Tonight, Ryan De La Hoz opens Welcome to Your Doom, a solo show at Four Barrel in San Francisco. If you’re out that way, head over and show some love (6-9P). You can also buy original work from the artist in our shop. We like his no-nonsense approach to some heavy themes. He even throws in a little humor sometimes. See if you can spot it. Read More
From the exquisitely drawn works of Los Angeles based artist Ben Tegel to the mixed media collages of Ryan De La Hoz Beautiful/Decay’s Click To Collect program offers you an accessible way to hang original art works in your home. Priced $75-500 all 60 of these works are sure to transport creativity into your home and office and ignite inspiration in your everyday life. Shop Click To Collect Now!
Welcome to this weeks offering of Click To Collect, Beautiful/Decay’s campaign to help art lovers start their collection of original artists works at affordable prices. Our featured artist this week is the talented Bay Area artist Ryan De La Hoz whose cut paper collages mix razor sharp scissor skills with tightly drawn graphics and patterns. This is our first collaboration with Ryan and with original works (some even framed!) starting at only $100 you can’t go wrong! Find out more about Ryan’s work, his exhibition history, and about Click To Collect after the jump!
The work of Ryan De La Hoz exists in a very particular world, a world comprised of hauntingly nostalgic paper cut outs and drawings that look like a spooky cartoon reduced to the absolute minimum of expression. Delicate flowers, leaves and skeleton gloves contrast with gaping holes filled with dizzying Op-Art to create a landscape that seems like Tim Burton got together with Henri Matisse to make their own paradise. The works are so simplified they leave it up to viewers to project their own narrative on the scene. We each have our own idea of where each ladder leads, and what is hiding behind those geodes and mounds of slime. The compositions are mysteriously devoid of humans, yet laced with the shadows of human characters. The gloves of skeleton costumes pepper many of his works, as if to signify not only death, but a human representation of death. Another common symbol used by De La Hoz is the ladder, one loaded with symbolism. Ladders leaning into a spiraling abyss, or simply leading to no where, bring to mind the question of where are we going and where have we been. While De La Hoz does have the tendency to appear Halloween-ish, with his frequent use of pointed witches’ hats, cob webs, skeletons and blobby mounds with gaping mouths, the work transcends the threat of kitsch in its minimalism and precision. We are drawn to wonder about the age old truths, about death and what is left behind, and about what is hidden and what is revealed.