Piece description from the artist
This is the last piece of an abstract series I did in 2011. It is composed of three separate layers, fused together with contact cement. The top layer, covered in black fractal patterns which have been burnt into the cardboard using high-voltage electricity, makes it appear that the center image is pushing outwards.
The second layer is covered in a repeating stamp pattern, which reads "Girl", warped and upside down. This is supposed to serve as a metaphor for the process of stamping/labeling to imply meaning. The illusion that the central image is emerging from the piece is symbolic of the meaning that is being imbued into the piece as it is being viewed.
The bottom red layer, whose texture has been achieved through the application of salt onto the gouache, is reveled by the burning away of the second layer. It is only through the burning away of the repeated stamp pattern that the face of the "Girl" emerges.
Cory Hunter is an artist from Miami, Florida, who works at the intersection of art and science. He describes his main motivation as “capturing the creative moment;” rather than creating an image, the intent of the work is to translate the psychographic energy of his movements, while allowing the physical properties of the medium to shape the resulting compositions. In this way, his work can be explained as aleatoric, for a portion of the creative process is left to chance.
Cory’s art is an exploration of how spontaneity is at once random and uniform, given the principles of fractal geometry. Stylistically, his work is a blend of classical oriental watercolor with contemporary pop art and abstract expressionism. His use of gouache paint allows for strong, striking, color combination, but maintains a delicate feel. Though the subject matter of his works varies, he explains that using recognizable iconography encourages a subjective interpretation.