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Exhibit by Art Professor Opens Harcum Gallery Season

Hal Shunk Present Paintings and Works on Paper

August 31, 2009

Sophomore Brian Staud and junior Amy-Renee Stevens view Hal Shunk's exhibit in WC's Harcum Art Gallery.

Sophomore Brian Staud and junior Amy-Renee Stevens view Hal Shunk's exhibit in WC's Harcum Art Gallery.

WC art professor Hal Shunk is presenting an exhibit of his paintings and works on paper as the Harcum Art Gallery at Wilmington College begins its 2009-10 season.

Shunk’s exhibit will run through Oct. 24 and is open weekdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by special appointment.

Shunk’s interest in marks and symbols, and his study of Sumerian cuniforms, Egyptian hieroglyphics, Roman symbols and the modern alphabet have influenced his latest artwork.

“I have created a series of work mixing and abstracting letters,” he said, noting that the marks in this grouping of artwork are used as a “departure point” for his design.”

The balance of his exhibit features paintings in which color, line, texture and shape are prominent.
Shunk said his artwork represents a personal statement of exploration and enjoyment.

“I don’t try to solve world problems with my work; they have no political statement and, for the most part, bring on little or no controversy,” he said. “Of course, we all bring something to the work, so, if the art says something to you, that’s an added bonus.”

Shunk hopes the viewer of his work will see the “energy and emotion” used in his creative process and enjoy each piece for what it is.

He noted a quotation from C. Goslin: “What is familiar to us is reassuring and, ultimately, boring. What is different about us is beautiful, stimulating and wonderfully disturbing.”