Don Pendleton, Ferris Plock & Jason Adams
Distance Decay and Time Space Compression
Opening Reception | Saturday, May 3, 2014 : 6-9pm
Special Musical Guest | Lance Cyril Mountain
Show runs May 3 – May 25, 2014
1st Thursdays Art Walk | May 1, 2014
With generous support from Vans and Stance
About the Artists:
Don Pendleton is an American artist whose techniques range from creating digital and hand painted artwork for his legendary body of skateboard graphics to original acrylics on canvas for gallery shows, murals, conceptual art, and installation pieces that merge linguistics with his narrative artistic vision.
His aesthetic compositions resonate from linear organic cubist creations and similarly move to more expressionist forms that deal with issues of communication in a narrative, visual context. He often incorporates references to insects, animals and ambiguous characters to complete his finished compositions. These equivocal Archetypes are in constant interaction competing for space within the linear composition of the painting creating a confluence of tension and issues of communication that is a metaphorical reflection on the state of contemporary society and culture:
Ferris Plock is a San Francisco-based artist who lives within the city with his wife, Kelly Tunstall (Plock’s partner in the artistic duo KeFe), and son Brixton. Plock brings a dedicated focus to his work that is paired with a wild sense of originality. Through a variety of mediums including acrylic, watercolor, spray paint, India ink, gold or silver leaf, and collage Plock creates highly detailed works, often character-based paintings on wood panel, that combine contemporary pop culture with the aesthetic of Japanese ukiyo-e woodblocks. Widely-accomplished and with a diverse range of artistic interests, Plock has created illustrations for many high-profile clients, has been involved in solo and group exhibitions both nationally and abroad, and also served as the 2010 SF Recology Artist in Resident.
Raised in the sprawl of San Jose, CA, Jason came of age during a time when the holy trinity of skateboarding, punk rock and DIY art was still a dangerous combination, long before the slow air-conditioned death that is mall culture sank its fangs in. They made for the type of collision that seemed to be doing more damage to than good for a kid, but they ensnared Jason early on, and even made a life for him. Becoming a professional skateboarder at the age of 17 ensured his exposure to the underbelly would be unlimited, and his regular regalia, entailing the likes of pink hair, argyle sweaters and creepers during a time of massive baggy pants and corn rows ensured that even amongst the underbelly dwellers, Jason would be noticed. His fluid but aggressive style, use of unusual obstacles, and deep bag of decades-spanning tricks gave them something to talk about, and 17 years later Jason is still a stand-out in the professional skateboarding world. As his style on board evolved and became more noteworthy over the years, Jason was given more platforms on which to stand/skate and be noticed, and he took the opportunity to begin unleashing his growing interest and talent in art upon the rolling masses. The hand-made aesthetic comprised of spray cans, stencils and bold lines that had run like a river through his childhood diet of skateboarding and pink were evident as Jason began creating images that were both intricately layered and immediately impactful upon the eye. Portraits of anti-heroes and scenes of beautiful decay abounded, focusing on by-gone eras and rusting ethics still in place amongst the truly die-hard (of which Jason is one). Before long, Jason’s vision expanded and so did his exposure- from logos on skate brand decks and t-shirts to international gallery shows in just a few short years. His work transitioned from hobby to craft, from noodling in the garage to fine art, and these days find Jason Adams’ artistic development in full swing. He’s found the groove, so enjoy the show and watch as he sprays the lines of his future all over the walls of the world.