Talon Gallery will open a brand new two-person show on August 19th featuring new works by Ferris Plock and Stacey Rozich.
We are very excited to showcase these two incredible talents alongside one another. The work of each artist provides a perfect compliment for the other. Comparisons can be drawn in their use of textiles and pop culture/fashion references, and in these new series both artists are exploring the challenging themes raised by current socio-political events.
Plock has been a prominent member of the San Francisco new contemporary art scene for many years, his highly stylized character-based works are instantly recognizable for their intense patterned textiles, Edo-inspired poses and contemporary ephemera. In this latest series the artist addresses America’s fascination with gun culture and confused relationship to gun violence. Plock’s new works explore the notion of masks as a way for the individual to distance themselves from accountability and how this has happened on a national level. The masks in the works represent the metaphorical costumes that law makers and politicians, as well as citizens, wear when they align themselves with political ideologies and organizations.
Rozich was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and now resides in Los Angeles, CA. Her watercolor and gouache paintings reflect her intense interest in cultural narratives and folkloric details. This new body of work is timely for the current political and social climate.
“I’ve been disturbed by the hateful rhetoric that's become commonplace on the Internet; specifically since this last presidential election. Fear-based emotions are treated as motivation for movements and opinions carry a heavier weight than fact. A lifestyle built on junk food, gluttony, consumption of fake news, and assault weapon collecting are considered necessities for freedom.
I played on these concepts to create portraits of nationalists that hold these truths as self evident: That one can spew hate and misinformation while wrapped in the American flag in a fit of toxic patriotism and feel safe.“ — Stacey Rozich
Her imagery is strongly recognizable, from mylar balloons to bags of Doritos and bottles of Mountain Dew. This patchwork of symbolism is iconic to Rozich’s style. Bold pattern, misleading headlines in newspapers, and mysterious masks work together to hold an uncomfortable tension, peering into the lives of those who would seek to harm.