Kinkaku-ji, Acrylic on wood panel, 67×60″
Playtime gets taken over by eager parents, KEFE aka Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock in the Shooting Gallery exhibition, Floating World: Part One. Like something out of a Hayao Miyazaki film, artist couple KEFE’s exhibition is a hybrid blend of quirky animation and Japanese imagery. Kelly’s feminine sensibilities are evident in the delicacy of the creatures she illustrates; these creature’s tiny features and twinkling eyes, paired with mermaid tails, fairy wings and parasols are so absolutely feminine and at the same time, not at all. To balance, Ferris contributes his inner childhood skater boy aesthetic. More masculine creatures like bull dogs and crocodiles are adorned in Samurai garb and converse sneakers, all while riding skateboards or carrying boom boxes.
Underlying the entire exhibit is the couples love of Japanese culture. The title comes from the Japanese word and concept of Ukiyo-e, which literally translates to Floating World. Make-believe creatures come to life in a fantasy land invented as an adaption from the realities of the big city.
Floating World: Part One
Showing Through August 9, 2014
@ Shooting Gallery
886 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 931- 1500
Check out photos from the Floating World: Part One exhibition by KeFe after the jump!
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