Jesse Amado: BECOMING
Ruiz-Healy Art is pleased to announce a solo exhibition highlighting a new series of work by Jesse Amado. BECOMING opens to the public on Thursday, March 16, 2017 with a reception from 6 - 8 pm with the artist in attendance. An artist talk contextualizing the exhibition will be held on Saturday, March 25th at 2 pm.
Amado recently returned from Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum's Berlin Residency Program in partnership with Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Germany. Known for art that is conceptually based and highly formal Amado states, "A synthesis is underway. Developing into a progression; steered by compositions and colorings... These current works represent seemingly the spiritual... Present with vestiges of beautiful Catholicism. It’s rituals and iconography. Subsequently appearing is the metaphysical... presence of the natural with its necessary result of art, and it is all that exists." BECOMING features politically themed "block letters," textile "colorings," his signature virgin wool felt "tablets," trompe-l'oeil prints by Hare & Hound Press, and a garment "closet."
Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, he received his BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin and his BFA and MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Amado resided in both Texas and New York City for many years.
Amado’s art can be found in various private and public collections throughout Texas, the United States and internationally, including the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington D.C.; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; Dallas Museum of Art, TX; Blanton Museum, Austin, TX; San Antonio Museum of Art, TX; Linda Pace Foundation, San Antonio, TX; and El Museo Del Barrio, New York, NY.
Jesse AmadoFolderol, 2017Virgin wool felt and marble21.5 x 17 x 7"54.6 x 41.3 x 17.7 cm
Jesse AmadoFashionable Beuys in Bauhaus #2, 2017Paper and virgin wool felt22.5 x 20.5 x 5"57.1 x 52 x 12.7 cm
Jesse AmadoI love Beuys #2, 1997Collage and drawing15.5 x 28"39.3 x 71.1 cm
Jesse AmadoBecomingly, 2017Digital print30 x 30"76.2 x 76.2 cm
Jesse AmadoForever Gibberish, 2017Le Corbusier acrylic paint and molded paper8.25 x 20 x 10.5"20.9 x 50.8 x 26.6 cm
Jesse AmadoSensorium #1Le Corbusier acrylic paint on wood, artificial flower12 x 9 x 2"30.4 x 22.8 x 5 cm