The Friend Zone
Galleries / Artist Adam Funari and photographer Michael Keany get by with a little help from their 200 Friends. The upcoming exhibition showcases 200 photographs and monotypes of some familiar faces that create a single multi-faceted portrait of Chinatown’s diverse arts scene.
It makes picture-perfect sense that Funari and Keany’s own friendship began over a photograph. Funari first found himself in Keany’s lens when the latter snapped a shot of Gnarwhal, the band Funari (sometimes) plays in, during a gig. Funari, a blur playing drums in the background, thanked Keany online and they’ve been friends since. “It’s a rad photo,” Funari says.
“Basically, Adam and I shot 200 of our friends in a makeshift studio we created in a band practice space in the Blaisdell Hotel,” Keany says.
Each subject is known personally in some way by either Funari or Keany, having crossed paths with them in the music, parties and bikes circles they orbit.
“It’s funny,” Funari says. “We had to coax a lot of shy people into the studio by promising we would make them look good. And as it turned out, we didn’t have a single bad portrait subject. Everyone is amazing in their own way.”