Ryan De La Hoz
“Impassable Terrain”
May 29 – July 2, 2015


Preview inquiries: Rachel@fecalface.com

FFDG is pleased to present San Francisco-based artist Ryan De La Hoz in his first solo show with the gallery entitled “Impassible Terrain” including cut paper works, textiles, puzzles, drawings, works on canvas, and a watercolor painting on wood. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, May 29 (6-9pm). The artist will be present. Beer and wine will be served. 

Through a conflation of past and present, Ryan De La Hoz utilizes periodic icons of history to visually and metaphorically excavate emotions such as apathy, fear, hope, joy, and misery. Employing a broad variety of media and objects, he analyzes our current era using ancient signifiers. Objects of antiquity reoccur in his work and take the form of hand cut paper compositions with vases and bold graphic imagery relying on Greek sculpture as a central figure. Due to his belief that collective experience ties humans together throughout history, he is able to distill broad and epic ideas through simple objects like patches and puzzles.

Highly simplistic in their aesthetic execution, the central objects and figures in De La Hoz’s works are often destroyed or teeter on the edge of ruin, evoking a sense of dissent, rather than as precious art objects. As a maker in our currently over-saturated technological environment, hand cut paper goes against the historically-weighted exquisite work of art. Highlighting this tension, he guides us through an “Impassable Terrain” through depictions of dense foliage that are both welcoming and foreboding. This overgrowth reminds us of civilizations that have crumbled under their quest for power revealing that the never-ending cycle of order always ends in chaos, revolution, and enlightenment. By conflating this time into a single image, he allows us to reflect on our current condition through our historical experiences.

De La Hoz was born in 1985 in Mission Hills, California and currently lives and works in San Francisco. He has been published by FLJ Magazine in Tokyo, Museums Press in the UK, IdN Magazine in Hong Kong, Juxtapoz Magazine and Beautiful/Decay in the US. He has also participated in solo exhibitions in San Francisco, LA and Seattle as well as group exhibitions in the United States, the Philippines, Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, Canada, and the United Kingdom.


KeFe (Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock)
“Inside voices”
April 24 – May 23, 2015


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San Francisco, CA -- FFDG is pleased to present local artist duo KeFe or Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock in their third solo show with the gallery entitled “Inside Voices” including paintings, drawings, and an installation. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, April 24th (6-9pm). The artists will be present. 

"Inside Voices" will feature a series of new paintings by Tunstall and Plock, as well as large collaborative works. You'll see a lot of what the pair does best: big, pattern filled, colorful fun with a twist. Rather than seeing the exhibition as a movie or short cartoon and externally illuminating it, as they have worked previously, the artists have looked inside for their storytelling source material.

In particular, Tunstall has used this body of work to take exhaustive stock of her current inspiration in order to extend her personal mythology, allowing a study in how her processes move from the internal to the external. Returning to familiar media: like pen and ink drawings on tissue paper, has allowed the work to come from a certain amount of muscle memory.

As the parents of two young boys, both Tunstall and Plock are aware of the restrictions placed upon children and parents alike. According to Tunstall, they encourage joy, exploration, openness, and color in their kids and carry these principles into their practices, and are inspired, in turn, by the passions of the boys.

Being parents, the duo has a certain familiarity with the term “Inside Voices.” However, instead of considering the term in its ability to confine expression (or simply part of being a good neighbor on Sunday morning at 7 am), they re-imagine the term as less a restricting plea of quiet and calm, but rather, the inside voice that we all hear every day but don’t necessarily share with anyone else.

Our inside voices are the ones that make us want to waterslide all the way to the grocery store while eating pizza and drinking grape soda. Inside voices can be confrontational, or so multiple that it is impossible to concentrate on just one as it bounces back and forth. But no matter their confusion, inside voices allow us all to look inside ourselves for creative inspiration. This exhibition exemplifies the inner workingsof two influential San Francisco creatives.

Ferris Plock and Kelly Tunstall are San Francisco-based artists who live in San Francisco with sons Brixton and Aengus.

Through a variety of mediums including acrylic, watercolor, spray paint, ink, gold or silver leaf and collage, Tunstall and Plock create detailed works, often character-based paintings, on wood panels. In San Francisco, the pair’s large scale collaborative exhibitions have been showcased at The Shooting Gallery/White Walls, FFDG and 111 Minna, and the two have frequently shown with Park Life.

Additionally, both have been involved in solo and group exhibitions in Tokyo, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York, and have participated in exhibitions in London, Paris, and Miami. Their work is featured in San Francisco’s Michelin-starred restaurant SPQR and at hotel Alcazar and restaurant Cheeky's, located in Palm Springs.

Plock brings a dedicated focus to his work, paired with a wild sense of originality, which combines contemporary pop culture with the aesthetic of Japanese ukiyo-e woodblocks. Plock’s work is currently on view in “Samurai!” at the Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts. Plock also served as the 2010 SF Recology Artist in Resident, and has created illustrations for many high-profile clients. 

Kelly Tunstall was born in 1979 and received her BA from California College of the Arts and Crafts in 2002. In stylized figural works, Tunstall deals with the contrast between a compositional, portrait-like formality and a more casual revelation of method. Her work is on permanent view in Bay Area restaurants A16, A16 Rockridge and Bar Crudo.