RVCA | VASF Gallery is pleased to announce "What New Mystery Is This", a solo exhibition by San Francisco based artist Ryan De La Hoz. Ryan has expanded upon his ink and paper cut practice to include laser cut sculptures made with hand manipulated found imagery, textile works, and pieces made from custom fabricated puzzles that have been meticulously disassembled and rearranged to form dynamic compositions. This new media will be presented along with his signature hand cut paper and ink works for the first time. "What New Mystery Is This" presents a fractured alternate history where statues warp and pulsate alongside dizzying Op-Art.
Ryan De La Hoz (b. 1985) has been been published by FLJ Magazine in Tokyo, Museums Press in the UK, IdN Magazine in Hong Kong, and Beautiful/Decay in the US. He has participated in solo exhibitions in San Francisco and Seattle + group exhibitions in the United States as well as the Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, Canada, and the United Kingdom. His work deals with a wide variety of topics including loss, hope, isolation, freedom from oppression, the destruction of natural resources, myth, magic, and the pursuit of happiness.
Window ArtistsBen Venom - Iâ€™m interested in juxtaposing traditional handmade crafts with extreme elements found on the fringes of society. My work can be described as opposing forces colliding at lightening speed. Imagery found in vintage tattoos, the occult, and motorcycle gangs are stitched together with recycled materials using techniques usually relegated to your Grandmothers sewing circle. Serious, yet attempting to take on a B movie Horror film style where ridiculousness becomes genius. The question remainsâ€¦ Can I play with madness?Mr. Ben Venom graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007 with a Master of Fine Arts. He was recently interviewed on NPR: All Things Considered, included in the November 2011 issue of ARTFORUM Magazine, and was selected for Bay Area Now 6 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. His work has been shown both nationally and internationally including: Circle Culture Gallery (Germany), Wolverhapmton Gallery (England), Guerrero Gallery, Get This! Gallery, and the Honolulu Museum of Art. Mr. Venom has lectured at the California College of Art, Burnaway Organization, and the Frist Center. He is currently teaching classes in Printmaking at the Kala Art Institute and Workshop SF.
Bill McRight: The son of two Presbyterian ministers, Bill McRight was born in Decatur, Georgia and grew up in Georgia and Florida. McRight holds a BFA from Winthrop University in South Carolina and an MFA in Printmaking from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He currently lives and works in Philadelphia and is part of the artist collective Space 1026.?? McRight's work include linoleum cut prints, drawings and three-dimensional objects. In his most recent body of work, he has crafted shivs and handmade weapons from found materials. When making the shivs, McRight draws upon the traditions of the prehistoric, fashioning blades from shards of obsidian. The artist collects materials found in streets and at flea markets and repurposes them into crude weapons by utilizing discarded bits of metal, old screwdrivers and broken baseball bats, converting them into bludgeoning weapons. These items are given new life as not only utilitarian, but also decorative art objects. ??McRight's work is influenced by an interest in individuals and groups of people who exist on the fringes of society, including soccer hooligans, street gangs, prisoners and metal heads. Growing up with punk rock music and skateboarding, McRight is fascinated with individuals and groups who depart from mainstream society.