New York City, NY
Ronny Quevedo’s project, There is No Halftime, is a remix of cross-disciplinary elements—from sports field diagrams to Andean heraldic codes—that visualizes the ethos of global migration and displacement of peoples and cultures.
The exhibition’s centerpiece is a court-sized, polychromatic line drawing executed directly on the 2700 square foot expanse of the Museum’s atrium. Echoing the Museum’s immediate environment of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, where various ball games are played daily by local populations of immigrant communities, the dynamic composition is made of fragmented diagrams of basketball, soccer, volleyball and handball courts. Entitled Los Independientes/The Independents is a group of mixed media wall works that embody athletes about to enter this re-imagined field of cultural traditions in migratory unrest.
Together with works derived from both traditional Andean symbolism and the artist’s personal memoir—having moved from Ecuador to New York City as young child and playing soccer in this very park where his father was a soccer referee—Quevedo’s There is No Halftime renders the exuberant state of peoples and cultures in global flux through this materially syncretized and conceptually expansive body of work.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.