Ferris Plock and Kelly Tunstall are a couple with a sense of humor. Working together in their shared home studio, they spend their days painting and bouncing ideas off one another, kept company by their cats and two young sons. Their painting process is in a state of constant dialogue — intentionally or not, each piece becomes a collaboration. A follow-up to last year’s “Edible Complex,” which examined the Bay Area’s dining culture, their upcoming show, “Loading,” at FFDG is a response to the current tech boom in San Francisco. As 22-year-old engineers donning Google Glass become an increasingly common sight in the City, the artists pause to examine the effects of an instant culture obsessed with staying connected. Take a look at some of their recent work after the jump. “Loading” opens August 16.
This Friday at Fecal Face Dot Gallery in San Francisco, artist couple Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock will open “Edible Complex,” a solo show that examines the contradictions in our society’s relationship to food. In a city like San Francisco — where many people consider themselves “foodies” and the slow food movement is in full bloom — the economic disparities that prevent many people from having access to healthy food are not always apparent to those living comfortable lifestyles.
SF based artist Kelly Tunstall creates large-scale bodies ofwork, occasionally in collaboration with her equally talented husband, artist Ferris Plock.Sharing an aesthetic filled with vibrant color and pattern, Kelly’s elegantlyelongated dames play perfect narrative foils to Ferris’ toothy yet tenderbeasts. For her newest exhibition, ‘Secret State’ that opened earlier thismonth at SF’s 111 Minna Gallery, Kelly stands on her own with an impressivelylarge collection of whimsical portraits imbued with unexpected, odd inclusionssuch as multiple limbs, astrological head gear and disembodied eyes appearingimbedded in upturned palms. We had the chance to interview Kelly as she wasworking on her show, view more images of the work and read the full interviewafter the jump.
Reconstruction, new works by the dynamic duo Ferris Plock (HF vol.8) and Kelly Tunstall opens Saturday November 1st at the Limited Addiction Gallery in Denver.It’s always fun to see how both these artists work together in this series of beat-up airplanes, bird boats, astronautical lasses, all in muted color tones. Each piece they produce together is always a surprise for the eyes.
Here’s a few favorites from the show here.
In 2011, Feminist artist group the Guerilla Girls discovered that fewer than 4% of artists in the Metropolitan Museum’s modern art section are women. While things are getting better, statistics still show that opportunities are low for women in the art world, with women earning 29% less than their male counterparts. In the spirit of the Guerilla Girls, FFDG Gallery in San Francisco has rounded up a group of 25 international female artists to represent the 4%. They call themselves the “4%ers”: Mariel Bayona, Pakayla Rae Biehn, Monica Canilao, Claw Money, Deb, Lola Dupre, Kristin Farr, Michelle Fleck, Angela Fox, Mel Kadel, Aubrey Learner, Lauren Napolitano, Kelly Ording, Pacolli, Meryl Pataky, Emily Proud, Bunnie Reiss, Erin M. Riley, Jenny Sharaf, Minka Sicklinger, Winnie Truong, Kelly Tunstall, Nicomi Nix Turner, and Lauren YS working in various media.
Together known is KeFe, Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock are getting ready to debut their third solo show at Fecal Face in San Francisco tonight. Titled “Inside Voices,” the exhibition features playful, colorful collaborative paintings. The artists culled inspiration for these works from their experiences with parenting two young boys. The term “inside voice” is often used to quiet children, which can, in effect, stifle their self-expression when it’s inconvenient to adults. KeFe reclaimed this term and made it a more liberating one, describing their conception of an “inside voice” as the inner voice that guides one’s creativity. By following this internal teacher, they created work that brims with a childlike sense of curiosity.