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September 9-12, 2021   Javits Center

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UPFOR | Ronny Quevedo: Migration Lines

Ronny Quevedo’s work of the last several years explores the invisibility of marginal cultures and physical labor, as they relate to the artist’s personal history and our larger cultural moment. Quevedo addresses issues of marginalization and displacement by focusing on personal memories, social environments and shared histories of migration.

About the Exhibition

Ronny Quevedo’s work of the last several years explores the invisibility of marginal cultures and physical labor, as they relate to the artist’s personal history and our larger cultural moment. Through a rigorous mark-making and embossing process, Quevedo generates a range of surfaces and colors. He derives patterns and marks from sporting fields, gymnasiums, indigenous land works, pre-Columbian textiles and constellations. Traditional and found materials, such as dress maker’s wax paper, pattern paper and spray paint, are combined with gold and silver leaf, metals redolent with meaning in the history of the Americas.

Quevedo addresses issues of marginalization and displacement by focusing on personal memories, social environments and shared histories of migration. Sources as diverse as his move from Ecuador to New York in childhood, his father’s biography as a soccer player, his mother’s profession as a seamstress, the geometric abstraction of Wari textiles, architecture of the Andes and the Nazca lines (a group of ancient geoglyphs in southern Peru) inform his material and visual choices. This results in geometric abstractions that come from the artist’s own questioning of “neutral” sites that ignore the contributions of colonized cultures.

About the Artist: Ronny Quevedo

Ronny Quevedo (b. 1981 in Guayaquil, Ecuador) works in a variety of mediums including sculpture and drawing. His work "posits profound interconnections between the circular movements engendered by sport and the expansive pathways forged by the artist’s personal migration story from Ecuador to the Bronx," Ananda Cohen-Aponte writes in Hyperallergic. Quevedo holds an MFA from the Yale School of Art (2013) and BFA from The Cooper Union (2003).

A recent exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Pacha, Llaqta, Wasichay: Indigenous Space, Modern Architecture, New Art, featured work by Quevedo. Solo exhibitions of note include no hay medio tiempo / there is no halftime at the Queens Museum (2017); Home Field Advantage at Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education, Bronx, NY (2015); and Ulama, Ule, Olé at Carol Jazzar Gallery, Miami, FL (2013). Quevedo is recipient of fellowships Queens Museum/Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists, A Blade of Grass Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art and an Emerging Artist Fellowship/Residency at Socrates Sculpture Park, among others. His numerous residencies include Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NY; Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA; Core Residency Program at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Project Row Houses, Houston, TX; Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, ME; and Lower East Side Printshop, NY.

Exhibition Artwork

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Ronny Quevedo
Revolutions Unbound, 2019
43 x 72 inches
wax on muslin
Ronny Quevedo
topografía lyr(ic)a, 2019
75 x 46.5 inches
wax, screen print and thread on muslin
Ronny Quevedo
sun and moon (for Alberto Spencer), 2019
40 x 26 inches
wax and gold leaf on carbon paper