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#RDChroma is coming!

POSTED BY: ANNIE AMUNDSEN

Rare Device is pleased to announce our June 2016 gallery exhibition, Chroma, featuring artists Lisa Solomon and Christine Buckton Tillman. Chroma explores color theory through everyday objects. Chroma at Rare Device marks the West Coast debut of this ambitious installation that was first shown on the East Coast last year, at Gallery CA in Baltimore, Maryland.

Chroma is a large-scale crowd-sourced installation. The artists invited the public to mail in random, colored stuff no larger than a playing card. Submissions came from all over the U.S. and as far as Belgium and the U.K. From this vast collection of arbitrary and otherwise disposable items, the artists sorted the “junk.” Chroma is the culmination of 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. To bring Chroma to life on the gallery walls of Rare Device, volunteers are being recruited to participate in the installation. In addition to the installation, Lisa and Christine will also show collaborative drawings they made together, and silkscreen posters and prints created especially for this exhibition.

Christine Buckton Tillman earned her BA at Coe College, and her MFA from the University of Iowa. Christine is primarily a very flat sculptor who draws more often than she makes sculptures. Her main interests as an artist lie in ideas surrounding the handmade, celebrations, and man-made interpretations of natural forms. Christine is a member of the Drawing Center Viewing Program and Transformer Flatfile. She received a 2010 Maryland State Arts Council Grant for her Works on Paper. Urban Outfitters published an Artist Series print of hers, as well as two pillows in the last year. Lisa Solomon is a mixed-media artist based in the Bay Area. She often questions and deconstructs the meaning of identity and personal histories through the use of mediums traditionally associated with domestic crafts, particularly embroidery and crochet. A “happa” (1/2 Japanese, 1/2 Caucasian), she feels hybridization is continually at play in her work. She has exhibited her work widely, including at the Oakland Museum of California, Ulrich Museum (Wichita, KS), Koumi Machi Museum (Nagano, Japan), Walter Maciel Gallery (Los Angeles), Fouladi Projects (San Francisco), and Gallery Nicoletta Rusconi (Milan, Italy). She is also the author of Knot Thread Stitch: Exploring Creativity Through Embroidery and Mixed Media (Quarry, 2012), and illustrator of 20 Ways to Draw a Chair (Quarry, 2015). She has been an artist in residence at Irving Street Projects, Kala Institute in Berkeley, and is currently working with the Palo Alto Cultural center. Christine and Lisa first met on Flickr about ten years ago, sharing and commenting on each other’s artworks and works in progress and discovering a common affinity for color ordering. Chroma is their first collaboration.

Chroma is on view at Rare Device 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 at our Divisadero location (600 Divisadero Street). Rare Device invites all to join in this celebration, free and open to the public. RSVP here.

FOOD FACES BOOK LAUNCH

POSTED BY: ALICE WU

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

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.

Letter Writing Social to Celebrate Letter Writing Month

POSTED BY: ALICE WU


Photo credit: Alison Christiana

April is National Letter Writing Month! To encourage everyone to join in this celebration of handwritten communication, on Thursday, April 14 we hosted a Letterwriting Social at Rare Device on Divisadero Street.

For our Letterwriting Social, we set up a writing desk and chairs. Customers of all ages were welcome to drop-in and write a letter or a card and we provided postage, snacks and beverages. Guests could choose from Rare Device's broad selection of stationery, greeting cards and blank cards, and some attendees even brought their own writing materials. It was a fun, casual evening with guests even exchanging addresses and sending each other letters.

Everyone loves getting personal snail mail, so why not send a fan letter to someone you admire, or perhaps you have a friend who needs a dose of extra cheer. Thank your neighbor, impress your business contacts with a handwritten note, or reconnect with a family member. Nurture a friendship or budding romance with the power of penmanship.  Below are some more of the cards we have in stock at Rare Device. We hope to see you soon!

 


Cards by Red Cap Cards, Yellow Owl Workshop, Navy Midnight Press, and Antiquaria Design

 

Guests busily writing cards and letters

 


Letters addressed, stamped, and on their way!

 

 

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!