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First Ever Collaboration Between Popular Florida Artists Yields 'Soft Hardware'
David Williams and Frank Strunk Integrate Distinctive Styles In Landmark Exhibition at Salt Creek
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Feb. 9, 2004 /Send2Press Newswire/ -- Florida-based artists David Williams and
Frank Strunk today announced a new collaborative exhibit entitled "Soft HardWare," opening at Salt
Creek Artworks in St. Petersburg on Friday, February 27th, 2004. "Soft HardWare" is comprised of 18
entirely new pieces created by Strunk and Williams during the past year (www.industrialiving.com).
Each artist comes from a different discipline and background, bringing their own sharply defined
style. The concept of the exhibition is to show how two very different artists combine their skills
to produce a body of collaborative and individual work that conveys a common theme.
Williams' award winning work is exhibited in museums and galleries across the country. He extracts
images from magazines, television, advertising, and cyberspace, adapting them in his paintings and
monoprints. He juxtaposes these images, layering them with vibrant colors and multiple painting
styles that change the context of their original intent. His pieces are narratives of men and women,
of how they view themselves and each other. "They are images of sex and power, or the lack of sex and
power, manipulation and frustration," explains Williams.
Strunk's industrial mixed media sculptures have turned heads in shows and galleries throughout the
Southeast, taking varied forms including wall pieces, light fixtures, and kinetics. Galvanized steel
and found objects are his signature materials. Layered sheets of metal and amorphous textures created
by varying gradients of rust are implemented again and again to render his pieces. His kinetic work
is punctuated by the gnashing and clanking of metal parts; a metaphor for the artist's observation
that much of people's lives are a laborious routine. Strunk is enthusiastic about the Soft HardWare
exhibition. "This show is a fertile collision of two vastly different styles and statements. I look
at it all together and I'm really excited by it," he says.
As friends for a number of years, they ve always respected each other's work and began this project
with a sense of confidence and curiosity. Combining their styles provided each the challenge to
integrate paintings with kinetics, making sophisticated choices of cutting through one artist's
canvas to add the other s mechanisms.
As a result, the pieces are technically advanced and the
conceptual messages bold and honest, individually and as a series. Williams is equally proud of the
effort. "I've worked on several collaborative projects over the past five years, but this time
around the process seemed more honest. There was no hesitating or second-guessing each other. We knew
what we wanted to achieve, and I believe we surpassed it," he said.
"Soft HardWare" opens at Salt Creek Artworks on February 27th from 6:00-9:00pm and runs through
Saturday, March 27th, 2004. The gallery is located at 1600 4th Street South, St. Petersburg, FL,
33701 and is open Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-4pm.
Organization Website: www.industrialiving.com
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