“More Than Words"

When: Thu., March 5, 6-8 p.m. and Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through April 25 2015

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 (Andres Ferrandis, Ethel Shipton, Ricky Armendariz, Jesse Amado, Chuck Ramirez, Julie Speed, Nate Cassie, Alejandro Diaz and Marifer Barrero) while also spelling out a wild array of messages that run the gamut from “subversive social comment to rapturous meditation.”

Price: Free