Alchemy: Works on Paper

February 22 - April 1, 2023 San Antonio

Ruiz-Healy Art is pleased to present Alchemy: Works on Paper. The exhibition will present works by Jesse Amado, Richard "Ricky" Armendariz, Cecilia Biagini, Gaby Collins-Fernandez, Margaret Craig, Andres Ferrandis, Pedro Friedeberg, Cisco Jiménez, Consuelo Jimenez Underwood, Leigh Anne Lester, César A. Martínez, Kanako Namura, Lina Puerta, and Ethel Shipton. Ruiz-Healy Art is proud to be one of only three dealers in the state of Texas that holds membership to the International Fine Print Dealers Association, an organization that maintains the highest standards for works on paper.


Alchemy: Works on Paper features Latinx, Latin American, and Texas-based artists who work in a range of mediums including collage, drawing, painting, and printmaking. The exhibition demonstrates the power of the artist’s hand and the seemingly magical process of transformation that occurs in the creation of an artwork. The flexible quality of paper, and its two-dimensional constraints, is manipulated in this way to blur the realms of reality and fantasy.


The immediacy of drawing, collage, and photograms find kinship with the multi-step techniques of printmaking and papermaking. In the case of Jesse Amado’s Machine, "simple" materials such as ink and graphite produce an elaborate three-dimensional drawing. A Bailar, meaning To Dance, by Cisco Jimenez playfully uses collage to deconstruct the human body. The serendipitous process that happens in a dark room to create Cecilia Biagini’s photograms pair well with the precision of Richard “Ricky” Armendariz’ woodcuts, both using negative space to create spellbinding terrain. Margaret Craig experiments with the medium itself, producing handmade paper with screenprint pulp.


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