Ronny Quevedo
1:1 (one’s currency, one’s death)

Gold leaf on carbon

8.25 × 11.625 in (20.95 × 29.53 cm)

Various karat weights of gold were used for this work—12K, 18K, 22K, 23K, and 24K—resulting in the variable visible metallic shades. A sheet of carbon paper makes up the base layer, with metal leaf transferred onto the rear, resulting in the dulled metallic border that shines through and surrounds the glimmering checkered form on the front surface. Through this process Quevedo plays with notions of order, while visually constructing references to boundaries and systems of measurement. The artist has used metals in his work since around 2012, redolent with meaning in the history and traditions of the Americas.