Maxwell Colette Gallery is pleased to present Random Robot Attacks, a solo show by the Chicago-based artist CJ Hungerman. The show will feature new large scale paintings in Hungerman’s signature psychedelic style complimented by a massive site specific installation that will bridge both levels of the gallery space. This will be the artist’s debut exhibition with the gallery and most ambitious show to date.
CJ Hungerman refers to his art as “visual riot”, and the name is an apt description for both the aesthetic and the conceptual nature of the paintings. The work is dense and cacophonous; infused with frenetic energy and an electrified color palette. The subjects of these paintings are a seemingly endless stream of rocket ships and ufos zipping and smashing their way through a world of amorphous hyper-colored vortexes and vapor trails. Closer examination reveals a plethora of additional repeating subjects including stars, pills, bullets and bombs and other less obvious forms. According to Hungerman all these elements function as avatars, representing the specific humans, human emotions, and conflict that he is exploring in these works of “patterned kinetic colored chaos”.
Random Robot Attacks opens on Saturday, June 13, 2015 and continues through April 23rd.
About the Artist:
CJ is originally from Pittsburgh. He has a B.S. in Graphic Design from West Liberty State College and a B.F.A. in Painting from West Virginia University. He received his Masters in Painting from Northern Illinois University studying under Gordon Dorn, Josh Kind, and Ben Mahmoud.
Along with his studio practice, CJ has completed many public art projects in Chicago. In 2013 one of CJs’ pieces won the Alice & Arthur Baer Award from the Beverly Arts Center. His most current piece of public art, funded by the Mayors office, is a 500 square foot original artwork he conceived and created for the new Chinatown Library in Chicago.