Breeze Block Gallery presents in Gallery 1: Fragments: Ryan De La Hoz & Russell Leng Two-person Exhibition
And in Gallery 2: New Work: Lola Dupré Solo Exhibition Curated by Sven Davis Breeze Block Gallery Portland OR. 5 December 2013 – 4 January 2014
Breeze Block Gallery is proud to present Fragments, a two-person exhibition featuring an all-new collection of work by artists Ryan De La Hoz and Russell Leng in the Breeze Block Gallery 1 space.
These two young artists and rising talents both use a variety of mediums in their divergent, yet congruous work. Commonly, both artists use recurring themes within their compositions, inviting the viewer to participate in the understanding of the represented context. Ryan De La Hoz uses motifs in his work such as television static and ancient Greek imagery in commentary of how the past affects the future. Each of his works involves an element of destruction; a cracked face, a fragmented bust, broken vessels, distorted flowers within his contemporary re-appropriation of classicist imagery. De La Hoz is very much an analog image-maker, using traditional studio practices with an emphasis on the hand-made. His traditional methodologies are fused with new technologies and media that impart his nostalgically charged imagery into something very relevant, something very now. Russell Leng presents an ambitious new series of abstract paintings which extend upon the geometric work characteristic of his practice. In this new group of mixed media paintings, previous concerns of spatial depth and crystalline form are eschewed for a more pragmatic layering of shape, pattern and material, which emphasize studio experimentation. In this new body of work, a sense of contradiction is apparent as crisp lines and precise shapes are met unexpectedly with loose applications of construction chalk, spray paint, or marker pen. The compositions recall associations with urban construction, and titles such as Scissor lift and Scaffold hint at tools used during the building process, placing emphasis on production rather than end goals. A tension exists between methodical and chaotic systems of working, resulting in a series of paintings that appear to be both fortified and fractured at the same time.
Breeze Block Gallery is proud to present New Work, an all-new solo exhibition by collage artist Lola Dupré in the Breeze Block Gallery 2 space.
Lola Dupré’s collages present altered, yet immediately recognizable images. Her unique portraits are constructed from iconic images sourced from within popular culture, manipulated and reimagined in an angular array of fractured shards. Dupré’s process driven studio practice starts with a repeatedly reproduced source image, and then Dupré sets to work, scissor cutting fragments of the image away, literally dissecting and reassembling the sourced image in a repetitive pattern, each time emanating further and further out from a focal point. The resultant effect is akin to that of looking into a shattered or distorted mirror as she re-appropriates the original image into her own distinctive aesthetic. New Work features a varied range of work she has become renowned for; exploded portraits of Hollywood icons, her equine-human series, abstracted abstractions and a new series of reassembled landscapes. Dupré also presents a number of reworked collaborations with Glasgow graphic artist FiST, Rhode Island based illustrator Dillon Froelich and Gallery 1 artist Ryan De La Hoz.
Both exhibitions open at Breeze Block Gallery on Thursday 5th December 2013 from 6-10pm. Ryan De La Hoz and Russell Leng will be present.
About Ryan De La Hoz Ryan De La Hoz was born September 26th 1985 and is based in San Francisco, CA. His work involves the use of multiple medias. Historically, he has used a combination of ink and cut paper within his work and recently expanded his practice to include textiles, laser cut sculptures made with hand manipulated found imagery, and custom fabricated puzzles that have been meticulously disassembled and rearranged to form dual layered dynamic compositions. His work deals with loss, hope, isolation, freedom from oppression, the destruction of natural resources, myth, magic, and the pursuit of happiness amongst other topics. He has exhibited his work in San Francisco, New York, Baltimore, Seattle, the Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, Canada, and the United Kingdom. He has been published by FLJ Magazine in Tokyo, IdN Magazine in Hong Kong, Museums Press in the UK, and Beautiful/Decay in the US. In 2011 he was the recipient of the Canson Wet Paint Grant.
About Russell Leng Russell Leng was born in 1986. He recently returned to his hometown of Vancouver, Canada following his receipt of an MFA in Contemporary Art Practice from Edinburgh College of Art in 2013. Prior to this, he received his BA from Trinity Western University in 2009. Geometric forms interacting with organic marks characterize his work. This is realized in a variety of ways, such as a rigid line next to a loose application of paint or gradient. His work has been collected and exhibited at galleries worldwide including Beers.Lambert (London), FFDG (San Francisco), Hungryman Gallery (San Francisco and Chicago), Fleming Collection (London), Embassy Gallery (Edinburgh), Parts Gallery (Toronto), and Trench Contemporary Art (Vancouver).
About Lola Dupré Lola Dupré is a collage artist and illustrator working in the Alpujarra de la Sierra, Andalucía, Spain. She was born in 1982 in Algeria, and has travelled extensively throughout Europe, living and working in Scotland - where she was based 10 years working at the Chateau and Chalet Studios in Glasgow, France, Portugal and Spain since the turn of the millennium. Her collages are handmade with paper, scissors and glue on wood panels. Dupré’s principal inspiration comes from the human face. In her photo-montage work she take’s great joy in turning a well known image into a humorous or juxtaposed new reality, or exploding the image into a metaphysical new dimension. Her work has been exhibited throughout Europe, the United States and also japan with a series of gallery exhibitions and art fairs. In addition to her fine-art career, she also undertakes commercial commissions with her work being featured on numerous magazine covers. Recent clients and collaborators include, Nike, Doubleday & Cartwright, New York Magazine, Flair Magazine Italia and Die Welt.
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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. For his new show opening at Breeze Block Gallery on December in Portland, de la Hoz appropriates a large amount of classical Greek imagery (mostly busts and sculpture) and distorts them in such a way that one would be certain Photoshop was employed. His methods are more analog however, he shifts the image using only his hands and a scanner, moving it back and forth until he obtains a desired effect. To complete his contorted and misshapen subject, he adds rainbow-colored sprinkles. De la Hoz experiments new ways of making art all the time, dabbling in puzzle making, textiles, laser cut plastics and printed rubber, and of course always returning to his first love, paper. His newer work deals with destruction but it is not, by any means, angry. Themes of magic, myth, isolation, the life-long pursuit of happiness and, of course, the past affecting future all come into play. Verging on Op Art, Ryan’s work bends the mind while remaining steadfastly minimal, all while resting on a convergent point between two times. Ryan De La Hoz’s new show opens at Breeze Block in Portland December 5 alongside abstract painter Russell Leng. Be sure to check it out.
[quote author="thinkspace" Do these need to get posted 4x over every time in each thread? Usually proper to just post in the shows thread. Just a non-stop Sven thread when looking at new posts, bit much [/quote]
I take it you view the forum as last 100 posts - like i do too! i can see what you mean, but i posted pictures in the show thread and then in the individual artists threads just once each. show threads die pretty quick, so the reason for posting in the artists thread is so the information is logged against each artist - pretty much how most things are done here on artchival.
some people read the forum by thread only rather than last 100. sorry if i caused any offence - just wanting to share info on what i think has been a great showing from all 3 of these artists.
btw - i dropped the pictures from the quote so as not to 'spam' the forum any further. x
This is the last week to catch Ryan's 2 person show with Kai & Sunny at 886 Geary Gallery if you are in San Francisco.
Some pics from the installation below...
886 Geary Gallery is pleased to present The Matter of Time, a series of new works by the London-based artist duo Kai & Sunny in what will be their first exhibition in San Francisco alongside the work of Bay Area resident Ryan De La Hoz.
The works by Kai & Sunny depict stylized imagery of nature. The images are reduced from natural forms to geometric patterns. This new series of linear works introduces color applied by ballpoint pen on paper along with hand-finished and pulled monochromatic screen prints on copper and paper.
The works in The Matter Of Time revolve around the passing of time. The ballpoint pen pieces explore the turning of tides and time for reflection. This series balances the serene with the intense and the fragile with the stable. Seemingly innocent natural subjects are layered with hidden undertones, hinting at the subversion that occurs in the wild and beyond.
Ryan De La Hoz examines the past and present at the same time and utilizes periods in history to excavate emotions such as apathy, fear, hope, joy, misery, etc. He uses a broad variety of media and objects in his attempts to analyze the current state of affairs. Our collective experience is what ties us together throughout history and De La Hoz distills his broad ideas with simple objects like patches and puzzles to do this.
Objects of antiquity reoccur in his work and take the form of hand cut paper compositions of vases as well as bold graphic imagery relying on Greek sculpture as a central figure. Dissent is a major theme of his work. Most of the central objects and figures in his pieces are destroyed or teetering on the edge of ruin. Using hand cut paper De La Hoz creates dense foliage that is both welcoming and foreboding. Elsewhere he reminds us of civilizations that have crumbled under their quest for power revealing that the never-ending cycle of order always ends in chaos, revolution, and enlightenment. His work allows us to reflect on where we are now because of what we have been through.
The exhibition is co-curated by 886 Geary Gallery and Sven Davis, and runs from Saturday June 13th until 4th July 2015.