Ruiz-Healy Art is pleased to announce their second year of participation in the prestigious and juried IFPDA Print Fair at the historic Park Avenue Armory. RHA will be showcasing the work of Johanna Calle.
Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Calle gracefully investigates lines with a preference for a black and white palette. Her exploration of drawing and pushing the medium into a wide variety of techniques are at the heart of her formal practice. Her method of line making is that of a physical approach--one that includes wire, stitching, text, along with the more traditional use of ink and pencil.
In the series Arañas/spiders, Calle creates unique works by hand-drawing the different spiders that form the 20 editions of the serigraph suite. Calle employs excerpts from the article Urgent Cities, written by anthropologist Maria Margarita Ruiz-Roges, as implied lines to create an intricate network of text dealing with the rapid growth of developing countries. This is done as a form of visual poetry, whereas only select words are legible so the viewer can question and contemplate the quiet interplays of line and word.
Sin titulo (jaula)/Untitled (cage) is a great example of Calle’s sculptural methodology that she incorporates into her works on paper. This series uses a pressed bird cage as the matrix in the intaglio printing process and was inspired after reading the philosopher Peter Singer and his seminal work Animal Liberation. Calle uses the bird cage as a metaphor for the slums of Bogotá to question the effect of small confined spaces (and cages) on human (and animal) psyches. The results are a delicate formulation of impressions on paper that echo the confinement within its two-dimensionality and resonates memory of its space before compression.
The booth will also include an in memoriam work to the 43 missing students in Mexico. Libro de artista unico/ Unique Artist's Book, a hand-stitched book made of intaglio prints on ancient parchment paper, also pays homage to the artist's father, an accountant, as faint organized ledger lines are apparent. The pages are nearly blank and signify the missing records of the disappearance of the 43 students. The accounting ledger is a repeated theme of Calle's, also found in Sin titulo (saldo cero)/Untitled (zero balance), printed by Flying Horse Editions at the University of Central Florida. By utilizing a system that is no longer utilized in the age of computerized accounting, Calle speaks of a broken order that highlights the economic disorder of our time.