Shooting Gallery is pleased to present the new work of KEFE, artist duo Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock, in their latest exhibition titled Floating World: Part One. The opening reception will be Saturday, July 12 from 7 pm to 11 pm. The exhibit will be on display through August 9, 2014 and is free and open to the public.
The works in Floating World: Part One showcase both collaborative and solo pieces by the artists and are an exploration of, and center around, their profound love for Japanese traditions and culture. The title of the show is in direct reference to the ancient art of Ukiyo-e, which translates to “pictures of the floating world.” The concept of an actual floating world intrigued the duo and they began building a body of work around the idea of an unrooted, ever changing place where anything is possible. The Japanese concept of Tsukumogami, the belief that objects acquire a soul after 100 years of existence, is also evident in the symbolic objects illustrated in the couple’s paintings.
KEFE’s floating world is a dream destination where characters achieve the unimaginable, where buildings come alive after eons of slumber, and where different species of animals converse openly with each other and with their human companions. Make-believe creatures adorned in the hierarchic dress of kimonos and parasols serve as a biomorphic representation of adaption vs. mutation; freedom vs. bondage; and ancient vs. urban.
Pairing innocent imagery with darker undertones, KEFE creates symbologies of their urban life which lies adjacent to forest and ocean in San Francisco. Incorporating valued items from their everyday city life together, such as keys and legos, Hayao Miyazaki’s “Totoro” and Claude the alligator from the Academy of Sciences, these representations in Floating World: Part One, explore the personal rarities found in the life of this urban family through the lens of an ancient art.