Kelly Tunstall & Ferris Plock
August 25 - September 15, 2007
Fuse Gallery is pleased to announce “Subterranea”, the anticipated exhibition for San Francisco based artists Kelly Tunstall
& Ferris Plock. A site-specific installation and series of paintings, this group of works depicts a fictional underground realm
inhabited by a world of characters inspired by New York’s subways, sewers and underground tunnels.
Working collaboratively for two years has fostered a creative dynamic between Tunstall and Plock and this mutual
inspiration has been essential in the evolution of their respective oeuvres. Tunstall’s enticing and provocative female
representations have developed in their allure, playing on the curiosity of the viewer, while Plock’s characters have become
more complex in their intensified tenacity and devilish countenance.
Plock’s creatures evoke the medieval monsters, personifications and grotesques figures that populated the margins
of illuminated manuscripts or the capitals of gothic cathedrals. In an absolutely contemporary way his figures take us into a
grotesque realm, where the comic and the horrifying are combined in the hilarious representation of human attitudes.
Based on sketches, Ferris Plock’s artwork often personifies animals or monsters by situating these characters in everyday human
experiences- commuting to work, dodging puddle splashes from cars, or walking pets. By marrying fantasy and reality, Plock
subverts the notion of the banal in these familiar scenarios, while challenging the viewer’s concept of the expected.
The strength and beauty found in the notion of femininity are the driving forces behind Kelly Tunstall’s body of work. Her
slender, weightless and pseudo innocent dolls are reminiscent of Japanese mangas as well as 1950’s western fashion
illustrations. Complex and captivating, common themes reflect the dualities of Tunstall’s femmes: interior and exterior
realms; innocence and mischief; concrete reality and the dreamscapes of eroticism.
Kelly Tunstall (born 1979) received her BA from California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco. She has held solo
exhibitions in San Francisco, Miami, Portland and London as well as group exhibitions in New York, Portland, Tokyo,
Detroit, and Los Angeles.
Born in 1974, Ferris Plock is an artist living in the Western Addition neighborhood of San Francisco. He grew up in the Bay
Area, amusing himself with comic books, graffiti, hip-hop, and Chevy Impalas. Ferris' work has been featured in XLR8R
magazine, Mad Mixer magazine, Tokion magazine, Quarter magazine, Freedom Book, and flavorpill.com. He has shown
work in New York City, Seattle, New Orleans, Tokyo, London, Paris, Dublin, and cities across California.
This exhibition has been organized by independent New York based curator Rita de Alencar Pinto.
Opening reception: Saturday August 25, 7-10pm Fuse Gallery
Fuse Gallery - 93 2nd Ave (btw E 5th & E 6th)
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