More Than Words: Text-Based Artworks II: San Antonio

March 25 - May 23, 2020
Overview

Ruiz-Healy Art is delighted to present More Than Words: Text-Based Artworks II at our San Antonio gallery featuring works by Richard Armendariz, Nate Cassie, Andrés Ferrandis, Cisco Jímenez, Katie Pell, Ethel Shipton, and Gary Sweeney. The exhibition will be viewable by appointment and will be made available online on Wednesday, March 25th on Ruiz-Healy Art’s website and social media platforms.

 

From autobiographical narratives of an adventurous childhood exploring the forests of Delaware in Katie Pell’s work to storylike carvings chronicling lush scenes of animals personified as literary figures in Ricky Armendariz’s work, the use of text in the works of these eight artists range from subversive social commentary to rapturous meditation. Text, a recurring hallmark throughout art history, demands we read the visual composition of a painting or sculpture and interpret bits of language simultaneously. Text pulls the viewer in, slowing them down to consider how the text and its imagery inform the other. Furthermore, the intentional use of text in artwork can serve to disrupt our passive consumption of media, both digital and analog. In these exhibitions, each artist creates work in undeniably unique styles and processes, all anchored together by the written word, granting the viewer an additional clue with which to interpret the works.

 

 

About the Artists

 

Ricky Armendariz’s artistic and conceptual aesthetic is heavily influenced by growing up in the U.S./Mexico border. Armendariz is known for his hand-carved paintings, text-based imagery and his large color-saturated woodblock prints that weave anthropomorphic narratives with tales of turmoil. Spanglish, as well as contemporary and folk song lyrics, appear frequently in his compositions.

 

Cecilia Biagini creates paintings, mobiles, photographs, and sculptures inspired by traditions of Latin American geometric abstraction. Utilizing a bold sense of color, line, depth, sound, and abstraction, the varied works find commonalities in their composition and playfulness. Evoking ideas of physics, the geometric shapes in her work are arranged in a manner suggesting movement and animation. Some of her works are the result of a process limited to use specific tools and colors. With that configuration, Biagini composes sessions of improvisations to capture a moment of that interaction.

 

Nate Cassie’s work includes drawing, painting, sculpture, video and digital media. His thematic practice centers on what he terms, “spaces in between,” the gaps that distance surface from volume, skin, and structure, formal and intuitive systems. Cassie’s text works employ the written word as an implied value that reveals figurative forms and shapes.

 

Andrés Ferrandis uses both intricate collage and sultry text in his signature style. His pieces are void of English and Spanish interplay, as he was born in Valencia, Spain and academically trained at the University of Seville. Ferrandis writes of his use of various media and text in his work, “My intention is to create a language that allows me to work, not from experience or a particular subject itself, but with the emotions that those diverse subjects provoke.”

 

Cisco Jímenez’s oeuvre consists of various media that expose the concerns of Mexico’s social and political environment. Drawing upon the tradition of popular Mexican art which utilizes text as an educational, political, religious or commercial element within aesthetic objects and paintings, Jímenez creates his own icons, naming his paintings with humorous neologisms.

 

Katie Pell worked with media of all sorts, however, her true love was drawing. She used combinations of media and tools like text to expand the boundaries of what her drawings could relay to the viewer, often using text to reveal complicated thoughts and emotions. “I want to know where genuine living and role-playing intersect. Some of us build our own mythology out of our environment, desires and furious defiance at our genetic mediocrity. I hope my work can ignite the excitement of our pointless and forgettable lives, and reaffirm the value of our gorgeous desperation.” – Katie Pell

 

Ethel Shipton’s practice is informed by a strong conceptual base that encompasses text in a playful manner. Through painting, installation, photography, and text, Shipton spotlights instants of clarity that flit by in the comings and goings of daily life. Her recent works are visual displays of mindfully processing her recent artist residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany through Blue Star Contemporary.

 

Gary Sweeney appropriates commercial signage and found objects to create paintings, sculptures, and installations that humorously confront controversial topics. In his text-based compositions, he often uses linguistic puzzles and famous quotations to question the progress of society. The artist mocks the patterns of social Darwinism and exposes the discrepancies and contradictions in current governmental, economic, and social milieux.

Works
  • Richard Armendariz Meet You On The Other Side, 2020 Carved mixed media on panel 24 x 24"
    Richard Armendariz
    Meet You On The Other Side, 2020
    Carved mixed media on panel
    24 x 24"
  • Richard Armendariz Tired of Being a Good Listener, 2020 Carved mixed media on panel 24 x 24"
    Richard Armendariz
    Tired of Being a Good Listener, 2020
    Carved mixed media on panel
    24 x 24"
  • Ethel Shipton Change Cambio, 2020 House paint, vinyl on panel 24 x 24"
    Ethel Shipton
    Change Cambio, 2020
    House paint, vinyl on panel
    24 x 24"
  • Ethel Shipton Beauty in Time, 2020 House paint, vinyl on panel 14 x 48"
    Ethel Shipton
    Beauty in Time, 2020
    House paint, vinyl on panel
    14 x 48"
  • Ethel Shipton The Crossing, 2020 House paint, pull off vinyl on panel 24 x 30"
    Ethel Shipton
    The Crossing, 2020
    House paint, pull off vinyl on panel
    24 x 30"
  • Nate Cassie Aire de Tejas - Corpus Christi, Kingsville, Rio Grande (Rio Bravo), Boca Chica March 2020, 2020 Glazed stoneware bottle with oxide text 16.5 × 7.5 × 6"
    Nate Cassie
    Aire de Tejas - Corpus Christi, Kingsville, Rio Grande (Rio Bravo), Boca Chica March 2020, 2020
    Glazed stoneware bottle with oxide text
    16.5 × 7.5 × 6"
  • Nate Cassie We sang before we spoke- Au Clair de la Lune 1860/2020, 2020 Glazed stoneware bottle with oxide text, captured song 16.5 × 5.5 × 5.5"
    Nate Cassie
    We sang before we spoke- Au Clair de la Lune 1860/2020, 2020
    Glazed stoneware bottle with oxide text, captured song
    16.5 × 5.5 × 5.5"
  • Nate Cassie And the earth died screaming as I lay dreaming, dreaming of you, 2020 Two glazed stoneware bottles with oxide text 14.5 × 13.75 x 14"
    Nate Cassie
    And the earth died screaming as I lay dreaming, dreaming of you, 2020
    Two glazed stoneware bottles with oxide text
    14.5 × 13.75 x 14"
  • Nate Cassie Don’t look back, you can never look back- a portrait of the artist’s mother and father, 2020 Glazed stoneware with oxide text 13.75 × 14 x 14"
    Nate Cassie
    Don’t look back, you can never look back- a portrait of the artist’s mother and father, 2020
    Glazed stoneware with oxide text
    13.75 × 14 x 14"
  • Andrés Ferrandis Fish, 2020 Acrylic on wood, polyester, objet trouvé and aluminum 20.5 x 13 x 2.25"
    Andrés Ferrandis
    Fish, 2020
    Acrylic on wood, polyester, objet trouvé and aluminum
    20.5 x 13 x 2.25"
  • Andrés Ferrandis Gifted, 2020 Acrylic on wood, polyester, objet trouvé, a painted stone and aluminum 14 x 29 x 2.25"
    Andrés Ferrandis
    Gifted, 2020
    Acrylic on wood, polyester, objet trouvé, a painted stone and aluminum
    14 x 29 x 2.25"
  • Andrés Ferrandis Laughter, 2020 Acrylic on wood, polyester, objet trouvé and aluminum 18.5 x 14.5 x 2.25"
    Andrés Ferrandis
    Laughter, 2020
    Acrylic on wood, polyester, objet trouvé and aluminum
    18.5 x 14.5 x 2.25"
  • Andrés Ferrandis Sunrise, 2020 Acrylic on wood, polyester, objet trouvé and aluminum 19.5 x 16.5 x 2.25"
    Andrés Ferrandis
    Sunrise, 2020
    Acrylic on wood, polyester, objet trouvé and aluminum
    19.5 x 16.5 x 2.25"
  • Gary Sweeney Espero que Regreses Al Norte Pronto, 2012 Neon Approximate dimensions: 36.25 x 56 x 12.5"
    Gary Sweeney
    Espero que Regreses Al Norte Pronto, 2012
    Neon
    Approximate dimensions: 36.25 x 56 x 12.5"
  • Gary Sweeney Mi Querido, 2012 Neon 66 x 72 x 8"
    Gary Sweeney
    Mi Querido, 2012
    Neon
    66 x 72 x 8"
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