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Ricky Armendariz, Ya Me Voy a Therapy ('More Than Words') - COURTESY
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'More Than Words';

Not a visual tribute to Extreme's cheesy '90s rock ballad "More Than Words," Ruiz-Healy Art's CAM offering takes an intriguing look at text-based works created by nine artists from Texas, Mexico and Spain. As outlined in the exhibition notes, the use of text as a visual element connects masters ranging from Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque (who incorporated stenciled letters and newspaper clippings in early 20th-century paintings and collages) to Robert Indiana and Jasper Johns (who helped define the pop art era with paintings that borrowed concepts from signage and commercial lettering). With this undying trend as its open-ended theme, "More Than Words" showcases Ruiz-Healy's stellar roster while also spelling out a wild array of messages that run the gamut from "subversive social comment to rapturous meditation." Standing out among the highlights are late local legend Chuck Ramirez's irreverent photographs emblazoned with bold-face titles such as Queen, Libre and DF; El Paso native Ricky Armendariz's mystical wood-block prints scrawled with Spanglish phrases and song lyrics; revered Marfa artist Julie Speed's Dada-inspired boxes filled with mysterious scraps of paper, old engravings, drawings and found objects; and New York-based San Antonio native Alejandro Diaz's covetable neon works that turn simple word play (such as "Sold/Unsold" and "Siesta, I'm Wired!") into something that's both ironic and surprisingly deep. Free, 6-8pm, Ruiz-Healy Art, 201 E. Olmos Dr., 804-2219, ruizhealyart.com.

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