Sam Francis

Untitled, 1984

106.7 X 73 inch

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What is Funk Art?

What is Funk Art?

In the 1960s, Fun Art was a reactive movement against abstract exressionism. It was widely known as an anti-establishment movement, the name comes from the jazz term "funky". This had positive and negative notations as the term in the jazz world, described passion, quirkyness, and sensuality, while it could also be associated with a foul odor. Funk was popular in California Bay Area, and while the artists of the Funk Art era had similar attitudes and artwork, they did not consider themselves as a part of a group movement.

Photography

Photography is the process of creating an image on light sensitive materials. The image is produced by using a camera, which has a lens that focuses on light either reflected or emitted from an object. These visible wavelengths are used to reproduce the image seen.

Aquatint

An Intaglio printmaking art technique. Marks capable of holding dye or ink are made on the plate by the artist then passed trough a press together with a paper, resulting in transfer of the held ink to the sheet of paper. Depending on the technique, the process can be repeated for a number of times. It uses application of mordant to a metal plate just like etching.

Woodcut

A printing technique in which an image is carved into a woodblock surface typically using gouges while leaving the surface level with the printing parts. Areas cut away by the artist carry no ink while images or characters carry ink for producing the desired print. Cutting is done along the wood's grain unlike in wood engraving in which the block is cut at the end-grain. Surface is inked using an ink-covered roller that's rolled on the surface so as to leave ink on the flat surface and not on non-printing areas.

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