For When the Leaves Grow Cold, but I Still Require Your Shoulder

Curated by Jeffrey Dell


January 19 – February 17, 2018

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Friday, January 19, 2018
6 - 7pm

Exhibition Opening
Friday, January 19, 2018
7 - 10pm

Our first exhibition of 2018 features Ricardo Vicente Ruiz in a solo show guest curated by Jeffrey Dell. A limited edition chap book publication by the artist, editioned in risograph by Dell, will also be available for free at the opening.

For When the Leaves Grow Cold, but I Still Require Your Shoulder is a suite of paintings rooted in the history and folklore of harvesting seasons in the Southwest. The focus is on the surrounding landscape with tools, animals, plants, and fantastical manifestations as onlookers.

Ricardo Vicente Ruiz is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice is based in drawing that engages oral traditions grounded in Curanderismo / Mexican faith healing. Through storytelling and superstition, Ruiz reflects on the everyday in a mode that accesses past, present, and future. Works, sound, and physical gestures via the artist's body initiate a conversation as to how healing manifests itself in the 21st century. Images explore metaphysical spaces of mythic figures and interactions derived from personal memoir, ritual, and prose. The work intends to expand on the traumas of the difficult histories of marginalized groups within North America but provide a point of healing through spiritual reconciliation and mediation in its discussion.

Jeffrey Dell is an artist, curator, and professor of Printmaking at Texas State University. Dell often works with other universities, studios, and galleries to provide workshops, lectures, and exhibitions. This is his second show as guest curator with Big Medium.