CHROMA is coming to Rare Device! Call for participation!


Have you ever wanted to be a part of making a large art installation come to life? Now is your chance! 

Artists Lisa Solomon and Christine Buckton Tillman will be installing CHROMA at Rare Device next month and would like YOU to join in the fun and help glue colorful things to our gallery wall! 

From August 1-5, Lisa and Christine will be covering the Rare Device Gallery wall with doodads in every shape and color arranged by hue. If you have an hour or two or more to spare, and you are comfortable using a glue gun, you are qualified! Volunteers ages 8 and up are invited to participate in the installation of CHROMA. You can get in touch with the artists to sign up: info (at) lisasolomon.com

CHROMA explores color theory through everyday objects. The project is the result of a long distance collaboration between Lisa Solomon (Oakland) and Christine Buckton Tillman (Baltimore) that was first shown on the East Coast last year, at Gallery CA in Baltimore. And now CHROMA is coming to San Francisco! 

CHROMA is a large-scale crowd-sourced installation made of everyday objects sent from all over the world, constructed of various forms of "junk" – arbitrary and otherwise disposable items – that read as one color. The installation will be a culmination of sorting, arranging and compiling these materials into an orderly, chromatically-compelling piece, with the intent of elevating the viewer’s relationship with the mundane debris that we interact with on a daily basis. In addition to the installation, Lisa and Christine will also show drawings and prints created especially for this exhibition, which will run from August 5 to September 6, 2016. 

We will celebrate the completed installation with a reception for the artists and volunteers on Friday, August 5, 6-9pm at Rare Device on Divisadero Street.

A crew of more than 20 volunteers assisted the artists with the CHROMA installation at Baltimore's Gallery CA last year. You can be a part of CHROMA at Rare Device!

Want to learn more about CHROMA? There are a many Instagram posts with the hashtag #chromagalleryca. You can also see all the contributions that Lisa and Christine received, photographed and catalogued with the hashtag #chromainstallation. And check out these fun interviews about the project on Baltimore’s Art Blog and Lisa Congdon’s blog.

Here are Christine and Lisa celebrating the completion of the CHROMA installation in Baltimore. 




What a night! Thank you to all of our guests who made the evening a fun and festive celebration of Food Faces. Guests of all ages turned out to celebrate the launch of Food Faces, the first book by San Francisco artist Ferris Plock and debut project of Day Dreamers Limited. Thank you to our artists Ferris Plock, Kelly Tunstall, and Howard Cao, and the crew at Form & Fiction, Bar Crudo, and Rye on the Road

You can still see the original artwork and limited edition photographs at Rare Device through June 28. Be sure to watch the fun video created especially for Food Faces! Artworks can be purchased in-store and online. You can also shop a selection from the Rare Device booth at this weekend's West Coast Craft (June 11-12). Come find us at Booth C11.

Day Dreamers Limited is the collaboration of Howard Cao, Ferris Plock and Kelly Tunstall 

The Food Faces Coloring Book provides hours of fun for all ages


Some very important guests

Thank you all for coming! Photographs by David Medal

June Gallery exhibition: Food Faces by Ferris Plock, Kelly Tunstall, Howard Cao, Day Dreamers Limited


Sean Chickenbrow by Day Dreamers Limited

Rare Device is pleased to announce our June 2016 gallery exhibition Food Faces. Food Faces is the debut of Day Dreamers Limited, the combined forces of Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock of KeFe Inc. and Howard Cao of Form & Fiction. Food Faces is an art cookbook. With every lip-smacking turn of the page, meals and snacks become a blast for any kid age 0 to 100. Food Faces launches at Rare Device, accompanied by food-filled art and photography.

Born of a father’s necessity, loved on Instagram, and now published as equal parts art and cookbook, Food Faces is a colorful collection of “how-to” food art meant to inspire parents, grandparents, guardians, babysitters, uncles and aunts who want to make mealtime a fun and entertaining experience. Through artist Ferris Plock’s process, the simple act of making and eating a meal becomes a uniquely different ritual.

About the Author: Ferris Plock is an artist from San Francisco. He works primarily with his wife, Kelly Tunstall (Plock’s partner in the artistic duo KeFe, Inc). He is the proud Poppa of two outstanding, redheaded monsters. Plock brings a dedicated focus to his work paired with a wild sense of originality and playful narrative. Inanimate objects come alive through acrylic, watercolor, spray paint, India ink, gold and silver leaf, collage, and now, food. Plock has thoroughly explored the foodscape in previous exhibitions: Edible Complex with San Francisco’s FFDG (2013), Personal Pizza Party at One Grand Gallery, Portland, Oregon (2015), and You Are What You Eat, in Tokyo, Japan hosted by See You Soon (2016). Drawing from this global enthusiasm, Plock brings his love for food and character-based artwork to an edible conclusion with this first book, Food Faces.

About Day Dreamers Limited: Day Dreamers Limited is a partnership committed to the belief that our dreams don’t need to be separated from our day job. Founded by Kelly Tunstall, Ferris Plock and Howard Cao, and powered by sister company, Form & Fiction, Day Dreamers Limited creates products inspired by artistic curiosity. Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock have been creating exhibitions and projects for nine years through their wife and husband collaboration, KeFe Inc. Their work together has included national and international art exhibitions, animations, installations, 3D design, and curation. Howard Cao is the founder of Form & Fiction, a creative venture that applies its heritage of diverse capabilities to create & capture & model & test & plan & produce better ideas. Being longtime friends and collaborators, Day Dreamers Limited came about naturally, as an official outlet to explore art and commerce beyond the confines of traditional galleries. Within this newly formed collective, Kelly, Ferris, and Howard continue to develop an array of interactive and conceptual projects.

Food Faces is on view at Rare Device from Friday, June 3 to Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Rare Device invites all to join in a celebration of Food Faces and Day Dreamers Limited on Friday, June 3, from 6pm-9pm at our Divisadero location (600 Divisadero Street). Food and drinks will be provided by Bar Crudo and Rye on the Road. This reception is free and open to the public. RSVP here.

We're Hiring: Full-time and part-time sales associates


Hi friends! We are looking for a resourceful, enthusiastic, warm and organized individual to join our amazing floor team.

This person will be the face of Rare Device and will be representing our brand -- they will ensure that our customers feel cared for and they will find answers to questions about the products that we sell and the people who make them. They will also ensure that the stores are clean, well organized and well stocked. If this sounds like you or someone you know, we can't wait to hear from you! The job description and application instruction can be found in our jobs page. Talk soon!

- Giselle and the Rare Device team


Tiffanie Turner at the de Young Museum


This past weekend, I had the pleasure of once again seeing Tiffanie Turner's beautiful giant flowers in person. She is the current Artist-In-Residence at the de Young's Kimball Gallery, she'll be there through May 30.

Strawflower I


Tiffanie's flowers are meticulously made works of art and if you have a chance to see it in person, please do as photos don't do them any justice. If you ever want to see the left brain and right brain work together and produce stunning work, this is it. 

Tiffanie showed her flowers for the first time ever, at our gallery in May of 2014 and it is one of our most photographed shows ever. It was great to see how her work has evolved in the last 2 years. I'm so proud of you, Tiffanie!