"On Silent Haunches" 

A Group Painting Show with Works by Emily Proud, Jenny Sharaf, Michelle Fleck and Nicholas Bohac

Opening Reception: July 10th (6-9 pm)

Preview Inquiries: rachel@fecalface.com

FFDG is pleased to present “On Silent Haunches” a group show including work by four local painters, Emily Proud, Jenny Sharaf, Michelle Fleck and Nicholas Bohac. On Silent Haunches is a microcosm of contemporary painting in San Francisco, with curatorial inspiration form an SF painting staple, Ferris Plock. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, July 10 (6-9pm). The artists will be present. Beer and wine will be served. 

While each painter works in very different methods, from Sharaf’s pours to Fleck’s precision and then to Bohac’s layering and Proud’s watercolors, all share a sense of light exclusive to the bay area. Working with pastel and bold colors, reflective surfaces and subtle hues, all of the works encapsulate what it is to see in San Francisco. Like bay-area painters of the past such as Wayne Thiebaud and Richard Diebenkorn, this light permeates the air we breathe and therefore the work we make.

One of the emblematic features of San Francisco is the fog that covers the city and diffuses the sun’s light before it hits our concrete streets. Twitter followers have coined him Karl the Fog, and he spends summer looming over our city and encouraging weekend getaways. He may owe his nom de plume to Carl Sandburg who wrote the poem “Fog” which reads as follows:

The fog comes

on little cat feet.

 

It sits looking

over harbor and city

on silent haunches

and then moves on.

 

Each of these painters seems to be perched on these “silent haunches.” Not quite confrontational, but not willing to be overlooked, this work seems to spring from a similar ethos into very disparate incarnations of what contemporary painting is today. 


Ryan De La Hoz
“Impassable Terrain”
May 29 – June 27, 2015

Purchase inquiries: Rachel@fecalface.com

FFDG is pleased to present San Francisco-based artist Ryan De La Hoz in his first solo show with the gallery entitled “Impassible Terrain” including cut paper works, textiles, puzzles, drawings, works on canvas, and a watercolor painting on wood. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, May 29 (6-9pm). The artist will be present. Beer and wine will be served. 

Through a conflation of past and present, Ryan De La Hoz utilizes periodic icons of history to visually and metaphorically excavate emotions such as apathy, fear, hope, joy, and misery. Employing a broad variety of media and objects, he analyzes our current era using ancient signifiers. Objects of antiquity reoccur in his work and take the form of hand cut paper compositions with vases and bold graphic imagery relying on Greek sculpture as a central figure. Due to his belief that collective experience ties humans together throughout history, he is able to distill broad and epic ideas through simple objects like patches and puzzles.

Highly simplistic in their aesthetic execution, the central objects and figures in De La Hoz’s works are often destroyed or teeter on the edge of ruin, evoking a sense of dissent, rather than as precious art objects. As a maker in our currently over-saturated technological environment, hand cut paper goes against the historically-weighted exquisite work of art. Highlighting this tension, he guides us through an “Impassable Terrain” through depictions of dense foliage that are both welcoming and foreboding. This overgrowth 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. By conflating this time into a single image, he allows us to reflect on our current condition through our historical experiences.

De La Hoz was born in 1985 in Mission Hills, California and currently lives and works in San Francisco. He has been published by FLJ Magazine in Tokyo, Museums Press in the UK, IdN Magazine in Hong Kong, Juxtapoz Magazine and Beautiful/Decay in the US. He has also participated in solo exhibitions in San Francisco, LA and Seattle as well as group exhibitions in the United States, the Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, Canada, and the United Kingdom.