A New Collaborative Exhibit by San Francisco’s Kelly Tunstall & Ferris Plock (view preview)
On display through Dec 31st
111 Minna Gallery is pleased to present “Holding Pattern,” a collection of all new work by Ferris Plock and Kelly Tunstall that details lives spent in the air, or more symbolically, in transition between two spaces. The collection includes several large-scale collaborations, pairing Plock’s obsession for detail with Tunstall’s more ethereal style, though both ever graphic, in contrast with fields of metallic, rich color, or wood grain. The exhibition will also include new video work and sculptural components.
“The idea of the holding pattern is that you’re not truly at your destination… you’re waiting, hoping, fidgeting, sweating… It’s not necessarily a comfortable place to be. However, it also a place with a suspended reality… The verdict is out… The answer to the question isn’t quite there. To be in a holding pattern means you might be operating on faith… That if you keep afloat for a bit longer… then you will be okay… Just keep going...keep believing… It is sort of our mantra these days in a city that doesn’t feel quite like it used to.”
“The anticipation of landing and finally being home is an idea we’ve been working with and dealing with in the everyday.”
“Our vehicles all look a bit battered & worn… slightly aged… Each vehicle has been through the dogfights that all San Francisco artists have been through in the last few years. To take the analogy even further...Our city has become this place of departure for us… waving goodbye to friends who are landing elsewhere; constantly wondering where we’ll land when this holding pattern comes to end.”
“Of course we love to turn a phrase on its side… We have plenty of pattern work in this body of work, we’ve returned to some of our favorite spray paint techniques to build them out.”
“Flight – a freedom that is taken for granted, is now a way to escape this lovely city of ours. We’ve been so sad to see so many close to us leave, so it’s our way to process that, and also our own journey; our life to now has been in an in-between state, however, just as we work through this show, we’re so relieved to be able to commit to staying put in this city which we love and inspires us in the everyday.”
“We aim to give back as much as we take; we encourage others to do likewise; it’s what makes this place great.”
Holding Pattern marks the 13th anniversary of Kelly’s inaugural solo exhibition with 111 Minna Gallery; 2002’s Princesses, Ballerinas and Strippers, followed by a 2004 solo show; Remedios. Ferris joined Kelly for their 2006 Saints and Sinners exhibition, followed by 2008’s Circus and 2009’s Sea of Love. Kelly followed up solo with Secret State in 2011. Holding Pattern will be the 7th solo/duo show with the gallery, not to mention several group shows over the years, including 111 Minna’s 20th anniversary show.