"The Space Between", by Ferris Plock and Kelly Tunstall, March 2017 Artists-in-Residence

Kelly Tunstall & Ferris Plock, Second Line, 2016
March 1, 2017April 2, 2017

Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm
Artist Reception: Saturday, March 25, 3–5 pm

For their month-long residency, Ferris Plock and Kelly Tunstall investigate the spaces between the “comfort bubbles” that we all live in, especially within the context of an urban environment. We each have daily rituals and routines that contribute to our identities, and sense of relative normalcy and comfort. What happens when our bubbles collide, join with, or alter other people’s bubbles? What remains, and what is transferred through our continual interactions? What happens in public places where we all converge? Plock and Tunstall create a large collaborative painting depicting these concepts, and museum visitors are invited to add signage and structures to a constantly evolving cardboard cityscape, resulting in a large-scale collaborative vision of layered routines.

Ferris Plock and Kelly Tunstall are San Francisco-based artists who live in the city with their sons, Brixton and Aengus. Using a variety of media, Plock creates highly detailed works that combine contemporary pop culture with the aesthetic of Japanese ukiyo-e woodblocks. He has created illustrations for many high-profile clients and was a 2010 San Francisco Recology Artist-in-Residence. Kelly Tunstall received her BA from California College of the Arts in 2002 and uses a variety of media to create experimental yet classically grounded works that merge graphic expression, stylized representation, surrealism, and sketch. Her work is on permanent view at the restaurants a16 and Bar Crudo in San Francisco, and at Alcazar and Cheeky's in Palm Springs, California. Both artists have exhibited nationally and internationally, often in collaboration.

The Artist Studio program is made possible with major support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Museums for America program.