCC and has an outstanding record of exhibitions and awards