Tell Me Where It Hurts includes Armendariz's most recent body of work featuring illusionistic carved paintings and meticulously carved woodcut prints. This is his second solo show at Ruiz-Healy Art, and it will be accompanied by a catalogue featuring an essay written by John Phillip Santos.
His woodcuts are composed of intricate cross-hatching and carved pointillism that embellish his large monochromatic pieces. In his carved oil paintings, he uses an adapted power tool and cuts into Turneresque painted backgrounds that recall the vast and sometimes turbulent desert sky of his hometown, El Paso.
Text is also an important element of his practice, like many artists who powerfully incorporate language into their work. The phrases in Armendariz's artworks quite often reference popular culture, specifically song lyrics, and appear lyrical in nature even when the text is not appropriated from music.
Public opening reception: Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm