Piece description from the artist
A lot of my work is indicative of a classical oriental style, where the composition allows for a complementary evaluation of positive and negative space. In this piece, the iconography of the watercolor scroll is updated.
The strong black patterning, which seems to be growing from the barrel, is burnt into the cardboard using high-voltage electricity (a phenomenon called "Lichtenberg Figures").
In keeping with the oriental stylistic elements, a circle is present to mark the negative space. This is complimented by my stamp signature.
Because the electrocution process can make the cardboard warped and frail, the painting has been fixed to wood— its sides sealed with an acrylic/silicone mixture— and coated with an archival varnish. This will preserve the gouache paint, and ensure that the painting will remain in good condition.
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.