My work is about abstracting text into objects/images. I start with the text because words have always mystified me. I read some words backward, I drop prefixes and suffixes to words when I am reading, plus I read a few letters backward. So, in order for me to read anything, I must approach a text by process of repetition. After I have read a text a few times, the meaning changes; I am able to clear up the visual impairments through the act of repeating the readings. Something similar happens with my artwork. When I start out with text, those words have a meaning, but after my process of repetition, the text becomes an object/image with a new and truer meaning. The truth of a word or text goes beyond our language's ability to fully illuminate us. St.Thomas Aquinas marked out the word 'being' in order to show that language is not fully sufficient in explaining the truth of a word like 'being.' My work essentially marks out text through abstraction. My abstract objects/images become the unsayable truth of any text.
Adam Fung is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A. He received his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree from University of Notre Dame and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree from Western Washington University. Fung also attended Virginia Commonwealth University for Art Foundations. Fung works primarily as a Painter and has a dynamic range of research interests that touch upon issues such as climate change, landscape, patterns and the make up of the universe. Fung’s work often arises from direct experience and primary sources.
Hugo Shi is a Texas-based artist who works in both traditional and digital media. Trained in China and the US, Hugo draws his inspiration from both Western and Asian art traditions.