the shape of everything opens Friday, Jan. 15, in the Lightwell Gallery at the University of Oklahoma School of Art and Art History. The exhibition will provide an overview of paintings and works by Adam Fung spanning the past five years of his career, and will be on display through Friday, Feb. 5. A complimentary public reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, in the Lightwell Gallery.
“My hope with this exhibition is to provide a wide array of “vantage points” or different angles of exploring the idea that although the universe (and perhaps multi-verse) is unfathomably large, we still seek out answers, information, attempt to map it out, and the title the shape of everything reflects one avenue of thought – that everything can be mapped mathematically,” says Fung, who will be displaying, among various experimental works, an inflatable painting that changes shapes throughout the day. “I would like students and visitors to dwell on the dichotomy of being so small but also part of something so big,” he added.
Fung uses a variety of different techniques in his paintings. From transparent layering, to realism and abstraction, this is an opportunity to see his works over a longer period of time than usual due to the size of the show. He also will be showing as part of a five-person exhibition at WPA projects in Washington, D.C., in a spaced themed project titled Other Worlds, Other Stories, as well as two other solo exhibitions at Western Washington University in February and March and at Cloud Gallery in Seattle, Washington, in June and July.
Fung earned his master of fine arts degree from the University of Notre Dame and bachelor of fine arts degree from Western Washington University. He is an assistant professor of art at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.
He works primarily as a painter, and has a dynamic range of research interests that touch upon such issues as climate change, landscape, patterns and the make-up of the universe. Fung’s work often arises from direct experience – in this case, a recent road trip around west Texas and New Mexico that allowed the artist to visit sites of interest, including observatories, Dark Sky Parks, Marfa and Spaceport America.
His paintings can be found in public art collections at Microsoft, the South Bend Museum of Art and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermilab, as well as numerous private collections. His website is www.AdamFung.com.
The Lightwell Gallery is located on the second floor of the OU School of Art and Art History, 520 Parrington Oval, in Norman. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed on weekends and OU holidays.
47 x 58
Oil, acrylic, spray paint on canvas