Ferris Plock and Kelly Tunstall offer collaborative and solo works in their new show at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco, where they’re based. “PMA,” which stands for “Positive Mental Attitude,” applies their vibrant characters and patterns to their viewpoint of the changing city (or “living beast,” as they refer to it) around them. The show runs through Dec. 20 at the space. In their collaborative mode, the pair becomes “KeFe.”
“My Monsters,” a new show at Stranger Factory in Albuquerque, collects creatures painted by artist couple Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock. The mixed-media paintings from the San Francisco duo are both individual and collaborative efforts, each’s distinctive style carrying humor, whimsy, and otherworldly creatures. Materials include acrylics, spraypaint, pencil, ink, gold leaf, and other, less conventional tools.
Ice cream and childhood memories go hand in hand. For San Francisco based artist Kelly Tunstall, some of her earliest memories often revolved around eating an ice cream cone or a popsicle. Her colorful illustrations of elongated sparkly-eyed girls and quirky characters, featured here on our blog, have always had a sugary-sweet palette of bright yellows, pinks, blues, and reds and other delicious shades. She once told us, “I have really innate reactions to color- I really fall in love deeply with colors for awhile but then there’s the basics. I always feel like I’m learning, but I really FEEL color.” Her upcoming exhibition “Soft Serve” at Stranger Factory in New Mexico explores a world of colors inspired by her ice cream dreams and sugar’s place in her happiest moments.
San Francisco based husband and wife duo Ferris Plock and Kelly Tunstall (featured here) share a style that is loose, playful and refined at the same time- a collaboration that they lovingly call “Kefe”. Plock’s blocky and cute animals and Tunstall’s starry-eyed girls in funky outfits look very different on the outside, but happily coexist and enjoy each other’s company. The couple brings their characters into the same visual space by working with the same colors, techniques and art materials. The idea of coming together and transitioning between two spaces is a running theme in Kefe’s upcoming exhibition “Holding Pattern” at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco.
Partners in art and in life, Ferris Plock and Kelly Tunstall collaborate seamlessly, almost out of necessity. They work in close proximity to one another in their studio, switching between parent duty to their two young children and working on their paintings. Elements of Plock’s blocky, geometric style end up on Tunstall’s softer, more painterly canvases and vice versa. The couple, sometimes known by the monicker KeFe, currently has an exhibition at San Francisco’s Shooting Gallery titled “Floating World: Part One” on view through August 9. Part two of this body of work will open at Antler Gallery in Portland on July 31, creating a visual dialogue between two cities.
An analog response to a digital culture, Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock’s collaborative show, “Loading,” opened at San Francisco’s Fecal Face Dot Gallery last week. The two artists, who are romantic and creative partners, conceived the idea for the show as a follow-up to last year’s “Edible Complex,” which examined the changing trends of dining culture in San Francisco. Similarly, “Loading” examines topical themes through a humorous, imaginative lens. While postulated to be a reflection of the current tech boom, fueled by apps and start-ups, in the Bay Area, the show responded to the hi-tech world with a series of collaborative and individual artworks with a soft and hand-made feel. Take a look at our exclusive opening night photos after the jump.