Installation View

Installation View

Michael Menchaca

The Future is Female, 2018

Mixed media on yellow French paper

40 x 26 inches (framed)

 

Michael Menchaca

Hail Mary in Cyberspace, 2018

Oil paint and mixed media on green French paper

19 x 25 inches (framed)

 

 

Michael Menchaca

H. E. BUDLIGHT, 2018

Oil paint on yellow French paper

19 x 25 inches (framed)

 

Installation View

Richard Armendariz

Phaeton Remix, 2019

Oil on carved panel with lightbulbs

48 x 48 inches

 

Richard Armendariz

The Long Journey, 2019

Oil on carved panel with lightbulbs

48 x 48 inches

Installation View

Jesse Amado

He calls it a Beautiful Wall, 2019

Le Corbusier acrylic on molded paper

49 x 40 x 10 inches

 

Installation View

Ethel Shipton

Texas Swing/The Cross Roads, 2017

CNC machine cut letters, chain, wood, tape

12 x 19 x 200 inches

 

Installation View

Margarita Cabrera

Multi-COlor VOCHO VW Beetle Sedan Quilt #3, 2004

Vinyl and thread

49 x 96 inches

 

Installation View

Chuck Ramirez

Seven Days: Super Bowl at Lloyd's, 2004/2014

Pigment ink print, mounted on plexi

24 x 30 inches (framed)

Edition 3/6

 

Chuck Ramirez

Seven Days: Tex-Mex, 2004/2014

Pigment inkjet print

24 x 30 inches (framed)

Edition 2/6

Chuck Ramirez

Words: Candy, 2004/2015

Archival pigment ink print on watercoor paper

15 1/2 x 21 inches (framed)

Edition 2/10

 

Chuck Ramirez

Words: Queen, 2004/2016

Archival pigment print on watercolor paper

15 1/2 x 21 inches (framed)

Edition 4/10

 

Installation View

Cecilia Paredes

Le Jardin, 2015

Photo Performance Inkjet print mounted on acrylic

34 x 42 1/2 inches

Edition 1/7

Cecilia Paredes

Silk, 2015

Photo Performance Inkjet print mounted on acrylic

41 x 37 1/2 inches

Edition 1/7

Cecilia Paredes

Mercury, 2013

Pigment Inkjet print mounted on acrylic

20 x 14 1/2 inches

Edition of 7

Cecilia Paredes

Andean Mercury, 2013

Pigment Inkjet print mounted on acrylic

19 3/4 x 14 1/4 inches

Edition of 7

Latinx Art: Transcending Borders

April 3 – May 11, 2019

Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to announce the third collaboration exhibition with Ruiz-Healy Art, Latinx Art: Transcending Borders. The exhibition explores and celebrates Latinx visual arts in the United States, predominantly Texas. The exhibition opens the night before the National conference of Latino Art Now and is curated by Patricia Ruiz-Healy, Ph.D.

 

Showcasing the rich diversity that results in transcending borders, the exhibition features artworks by Ruiz-Healy Art represented artists Jesse Amado, Richard Armendariz, Margarita Cabrera, Michael Menchaca, Cecilia Paredes, Chuck Ramirez, and Ethel Shipton including paintings, drawings, sculptures, and edition prints.

 

Jesse Amado’s work endorses the quality of change and how limitless and liberating it can be for an artist. It resists the formulaic and instead embraces the free association and process that reflects the Freudian play of the creative act. Being raised on the U.S.- Mexico border heavily influences Richard Armendariz’ aesthetic and conceptual ideas. He carves and paints images that have cultural, biographical, and art historical references into the surface of his artwork. Inspired by her upbringing in the U.S. border city of El Paso, Margarita Cabrera has made one of her artistic research subjects the working conditions of assembly line factories. Influenced by iconic Pop imagery such as Andy Warhol’s celebrity portraits, Cabrera employs a similar compositional format in her series of hand-made quilts (2004). In Vocho Quilt, the iconic Volkswagen Beetle is replicated across numerous hand-stitched VW Beetles, referring to the tedious monotony of a manufacturing assembly line. For this exhibition, Michael Menchaca has created compositions and motifs to explore personal memories of growing up in Texas. Menchaca's narratives address current social-political issues and the struggle that immigrants face in the United States. In his signature style, his works play with both repetition and scale with overlapping figures, patterns, and multiple windows of storyline and fable. Cecilia Paredes combines themes found in nature, such as origins, camouflage, transformation, and her body to acquire multiple identities through a blend of sculptural recreations and photography. She works on the theme of building her own identity with the entourage or part of the world where she lives or where she feels she can call home. Always personally relevant, Chuck Ramirez explored cultural identity, mortality, and consumerism through his photographs and installations. Using typography and digital imaging technology, Ramirez isolates and recontextualizes familiar objects and texts to explore the human condition.  Ethel Shipton’s practice is informed by a strong conceptual base and encompasses a variety of expressions. Through painting, installation, photography, and text, Shipton spotlights instants of clarity that flit by in the comings and goings of daily life. She challenges context and draws on the power of the unexpected.

 

About Ruiz-Healy Art

Ruiz-Healy Art was incorporated in 2004, and after working for several years strictly by appointment, the gallery opened their public space in September 2013 at their current location, 210-A East Olmos Drive in San Antonio, TX. The gallery deals in Post-War and contemporary works of art: painting, sculpture, photography, and works on paper. Ruiz-Healy art represents an international roster of artists and places emphasis on a Latin American, borderland, and Texas discourse. In addition, we are the exclusive representatives of the Estate of Chuck Ramirez.