Ryan De La Hoz has a thing for bones, skulls, and the Grim Reaper so it seems perfect that his last name literally means "of the sickle." Last week, Kristin and I braved a particularly rainy commute to check out his new digs (he recently moved his studio from the Mission to a larger space in Fairfield). We chatted about some of his childhood influences, the band he thinks best defines his aesthetic, and the ancestors he never knew about.
Ryan in his new habitat
Tell us about your art and the idea of "Residual Energy."
"One of the major underlying themes in my art is how fragile everything is, especially life. I've been dealing with this idea of landscapes that are void of any people or figures. I feel like there are a lot of things on the earth -- beautiful things -- that people forget about in their daily lives. A lot of this art is supposed to be like the most beautiful thing you can imagine -- like the crystals or geodes in this case -- and it's sort of covered up, like no one wants to see it anymore. The skeleton gloves represent artifacts of existence. They're like bones, but they're not. And the ladders represent abandoned progress."