Sam Funk ’09 Featured in “Rock, Paper, Scissors” Exhibit

“Rock, Paper, Scissors,” a new exhibit at the Washington Art Association, features sculptures by Sam Funk ’09 along with works on paper and paintings by local artist Brad Greenwood. Both will present an artists’ talk on Sunday, November 10 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at WAA. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibit will remain on view through November 16.
“This exhibition features two artists that at first glance appear at polar opposites,” WAA said. “The light, hovering ephemerality and transient imagery of Greenwood is juxtaposed with the gravity of carved stone. However, in this show the stone reveals an urge to fly while the paintings convert the unendurable lightness of being in our contemporary culture into a playful parade of ever changing images.”  

Funk is a 2013 graduate of Syracuse University, where he majored in writing and rhetoric. He continues to write and currently works as a studio assistant for Bethlehem-based sculptor Mark Mennin while pursuing his own art.

WAA said Funk’s sculptures “make the impossibly heavy take flight ... His chosen narratives about the airborne and the grounded in conflict, are rendered in the gravity bound material, stone. This intended folly and the artist’s various poses of form that resemble paper airplanes give his sculptures an elegant figurative quality. Some even try to metamorphose into feathered birds of flight only to be grounded by their material make-up.  The results are all at once highly crafted, humorous and poignant.”

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