a blog with cultural bulimia.

Thursday, August 05, 2004

In love with a painting.

Karel Funk
Untitled (Headphones)
Acrylic on Panel
15 x 15 inches

"Hair takes on a special role in these 11 paintings. All of them portray men who are mostly turned from the viewer, have eyes closed, or obscured by a hat or hood. Looking in order to know Funk’s subjects becomes a game of sensory inventory. Funk’s fidelity in defining the differences among them draws us in, and our observation becomes a game of sensory inventory. He depicts a wreath of buzzed stubble in “Untitled (headphones)” that marches down from the edge of a bald spot toward the collar of a T-shirt. The follicles grow fewer, dancing erratically along the way. Neck hair never looked so fabulous."