September 14 – October 14, 2017
Ruiz-Healy Art is pleased to present Chuck in Context, a special exhibition, which honors the significant survey of Chuck Ramirez’s works opening at the McNay Art Museum, Chuck Ramirez: All This and Heaven Too.
As the exclusive representative for the estate of Chuck Ramirez, Ruiz-Healy Art is proud to keep the artist’s memory and archives preserved for future generations. This exhibition, Chuck in Context, focuses on the texted-based works by Ramirez—including the Words series, which has never been shown in its entirety previously.
In addition to photography, Ramirez had a strong background in graphic design and was also involved with the world of contemporary poetry, painting and music. Ramirez was a poet at heart and became a word designer. For Ramirez, the visual impact of text was an important part of his oeuvre and it represented another outlet to his creative spirit.
Words, a series Ramirez produced in 2004, are disparate photographs emblazoned with a single word that the photo illustrates. Over lucha libre figurines appears LIBRE; a masculine face under a platinum wig is emblazoned with QUEEN, a blurred television still of the New England Patriots huddled mid-game reads VIAGRA. Oh yes, there is one of CURATORS too.
A percentage of the sales from Chuck in Context will benefit Casa Chuck, a residency program for critics, curators, and writers housed in the artist’s former residence. This exhibition is also presented in conjunction with FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA, an International Photography Festival.