Emily Funk 2014 Mixed Media on Wood "Hulk Hogan"
Emily Funk (American; 20th/21st century)
Hulk Hogan, 2014
Paint, marker, ink, and glitter on wood
Titled, dated, and inscribed to verso
From the studios of Visionaries + Voices – a non-profit organization that provides exhibition opportunities, studio space, supplies, and support to more than 125 visual artists with disabilities.
A mixed media painting on wood titled Hulk Hogan by Cincinnati-based artist Emily Funk (20th/21st century), created in 2014. This work features a series of abstract figures situated in multiple orientations and portrayed with loose delineations against a pink ground. Glitter embellishments run across the outer edge of the wood panel. Unsigned, the work is titled, dated, and inscribed to the verso. A descriptive label from Visionaries + Voices is adhered to the verso, providing information about the organization.
Most often focusing on the depiction of celebrities, Emily Funk takes tabloid imagery and through her process distorts them into haunting icons. Her approach begins with a mass produced cultural image and ends with a one of a kind monoprint, rebelling against the postmodern tendency to produce for the masses and appeal to the masses. She carefully studies and traces her subject before transferring her image to canvas, often creating tangled and wobbly contour-line drawings, which she often repeats multiple times before using acrylic paint to distinguish unique details. Her process of printing in black ink and then painting over it suggests a masquerading effect of the figures, as if to say although they are part of our collective cultural consciousness, we are viewing them through Funk’s personal lens and emotional interpretation.
- preexisting holes along edges of composition; minor wear along edges of composition.