Covertly spiritual and intentionally philosophical, Frank Strunk uses his background, skill and love for all things old and mechanized to craft art that speaks in metaphor. Frank believes that as a society, our careers have taken precedence over our “selves” making our lives little more than a mechanism of a larger, thoughtless, cold “machine.” By dissecting this culture, his art reveals the ways we have stifled self-expression and how our lives have become disconnected.
“My voice as an artist speaks primarily through the industrial aesthetic. I have always been fascinated by old machines, motors, mechanisms, and rusted metal. I try to take the functions of these machines and pose them against the functions of our lives. I feel, as a byproduct of our culture, we spend far too much time as willing participants in this machine, and as a result we miss out on richer, fuller lives,” he says.
He wants his art to serve a higher purpose – perhaps act as an itinerary for others to discover their true path, find their soul’s purpose, to leave the “machine” behind. “Do what you love. Live a soulful life,” says the artist.