Ferris Plock and Suzanne Husky have been busy in the San Francisco dump working hard on a body of work for the Recology Artist residency program.
While at the dump, painter and character illustrator Ferris Plock has continued to build on a recent body of work that incorporates elements of Japanese ukiyo-e prints and iconography from world religions with other motifs that hold personal significance. Meticulously rendered paintings simultaneously contain an elegant reverence and Plock’s characteristic humor and playfulness. Much like Plock, who had to proverbially hunt and gather at the dump for materials to make his paintings, figures in the works are engaged in their own mythic quests. Plock has used scavenged and recycled paints on panels crafted from old shipping crates and other wood retrieved from the Public Disposal and Recycling Area. Background patterns were created from stenciling found materials such as planter trays and milk crates, and found fabrics and papers served as sources of inspiration for the colorful patterns that appear in the garments of his characters. Plock’s work has been exhibited widely and included in exhibitions in Tokyo, London, and Paris. His experiences while at the dump have been documented on Fecalface.com where he is serving as a guest blogger.
The wealth of materials available to Suzanne Husky during her residency at the dump enabled her to construct small habitable structures that had previously existed only in her drawings. The artist’s intention for these forms, which appear like tiny homes for characters in a folk tale, is that they be placed in a forest or garden, potentially to be slept in. While the shelters in nature-inspired shapes such as a porcupine convey a humorous charm, Husky’s description of them as “sleeper cells” alludes to more sober concerns—people living off the grid in anticipation of an environmental apocalypse, ecoterrorists mobilizing in forest hide-outs, and a metaphorical rising up of nature against encroaching industry and technology. Structures are furnished with the cast-offs of consumer culture and are even on wheels, allowing for the easy deployment of this woodland force. Husky received her MFA in 2000 from the Beaux-Arts School in Bordeaux, France. She has had residencies at the deYoung Museum in San Francisco and at Pollen Monflanquin near Bordeaux; her work will be included in Bay Area Now 6 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in 2011.
For more on Mr. Plocks work visit: http://www.ferrisplock.com/
For more on artist Suzanne Husky visit: http://www.suzannehusky.com/