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Ruiz-Healy Takes Big Steps toward Becoming Olmos Park’s ‘It’ Gallery

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Lucky You, 2014, Collage on black and white archival printed image


Reproductions don’t do justice to Ferrandis’ collages, which are subtly layered and textured, often with circles cut out of the picture plane. Using his own or appropriated digitized photographic images as a backdrop, Ferrandis overlays fragments of text, often clipped from newspapers, along with a variety of shapes made from fabrics, tree leaves, industrial colored paper, hand-painted paper, cardboard, Mylar and aluminum foil. He attaches cut-out plastic and felt circles with grommets to create a swirl of geometric forms that seem to drift and sway through fleeting flashes of memory.

Lucky You, with a background of white coffee cups, plates and bowls, has shapes reminiscent of jigsaw puzzles, a part of a newspaper story with “Philosophy” in the headline and other geometric forms floating through the scene like snatches of a half-remembered, desultory conversation over breakfast. The front of a Vespa scooter forms the backdrop for Our Day, perhaps a tribute to a holiday ride with a friend. Inercia, with wavy forms reminiscent of an internal view of the human body a la Fantastic Voyage, shares the same title as a 2013 film by Mexican director Isabel Muñoz Callejas about a woman looking after an ex-boyfriend hospitalized for a kidney problem. Cozy yet highly suggestive, Ferrandis’ collages invite viewers to invent their own narratives.

Ruiz-Healy, a member of the International Fine Print Fair Dealers Association, says she has a particular affinity for works on paper, which attracted her to Ferrandis’ work. But the show feels a little cramped in the small gallery, with some works displayed in an adjacent office, though there is a catalog with an essay by José Antonio Navarrete. It’s going to be a treat to see what she can do with her larger space once it’s finished.

Andrés Ferrandis: Numinous

Free
11am-4pm Tue-Sat
Ruiz-Healy Art
201 E Olmos
(210) 804-2219
ruizhealyart.com
Through March 22

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