Duo Exhibition

Opening Reception  |  Saturday, July 2, 2016 : 6-9pm
Show Runs:  Show runs July 2 – August 14, 2016

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Artists Republic is pleased to showcase Aquatics, a duo exhibition by Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock.

Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock are a husband and wife team living and working in San Fransisco, CA. Their international art careers have spanned over a decade – working individually on solo projects and together in the form of the art duo KEFE. Kelly’s work can be seen on permanent display in prominent bay area establishments Bar Crudo and A16, as well as Palm Springs venues Alcazar and Cheeky’s. Both artists have works in prominent collections around the globe.

In their upcoming show Aquatics, Kelly and Ferris focus on the theme of the ocean and underwater creatures.  “We live by the ocean; we can hear the fog horns by the golden gate bridge at night. The ocean and water was a big part of both of our childhoods- I personally love the feeling of weightlessness and silence you get when immersed…” says Kelly.  When asked about their process and the idea of collaboration; “The big ideas come out of the title for the show, so we make sure everything we do works within that parameter first. For “Aquatics” we will be doing some floating compositions. Ferris has aquatic creatures that cross with his ukiyo-e works, and I will have a lot of rich patterning in my work too. Since we work in the same space, and with the same materials, it’s a very fluid, fluent process with a lot of crossover. The conversation is basically- do you want to work in on this? or hey this thing would look great there.  Some of the works will be done individually, but we naturally try to complement the other work in the show, reflexively almost. So the whole body of work is really a collaboration.”

This will be the first time the artists will be showing as a duo in Southern California.

About Kelly Tunstall & Ferris Plock aka KEFE
The experimental yet classically grounded work of Ferris Plock and Kelly Tunstall lives comfortably in a space between graphic expression, stylized representation, surrealism, and sketch. Their preferred medium is a combination of acrylic, collage, spray paint, pencil, pen and ink, gold leaf. The binary contrast of masculine and feminine as the major theme in their work is also a very real and personal visual conversation between their imagined realities. Enhanced by complex, delicate layers, their bold pieces exist not only as individual pieces, but as part of larger installations or site-specific works.

Tunstall’s studied portraits render stylized female figures, as well as their pets, prey, powers, and dreams. Their physical forms and their relationship with each other represent and mirror internal thought processes and turmoil. Frequent themes, such as mermaids, twins, or extra limbs, concede a desire, a reliance, an adaptation, or more simply, an aspiration to something greater than the medium itself.

In contrast, Plock’s work centers on the inner animalistic tendencies reflected in humans throughout the context of modern life. Transfigured into monsters in some cases, characters include a samurai cyclops and a delicious slice of fanged pizza on roller blades. The prominent theme of anachronism in his work features creatures in all walks of life coming together to aid each other.

Tunstall and Plock have both shown individually, as well as collaboratively, on a national and international scale. They are also professional animators, illustrators and designers. The pair are based in San Francisco with their two sons.