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

POSTED BY: ALICE WU

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.

Louise Leong Artist Reception and Gallery Exhibition

POSTED BY: ALICE WU

Louise Leong at Rare Device

Our April gallery show is up: Louise Leong's Rebus Shmebus opened on April Fool's Day with a fun reception with the artist in attendance and a potato chip bar for our guests. Rebus Shmebus is on view through May 2 at Rare Device Divisadero. Thank you all for coming!

Rebus Shmebus will be up until Tuesday, May 2 at Rare Device Divisadero (600 Divisadero Street). Leong's original artworks, created with acrylic pen markers on canvas, can be purchased online. We also have a selection of small prints and cards silkscreened by Louise Leong. For more information, contact Giselle Gyalzen at info@raredevice.net or call us at 415-863-3969.


Louise Leong with Kenny and Sanaa of Tiny Splendor


Rebus Shmebus!


Leong cites potato chip packaging as an artistic influence, so we offered a potato chip bar for the opening reception


Guests critiquing the potato chip selection 

Banana Slugs well-represented throughout the night!

Rebus Shmebus by Louise Leong: Gallery Exhibition & Artist Reception

POSTED BY: ALICE WU

Louise Leong, "Rebus Shmebus Cigarette Butt"
Acrylic marker on wood panel

Rare Device is pleased to announce our April 2016 gallery exhibition Rebus Shmebus, featuring new and recent drawings by Louise Leong. Louise Leong is a printmaker and illustrator based in Santa Cruz.

The Rebus Shmebus series, named for the drawings' resemblance to rebus pictogram puzzles, is an exercise in visual boggle. This series of marker drawings on panels is a slight departure from Leong's typical printmaking process. Initially approached as studies in abstraction, these new works remain true to the playful visual repertoire that Leong is known for, pulling familiar graphic symbols from her printed works. Familiar objects such as the cigarette butt and trash ball come together in an energetic landscape of bold, black flats and crisp-edged arrows. Inspired by graphics on potato chip packaging and Max Fleischer cartoons alike, Louise Leong’s bold, playful imagery and tongue-in-cheek humor have attracted audiences of all ages. The narrative of her imagery evokes a sense of collective affinity for mischief and mystery and attempts to grasp the everlasting joy from childhood adventure that escapes us as we age. Leong's visual arsenal of characters reveals a reverence for the mundane, with a healthy sprinkling of cartoon tropes and gags.

Louise Leong received a B.A. in Printmaking, Studio Arts from University of California, Santa Cruz in 2012. Leong is a member of the Printmakers at the Tannery (PATT) at the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz. In addition to exhibiting at the Tannery, Leong has also participated in group shows at Lúpulo (Santa Cruz), Art Research Office at Sentinel Printers (Santa Cruz), Pajaro Valley Arts Council (Watsonville), Arbor Café (Oakland), and Museum of Art and History (Santa Cruz). This is Leong’s first solo show in San Francisco.

Louise Leong’s Rebus Shmebus is on view at Rare Device from Friday, April 1 to Wednesday, May 3. Please join us for a reception for the artist on Friday, April 1, from 6pm-9pm at our Divisadero location (600 Divisadero Street). This reception is free and open to the public. You can RSVP on the Facebook page here

Thank you for celebrating with us!

POSTED BY: ALICE WU

Thank you to everyone who came and celebrated Rare Device’s Tenth Anniversary this past Friday! It was a fun evening for all. The artist-employees of Rare Device all contributed to the festive party décor and graphics, including diamond-themed temporary tattoos that were a hit with our guests of all ages. You may have recognized among our attendees many of the artists and designers we've featured at Rare Device over the years, as well as customers and friends from neighborhood businesses. We truly appreciate each one of you in our community for welcoming and supporting Rare Device from the start. Because of you, we are celebrating ten years in business, and look forward to serving you in the years ahead!

Rare Device partnered with our Divisadero Street neighbors Bi-Rite Market to raise funds for the Fulton Street Fire Victims via NOPNA. We are still collecting donations. Longtime Rare Device vendor Tokyo Bay graciously donated a watch for our raffle; all proceeds from ticket sales also go towards the fund. We will be announcing our Tokyo Bay raffle winner shortly, so stay tuned. The musical charms of Uni and her Ukulele, tarot readings by Larry, and facepainting by LikelyLexi also contributed to the evening's festivities. We celebrated with a delicious birthday cake by Little Bee Baking based on Lisa Congdon's artwork for Rare Device. A touch of glamour was provided by Elizabeth Street Cosmetics creator Kelly Crispen, who set up a Lip Color Bar and expertly applied Divisadero, a lipstick shade created exclusively for Rare Device. Flowers were provided by Ampersand. Thank you again for celebrating with Rare Device! 

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Rare Device Facepainting by LikelyLexi

 


 

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Event photography by Sabrina Bot 
 
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strange ways by Sara Diamond: Gallery Exhibition & Artist Reception

POSTED BY: GISELLE GYALZEN

Sara Diamond | strange ways

Rare Device is pleased to announce our March 2016 gallery exhibition strange ways, featuring new photographs by San Francisco-based artist Sara Diamond.

strange ways is a collection of photographs containing a mysterious intrigue of something found in the crossover between the everyday and the unexpected. In ordinary but overlooked scenes, the subject and framing hint at a narrative structure while withholding resolution. Though constructed to appear natural and spontaneous, the compositions deliberately eschew the context of a defined before and after. strange ways examines the dialogue between self and otherness.

Sara Diamond grew up in the limitless expanse of Los Angeles. She currently resides in San Francisco. She attended The School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University in Boston where she graduated with a BFA in 2010. Diamond primarily works in photography and mixed media. Her art has been featured at galleries and art spaces such as Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco; the Harvey Milk Center for Photography, San Francisco; the David Brower Center, Berkeley; The Museum of Craft and Folk Art gift shop, San Francisco; Samsøn Projects, Boston, and Google headquarters, Mountain View. Her work has been published in print and e-publications such as SF Weekly, LA Record, Boston’s Dig Magazine, Washington City Paper, and Feature Shoot.

Sara Diamond’s strange ways is on view at Rare Device from Friday, March 4 to Tuesday, March 29. Please join us for a reception for the artist on Friday, March 4 from 6pm-9pm at our Divisadero location (600 Divisadero Street). This reception is free and open to the public. You can RSVP on the Facebook event page here