San Francisco based artist Ryan De La Hoz (previously covered here) recently opened his new solo show, “Impassible Terrain” at FFDG. Consisting of new mixed media works and illustration, De La Hoz’s new body of work seeks to highlight our collective experiences through antiquity and traditional iconography. Using historical references to execute this personal ideology, De La Hoz’s new show rests on impactful yet simple motifs to convey broad concepts.
Time is a funny thing, we like to ignore it, lose it, pretend it doesn’t exist so as to continue with our daily lives. But Ryan De La Hoz confronts time as to understand how our pasts affect our very immediate future. Imagery of destruction and fragmentation is seen in his minimal, hand-cut paper works to show how things can change in one instance, even in just in the material world. Showcasing a milieu of contemporary minimal abstract forms, Ryan’s work borders on psychedelic and sometimes hallucinatory. Static patterns and sharp textures layered with graphics — from energetic slime to vivid palm trees — create a sensational effect akin to staring at the sun. It’s hard not to stare; his color palette toddles between harsh contrasts of black and white to more calming, cooler hues. Some could describe his work as digital but you’d be surprised to learn that most of it (if not all of it) is created using analog processes. Read more after the jump.
The art scene in San Francisco is often defined by its unique voice (starting with the Mission School and its contemporary offshoots) and close relationship with Silicon Valley startups (ie: the highly publicized relationship between Facebook and David Choe.) When corporate sponsorship, money and art combine it’s usually a recipe for disaster, but the Bay Area model has typically worked more so as one of patronage than patronizing. The folks over at StumbleUpon having been hosting private art shows at their SF offices, displaying and purchasing the works of various local artists and tastemakers. Most recently, Ryan de la Hoz and Kylea Borges brought their unique abstract, geometric and patterned collages to the new Soma offices. Get a look at some of the works now on view, here on Hi-Fructose. – Ken Harman
Last Friday, Fecal Face Dot Gallery opened two simultaneous art shows in their temporary gallery space in San Francisco’s Inner Richmond District, showcasing Mario (Mars-1) Martinez’s latest hallucinatory paintings in his solo ‘Everything Under the Sun’ alongside the eclectic, cosmopolitan group show, ‘11.11.11.’
Featuring zines, installations and paintings, the works in “11.11.11” differed in genre and technique, but all shared a spirit of playfulness and humor. Winnie Truong’s color pencil drawings tickled viewers with their furry-faced subjects, while the warped figures in Laure Dupre’s photo collages drew more than a few giggles. Ryan De La Hoz and Ryan Bubnis added abstraction to the mix, each contributing geometric, precisely executed compositions that still retained a sense of imperfection and quirkiness.
Next to the small-scale works in the group show, the paintings and sci-fi model city in Martinez’s solo show in the back room seemed enormous and awe-inspiring, engrossing the viewer in their intricate, astral landscapes. Between free tacos and the jazzy jam session by BLKTOP Project afterward, everyone went home happy. — Nastia Voynovskaya
Currently on view at Phone Booth Gallery in Long Beach, CA, “6 x 6: Group Show” is a veritable smorgasbord of emerging talent. Coinciding with the gallery’s 6th anniversary, the exhibition features over 100 artists — many of whom are brand new to the New Contemporary gallery scene — and gives a sampling of their different styles in a bite-sized format. Some of the names on the roster will be familiar to our readers, such as Ryan de la Hoz with his black-and-white collages, JoKa with his pointillistic tooth pick paintings and Ki Sung Koh, a purveyor of surreal animal portraits. With the size of the work as the common denominator, the show varies greatly in style. Take a look at some highlights from “6 x 6” below and catch the exhibition at Phone Booth through April 30.
As Justin Lovato sets on installing his latest solo show, ‘This Too Shall Pass’ at Gallery Heist in San Francisco, fellow artist Ryan de la Hoz sits down with the newly transplanted Lovato to discuss music, art, airbrush, movies and the upcoming show. Interview and show preview after the jump.