Paul Ramírez Jonas
Artist in the Public Realm

Alternative Facts, 2017



   MATERIALS: Lies and spare change supplied by the public, notary public seal and stamp, signature, ledger, leather desk pad, gold electroplating kit, scale, pyrite, paper, gold melting and casting kit, paper, folding table.

    Alternative Facts turns lies and fantasies into ostensibly truthful public documents.The first untruth designates the facilitator, often the artist himself, as a notary. Each subsequent certification process yields two documents, one for the viewer to keep and another to be collected in the installation.The cost of this legal transformation requires payment of a gold coin, which the facilitator will assist in creating by chemically altering visitors’ spare change.