Art, Talks Plus

Jesse Amado: "30 Day Rx"

When: Thu., April 30, 6-8 p.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sat., May 9, 1 p.m. Continues through June 6 2015

Enigmatic, unpredictable and accomplished are but a few of the words that come to mind when considering Jesse Amado, a San Antonio artist who’s represented in collections stretching from the McNay to the Smithsonian. A former firefighter, Amado’s been known to turn everything from dangling crystals to yards of fringe into conceptual works exploring themes of seduction, beauty and romance. Drawing from his personal experience with illness, Amado’s latest body of work employs richly colored virgin wool felt cuttings to address “the gamut of ways that pharmaceuticals inflect our daily lives.” Ranging from orderly grids of pill-inspired shapes (Nine Tablets) to draped arrangements of felt scraps (Consequences #1), “30 Day Rx” marks the 70th exhibition arranged by Ruiz-Healy Art, an Olmos Park gallery specializing in “contemporary and modern art with an emphasis on Latin American and Texas-connected artists.”